Patsy Swayze, Patrick Swayze’s mother, dies in Simi Valley

Patsy Swayze, mother of Patrick Swayze, died of stroke complications at her home in Simi Valley, California, on September 16, 2013, at the age of 86.

Patsy Swayze directed a dance studio in Simi Valley, California, for more than twenty years.

Patricia Yvonne Helen “Patsy” Swayze (February 7, 1927 – September 16, 2013) was an American film choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor. Her credits included the choreography for Urban Cowboy, Liar’s Moon and Hope Floats. Her five children included the actors Patrick Swayze. She has been credited with training Patrick Swayze in dance, leading to his starring role in Dirty Dancing in 1987.

Swayze taught dance and choreography at the University of Houston for eighteen years. Patsy Swayze’s former students included Debbie Allen, Randy Quaid, Jaclyn Smith and Tommy Tune.

Patsy Swayze transitioned to film by choreographing her first movie, Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. The success of Urban Cowboy essential launched her career as a film choreographer. In 1980, Patsy Swayze moved from Houston to southern California. She choreographed numerous films over the next three decades including Liar’s Moon in 1982 and Hope Floats, directed by Forest Whitaker, in 1998. She teamed with her daughter-in-law, director Lisa Niemi, to choreograph the 2003 film, One Last Dance, which starred Niemi, Patrick Swayze and George de la Peña.

* Information from wiki


Camarillo Farmers Market – Revisited

* The official name is Camarillo Certified Farmers Market  Visit their official website for more information

I still shop at Camarillo Farmers Market every Saturday.  I just wanted to talk about it more and share my shopping tip.

Make 2 Rounds

When we go to Camarillo Farmers Market, most of us start from right side and make a circle to the left (Counter Clock-wise).  Vendors on the right side have advantage, because customers will see vendors on the right side first.  I believe, for that reason, vendors on the right side tend to sell items at slightly higher price then the vendors on the left side.

So, I always make a complete circle around Camarillo Farmers Market.  After making a complete circle, I decide what I would like to buy.  Then I make a second circle to make purchase.

Camarillo Farmers Market

Tip the musician

Most of the time, there are local musicians providing live music.  I always tip them.  It makes me feel good.

Some vendors may not be local

A farmers market is supposed to be a gathering of local vendors.  But, some vendors are located outside of Ventura County.   Just so you know…

Best fruits (really)

I buy almost all my fruits from Camarillo Farmers Market.   Quality of fruits is amazing compared what I get from supermarkets.

FYI: You don’t save money at Camarillo Farmers Market.  You pay just about same amount of money or more compared to supermarkets.  But you are getting amazing good quality fruits.  I cannot buy fruits from supermarkets anymore.  If you are not buying fruits from Camarillo Farmers Market, you are missing out.

Fruits too good looking?

Some vendors sell beautiful looking fruits.  I mean, every single fruit they sell looks perfect and big.  You must question where and how they obtain all that immaculate looking fruits.  Maybe they spend extra time picking beautiful fruits for us?  I don’t know.

FYI: Organic fruits are usually ugly.

Some products are expensive

I find some products super expensive.   I will not get in to detail.


*Camarillo Farmers Market:
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.
2220 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town, Camarillo

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Camarillo Farmers Market (May 28, 2011)


Camarillo – Arneill Road Freeway Overpass

I saw some glorious Fall sky here at Camarillo.    I guess I’m getting old.  Just  looking at the sky brings me a great joy.  It’s beautiful.   Maybe I was happy to take a break from a full day of web design work  (and stay away from computers for a while).

I walked around Old Town Camarillo a little today.  I left my car at mechanic for oil change and checkup.  My 10 years old Toyota is amazing.  I got another clean bill of health.  I just put gas and drive.


Conejo Grade – Glide Down Without Brake

Conejo Grade is so steep that 18 wheelers are required to stop for brake inspection at the top of the grade. A lot of Ventura County residents avoid Conejo Grade because they are afraid to drive over the grade.

I once broke up with a girlfriend in Simi Valley because she was hesitant to drive over Conejo Grade to see me.  But, Conejo Grade is just a hill.  There is no need to freak out.

