Carley Rozpedski Donna Nelson have you seen something about a
dog name
d Nala that has gone missing

Donna Nelson Good Morning Carley, I am so sorry no one
has contacted me about this missing dog. I am getting ready
to send out the blog. I will cut and paste the picture with the
info I see here

I am concerned about what to say about the dog
. Is it mean
or not? I guess I will recommend that anyone who sees this
dog please let The Blogfolks know where it was seen. We
can call animal control to help catch it.

Jim Raasveld‎ Bermuda Dunes Country Club Homeowners and

Just now running on Glass Dr near Bermuda Dunes

Diane Medley Carley Rozpedski are you saying that IS the pitbull
mix the owner says is not friendly? Or you're not sure?

Carley Rozpedski Diane Medley I can't tell because I can't see his
face. But the pit mix is old, same color, same built...and the owner
always warns us to stay away

Cora Willett Levine Diane Medley looks like the dog named Nala
that was a new -support dog that went missing

Diane Medley Cora Willett Levine that's what I was thinking....but
Nala runs like the wind. I've tried to catch her. Jim above said this
dog looked well fed, but when I saw her several weeks back, she
did then, too.

Carley Rozpedski Diane Medley Does anyone know how to contact
Nala's mom?

Cora Willett Levine forgot where that post can’t find it,

Bob and I recently took a trip to the East side of the Salton
Sea. We wanted to see if any major improvements were being

We were very surprised to see how clean the water looked
and how beautiful the beaches are.

This shot is very near the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club

Beach and Yacht Club - View from the water

In the foreground, are tires that have been chained together
all along the beach to reclaim soil and sand.

And just look at all the driftwood.

Cactus Garden

Replica of a Cahuilla hut - Used only to sleep in during the

* We will talk about the Cahuilla Natives next time.
Ladies' Locker Room

9:30 AM

Everyone is invited to participate
What a great way to meet new ladies

Jewelry Making and Repair
Rock Painting
Holiday Decorations
And much more...

Contact: Donna Nelson
Card Games, Mexican Train, Samba and Bridge
and Bocce Ball
Are also offered at the Club

Gin Gals

Mexican Train Gals

Bridge Gals

My Tuesday Morning group plays ACBL bridge. We play 9:00 to
approximately noon, the cost is $3.00 . This group is for women with
a basic knowledge of conventions.

On Thursday afternoons, we have a more relaxed group playing from
2:00 to approximately 4:30. Discussion of play is permitted to help
players of all abilities to improve their knowledge of conventions.

We welcome new players!

Nancy Coates

Samba Gals

We have sign up on boards for Monday and Friday 11:00
in the Ladies' Lounge

Bermuda Dunes
Community Council
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month

Supervisor PEREZ office
Esmeralda Perez
760 863 8211

Sheriff's Department
Lt. Michael Bianco
760 836 1600

California Highway Patrol
Officer Hector Gutierrez
760 772 5300

Cal Fire
Div Chief Ty Davis
760 393 3450

Code Enforcement
760-393-3344 supervisor
Perez phone number

Bermuda Dunes
Center/Desert Rec
Nicole Fisher
760 564 9921
760-347-3484 ext. 134

Bermuda Dunes Airport

79880 Avenue 42,
Dunes, CA 92203 ·
PH: (760) 345-2558

Myoma Water Co
Mark Meeler
General Manager
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
760-772-1967  Office
760-345-9761  FAX


All other areas of the

Riverside County Waste

Waste Management has a
roadside cleanup program
in the Riverside County
they can be reached at

Union Pacific RR
Critical Need Phone #
888 877 7267

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Board Members
Bermuda Dunes Security

Robert Nagels, President
Donald Keprta, Vice President
Chris Hogan, Treasurer
Robert Anderson, Secretary
Donald G. Clarke
Joseph R. “Jack” Fox
Jerry Lugo
Martin C. (Duke) Frey
Sylvia Chernick Baran

BDSA Meeting
4th Thurs. of every



Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
street/gate signage.

BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161


The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.

Resident Login System
is handled by DRM

Admin hours are as follows:

Monday 9 -5
Tuesday 9 - 5
Wednesday 9 - 5
Friday 9 - 5
Saturday Closed         
Sunday Closed

If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:

Telephone Numbers:

Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Main Gate #1
Glass Gate #2
Administration #3

Bermuda Dunes
Home Owner's
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month

Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

Charlie Bishop, President
Kristy Hilton, Vice President
Barbara Black, Treasurer
Robert Nagels, Director

BDCA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161

CC&Rs for BDSA

Here is what
responsible for:

Bermuda Dunes
Community Association
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
landscaping, pool
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.

The Architectural
Committee reports to the
Community Board

Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum

Architectural Committee

representatives of each Homeowner,
members of the Architectural Control
Committee (ACC), are volunteer
community members.  The ACC, as
established in the CC&R’s, has been
charged with the mission to oversee
that each lot and dwelling within the
Community is developed and
maintained in a manner compatible
with its standard aesthetics and

has the responsibility to approve or
to reject all plans for real property
improvements on all lots within any
subdivision of the Community, and
all properties owned by the Bermuda
Dunes Community Association and
Bermuda Dunes Security
Association, prior to commencement
of construction of that improvement.

goal is to foster careful design in
furtherance of its responsibility to
represent each Homeowner in the
preservation of the architectural and
landscaping aesthetics and
character of the homes within the
Community and to monitor,
according to its authority for
interpretation, enforcement of BDCA’
s governing documents.  Utilizing
and interpreting the Guidelines, the
ACC will consider the aesthetic and
functional aspects of each design,
including placement of buildings,
landscaping, exterior finishes and
materials, height and bulk,
orientation of site lines, etc.  In
addition, the ACC will consider the
effect of the proposed improvement
on neighboring properties and the
Community as a whole.

responsible for reviewing nor shall
its approval of any plan or design be
deemed approval of any structural
safety or conformance with building
or other codes. The ACC assumes
no responsibility for the structural or
mechanical soundness of approved

E.  RECORDS:  Records of ACC
approvals or actions will be kept on
file, by Tract or Unit and by Lot
number, at the office of the BDCA.

