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The Sanborn Accident Awards

One of the perks of living in a small town is that life generally is pretty calm and quite. Most people move here because they want away from the hustle, bustle, and chaos that comes with the big city. However, even in our little town, we have our share of mishaps. Now, you may have heard of the Darwin Awards, unfortunate, silly stories of how people have met their demise. Our little town has a similar yearly award for the most unique accident that took place that year. Every year on October 31st the whole town votes to decide on a winner. That person ends up getting a little embarrassed but also gets a $100 gift certificate to any restaurant in town that they would like. In honor of the upcoming vote, I wanted to highlight a few winners from years past.

A quick disclaimer, this is all done in jest. We hope the best for everyone who wins this award. If anyone is seriously injured in an accident, we highly recommend that they get a highly qualified personal injury attorney like these guys in Orange County. They can help you with any type of accident and make sure that your family is taken care of!

With that, onto some of our favorite accidents from over the years:

3 – The Horse and Buggy – 1836

The was the first-ever accident award and goes all the way back to 1836. The Smith’s were getting the wheels on their buggy replaced. As the buggy repairman was taking off the second wheel a snake crawled out from the bush and frightened the horse. The horse, who unfortunately was still tied to the buggy, took off running and was dragging the wheel-less buggy behind him. He went right down Main Street knocking over food and flower stands. Luckily, nobody was injured, but a lot of those stands had to be rebuilt and the buggy itself was pretty damaged. The horse eventually got worn down by dragging that buggy around town and finally settled for a rest under the apple tree at the end of the way.

2 – The Golf Ball Surprise – 1994

This one was a classic. In the summer of ‘93, the chicken population exploded in the town, which led to a huge surplus of eggs the following year. There were so many eggs nobody knew what to do with all of them. It became a running gag in town to replace common objects with eggs. Well, at the big summer golf tournament, one of the caddies was going to surprise his golfer by placing an egg on the tee instead of a golf ball. He thought everyone would get a good laugh seeing the egg exploded when it was hit. Unbeknownst to him, his wife had replaced all of his normal eggs with hard boiled ones! So when the golfer hit it, instead of exploding, it shot off of the tee like a rocket! He ended up getting a hole-in-one! It is still the greatest golf shot this town has ever seen.

1 – The Apple Pie – 1961

As you all know, this town is known for our great apple trees and every fall there is the town favorite Apple Pie Cook Off.  Well, back in 1961, it was tradition to bake the apple pie and then place it on the window sill to cool off. There are so many pies sitting out that the whole town smells simply delicious. On this fateful day, Mrs. Johnson (the one that lives on Main Street) had her pie sitting out on the window for everyone to see and smell. Jimmy Olson just happened to be riding his skateboard down the sidewalk and trip on a crack right in front of the window. His arms were flailing as he tried to catch his balance and he smacked that apple pie sending it flying out into the street. Just as that happened, Mayor Humphrey was walking by and the pie hit him straight in the face! It was a one in a million shot! Thankfully everyone was okay. Mrs. Johnson made a new pie and ended up taking 2nd place that year!

I hope you enjoyed these stories! We’re all excited to see who the winner this year is going to be! Good luck (or not) to everyone!

And remember if you do get in an accident, make sure you go to the best attorney you can find.

You can meet with the ones we mentioned earlier here:
Guldjian & Fasel Accident Attorneys
600 Anton Blvd #1700, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(800) 385-4838


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A Growing Town Means Growing Inspiration

Yogi Bera famously said, “Nostalgia just ain’t what it used to be.” In a small town it’s easy to get wrapped up in the gold glow of how things were and lose sight of how things are shaping up to be. With the amount of growth Sanborn County has experienced in these last few years, folks are giving a second look to all kinds of traditions and habits that have been with the county since it started. Some inconveniences were assumed to be part of life because there simply was not a better option when the first version was set in motion. Take our public transportation for example. There has never been a need for more than 2 buses in town because Frank and his twin brother Hank drove the North/South and East/West buses respectively on such a consistent schedule there was no need for backup. Now our towns traffic is getting so backed up we are opening a carpool lane to help encourage ride sharing and decrease congestion. Infrastructure at the city level isn’t the only thing that folks are re-imagining.

Just about every home in town was built by the same developer when the county was first incorporated. Now that 1940’s style wood-on-wood paneling is starting to wear and folks are remodeling their homes left and right.  Bulky pine cabinets and ranch-style interior trim are being replaced with wood-grain, tile flooring and Carrera marble counter tops. Bathrooms and kitchens that previously shared the same history of the town in their worn wood and distressed years are being redesigned into unique and modern statements. Creaks and cracks were simply a symptom of a town that did not have time to care about the layout of a living space. Inspiration is now striking these forgotten dwellings and delivering a stunning show of form and function.