When we drive West (North) bound on 101 Freeway over Conejo Grade, you will face Camarillo and you will descend on a steep down hill. You will pick up speed. You’ll have to use brake a lot.

No no no… I usually don’t use brake when I drive down Conejo Grade to Camarillo.  I use common sense.  Here is a tip on how to drive Conejo Grade.

When you are at the top of the grade, go to slow lane and ease up on the gas.   Slow down to 45 – 50 mph.  And let your car glide down grade.  You will slowly pick up speed.  When you are at the bottom of the grade, you will be going at 70 – 80 mph (depends on your car).

With this, I rarely step on the brake going down Conejo Grade.

Pay attention next time when you drive down Conejo Grade.  Most people will fly by you and immediately slam on the brakes.  And they will hit the brake again, and again… until they are at the bottom of the grade.  That, to me, is not very smart.

If you think about it.  It only makes sense to slow down at the top of the grade and let your car glide down without using brake.   Just make sure to use slow lane.

Sometimes when I’m at the top of the grade, slowing down, I see other people following me at slow speed as well.  And they would proceed to glide down with me.  So, I am not the only person using this technique.  But, most people get testy and quickly pass me by (or cut me off), and, of course, they would slam on the brake all the way down the grade.

Drive safe!  :)


How to setup Outlook Express

Here’s how to setup Outlook Express (add a new email account).

Outlook Express is a free program.   If you have Windows XP, you are likely to have Outlook Express in your computer already.  Depends on your Windows version, you may have Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail.  They are all free programs from Microsoft.  All these programs may look a little different, but the basic concept is same.   They all ask for same information.

Ventura County Webmaster

When you setup any email program, you need to know following information.  These 7 items are all you need to know.

  • Email address
  • Password
  • SMTP address
  • SMTP port number
  • POP3 address
  • Pop3 port number
  • Are there any special security certificate involved? (It’s always no.  But, just in case…)

After obtaining those information follow steps below.   Just watch the screenshots,  They are pretty much self explanatory.

(below) make sure nothing is checked

below – make sure nothing is checked

Outgoing mail (SMTP) port numer wll be given to you from your webmaster.
Ask your webmaster for SMTP port number.
Incoming mail (POP3) server address is usually 110

After this tab, click Apply to save setting.

- End -

As a webmaster, I often talk to my clients over the phone to help them setup email programs.  Some clients understand my instruction easily, and issue will be resolved quickly.  Some clients have hard time understanding my instruction.   Some customers cannot tell the difference between email program and web browser.   This is understandable.   Sometimes, when customers are located close enough (Camarillo, Oxnard, Santa Paula area), I would skip my lunch and visit clients personally to setup their outlook .  Webmasters don’t make house-calls.  But, sometimes (rarely), I visit my clients in Ventura County on my own time.

I have created this page so my customers will have a better understanding.  I hope this will help.

Let me know if you still have difficulty.

- Ventura County Webmaster -


Don’t Lose Your Domain Name

Do you own domain names?

If so, can you answer below questions?

  • Who is your domain registrar?
  • What is your username and password for your domain registrar?
  • Do you know how to log in to your own domain account?
  • Do you know when your domain name expires?
  • Do you know if your contact information is correct on your domain name? (Registrant, Admin, Billing, & Tech Support).

If you said “no” to any of questions above, you should seriously consider paying somebody to take care of your domain names.

You must remember:
Your domain name has expiration date.  A domain name must be renewed or it will expire.  If your domain name expires, somebody else will register it and try to sell it back to you for thousands of Dollars.  I promise, this will happen to you if you forget to renew your domain.

Domain name management services:
We manage domain names for our clients, cheap.  Most of our customers leave their domain names to us.  If you have a business to run, it makes sense to pay a small fee and let somebody manage domain names for you.  I am the one who manages domain names for our clients.  I log in to the master domain account every 2 weeks.  I make sure none of the domain names are expiring.  I check expiration dates with accounting department (for billing).  We inform clients when it’s time to renew.

Some customers choose to manage domain names on their own, which is perfectly fine as long as they don’t forget to renew their domain names on time.