F.  AUTHORITY:  Submissions are
required directly from homeowners,
regardless that they may reside in
sub-communities that may have their
own architectural review boards,
guidelines and committees.  The
BDCA-ACC has final authority for
approval of projects as outlined
herein. No submittals will be
accepted from sub-community
boards or committees, unless
submission is for common area
projects within the sub-community.

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The information below is quite troublesome to us. It is right
next door to our home. It was on the corner of Ryan and

Does anyone living on Kingston or Ryan Way know what this
was about?
Why It Isn't Safe to Cook Frozen Meat in the Slow Cooker
Not everything can truly be dumped into a slow cooker for dinner.

By Stacey Ballis

I have always been a slow cooker evangelist. My husband would
tell you that I have something of a "problem" when it comes to
slow cookers, as I am currently in possession of no fewer than
14. They range in size from an adorable trio model with three half-
quart inserts ($40;, perfect for a dark, milk, and
white chocolate fondue situation, or a triumvirate of warm sauces,
all the way up to an eight-quart model ($40;, which
will cook a vat of chili large enough to serve an army.

In my defense, we entertain a lot, and a slow cooker is an
entertainer's dream appliance: You can reheat pre-prepped
dishes and hold things warm without watching the stove or
worrying about burning, and a slow cooker can even serve as a
plate warmer if you need one. When serving large parties,
especially over extended periods of time, slow cookers can go
right on your buffet and keep everything at optimal temps. When
cooking coursed meals, which might need the soup hot at the
start, and a sauce for the roast equally hot anywhere from 15 to
45 minutes later, depending on the speed your guests might eat
and how lively the conversation, slow cookers to the rescue.

ut slow cookers are not without their flaws, so it is important to
know that one of the things they cannot and should not do is heat
up frozen food.

Why You Shouldn't Cook Frozen Meat in a Slow Cooker
It sounds like such a great idea, I know: Grab that bag of pre-
chopped, pre-packaged stew or marinated pot roast out of the
freezer, plop it in your handy slow cooker, and a few hours later
you have dinner on the table. Except you might also have
foodborne illness on the table, which is much less desirable.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), slow
cookers' max temperatures generally reach between 170 and 280
degrees Fahrenheit (F). That's high enough to kill most bad
bacteria, but the USDA still recommends thawing all foods
completely before placing them in a slow cooker. Why? This has
to do with the timing of how slow-cooked foods and possible
bacteria growth intersect.

Bacteria has a sweet spot for growth. At temps between 41°F —
your fridge is usually set between 35° and 40°F — and 135°F,
especially in a moist environment, bacteria can grow and multiply
rapidly; the serious danger zone is between 70° and 125°F.
Above 140°F, food is too hot to provide such an environment.

The USDA recommends that any food you cook achieve a proper
temp outside the danger zone (that is, above 140°F) within two
hours. Frozen food, which starts at 0°F, will take too long to come
up to temperature in the low-heat slow cooker, so frozen meat will
sit in the danger zone for bacteria growth for far too long to be
considered safe.

All food headed for a slow cooker should be fully thawed in the
refrigerator first, the USDA says, even for recipes that require
long, slow cooking over several hours. The agency also suggests
you still cook your meal on your slow cooker's highest
temperature setting for the first hour. Then you can reduce the
heat to the desired level to finish cooking. This will ensure that
your food reaches a safe temperature within a reasonable
timeframe and keeps it out of the danger zone for bacterial
growth. If you have commercially packaged frozen slow cooker
meals, it is recommended that you follow the package directions

How to Thaw Meat Rapidly
So, what if you have forgotten to thaw what you need beforehand
and dinner will be a failure if you don't get that roast in the slow
cooker before you leave for work? Use a convection thawing
method to rapidly and safely thaw your food.

Place the meat that needs thawing in a zip-top bag with as much
air pressed out as possible. Put the bag into a vessel large
enough to hold it submerged, but without too much extra space.
Place the vessel in your sink, being sure it does not block the
drain; elevating it on a wire rack can help with this. Fill the vessel
with your coldest setting tap water. Weigh down the bag with a
plate or other object if it wants to float; you want it fully
When the vessel is overflowing with the cold water, reduce the
stream to a thin trickle. You want the water running as minimally
as you can but in a steady flow. This trickle of water, and the
constant overflow of the vessel will create a convection of water
around your frozen item that will speed up thawing tremendously,
while still keeping things at a safe temperature.
Depending on the size and thickness of the meat you are
thawing, it can take as little as 20 minutes or up to an hour to
thaw something completely. Solid large proteins, like whole
chickens or roasts, will take the longest. After the first 20 minutes,
check every 10 to 15 minutes to see if your food has thawed
enough to proceed with your recipe.

