Meet Harmony True
fence mending, after school romance & little dancers
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It was a Wednesday morning at 10:23 when I first lost track of the time. I
know that because a moment before entering Cloud Canyon I had checked
my watch to calculate our pace.
I had gone backpacking before, including some overnighters to destinations
at the end of well-worn trails, but it wasn’t until that Wednesday morning
that I first “got it.” My youngest sister had been asking me for years to
go on a backcountry backpacking trip with her. She’s an experienced high
country trekker and has developed an extensive knowledge of the Sierras.
So, I finally relented when Emily called and said, “Tommy, you just have to
come with us this time. You have to. I’ve got a great group coming along
and the route we have chosen is amazing.” Plus, she’s about to embark on
the greatest journey of her life; she’s getting married, so how could I say
We spent the first day of our trip hiking through the hot, dusty, and welltrafficked
“frontcountry” (loosely defined as anything within a full day’s
walk from where you can park your car). I was adjusting to the fifty pounds
I was carrying on my back, but I was also thinking about the distance we’d
covered; whether or not I remembered to set my “auto-attendant” on my
email (I didn’t); the number of days left in our trip; what my wife and kids
were up to; how much time until our next stop; and what I was going to
have for dinner. But, mostly, I questioned my sister’s choice of recreation.
Publisher Tom Franciskovich points to the other side of
“Big Wet Meadow” as he talks with friend and Fresno Bee
columnist, Marek Warszawski, upon entering Cloud Canyon.
(You can find Marek’s article on our website where he
recounts the journey, which, unfortunately, ended for him
halfway through as he succumbed to altitude sickness)
It wasn’t until the morning of that second day, the day we unofficially entered the Kings Canyon National Park “backcountry,” that we encountered the
most picturesque, awe-inspiring landscape I had ever seen. Setting foot on what is aptly called “Big Wet Meadow” of Cloud Canyon fully captured my
attention. I was completely in the moment and no longer cared about our pace.
Although the landscape we encountered throughout our trip was beyond my imagination, I will admit that, at least initially, I had been pretty focused on
the idea of getting “somewhere” and wondering when we were going to get “there.” Over the course of six days and 73 miles, I began to understand
the experience Emily had been talking about all of these years.
The concept of embracing the journey is not a new one, and anyone who has lived much life will readily offer the wisdom that “it’s about the journey,
not the destination.” But, it’s a lesson that is easily forgotten, and I was grateful for the reminder. For me, the trip was the perfect metaphor as I
returned my focus to this magazine. Just like that second day in Cloud Canyon, the journey here has really just begun with the publication of this
I would like to thank you for the overwhelming support you have given to the launch of SLO LIFE Magazine. Your emails and website submissions
make my pack feel much lighter along the way. And, to our advertisers, thanks for making this journey possible in the first place.
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How I Found My Way Here
Chad Henry’s Croatian Odyssey
“I remember getting leveled just as I released the ball,” says 34-year-old, Chad
Henry, former Cal Poly quarterback. “My brother, Troy, was running a post-corner
route, and I threw it out there for him because I trusted him to go get it, just like
he’d always done when we were kids. I was on the ground trying to see what
was going on but could hear the Poly side of the stadium erupt, so I knew we
It took Chad three years to reach his goal of becoming Cal Poly’s first African-American starting
quarterback, but he said he will never forget that first touchdown pass to cap the first drive of his first
start, fittingly to his younger brother in an away game against Sacramento State just a few miles from
where they grew up.
Like so many other student-athletes, Chad, who was also a standout pitcher in high school, felt
conflicted about what to do as his football career came to an end. Although he had initially enrolled at
Cal Poly as an architectural engineering student, he graduated with a business degree that emphasized
hands-on learning. “There was an opportunity to do a six month internship in Croatia, so I thought…
The initial placement with an old “Soviet-style” company left Chad feeling unchallenged, disillusioned,
and ready to quit. Then one day he happened upon some people in the park playing baseball and word
soon got around about his blazing fastball. It wasn’t long before Chad found himself negotiating through
an interpreter with Mr. Mladinic, who was the owner of a specialty foods company and the sponsor of
the fledgling Croatian baseball club. “He offered me a job doing exports for his company and a salary to
be a pitcher for the club,” Chad explains. “For most of these Croatian guys, they didn’t grow up playing
baseball. I was able to get 16 or 17 strikeouts per game with nothing but an 85 mile-per-hour fastball.”
Things starting clicking for Chad when he successfully placed the first Croatian specialty food item at
Whole Foods, something called “Adriatic Fig Spread,” which can still be found there today. The next
four years of life in Croatia continued to “go well,” but things came crashing down suddenly when it
was learned that Mr. Mladinic was “cooking the books,” and that the company would not be around
much longer. So, the former quarterback, who was now fluent in the Croatian language set out to start
his own business exporting organic specialty items.
“I had to jump through all kinds of hoops with various international agencies to be able to advertise
on my product labels: ‘prirodno, domaci, nešpricano’ which means ‘natural, domestic, unsprayed’…
in other words 100% organic, Croatian-grown. So, I go visit these farmers, my suppliers, and see
that they are spraying their crops with chemicals. And, I say, ‘Hey what are you guys doing!?...
You’re not supposed to be spraying!’ and they’d say, ‘Oh, it’s just a little bit.’ Chad throws up his
arms in animated exasperation as he retells the story. “I would say, ‘No. No. No. No spraying. Not
even just a little bit. We are selling this to our customers as organic - it cannot be sprayed at all.’”
