Project Traffic Slow Down

Please read the article in the August SRCA Newsletter that discusses speeding on Scripps Ranch roads and urges drivers to slow down. Just a reminder that school children have been on vacation and may have forgotten good safety habits, so be careful especially near our schools. Over the years we have been fortunate to have, to my knowledge, only two accidents involving students near our schools. Now is not the time for you to become infamous as causing number three, and it depends on you. We have asked the San Diego Police Department for special patrols around the schools, at least for the first few days, to be sure the traffic rules are followed.

I remember the hard lessons learned when I complained to the city about the dangerous and continual running of the stop sign outside my house on Aviary Drive and then the speeding down the hill to Hoyt Park. This is very close to Miramar Ranch Elementary School. I also asked for traffic enforcement of the 25 miles per hour. City crews came out, did a traffic survey, and guess what? They increased the speed limit from 25 mph to 30 mph! So much for assistance. I must admit I still go out on the corner with my clipboard and walker and take down license plate numbers. This sometimes helps slow down impatient drivers. Slow down!

Disposing of Old Medications

We were asked to remind parents about the proper way to dispose of expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. They should never be put in the toilet, as they could contaminate our water supply, or left where an unauthorized person can get them. Here’s what to do:

  • Leave in the original container
  • Remove all personal information
  • Secure the tops of the containers
  • Put it in a plastic bag and drop it off at the police department’s Northeastern Division, 13396 Salmon River Road, Mon.–Fri., 8 am–5 pm

A Little Bit of History

I was asked by a potential Ranch resident: “What is Pomerado Terrace on Pomerado Road? Is it a housing development with possibly homes for sale?” I replied, “No, it is housing for U.S. Navy families and occupants are assigned.”

I explained the site was used in World War II as a firefighting school for crew members. After the war it was abandoned and then-United States International University—now Alliant—took it over for outdoor storage. They wanted to purchase the site but the Navy declined.

The Navy came to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and asked about it as a housing site for families. John Royer and I volunteered to join their design group to create the project you now see, which is nice and includes a storage area, parking, safe play areas for the children, and more.

The time came to name the project and I suggested “Pomerado Terrace,” and it was adopted. The families who live there attend Scripps Ranch schools.

Help for Disabled Vets

Just a gentle reminder: many veterans still are recovering from injuries received in two recent wars. They and their families need our continued help and donations to the agencies caring for them. Google “San Diego veterans organizations.”

“If Only,” “What If”

Father Daniel of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church preached a good lesson for all of us on the magic words, “if only” and “what if.” Too often we find that things we plan to do result in adverse actions we did not want. We then tend to say, “If only I had done so and so,” that would not have happened. The other good excuse words are “what if I did not do so and so.”

The lesson learned is we reduce our use of these phrases and adopt the Boy Scout phrase, “Be Prepared.” In other words do our homework to better our chances of success. This is still my concept that successful results are enhanced by always searching for the “doable solution.”

A Bit of Senior Humor

We all need to practice a sense of humor, particularly as we age. I enjoy reading jokes about seniors—including myself—and hope you find them amusing.

  • “The biggest lie you tell yourself: I don’t need to write it down. I will remember it.”
  • We should consider not saying, “I need to use the John,” and change the name to say, “Go to the Jim.” It sounds so much more athletic!
  • As a senior, you do not have “gray or white hair.” You have “wisdom highlights.”

Bob Dingeman