There are some things that should not be left with a bygone era: craftsmanship, longevity, and service. Fortunately the new remodeling contractor that moved into town shares these same values with the foremen before him.

Read Jared B.‘s review of Inspired Remodels on Yelp

The shift from subsisting to abundance is not an immediate one. Watch a town closely enough and you can miss that progress or regress never slows down. Homes in Sanborn are certainly experiencing the former with the help of Inspired Remodels. Simple touches of luxury bloom their way into the hearths and staircases of the most historic homes in town until neighborhoods, blocks, and towns transform to reflect the abundance that every resident radiates.

Orange County's best remodeling contractors Inspired Remodels

Inspired kitchen and bathroom remodeling mastercraft

There is a profound impact that a bathroom or kitchen remodel has on a home. It’s takes the hand of a truly talented remodeling contractor to elevate the warmth and tradition of an old house into the timeless elegance of a long-standing home. Nostalgia makes for excellent stories but it has a tendency to weigh too heavily on the potential for progress. To live is to grow and it takes an inspired eye to add progress to history like the rings in a tree. Give Inspired Remodels a call when the itch for inspiration overcomes your resignation to reminiscence.

Inspired Remodels, Inc.
inspiredremodels.com
(949) 716-1938


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An Electrical Highlight

While we normally like covering new businesses in our lovely little town, this entry will be from another blogger that reviewed a business that moved to his town. The reason we are posting it here is because that same business keeps expanding and has also set up shop here. Enjoy this entry, we certainly did.

Back when I was a kid, Newport Beach was nothing more than a little surf town on the coast of California. We didn’t have these fancy buildings and businesses that seem to be popping up every other week. Everyone knew everyone and things were simpler back then. Jimmy owned the bar, Russ was the butcher, Tommy ran the surf shack,  Ellen was in charge of the grocery store, and everyone went to church on Sunday morning (after we caught a few waves that is).

Nowadays everything is different. You’ve got these “hipsters” looking down at their smartphones all day and no one is talking to anyone, they don’t even greet you when you walk by anymore. I’ll tell you what, I think all these “smart” phones are just making people dumber. My grandson was showing me his phone the other day and all of the fancy, new apps he has installed on it. Give me my “dumb” phone any day of the week, it works perfectly fine and I’ll make sure to greet you properly when I see you walking down the street.

Alas, for as much as I may not like it, it seems like this town, along with technology will just continue to grow and move forward. I kid you not, every week there is a new business starting up in our town. My blog is mostly read by those at my retirement community and as the defacto town historian I’ve made it my duty to report on each new business that comes to the neighborhood to keep us old folks up-to-date on all the changes.

The newest business in town is called The Tradesman Electrician and we got a first-hand review of them just last week. The power went out last Wednesday at the retirement community and it caused a great hubbub. Fanny’s oxygen machine needed power and George was missing his episode of Matlock…George never misses Matlock. We knew we needed some help, but we didn’t know where to find someone who could do electrical repair in Newport Beach. Luckily for us, my grandson happened to be visiting that day and he pulled out his phone and started playing on this app called Yelp. Apparently, it rates all of the businesses in the area.

We gave them a call and they were able to come out right away and helped us to get our power back up and running. They were so quick, George didn’t even have to miss a whole episode of Matlock, they got the power up and running just in time to see who did it. And I’m happy to report that Fanny ended up being just fine. The communities generators lasted long enough to keep her oxygen machine running until the power came back on.

The nice gentleman from the Tradesman were really great at their jobs and I found out that they had just moved into town. As a gesture of thanks, I told them I would feature them in my next post. I’ve got the 90+ year old market covered. So, if you ever need an electrical help, I would highly recommend them. I also learned that there may be some good with all of this technology after all.

I’m off for my afternoon nap. Until next time,

Frank

Check back soon for our next feature!


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Take a Seat

You know that feeling when you’re at a barbecue and the food is finally ready so you grab a plate, pile it high and search for a place to sit – only to find the cramped house and patio have 4 chairs and a couple stairs between them? Nothing like cutting a steak with 1 hand as other guests squeeze past you to the cooler. Unfortunately many business owners feel the same way. After spending months or years building something big enough to hire employees, those first team members start to file in, only to find some dilapidated card tables and kitchen chairs for the entire work day. Today’s workforce is presented lavish comforts compared to previous generations. The layout and design of modern work-spaces is a huge point of interest in burgeoning markets.