This constant uphill battle continued for nearly six years until he learned that a large Hungarianbased
contractor, who won the bid to build a 17,000 seat handball arena, was looking for
someone to head up media relations just prior to the 2009 World Handball Championship to
be hosted in Croatia. Upon completion of the new stadium, which also meant the end of his
contract, Chad’s six month Croatian visit had turned into ten years. He found himself at a
crossroads, and decided to take what he thought would be a short vacation. “I came back to
San Luis, and I remembered just how much I love it here. I brought a duffle bag with enough
stuff to get me through a couple of days; that was April 26th and I’m still here!”
Today, Chad is employed by SLO-based TechXpress and can be found coaching football
at Mission Prep. Although he has been back for a while, he does admit to feeling a bit
of culture shock. “Sometimes people are talking to me about something and I just have
no idea what they are saying. I’ve been gone so long that I’ll just completely miss the
reference, but I keep it to myself and think, ‘Man, it’s good to be home.’” SLO LIFE
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Just who was Saint Louis, and
what did he do to get
such a special place
named after him?
Born some 736 years ago
in Brignoles, France,
prior to his sainthood,
the young Louis was
a military cadet of the
Royal French “House
of Anjou,” which until
it became defunct
in 1435, ruled much
of Southern Europe.
At some point during
Louis’ childhood, his
father was named
the “King of Naples,”
because of his
with a secretary to the
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The Way It Was
Saint Louis, the Bishop
During one of the many feudal wars at the
time, Louis’ father was taken prisoner in
Italy, but he was able to obtain his freedom
by offering his three sons as hostages
[Gee… thanks, dad!]. So, Louis and his two
brothers were hauled off to enemy territory
in Barcelona, Spain and placed under the
supervision of Franciscan friars who cared for
the boys and educated them over a period
of seven years.
At twenty-one years old, when his older
brother died in 1295, Louis became the heir
to his father’s throne. It was the same year
that he was freed by the friars. So, you would
imagine the young prince would spend his life
in-waiting, enjoying the spoils of royalty and
wealth, right? Well, not quite…
When presented with the choice, Louis
elected to travel to Rome and announce
that he would take the Franciscan vows of
poverty, chastity, and obedience. He then
forfeited his royal inheritance and claims to
the throne to his youngest brother.
Despite Louis’ desire to live a simple life in a
monastery, his father’s political connections
kept pulling him back into governance and
the secular world. And, at the age of 22, the
young Louis was appointed to the enormously
important leadership position as “Bishop of
Toulouse.” Although he continued to
impress the Church with his dedication and
willingness to walk away from vast
wealth, it was the fact that his uncle,
Alphonse, the brother of his father,
had recently been installed as
the “Count of Toulouse,” but
died suddenly without a son.
As a result, the position of
“Bishop of Toulouse” was
appointed to his nephew,
Louis. It was now his job
to govern the affairs of the
Historical accounts of the
time indicate that young
Louis was an extremely
popular and magnanimous
leader, always putting the
needs of others before his
own. Although “mildmannered”
he developed a
reputation for actively serving
the poor, feeding the hungry, and ignoring his
own well-being. In fact, he worked so hard
that just six months into his role as Bishop, he
became so exhausted by his efforts that he
was no longer able to function. So he quit.
Just a few months later, Louis died at the age
of 23. Today, it is speculated that the cause
of death was actually typhoid fever that was
probably brought on by his exhaustion and
overexposure to his many ailing subjects. The
young bishop had literally worked himself to
After his passing Louis was never widely
celebrated by the Catholic Church, but the
Franciscans continued to embrace him and
lobbied for his sainthood. They eventually
won over Pope John XXII and Louis became
Saint Louis. The Franciscans further honored
him by creating a holiday in their calendar
and moved his relics (essentially, his personal
items) to Valencia, Spain where he was also
made a patron saint. The unique bond that
Saint Louis formed at a young age with the
Franciscans was never forgotten. So, when
Father Junipero Serra passed through this
beautiful part of “Alta California” (the name
the Spanish had given to lands North of
Mexico) in 1772, he was inspired to name
it “San Luis Obispo” which is Spanish for
“Saint Louis, the Bishop.” SLO LIFE
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Meet Harmony True
her life one step at a time
In the second installment of our “Meet Your Neighbor” series, SLO LIFE
Magazine sat down to talk with Harmony True. She is a long-time Central Coast
resident, a dance instructor at the San Luis Obispo Academy of Dance, a parttime
nanny, and she makes her home in Los Osos with her husband, Sean, a
history teacher at Morro Bay High School. Here is her story…
Let’s start from the beginning. Where are you from originally?
My family started off in Oxnard; my dad was a fisherman there. I’m the oldest of
five children. Just before my brother Jacob, who is the second youngest, was
born, my parents decided that they didn’t like the direction our neighborhood was
taking. So, they went up to North County and found this little house literally out in
the middle of nowhere. I was maybe 9 years old at the time.
What was that like?
As little kids we thought it was great. It was on 60 acres and just a huge
playground to us. There was barley growing everywhere and all these animals.
When we first moved, we really didn’t have any furniture, so we just camped out,
which was fine because it was summer, and it was warm outside.
That’s a pretty big move… how’d your parents pull it off?
I don’t know; that’s actually a really good question. It was a surprise to us when
we heard the news. You know how when you’re little, you usually know when your
parents are talking about things… it wasn’t like that with this. We just moved.
In a lot of ways it was a pretty big sacrifice for my parents, but I think they were
at a point where they were going to do whatever it took to make it work. My dad
continued to fish out of Oxnard and would commute three hours, and my mom did
some interior design work on the side.