While it might seem counterintuitive to use cold water for this
process, do not try and speed up the thrawing with warm or hot
water. You risk partially cooking the exterior of whatever you are
thawing and bringing the surface into the bacteria danger zone
while the center is still frozen.B

Hi Donna,

Regarding your donation drive scheduled for April
4th, at this point, Angel View is still conducting
community pickups of donations from homeowners
as long as their donations are set in the driveway,
curb or sidewalk to minimize exposure.  Therefore,
we cannot have the donors bring their items to the
truck, enter the home, garage or storage unit and we
are sorry if this causes any inconvenience.

Foremost, on our mind is the safety to the
community as well as our staff while still trying to
provide a service for homeowners who may be
leaving the Desert soon or those who would like to
donate their goods and do not feel safe taking it to
their local store.   Please let me know if you would
like to change how the items are picked up from
your community, postpone or cancel at this time.


Shelly Lee, Donations Acquisitions Manager


64669 Dillon Road

Post Office Box 580021
North Palm Springs, CA 92258

(760) 296-7431 mobile

(760) 322-2440 main office

Here's What's Happening at the Club
Where Are the Desert Wildflowers Blooming?


March 20, 2020 - At this time the outlook for 2020
wildflowers is just average, but the rain is here and more
is coming next week. New reports below.

Note California State Parks - Your safety is a
priority to us. While most of our indoor spaces, including
visitor centers and museums are closed, all outdoor
State Park spaces remain open and accessible to the
public. Call your park in advance of your visit if you
need additional details. We hope to see you in the great
Good Morning Bermuda Dunes

With all of the bad things regarding the COVID-19 Virus

Our dear friend has come up with this offer for the community

Hi Donna:
I’ve been thinking of ways to possibly assist our neighbors and to
keep myself busy during this “Stay at Home” event. The only thing I
could think of was to offer my knife Sharpening skills, especially with
the fact that most restaurants are closed and more meals are
prepared at home with dull knifes. Therefore, this is my offer: I will
sharpen anyone’s knifes within the gates
you could post this on your BLOG. All the resident needs to do is
drop off their knifes at my address, 79085 Bermuda Dunes Dr. (at
end of long driveway). Make sure knifes are packaged with owners
name and phone number. I will sharpen their knifes then call owner
when completed. Sharpened knifes will be placed at my entrance
gate for pick-up. This will eliminate any face-to-face contact. Bill
(760)289-2606 “Mac The Knife Sharpene

*NOTE: I use rubber gloves to sharpen all knives.There is no need
to worry about COVID-19.
Donna and Bob too, thank you so much for your good works! Even
though we are not within the gates these days we still have lots of
friends and acquaintances who are. We appreciate the blog and the
public service that you provide.
Be safe. Be healthy.

Philip F. Bettencourt
Real Estate Development Planning
Property Stewardship
Newport Beach | La Quinta

Hello Philip:

Thanks so much for your kind words.We have missed you
around here...and you and your wife be SAFE, as well.

What is the difference between a coffin and a casket?
Sean Kernan
Sean Kernan, Son of Quora
Answered Feb 8
Many people often confuse the two.

What you are looking at below is not a coffin.

It is a casket.


Have 6 sides. They are designed to taper off at the bottom to
accommodate the feet.

Originally they were used because they were seen as more efficient
uses of wood.

Caskets became popular over the past 200 years because they are
seen as being slightly less morbid —the 4-sided shape being less
reminiscent of a dead body.

Fun stuff, right?
Best Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Recipe by:Gail Cobile

"We found this recipe tucked inside my mom's Bible when going
through her things. It has become a family tradition on the first
snow day of the year and if that doesn't happen, which can be the
case here in central Virginia, we know it'll be the featured dessert
at Easter and anytime a comfort food is in order."

3 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 cups white sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups whole milk
10 slices hearty farmhouse-style bread, toasted and cut into cubes
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Grease a 2-quart baking dish.

In a mixing bowl, whisk 3 eggs, white sugar, 2 tablespoons of light
brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 cup of butter, and 3
cups of whole milk together, and gently stir in the bread cubes and
raisins. Lightly spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Bake in the preheated oven until browned and set in the middle,
50 to 55 minutes; cover the dish with foil after 30 minutes to
prevent excessive browning. Let the pudding stand for 10 minutes
before serving.

For vanilla sauce, whisk 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, the flour, a
pinch of cinnamon, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 1/4
cups of whole milk,and salt together in a heavy saucepan until
smooth. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until
thickened and the sauce coats the back of a spoon, 10 to 12
minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour sauce over warm bread
pudding, or serve on the side in a bowl.

Cook's Note:
For extra richness, substitute heavy cream for milk; for a lighter
dessert, substitute 2% milk for whole milk.
I watched a very informative video of Dr.PatSoonShiong
presentation - last night Explaining On all the aspects of the virus
was SO detailed.

I personally, have been a germaphobic for 28 I have
always excercised extreme sterilization habits it was not a big
deal for me to adjust to the coronavirus precaution regiment. BUT.. I
learned something I did NOT know  ..which I think is very important .

This virus adheres & sticks to oily surfaces I.e.Like our hands ...
computer screens etc. That’s why they tell us to wash for 20-30
seconds to remove the virus pathogens out of the crevesses in our
hands  as the virus goes to the deepest area of envelopes of our
skin. The folds of our hands and under the nails etc.
They expressed that soapy suds and water washes it away.
That antibacterial soap does NOT kill this virus. And a squirt
and rub of  sanitizer that people use on their hands (without suds &
water)  ..does not do a thing with your attempt to clean the virus off.

Also ...our produce in stores ( fruits veggies etc ..all uncovered food
...that people may touch or sneeze or touch - becomes one of the
most spreadable of this virus ..And if we wash it WITHOUT soapy
suds water or if ... the. we eat it

It has a very strong success in attacking our bodies.
I have always soaked my produce in vinegar ...and now I find that
regiment will not remove any virus off.

