Escondido, CA

The difficult goodbye

Ed Gallo Speaks

Some good-byes are difficult to speak especially when wishing loved ones a safe trip back—like when a granddaughter who I have not seen in a year departed from a Christmas visit. Then there are those sayonaras that we can’t wait to sometimes yell. Saying so-long to year 2020, which by the way was also a Leap Year, is one of those times when good riddance would be more appropriate. Thanks but no thanks for stopping by. C-ya!

Something I have found interesting was information regarding the Lunar New Year aka Spring Festival or Chinese New Year which will be celebrated next February 12. Every year is noted by one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac represented by a different animal each year. This year, 2020, coincidentally was the Year of the Rat which brought us the COVID-19 pandemic. We all know about rats. Next year however is the Year of the Ox and we all know oxen are hardworking animals. What I glean from this symbol is that we all have to buckle down and work to rid the world of the scourge of CV-19. Interesting don’t you think? Here is a quote posted by Realtor Phil Gibbs that I found to be very appropriate. “At 12:01 a.m. on January 1, for the first time ever, hindsight will actually be 2020.”

In keeping with the daily reports on CV19, I note the seemingly rising positive tests in San Diego County. When I checked the percentages of deaths to tests the results are that the death rate is decreasing. Take a look at October 1.5%, November 1.2% and December 0.98%. It certainly appears we are gaining on control of this virus. Let’s work to keep this trend going and reducing the number of positive tests and get to live our lives as we did before March, 2020 albeit it will be different.

There will be pluses and minuses in the coming new lifestyle. For one, there will be less vehicle traffic due to the many people who are comfortably accustomed to working from home. I know people who have not been to their office in months and I have one daughter who only goes to her office once a week. This then will lead to a lesser need for office space as we know it. I don’t know if economists have determined the long term effect on commercial real estate. We shall see.

However, this December did bring us the opportunity to see the Christmas Star— which has not occurred in about 800 years. It was not actually a star as it was the conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn creating this bright light. When on December 21 this phenomenon was visible in the Western sky I did see it just after dusk and it was the only “star” in the sky. I’m sure there were millions of earth viewers. Another December joy was of course the music where I heard songs I hadn’t heard in years. “Snoopy’s Christmas” by the Royal Guardsmen and the Jackson 5 “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” Nice.

What’s going on with the Girl Scouts filing legal challenges against the Boy Scouts for illegal recruiting? It seems some parents who signed their daughters to join scouting \were not aware it was actually the Boy Scouts they were joining. How do you not know where your kids are going? Unless there is no identification on the application what organization you are joining, I find it hard to believe the parents were unaware. More proof how litigious we have become.

Accessory Dwelling Units, ADU, you have no doubt heard about them. The other day I read where this is becoming more commonplace in many communities and, as I have stated before, will only exacerbate parking issues. What was eye opening was the home sizes range from 500 to 1200 square feet. I remind you that homes 50 years ago were in the 900 square foot range on a 60 x 100 foot lot—not as an adjunct to an existing home. The Flower Streets and President Street subdivisions were 900 square feet three bedroom homes. Today new homes are 2500 SF and larger. Changing times.

New Year’s Eve is just not the same. Wait until next year. Back to personalized plates. 760 RPTR, cool truck. 2INTNSE, personality?

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