Do any memories stand out about growing up out in the country?
Oh, boy… there was so much. Actually, I do remember when I had just received
my driver’s license. I was 16, and since I was the oldest, I would have to pick up
all my brothers and sisters from school. Well, I thought I was the cool big sister
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and decided that I would let Kaitlynne, who was probably 10 at the time, sit on
my lap while we drove down the road of our property up to our house. So, we’re
driving on the road, and everything’s going fine, and we’re about to put on the
brakes when she steps on the gas, and we crash through this beautiful white
picket fence that my parents had just built.
Uh, oh… What happened next?
My mom was home, and she came running out, and there was all this commotion.
I was able to stop the car, and nobody was hurt. Anyway, my mom just said, “Your
dad is going to flip out when he sees this…” and I could see her surveying the
damage, and then she said, “I don’t want to deal with this right now. Come on
everyone, let’s get it fixed before he gets home.” So we took out the hammers and
nails and paint, and we filled in all of the holes with putty. It was a huge job, and
thank goodness my dad was out of town until later the next day. I don’t know how
he didn’t notice it, but to this day, he still doesn’t know about it [Hey, Harmony’s
Let’s switch gears now – no pun intended – and talk about dance. When did you
realize you wanted to be a dancer?
When I was 7 years old, still living in Oxnard, I went to see the Nutcraker, and I
just loved it. After that, I started dancing at home all the time. I would dress up my
little brother, Ian, like one of the marching soldiers, poor guy. So, my mom gave me
a tape of the Nutcracker, thinking it’s just a phase I was going through. Once I had
the music, I did a performance that my family would have to watch pretty much
every night. After a while, my mom decided to put me in lessons. There was a
local community rec. center, and they had some really good classes… ballet, tap,
and jazz. When we moved, I enrolled at Class Act in Paso Robles, and that’s when
I really got involved and when I first got en pointe [pronounced “on point” and it
means to dance on your tippy-toes].
What was your best dance experience?
I was able to go to New York for dance right after I finished high school. It was
such a great experience. When I was there, I lived right in Manhattan and learned
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how to take the subway. I shared a tiny
apartment that, well, it really wasn’t much
bigger than this room [this interview was
conducted in a 10’ x 12’ conference room]
and I had a roommate who I split the $2,000
rent with. It left me totally broke, but it was
worth it! I mean, I got to live in this cool
building with all these New Yorkers who
knew what they were doing, and I got to sort
of play along. But, really, the best part of the
whole thing was being able to train with the
instructors and the dancers from The Joffrey
Ballet. They were amazing.
So, you’re living in New York City…
Then I moved to Los Osos.
Well, if you can make it there, you can make
it anywhere, right?
I know, I know [laughter]. It took me a while
to readjust to small town life. I took a job
teaching preschool and started classes in
ECE (Early Children’s Education), all the while
continuing to dance. It was a couple of years
later that Lori Silvaggio asked me to start
teaching classes at The Academy. She really
wanted to start a children’s dance program;
she knew that I was teaching preschool, and
she thought I would be the right person to
make it happen. So, Lori and I met regularly
for a couple of months, and we put together a
program. I wanted it to be set up like a series
of stepping stones, so when the kids left one
class, they would be ready for the next one. I
wanted the kids to really blossom.
You really seem to come
to life when talking about
I get really excited about
a new lesson plan for the
month. For example, we may
be learning a new tap step,
and I get really excited about
what I’m going to teach them
because I know they are
ready. Take the Thursday
class - they’ve been with me
for a couple of years, and they
catch things, even though
they’re just 6, 7, 8 years old.
They’re like little sponges
soaking everything up. I get
so excited because they are
going to come in ready to
dance; then afterward they
share the story of their day
and what they learned…
these new dance steps that I
get to teach them. Then they
learn a routine and actually
perform, which is so, I’m sorry,
it just gets me so emotional.
Sorry. [We had to pause at
this point in the interview as
Harmony was suddenly and
unexpectedly overcome with
emotion… the authenticity
of her passion for teaching
became abundantly clear].
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It seems that teaching runs in the family… tell us
about your husband, Sean. How did you two meet?
Okay, San Miguel High School needed a volunteer
dance instructor and cheerleader coach. They
had just started an outreach program to try to get
their girls more active in after school activities,
and I applied. The school didn’t have a big budget,
but we managed somehow to get some uniforms
together and have a really nice experience for the
girls. Sean was a teacher there and led a lot of the
after school activities, as well. He would put on the
dances and organize the games, and he would help
with plays and those sorts of things. I would have
to go into his classroom quite a bit to coordinate
with him on all of the after school activities.
Was it love at first sight?
Actually, the first time I met him, I didn’t like him.
He was very rude to me. We were talking about
colleges and, at the time, I was thinking about
transferring to UC Davis and he said, “Why would
you want to go there, that’s a horrible school,” and
he kind of got on my case about it.
I remember walking out of the room thinking, I
really do not like him at all. He is not a nice
person. I don’t care how much the students love
him; he is not a nice person. I just said to myself,
Okay, take us from “I do not like him at all” to
“I do” if you would…
Well, some time passed and we started doing
more and more after school activities together.
For example, I chaperoned a dance that he had
organized. So we kind of got to know each other,
and it turned out that he wasn’t such a bad guy
after all. We became close as friends, and I really
started to like him. The test was when I invited
him to come see me perform in the Nutcracker. He
said “Ok” and I said, “Really?” and he said,“Sure.”