If you are going to pay somebody to manage your domain name, get somebody you can trust.   You don’t want to hand in your domain name to a freelancer or a high school kid.  We are a 9 years old professional web design & Internet marketing company here in Ventura County.  I personally look at your domain name every 2 weeks.  And there are other people in my company checking up on my job performance.

Whatever you do, don’t let your domains expire.  If you think you no longer need your domain name?  just renew it for a few years anyway.  May be you will go back to your old business idea and re-start your project.   Domain names are cheap.  Buying back your lost domain names is painful, sometimes impossible.


Camarillo Smart & Final – New Business Hours

Smart & Final at Camarillo is now Smart & Final extra!  They have a new sign up.

The interior looks better and employees are still nice.  The main difference is their business hours.  Camarillo Smart & Final (extra) now opens till 10pm (9pm on Sundays).

Smart & Final at Camarillo used to close at 7pm (6pm on Sunday).  Their old business hours was ridiculous.   I think most people with normal jobs never had a chance to shop there, because they closed so early.   Last year, I visited their website and complained about their early hours.  They replied and basically said “I’m sorry, but we close early.”   I was impressed that a live person actually wrote me back.  A lot of businesses create their websites but they ignore emails from the visitors.  Smart and final actually emailed me back.

Anyway, they finally got smart and extended business hours.

10pm still seems early, but it’s not bad for Camarillo.  People don’t come out that late in Camarillo.

Camarillo Smart & Final – Old Sign, before “extra”

Before Smart & Final, there was Tresierras.
Before Tresierras there was El Brillante.
Before El Brillante, there was Apple Market
I don’t know what they had before

Below image of Tresierras was taken in 2006


Tony’s New York Pizza, Camarillo – Best in Ventura County

I am not a food critique. I’m just a web designer who appreciate good pizza (cheap). This blog is just my personal opinion.

I think Tony’s New York Pizza has the best pizza in Ventura County. My coworkers also say Tony’s is the best in Ventura County. I often visit Tony’s New York Pizza in Old Town Camarillo for lunch and dinner. They are located on Lewis Road at Ventura Boulevard, right across Camarillo railroad station. Their great food, cheap menu, and free WiFi make this one of my favorite restaurants in Ventura County.

Tony’s New York Pizza is not a fancy place. You should make sure to dress down to eat here. I don’t think it’s a good place to bring kids. It doesn’t have a romantic setup. The dinning room only has several tables. It may hold about 30-40 people max.

But, if you and your family want to sit down and have a good meal? Tony’s New York Pizza is the place for you. This is where you come to enjoy good meal and chat with your friends and family. And top off your drink before you leave.

Tony's New York Pizza (Camarillo) Anti-salad

Today I visited Tony’s New York Pizza with my friend, and ordered;

  • Small anti-salad with blue cheese (picture above)
    • This is the salad with ham and salami.
  • 1 slice of pizza topped with sausage, pepperoni, and fresh basil. (picture below)
    • Their 1 slice is actually 2 big slices.
  • baked rigatoni with cheese, meatball, & sausage.
    • It comes with 2 big garlic breads.
  • 2 small drinks

Total for entire meal was little less than $20.00. I say their price is comparable to fast food places. But, here, you get real food prepared by real cook. Quality of food is excellent. Two of us ate until we couldn’t eat any more. I used their free WiFi to check up on my web design projects and my clients websites.

I took a few quick pictures with my pocket camera. I hope these pictures will get your juice flowing.

Best Pizza in Ventura County

There is a main cook who always works there in the kitchen. He looks like Fonzie from Happy Days (cool dude). I saw him today also, working hard as always. He occasionally came out to ask how everyone was doing, if we were enjoying the meal. I asked him “Excuse me, are you Tony?” “Yes” he replied with smile.

To me, Tony’s New York Pizza is guaranteed good meal, and good time.

Tony’s New York Pizza doesn’t really have a website. But their official menu is located here

Tony’s New York Pizza / Take out & Delivery
805 – 445 – 4400
Mo. – Th 11 to 9 Fr. – Sa. 11 to 10 Su. 12 to 9


Oxnard Borders Closing…

Oxnard Borders is closing

I remember when Oxnard Esplanade first opened about 10 years ago.   This shopping center still smells like new.  With new homes at River Park and widened freeway, Oxnard is looking better all the time.  It’s the fastest growing city in Ventura County.

