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Mobile notary public serving Ventura and Los Angeles counties. This notary blog offers information about mobile notary and apostille services, consumer advocacy and identity theft information, and local news and events.

Updated: 2018-03-05T17:51:42.456-08:00


Christmas Parade of Lights at the Ventura Harbors


Hi There!Did you ever see the Christmas season's parade of boats in any of the local harbors?  It's beautiful, fun, and best of all, free. I always took my kids when they were growing up. It was a night the family always loved.In the upcoming weeks we have two such events occurring in Ventura County.December 14th, this Saturday, the Channel Islands Harbor will be holding their Parade of Lights. 48th Annual Parade of LightsSaturday, December 14, 201312:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2013 Theme: Jingle Bell RockParade starts at 7:00 PMThis time-honored tradition kicks off the holidays with Snow Play at 12:00 PM and Santa and Mrs. Claus from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. There will be arts & crafts and food vendors as well as live entertainment starting at 3:00 PM. At 7:00 PM you can enjoy the thousands of sparkling lights dancing on the water and the magical moment when Santa flies across the sky marking the beginning of the parade.Many harbor businesses have views overlooking the parade route, including:The Lookout Bar & GrillMoqueca Brazilian CuisineSea Fresh Channel IslandsToppers Pizza PlaceThe Waterside Restaurant and Wine BarWhale's Tail____________________________________________Ventura Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks 2013Friday & Saturday, December 20 - 21, 2013 Theme: "Seaside Tinsel Town" ~ Parade 7 pm Fireworks 8:30 pmCommemorating 50 Years Ventura Harbor open for public enjoyment & recreation.The 37th Annual two-day celebration features visits by Santa & Mrs. Claus for last minutes gift requests at the Carousel Stage and delicious harbor-front dining with a fireworks display each night following the Parade of Lights. Santa and his sleigh cross the sky on Saturday evening courtesy of Aspen Helicopters. Stop by the Ventura Harbor Village booth near Coastal Cone Ice Cream to get a pair of 3D glasses to watch the fireworks display.Saturday, December 21, 1-5 pm come early for the Winter Wonderland festivities, live reindeer, crafts, holiday shopping, Santa & faux snowfall.FREE admission all year & for all events. Parking is FREE in Ventura Harbor Village and along Spinnaker Drive. Arrive early for best parking and shopping throughout the Harbor Village. View Dining Specials for restaurant reservations.Hope your season holidays are great.  Don't forget to call My Mobile Notary @ 805.444.7064 for mobile notary or apostille service within Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley.  Call Aardvark Mobile Notary "Devon" for mobile notary and apostille service throughout the West Valley and within the cities of Chatsworth, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Tarzana, Northridge, Encino, Van Nuys and beyond. [...]

Aardvark Mobile Notary and Apostille Service Has a New Website!


Good Afternoon!

Some of my clients may know that my son, Devon Gailey, is also a mobile notary. He has been a Aardvark Mobile Notary and Apostille Service. Please check out his new website.  His old website was hijacked, so we scraped trying to get that back and created a new Mobile Notary site for him.
notary since 2007 and works around his college class schedule.  His mobile notary business is
Aardvark Mobile Notary and Apostille Service

He is studying in college to become an archeologist.  This coming spring he will graduate with his Bachelors degree.  He will likely take a year off college before entering graduate school.  He is also considering doing a term in the Peace Corps, which is a great opportunity to see the world and other cultures.

In the meantime, Devon's Aardvark Mobile Notary business provides service to Chatsworth and surrounding cities of Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Northridge, West Hills, Porter Ranch, Encino, Studio City and beyond.  He also helps clients with Apostille authentication.  He has six years of experience with mobile notary public and apostille service.  He is a sweety and his clients always love him and the efficient service he provides.

Give Aardvark Mobile Notary and Apostille Service a call if you are needing mobile notary or apostille authentication within the San Fernando Valley.  His number is 805.906.0894.  His rates are great and his notarizations are perfect - no rejected documents will happen with Devon.

Thanks for your comments. If you leave an email address and need a response, I will be glad to reply. Enjoy!



