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April 23, 2019

Quote of the Day

Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts.  It’s what you do with what you have left.

 

Hubert Humphrey

This Day in History

April 23, 1954:  Hank Aaron hits first home run of career.  On this day in 1954, Hank Aaron knocks out the first home run of his Major League Baseball career.  Twenty years later, Aaron becomes baseball’s new home run king when he broke Babe Ruth’s long-standing record of 714 career homers.

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Aaron began his professional baseball career in 1952 in the Negro League and joined the Milwaukee Braves of the major leagues in 1954, eight years after Jackie Robinson had integrated baseball.  Aaron was the last Negro League player to compete in the majors. He played his first game with the Braves on April 13 and went hitless in his five times at bat. Two days later, he got his first hit, a single, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, and on April 23, 1954, pounded out his first major league home run off Cardinals’ pitcher Vic Raschi.

Aaron quickly established himself as an important player for the Braves and won the National League batting title in 1956.  The following season, he took home the league’s MVP award and helped the Braves beat Mickey Mantle and the heavily favored New York Yankees in the World Series.  In 1959, Aaron won his second league batting title. Season after season, he turned in strong batting performances: “Hammerin’ Hank” hit .300 or higher for 14 seasons and slugged at least 40 homers in eight separate seasons.  In May 1970, he became the first player in baseball to record 500 homers and 3,000 hits. The achievement Aaron is best known for, though, is breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714 career home runs, which he did on April 8, 1974, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, when he hit his 715th home run in the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Aaron played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 to 1965 and then moved with the team to Atlanta in 1966. On February 29, 1972, the Atlanta Braves signed Aaron to a three-year, $200,000 per year contract that made him baseball’s best-paid player. In November 1974, the Braves traded Aaron to the Milwaukee Brewers, where he spent the final two seasons of his career.  Aaron retired from baseball in 1976 with 755 career home runs, a record that stood until August 7, 2007, when it was broken by Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants.

Ojai Weather

Sunny – High 86 / Low 55

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Total rainfall for the season  –  25.29

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
10:45 a.m.
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More classy neighbors
Monday, April 22, 2019
3:55 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:40 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Picnic table adoption center
Friday, April 19/Saturday, April 20, 2019

Well, my flight out of Atlanta has been delayed, so I’ll be arriving back in Ojai at about 3:00 a.m. local time.  As a result, I am doing the normal Saturday update now (which includes the updated open house list).  There are no scheduled open houses for Sunday, no doubt in observance of Easter Sunday.  I’ve added a “Quote of the Day” and a “This Day in History” for both today and tomorrow; you’ll have to do without a Pic of the Day for Saturday.  The next update will be Monday morning.

5:20 p.m. (Friday)
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The open house list has been updated!

1:45 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!  The updates this week have been scattered (as far as timing) because I’ve been out of town since Sunday for business (all work and no play makes Ray miss Ojai).  I’m doing this update from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, now officially labeled as the “busiest in the world.”  Despite being the busiest airport in the world, they have the best WiFi connection I’ve ever seen.  Not bad, considering there must be 10,000 people in this facility.  Anyway, I’ll be back in Ojai this evening, and I’ll see you tomorrow morning (or early afternoon) with the updated open house list.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
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“Hey, Fred?  You wanna give Bob a nudge?  It looks like he’s been standing there a while.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 621 Del Norte Road – $1,780,000.  (This was recently on the market in December for $1,784,000, but did not sell at that time.)
Changes to the All Listings page:
11:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Who is this sign for?  The owls?
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
7:15 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
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9:00 a.m.
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The neighbor’s attempt to “class it up.”
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
2:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Monday April 15, 2019
6:40 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.

Last week I was sitting in a waiting room and had a chance to spend about a half hour reading “From The Fire,” the book that chronicles the events of the Thomas Fire that occurred in December, 2017 (along with some magnificent photos).