Anyway, after the show, I asked him what he
thought and he said, “You know I had never been to
a ballet before, but you know, I really liked it,” and
he told me that I was a really good dancer. And, I
thought to myself, ‘Wow. This is kind of nice.’
...somehow I get
reminded that what
I am doing is all
that I need to do.
I don’t need
Now we’re getting somewhere.
So, afterward we went out together for dinner. At
the end of the night we’re sitting in the car, and I
could tell that he was really shy. But we had such
a great time, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘I know he
wants my phone number,’ and was wondering why
he wasn’t asking for it. So I finally turned to him
and said, “Do you want my phone number?”
And he said, “Yeah, that would be nice.” So I gave
it to him, and from then on we were pretty much
inseparable. We’ve been together for nine years
now. October will be our five year anniversary.
What does the future hold for you?
I want to teach. I’m going to continue to teach.
I’m still going to school and probably always will. I
love taking classes at Cuesta. I am going to stay in
the area; I mean, I don’t think I could ever leave. I
won’t. And, if Sean and I decided to start a family,
this is definitely where we would want to raise
our kids. I don’t think there is a better place, to be
honest. Being married, teaching, and dancing has
been so wonderful and has opened up so many
doors that I don’t feel like I need to go a different
route. I get to do what I love, and I get paid for
it, which is a bonus. I feel very fortunate. I have
always sort of questioned myself, and there have
been times in my life where I think to myself, what
am I going to do? Which direction should I go? But,
it always seems to naturally work itself out. And,
somehow I get reminded that what I am doing is all
that I need to do. I don’t need anything else.
Harmony, thank you very much for visiting with
us today. We are inspired by your passion for
Oh, that’s very sweet. Thank you so much. SLO LIFE
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The Way We Live
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It turns out that a focus on conservation comes naturally to the Rudd children, as their
father, Jeff, is both an avid surfer and committed environmentalist, who also manages
the San Luis Obispo and Ventura offices for REC Solar.
Meka, who split time growing up between Northern California and Cape Cod,
Massachusetts, remembers her family culture being one of conservation and respect
for nature. “It’s something we really try to instill in our kids. I mean, it can be as simple
as hanging out our clothes on the clothesline, or figuring out creative ways to reuse
things. We actually have a lot of fun with it.”
A walk around the garden with Jeff is accompanied by a steady flow of facts and
figures pertaining to conservation, and the discussion shifts easily between last
season’s fruit production to the practical application of theories about tree shade and
water savings. Between bites of a freshly picked fig Jeff reflects, “We really wanted to
make our home centered around the backyard. Rather than having to take the kids to
the park or a trail to explore nature, we can do it right here.”
The Rudd’s commitment to conservation has yielded some impressive results. Because
of their rooftop solar system, they pay virtually no electric bill and expect that they may
soon be able to sell some of their excess power back to the utility company. Jeff also
engineered and built a simple water run-off collection system, which fills a 1,100 gallon
tank purchased from Farm Supply several years ago. Jeff explains, “It’s not the ideal
system since we have a composite roof; you really should have a metal roof to use the
water for all purposes, but we are able save a lot by using our homemade collection
system to water our lawn.” According to Jeff, the whole system cost less than $1,000, it
uses no pumps, and the tank fills to capacity after “two good rains.”
Never quite satisfied, Jeff recently designed and built a solar-thermal system that
allows him to take a warm shower after his surf sessions. “There was a bunch of this
leftover PVC pipe from an old marketing display at work and I had been thinking about
how to build one of these, so now we have one less traditionally heated hot shower,
which yields a lot of savings. And, after I’m done, I use all the of the runoff water that is
captured in the removable base of the shower to water the garden,” he explains.
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Clearly, these are the impressive results of innovative
projects that Jeff insists can be easily done at any home.
Charmingly, we are reminded about his humble beginnings
when Meka answers the question about where his
resourceful garden skills were developed. “Honestly,” she
recalls, “I bought him this lime tree for his first Father’s
Day when we were still living in Shell Beach. The yard we
had was so small, but we did manage to find a little spot to
plant it. I thought it would be fun for him to be able to walk
outside and grab a lime for his beer in the evening.” SLO LIFE
Jeff gives Ben a boost to look
into the water collection tank.
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Let’s Talk Business
buying a small business
A reader submitted a question to us that piqued our curiosity. He asked, “How do you go about buying a small
business?” SLO LIFE Magazine was able to follow up by posing the question to a variety of small business
owners, who have gone through the process and they indicated that now is a great time to “buy a job.” By that
they mean, buy a small business. The reasons seem logical: the job market continues to be tight and financing
is scarce, so small business owners have become increasingly creative with their succession plans. If you
find yourself currently unemployed or “underemployed,” now might be the time to consider buying a small
business. Although this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, below is a brief overview of what you might
expect with a business purchase:
First, before you do anything else, identify the type of business you would like to own. Think about your
strengths. Are you good at selling? Does managing people come easily to you? Be very honest with yourself.
You wouldn’t want to buy a restaurant, for example, if you are not passionate about food and service.
Next, find a business that is for sale. Most of these resources can now be found online [if you go to this article
on our website you will find links to all of the major business-for-sale websites]. Nearly all of the listings will
identify the industry of the business (e.g., restaurant or roofer), the county in which it is located, its last full year
of revenues, cash flow, and asking price.
Contact the listings which you would like to learn more about. This is now typically done with a request form
through the website or by email. You can then expect to receive a reply from the business owner, or the
business broker handling the sale. This person is similar to a real estate agent and customarily receives a 10%
commission upon closing from the seller.
