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July 16, 2019

Quote of the Day

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full.  And he said, “Is it half full or half empty?”  So I drank the water. No more problem.

 

– Alexander Jodorowsky

This Day in History

July 16, 1969:  Apollo 11 blasts off.  At 9:32 a.m. EDT, Apollo 11, the first U.S. lunar landing mission, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a historic journey to the surface of the moon.  After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19.

The next day, at 1:46 p.m., the lunar module Eagle, manned by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, separated from the command module, where a third astronaut, Michael Collins, remained.  Two hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the lunar surface, and at 4:18 p.m. the craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston a famous message, “The Eagle has landed.”  At 10:39 p.m., five hours ahead of the original schedule, Armstrong opened the hatch of the lunar module. Seventeen minutes later, at 10:56 p.m., Armstrong spoke the following words to millions listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  A moment later, he stepped off the lunar module’s ladder, becoming the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

Aldrin joined him on the moon’s surface at 11:11 p.m., and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests, and spoke with President Richard M. Nixon via Houston.  By 1:11 a.m. on July 21, both astronauts were back in the lunar module, and the hatch was closed. The two men slept that night on the surface of the moon, and at 1:54 p.m. the Eagle began its ascent back to the command module.  Among the items left on the surface of the moon was a plaque that read: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon – July 1969 A.D. – We came in peace for all mankind.” At 5:35 p.m., Armstrong and Aldrin successfully docked and rejoined Collins, and at 12:56 a.m. on July 22 Apollo 11 began its journey home, safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:51 p.m. on July 24.

There would be five more successful lunar landing missions, and one unplanned lunar swing-by, Apollo 13.  The last men to walk on the moon, astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt of the Apollo 17 mission, left the lunar surface on December 14, 1972.  The Apollo program was a costly and labor intensive endeavor, involving an estimated 400,000 engineers, technicians, and scientists, and costing $24 billion (close to $100 billion in today’s dollars).  The expense was justified by President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 mandate to beat the Soviets to the moon, and after the feat was accomplished, ongoing missions lost their viability.

[I distinctly remember watching the launch, when they rolled out a television right in the middle of pre-school.  Unfortunately, I have no recollection of the moon landing or moon walk itself. – Ray]

 

Ojai Weather

Sunny  –  High 89 / Low 59

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
6:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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11:00 a.m.
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Pic of the Day
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Yeah, I’d keep that trophy hidden away
Monday, July 15, 2019
6:55 p.m.
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12:55 p.m.
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Helloooo…can you help me take these earrings off?
Saturday, July 13, 2019
12:05 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Have a great weekend; although the days will be hot, it also means we’ll have beautiful nights – perfect for outdoor dining and sunsets.

Pic of the Day
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Just what we need – garment labels with attitude
Friday, July 12, 2019
11:10 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

Pic of the Day
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Tongue-in-cheek home security
Thursday, July 11, 2019
6:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

As an accommodation to a past Ojai client, we brought a new listing to the market in Fillmore today:  It’s a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,440 sq. ft. manufactured home in El Dorado Estates, located at 250 E. Telegraph Road, #129.  It’s one of the lowest priced, best conditioned homes in the park, so if you know of someone who’s looking…

11:10 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic of the Day
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Even better than a New Orleans funeral?  Bouncy castle funeral.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
4:40 p.m.
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10:15 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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Pic of the Day
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The Beest returns
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
4:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:55 a.m.
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Pic of the Day
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Kudos, Wal-Mart stacker
Monday, July 8, 2019
5:55 p.m.
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11:40 a.m.
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When everyone prays for rain on the same day
Saturday, July 6, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  I’ve also added the Pic of the Day below.

12:10 p.m.

I’ve updated the open house list first today, so you can get a glimpse of what’s out there ASAP.  The rest of the update (market changes, Quote of the Day, Pic of the Day, Weather, Things to Do) will be coming shortly!

Pic of the Day

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 445 Mahoney Avenue – back on the market (had been a pending sale).
  • 475 Old Ventura Avenue – sale pending.  This is a “new” listing that already had an accepted offer on it before it was listed in the MLS.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  Additionally, we’ve uploaded new BBIO video; it features teammate Maria DePaola visiting with Peggy at Poppies Art & Gifts.

 

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!  There will be no update tomorrow (and possibly Friday as well).

10:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Stay tuned for the Ojai Market Data update; I’ll be running the numbers as you read this.  Check in later today to see how the Ojai real estate market fared in the month of June!

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Unintentionally sarcastic signage
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
1:40 p.m.

We have a new listing that we’re filling out paperwork for (and taking photos of) in Fillmore this afternoon, so I needed to get this second update in earlier than usual.

Changes to the All Listings page:
10:45 a.m.
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Pic of the Day
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It may be time to replace your AC unit
Monday, July 1, 2019
3:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 995 S. La Luna Avenue – reduced from $1,049,500 to $995,000.
  • 974 El Centro Street – sale pending.
  • 8616 Nye Road – sold for $525,000 (originally listed for $589,000).
  • 1014 Creekside Way #G – sold for $418,000 (originally listed for $439,000).
  • 209 S. Montgomery Street – sold for $800,000 (originally listed for $939,500).
  • 2181 Valley Meadow Drive – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.
  • 522 Pleasant Avenue – this listing has been cancelled.  This was our listing, however, the agent who had it listed before we listed it put a deal together with a buyer who had seen the home when he had the listing.  As such, the original listing brokerage/agent has the right to all commissions, etc. from the sale.  This is perfectly acceptable and justified; it just doesn’t happen that often (first time for us).  So slight bummer for our team, but great news for the seller!  This will likely be closing within the next few days (we’ll let you know when it actually closes, of course).
10:35 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ve updated the Things To Do in Ojai list to cover this week, Monday through Thursday.

Pic of the Day
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Finally, a legitimate excuse for not putting the seat down