Black Friday 2010

Black Friday 2010 San Diego

Strategically plan your Black Friday 2010 Shopping Day

The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season. 

For my fellow San Diego shoppers, I have put together a list of some of our hometown stores that will be open extra early, so you can strategically plan your Black Friday.

WalMart as always, will be open 24 hours through Thanksgiving, however they won’t begin selling their doorbusters until 5am on Black Friday.

Target will be open at 4am. 

Toys R Us will be open at 10:00pm on Thanksgiving Day.

Best Buy opens at 5am.

Fashion Valley Mall – some stores open at midnight including: Old Navy, Disney Store, Guess, Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret.  Most of the stores in the rest of the mall open at 5am.  Nordstrom opens at 8am (and don’t forget to check out their always impressive Holiday Window at the front of the store)

North County Fair will also be open at 5am with certain stores opening even earlier.  University Towne Center will be open at 7am. 

Carlsbad Premium Outlets - certain stores open at midnight for their Midnight Madness Event.

Las Americas Premium Outlets – certain stores open at midnight

And believe it or not, Sears will be open ON Thanksgiving Day, but only from 7am-12pm. 

And from the website www.BlackFriday2010.com here are some predictions for this year’s shopping Season:

Black Friday 2010 Predictions

The 2010 Black Friday climate is not the greatest compared to most years. The economy is slowing down whereas last year at this time, the economy grew a bit.  This year is definitely tougher because of the unemployment rate at about 9.6%.  That coupled with foreclosure problems, a lack of credit, and an overall unease about the economic conditions have brought a lot of concern and frugality into the US household. US household average savings is now 7%, the highest in a very long time. These factors do not set up the greatest Black Friday for retailers. Specifically…

  • Spending on average will again decrease from $343.31 to $330 as people continue to cut back.
  • The Amount of Black Friday shoppers will increase from 195 million last year to 200 million this year. More people will be looking to save on Christmas gifts during this tough time.
  • With a greater amount of shoppers the total amount of Black Friday spending will increase, yet only very slightly, from $41.2 billion to $42 billion.
  • The amount of Black Friday online shopping will jump from $595 million to $1 billion as people try to avoid stores, and online shopping because more popular.
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Prepare for Cooler Weather with this Home Maintenance Checklist

Break out the “Honey-Do” List!!!

 
With the fall season now here and winter approaching, now is the time to  prepare your home for the new season. Regular maintenance of the home is critical to its preservation and can add significantly to its resale value. Use this checklist to prepare your home for the cooler days and frosty nights of fall.

Yard:

  • Rake and compost leaves
  • Seed and feed your lawn
  • Mulch flowerbeds

Roof:

  • Trim limbs and vegetation away from roof
  • Inspect roof and roof vents for any needed repairs
  • Replace any loose or damaged shingles
  • Clean gutters and downspouts

Foundation and Exterior Masonry:

  • Clean fireplaces and chimneys
  • Check chimney mortar for any deterioration
  • Make sure downspouts and grading all direct water away from the house

Doors and Windows:

  • Inspect caulking and paint for damage and repair as needed
  • Oil door hinges and garage door moving parts

Heating and Cooling:

  • Arrange for annual inspection and cleaning of heating systems
  • Rinse off A/C compressor/condensing coil unit to remove debris and dirt
  • Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat
  • Change the furnace filter (when needed)
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check and clean humidifier

Plumbing and Interior:

  • Inspect and repair any damaged caulking in tubs, showers, sinks, toilets and backsplashes
  • Check pressure relief valves on water heaters
  • Inspect refrigerant lines for missing or damaged insulation
  • During wet weather, check ceiling and around all doors and windows for unwanted moisture
  • Check attic ventilation
  • Make sure dryer vent is clean

You might  to seek professional assistance for some of these suggestions. Let me know if you need a referral.

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Veteran’s Day 2010

Veterans Day, A day of remembrance

Veterans Day...More than a Day of Remembrance

November 11, 2010- A Day to Honor All Military Veterans

More than a Day of Remembrance…a Day to Give Back!

Veterans Day is the annual holiday in which we honor the 24.9 million military veterans in the United States.  President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed the holiday On November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

In 1953, a shoe store owner in Emporia Kansas, Alfred King, came up with the idea to honor all veterans…not just those who served in World War I. He began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into “All” Veterans Day. With the help of US Representative Ed Rees, of Emporia, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress, and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954

So now we know the history of Veteran’s Day. Do you have something planned? Maybe not…the day set aside to honor America’s Veterans usually gets the short-shift.

Facts are, the very people that put their lives on the line, are very much in need of our help. According to The Department of Veterans Affairs 107,000 veterans were homeless last year. Although that is a significant improvement over the 131,000 homeless in 2008, and the 154,000 in 2007, it is not acceptable.