Sadly, Internet technology is changing how we shop.  People shop online rather than shopping at local stores. Circuit City shut down a few years ago at Oxnard Esplanade.  Now Borders is closing.  I went to borders for a cup of coffee and found out that entire store became a bargain bin.  Coffee shop was all gutted out.

I hate to see these stores disappearing.  And I find it ironic that I build websites with shopping carts so more people will shop online.  But, what can I do?  I cannot fight the world.  I’m just a web designer.

Borders at Oxnard Esplanade, 2006

Borders at Oxnard - Where coffee shop used to be



First Sign of Christmas in Ventura County

I went to Oxnard Costco and saw this – Christmas ribbons!   (Today is August 4, 2011).  I also saw a lot of toys.

Santa Clause is a busy man. He hires people to come to Oxnard and buy toys for him, you see.

At the toy isle, I heard people saying “Here we go…” or “Oh, Christmas stuff…”

Anyway, I think this is officially the first sign of Christmas in Ventura County.   From this point, you may start seeing seasonal items at other stores in Ventura County.

After Oxnard Costco, I went to Bed Bath and Beyond at Oxnard promenade and found a Yankee Candle (Macintosh Spice) on clearance bin.  I like to burn candles when I do web design work.

I often work all night when I do web design work.  At work, we use the term “burning the midnight oil” a lot.  Somehow, that started me to burn candle when I do web design.  I have more than a dozen scented candles.  My favorite smell is anything that smells like Christmas.

Wow, Christmas time is near.  I feel distracted.


Taking Care of Customer – Burbank Airport

I was at Burbank Airport.  My airplane was already outside.  That’s when I opened my notebook computer and saw an email from one of our customers.  A client sent us a small web design job.  I was on my vacation, but this job was something I could do very quick.  I didn’t want to bother my co-workers.  My coworkers are better at programming (geeks).  I’m the one who can do web design tasks fast, so…

I started to work on the job with my notebook computer as people started to get on board.  My family members started to call my name.  I was running out of time, but I knew I could pull this off.  Suspense was killing me, but it was fun to work against clock like this.  I felt like I was in a movie, dismantling a bomb.  Finally, the job was completed, I sent an email to the customer, and I shut down my computer.

As I walk through the gate, I checked email with my iPod one last time and saw this message. (pic. below)

I was happy to receive this email.  I felt like I just saved the world with my web design skill.  I told my family members about what I just did.  I told them that my customer was impressed at me.  But, they were too busy getting on the airplane.  They didn’t seem to care.  :(

I don’t play video games.  Web design is plenty fun.  I seldom work under this kind of time constraint.  And I enjoy that stress.

Anyway, I was satisfied.  It was going to be a cool vacation.  Bing~!

I shot a video with my pocket camera as we were leaving Burbank  (sorry, no audio).


Happy Fathers Day 2011

Happy Fathers Day 2011.  Enjoy the magic moment when you have time.

God bless those without fathers.

My father is old, weak, and retired.  But he has more money than I do.  So my father pays when I visit him. :oops:
He took us to Claim Jumpers on Saturday, a day before Fathers Day.  If you truly love your father, don’t go out to eat on Fathers Day.  It’s really busy at some restaurants that eating is not enjoyable.

How I like my steak.



My Favorite DELL Mouse

My favorite mouse is this wired mouse from Dell.  I use exact same mouse for work, home, and notebook computer (I own 3 total).  Below is the picture of my mouse.  Sadly this mouse was replaced today.  It worn out.  I had to buy another one from eBay for $20.00.  Check out the finger mark on this mouse.

Note: I use a cheap point and shoot camera for my blog. (more)

I like my computer mouse as light as possible.  Also, I want my mouse to be absolutely trouble free and simple.  I don’t want track ball, super mini mouse, or any other funky alternative input devices.  I don’t use wireless mouse.  Wireless mouse has a cute concept.  But they are heavy.  Those 2 AA batteries add significant weight on the mouse.  After 12 hours of web designing, you will wish your mouse will be lighter.