After the owner spends some time prequalifying you as a buyer, they will open up their books to you. Expect to
sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) requiring you to keep everything you learn confidential. The seller will
not want his or her competitors or customers knowing about the sale until it goes through.
Once a good preliminary understanding of the business has been achieved via phone and email, a visit will be
scheduled to the business itself, typically afterhours, on a weekend, or an off day. Usually, during this same
visit, an extensive interview will take place between buyer and seller. There may be multiple visits to ensure
that a good understanding has been achieved and the chemistry is favorable between buyer and seller. If
it looks like a deal can be made, the buyer will have an opportunity to review the last three-to-five years of
financial statements and tax returns. This is typically done with the help of an accountant or adviser who can
read these documents.
Now, it’s time to make an offer. And, this is where things get really interesting. Unlike real estate, there are
no set rules and creativity typically rules the day. For example, unless you are using an SBA loan, you do not
necessarily need a 20% down payment and an 80% bank loan to finance the purchase. In fact, many small
business deals end up with a significant seller “carry-back” (payments made to the seller over time). The key is
finding something that works for both parties.
If the offer is accepted, an escrow account is opened with a title company that can handle small business
transactions. This usually marks the due diligence period where the buyer has the opportunity to fully
investigate all of the claims made by the seller (for example, checking sales receipts against bank deposits).
Once all of the conditions of the sales agreement are met and the title company verifies clear ownership, the
business changes hands. Congratulations - you now own your own business! SLO LIFE
Discretionary cash flow, or EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) times a
multiple most often determines the asking price. The quality of the business, including its level of profitability,
typically determine the size of the multiple. A highly profitable business with an impeccable reputation will
gain a higher multiple than will a marginally profitable business with a poor reputation. Although valuing a
small business is far beyond the scope of this article, here is one example:
Sales = $300,000 EBITDA = $85,000 Multiple = 3 Price = $255,000 ($85,000 x 3)
As you can see, the multiple is critical in this calculation and this number varies by industry, as well. Much
like real estate, multiples in business transactions are often determined by comparable sales. But, unlike real
estate, there are not nearly as many sales to study, so this is truly an inexact science. Most often the asking
price is used as a point to begin negotiations. Where the price ultimately falls is determined by what makes
sense for both the seller and the buyer.
Note - Other factors that may be valued differently or separately from this method are hard assets (such as
equipment) and real estate.
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To Your Health
GET IN AND GET OUT
WITH A GREAT WORKOUT AT REV!
Many of us equate Vitamin D with strong bones, which is true and a good place to
start this conversation, but it doesn’t come close to telling the whole story.
Vitamin D is actually a “steroid vitamin,” which
encourages the metabolism of calcium and
phosphorus. Although there are five known forms
of Vitamin D, only two are relevant for nutrition:
Vitamins D2 and D3.
During our research for this article, we encountered
study after study indicating that Vitamin D has been
shown to reduce the risk of developing certain
cancers, osteoporosis, various autoimmune and
cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease,
fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, high blood
pressure, chronic muscle pain and even depression.
You may be asking, “Hey, how come milk is not on
this list?” We wondered the same thing and had
always assumed that Vitamin D was present in dairy
products, which is often true but they are added,
or “fortified,” after the fact with Vitamin D2. Many
processed flours and breads are also fortified in this
We think that D3 is the most interesting of the
Vitamin D family because you can actually get it
just by going outside! That’s right, sunlight triggers
a photosynthetic process in our skin, which creates
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The government recommends 200 to 600 IU
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caused by Vitamin D deficiency. Most researchers
and health practitioners in this area now
recommend much more, on the order of somewhere
between 1,000 IU and 2,000 IU daily.
Foods naturally high in Vitamin D:
Fatty fish [remember them from our talk about
Omega 3’s last time?] such as Salmon (360 IU),
Mackerel (345 IU), Sardines (250 IU), and Tuna
Eggs (20 IU)
Beef liver (15 IU)
Fish liver oils, such as cod liver oil (1360 IU)
Mushrooms (100 – 500 IU with some wild
varieties providing as much as 46,000 IU!)
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So, what’s the problem? There’s loads of sunshine
and great weather on the Cental Coast, and most of
us spend a good deal of time outside. Well, as we
have become wise to the dangers of overexposure
to the sun, we have inadvertently but dramatically
decreased our Vitamin D3 consumption. Some
studies have found that as much as 97% of our
Vitamin D3 intake from the sun has been blocked by
our use of sunscreens [sometimes it feels like you
just can’t win, doesn’t it?]. Also, aging skin produces
less Vitamin D3. In fact, the average 70-year-old
produces 75% less than a 20-year-old does. Skin
color makes a difference too, as people with dark
skin produce less Vitamin D than those with light
If you’re looking for a personal analysis of your
Vitamin D levels, you can go and get yourself
tested, but we encourage you to draw your own
conclusions because, again, many of the experts
today claim that the “normal” levels are found to be
overly focused on minimum levels which is great for
preventing rickets, but may miss the bigger picture
when it comes to achieving optimal health.
…one study found that vitamin D
supplementation could reduce the
risk of getting type 1 diabetes by
80 percent. In the Nurses’ Health
Study (a study of more than 130,000
nurses over 3 decades), vitamin D
supplementation reduced the risk
of multiple sclerosis by 40 percent.
