Friday, October 21, 2016

Our Flag

Here is another photo of our beautiful flag flying high above our lovely resort.  When I posted a picture of it yesterday, it started me thinking about the mechanics of the flag.  Who puts it up and maintains it?

The answer:  Our maintenance staff is responsible for putting up and maintaining the flag.  With it up so high in the sky, we don't realize how big it really is.  On a windy day, it takes at least two people to properly raise the flag.

photos from PC website

Typically, a flag lasts a month or so unless it is very very windy.  The supplier that provides the flags can repair them at least two times.  If the flag gets too small from repair, they call and ask to retire the flag and a new one is purchased.

There is a website called "Half Staff Alerts" that broadcasts to businesses and organizations that sends email when the president or state official asks flags to be lowered in honor of a certain event. 

The most recent half staff was on Sunday, October 9.  The message read as follows:

President Obama will issue a proclamation for the American flag to be flown at half-staff honoring our Nation's firefighters.  That half-staff date will be Sunday, October 9, 2016.  

67 firefighters lost their lives this year.  Regrettably, this is one of the most overlooked half-staff memorials probably due to being held on a Sunday.  I hope everyone will make a strong effort to comply with this important event honoring our firefighters.  

Some flags, like the ones commonly seen in school classrooms or on houses, are fixed in a certain position on their poles. How does one handle the sticky situation of a flag that physically can't be flown at half-staff? The United States Code doesn't cover this conundrum, but the American Legion advocates adding a black ribbon to the top of the flag's pole to indicate mourning.

 Thank you to Lillie Corbitt for leading me to the information.

Halloween pictures

It doesn't show up real well in this photo, but our flag looks beautiful flying high above the palm trees.

Polish up your golf clubs as the course is looking good.

All the power washers are VERY busy these days.  So many folks returning and asking their house or rig to be cleaned before they return.

Autumn season is upon us.

Went up to the office this morning to look for some newsy photos.

Lots of cute Halloween decorations up here.

Always a friendly cheerful smile from Joy Miller in the Activities office.

Ashley was busy on the phone.

Waved a friendly hello to Flo over in the mailroom next door.

Ed and MaryAnn Brown 

Internet Announcement from Gary Lambert!

 How exciting!!!  It's almost here!!

Sue… Please pass along through NextDoor and your blog. 
We are almost finished with the internet upgrade. We have two more things to accomplish, and then all scheduled upgrade work will be complete. 
·         Monday, Oct 24th, 8am to 11am, Dish will be adding additional bandwidth to our system to support better performance. This will likely result in some short term outages throughout the morning. Hopefully they will be brief, but I am told it could be as much as an hour. I do not think TV will be affected, but frankly I’m not real sure about that.
·         Tuesday, Oct 25th, 8am to 11am, Dish will be doing the final optimization of the system now that all of the additional bandwidth is available. This will again result on short term outages throughout the morning as they make changes to better optimize and balance the system. 
Once this is all completed, we will be able to offer the higher tier service (75meg) instead of the standard tier (25 meg) for those that desire it (at extra cost). I will confirm this once Dish gives us the green light, along with instructions on how to upgrade your internet service. 
Once more, we really appreciate everyone’s patience as we finish off this project. Thank you for your cooperation!! 
Gary Lambert
Operations Manager

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Snack Shack + Halloween + North Lake

As we rode through the sports complex this morning  and waved at all the pickleball players, we noticed that the snack shack area was all set up so stopped by to see Bob Fahrenbruch and get some info. 

The Snack Shack will have a "soft opening" on Thursday, November 3, to test their new set up and train the new crew of workers.  Regular opening is set for Friday, November 4.

We're starting to see some cute fall and Halloween decorations around the park.

Jane Dinsmore has a pet spider in her palm tree.

The north lake is being "rinsed" from all the reseeding process.  Water gets drained and then refilled to get it fresh and clean again.

Did someone lose a golf ball??? or two or three???

Fountains and lights are shut off during the rinsing process.

Sprinklers need to run night and day to make up for the absence of rain.

Sand traps get covered to keep the grass seed out during the reseeding process.

Some beautiful autumn colors sent in by Sue Reineck from Ohio.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016


 Hello again to everyone.  We're seeing more and more activity as folks are returning to our desert paradise.  The October weather is absolutely beautiful although afternoon temps are still in the 90s.  Quite a few vehicles are now in the parking lot that just a few weeks ago was almost bare.

The back nine  is turning its rich green vibrant color and looks beautiful.

The sprinklers are hard at work as we haven't had any rain in weeks.

Happy belated birthday to a dear friend.....Linda Steward.

There's another new restaurant waiting for you if you like Japanese food.  It's called Sho Ga and is located in the little plaza behind Wendys.  Those folks who like tempura or sushi type foods really enjoy the place.  

One more interesting tidbit for you.  We found this mud dauber nest affixed to one of the houses we watch.  This has truly been one busy bee as the nest is built by a solitary female.   Just imagine how many trips she has made from the nearest mud puddle.  Puddles are hard to find here in the desert.

It's fascinating to see the inside of one of these so I copied this picture from the internet for you.  

Don and I have this little decorative bird house on our patio.....and we have a mud dauber who has claimed squatter's rights to it as she flies in and out on a regular basis.  I imagine she has quite a nest in there by now.  She makes a good tenant as she doesn't bother anyone plus she rids us of a lot of spiders as her main food source.

The Activities Office is officially open as of yesterday so you can stop in and pick up your event tickets at any time.  Also....just FYI for those of you returning soon, our new badges are lengthwise this year but look pretty much the same as usual.  Get your name tag at the front desk and then you can stop at the gate house to get your annual sticker for your car.  You must have your new badge with you to get your sticker.


Have a GREAT day!  .....and remember to SMILE.