I use computer 10-12 hours minimum every day.  To me, it’s very important that I have the best mouse and keyboard that will fit me perfectly.   I want the best keyboard and mouse money can buy.  Money is no object when it comes to computer parts.  That’s why I own 2 Das Keyboards ($130.00 each).  These are the tools that will help me make money.  Good equipment will make me work faster.  Good equipment will make web design easier on my body.  I bought an expensive mattress, because I spend 25% of my life in bed.  I spend 40-50% of my life using computer.  so, it only makes sense to buy the most comfortable keyboard and  mouse for my body.  That’s my philosophy as a computer geek.

And when it comes to mouse?  My favorite is this cheap Dell mouse.  I use this mouse with a smooth mouse-pad made out of waxed wood.  With my wooden mouse-pad, my mouse feels almost weightless like an air hockey puck.  I use very light touch to move my mouse.  That’s how I like it.

Thumb Mark

I do a lot of web design work, and I use mouse a lot.  This 3 years old mouse was showing signs of aging.  For example, “click” was not accurate.   So, I was afraid to work fast when I handle customers’ files/data.   I wouldn’t clean or maintain the mouse.  Mouse is cheap.  I just ordered a new one from eBay.  I’m not sure if any store in Ventura County sells this.

I’m back in business now.  My new mouse feels good.


Enjoying June Gloom In Camarillo, But…

I love May Gray and June Gloom weather in Camarillo.

I moved to Camarillo 12 years ago because of the good weather.  Well, there was a girl involved, but that’s another story (yikes).  Anyway, the weather in Camarillo is super fantastic.  We are having a typical June gloom weather lately.  I have to wear sweater when I go out about Camarillo at night.  It even rained several days ago.  I enjoy this weather.

But, last 3 days, I’ve been hoping for some blue sky in Camarillo.

Camarillo at Noon (June 11, 2011): 101 Freeway in front of Camarillo High School

We have a new web design customer.  We are currently designing a website for a dental office in Camarillo.  We will host website as well.  I am supposed to photograph the office building under blue Camarillo sky.  But, we haven’t have blue sky in Camarillo for a few days now.

Everyone at SOHO is making progress on this web design project.   Our graphic designer is working on concept designs to show to client.  The client will come back soon to talk about color scheme.  I will soon install Joomla CMS* program on our server.

I need to turn in some images soon.  Our graphic designer may need my image to complete her concept designs.  Good images will change mood of the website.   My photographs will mark the moment when our web design idea becomes more visual.  I would like to kick start this web design project by providing some good images to my design team.

I drove across Camarillo today at noon.  It looked extra gloomy over Camarillo High School.

I can really use some blue sky.
Besides that, I love the weather here in Camarillo.


*CMS – Content management system.


Pagoda at Oxnard Plaza Park (Bandstand)

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Oxnard Pagoda (AKA Bandstand) is owned by the City of Oxnard.

It’s located at 300 W Third St, Oxnard California, 93030

The plaza park was built in 1898 by Colonia Improvement Company as a part of the Oxnard town-site.  City of Oxnard purchased the park in 1908 and hired William David Cook to design a new landscape for Plaza Park.

Cook’s plan included a Pagoda with a tile roof.  Architect Alfred Priest and contractor Thomas Carroll constructed a pagoda with water feature.  Plaza Pagoda was completed 1910.  At that time the Pagoda was shorter.  We don’t know the exact reason why they chose Asian style pagoda.

Oxnard had a band at that time.  City of Oxnard wanted to support their band by providing a bandstand at the pagoda.  City of Oxnard called back the same architect and contractor to raise the roof so the band can play music under the roof.

Alfred Priest:
Alfred Priest was born in Nebraska (1888) and moved to Los Angeles when he was 18 years old.  He resided in Glendale and designed many houses, schools, businesses, and clubhouses around Los Angles and Ventura County.

In 1971, the Pagoda was designated as Ventura County Landmark No. 17.  The entire Plaza Park is a strong candidate to become a registered historic location.

The pagoda was restored in the 1990s.