July 7, 2020

Quote of the Day


In our response lies our growth and our freedom.  Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Viktor Frankl


This Day in History


July 7, 1983:  11-year-old Samantha Smith leaves for visit to USSR.  Samantha Smith, an 11-year-old American girl, begins a two-week visit to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Soviet leader Yuri Andropov.  Some American observers believed that Smith was merely being used by the Soviets for their own propaganda purposes, while others saw her visit as a positive step toward improving U.S.-Russian relations.

In April 1983, the Soviet government released a letter written by Smith to Andropov as part of a school project.  In the letter, Smith asked Andropov about his country and whether he wanted peace with the United States.  Surprisingly, Andropov answered the letter personally, assuring Smith that he had the greatest friendliness toward America and wished only for peace and mutual understanding.  He ended by inviting Smith to come see the Soviet Union for herself.  The fifth grader accepted Andropov’s offer and the trip was set for July 1983.

Almost immediately, Smith’s family was flooded with letters from Americans, most of whom supported Samantha’s decision.  Many, however, sharply criticized her upcoming visit, claiming that it was merely a propaganda ploy by the communists.  To some extent, they were right: Andropov clearly saw the Smith visit as an opportunity to try to dispel some negative impressions of the Soviet Union.  On the other hand, Andropov also was clear about wanting closer relations with the West, and his invitation to the small girl was one way of indicating this desire.

During her two weeks in Russia, Smith was treated as a VIP and given a carefully arranged tour of the Soviet Union.  However, she also found time to speak to groups of Soviet citizens who made no attempt to hide some of the problems facing their nation, particularly food shortages.  For her part, Smith absolutely charmed her hosts and became a famous figure almost overnight.  Arriving back in the United States two weeks later, she indicated that she firmly believed that the Soviets “want no harm to the world, just like us.”  When asked whether she would like to live in Russia, she praised her communist hosts but declared that she would “rather live in my own country.”


Ojai Weather

Sunny –  High 89 / Low 57

Lake Casitas Water Capacity  –  43.4%

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:25 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
  • 7750 Sulphur Mountain Road – $1,299,000.  This is our newest listing; it’s a 138 acre land parcel with both Ojai Valley and Channel Island views.  There is a functioning in-ground pool on the property, as well as water and electric at the home building site.
  • 13100 Ojai Road – $2,895,000.
  • 65 W. Catalina Drive – $665,000.
  • 28 Reposo Drive – $1,069,000 (this is already a pending sale).
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Monday, July 6, 2020
1:10 p.m.
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Friday, July 3, 2020
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 283 Carne Road – back on the market (had been cancelled) and reduced from $5,500,000 to $5,499,000.

Here’s hoping you have a splendid 4th of July!

9:40 a.m.
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Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
3:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020
12:25 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
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On a completely unrelated-to-real-estate note; I was recently watching the classic 1960 movie, “The Time Machine.”  This is one of the first movies I recall watching with my parents when I was young.  I know it’s one of my father’s favorites, and it’s on my list as well.  But during this recent viewing I noted that it has the most hilariously over-dramatic music in seemingly the wrong places (see 50 minutes, 30 seconds into the movie for an example).  Still, I love the movie.  I also noted the film score sounds a lot like Khachaturian’s Symphony No. 3 (it’s even in the same key).  Not to impugn Russell Garcia’s work on the movie score, but Khachaturian’s symphony came out 13 years earlier, in 1947.  Just sayin’.  To me, the piece is equivalent to classical heavy metal, especially with the monstrous pipe organ sound – it’s worth a listen!  And that is about as far away from real estate jabber as one can get.  (WEENA!!!!)

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