So I now have to re wash all my apples, lettuce and grapes
AYKARUMBA ..I’ll be busy sterilizing today .��

Anyway..I figured if I didn’t know this info. Many others may not

So share with the people you care about I did.

You are a very special person that I think very highly of.

Hugs to you and your family.

Please stay safe ...�� Cora

Hi Cora:.

Thanks so much for all of this helpful information. I am
assuming the product you use for washing vegetables is
AYKARUMBA. Can this be purchased at any store?

Take care Cora...and hello to that little bundle of puppy that
goes everywhere with you. You two make quite an enjoyable
sight on our street!

Now we know the reason for the narwhal's tusk

Male narwhals have long, spiraled tusks. Sometimes males will
rub their horns together, an action known as 'tusking.' (Photo: Dr.
Kristin Laidre, Polar Science Center, UW NOAA/OAR/OER [Public
domain}/Wikimedia Commons)
Known as "the unicorns of the sea," narwhals are unique for the
solitary tusk that protrudes through the tops of their heads. The
horn is actually a canine front tooth that can reach as long as nine
feet. But until recently scientists weren't sure what, if any, purpose
it had.

Research has pinpointed many possibilities, suggesting the tusk is
used as a sensory organ, helping the narwhal pick up changes in
its environment. Males of the species may even use the horns to
look for food or find mates.

A peacock fans out its feathers
There's no confusion about the male peacock's feathers — they
help him show off. (Photo: Mathias Appel [public domain]/Flickr)
The newest theory is one that doesn't feel too far-fetched: It's a
way to show off to females and to warn off competing males.

Arizona State University researcher Zackary Graham, who
authored the study published in the journal Biology Letters,
focuses on sexual selection in his work. As he hunted around for
new examples, the narwhal caught his eye.

"Broadly, I'm interested in sexual selection, which is responsible
for creating some of the craziest traits in biology. As an
evolutionary biologist, I try to understand why some animals have
these bizarre traits, and why some don't," Graham said in a
university news release.

Graham has studied sexual selection in many species, and he
realized that to demonstrate that the tusk is sexually selected, he
could use the relationship between tusk size with body size.

He and his team looked at data on 245 adult male narwhals over
the course of 35 years and by looking at growth of the tail or fluke
vs. growth of the tusk, it was relatively easy to see outsized
growth of the tusk and only the biggest and strongest narwhals
can afford to have such large tusks. That helps with males —
"The information that the tusk communicates is simple: 'I am
bigger than you,'" says Graham — and also with attracting a mate.

If you're going to put that much effort into a body part, it better be
worth it.

Is it a really weird tooth?
3D rendering of a narwhal couple
A narwhal's tooth is essentially built 'inside-out' says one
researcher. (Photo: Dotted Yeti/Shutterstock)
By combing through studies with different filters — from anatomy
to genetics to diet — one team of researchers took a more
comprehensive view of past research, and that led them to the
theory about sensory ability mentioned above.

"This tooth is almost like a piece of skin in the sense that it has all
these sensory nerve endings," the study's lead author, Dr. Martin
Nweeia from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, told BBC
Earth. The narwhal tusk is "essentially built inside out."

He assembled a team of international investigators to understand
the function of the narwhal's unusual protuberance. To do so, they
captured several of the elusive animals and anchored them using
a net anchored perpendicular to shore.

The researchers found that the outer cementum layer of the tusk
is porous, the inner dentin layer has microscopic tubes that
channel toward the middle, and the pulp in the center has nerve
endings that connect to the animal's brain. The structure makes
the tusk sensitive to temperature and chemical differences in the

The results of their work were published in the journal The
Anatomical Record.
When the tusk was exposed to different levels of salt in the
surrounding water, for example, the researchers noticed a change
in the narwhal's heart rate.

The animals can basically "taste" the concentrations of chemicals
in the water. Because of that, researchers believe males may use
the tusk to find food. They also appear to be able to find females
that are ready to mate.

Nweeia told the BBC that he's fascinated that narwhals put all
their energy into growing a single tusk rather than having a set of
teeth to help them eat their diet of large fish.

"If you were looking for an ideal and fascinating tooth to study,
there's no question this would be it."

Is the tusk for stunning fish?

Footage from Canada may support one of the tentative
conclusions Nweeia's study: using the tusks to find food. One
additional quirk? The horns may also help the narwhals prepare to
eat that food, too.

The video above, shot using drones by the WWF in Canada in
2017, shows narwhals in Tremblay Sound, Nunavat, striking Artic
cod with their tusks to stun them before gobbling them up.

Steve Ferguson of Fisheries and Oceans Canada explained in a
video for the agency that the drone footage shows male narwhals
"kind of tracking the cod with the tusk [...] and as the cod was
positioned close to the tip of the tusk, the narwhal sort of gave it a
quick, hard tap that likely stunned the fish — it looked like it was
momentarily not moving — and then the narwhal would move in
with its mouth and suck in the prey."

Given that we're only seeing this behavior now, in no small thanks
to the general unobtrusiveness of drones, researchers are eager
to learn what other possible uses there are for the tusks.

A dual-purpose sensory organ, a way to attract females and cod
stunner are already exciting, so what other uses could these
creatures of the deep have for this horn-looking tooth?
Hi Donna,
Thanks for the store info.  
Thought you might like a laugh today.

Thanks for sharing these, Evelyn.

Hope you and Peter are safe and healthy.