2013-04-18T06:52:52.789-07:00's been some time since I've added to this blog and I'm going to try to do some catching up with useful information for the folks of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. One important thing that I'd like to briefly discuss is the need for families caring for elder relatives to be sure that they have a current California Identification Card if that relative is no longer driving.  This will be needed when the senior relative signs documents that must be notarized.The reason why this is important is that when it comes time for grandma or grandpa to sign a power of attorney or advanced health care directive, they will need appropriate identification to demonstrate their identity before a notary public.  Without that, the document will not be notarized. While it is possible to substitute two "credible witnesses"(2 unrelated people), unrelated to the transaction,  who can swear upon an oath as far as your senior's identity, frequently I am seeing that this is not very convenient. For instance, if your senior relative is in a skilled nursing facility, hospital, or nursing home, more and more these employees are being directed to not involve themselves when patients are having documents notarized.  Although the employees would only be swearing to the factual identity of your senior, most administrators are concerned their employees will become involved in a law suit.  Of course this is quite unlikely as they are only swearing to the senior's identity and nothing more.  However this lack of cooperation appears to be occurring more and more and I am seeing families stuck when their senior doesn't have appropriate identification. Therefore, please consider that if your elder relative doesn't have ID, you will need to bring with you two witnesses that personally know your relative and can swear to their identity and produce their own driver's license.  The two witnesses can not be anyway involved in the transaction being notarized.Better yet, plan ahead and get the California Senior Citizen Identification Card for your senior as soon as they stop driving or any time after they have turned 62 years of age and do not drive.  This will save you a giant headache when legal documents need to be signed and notarized.To apply for the California Senior Citizen Identification Card, here is the information from the California DMV website:How to apply for or renew an identification (ID) cardDMV issues two types of ID cards. A regular ID card valid for six years, and a senior citizen ID card valid for 10 years. To qualify for a senior citizen ID card, you must be age 62 or older.To apply for an ID card you will need to do the following:Visit a DMV office (make an Appointment(s) for faster service)Complete application form DL 44 (An original DL 44 form must be submitted. Copies will not be accepted.)Give a thumb printHave your picture takenProvide your social security number. It will be verified with the Social Security Administration while you are in the office.Verify your birth date and legal presence (you may use your California driver license)Pay the application fee. (No fee for a senior citizen ID card.)Check your address before you leave DMV and tell the DMV representative if your address is incorrect. Your new ID will be mailed to you within 60 days. If you have not received your ID after 60 days, call 1–800–777–0133 to check the status. Have your receipt and/or old ID card with you to provide information when requested.DMV will exchange a valid license for a no–fee ID card to drivers who are no longer able to drive safely because of a physical or mental condition. Please call your local DMV for additional information.To renew your ID card, you will need to:Visit a DMV office (make an Appointment(s) for faster service)Complete application form DL 44. (An original DL 44 form must be submitted. Copies will not be accepted.)Give a thumb printHave your picture takenPay the application[...]

More Tips to End Junk Mail


More on junk mail. These helpful tips are from the Washington Post

Junk mail is a triple threat: It tries your patience, jeopardizes your identity and spoils the environment. But without too much effort, you can give yourself peace of mind and an uncluttered mailbox.

Register with the Direct Marketing Association to remove your name from its national mailing list. The service is free if you register online, or $1 by mail.

Reject preapproved offers from credit card companies by visiting http:// or calling 888-567-8688.

Sign up free at, and the site will do the grunt work to get you off mailing lists for catalogues you don't want.

Pay a $20 annual fee, and GreenDimes will remove your name from catalogue and other direct-mail lists, plus plant up to 10 trees.

For $41, -- named for the weight in junk mail the average adult receives each year -- will contact several dozen direct-mail companies on your behalf. In addition, $15 of your fee goes to your choice among the group's nonprofit affiliates.


Tired of Junk Mail? You can stop some of it.


