When you move onto the Ranch, you get a bunch of literature, people willing to drill a peek-hole in your front door, resurface your driveway, clean your furnace, seal your grout...but no one tells you the Scripps Ranch Rules of the Road.
This will be my last Editorial; next month you'll find that we have found an outstanding staff that will keep you entertained, educated, and amused. They have creativity, talent, and some fresh thoughts, so hang on -- it ought to be fun. But that is next month. This month, let me take a few paragraphs to relate some things that you may not have read in the new homeowner's brochure.
Expect more homes and children on the Ranch. I thought I had predicted buildout a few years ago. I was wrong, 2 or 3 or 4 times. If buildout exists, it is way down the road. Roll with the increases and try to integrate the newcomers and keep that small town feel.
Treat your peers well. They will follow you from tot lots, to babysitting groups, to scouts, to Little League, to Grad Night. Be kind to those folks; you're bonded at the hip the moment you have the same age child.
Find something you care about, and follow it. People on the Ranch care; they work hard, they don't quit, they take wild ideas and view them as a challenge. If you are willing to stay for the whole ride, you can start an organization, build a school, create a trail, make a difference.
If you have dollars, contribute dollars; if you have time, contribute time. Different periods of your life will give you different things to contribute. Don't stew about what you have or don't have. Give what you have.
Take the high road. There are many conflicts in life and on the Ranch, but if you take the high road, you will never feel bad about yourself or the outcome. Most people do this, but it is not the easiest looking path from many vantage points along the way.
Don't let your animals out. Our Country Living is more than a quaint phrase; domestic pets are easy food for many of their country cousins. It is the natural order of things, but has brought sadness to many families.
Say hi on the Ranch. It's smaller than you think. Many of the people you run into will show up again and again in many ways in your life. I remember the first time I saw someone I knew at Vons; now I rarely go without seeing someone I know. This gives me comfort and a sense of home.
Stay. There are many homes on the Ranch that will fit your changing needs. Ask around and you will find many families who have moved 2 or 3 times. They could afford to move to the beach, but they chose to stay in Scripps Ranch instead.