Something I never knew:  As people were attempting to rescue their animals, the fine people who run the Cavalia/Odysseo horse show connected with the fire department and drove all their trucks and rigs to Ojai to help corral the horses and get them out safely.  We had seen the Cavalia/Odysseo show in Camarillo just a couple of weeks before.  It was, of course, amazing and beautiful.  What a great group of people!  We have never owned horses, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the horse community is pretty tight.

Anyway, I don’t know if you knew that about the fire; I thought it was pretty cool.

~ Ray
12:55 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Just a heads up; most of the morning updates this week will occur later in the day (as in, early afternoon).

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Go ahead…flip the switch.  I dare ya…
Saturday, April 13, 2019
12:40 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 1003 N. Drown Avenue will be open tomorrow from 1:30 to 4:00.  Additionally, I have completed write-ups for all of the Best Buys and Honorable Mentions that we added to the list yesterday.

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Dangerous when provoked, the teepee snake will leap from its perch and constrict its victims
Friday, April 12, 2019
3:05 p.m.

Whoo boy, what a day!  Lots of activity out there; so much so that I had to prioritize seeing the available properties for broker/agent preview this morning over doing the morning update.  Strap your boots on, here we go…

There are seven new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

After seeing 10 new properties this morning, we’ve added 2 new Best Buys and 5 Honorable Mentions.  I don’t ever recall adding 7 properties to the BB/HM lists in one day; this should give you an idea of where our market is at right now.  I don’t have time to do write-ups on them today (I’ll do it tomorrow), but here’s the quickie list with links below:

Best Buys
Honorable Mentions

 

Have a wonderful weekend; I’ll update the open house list and do the write-ups for all Best Buys and Honorable Mentions tomorrow.  And finally, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

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The dual-hole washing machine burqa never found its niche
Thursday, April 11, 2019
4:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Fed up with his neighbors blocking his mountain views, ol’ Ed Barnes finally had enough
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5:45 p.m.
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11:20 a.m.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
3:55 p.m.
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9:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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When your career path has already been laid out for you
Monday, April 8, 2019
3:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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10:05 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Seems a tad redundant
Saturday, April 6, 2019
12:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding open houses at 490 Mahoney Avenue (1:00 to 4:00) and 1003 N. Drown Avenue (1:30 to 4:00) – which recently had the price reduced to $829,000.

Random thought:  While driving through downtown Ojai the other day I noticed the sign on the “Ojai Woman’s Club” – located at 441 E. Ojai Avenue.  My first thought was, why is it titled “Ojai Woman’s Club” and not “Ojai Women’s Club?”  I’m sure there’s a logical reason behind it.  But even more so, as I said it aloud to Cheryl (who was in the car with me, of course), I wondered why the pronunciation of the two words sounds different at the front end of each word, rather than the back end of the word where the spelling is actually different, i.e., “wumen” vs. “wimen.”  Any ideas? 

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Literally a hand-railing
Friday, April 5, 2019
3:15 p.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!  Have a great weekend; the open house list will be updated tomorrow.

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

The list of things to do in Ojai hasn’t been updated yet, but I’ll check it again later today and tomorrow morning.  (This list is provided to us courtesy of the Ojai Valley News.)  Our whole team is headed out to take a look at seven new properties this morning.  We’ve had several weeks in a row where we’ve added a Best Buy or Honorable Mention…let’s keep the streak going!

 

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A typical Phoenix winter
Thursday, April 4, 2019
6:00 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Lemme guess…it’s hammer time?
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
3:15 p.m.
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2:55 p.m.
10:15 a.m.
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This won’t create any confusion at all
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Ladies and Gentlemen:  I present to you – the “Cowch”
Monday, April 1, 2019
4:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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We’ve added new BBIO video; it’s teammate Maria DePaola, speaking with the owners of Sage restaurant here in Ojai.  Check it out!

10:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Too much deuterium?

(A joke for nuclear physicists)