We receive so much junk mail that frequently important mail is lost among the advertising circulars. We have discovered that there is something a frustrated mail box owner can do.While not clearly disclosed to folks, advertisers must include the means to contact them on the circulars they send out. This information is usually found in the very small print along the edge of the mailing. When you call that number, there is usually an option to opt out of any future mailings.Two big local advertisers that have taken up the bulk of our mailbox have been Valpak and the Pennysaver.If you want to increase the functional availability of your mailbox, you can contact Valpak and Pennysaver and tell them to stop all mailings to your address. Their contact information is:Pennysaver - CALIFORNIA: Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside,San Bernadino, Ventura and Tulare Counties Private Party: (800) 995-3333 Commercial: (714) 996-8900 Email: PrivateSCA@PennySaverUSA.comSan Diego County Private Party: (888) 736-6972 Commercial: (760) 599-1400Bay Area & San Jose Private Party: (800) 947-3669 Commercial: (800) 947-3669 Email: ads@pennysaverusa.comSacramento Private Party: (800) 947-3669 Commercial: (916) 636-2200Stockton & San Joaquin County Private Party: (800) 947-3669 Commercial: (800) 947-3669When calling the numbers above, listen to the voicemail options and follow them to consumer services and distribution. There will be a voicemail that will ask you for your address. In addition and for your records, you may want to email them so you have a date and time of request in writing.For Valpak, including the "blue envelope" advertising, send an email and request all mail advertising to stop immediately.Unfortunately Valpak is stating that it typically takes a couple of months to stop because they send to so many homes. This does seem quite unreasonable. It would seem that multiple requests may be necessary to help them get the message.Best wishes [...]

Got $25? You can do some good with that...


KIVA is an organization that connects lenders with small business startup folks in developing nations.

You can browse their site and find folks such as these:

-Woman in Uganda wanting to start a used clothing business and needs $40.
-Single parent in Nicaragua wants to start a cloth and dress making supplies shop and needs $75.

KIVA oversees the project and provides "risk" ratings on each borrower. You can get email updates as to the status of the business you are supporting. Loans are generally repaid within a year. There is NO interest on borrowed money, however, the knowledge of the push you've given to a family's effort for self support should do quite nicely.

Consider it. It doesn't take much money, frequently $25 will get someone going in their business efforts, but it goes a long way in their effort to become self sustaining.

Who knows......maybe when our economy finally hits bottom a new billionaire in another country will remember who was there for them when they needed it most.

Paying it forward is always good Karma.(image)

Wanna Dance?


Tony - The Providence Dancing Cop

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Wish the police in California were this friendly?(image)

Find Local Speed Traps in Your Area


Here is a nifty little site that we can all benefit from. It's from the National Motorist Association, and is call Speed

There you can look up your local area and find speed trap locations. Locations are sent in by motorists. You can also submit known speed trap areas that are not already listed.

This is not meant to condone speeding, however often police officers can be rather ridiculous in attempts to meet their quota or need to fill city revenue funds.

Drive carefully, be safe, and have a wonderful holiday.(image)

A Little Santa Claus Trivia


A NASA Physicist was interviewed as part of a TV documentary on the history of Christmas traditions. In the interview he was questioned on the practicality of Santa visiting all the children of the world in one night. He had quite an interesting answer using scientific data to explain his claim.If Santa started at 7:00 pm at the date line, which is mid Pacific Ocean, and traveled east he could maintain the 7:00 pm time zone as he traveled around the world. This would be taking advantage of the time difference going backward as he traveled in that direction. A simple example would be traveling from New York to Los Angeles gains the traveler 3 hours. Of course Santa is traveling much faster than a plane. He described Santa's speed as much faster than the Space Shuttle.With traveling the world and still arriving at 7:00 pm at the original time zone, Santa would then continue again and be able to use the rest of the hours of the evening, which started at 7:00 pm, for delivery. The total amount of hours that Santa would have available to him, in one evening, would be 34.Back to speed of travel. The NASA physicist indicated that given an average of two children per household around the world, we can assume that Santa would have to deliver to 1.8 billion children in those 34 hours. Given the amount of time and children, this would mean Santa would have to deliver to 7000 households per second. This figure did not take into account the "naughty" that were crossed off the drop off list or Santa's ratio of naughty to nice. The physicist said nothing about time for cookies. I guess the speed of travel accounts for Santa maintaining his weight.The documentary also looked into the use of reindeer for travel. An interesting tidbit was found there as well. I think we all understood that the reindeer were males as they have male names. Interestingly enough, male reindeer lose their antlers yearly. During the winter months males do not have antlers. All the reindeer pictures show reindeer with antlers. Therefore, Santa clearly used women drivers! You go girls! Just supports that old saying....if you want something done right, send in a woman. This was not an intentional pitch for Hillary Clinton.Happy Holidays! [...]