Creative office design is a hot new topic where employers are challenged to keep talent on their team. Gone are the days of grey cubicles and hard backless stools. In today’s office you’re most likely to find a sit to stand adjustable work space with a multi-dimensional adjustable executive mesh chair. It makes sense that a work space affects the quality of work delivered. This is the guiding principle behind offices like Facebook and Google that set talent retention alongside profit as business priorities.

What’s the most exciting part of this comfort revolution? The winnings for small towns like Sanborn County. In our little city that’s growing like a weed with new businesses, everyone has to find a place to sit. Companies are all clamoring over one another for top talent and the best way to keep a new employee in a seat is to ensure she is comfortable. That’s where companies like Creative Office Design come in. Creative Office Design specializes in turning the office environment into something of a power plant – optimally efficient by design. That starts with elegant and ergonomic office furniture. Conference rooms, lobbies, communal spaces, and executive suites play different roles in the corporate drama and require different furnishings to match the need. Creative Office Design has furnishings to meet the need and budget of any business. Now before you start shopping down at Jimbo’s boot, jerky and furniture emporium to find a better deal, consider that Creative Office Design has a constantly updating inventory of pre-owned office furniture and used cubicles for sale at top quality and bottom dollar. No it doesn’t come in a package deal with a new set of lawnmower blades but small towns have to adapt with the times the same as any.

The moral of the story is that we are about to get a whole lot more supported and a whole lot more productive around here in Sanborn. Never underestimate the power of posture with your project production. The way you work affects the way you live if you work for a living. Might as well work with some ergonomic intention. On that note, this blogger needs to go roll out some spine cramps and take a power nap.


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Are You Trained or Untrained?

Sanborn grows yet again into another field of business! We are happy to announce that we had some awesome fellas pass through our small county and stop to let us know their training services extend beyond their home county reach. If you have been reading these updates, i’m sure you have your guesses of what business will come next.  Now that we’ve told you that it’s a business that offers some sort of training, can you narrow your guess? We’ve mentioned the personal trainer that’s helping us all train our physical bodies. What else can you train? What skills can you learn from training?

Out here in Sanborn, we do our best to keep to ourselves, help each other out, and not make too big a blip on the radar. As such, most people take care of themselves. We are less reliant on some of the amenities that big city folk have. There isn’t a fast food chain in town. There is no Starbucks or Costco or any major chain of anything really. We have what we need. Grocery store, local mechanic, dentist office, doctors office, policy station, fire station, post office of course, and a solid bar. We are leaving out the new businesses that have been moving in all over town to server our growing population. Almost every business that has set up shop has been privately owned and high quality. This new business is nothing short of that. We are happy to announce that some of the coolest guys we’ve had the pleasure of meeting are offering their top tier gun training classes here in our little county. You read that right, not only does every resident of Sanborn own a gun, now we will have the ability to be more proficient with them. If these guys would passed through a little sooner, maybe Tom wouldn’t have lost his toe in that “accident” last month. No more of that!

When it comes to weapons training, these guys really cover almost every base. You want to be trained with handguns? You got it. You want to be trained with rifles? You got it. You want to be trained at long range? Done! If you think you have good enough reasons to conceal the weapon we all know you own, ask about it. These guys offer concealed carry weapon permits to those that it applies to. Think you can do better somewhere else? We don’t. These guys have crazy reviews on Yelp and Google. As always, we like to make that information as easy as possible. Here they are:

Gun training experts.

See what we mean!? These guys are legit and they are going to make Sanborn a better place. We could all use the training for both ourselves and others. I think I can safely say that we here at this local publication are more excited about this new business than any other we have posted… no offense to others. They are all great for their own reasons but it is hard to deny how much fun it is to shoot guns. I bet it will be even more fun to really learn how to use them.

Until next time, be careful with your weapons, Tom, and keep checking in for new businesses moving into our wonderful Sanborn county.

 


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A Call Out For Fitness

We really enjoy our little town all the way out here in Sanborn County. It has been a real pleasure reporting on the new businesses that have setup shop around town. They just seem to keep coming in! We have one or two more to report on in the next couple of days that we are excited about as well but, before we do that we would like to do something a little different. We would like to send a request for a business to expand to our little county. Can you guess what it is? I know if any Sanbornians are reading, they have already guessed it.

