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If you’ve never met a student from the University of Chicago, I’ll describe him to you.  If you give him a glass of water, he says, “This is a glass of water.  But is it a glass of water?  And if it is a glass of water, why is it a glass of water?”  And eventually he dies of thirst.  –  Shelley Berman

This Day in History

October 13, 2010:  Chilean miners rescued.  On this day in 2010, the last of 33 miners trapped nearly half a mile underground for more than two months at a caved-in mine in northern Chile, are rescued.  The miners survived longer than anyone else trapped underground in recorded history.

The miners’ ordeal began on August 5, 2010, when the San Jose gold and copper mine where they were working, some 500 miles north of the Chilean capital city of Santiago, collapsed.  The 33 men moved to an underground emergency shelter area, where they discovered just several days’ worth of food rations. As their situation grew more desperate over the next 17 days, the miners, uncertain if anyone would find them, considered suicide and cannibalism.  Then, on August 22, a drill sent by rescuers broke through to the area where the miners were located, and the men sent back up a note saying, “We are fine in the refuge, the 33.” Food, water, letters, medicine and other supplies were soon delivered to the miners via a narrow bore hole.  Video cameras were also sent down, making it possible for rescuers to see the men and the hot, humid space in which they were entombed. As engineering and mining experts from around the world collaborated on the long, complex process of devising a way to bring the 33 men up to the surface, the miners maintained a system of jobs and routines in order to keep up morale.

Rescuers eventually drilled and reinforced an escape shaft wide enough to extract the men, one by one.  (Employees of a Pennsylvania-based drilling-tool company played a role in drilling the rescue shaft.) On October 12, the first of the miners was raised to the surface in a narrow, 13-foot-tall capsule painted white, blue and red, the colors of the Chilean flag.  The approximately 2,000-foot ascent to the surface in the capsule took around 15 minutes for each man.

The miners were greeted by a cheering crowd that included Chile’s president, Sebastian Pinera, media from around the world, and friends and relatives, many of whom had been camped at the base of the mine in the Atacama Desert for months.  Millions of people around the globe watched the rescue on live TV. Less than 24 hours after the operation began, all 33 of the miners, who ranged in age from 19 to 63, had been safely rescued. Almost all the men were in good health, and each of them sported dark glasses to protect their eyes after being in a dimly lit space for so long.

The rescued miners were later honored with trips to a variety of destinations, including England, Israel and Florida’s Walt Disney World, where a parade was held in their honor.

Ojai Weather

Mostly cloudy – High 73 / Low 53

Rain accumulation from last night  –  .03 inches

Total rainfall for the season  –  .04 inches

Saturday, October 13, 2018
11:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Check out our beautiful listing at 5 Valley Road today from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m; it’s definitely worth a look!

~ Ray
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Two roads diverged in a wood…and I…took the one leading to the break room
Friday, October 12, 2018
4:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 4440 Grand Avenue – back on the market (had been cancelled) and reduced from $2,395,000 to $2,195,000.

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

~ Ray
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
3:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic (Video) of the Day

This amazing Halloween display can be found in the Ojai Terrace neighborhood (behind Von’s).  It belongs to clients of ours, Randy & Cindy, who have been brightening the mood for the entire neighborhood with their festive Christmas and July 4th displays as well (among others).  Make sure to bring your kids to see it!  I don’t want to make it too easy to find, so let’s just say it’s towards the back of the neighborhood on Vallerio Avenue (or is it Valle Rio?)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
4:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 94 Don Antonio Way – this listing has been withdrawn (the Ventura MLS link will show this as “unavailable”).
~ Ray
12:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Stay away from the house at 33 1/3rd W. Main Street
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
2:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Well, it’s confirmed….boys will be boys.
Monday, October 8, 2018
4:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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A city badly in need of a planner
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:25 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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Friday, October 5, 2018
4:25 p.m.
There are two more new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; we’ll see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list!

~ Ray

12:20 p.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.

A comment on the rainfall totals from earlier in the week:  Days before the clouds rolled in, the various weather services showed that we were to receive anywhere from .50 inches to 1.00 inches of rain.  Obviously, we fell well short of those projections.  This seems to happen often, and I’ve found the culprit – it’s Cheryl’s fault.  I do tease her to stop watching the weather, as she’ll bring up the forecast repeatedly during the days leading up to the rain event.  You know, the whole “a watched pot never boils” kind of thing.  I’ll do my best to stop her the next time.

~ Ray
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There’s minimalism, then this
Thursday, October 4, 2018
3:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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These studio apartments are getting ridiculous
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
4:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:50 a.m.

The Ojai Market Data update is complete!

8:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

C’mon rain!  While I’m staring out my window waiting for the first drops to fall, I’ll be in the middle of working up the numbers for the Ojai Market Data update.  Check back here in about an hour and a half or so…

~ Ray
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I sure hope this resides in a hair salon
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
1:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Monday, October 1, 2018
5:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:10 p.m.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a video component to Best Buys In Ojai!  The current video, which you’ll find on the right side panel, is part of team member Maria DePaola’s “Best Days In Ojai,” where she highlights upcoming Ojai events.  For this month, Maria had several Ojai residents do the talking for her.  Upcoming videos will include interviews from local Ojai restauranteurs and businesses, as well as other unique items of interest.

~ Ray
10:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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The bedroom shower – when walking to the bathroom is just too dang far