Foreclosure Relief


(image) In further researching the number that Bush was recommending borrowers call, 888-955-HOPE, I found that they are a non-profit agency that offers credit counseling and options to those facing foreclosure. The organization is called Homeownership Preservation Foundation. They are located at 8400 Normandale Lake Blvd. Suite 250, Minneapolis, MN 55437. They are not related to the government and no government money is used in this process. Several lenders do sponsor them through grants, one of them being Countrywide.

They have 24 hour counseling available at 888-955-HOPE; also on the web at They also have online counseling available when you visit their website. If you choose the online counseling, you are re-directed to a CCCS Atlanta site that is partnered with 888-995-HOPE. Their site states that they are approved by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): and the HUD approved counseling agencies' purpose is to help families understand the home purchasing process, how to get budgeting and credit problems fixed, and how to avoid predatory lending practices. Their counselors have received specialized training in the mortgage industry and are provided with certification with either the AFCPE or NFCC. You can investigate both of these last agencies at and

President Bush Announces Foreclosure Relief Proposal


Finally, after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks of addressing the foreclosure dilemma throughout the United States, with California being one of the hardest hit states, it looks like the current administration might be ready to address this issue.This was announced today through the Associated Press. The proposal, addressing sub prime borrowers, may provide them with an interest rate freeze of up to five years. Home loans that increased their interest rates before January 1, 2007 and folks that bought way over their financial head even without sub prime programs will not be eligible. Folks that are eligible obtained their loans between January 1, 2005 and July 1, 2007. Bush indicated that 1.2 million people could be eligible for help, however only a fraction of those will be eligible for a rate freeze. Others would get help in refinancing with their lenders or moving into a home loan secured by the Federal Housing Administration. Finally, any help will only come to those that ask for assistance.Bush urged folks to contact a hot line number 1-888-995-HOPE. It is projected that this will provide relief to about 300,000 families. This is a voluntary private sector arrangement that involves no government money.Right now, nearly one million homes are in foreclosure. President Bush states that if this increases, this could have dire consequences on our economy. Ya think? Bush has been widely criticized as moving too slowly on this issue.Per the Ventura County Star, first quarter foreclosure sales in 2006 for Ventura County were 62. For the same period in 2007, foreclosure sales rose to 548. That is a increase of 784%. In Los Angeles County, foreclosure sales increased this first quarter at a rate of 675%. SantaBarbara saw an increase of 768%.Too bad this was not addressed when folks were being offered these impossible home loan programs. Countrywide is one of the current lenders offering to re-negotiate interest rates with borrowers, but as this author understands, this is only once the borrowers have entered foreclosure and not all borrowers will qualify for this assistance.If you either have or are going to face these types of rate increases over the next two years, it would be wise to be proactive and start looking for any available options and watch government statements. Letters of concern to local representatives, congress persons, and senators will help keep the focus on this serious issue that so many are facing. Checking out the above hot line number for further information may be helpful as well. [...]

UN Conference on Climate Change - Al Gore's Petition


In nine days Al Gore is going to address the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia. At his urging, I've signed an important petition showing I support his important call for a visionary treaty to address the climate crisis. I hope you will too.

The world's elected leaders must take the steps necessary to solve global warming. It's not too late. We have the opportunity now to improve the Earth's future for our children, and their children. If we don't act, we will only have ourselves to blame.

Please consider signing the petition for a Global Treaty here.

Ever Feel Frustrated With a Bank?


Here is something to help you put things into perspective. This is a post I found today on "The Savvy Boomer". The title is "If We Treated Banks The Way Banks Treat Us". In this day of PIN numbers, voice menus, last four of your social, and on and on, this is a real chuckle. I am sure we all feel frustrated at times, and we appreciate the need for security and service. But, sometimes dealing with banks, services, utilities, credit cards, etc, just makes me want to scream.When I read the following Savvy Boomer's post, I just had a chuckle and wanted to pass it on to my clients. Read and vicariously enjoy!"Dear Sir:I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire salary, an arrangement that, I admit, has only been in place for eight years.You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $50 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank. My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I have noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, prerecorded faceless entity which your bank has become.From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments will, heretofore and hereafter, no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate. You will be aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.Please find attached an application for Contact Status which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation income, debts, assets and liabilities must be accompanied by documented proof. In due course, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/ she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.Let me level the playing field even further.Press buttons as follows:1. To make an appointment to see me.2. To query a missing payment.3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.4. To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated at a later date to the Authorized Contact.8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.9. To make a general complaint or inquiry. The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service. While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call. Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.May I wish you a happy, if ever-so slig[...]