We don’t have a gym! Or a trainer for that matter. We would be happy with both. Please don’t take this call out as alluding to something. There is no reading in between the lines here. We all get plenty of daily exercise out here in Sanborn. With all these new people moving out here and the subsequent businesses moving in after them, we think its surprising that not a single trainer or gym has tried to set up shop. Is our population not big enough? Do we seem like the people that wouldn’t be into that sort of thing? Pssssh. This article is here to prove you wrong.

We are looking for a personal trainer that has the equipment and certifications necessary to at least get something going. Obviously a gym would be ideal but beggars can’t be choosers. So, for whoever is reading this out there, we would love to have trainer move out here. You would be constantly busy getting all of us in the shape we want to be. We are looking for the best fitness trainer that would be willing to join our growing town. We want someone that is dedicated to tailoring each work out to each person he or she meets. We have plenty of people out here that are working through various issues and injuries so some background in rehab would be ideal.

We went and looked around some of the bigger cities to try and find some good examples of trainers that we would like to see around here. We found a great personal trainer in Irvine that seems to fit the bill almost exactly. We know these people are out there, someone has got to be looking for some new digs somewhere! Pick Sanborn! We promise it wont be something you ever regret.


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Winding Down Just Got A Little Easier

Get excited because we get to report on another business so soon! Sanborn county’s popularity is growing!  More and more businesses continue to move in. What was once a small little town with dreams of a bustling community with access to some of the pleasantries that a city has to offer, is quickly becoming just that. While the businesses we have reported on so far have been a step short of necessary for our town to keep functioning amicably, this next business makes the rest seem like a grind. We are excited to announce that a winery is setting up shop!

The local bar is one thing, its a dive, a social spot that all walks of life can meet on an equal playing field to talk and drink life’s worries away. A winery on the other hand, is a place where you can go to enjoy the atmosphere, the lushness of barrel room, and the delicious wine that this new winery is bringing to our county. The holidays are here ladies and gentlemen, and if you have a few of those people that you can never figure out how to gift, we now have the answer! Choose from a number wines derived from grapes all grown from our very own state of California. You’ll have to forgive the gushyness of this article or don’t. Why would it matter to us?… We have a winery moving in!

These guys are are one of the best reviewed businesses we’ve ever seen! The have hundreds of reviews that all put them in the 5 star range! Unheard of! AND THEY ARE EXPANDING HERE!!!… If we could express our excitement in emoji form, we would but I don’t think they have emojis that can describe the excitement. If you like the wine, we know you will, then don’t stop at gifting the wine to those hard to shop for friends and family members. Plan your next holiday party, event, or even a wedding in the barrel room! Their winery is beautiful and they treat you like royalty. Is there a downside to hosting your next event there? Psshhhhh NO! You get the barrel room, the delicious wine, and the wonderful people that host. They create this wonderfully inviting atmosphere that makes you feel like you are home enjoying a glass of wine.

Wait wait wait… You doubt how well reviewed they are? HAHAHA we are actually laughing in your face. Check out their yelp reviews where they are know to be the best spot to host an event. Ok so now that we’ve pinned out reputation for reporting on the best business on this winery, we implore you to check them out the next chance you get. Don’t let the holidays go by without at least taking a single sip of their red wine blends, or their whites, or their cab! It really is hard to choose when they are all good!

Until next time, and the next business, enjoy your holiday by winding down with a generous poor of wine from our newest winery. We promise you won’t regret it.


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In a Small Town, Mediation Always Trumps Litigation

As our little town continues to grow, so do the businesses moving in. As we continue to highlight the new businesses that are setting up shop, we like to explain our reasoning for featuring them here on our website. This next business that has moved in is clearly a wonderful fit for our little slice of heaven in the big vast world.

In a small town, words gets around. When there is drama with two people, the town has a tendency to learn about it faster than you would think. Some people in the town like to gossip about it, others like to feed the drama with more fuel so things can be exciting for a little longer, and others try their best to help. The biggest thing to remember here is that small towns never forget. Whatever happens between people stays in the memory of everyone that was involved or heard about it. That’s how small town works. There isn’t enough stimulus and input that you would get in a big city to push out even the most trivial memory filled with drama.

So what happens when a family or a couple decides they want to end it? What happens when the drama gets so out of control, divorce is the answer? This is what we would call a big freaken deal in a small town. Divorces can be so ugly and all that ugly normally ends up on all parties involved inside and outside the marriage. Unless the one the divorcee’s plans to leave our lovely little town, things are awkward for quite some time. We haven’t figured out a way around this aside from our local bartender playing therapists with both his words and his drinks… until now.

