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‘The Bachelor’ finale draws mixed emotions

Were you one of the 15.5 million viewers that tuned in March 2 to watch the finale of the latest “The Bachelor” on ABC?  I was. For the last six weeks, my Monday nights have been dedicated to a reality show. I know that sounds completely ridiculous. I must confess, this is the first season of “The Bachelor” I have ever watched. Guess what? I’ve haven’t been so excited to watch a television show since “Gilligan’s Island.”
 Did you see the ending? Well, not the official ending of Jason Mesnick frolicking in the pool with Melissa Rycoft. I’m talking about the second segment where he breaks off his engagement and begs for contestant No. 2, Molly Malaney, to take him back. Can you say “oops”?
Well, if you haven’t been watching, let me tell you, women were outraged. Check out the message board online. This man has gone from being the favorite contestant of all time to being the worst (not according to me). What viewers at home have failed to remember is the major factor in this equation: he’s only human.
Aren’t people allowed to make mistakes? He reneged on his engagement. So what? In regular life, I’m pretty certain this type of switcheroo happens quite often. Haven’t you ever heard that old saying, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone?” This is what happened to Mr. Mesnick. I’m quite touched by the ending. How Molly’s fantasy of Jason coming back for her became her “reality.” Let us not forget, engagements are exactly that, a period to make sure both parties are ready for marriage. Mr. Mesnick pleaded guilty before too much time had passed. He bowed out. How can he be criticized for that?  Why can’t these women that find fault with Mr. Mesnick’s blunder remember that as young children we never found out what happened after the prince rescued their princess from the tower? Maybe the princess snagged her hose on the way down and prince charming had a drinking problem. Many times life doesn’t always work out the way we think it should. We want to stick with the happy ending. Now if I recall correctly, some wonderful moments did materialize from this disaster on finale of “The Bachelor.”
 If you watched that Monday night you might have witnessed one girl’s dream coming true in America, while another girl’s dream ended. So often we focus on the negative. But the moral of this love story — said best by Woody Allen — is “The heart wants what the heart wants.” We don’t always know why we feel a certain way. The mystery behind the word “love” is oh so fabulous.
Don’t pity Melissa from Dallas too much. She is getting her 15 minutes of fame. A previous Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, you know she’ll bounce back with enthusiasm. Her confidence and containment impressed me. I don’t know if I could’ve acted as cool under that type of scrutiny.
What is the moral of this love story? Give the guy a break. Jason Mesnick could have done what the viewers expected him to do, instead he followed his heart. Would you take a risk to find true love? He did. Well, for the moment anyway. You never know, he might decide after watching the next “Bachelorette” that Jillian Harris was the one that got away. Let’s just hope that Jason and Molly enjoy the romantic rain in Seattle. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a sucker for romance. Maybe this new couple will visit the Ranch and I can feature them in my “Around town.” Now look who is dreaming.
Around town
On Feb. 27, I met Teresa O’Connor, Elaine and Dave Dawrin at the beautiful Estancia Hotel in La Jolla to discuss their upcoming event “The Magic of Music” for the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this fabulous organization in San Diego. Jeff Skinner, Kiwi Audio Visual’s warehouse manager, was also on hand to help supervise the audio visual effects for this festive event. More than 200 guests are expected to attend this gala. The night shall include a sit-down dinner during a live auction. One of the featured items on the list is a four-night stay in a the winner’s choice of destination: Los Cabos, Mexico; Scottsdale, Ariz.; or Snowmass, Colorado’s Exclusive Residence Club. This luxury trip is valued at $10,000! For more information on this upcoming March event, or to reserve your tickets, go to
Later that day, I noticed a celebration taking place in front of the Rancho Santa Fe Library. Speaking with Carol Andrews, she informed me this event was for customer appreciation and an open house to all of their members. To celebrate this occasion, they invited a local band — Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters — on a gorgeous sunny Friday in the Ranch. “Not only did we celebrate the open house with our residents, we introduced this wonderful jazz band to our community.” If you have signed up for your local library card, it’s never too late to relive your childhood days inside the cover of a book. Better yet, you don’t have to pay $14.99 for a book you may never read again.
On Feb. 28, I met my good friend Meredith MacDonald at my favorite lunch place, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Little did we know, a local couple, the now Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crull, would be celebrating their wedding reception exactly where we love to sit on Saturdays. We had to move down to the bench to enjoy our teas, while our children played in the sun. I was lucky enough to meet  two members of the wedding party though: Alexis and Robert Cambell. Their mother Priscilla Cambell beamed with pride, while I snapped a quick photo of these gorgeous children. Our day at The Inn felt magical with hints of romance in the air, while family and friends celebrated the new beginnings on hot Saturday afternoon. That’s why it’s always nice to go downtown. You never know who you might run into …
On March 2, I heard from Tad Sisler, one of Rancho Santa Fe’s most talented performers. He was kind enough to share with me his latest schedule of where he will performing over the next few months. Here are his performance dates coming up: Wednesday nights at Mille Fleurs at 8 p.m., Thursday at the La Costa Resort in the Blue Fire Grill at 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday night you can find “sizzling” Tad just around the corner at Tuscany in Carlsbad. For more information on these performance locations, you can reach Tad at (760) 929-8111.
Later that day, I found Paseo Delicias under construction. Getting to school that morning was not your typical drive through town. With the roads marked with detour signs, traffic was rerouted Monday and Tuesday, while this main street received some very much needed upgrades. I snapped a photo of these guys hard at work early that morning.
On March 4, I received news from PacifiKai Salon and Spa about their March “Economic Stress Reliever Package.” Where do I sign up? You can receive a Swedish massage for only $42, which is a 50 percent discount off their normal price. Women can look sexier this month with a $45 haircut. Think Jennifer Aniston here. Do you remember how her haircut literally made her a household name in the early ‘90s? It’s never too late to spice up your appearance at any age. This promotion expires at the end of the month. To find out about other ways you can pamper yourself supporting your local economy while improving your appearance, check out or call  (858) 720-0724.