When Daylight Savings time Ends 2011

Just a friendly reminder to set your clocks back one hour,  Sunday morning at 2:00 am,  November 6, 2011.  That means we fall back and gain an extra hour of sleep.  This is the end of daylight savings time for us here in San Diego North County.  Back to standard time.  If you would like to know a little history (or a lot of history) about the time change, read on below the slide show. 

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More than you ever wanted to know

Airzona and Hawaii do not observe daylight savings time.

Although not punctual in the modern sense, ancient civilizations adjusted daily schedules to the sun more flexibly than modern DST does, often dividing daylight into twelve hours regardless of day length, so that each daylight hour was longer during summer.[12] For example, Roman water clocks had different scales for different months of the year: at Rome’s latitude the third hour from sunrise, hora tertia, started by modern standards at 09:02 solar time and lasted 44 minutes at the winter solstice, but at the summer solstice it started at 06:58 and lasted 75 minutes.[13] After ancient times, equal-length civil hours eventually supplanted unequal, so civil time no longer varies by season. Unequal hours are still used in a few traditional settings, such as some Mount Athos monasteries[14] and all Jewish ceremonies.[15]

Benjamin Franklin satirically suggested firing cannons at sunrise to wake ParisiansDuring his time as an American envoy to France, Benjamin Franklin, author of the proverb, “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”, anonymously published a letter suggesting that Parisians economize on candles by rising earlier to use morning sunlight.[16] This 1784 satire proposed taxing shutters, rationing candles, and waking the public by ringing church bells and firing cannons at sunrise.[17] Franklin did not propose DST; like ancient Rome, 18th-century Europe did not keep precise schedules. However, this soon changed as rail and communication networks came to require a standardization of time unknown in Franklin’s day.[18]

G.V. Hudson invented modern DST, proposing it first in 1895.Modern DST was first proposed by the New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson, whose shift-work job gave him leisure time to collect insects, and made him aware of the value of after-hours daylight.[2] In 1895 he presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society proposing a two-hour daylight-saving shift,[19] and after considerable interest was expressed in Christchurch, New Zealand he followed up in an 1898 paper.[20] Many publications incorrectly credit DST’s invention to the prominent English builder and outdoorsman William Willett,[21] who independently conceived DST in 1905 during a pre-breakfast ride, when he observed with dismay how many Londoners slept through a large part of a summer day.[22] An avid golfer, he also disliked cutting short his round at dusk.[23] His solution was to advance the clock during the summer months, a proposal he published two years later.[24] The proposal was taken up by the Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Robert Pearce, who introduced the first Daylight Saving Bill to the House of Commons on 12 February 1908.[25] A select committee was set up to examine the issue, but Pearce’s bill did not become law, and several other bills failed in the following years. Willett lobbied for the proposal in the UK until his death in 1915.

Starting on 30 April 1916, Germany and its World War I allies were the first to use DST (ger.: Sommerzeit) as a way to conserve coal during wartime. Britain, most of its allies, and many European neutrals soon followed suit. Russia and a few other countries waited until the next year and the United States adopted it in 1918. Since then, the world has seen many enactments, adjustments, and repeals.

Now is a good time to buy San Diego Real Estate

Anytime is a good time to buy San Diego North County homes. Contact Gary Harmon, your top North County Realtor, to see homes today. Gary services all of the San Diego North County real estate areas including Carlsbad homes, Oceanside homes for sale, Encinitas homes, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido real estate.

Nine Eleven – 911 – Twin towers

My Last Trip to New York City

As we remember the anniversary of 9/11, I wanted to share my photos of the Twin Towers. 

We were fortunate to go to New Your City for vacation in June 2001.  We made many trips to the Twin Towers after learning you could by Broadway Play tickets for half price on the day of the show on the 2nd floor.  The subway stopped right under the towers and there was a large regional shopping center under the towers.  Righ outside of the Twin Towers, I had my first Krispy Kreme.  We took the tour of the twin towers and many of the photos I took were from the top of Tower 2.  Enjoy the photos and remember to say a prayer for those who died.

Here is a prayer that Diane shared with everyone at Real Living Lifestyles:

If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane
I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

Rancho Carrillo Homes

Rancho Carrillo homes are part of the Carlsbad real estate area located inland from the coast about five miles on the south side of Palomar Airport Road. Snuggled in the valley and hills of South East Carlsbad, these homes are in historic Leo Carrillo Ranch (Rancho De Los Kiotes, on the National Register of Historic Places).  This Carlsbad homes community of Rancho Carrillo homes consists of 18 Rancho Carrillo Villages which are home to 1548 residences. Rancho Carrillo homes boasts beautiful nature trails, a swim center, clubhouse, excellent schools, and great neighbors.  
The Rancho Carrillo homes community features a swim center reserved exclusively for residents and their escorted guests.  The Swim Center features a 57 foot swimming pool, spa, picnic areas with barbecues, outdoor showers, restrooms and a beautifully furnished clubhouse with kitchen facilities.
Another great ammenity enjoyed by Rancho Carrillo home owners is the many miles of walking trails.  The City of Carlsbad maintains the 4.3 mile network of trails accessible from  Rancho Carrillo   The trails connect to the San Marcos homes trails to the East and to the Bressi Ranch trails to the West of the canyon. 
The Rancho Carrillo real estate area has some of the best schools in San Diego North County with their elementary, middle school, and high school all earning A+ ratings with Homefacts.com. All of Rancho Carrillo community schools are within the San Marcos School District, one of the fastest improving districts in San Diego County.
Rancho Carrillo homes are the epitome of the San Diego North County homes Real Living Lifestyle. Once you experience the spectacular views, open spaces, walking trails and the cool Pacific breezes, you’ll know instantly that this is where you want your home. See current real estate listings of  Rancho Carrillo homes and nearby Bressi Rancho homes below.

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Single Story Homes

Finding Single Story Homes in San Diego North County

With the population base getting older and baby-boomers reaching retirement age, the quest for single story, one level homes increases.  So you would think builders would have realized the trend and would have built a lot of single story homes in San Diego North County.  No, the opposite is true.  In the last 15 years, almost everything North County home builders have produced has been large two story homes.  They try to get the most bang for the buck without actually trying to meet the needs of the San Diego North County home buyers.

Don’t give up hope, contact Gary Harmon, your Real Living Lifestyles real estate agent.   As your Realtor, I would suggest the following choices.  If you like senior communities like the beautiful Ocean Hills Country Club Resort, there are a lot of one story homes in the $300,000 to $475,000 price range.  Many of them are twin homes.  If you want detached, one level homes, Lake San Marcos also offers a large mix of single story homes.  One such community is Varadero homes.  It is the community that I personally picked for my home.  Varadero has 105 homes with 4 floor plans and is a newer gated development.  See Varadero Homes Floor plans.  See Varadero current listings.  Below is also current listings of Lake San Marcos homes.  Call Gary  Harmon, your senior specialist, with any questions.


Know the Market, Don’t Guess

“Knowledge is power.” Find out how to  know what the Carlsbad housing market is doing now.  See up to date Altos Research market statistical reports for all San Diego North County housing including Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos, Encinitas, Vista and Escondido housing.

Carlsbad Housing Statistics

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You can also get up to date market statistics for all the San Diego housing markets that I serve.

To get a professional free opinion of what any San Diego North County home is worth, contact Gary Harmon, your Real Living Lifestyles Realtor, for a free CMA on that home.

Look below to see what is currently available for sale in the Carlsbad housing market.

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