Notary Public Service


My Mobile Notary offers full notary public service throughout this holiday season at our regular rates. We DO NOT charge holiday rates.
If we are not involved in family activities, holiday shopping, or egg nog, we will be available and at your service:
24 Hours - Monday through Saturday and Sunday.
Happy Holidays!


2007-12-02T19:34:58.535-08:00 this is random, and I did not intend to get into parenting issues as part of this site. Doesn't fit. BUT, this is a great idea :-)For those having problems getting a response from their household younglings, this is a nifty way to get their attention. It's bright and colorful, constantly moves, electronic - it seems to match many of the other gadgets that so gets the younger imagination. And heck, it could even improve reading skills.In this age of electronic gadgets, video games, iphones, ipods, etc., it appears our kids are slipping into an unconscious state. I have found it necessary to repeat requests much more than should be necessary. Around here we have taken steps to limit inattention and frustration, and yes some of this has involved gadgets such as phone intercoms to keep voices at a reasonable level.But this new idea is just the aces! For those parents that are just too tired of saying "clean your room" while looking at the same aging heap, here is a new-age approach to an age-old problem.......... This is a 37 inch LED display. It has a 30 inch message board and comes with 26 preprogrammed messages such as "Happy Birthday", "Job Well Done", etc. It also has a keyboard on the back for creating unique messages - such as "Clean your room". On a positive note, it can be used at the front window to welcome home a wrestling champion, straight A student, birthday person. On the other hand though, just think of the attention this electronic device would get for peaceful reminders such as clean your room! Placed across the dresser top, it could work wonders. This model is available on for $69.99.Can't find the dresser top? No problem. There are wall models available. Check Alpha LED. Their sales tag claims these to "communicate, inform, educate, and inspire". I like it!What a fun way to keep the peace around town.Have fun this holiday season. :-) [...]

Skating at The Lakes - Thousand Oaks


Holiday Ice Skating is open at The Lakes on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. Daily hours are 11:30 am till 9:30 pm until December 6th, 2007.
Beginning December 7th, hours will be 10:00 am till 11:00 daily until January 6, 2008.
Happy Holidays!

I Have Been Tagged....So I'm Going Along With This Kicking and Screaming


This morning I was tagged by Lisa from LifeOnTheMoon to write 7 weird facts about myself and then tag 7 more bloggers to do the same. Oh my.....Here are the rules:Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.7 Random/weird things about me:Like a little kid, when I get something I really like, I sleep with it. I've played piano since I was 5 years old. When I got older, I didn't have a piano for many years. When I was finally able to purchase one with the money my father left me, I slept underneath it. I also did this with a new pair of cowboy boots that felt great. I have been known to play the piano for up to 8 hours.I am a dmoz editor and I love geeky techno stuff.I am a politics and world history fanatic.I love castles and have explored many in Ireland and Italy.I love working on the pottery wheel when not playing the piano.My dog Jake loves giving me kisses. O.K., it's over......I have tagged:LaShon - Mobile Notary ReviewJim and Emma - Go Smell The FlowersDevon - Aardvark Mobile NotaryChristine - Catnip CornerKeith - Part Time BloggerMartin - Mumblings of MadmanRobert - The Path to Financial FreedomHope nobody kills me for this...... have fun. [...]