With humans in lockdown, animals flourish

A sika deer crosses a road last week in Nara, Japan. Free-roaming
deer are a part of life in this city but with humans in lockdown, the
deer have been roaming in the city's city's residential areas looking for

Animals may not know why humans are making themselves so scarce.

Lockdowns that have kept millions of people in their homes — and
social distancing measures meant to slow the spread of the novel
coronavirus — have brought clear skies, quiet streets and tranquil

These are challenging times for humanity. But for many of Earth's
other inhabitants, there's a silver lining.

Thanks to the absence of cruise ships, dolphins have returned in
greater numbers to the Italian port of Cagliari. And the presence of
swans in the canals of Burano — though initially placed incorrectly in
Venice proper — sparked a flurry of social media attention, even
though swans are often seen in this small island in the greater metro
area of Venice.

Animals are not dramatically rebounding in the absence of humans,
but they are timidly pushing their boundaries, with sika deer showing
up outside their normal habitat in the park in Nara, Japan, or wild
turkeys showing up in a park in Oakland, California.

"If anything, these times may serve as a reminder that animals have
always lived in our area," Seth Mangle, who directs the Urban Wildlife
Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, told The Guardian. "We
may not think of our cities as a part of nature, but they are."

Regardless, this kind of reverse habitat-encroachment is comforting.

Nature hates a vacuum
wild horses in Chernobyl

When humans move out of a space, animals move in as these horses
did in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

We've seen this kind of animal renaissance before — in the wake of
very different catastrophes.

At the site of the former Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant —
where a 2011 meltdown forced the evacuation of thousands of people
— animals like wild boar, macaques, and Japanese hares are

And, more than 30 years after the Chernobyl disaster, Geiger
counters still scold furiously at lingering radiation levels in the area —
but wildlife have made an unlikely comeback.

It's not all good news for animals

While swans and dolphins in Italy are certainly relishing in the retreat,
other animals that have come to rely on humans may actually miss us.

Like the macaques of Lopburi, Thailand. Spending their days loafing
around the city's famed Phra Prang Sam Yot monkey temple, these
primates have become all-too accustomed to human handouts. But
with the coronavirus keeping tourists at bay — and handouts
increasingly rare — they've gone all "Gangs of New York" on each

"The fall in tourist numbers because of COVID-19 may have indeed
brought about a shortage of food supply for them," Asmita Sengupta,
an ecologist at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and
Environment in India, tells The New York Times.

"Once they get used to being fed by humans, they become habituated
to humans and even display hyper-aggression if they are not given

On the other hand, the swans of Venice don't mind. Nor the dolphins.
And, as more countries ground their citizens, experts suggest animals
will take full advantage.

"I've seen what's happened in Venice and we've been thinking about
what that means in the UK as well for wildlife," Martin Fowlie, media
manager for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, tells

"We are some weeks behind Italy, but I imagine there will be some
things that will happen that will have an effect on wildlife and the
changes we will see.

"Since World War 2, UK wildlife has been in general decline, there are
some species doing better, but on the whole, the majority of species
have been doing less well."

But the hushing of cities and towns and countrysides, he adds, may
not only benefit animals. Humans too may soon emerge from their
homes with a new understanding of their relationship with the natural
world. We might even look to preserve that kind of peace.

03/21/2020 09:52 PM

I have given COVID-19 an identity! Gollum from the Lord
of the Rings series. Any time you see Gollum, you will
know that we will be discussing the virus.
March 25, 2020

Dear Robert Nelson,

In accordance with the Riverside County clarifications on the Safer at
Home State Order published yesterday, the golf course, including all
practice areas, is closed effective immediately.  There are to be no
golfers on the course, walking or riding, until further notice.

The Club will continue to offer To Go Dinners every night from 5:00
pm to 8:00 pm.  To Go Lunch and BBQ are discontinued at this time.  
Please call The Grill Room at 760.345.2771, ext. 3 or Tracey at
760.345.2771, ext. 6 to place your dinner order.  Menus are available


We are NOT blaming the Club for this set of circumstances, but
we certainly disagree with Riverside County for making this
irrational call!!!!

Will someone please tell us the difference from people out
walking and playing golf?

We feel it is safer to be golfing!

And it would appear that some in our community feel it is now
okay to trespass on the golf course just because it is closed.

PRIVATE PROPERTY is just that. Closed or Open it is still
private. That means no trespassing. End of Story


I called several shelters and they said she would not be
adoptable, so more than likely she would be put down if we
decided to take her to an animal shelter.

After several weeks of trying to find the owner of this cat, it is
not chipped, we have made a decision.

This cat now has a home with the Blogfolks. She doesn't like
coming inside, so we are purchasing her a nice cat house to
put outside for her. She is friendly and deserves more than
what she has had.

I have started putting flea and mite medication on her and she
is starting to look so much better physically. She is getting a
little meat on those bones of hers.

We have named her Missy Whiskers because her whiskers
are sooooo long. They are over six inches or more.

If this cat belongs to someone out there, we will gladly
return your cat to you.

She is free to do her own thing. She now has a stable place to
eat and hang out ....then disappers for hours ...

You were a stray cat, strutting so free and full of pride. ...
I LOVE THIS PHOTO of Pat Collins and his bestie

It makes me smile every time I see it!
Wally Norris

I may be putting (no pun intended) myself out there for social media
abuse but would this not be a time for the club to allow people to
take walks and enjoy the beauty of the club? Allow people to walk
the course with social distancing, of course. That in hopes when
this all is over we can all see what we have to enjoy without having
to put them in a bad situation?