In comes our newest business, a divorce mediator! Back in Irvine, this group cut their teeth on some of the nastiest Orange County divorces out there. If you don’t understand this different between a divorce attorney and a divorce mediator, we will shed some light. For one, it is way cheaper and normally takes way less time to do. It also helps to facilitate and mutual understanding and agreement between the two parties so that no one walks away feeling beat up and bruised after a long ugly and expensive divorce. These mutual resolutions provide the biggest benefit to our little town. The two people often come out of a divorce mediation on good terms. They can continue living in the community in relative harmony without getting their ugly divorce all over the town. We can very excited to have such a business moving into out lovely town to keep the peace and help those that need it, find a resolution to a major problem.

We are very excited to make what was once a major problem, now one that can go under the radar in our town. It’s also equally exciting that this isn’t some new business that is moving in here. This is a tried and tested business that everyone seems to love. Check them out here!

Welcome! We are so happy you a here to keep our town as happy as it can be! Look for out next feature soon!


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This Termite Be A Problem?

It’s crazy how real estate can have such an effect on a market. We’ve had more and more businesses move in due to the uptick in houses built and the general growing population of Sanborn County. As posted here before, an estate litigation got the jump on the market early and now they dominate the market. Lucky for us, they were not the first business to set up shop. We’ve had ice cream shops and fast food chains, froyo and a Mother’s Market, even a pet store and a groomer. Yes, the market here is ever growing and it is quite a pleasure to be posting here about it.

Now to change things up a bit, I’d like to use the following we have accrued over the past year and reach out looking for a business. There is a demand for a business here in Sanborn right now that is fairly high. Tis the season for Termites! Since Sanborn is a little off the beaten path and many of its homes are built from beautiful rich wood of all kinds, termites have finally found us and we do not have a business here that can fix the problem. The best we can do is drive down to the local Ace Hardware and hope they have some kind of termite spot-treatment for us. While that used to work in the past, and now that a Home Depot may come and open here, we may be able to hold off these little buggers for a little longer. So please, if anyone reading this, we really need an exterminator that can come take care of our issue without killing all of our pets. Natural termite extermination would be best! I’ll leave an example here a great exterminator out of Garden Grove that gets the job done safely. If only they could extend their service area to Sanborn!…. Can they?


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New Businesses, Same Old Saying

Category : Estate Litigation

With real estate really picking up in Sanborn County, many people are settling into their new homes and exploring all that the county has to offer. Driven by the power of local businesses, it’s always nice to post here when there is a new business in town. Well technically there are two. The first we will mention here is related to a topic that most people do not like talking about too often. Taxes. Luckily, there haven’t been any new IRS agents in town so if you were starting to have anxiety filled reactions to words like audit, we can relieve your worries right away and tell you no such thing will take place. Instead, we have a new tax man in town to help you with your taxes when tax season comes around. Most of the people who are setting up shop here need a tax man to make sure good old Uncle Sam doesn’t take advantage of them and their newly acquired homely assets. This leads us to our second new business in town.

With all these folks moving up here to this county and purchasing all our beautiful homes, it get to thinking about where these new assets will be handled and where they will go when the time comes to lay in the beautiful Sanborn County ground. If you didn’t guess it already, an estate planning and litigation attorney has setup a satellite shop here! Well when I say satellite shop, I mean he has made his services available remotely via phone call. While some people may take pause at this notion, we like to think of this as a blessing. This savvy probate administrator in Irvine is setup in a city where he gets to cut his teeth everyday making sure that everything that gets left behind by various people and in various amounts is properly administered to the people of places that the recently departed had deemed their wishes. We personally feel that if an attorney like that can take care of all those celebrities and all their fortunes, he can certainly take care of all us folk here in Sanborn County with all their newly acquired real estate assets.

So folks, not only do we have a tax man in town, we have a probate attorney who is easily reachable to ease anyone’s post mortem worry’s! If you feel that there are other easily reachable attorneys of the same type and possible caliber, I recommend checking their profile on Yelp. They are well reviewed and what do you know, the exact phone number we have here to reach them is also on Yelp.

If you still feel adverse to following up with this attorney, we will personally vouch for the quality of services offered as well as the professionalism that we experienced when working with them. Yes, that’s right, we here at sanborncounty.org do have assets that we too would like to pass to the appropriate people in the event of our passing. Crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s! Don’t wait until it’s too late! Like the old saying goes: there are only two certain things in life, death and taxes.

If you happen to make to take a trip to the beautiful Southern California, stop in a say hi and let the attorney’s down that way show you the professionalism we got in person. Check it out below.