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The Lawyer Who Cared

Joan Midler had been on her way to work that Wednesday when she caught sight of something that seemed very interesting.

‘What is that?’ Her blue eyes widened and her brows knotted together. The young immigration lawyer from Orange County had a thing for helping foreigners. She loved interacting with people from other countries, who had different cultures and beliefs, working with them had widened her horizon.

She quickly parked her car to one side of the road and got out of it.

Of recent, there had been an influx of about twenty thousand refugees from Syria and they were having a hard time fitting into the small Californian city.

A mischievous smile pricked her lips as she recalled the complaints she had gotten from some of the refugees who could speak English. Language was a big problem here, and they had no choice but to begin ESL classes.

“Hello!” She called out to the three children and a middle-aged woman on the other side of the road. They seemed to be in some kind of fix, and they really looked confused.

Joan straightened her skirt and marched confidently in her black pumps towards them. They were arguing with a bus conductor who had begun yelling. And from his filthy lips, a dozen curse words fled into the air.

Joan noticed that the woman and the children who were obviously hers because of the strong resemblance seemed confused. They looked at the angry guy in bewilderment.

They were thinking, “Why is this guy yelling on such a sunny day?”

When she arrived at the scene, Joan couldn’t help but admire their colorful dresses which reminded her of some Indian movies she had seen when she was a kid. The girls covered their head with a little scarf, while the woman veiled herself with a Hijab.

“Hello” Joan flashed a smile at them.

The woman quickly shifted and pulled her children away from the stranger. Her swift action didn’t go unnoticed. It only made Joan laugh.

“Look, I am here to help you.” Joan pressed a hand on her chest, a gesture most people understood as love or peace. Obviously, they were new to the area and they needed some help.

Joan heard the kids whispering something in a language similar to Arabic, which she understood partially. Due to the nature of her job, Joan had learned to adapt to languages quickly. She knew how to speak French, German, Russian, Spanish and Turkish fluently. Other languages came in bits.

“What do you want here lady? Are you coming on the bus or what?” The angry conductor fired at her.

“Um, not really,” Joan paused and ran her eyes over the woman and her kids.

“Don’t look at them. They got on the bus and won’t pay, even after we dropped everyone at the last bus stop.” The man was still annoyed.

At that point, Joan understood what was going on.

“Whoa, did you care to find out where they were going or you were just yelling?” Joan wondered.

“I work on a bus, not some interview company.”

Joan ignored him and moved towards the woman and her kids who were about running when she raised her hands in the air and screamed, “Salam!” At once, they all stopped and stared at her in wonder.

“Salam?” A smile split the chubby face of the mother, as “Salam,” was the call for peace. It was a welcome. It was an invitation.

Joan hoped the woman wouldn’t gush out more Arabic, because she would be totally lost.

“Um, where were you going?” Joan gestured with her hands hoping they would understand, and they did.

The youngest kid screamed, “Arsadia…”

“Just hear that, ain’t no place like Arsadia!” The conductor yelled.

Joan laughed as she realized they meant, “Arcadia,” but their accent had caused a little confusion.

“I have a car; I can take you wherever you want. You can trust me, Salam.” She pressed her hands together and bowed her head like she was in prayer.

The woman moved closer to Joan. Apart from the fact that the woman spoke a word she understood, there was something about her sapphire eyes. They were calm, considerate and friendly. She could trust this woman.

“If you are thinking of leaving without paying…”

Joan flipped her purse open and handed him a few dollars.

She grabbed one of the kids and raised him into her arms.

“Next time, learn to be nicer to strangers. You don’t know when you’ll find yourself in need of help.” She waved a finger across the man’s face.

Five minutes after, her new friends were already in her car heading to her office where she would bring in a translator and help get them the assistance they needed.

They drove off to:

K Nair Law Group
31897 Del Obispo St Suite 225, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-4150

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A New Home Builder Comes To Town

I like to introduce everyone to one of our newest businesses in town.

Sailhouse custom home builders.

They are a full-service real estate and home development firm and I am positive that they will make Sanborn County and even more beautiful place to live. I know, I know, it seems impossible as we live in such an incredible place and have a long history of amazing home builders, but I really think that you all are going to be very happy with the work that they do.

Here, let me show you a few examples of their work:

This is a beautiful home that they did. Check out the unique triple garage door.

And I absolutely love how the back of this house turned out.

And you have to check out this amazing kitchen!

And finally, look what they did to open this house up to the world. Incredible!

As I said, we are not going to be disappointed.

You can find them here:

170 Newport Center Dr #260
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 281-6044

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A Smarter Way To Bookkeep

It is always an exciting time when a new business comes into town and this week is no different. I am thrilled to introduce you all to the newest member of our business community here in Sanborn County.

I’m pleased to introduce Smart Bean Inc.

Smart Bean Inc Bookkeeping in Tustin CA is a start of the art bookkeeping company that uses machine learning to help automate the bookkeeping process which helps them to keep their prices low and provide service that goes above and beyond. I know many of you will be glad to hear about the low prices, but I want to assure you that there is more to be excited about than just their affordable prices.

Now, unfortunately, as many of you know, Sanborn County’s long-time, resident bookkeeper, Al Countant, recently passed away. Al was a staple in the community, having been in business here for 45 years! We’ll always fondly remember Al’s famous scarecrows that he would put up during the Halloween festival and his award-winning apple pie that he would only make once a year. His sudden passing left many of our local businesses scrambling for accounting help. Smart Bean comes in at just the right time to help these businesses as we approach the busy holiday season.

As with all new businesses that come into town, I did a little research on them. We want to make sure that only the best work in Sanborn County and I will try and do my part to keep you informed of every new business.

To start, I checked out their Yelp account to see what others were saying about them. You can find that here: Yelp is a great spot to get a feel for what the people think about a business. Great businesses will often have very loyal and vocal supporters online.

I then went to check out their website which you can see in the link above. Their website is quite impressive and was a very helpful resource. Right off the bat, you can see the services that they offer as well as the pricing structure and packages. This is nice because you can know right away what you are getting for your money and you don’t have to be worried about whether you are being ripped off or not. Some of the services that they offer include Daily Bookkeeping, Monthly Reporting, Bill Pay, and 1099 tracking. And to top it all off, you can try their services for free for 3 months! I think that the people of Sanborn County will be very happy with their offer and their services should cover all of your accounting and bookkeeping needs.

And lastly, I found some videos that Smart Bean created and uploaded onto YouTube. They look great and if they are any indication of the type of bookkeeping work that they do then I think that our town will be in good accounting hands for the foreseeable future! I’ve included one of their videos below that I think will resonate with our readers:

If you are wondering where you can find Smart Bean, check them out here:

Smart Bean Inc

17291 Irvine Blvd #104, Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 503-8108

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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.
(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,


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.