I myself have had a bad experience by “trespassing“and was called
out by a staff member giving me a very bad taste of what the club
has to offer. But given the circumstances maybe we can allow a
little leeway?

This is just a thought and I hope that if they now want to serve us
food maybe they will alloy us to just take a walk. Of course I can
only speak for myself and family but we will always be respectful
and considerate.
Robert Anderson The golf course is not a public property. It is
owned by a specific corporation and is not open to the public. How
would you feel if somebody were walking on your backyard. We
need to all respect the ownership of private property and not
trespass even though we think it is a beautiful place to walk.
Everyone should respect the property ownership of each of us in
the community and not trespass on other peoples property just
because we think it’s a nice place to walk.
Terrie Anderson They encourage us to go outside and be active,
yet they won’t let us golf??? Being “older”, every day is precious to
us. I couldn’t tell you who’s a member or not and I don’t concern
myself with who’s walking on the course as long as they don’t walk
during golfing hours. That’s just dangerous. That being said, I
would never consider walking onto another’s property (because it’s
beautiful) without permission. That’s just me.

David A Diener Marlo Steinhauser Look at it like window shopping,
nice to look, but do not touch... Enjoy the beauty from your property

Judy Nourse Walking on the street is nice. I'd like to see the cars
that are parked on the street 24/7 be moved so we can walk on the

Bobby Reyes  l live inside BDCC and I’m not a member but now
they want me to buy from the Clubhouse Restaurant naw I’d b tress

Tinker Morache Bobby Reyes They don’t want you to buy they are
telling you if you need food they’re open so you can buy no ones
forcing you to go up there and spend money they’re just trying to
be good Samaritans get with the program
Thu 3/26/2020 10:55 PM
This is one of the most logical, complete, sensible articles I've
seen/read so far.  Hope you read it.
Sent: 3/26/2020 7:40:18 PM Pacific Standard Time
Subject: about a virus, save a life

I really thought this was good guidelines

I am not 100% certain of the veracity of the following, but I wouldn't
pass it on to you if I didn't consider it good information. Hope you
are faring well in these difficult times. All the best, JP

This is written by a Swiss chemist:

• a virus is not a living organism, but only a molecule of protein
(DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipids (fats), that upon being
absorbed by ocular, nasal and mouth mucous cells changes the
genetic code of the cells and converts them into aggressor and
multiplier cells.

• Since the virus is not a living organism but rather a molecule of
protein, it doesn’t die but rather disintegrates on its own. The length
of time it takes to disintegrate depends on temperature, humidity
and the type of material where it sits.

• The virus is very fragile, the only thing that protects it is a thin
external layer of fat. That’s why any soap or detergent is the best
remedy because suds break down grease/fats (that’s why you have
to suds up for 20 seconds or more in order to make a lot of suds).
Once the layer of fat is dissolved, the molecule of protein falls apart
and disintegrates on its own.

• HEAT melts grease, that is why it is best to use water that is at
least 25 degrees centigrade (you can do your math here or just use
pretty warm water) to wash your hands, clothes, etc. Besides, hot
water makes more suds and that is good.

• Alcohol or any mixture of alcohol at more than 65% will dissolve
any grease/fats, especially the outer fat layer of the virus.

• Any mixture of 1 part Clorox and 5 parts water dissolve directly the
protein, which kills it from the inside.

• Oxidized water can be used besides soap, alcohol, and Clorox
because peroxide dissolves the protein of the virus, but you have to
use it alone and it damages the skin.

• NO BACTERICIDE WORKS. Since the virus is not a living
organism, you can’t kill anything that is not alive with antibiotics,
except to rapidly disintegrate its structure with everything mentioned

• NEVER shake clothes you have worn (or not worn) nor sheets or
anything made of cloth. As long as it is stuck to a porous surface, it
is inert and will disintegrate in 3 hours (cloth and porous surfaces) 4
hours (copper which is naturally antiseptic and wood because it
pulls away all of the humidity and it stays stuck and disintegrates),
24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic). Don’t
dust or use a duster as the molecules of the virus will float in the air
for up to 3 hours and can lodge in the nose.

• The molecules of the virus are very stable in outdoor cold, air
conditioning in houses and cars. It needs humidity to be stable and
also darkness. Therefore, in environments that are dehumidified,
dry, and with a lot of light will disintegrate it more rapidly.

• ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT on any object where it can land will
disintegrate the protein of the virus. For example, it is perfect to
disinfect and be able to reuse a mask. Careful as it also
disintegrates the protein in the skin (collagen) and can cause big
wrinkles and skin cancer.

• No virus can go through healthy skin.

• Vinegar does not work because it doesn’t dissolve the protective
layer of grease.

• NO FIREWATER OR VODKA work. The strongest vodka is 40%
alcohol and you need at least 65%.

• LISTERINE DOES WORK! It is 65% alcohol.

• The more confined space the virus is in, the more concentrated it
becomes. Open air and natural ventilation are the best.

• It is imperative to wash your hands before and after touching
mucous areas, food, knobs, light switches, remote controls, cell
phones, watches, computers, desks, TVs etc. And when after using
the toilet.

• You need to use lotion on your dry hands, because the molecules
can hide in tiny cracks. The thicker the cream, the better. Also keep
your fingernails short! so the virus can’t hide in there either.l
Zeke&Terri Wheeler <>
Fri 3/27/2020 9:24 AM

Thanks Sylvia:

What does STN and CPE stand for?

Also, when I view the Spectrum TV Platinum sheet you sent it
includes BRONZE and BRONZE includes SELECT and SELECT
Includes BASIC and BASIC Is not shown.

