April 12, 2024






Quote of the Day


While I might find pleasure in your approval, your disapproval will not deter me.


 – Muriel Strode




This Day in History


April 12, 1981:  The space shuttle Columbia becomes 1st reusable aircraft launched into space.  The space shuttle Columbia is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, becoming the first reusable manned spacecraft to travel into space.  Piloted by astronauts Robert L. Crippen and John W. Young, the Columbia undertook a 54-hour space flight of 36 orbits before successfully touching down at California’s Edwards Air Force Base on April 14.

On September 17, 1976, NASA publicly unveiled its first space shuttle, the Enterprise, during a ceremony in Palmdale, California.  Development of the aircraft-like spacecraft cost almost $10 billion and took nearly a decade.  In 1977, the Enterprise became the first space shuttle to fly freely when it was lifted to a height of 25,000 feet by a Boeing 747 airplane and then released, gliding back to Edwards Air Force Base on its own accord.

Regular flights of the space shuttle began on April 12, 1981, with the launching of Columbia. Launched by two solid-rocket boosters and an external tank, only the aircraft-like shuttle entered into orbit around Earth.  When the mission was completed, the shuttle fired engines to reduce speed and, after descending through the atmosphere, landed like a glider.  Early shuttles took satellite equipment into space and carried out various scientific experiments.  In subsequent years, the space shuttle carried out numerous important missions, such as the repair and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the construction and manning of the International Space Station.

A tragedy rocked the nation on February 1, 2003, when Columbia, on its 28th mission, disintegrated during re-entry of the earth’s atmosphere.  All seven astronauts aboard were killed.  In the aftermath, the space-shuttle program was grounded until Discovery returned to space in July 2005, amid concerns that the problems that had downed Columbia had not yet been fully solved.


[When I lived in Florida back in the 90’s, I witnessed a shuttle launch in person at Cape Canaveral.  The sound that hit me about 25 seconds after liftoff was something I’ll never forget! – Ray]



Ojai Weather


Mostly cloudy  –  High 64 / Low 48

Total rainfall for the season  –  34.84 inches

Lake Casitas water capacity  –  98.2% (up from 98.1%)


Friday, April 12, 2024
2:45 p.m.
There are two new or “coming soon” listings on the market:


410 Church Road #12 – $949,000



417 W. Matilija Street – $2,879,000 (coming soon, 4/15)





Here’s the updated Open House list for this weekend, as well as the updated list of Things to Do in Ojai.  Have a great day!





Pic of the Day
When the universe gives you the perfect opportunity to skip a workout


Thursday, April 11, 2024
11:35 a.m.
There are four new listings on the market:


12617 Koenigstein Road – $2,400,000



2267 Burnham Road – $1,375,000



417 McAndrew Road – $6,550,000



708 Cuyama Road – $3,995,000





Pic of the Day

Pac-Man gets rabies

(Following up on yesterday’s pic…)


Wednesday, April 10, 2024
12:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:


302 N. Montgomery Street – $1,695,000

(This is a commercial property)






Pic of the Day
When you discover the termite queen is actually Pac-Man


Tuesday, April 9, 2024
12:40 p.m.
There are no new listings for today.



Pic of the Day


Monday, April 8, 2024
2:55 p.m.
Two new listings have come to the market since Friday:


46 Watkins Way – $995,000



1084 Woodland Avenue – $1,319,000





Pic of the Day
And here I thought Pickleball was a noisy outdoor sport


Friday, April 5, 2024
1:20 p.m.

There are no new listings today, however, the open house list for this weekend, as well as the list of Things to Do in Ojai have been updated.  Have an enjoyable weekend!




Pic of the Day
Also referred to as “Starfleet Command Center.”


Thursday, April 4, 2024
1:40 p.m.
There are no new listings today.




Pic (video) of the Day


Darth Realtor


Wednesday, April 3, 2024
2:55 p.m.
Two new listings have come to the market since Monday:


640 Brier Street – $950,000



124 Done Felipe Way – $259,000




Recently cancelled, withdrawn, or expired listings – back on the market as new:




Pic of the Day

If anyone actually considers manufacturing these – I’m customer #1


Monday, April 1, 2024
10:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:


42 Don Antonio Way – $239,000




Recently cancelled, withdrawn, or expired listings – back on the market as new:




Here’s a check-in on current mortgage interest rates:

30-yr fixed:  7.05%

15-yr fixed:  6.50%

30-yr Jumbo:  7.35%

30-yr FHA:  6.46%

30-yr VA:  6.49%






Pic of the Day
The result of asking A.I. to “..draw an image of a realtor sitting on a shark, shooting laser beams.”




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