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Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.

– Elbert Hubbard

This Day in History

July 16, 1945:  U.S. conducts first test of atomic bomb.  The United States conducts the first test of the atomic bomb at at the Trinity bomb site in central New Mexico.  The terrifying new weapon would quickly become a focal point in the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

The official U.S. development of the atomic bomb began with the establishment of the Manhattan Project in August 1942.  The project brought together scientists from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada to study the feasibility of building an atomic bomb capable of unimaginable destructive power.  The project proceeded with no small degree of urgency, since the American government had been warned that Nazi Germany had also embarked on a program to develop an atomic weapon. By July 1945, a prototype weapon was ready for testing.  Although Germany had surrendered months earlier, the war against Japan was still raging. On July 16, the first atomic bomb was detonated in the desert near the Los Alamos research facility. Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the project, watched the mushroom cloud rise into the New Mexico sky.  “Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds,” he uttered, reciting a passage from an ancient Hindu text. News of the successful test was relayed to President Harry S. Truman, who was meeting with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in Potsdam to discuss the postwar world. Observers at the meeting noted that the news “tremendously pepped up” the president, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill believed that Truman almost immediately adopted a more aggressive tone in dealing with Stalin.

Truman and many other U.S. officials hoped that possession of the atomic bomb would be America’s trump card in dealing with the Soviets after the war.  Use of the weapon against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 demonstrated the destructive force of the atomic bomb. The American atomic monopoly did not last long, though.  By 1949, the Soviets had developed their own atomic bomb, marking the beginning of the nuclear arms race.

Ojai Weather

Partly cloudy – High 91 / Low 64

Monday, July 16, 2018
3:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Sigh….I guess they had to cover Jim’s nipples with something
Sunday, July 15, 2018
9:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for today has been updated.  Enjoy your Sunday!

~ Ray
Saturday, July 14, 2018
12:35 p.m.
We have added two new Best Buys to the list.  Click the Best Buys link to read the write-up for each!

The open house list for Saturday has been updated.  Have a great day in Ojai, everyone, and don’t forget that Jefferson Starship is at Libbey Bowl tonight at 7:00, while Wilson Phillips will be there Sunday at 7:00 p.m!

~ Ray
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Dare to be different
Friday, July 13, 2018
6:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ll have two new Best Buys for you tomorrow morning, along with an update of the open house list.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
9:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Were heading out to take a look at ten new properties this morning!  Meanwhile, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai (which includes a concert at Libbey Bowl with Jefferson Starship on Saturday – we’ll be there)!

~ Ray
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The only couch that includes free pocket lint
Thursday, July 12, 2018
5:30 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:00 a.m.

Just a heads up; there’s a fantastic new shop opening today in Meiners Oaks called Pearl Paris.  Be sure to check out this unique and eclectic boutique.  It’s open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., so be sure to stop by to say hello to the proprietor, Tracy!  Pearl Paris is located at 100 E. El Roblar Drive.

pearl paris, 100 e el roblar drive ojai

10:25 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Ah, finally…a funeral home with a sense of humor
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
3:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Yep, I’ll be taking the elevator
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Even though this isn’t related to Ojai real estate, we want to congratulate our sellers at 119 Los Cabos Lane in Ventura for closing on the sale of their home!  (We received three offers on this home and ended up selling it for full price.)

~ Ray
9:30 a.m.

No changes yet for today.

Early last evening, Cheryl and I thought we felt a slight earthquake.  A quick check of the earthquake maps revealed nothing occurred, but I did find a fantastic site that allows you to enter your home address to see what hazards your property might be subjected to – via maps indicating whether it’s in an earthquake fault zone, a liquefaction zone, or a landslide zone (or a combination of either).  The different types of earthquake hazards are scattered all over the place, so this really pinpoints it for you.  After you enter your address and the map pulls it up, close the box that reads “Search result” with your address in it, then click on your property (the address is indicated on the parcel).  A pop-up will show if it’s in any of the zones.  Check it out here.

~ Ray
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An Igloo igloo

  

Monday, July 9, 2018
5:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Licensed and bonded?  Yeah, right!
Saturday, July 7, 2018
11:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!

~ Ray
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When ADA regulations become a little too stringent
Friday, July 6, 2018
3:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; the open house list will be updated tomorrow!

~ Ray
11:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re heading out to take a quick look at a couple of properties; here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  (Hey, Little Feat is going to be at the Topa Mountain Winery tonight!  I played two of their songs while in bands over the years – Let It Roll and Texas Twister – both a blast to play from a musician’s standpoint.)  Stay cool out there!

~ Ray
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Good luck getting your homeowner’s insurance to cover this
Thursday, July 5, 2018
5:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

What a great fireworks show last night!  I think the grand finale was the best I’ve ever seen in Ojai.  Also, was it just us or did the traffic seem to move more smoothly after the show was over?

~ Ray
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A dead giveaway that you’re an empty-nester
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
9:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

There will be no update tomorrow.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July, and don’t miss the fireworks!

~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 40 Pathelen Avenue – reduced from $599,000 to $589,000.
  • 992-990 Loma Drive – reduced from $1,675,000 to $1,665,000.
  • 333 Bundren Street – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.  Also, note that this was previously listed as 33 Bundren Street.  I looked at the history of this house; very strange, as it’s been listed in the past as both 33 Bundren Street and 333 Bundren Street.  The link is from the Ventura MLS, so it will show as unavailable.

We were notified a couple of weeks ago that our power would be disconnected by SCE in order to perform maintenance and upgrades from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today.  We usually work from our home offices, but today we’ll spend much of the day in the KW office in town.  It’s good to have advanced notice; two years ago on July 3rd and 4th – our power went out due to a problem, and was out so long that we basically had to cancel all of our July 4th plans and run down and buy a generator at Lowe’s in Ventura.  (Turned out to be a blessing, as we needed the generator for a day or so during last year’s fires.)  At least we made the fireworks show!

~ Ray
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All I see is a T-Rex
Monday, July 2, 2018
5:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed; lots of good info there so be sure to check it out!

~ Ray
10:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

As it’s the beginning of the month, we’ll have the new Ojai Market Update for you later this afternoon!

~ Ray
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When the word “inconspicuous” doesn’t exist in your language
Sunday, July 1, 2018
11:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Don’t forget to check out today’s open houses!

~ Ray