So again - Our Bulk Service agreement includes BASIC, SELECT,
BRONZE and PLATINUM.  SELECT IS TIER ! and it includes HBO

My Spectrum Bill has never reflected TV Platinum. Please review
my two Statement summaries below - I have 5 working TVS - Living
Room, Outside Rear Patio and all 3 bedrooms .

My bill for the last couple years up until the end of January was zero
cost for TVS and Internet. See typical billing shown for service from
1.1.20 to 1.31.20.

The Techniciam came out in Feb as I was having some reception
problems, so he upgraded everything and now I am getting billed an
additional $30.23 per month plus the amount I pay with BDSA dues.
Nowhere on any of the bills does it properly describe our buld cable
equipment or TV Platinum. TV Platinum is not even offered on the
current websit. I am totally confused.

Service from 001/01/20 through 01/31/20   

TV Services
DIG Adapter A/O & RMT Qty 2 @ $7.99 Each                         15.98
Service Discount Qty 2 @ $7.99 Each                                     -15.98
Ten HD A/O 0.00 DVR Set-Top Box                                            0.00
Variety Pass                                                                                 0.00
TWC Sport Pass                                                                          0.00
DVR Service                                                                                0.00
HBO                                                                                             0.00
Showtime                                                                                     0.00
TV Services Total                                       $0.00
Internet Services Standard Internet            0.00
Bulk Tenant Extreme                                                                  0.00
Internet Services Total                              $0.00

Service from 03/01/20 through 03/31/20

Spectrum TV™ Spectrum TV Select                                      $0.00
Basic TV & Expanded Basic TV Services
Spectrum Receivers 3 Receivers at 7.99 each  =                  $23.97
Internet Services Spectrum Internet                                        $0.00
WiFi Service                                                                             $5.00
Taxes, Fees and Charges Franchise Fee                                $1.26
Current Charges Due By 03/18/20          $30.23

Hopefully our new contract will be more clear on details of what is

A few areas I would like to see negotatied at no additional cost on
our next contract is:

2 DVR Player/TV Recievers with remotes and Service -  Other DVR
Player Receivers for $7.99 per month
3 Basic Spectrum TV Recievers and Remotes for other TVs - Other
Basic TV Receivers for $5.99 per month
Gold TV package including HBO, Showtime & Music Channels -All
other Channels $4.99 per month
200 Mbps Internet Service with Free Modum -
Pro Installation Service -  No Charge (Currently $49.99 each trip)
Wi-Fi Activation - No Charge (Currently $4.99)

Just my thoughts and suggestions. I also feel that the detailed
Spectrum package should be communicated at least every 4 months
to all members so each member can truly understand what they are
supossed to be getting for their money.

It also should be posted on the Community Blog. I feel a
random survey of at least 20
members Spectrum Bills for Dec 2019
and March 2020 should be looked at to see what these twenty are
paying each month and how it is currently being billed. We all
appreciate your efforts at getting us maximum benfits with the TV
and Internet. There are probably other suggestions from the
community that would help in your negotations.

Zeke Wheeler 760.409.7630
42575 Baracoa Drive, Bermuda Dunes , CA

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 2:52 PM Sylvia Baran <sbaran.> wrote:
Mr. Wheeler - good afternoon!

Attached are two scanned pages:  (1) the Spectrum sheet detailing
all of the channels that should be visible on your TV; and (2) the
face page of the agreement that shows what it is included in the
contract both on TV and by internet.  I hope this helps.  If you're
finding you do not get what is promised on these pages, please let
me know.

Thanks, again, for reaching out to me.  Let me know if you other
questions or if I can help further.


On Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 11:04 PM Zeke&Terri Wheeler
<> wrote:
Sounds good, thank you, Sylvia!!
Zeke Wheeler

On Wed, Mar 25, 2020, 5:31 PM Sylvia Baran <sbaran.bdsa@gmail.
com> wrote:
Hi Mr. Wheeler,

I will get that portioned scanned and over to you by morning.  I’m
sorry you’re having issues and appreciate you reaching out to me.


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 10:45 PM Zeke&Terri Wheeler
<> wrote:

I hereby request a copy of the current Active Spectrum contract, the
portion that clearly defines the services they provide as I do not
believe I am getting all the channels or internet speed that we pay
for each month.
Roland "Zeke" Wheeler
Past Treasurer & President BDSA
Porchetta-Spiced Pork Shoulder Lasagna

In central Italy, hulking pork roasts known as porchetta are cooked for
hours with rosemary, fennel, and garlic and sold as a street food—the
juicy slices shaved onto sandwiches. In Philadelphia, you can find this
pork on sandwiches full of broccoli rabe and Provolone.

But making porchetta at home is a bit of a production. It involves
brining, rubbing, rolling, and tying a large cut of pork belly—all before
it actually goes in the oven. In this recipe, we channel porchetta’s
dreamy personality (and juiciness and spices) with a simple pork
shoulder that gets braised in white wine, creating a tender shredded
filling for a red sauce lasagna.

Using kitchen shears, cut the tomatoes in the can until finely chopped.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until
shimmering, about 2 minutes.

Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly
browned, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring
gently, until the paste darkens slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the canned tomatoes and their juices, the sugar, oregano, bay
leaf, and 2 cups water. Break up any large pieces of tomato with a
spoon. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper and bring
to a boil.

