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Tuesday, June 03, 2008 

I've been busy working at the Elections Office...

But I'm looking forward to time off and summer BBQ's. So, too, are the folks at Hearst Ranch. I received this Hearst Ranch email in my inbox the other day...and it's so good (as is the meat) I have to share it.

Hearst Ranch Summer Kickoff! 50% off Ribeyes until 6/21/08
Coupon Code: ribeyefifty offer expires 6/21/08
I was driving up Highway 101 last week between the Ranch and San Francisco on a
quintessential California Spring day, when I was overcome by the very sudden
and very tangible feeling of SUMMER. In an instant I found myself in
the grip an insatiable desire for a grilled Hearst Ranch Grass-Fed Ribeye. As I had a few hours of driving ahead of me, it took a herculean effort to suppress my appetite. However, I succeeded and I hastily lit up the grill immediately upon
returning home. When the fire was perfect, it grilled up a few medium-rare
steaks for my family.It was tremendous feast and as I sat in the fading
twilight after dinner I decided that all of our customers need a good reason
to celebrate the beginning of Summer.

Therefore we will be offering 50% off Ribeyes on Hearstranch.com until the official first day of summer 6/21/08.Simply put your ribeyes into the shopping cart and use the following coupon code: ribeyefifty in the coupon code box.

and speaking of Hearst, there is the beloved "Castle" celebrating 50 years of public tours....

The narrow road, flanked by endless open hills and towering trees, sharply darts from one bend to the next. It rises, as if without end, to the turrets only partially visible above the trees.

Even from a distance, it seems apropos that something so unimaginable a century ago, at least in America, would bear so many names: "The Ranch," an understatement given how much more the estate would become; "America's Castle," a moniker that has stood the test of time; and "La Cuesta Encantada," enchanted hill, indeed.

Nothing like this estate, in its entirety, exists anywhere else in the world, something the California State Parks must have realized when the Hearst family donated the property to the state in 1957. The retreat that once entertained Hollywood's elite opened its doors to the public a year later.

Now, 50 years later, more than half a million visitors annually ascend the hill for a peek into the home and life of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. To celebrate its 50 years of public tours, Hearst Castle will offer the "Experience Tour" for free on a first-come, first-served basis on June 2. This tour, recommended for first-time visitors, showcases the Esplanade, Casa del Sol guesthouse and five ground-floor rooms of Casa Grande, the 68,500-square-foot main house. - Inside
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Hearst Ranch...Hearst Castle...both tastefully wonderful

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