Ventura County Holiday Lights Displays and Events


Ventura County has Holiday Events for the Whole Family. There are neighborhoods filled with lights, street and harbor festivals. Here are a few of the happenings:This page will be updated as more information becomes available.Dec 2, 2007: Holiday Street Festival, Ventura. Downtown Ventura Holiday Street Festival with over 400 artisans, food vendors and entertainers, downtown Ventura. (805)654-7830 or 648-2075. 10 till 4 pm.Ventura County has two different holiday boat parades for the season.Dec 8, 2008: Channel Islands Parade of Lights beginning at 7 pm in the harbor, Oxnard. For further information (805)385-7545Dec 14 & 15, 2007: Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights (2 days). For further information, call (805)477-0470 or 648-2075.For Holiday Lights, check out:Oxnard's Christmas Tree Lane. Located in the Oxnard Historical District, which runs on "F" and "G" Streets, from 5th to First Streets.Channel Islands Harbor Ride aboard the Channel Islands Harbor Water Taxi to view the bright lights and holiday decorations of the residents in Channel Islands Harbor. 805-385-7545 Holiday Lights On The Water Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6 and 7:30pm. Channel Islands Harbor puts a creative spin on the traditional Christmas Tree Lane by offering it along the water’s edge. Residents and visitors are invited to come and experience one of the most unique light displays on the California coast throughout the month of December. Visitors can view these sparkling bright lights and holiday decorations from the water through the Channel Islands Harbor and Mandalay Bay aboard the Channel Islands Harbor Water Taxi. One-hour tour offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6 and 7:30pm. $10. 985-5828, ext. 102. Island Packers Holiday Carrolling Cruise: Every Tuesday, Thursday in December, departing 6pm. Enjoy the harbor lights and the decorated boats, while group caroling is an option for those who want to sing with the onboard karaoke system aboard the 64’ Catamaran. Snacks, hot cocoa and cider. $20 adults, $17 seniors, $12 children. Departs from 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. 642-1393. Sea Sleigh Rides: Through December 23, then December 26-30, departing 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Hop onboard the good ship Dreamer for a holiday sleigh ride – California style! Sail the waters of the Ventura Keys and Ventura Harbor, enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights adorning shoreline homes! Each cruise offers a full bar, sodas and seasonal concoctions such as “reindeer milk” and hot chocolate. $20 adults, $10 children 2-12. www.venturaboatrentals. 642-7753........only in California :-)Other Events:North Pole Express: Wednesdays-Sundays, Dec. 7-23, 6 and 7:30pm. The Fillmore & Western Railway presents a fun new tradition for the whole family! Ride the train to the North Pole to pick up Santa. Sit back and relax with a carton of chocolate milk and a cookie while you listen to the story The Polar Express, plus sing-a-longs, so be ready to have a lot of fun! Kids encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring favorite stuffed animal. $22 adults, $12 youth 4-12, $6 infant-3. 524-2546.Happy Holidays! [...]

California Notary Law Changes January 1, 2008


As an update to previous posts concerning the California Notary law changes for 2008, I am providing further information. This is due to the widespread confusion that appears to be occuring in the notary community.Although the secretary of state's website clearly shows the changes to the new laws, it appears that many notary supply vendors are capitalizing on the changes and offering workshops, etc., effectively making simple changes into rocket science which creates a new market for their wares. Not necessary.In a phone call to the secretary of state's office, the clerks were giggling over the phone calls and frenzy created by certain notary associations making this into rocket science in order to market to notaries. We can remain calm. The secretary of state's office indicated that they will post acknowledgment and jurat forms on their website mid December for notaries that would like to use them.11-29-07 Update: In an email response from the Secretary of State's Office (Marcia Murphey), the following was received:"As to your question about crossing out "personal knowledge" on the form, the law states that 'Any certificate of acknowledgment taken within this state shall be in the following form' (Civil Code section 1189). It would be in your best interest to use the form as set forth in the law. Additionally, effective January 1, 2008, the certificate of acknowledgment must include the language "I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct." The new laws affecting notaries public do not take effect until January 1, 2008. Continue to use the current Certificate of Acknowledgment and Jurat forms through December 31, 2007. Our office will post the new forms on January 1, 2008. We also expect to have the 2008 Notary Public Handbook available on our website in January. A hard-copy version will also be available upon request at no charge. Please check our website periodically for any new information. "The words "Penalty of Perjury" must be on the form. Her response about personal knowledge on the form still appears unclear to me.In the meantime, I have found has posted wonderful pdf's of forms that are probably acceptable. Bless their hearts. Thanks much to California Notary Acknowledgment 2008 California Notary JuratMy Mobile Notary [...]