Cover the saucepan partially, reduce the heat to medium-low, and
simmer until the sauce is thick and reduced to about 4 ½ cups, 35 to
40 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Discard the bay
leaf. The sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4
days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

Make the porchetta-spiced pork: In a medium Dutch oven or
enameled cast- iron casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over
medium heat until shimmering, about 2 minutes. Season the pork with
the salt and black pepper and cook in batches, turning the pieces as
needed, until they are browned and crusty all over, 8 to 10 minutes.
Transfer the browned pork to a plate with a slotted spoon and brown
the remaining meat, adding the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the
pot. Transfer to the plate when done.

Meanwhile, place the chopped garlic, fennel seeds, and chopped
rosemary on a cutting board and continue to chop them together until
uniformly fine. Add the mixture, along with the red pepper flakes, to
the pot used to cook the pork, and cook over medium heat, stirring,
until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add the wine and cook until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes.

Return the meat to the pot along with any accumulated juices. Add the
broth and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium
low and simmer, partially covered, until the pork is very tender, about
1 hour. Discard the bay leaves and transfer the pork to a bowl. Spoon
off as much fat from the surface as possible and boil the remaining
liquid over medium-low heat until reduced to a few tablespoons, 5 to 6

Return the pork to the pot and cook, stirring, over low heat until the
liquid is nearly evaporated, about 3 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to
press on the pork and coarsely shred it.

Make the cheese mixture:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta,
parsley, ¼ cup of the Parmesan, and two thirds of the mozzarella
(reserve the remaining cheese for the top) and season with the salt
and black pepper. Add the egg and stir to combine.

Assemble the lasagna:
Spread ½ cup of the red sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch (3-quart)
glass or ceramic baking dish. Arrange 5 of the noodles, overlapping
slightly, in the dish. Top with ½ cup of the red sauce. Spoon half of
the ricotta mixture on top, spreading to an even layer. Top with half of
the shredded pork. Arrange another 5 noodles on top, followed by
another ½ cup red sauce, the remaining ricotta mixture, and the
remaining pork. Arrange the remaining noodles on top, pressing to
compact slightly, and spread with 1 ½ cups red sauce.

Bake the lasagna: Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan
on top and bake until the top is browned and crusty around the edges
and bubbling, about 45 minutes. Let the lasagna rest for 20 minutes
before cutting into squares. Serve the remaining red sauce on the

Everyone has been responding to 'Where the Groceries Are,'
very favorably. Please continue to send us your shopping

Let us know where you shopped and what was available.

Here is what we found this morning at Stater Brothers on

They had lots of fresh produce, lots of whole chickens. No
paper products.

Fortunately for us Walgreens's (same shopping center as
Stater Brothers) was open and they had paper towels and TP.

We also needed some supplies at True Value Hardware and
they were open.

An Amazing Rainbow Appeared
Over The Gourd Farm This Week

If you're been looking for a sign that everything will turn out
alright, this is what we saw at the Gourd Farm this week.

We've never seen a rainbow like this before, so we stopped
everything and took time to enjoy this amazing sight. Luckily
our resident photo guy was on hand to capture it so we could
share it with you.

Hi Donna:

I need your help in finding out who owns this property so we can get
it cleaned up.

Kristy Hilton

Hi Kristy:

It is owned by Myoma Water District and some of it belongs to
the Club.

I have contacted the appropriate people to get this cleaned up.

Both parties agreed they would get to this asap.

I drove by yesterday to see if anything had happened and,
unfortunately, nothing has changed.

It could be because of the COVID-19 breakout, but I will
contact them again.

Note from Donna

The three photos belong to
Myoma and the other two
belong to the Club

"I still chase women, but only downhill."
ON TURNING 80 - "That's the time of your life when
even your birthday suit needs pressing."
ON TURNING 90 - "You know you are getting old when the candles
cost more than the cake."
ON TURNING 100 - " I don't feel old. In fact, I don't feel anything
until noon. Then it's time for my nap."

hands in the ring. The referee kept stepping on them."

ON GOLF - "Golf is my profession. Show
business is just to pay the green fees."
ON PRESIDENTS - "I have performed for
12 presidents but entertained only six."
"When I was born, the doctor said to my mother,
congratulations, you have an eight pound ham."
"I feel very humble, but I think I have the
strength of character to fight it."

ON HIS FAMILY'S EARLY POVERTY - "Four of us slept in the one
bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother."
ON HIS SIX BROTHERS - "That's how I learned to
dance. Waiting for the bathroom."
ON HIS EARLY FAILURES - "I would not have had anything
to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me."

"I have done benefits for ALL religions. I would
hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality."
Dear Lord -  
Please give me a sense of humor,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.

To the person receiving this, please have
the grace to pass it on to others.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, keep one
hand on your wallet and don't worry about tomorrow..
We will continue to operate the restaurant Tuesday through
Sunday 5:00-8:00 for take out orders. We have tried to bring added
value to your membership during this time by offering special
discounts.  Please call the Grill Room at 760.345.2771, ext. 3 or
Tracey Connole at 760.345.2771, ext. 6 any time after 12:00pm
and at least 30-minutes prior to our scheduled closing time.

During the closure, we are asking all members and neighbors to
please stay off the course, with no exceptions. The County of
Riverside will cite and fine the club if we cannot keep the property
closed. Our staff will be patrolling the course multiple times daily to
ensure compliance. If you see people trespassing, please call     
760-534-1393. We have included some FAQ’s to clarify our policies.

We are cautiously optimistic we will be open by mid- April. In the
meantime, we will be maintaining the course in playing condition,
with the ability to open back up in a moment’s notice.

On behalf of all of us at Bermuda Dunes Country Club, we miss
you hope to see you soon!

Colin Radchenko, PGA

General Manager