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Responsibility is like a string we can only see the middle of.  Both ends are out of sight.

– William McFee

This Day in History

August 20, 1911:  First around-the-world telegram is sent.  On this day in 1911, a dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service.

The Times decided to send its 1911 telegram in order to determine how fast a commercial message could be sent around the world by telegraph cable.  The message, reading simply “This message sent around the world,” left the dispatch room on the 17th floor of the Times building in New York at 7 p.m. on August 20.  After it traveled more than 28,000 miles, being relayed by 16 different operators, through San Francisco, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Saigon, Singapore, Bombay, Malta, Lisbon and the Azores–among other locations–the reply was received by the same operator 16.5 minutes later.  It was the fastest time achieved by a commercial cablegram since the opening of the Pacific cable in 1900 by the Commercial Cable Company.

Ojai Weather

Mostly sunny – High 86 / Low 60

Monday, August 20, 2018
4:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I returned home from my surgery Saturday afternoon.  All went well with the knee replacement, and as a bonus, I got to keep my original kneecap!  No, not in a decorative box – it’s still in my knee, wise guys.

I was glad to get out of the hospital, and especially happy to get that damned IV drip out of my arm, which contained the substance Ketamine.  According to Wikipeda, Ketamine “…is a medication mainly used for starting and maintaining anesthesia. It induces a trance-like state while providing pain relief, sedation, and memory loss.”  This would probably explain why I kept repeatedly asking Cheryl what happened during the first 5 hours after I came out of recovery.  She’d tell me the story, and then 2 hours later I had no recollection of the conversation and would ask the same thing again.  Well, this went on the remaining time I was in the hospital.  I did Friday’s update in a haze.  Usually I double-check everything when proofing the update, but I quadruple-checked everything this time.  The double-vision I mentioned on Friday was due to a scratched cornea that occurred either during surgery or sometime in the hours following (it’s already healed and fine).

The double vision was odd. It occurred in my left eye only, and when looking at a sentence such as this one on the computer screen, I would see a double image directly below the text I was looking at, as if I had typed the same sentence twice in a row.  The next day, the double vision I saw was no longer below the text I was viewing, but directly above it.  Strange!

From here out, updates should be much more consistent. It’s good to be back!

~ Ray
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I thought “bla” was actually spelled “blah.”
Friday, August 17, 2018
5:15 p.m.
There are nine new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Please excuse any typos.  The largest and longest BBIO update ever has been brought to you from a hospital bed by a patient with a new knee, who’s on a lot of pain meds, and is experiencing double vision (and wouldn’t you know it, there were only a zillion changes since Wednesday)!

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

I apologize in advance, but I will not be able to do the usual open house update tomorrow.  I should be discharged tomorrow afternoon some time.  A Sunday update is possible, but don’t bet on it.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
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Cocky farmers
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
5:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 950 Woodland Avenue #82 – sale pending.
  • 1035 S. La Luna Avenue – sold for $925,000 (originally listed for $929,000).  Congrats to our clients/buyers, who closed on their new home today (and wrote us a nice thank you note and gave us a couple of special gifts).  Just FYI, as of this writing the listing agent hasn’t gotten a chance to mark it as “sold” in the MLS.
  • 4440 Grand Avenue – this listing has been cancelled.
  • 1175 Camille Drive – this listing has been cancelled.

I have knee replacement surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning, so the timing of the next update is up in the air.  My intention is to get to it tomorrow afternoon/early evening, but we’ll have to wait and see.  It’s suppose it’s possible that I won’t get to the next update until Saturday or Sunday, so fair warning!  See you on the other side, and I’ll leave you with this:

 

10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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ojai real estate
“So this adorable little Cessna 172 comes up to me and asks me out to dinner….hahaha!”
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
12:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

This will be the only update for today, as I have a doctor’s appointment at 2:30 for pre-operative tests for surgery on my knee down at Keck/USC in L.A. (I mentioned this a few weeks ago).  My knee replacement surgery is scheduled for this Thursday; I’ll try to do what I can as far as updates during that time, as I’ll be in the hospital at least through Saturday (but I’ll bring my laptop).

~ Ray
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Monday, August 13, 2018
5:35 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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ojai real estate

Saturday, August 11, 2018
11:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Come see our listing at 402 N. Arnaz Street (which was just reduced from $625,000 to $597,000) today or tomorrow from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

~ Ray
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“I’d like a McWalrus sandwich and a side of Beluga strips!!”
Friday, August 10, 2018
2:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Stay cool and have a great weekend!  We’ll be back tomorrow morning with the updated open house list.

~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

There aren’t a lot of new properties to see today; we’ll be taking a gander at two of them.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

~ Ray
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Candy is dandy, but wicker is thicker
Thursday, August 9, 2018
5:15 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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ojai real estate

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
2:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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♫ While my guitar gently…drains? ♫
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
6:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Just, FYI – the first update tomorrow won’t occur until later in the afternoon.

~ Ray
10:15 a.m.

I was really hoping there would be some real estate changes this morning, as this will likely be the only update for today.  Alas, there is nothing new at the moment.

 

One other item:  Can someone please tell me who put the moat of fire around our house at about 11:30 p.m. last night?  Earlier, at about 9:30 p.m., I went around the house and opened windows for the evening, as it was a cool 73 degrees outside.  Cut to two hours later and I wake up to realize the house is getting warmer and warmer…with an interior temperature of 82 degrees.  “I must have accidentally put the heat on instead of turning off the A/C,” I thought.  Nope.  I checked the outdoor thermometer and its 86 degrees outside.  What??  WHAT??  I recall evenings where this has happened before in Ojai, but never to that extreme.  Additionally, when I checked Weather Underground for the temperatures in downtown Ojai it was 74 degrees, hence my “moat of fire” comment.  If someone could explain this to me, I’d love to hear about it!

 

Enjoy the day!

~ Ray
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Press please floor 34 the button for
Monday, August 6, 2018
6:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Bulby, the flying squirrel
Saturday, August 4, 2018
11:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated; we’ll be holding our listing at 402 N. Arnaz Street open tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., so come check out this 3 bed/2 bath cutie with updated kitchen!

~ Ray
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ojai real estate
Welcome to bovine water aerobics!  I’m your instructor, Gertie…
Friday, August 3, 2018
1:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Sorry for the late update, but I had another appointment in L.A. at 7:45 this morning!  Have a great weekend…

~ Ray
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Uncle Fester’s playground
Thursday, August 2, 2018
5:20 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:30 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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“Honey…..when was the pool man’s last visit?”
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
3:05 p.m.

No other changes for today, but the Ojai Market Data update has been completed!

~ Ray
11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

It’s the first of the month, which means I’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for you later today!

~ Ray
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Oh, the irony…