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Fairbanks Ranch Gates Getting Huge Face Lift

If you have driven past Fairbanks Ranch on San Dieguito Road you may have noticed the huge construction job that is underway on both the main South Gate and North Gate guest entrance.  This is not your usual gate remodel.  We are talking about a huge undertaking to not only beautify the gates but also make the process of getting in and out of Fairbanks a lot more efficient than it has been for the last number of years. 

Those that frequent the community know that huge back ups quickly would occur when construction crews, gardeners, or lost guests clog the entry.  The way the gates were designed, if the wait got long enough there would be no way for for residents to get through.  This problem will be solved as soon as the new gates are completed.  They will no be much wider and there will not only be enough space for residents to get through but there will also be space for guests to be admitted in, even if somebody is having trouble getting through and needs to get verified.

For now, guest access into Fairbanks Ranch has been diverted to what used to be resident only gates.  They have built temporary stations and it is working just fine.  However, once the new gates are in place, the neighborhood will be even more grand than it already was.  Looking forward to it.

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What Bangkok Taught Me about San Diego

Known as America’s finest city, I am convinced that title does San Diego little justice.  It is truly the world’s finest city. My cumulative experience of travel to over 30 countries as diverse as Mexico to Cambodia, Israel to Hungry, England to Croatia, Spain to Russia, and so many others including travel from coast to coast within the United States have left me with no doubt that San Diego, CA is world class, through and through.  It offers a lifestyle unmatched anywhere else.

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What we have in our backyard is something that you could travel thousands of miles in search of and you would never find anything quite like it.  It is no wonder that so many people from around the world dream of moving to San Diego.

This realization became concrete during my latest visit to Thailand.  I spent time in Bangkok, Koh Samui, and Phuket. 

The trip started in Bangkok, which if you don’t know is an incredibly hectic and congested city.  Of course it also has a lot to do, see, and great food.  However, I quickly found myself searching for refuge from the chaos, yet there was nowhere to go aside from overcrowded Lumpini Park where you could still hear the city traffic.  I suddenly felt myself yearning for a quick little getaway to Sunset Cliffs where I could take in the beautiful ocean views, breathe some fresh air, and reconnect with Mother Nature. 

So I asked people where I could go to have that kind of experience in Bangkok.  I asked them where they would go to get away from it all for an hour.  They told me that my options were to either go to a rooftop lounge on one of the high rise buildings in the city or to drive at least an hour out of town.  I quickly found myself yearning for some fresh air.

We then continued on to Koh Samui, a great little...