More bad news…Veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide as the general population. According to Eric Shinseki, VA Secretary, “…on average, 18 veterans commit suicide each day. Five of those 18 are under VA care at the time they take their lives.”

Even more…roughly 300,000 Afghanistan and Iraq vets come home suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. It’s no wonder, with everything they are going through. Personally, I had a difficult time watching the HBO series “The Pacific”…I can’t imagine being surrounded by that day in and day out.

Take a moment to check out this video…It only takes 3:46. Click here to view video. I was happy to hear in the this video that people are trying to help. Thousands of Americans understand the need to give back to our servicemen. HuffPost, Impact, and Causecast are launching Salute to Service, a week-long series highlighting the stories of veterans who choose to devote their time and energy toward helping their fellow soldiers.

Check out the blog posts from those who are active in serving their community. Within the posts, you will have the opportunity to make a difference, and take action.

Click here to read the first Salute to Service post

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Miracle Babies 2nd Annual 5k Walk/Run

5k Walk / Run to be held this Sun, Nov 14th at Mariner’s Point

Money raised for families in need who have a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

Founded by Dr. Sean Daneshmand in San Diego, Miracle Babies a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance for families with preemies in the NICU.  The 2nd annual Miracle Babies 5K Walk / Run will be held this Sunday, November 14th at 10:00 am at the Mariner’s Point in Mission Bay Park.  Registration is FREE for kids and $30 for adults ($35 the day of the event).  The walk will be followed by Beer Garden, jumpies, clowns for kids, band, entertainment, auction, diaper dash for kids and a fun-filled day for all.

Miracle Babies is a non-profit organization maintained by volunteers, many who are parents of prematurely born children.  Miracle Babies is committed to assisting families with items such as:

  • Co-pay assistance for medical equipment (i.e. oxygen, apnea monitor)
  • Hospital grade breast pump rental assistance (lactation consultants highly recommend hospital grade pumps for moms that have a preemie)
  • Car bed for babies that are discharged under 5lbs
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Baby Supplies
  • Baby Clothing
  • Diapers
  • Cribs
  • Infant Car Seats
  • Strollers (often a luxury for parents on a tight budget)
  • Educational Toys
  • Children’s Books
  • Special Formula
  • Funeral/Mortuary Assistance (the death of an infant in the NICU is so often unexpected that the family is not prepared for the financial burden of having to prepare for the necessary funeral arrangements)
  • Groceries
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance
  • Sibling Childcare
  • Lodging Assistance for Out-of-Town Family Members
  • Telephone/Cell Phone Payments
  • Utilities Assistance
  • Bus Passes
  • Gas Money/Card
  • Car Repairs
  • Car Payments

 

Dr. Sean has been named a CNN Hero of the Week .  His work for Miracle Babies has helped 80 families in California and across the nation.  He says his main goal is to help these families be happy, healthy and together.

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Deja Vu? Dream Works does it again…

Megamind comes out in theaters tomorrow, Friday, November 5th

Something fun to do with kids (adults will get a kick out of it too).

DreamWorks has done it again with the release of Megamind - a “satirical take on the superhero genre.”  With a star-studded cast of character voices including Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey & Jonah Hill, there are sure to be laughs had by all - adults and children alike.   With your choice of regular, 3D iMax 3D, you’re in for a fun ride! 

Add this to the other DreamWorks hits like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Bee Movie and more. 

Check out Fandango to find your local theaters and show times.  Have a great weekend!

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San Diego Beer Week

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

San Diego Beer Week November 5-14, 2010

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

Celebrating Craft Beer in San Diego Nov 5-14,2010

Liberty Station is the place to be on Saturday, November 6. That is where beer week will kick off. Live music, food, and of course 10 tastes from San Diego’s top breweries all for the price of $35. If you are truly a beer aficionado, show up for the VIP session at 12 noon. You can meet with the brewers and then hang out for the rest of the event. VIP tickets run $50.

Events over the 10 day period range from Beer Breakfasts, Beer Pairings, Home Brewing instruction, and discounts and deals throughout San Diego.

The official closing event of San Diego Beer Week will take place from 11:30-3:30 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Enjoy unlimited tasters of beer and food. Bringing together San Diego’s fabulous craft beers with the amazing talents of local chefs, this beer and food pairing event is unsurpassed. You won’t want to miss it.

For more information regarding the Beer festival, the events, and all of the fabulous discounts you will enjoy, visit the official website! http://sdbw.org/beer-garden/

In addition, for general information regarding the incredible beer craft industry we appreciate here in San Diego, visit the website at http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/. We have some of the highest rated breweries in the nation, and the world! 

http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/brewery-rowe/2010/sep/18/san-diego-breweries-score-big-great-american-beer-/

Right here in America’s Finest City!!

Cheers!

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