Holiday Lights Displays in Los Angeles

2007-11-23T21:40:07.348-08:00 we go. The holiday lights are up and ready to twinkle for the 2007 holiday season. This is a great way to have a wonderful night out with your loved ones. We are working on a Current list of holiday light displays for your convenience in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas.This posting with be updated as new information arrives.Candy Cane Lane (Lubao Ave. & Oxnard Street) in Woodland Hills.Wakefield Court off Copper Hill Drive in Saugus.St. Albans Rd. (go north past Huntington Dr. in San Marino. From Upper Hastings Ranch, take Michillinda South to Huntington drive and continue to St. Albans Road, turn right. Upper Hastings Ranch off Michillinda Blvd. in Pasadena. Each block of the area competes, creating displays with a common theme. Upper Hastings Ranch is bordered by Michillinda Avenue to the East, Sierra Madre Blvd. to the South and Riveria Drive to the West. From the 210 Freeway, take Michillinda Blvd. North to the lights.DWP Light Festival Walking Only Nights: Nov 21 through Nov 25 from 5 to 10 pm. No cars allowed on these nights. Parking is available at the LA Zoo or the south side of the festival route near the Merry-Go-Round and Los Feliz. Shuttles will help transport guests to the walking festival entrance. Nov 26 through Dec 30, the festival will be open to vehicular traffice one-way on Crystal Spring Drive and walkers will be able to experience the festival on the walking path. Vehicles enter from Los Feliz. Shuttles will be available on Nov 30, Dec 1,2,7,8,9, and then Dec 14-30. Shuttle riders can park at the LA Zoo. (213-485-8743).Santa Rosa Ave. trees from Woodbury Ave. to Altadena Dr. in Altadena. (Begins Dec 1, 2007). An 80 year tradition displays a grove of nearly 150 imported Italian Deodar cedars. Planted by John Woodbury in the 19th century, the trees were donated to the town in 1920. Since the '50s, the Christmas Tree Association has arranged the festive display every December. Exit Fair Oaks off the 124 Freeway and head north to Woodbury. Turn right on Woodbury and then left on Santa Rosa Avenue. Weeknights are recommended due to traffic along the route.Balian House on Mendocino in Altadena. This display includes 10,000 colored lights and numerous holiday depictions all over the front and side lawns of the 3 1/2 acre property. To reach the Balian house from Christmas Tree Lane, turn right on Altadena Drive and travel to Allen Avenue. Make a right turn on Allen and a left on Mendocino.Sleepy Hollow neighborhood off Pacific Coast Hwy (Anza & Calle Mayor area) in Torrance.Town Center Park (near South Coast Plaza) in Costa Mesa.The Crystal Cathedral has always been a popular spot during the holidays. It is made entirely of glass. From Nov 23 through Jan 5, 2008, they will be performing The Glory of Christmas. Today it draws visitors from around the world to witness its unique pageantry. Through the creative blend of Christmas carols, pageantry of live animals, flying angels and special effects, the nativity unfolds with colorful wonder.Marina Del Rey Boat Parade will be held Dec 8, 2007. There are nine public lots all within a few blocks of each other in the Marina loop. The fees are $.75 for every half hour; $6 maximum. Dress warm and bring binoculars.More to come.... [...]

Extended Warranties


Here is an article from Smart Money that is helpful when considering Extended Warranties:
JUST WEEKS BEFORE THE birth of David Bieler's daughter, his digital camera went kaput. No worries, thought the 36-year-old from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. That's what the $100 extended warranty he'd purchased was for. He quickly shipped off the camera along with an urgent-sounding note that he'd need the camera back right away.
Little Jocelyn was nearly three months old by the time the camera was returned to him. He had long since purchased a new one.
Extended warranties on appliances and electronic devices are a huge business. They're offered by retailers and third-party providers on everything from washing machines to Apple (AAPL: 168.46, -0.39, -0.23%) iPods. But what sounds like a great idea when you're in the store, experts and burned consumers warn, might not be worth the added cost. Consumer Reports has concluded that extended warranties are often a waste of money simply because many products tend not to break down during the first few years of service. And even when something does go wrong, you might have a tough time getting it fixed thanks to the small print on your contract or, in Bieler's case, the hassle factor.
Since extended warranties are claimed so rarely, the profit margins on them run as high as 40% to 80%, says Marlys Harris, finance editor for Consumer Reports. That can pad a company's bottom line nicely. During 2004, in fact, nearly 100% of Circuit City Stores' (CC: 5.45, -0.32, -5.54%) and 50% of Best Buy's (BBY: 47.60, +0.24, +0.50%) operating income came from extended warranties, say analysts. Is it any wonder that the big box retailers aggressively push these contracts?(image)

