Community Project

I have two lovingly restored wooden carved Scripps Ranch signs that were used in the original real estate sales offices. They are part of our community history, and it was suggested that they be suitably placed somewhere in Scripps Ranch as a worthwhile project. Two similar ones were restored and put up and are now a beautiful and visual part of our community.

What would be required is to first select and coordinate two appropriate locations. Then, prepare nice plots and erect wooden poles to hold the signs.

If you are interested in taking on this project, please contact me at [email protected] Thank you!

Give Kids a Brake

School started on Monday, Aug. 28, so here is my annual reminder to give kids a “brake.” That means drive slowly in our neighborhoods, especially near our schools. We have a good safety record, and we want to keep our kids safe.

It’s also a good time to remind children to stay away from strangers as they walk to and from school. The San Diego Police Department has tips for you at This is not to scare your child, but to empower them with information.

Get Ready Now

While fire season is all year long nowadays, the traditional “fire season” really starts in the fall. As I’m sure you have seen, fires have swept parts of California already this year. With all the rain we received last winter, the lush grass and bushes have dried out in many places and pose a major threat for firefighters.

If you have not done so, by all means make sure you protect your home from wildfire. Remove any fire fuel from around your house. Also, check to see if you need to upgrade your emergency supplies of food and other items. Frankly, I was surprised when I checked ours to find we needed to replenish our bottled water and supply of batteries to go with our new LED flashlights.

I also was amazed that I still had not assembled our important papers to have them ready to go in case of an evacuation. That remains a chore, for sure. As we say in the Boy Scouts, “Be Prepared.”

Scripps Ranch History

I was pleased that Gaye found the CD of the wonderful oral history of Scripps Ranch that Sky Danskin made as his Eagle Scout project. Sky is now in the U.S. Navy education program leading to flight training status.

Sky interviewed a number of community leaders and the CD focuses on many of the things that have made our home so special for families. This is among the items that make up a valuable record of who we are and how we got here.

Real Wonders of the World

As we start school I wanted to share the following from an anonymous teacher at a San Diego elementary school. She had asked her young students what they considered the Seven Wonders of the World. They came up with the following: the pyramids; Taj Mahal; Panama Canal; Grand Canyon; Empire State Building; Great Wall of China; and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. (Correct answers: Taj Mahal; Colosseum; Chichen Itza, an archaeological site in Mexico’s Yucatán State; Machu Picchu in Peru; Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro; Petra, a Jordanian wonder; Great Wall of China; and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.)

One girl looked puzzled. When asked, she said she was not sure but her seven wonders were: to see, hear, feel, taste, touch, and laugh. The teacher said these are fine answers and asked if she could help with the seventh. The child answered, “No thanks, I know it. The seventh wonder of the world is ‘to love.’”

Bob Dingeman