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Milestones & Memories
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No Place Like Home
Avila Valley Barn
By Jeanette Trompeter, KSBY News
This is the best time of the year to enjoy locally
grown fresh fruits and vegetables. And, we
are so fortunate on the Central Coast to have
access to a full bounty of them. Fortunately, you
don’t have to wait for a farmer’s market to find a
collection of the finest.
in Avila Valley
in Avila Valley
Anyone who has traveled Avila Beach Drive has
probably noticed a lot of folks stopping at the Avila
Valley Barn. There’s good reason for that. The freshly
harvested fare sold here makes it one of the best fruit
and vegetable stands on the Central Coast. But, you’ll
find so much more here than great produce.
It’s part petting zoo, part ice cream parlor, candy shop,
and general store - it’s a place where you can find all
things sweet that come from this valley. “We use our
own olallieberries, our own apricots and peaches,
everything goes into our jams,” explains owner
Debbie Smith. “Our apples and our apple butters, our
ice cream is used with a lot of our fresh ingredients,
and now we’re starting deli sandwiches.”
And while you are welcome to just make a quick stop
to pick up a few things on the way home, the idea
behind the Barn is to bring you as close to the roots
of the fruits as possible. That’s why so many people
choose to pick their own. “In the spring we have berry
picking, come summer we have peach picking. We’re
now picking apples. We have pumpkin picking,” says
Smith. “They can feed the goats and they can take the
hayrides, and what you pick is what you pay for.”
The Barn has 90 acres to harvest from, so even if you
choose to buy what’s already been picked for you,
rest assured you are still getting the fruits of Central
Coast labors. “Because we’re local, I think we need
to buy local!” Smith exclaims with excitement.
It’s a place to be proud of, where kids can be kids and
create memories that will last even longer than their
fascination with the latest video game. And Smith
has gotten to know a lot of kids over the years. “They
came 15 years, 20 years ago for hayrides, and now
they’re bringing their own kids back. We really see
a resurgence of families and people wanting to be in
touch with the farm,” she observes.
It’s Americana. Quite frankly, it’s a place you can just
sit and relax for a while and it will make your heart
The Barn opens in March and closes at Christmas.
But in the months in-between, you can find plenty of
proof here there’s no place like home. SLO LIFE
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Local Food by Local People
pumkin and red lentil soup
Shared by Laura Sanchez
I have been enamored with pumpkins since I was a young child, and some of my most
beloved memories are of walking through the pumpkin patch with my family. When I had
children of my own, I discovered a new sense of joy watching my little ones, Davey, Lucy
and Joaquin, during harvest time, toddling through the pumpkins.
The year we moved to our new home, my oldest son, Davey, brought home a pumpkin
plant from kindergarten. It was an incredibly windy spring, and the two tender sprouts
peeked precariously over the edge of a small milk carton. As Davey ran proudly home to
show me his plant, not one, but two sprouts snapped in the wind. My heart sank, but my
young one insisted that we must plant his beloved pumpkin in the ground. My husband,
Dave, and I looked at each other knowingly, assuming that his plant would not survive
after breaking. Amidst the wreckage of a landscaping remodel, we staked out a plot for
Davey’s pumpkin patch. Alongside his kindergarten plant, we planted heirloom pumpkin
seeds in mounds. As these seeds sprouted, they were the only shreds of green in our
sea of dirt. Amazingly, Davey’s pumpkin plant not only survived, but thrived, fruiting
months later with beautiful, dark-orange pumpkins.
After seeding and roasting, I pureed and stored our pumpkins in mason jars in the freezer.
I called my friend and fellow pumpkin gardener, Laura McCarley, to share ideas on recipes
using pumpkin puree. Laura, who makes everything taste delicious, shared a recipe with
me that inspired this soup.
PumPkin and Red LentiL SouP
1/2 cup butter or extra virgin olive oil
3 large onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups red or pink lentils, dried
10 cups chicken stock
3 1/2 cups roasted pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon marjoram, dried
1 teaspoon thyme, dried
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• This recipe also works with butternut squash •
1 cup heavy cream (added at the end)
a drizzle of toasted pumpkin seed oil
Roasted pumpkin seeds
a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream
Fresh thyme sprigs or leaves
1. To roast pumpkin cut lengthwise and remove
seeds, reserving them for later use. Rub squash
with olive oil, both inside and out, and place facedown
on a baking sheet. Roast in oven at 350
degrees for about an hour, until soft when pierced
with a knife. Scoop flesh from cooled squash and
puree in blender or food processor, adding small
amounts of water if needed. Use, can or freeze.
2. To prepare soup, saute onions in butter or olive
oil until soft. Add the remaining ingredients and
simmer for about 40-45 minutes, or until lentils are
soft. Because pink and red lentils cook quicker than
other varieties, take care to watch the soup near
the end. Blend soup to desired consistency. I enjoy
the texture best when half of the soup is blended,
leaving the other half chunky. Then mix both soups
back together and keep warm on the stove. After
soup is gently warmed through, top with any
desired garnish and serve hot, with crusty bread,
for a beautiful and comforting harvest feast.
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• San Luis Obispo • Avila •
• Los Osos • Five Cities •
• Nipomo •
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five reasons why SLO is unique
We here at SLO LIFE Magazine have always heard that the real estate market in San Luis Obispo is unique, and we were
curious to know exactly how it is different. So we decided to ask local realtors. In our many conversations, we were able
to come up with a bit of a consensus, and we wanted to share this admittedly unscientific study with you…
The great weather and amazing landscape make this a desirable place to live.
National magazines continue to put us at the top of various “Best Places to
Live” lists, so the word is out [check out a new book called Thrive… Finding
Happiness the Blue Zones Way, published by National Geographic]. And,
simple economics dictate that when something is wanted, or “in demand,” and
the supply is constant, prices go up.
