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If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all.  And so today I still have a dream.  –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Day in History

January 15, 1972:  “American Pie” hits #1 on the pop charts.  On this day in 1972, “American Pie,”, an epic poem in musical form that has long been etched in the American popular consciousness, hits #1 on the Billboard charts.

The story of Don McLean’s magnum opus begins almost 13 years before its release, on a date with significance well-known to any American who was alive and conscious at the time.  Tuesday February 3, 1959, was the date of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson – a date that would be imbued with transcendent meaning by Don McLean when he labeled it “the Day the Music Died.”  One might reasonably point out that the baby-boom generation has since invested its entire rock-and-roll experience with transcendent meaning, but don’t blame Don McLean for starting the trend.  “American Pie” wasn’t written to be a generation-defining epic; it was written simply to capture McLean’s view of “America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become.”

When asked to explain what exactly he was trying to say with some of his more ambiguous lyrics, McLean has generally declined.  Many others have applied themselves to the task, however, and even today the Internet bristles with exhaustively reasoned interpretations of “American Pie” and its web of lyrical references to the youth culture of the 1950s and 60s.  The meaning of the Stolen Crown and Marching Band may be of interest only to the most obsessive of baby boomers, but almost all of us know the chorus of “American Pie” better than we know our own national anthem, and the chances are good that our great-grandchildren will, too.  Which isn’t bad for a song that was written and recorded by a struggling folk singer who merely hoped that it would “earn two or three thousand dollars and make survival for another year possible.”

Ojai Weather

Mostly sunny – High 73 / Low 45

Monday, January 15, 2018
4:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
You know your stomach virus is bad when this guy rides 18 miles on a unicycle
Sunday, January 14, 2018

No update today…

Saturday, January 13, 2018
12:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Our listing at 1104 Mariano Drive will be open today from 1:00 to 3:00 and tomorrow from 1:30 to 4:00.  Our listing at 435 Walbridge Way will also be open tomorrow from 12:00 to 3:00.  Have a great weekend; there will be no update tomorrow.

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
I guess Harbor Freight is selling coffee tables now
Friday, January 12, 2018
4:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’re heading out to take a look at five new properties this morning…

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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A scene lifted straight out of Looney Tunes
Thursday, January 11, 2018
4:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
~ Ray
11:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Putting your 30th work anniversary gift from Caterpillar to good use
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
4:20 p.m.

No other changes for today.

~ Ray
11:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Frenchie rarely slept well, for she lived in constant fear of her Master’s amorousness
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
6:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’m sure there are dozens of these photos already out there, but I’d thought I’d throw Cheryl’s photo of the rainbow(s) into the mix (taken at 2:30 p.m. today):

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~ Ray
11:30 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Where percussion meets interior design
Monday, January 8, 2018
2:50 p.m.

No changes for today.

9:40 a.m.

No changes yet for today…

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
Alien abductions of the fowl kind
Sunday, January 7, 2018
11:55 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

There are a good number of open houses available to see today.  We’re holding three of our listings open at 435 Walbridge Way, 1104 Mariano Drive, and 66 W. Calle El Prado (see the open house list for times).

Yesterday we held an affiliate brunch for the people who work so hard in the background in many of our transactions; people that most of our clients never get to meet.  We have a great time – the food and company were stellar, and Cheryl came up with the most ridiculous game of Charades you can imagine.  I do believe this will be a yearly event.  Thank you all so much; it would be virtually impossible to do what we do without your help and expertise!

 

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~ Ray
Saturday, January 6, 2018
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated…check out our listing today at 1104 Mariano Drive from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
Report:  Tax dollars wasted as Caltrans begins posting town ratings.
Friday, January 5, 2018
3:25 p.m.
There is another new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!  I’ll update the open house list for you tomorrow morning…

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

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’re heading out to take a look at one new property; you can stop by and take a sneak peek at our new listing at 1104 Mariano Drive today until noon!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Terence Trashbin masters the game of Hide and Seek
Thursday, January 4, 2018
5:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 1104 Mariano Drive – $619,000.  This is our listing that we teased about yesterday; you can take a sneak peek tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  It’ll also be available to see during open houses on Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:55 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Cuz nothing sells a home like a cat/pizza/taco-in-outer-space shower curtain
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
6:50 p.m.
There are two more new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

That’s seven new listings so far this year – that’s more like it!  Speaking of new listings, I took photos earlier today for a new listing we’re bringing to the market tomorrow.  We’ll have another listing coming within the next two weeks as well.  Because we’ve been so active this week, I’ll be pushing the “Best Of 2017” update back a few days.  Meanwhile, you can peruse some of the past “Best Ofs” here.  Have a nice evening!

~ Ray
9:25 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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I wonder if the parents in the neighborhood agreed to this sign
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
5:55 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!

There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for you a bit later today.  Check back in tomorrow, where we’ll be reviewing the Best of 2017!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
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Electro-Crete!  Converts electricity into concrete with the flip of switch.
Monday, January 1, 2018

No update today.  Happy New Year!