Holiday Sales - Electronics


Please see Holiday Rip Offs and Extended Warranties.OK, time to practice -Electronic Store Salesperson: "Would you like an extended warranty for this laptop? It will give you complete coverage for all repair resulting from........, I highly recommend it!"Customer, Me, You, Relative, Good Friend: "No, thank you."A new laptop can be purchased for as little as $200. If you have a serious problem with your laptop, get a new one. If you don't have a problem with your laptop, you saved $200 or more.Electronic Retailers make a bulk of their profits from extended warranties and then provide extremely poor, rude, or no service. The internett is full of horror stories about these scams.If you absolutely can't resist getting an extended warranty, do check out Toshiba and get the warranty from them on their product. Our interviews with local computer repair facilities indicates that Toshiba is the Most Responsive of all manufacturers. Additionally, Toshiba has repaired, at no cost, a laptop of ours long after the warranty was expired and after Circuit City would not honor their own City Advantage Plan warranty on the laptop. We have also had good experience with Dell Laptops for our business. Best Buy's Toshiba Laptop and Canon Printer Offer for $299: But by running Windows Vista, this machine will need a memory upgrade to 2 G to work effectively. Vista is a memory hog! As long as you know this up front, you're good to go.Happy Holidays! [...]

Global Warming and Holiday Present for the Earth


Working on your Holiday shopping? Would you consider joining a movement to give the Earth a holiday present?

Al Gore is asking us to send a message to the administration to take stronger steps to curb CO2 emissions. There is an international treaty that we can encourage the administration to sign. Take a look at the web postcard and please think about adding your name.

Happy Thanksgiving.(image)

Holiday Sales - Rip Off Warnings


The holidays are coming and gas prices have been projected as a major impact on shoppers' holiday budgets.*For those thinking of electronics, extended warranties are Not Recommended. For your information and buying decisions, check the internet for what is said about these retail warranty rip-offs:Circuit City consumeraffairs, Circuit City's Advantage Plan ripoff report, Business Week article Warranty Windfall, Smart Money's Extended Warranty Rip Off. Retailers make up to 80% of their profit from these sales. The internet is full of consumers' complaints telling of their horror stories of no service and aggrevation. Circuit City's City Advantage Plan can cost up to $500 for a laptop warranty, the price you could pay for a new laptop on sale. It is possible to purchase a laptop for as little as $200.Another current rip off is the recent attempt to sell consumers "recovery disks". Basically, you don't need to purchase them for the outrageous price retailers are selling them for. From Clark Howard's website, here is the information:"Oct 12, 2007 -- Extended warranties, recovery disc rip-offs in actionIt's great to have the opportunity to see rip-offs that Clark has warned people about being pushed on you and have the chance to say no upfront. Christa recently was buying a computer at a retailer and was being given the hard sell on two things that Clark just spoke about a few weeks back. One item was the Windows recovery discs, which were being pushed for $40. You can make one yourself for practically free or a get lower price from the manufacturer. The other was the extended warranty pitch. On a related note, Clark recently got a call from a distant relative of his who was in a store buying a TV. When the relative said he listened to Clark Howard and knew all about the cons of extended warranties, the salesperson took a very creative and unethical approach: He told the relative that Clark bought four TVs at that store and got extended warranties on every one of them. Clark is now thinking about doing a hidden camera sting where he exposes known retailers who try this tactic to make a sale on an extended warranty or service plan. Once again, for the record, Clark wants to emphasize that he doesn't buy extended warranties. That may change in the future, of course. But for now just say no when they're pushed on you. "Finally, for your protection, review some identity theft tips before going out on your holiday shopping.*For my international readers who have asked, "Black Friday" is the first day after the Thanksgiving National Holiday. It is officially the first day of shopping for the holiday season. On this day, retailers drastically cut their prices to entice maximum sales. In the USA, folks go out in mass, frequently at 2 or 3 am to stand in lines waiting for stores to open to grab the best deals. Sounds like fun eh? Happy Holiday! [...]

Sale at Dell Computers for a LIMITED TIME ONLY


I just received word from Dell this morning, that they are offering, for only 5 days, incredible savings on two different computers and one monitor for the holidays.

I have included the links over to the right of this post. I will also include the links below. If you are looking for a great Holiday Gift, this may be it. We use Dell Computers for our business and have had wonderful experiences with them and their service.

**Very Limited Time Offer 11-15-07 Through 11-20-07**
Save $360! Get the Dell Vostro 200 ST for only $449!