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Po Pazzo RestaurantMy Father and his lovely wife were visiting this weekend and I viewed San Diego through a visitors eye.  We decided to try a new restaurant in Little Italy called "Po Pazzo" located at 1917 India St. ('a little crazy' in Italian).  The ambiance was wonderful and the cuisine fantastic! The ravioli stuffed with sweet potato and topped with cream sauce...the best!  My Dad loved the steak and traditional ravioli. Out the door for about $60 per person.  Just around the corner on Cedar is my favorite gelato stop for dessert at Pappalecco. We are lucky to live in America's Finest City!
Memorial Day
Here is some Memorial Day trivia in honor of this upcoming holiday weekend.
- Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country.
- Memorial day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868.
- On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
- New York was the 1st state to officially recognize Memorial Day.
- Flowers and flags are the two most popular items people use to remember soldiers.
- The south refused to honor the dead on Memorial Day until after World War I when the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring civil war dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
- Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.
News and Views Money 
As expected, existing home sales rose in April as the rush to buy before the end of the federal tax credit for first-time home buyers expired pulled activity into the month. The National Association of Realtors said sales rose 7.6 percent in the month and are 22.8 percent higher than the same month a year ago. What caught some by surprise was an increase in homes for sale as inventories rose 11.5 percent.
The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 11 basis points this week, to 4.96 percent, according to the national survey of large lenders. That's the lowest it has been in the nearly 25-year history of Bankrate's survey.  And Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan declined to 4.84 percent, the lowest level since December. The rate on one-year adjustable rate loans dropped to 4.0 percent, the lowest level in more than five years.
Your Home Can Make You Happier - Part 3   
Interior homeThe burgeoning field of evidence-based design -- backed by science that studies the effect of built spaces on our brains and bodies -- indicates that neither tons of space nor high-end furnishings are key to your home satisfaction. Much more important are things that may seem minor but that pack a big emotional wallop.  Here are specific suggestions you can use to apply design research to make key rooms work harder for you
Bedroom: Get double-paned windows... to muffle sound, advises Eve Edelstein, a neurophysiologist and president of Innovative Design Science, a San Diego firm that uses clinical research to improve the design of buildings. A 2007 study by a consortium of European scientists shows that exposure to irregular sounds such as sirens when you're sleeping can cause hypertension.
Cost: About $180 for a standard double-paned model.
Bedroom: Ditch a tall bureau
...for a long one that's waist high. Surfaces about that height become easy places to put things down, says Jacobson. A spouse who has lots of such space is less likely to drop stuff all over the bed, chair, or floor, thus stopping arguments before they start.
Bedroom: Hang light-blocking window shades heavy draperies that together will repel virtually all outside light when drawn. Even a little light at night can interfere with the body's production of melatonin, a hormone that helps you sleep and can keep you healthy by suppressing the growth of some tumors. While you're at it, remove anything that emits light, such as a charging computer or glowing clock.
Cost: As low as $68 for a 35-inch-by-60-inch blackout shade
Bathroom: Add some curves
- Neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School found that people prefer objects with rounded edges to those with sharp ones. Another study found that the amygdala, a part of the brain associated with fear, is more active when people look at sharp-edged objects. So choose rounded sinks and mirrors, for example.
Cost: $309 for a frameless oval pivoting mirror at
Bathroom: Install his-and-hers sinks
- If you share a bathroom with your spouse, you'll lower stress by avoiding the morning jostle for tooth-brushing space.
Cost: About $1,200 for two standard sinks, installed
Home office: Buy a bigger monitor
- Researchers at the University of Utah have found that people using 24-inch computer screens worked 52% faster than those using 18-inchers when doing tasks like editing a document and copying numbers between spreadsheets. That's a huge difference.
Cost: As little as $199 for a 24-inch monitor at
Home office: Use the right bulbs
- Fluorescents are good for your wallet but not always so great for your brain. A 2007 British study found that replacing typical office fluorescents with warmer bulbs reduced fatigue 27% and increased alertness 28%. Look for a fluorescent designed to mimic natural light.
Cost: A few dollars per bulb
Home office: Place desk chair in ideal spot
- You should be able to see the door and a window. No view? Hang a photo or artwork that depicts nature. Says Sternberg: "Even images of nature have a positive effect" -- not a bad thing when you're sitting down to pay the bills. Cost: Zero
Courtesy of CNN
Famous Quotes
Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it. I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.
Mahatma Gandhi
Cute Video 
Jessica's Daily AffirmationJessica's Daily Affirmation
If only we could be as spunky and confident as Jessica, a little girl who got up in front of the mirror one morning and danced and gave herself the cutest motivational speech.
As always, feel free to give me a call 800-913-7677 with your real estate needs.  I appreciate your referrals.  Happy Memorial Day!  

Acedemic Earth 

Jennifer Ross

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