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Eating in Season in Las Vegas

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Living in the desert can pose a few problems when it comes to eating fresh food. The lack of rain and the water restrictions keep many farms at bay. The number of actual functioning fruit and vegetable farms is miniscule so how does a Las Vegas real estate resident eat in season?

The first thing is to know is what’s in season. Luckily California is just a few hours away and they have a plethora of seasonal foods to choose from. Most produce arrives pretty fresh as opposed to having to be transported from New York only to be not-so-fresh upon arrival. A great resource is the Southland Farmers’ Market Association out of California. The site lists by month which counties grow what and when. If you want to eat seasonally, bookmark it.

The other option is to buy produce from the few local farmers at Las Vegas farmers markets around the city. Now this kind of shopping requires a little more planning as there’s not a 24-hour farmers market in town. Most farmers set up shop on different days in different locations. The Las Vegas Farmers’ Market site has a list of days, times and locations. Again, it’s another great resource and supporting local Ma and Pa farms keeps them up and running.

What’s in season in September? Apples, Avocados, Eggplant, Grapes, Okra, Peaches, Pears, Squash and much more. Enjoy!

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Las Vegas Citi Kitty

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I just can’t let this one go. After seeing it on one of my favorite shows, Shark Tank, I was hooked on the concept. I’m not a cat person, but the inventor of this is a genius.

With over 60% of Las Vegas residents owning pets, the chances of one of those homes owning a cat or two is highly likely. So many cat owners pride themselves on the cleanliness of their cats, but the fact of the matter is, it’s hard for a house not to smell like kitty litter.

Especially in the real estate business when you’re showing a home, a strong pet odor of any kind is a huge deterrent. Vacant homes all over the city are notorious for housing all the stray cats in Las Vegas.

The solution? Citi Kitty. Seriously.

Can you imagine Las Vegas cats that are toilet trained? Yes, like Jinxy the cat in Meet the Fockers. The Citi Kitty Kit gives you a step-by-step process on how to train your cat to use the toilet. The result? No more smelly house. No more purchasing 30 pound bags of toxic kitty litter and no more showing homes where the odor of cat urine is so strong. Check out Citi Kitty for your Las Vegas pet.

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Las Vegas Recycling Statistics Reveal All

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Come on now Nevada. Am I reading this correctly? Is the recycling statistic really at a puny 24% for the entire state? Unfortunately it is. The state of Nevada is low on the totem pole when it comes to recycling. The recycling rate in Las Vegas is even more dreadful – an embarrassing 20%. Ouch.

Recently proposed bill AB 427 “Directs the Legislative Commission to conduct an interim study concerning the establishment of a program requiring the payment of deposits and refunds on recyclable products sold in this State. (BDR S-1079).” In other words, this bill would research the idea of allowing a refund of certain recycled items such as cans and bottles. If the research yielded positive results the bill would allow you to drink your soda, return the bottle and get five cents back.

They used to do that in the old days and they are trying to bring it back. Several states (such as California) participate in this recycling program but roadblocks have already sprung up for the state of Nevada. Here are are few of the excuses, I mean objections:

  • It will be too difficult on the businesses to keep up.
  • We’ll have to re-train everyone.
  • We don’t have space for the empty bottles.
  • It seems like so much effort for such little return.
  • No one will return the bottles anyway.

Even if the bill doesn’t pass (which the process is pretty lengthy anyway), there is a definite need for an increased awareness on the subject of recycling and just how much we throw in the landfill that will be there for hundreds of years.

I’d return my bottle for a nickel any day – but then again, I probably drink enough soda to make it worth while.

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Las Vegas Car Washes

Friday, August 5th, 2011

They are just about as numerous as Starbucks in Las Vegas. You can find one on every other corner. Whether the hand wash, automatic wash or self-serve wash, there’s no shortage of options for washing your car.

For many Las Vegas real estate homeowners, washing your car in the driveway is frowned upon and in many instances against HOA rules. During the summer and other parts of the year washing your car could also result in a fine from the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Many cities simply don’t allow it because it contaminates the storm drain system. The solution? The car wash.

People had been hand washing their cars for years until 1914 when the Automatic Laundry (automatic car wash) opened up for business. Washing cars has never been the same and the car wash business is a lucrative one. The idea was immediately appealing. For a couple bucks and a few minutes of time, the car can now be spotless.

Which one to choose? If you have time, the hand car wash is always the best option. With the automatic wash, there’s always the questions of how harsh are the bristles on the brushes, how old are the brushes, how often are they cleaned or changed and the ever so curious what was washed off the car before. The high-powered sprayers can take off antennae, bumper stickers, magnets and other decals too (just something to think about). There’s always the option of the self-serve car wash where you wash your own car on-site in order to avoid those fines from the Water Authority or your HOA.

Two of our favorites in town? Terrible Herbst (the only green car wash in Las Vegas) and Fabulous Freddy’s. Check ‘em out.

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Fun Friday: Renting Movies in Las Vegas

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

If you’re not headed out to join the masses to see the last Harry Potter movie, chances are, you’ll find yourself renting a movie. We all have seen the fall of most of the major movie rental chains as the mighty NetFlix appeared on the scene. So, what are the options for renting a movie in Las Vegas?

  • Netflix. If you don’t want to leave your home. Get the movies in the mail or streaming via your tv, Xbox, PS3 or Wii. Easiest option if you the right device. Upside: No late fees.
  • redbox. .99 an night rental is a pretty sweet deal and they have the new releases that Netflix doesn’t always carry. Gotta find a redbox in the neighborhood, usually at Smiths, Albertson’s or Wal-Mart. Downside: If you forget to return it, they keep adding .99 to your credit card until returned.
  • iTunes. Download a movie. There’s always a .99 movie rental of the week and most other movies are 2.99 for 48 hours of unlimited viewing. Upside: No late fees.
  • Blockbuster. Still hanging by a thread. Rent a movie the old-fashioned way. Trying to be like redbox, but not as successful.
  • Hollywood Video. Hanging by less than a thread. No video kiosks.

If you can’t beat the heat, stay inside where it’s cool and enjoy a movie with some friends.

Happy Friday!

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