Believe it or not, SLO still offers better property prices than many areas of
the Bay Area or Southern California. It is still possible to sell a home in one of
these urban areas and come to SLO where money goes further (although the
difference in values continues to narrow). This makes for a smart financial move,
especially for those who have been toiling away for the last 30-years paying off
a mortgage in high-cost urban area.
Certainly, Cal Poly ads so much to life here in San Luis Obispo, but its 20,000
students also naturally affect the local housing market. First, there is a high
percentage of Single Family Dwellings here rented to college students. Second,
there has always been a trend of parents of students buying “starter” homes to
rent to their kids and their friends.
No matter what side of this issue you are on, it is true that there are not a lot
of new housing starts in SLO. On the plus side, this has meant maintaining
open lands and preserving natural beauty. On the minus side, it means less
affordable housing and less availability. There are no easy answers to this one,
and there are persuasive arguments on both sides.
The number of people living in SLO has remained remarkably stable and
has even shrunk a bit in recent years. A college town like ours always has
a fair amount of turnover each year, and since we are without a long list of
big employers, people have to be creative in making a living. Moving here
and staying here can be a challenge; therefore, the population has remained
relatively constant. SLO LIFE
the numbers at a glance
Comparing the last four months to the same period last year (04/01/09 - 07/31/09 vs. 04/01/10 - 07/31/10)
$100,000 - $500,000
2009 2010 +/-
$500,001 - $1,000,000
2009 2010 +/-
$1,000,001 - $2,500,000
2009 2010 +/-
1. Total Homes Sold
27 37 37.04%
52 67 28.85%
3 6 100%
2. Average Asking Price
$430,204 $443,266 3.04%
$679,304 $681,498 0.33%
$1,680,667 $1,960,033 16.62%
3. Average Selling Price
$410,689 $426,431 3.83%
$651,045 $645,713 -0.82%
$1,558,333 $1,737,333 11.49%
4. Sales Price as a % of Asking Price
95.46% 96.2% 0.74%
95.84% 94.75% -1.09%
92.72% 88.64% -4.08%
5. Average # of Days on the Market
95 71 -25.26%
81 84 3.7%
212 120 -43.4%
SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of Realtors
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“What’s the most important thing to consider when buying a home?”
You will save a lot of money and trouble down the road if you
make sure that the house is in great shape before you buy it.
The only way you can do that is by hiring an experienced,
knowledgeable home inspector, who will thoroughly examine
the structure and provide you with a detailed written analysis
upon completion. This report will itemize any problem areas of
the house so you will know what you are getting into. And, don’t
fall into the trap of hiring the cheapest home inspector, as there
are no certification or licensing requirements to become a home
inspector. So, stick with someone who belongs to one of the
major national associations (CREIA and/or ASHI); this will ensure
that they have at least met all of the necessary on-going training
requirements. When it comes time to make what will likely be
your biggest investment, be sure to go into it with full knowledge
of any problems that may exist.
Cornerstone Home Inspection
The single most important thing to consider when purchasing a
home is LIFESTYLE. It can be so easy to become distracted by
all of the factors that go along with choosing a home that you
can lose sight of the bigger picture. If you focus instead on what
sort of lifestyle you are looking for – not only right now, but into
the future – then all of the other answers for everything from
financing to location will come naturally. And, this is not just a
suggestion for the first-time homebuyer, but at all stages of life
you will want to carefully consider what you are looking for in
your lifestyle. Are you close to retirement? Expecting a family?
Growing your family? These are just a few questions to get you
started, but you will find that when you answer the question of
lifestyle first, you will be quite successful in all of the other things
that go along with buying a home. Fortunately, San Luis Obispo
offers a large diversity of options sure to fit your lifestyle, both for
today and tomorrow.
The Real Estate Group of San Luis Obispo
There is a lot to consider when buying a house. From a lender’s
perspective, I can offer that there is more to the issue of cost than
just the price. There is the question of how much down payment
is required to get in. Plus, there is the cost of the financing and
what the payments will be over the long run. People are often
amazed when they see what that adds up to. Then there is the
seldom asked question about the operating and maintenance
costs of the home. What are the utility costs and are there ways
to make the home more energy and water efficient? Are there
high cost maintenance items or a homeowner’s association
that will affect long term affordability? My experience has been
that many people get hung up on the price issue in negotiations
for a home. While important, the bigger picture needs to be
remembered including the taxes, insurance costs, maintenance,
utilities, homeowner’s association fees, and whatever other
costs may be applicable to a particular property.
The Mortgage House
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Event Brews & Bites
Time 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location Mission Plaza
Description The San Luis Brewers
Guild showcase their craft beers
together with foods from local
restaurants. Proceeds go to
Woods Humane Society and
Earth Day Alliance.
September 4, 11
Event Cal Poly Football
Location Alex G. Spanos Stadium
September 3, 10, 17, 24
Event Endless Summer
Time 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location Edna Valley Vineyard
Description Live music, wine and
Event Hit & Giggle Golf Tournament
Location Avila Beach Golf Resort
Description Great Food, Fun and
Frolic at every hole. The day
will culminate with a cocktail
reception and great prizes.
Event Taste of San Luis
Time 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location Mission Plaza
Event Dance the night away
as you eat, drink, mingle with
friends and enjoy a beautiful
evening. Proceeds support
beautification and promotions
programs in Downtown SLO.
Event Women’s Legacy Fund Luncheon
Time 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location Embassy Suites, SLO
Description Help build a
permanent endowment to
support programs and projects of
local organizations that address
the needs of women and girls.
Event Book and Author Festival
Location SLO Library & Mission Plaza
Description Costumed breakfast
served at the Library followed by
author presentations in the plaza.
September 19 - 20
Event Pallet to Palate
Location Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Description Celebrate the
importance of fresh, local food.
Proceeds benefit The Food Bank
Coalition of SLO County.
Event Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
Location Spanos Theater
Description Dan Hicks, long
considered one of pop music’s
truly original figures and
America’s finest songwriters.
Event Bravo SLO!
Location Cohan Center
Preview the upcoming arts
season at BravoSLO! 2010,
a showcase for more than 20
organizations that perform at the
PAC throughout the year.
Event Bill Cosby
Time 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Location Christopher Cohan Center
Description America’s most
popular comedians of all time,
returns for two “face-hurtingly”
Event Hunger Walk
Location St. Stephen’s Church
Description Food Bank Coalitiion
and Central Coast Clergy & Laity
for Justice team up in their 2010
Location Cohan Center
Description An evening of
passion, music, and dance.
September 27 - October 3
Event Plein Air Festival
Time All Day
Location Mission Plaza &
Museum or Art
Description Concert Under the Star,
Kids Paint Out, Movie Night, Plein Air
Poetry, Collectors Party, and more!
September 30 – October 3
Event Savor The Central Coast
Location Throughout the County
Description Celebrate the beauty
and bounty of this unspoiled and
largely unexplored part of the
Golden State in an incredible
Event Off The Hook
Location Unity, San Luis Obispo
Description Explore redemption
in prison by following the braided
stories of four groups of inmates.
Event Steve Martin
Time 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Location Cohan Center
Description Steve Martin pushes
his creative envelope with his
Event Paula Poundstone
Location Spanos Theater
Description An evening of laughout-loud
standup. A benefit for
the SLO Hep C Project.
October 8 - 31
Event Leading Ladies
Location SLO Little Theatre
Description Some Like it Hot
meets Twelfth Night in this
Event Eperanza Spalding
Location Spanos Theater
Description Classically trained
Esperanza Spalding combines
elements of jazz, folk, and
world music into the enduring
foundations of classical music.
Event Bishop’s Peak Carnival
Time 5:00:pm - 8:00pm
Location Bishops Peak Elementary
Description Support the school
and enjoy food, games and fun
for the whole family. Don’t forget
to stop by the multi-purpose
room for the amazing auction!
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Event Ellis Marsalis
Location Spanos Theater
Description Ellis Marsalis,
modern-jazz innovator in New
Orleans and renowned teacher.
Event Diane Schuur & SLO Symphony
Location Cohan Center
Description Diane Schuur, winner
of two Grammy Awards for
Best Jazz Vocalist and a repeat
performer at the White House.
Event Drumline Live
Location Cohan Center
Description Drumline Live offers
a night filled with riveting
rhythms and bold beats.
Event Hal Holbrook
Location Cohan Center
Description The one-man Emmy &
Tony Award-winning show is the
celebrated Mark Twain Tonight!
Event Taj Mahal
Location Cohan Center
Description Grammy Awardwinning
blues and roots legend
Taj Mahal joins rising star Malian
artist Vieux Farka Touré.
Event Great Pumpkin Contest
Time 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Location Farm Supply, SLO
Description Come join us for
the Central Coasts 5th Annual
Event Sea Fare
Time 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Location Avila Beach Golf Resort
Description Join us for seafood,
wine, amazing auction items
and a whole lot of fun while
supporting the Sea Life Center’s
marine education programs and
promoting ocean awareness.
Event Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Location Spanos Theater
Description The largest
environmental film festival in the
U.S. returns to SLO, featuring
environmental and outdoor
adventure films in a spirit of
inspiration, education, and
Event Jay Johnson
Location Spanos Theater
Description Jay Johnson offers
an evening of heart-warming
hilarity for the whole family with
his classic ventriloquist routines.
Event David Sedaris
Location Cohan Center
Description Come experience
the great skill with which master
of satire David Sedaris slices
through cultural euphemisms
and political correctness.
October 23, 30
Event Cal Poly Football
Location Alex G. Spanos Stadium
Event Imago Theatre
Location Cohan Center
Description In the comical
ZooZoo, IMAGO will mesmerize
the audience with acrobatic and
sly movement while tantalizing
the senses, the intellect, and the
Event Winemaker Dinner
Location Et Voila
Description Join Claiborne &
Churchill for a sumptuous
winemaker dinner prepared by
Chef de Cuisine José Dahan.
Event Harvest Dinner
Time 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location Edna Valley Vineyards
Description A feast with the
November 5, 6, 7
Event SLO Vintners Harvest Celebration
Location SLO Wineries and Avila Beach
Description Winemaker Dinners
& Mixers, Wine Seminar &
Grand Tasting with Auction, and
Open Houses at wineries.
Event Click Clack Moo
Location Cohan Center
Description The hilariously “mooving”
new musical, teaches
the young ones all about
compromise and caring.
November 5 - 14
Event Poetry Festival
Location San Luis Obispo
Description Corners of the
Mouth in conjunction with Cal
Poly University WriterSpeak are
pleased to announce the 27th
Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry
Event The 5 Browns
Location Cohan Center
superstars will dazzle audiences
with performances of classical
Event Cal Poly Football
Location Alex G. Spanos Stadium
November 19 – December 19
Location SLO Little Theatre
Description This fun-for-thewhole-family
holiday musical is
the perfect way to insure your
holiday season is merry and
Event Mariachi Los Comperos
Location Cohan Center
Description Celebrate their 50th
anniversary with Nati Cano
and his Los Camperos through
popular song and rich cultural
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