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November 15, 2019

Quote of the Day

I have made this [letter] longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.

 

– Blaise Pascal

This Day in History

November 15, 1977:  President Carter hosts shah of Iran.  On this day in 1977, President Jimmy Carter welcomes Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran, and his wife, Empress (or “Shahbanou”) Farrah, to Washington.  Over the next two days, Carter and Pahlavi discussed improving relations between the two countries.  Two years later, the two leaders’ political fates would be further entwined when Islamic fundamentalists overthrew the shah and took Americans hostage in Tehran.

In 1977, however, the U.S. and Iran enjoyed a friendly diplomatic relationship.  Carter and Pahlavi’s official discussions centered on peace prospects for the Middle East as well as ways to combat the energy crisis that had hit the U.S. and other Western nations in the early 1970s.  At the time, Carter hoped to enlist Iran’s help in reconvening peace talks between Israel and Egypt and to secure Iran’s help in supporting nuclear non-proliferation talks with the Soviet Union.  At a press conference that day, Carter and Pahlavi affirmed their desire to collaborate on alternative energy production and oil conservation.  That evening, the Carters hosted a state dinner for the shah and his wife.  The visit also included casual moments spent with the Carter family, during which the empress was photographed holding and cooing over the Carters’ grandson, Jimmy.

The visit ended on a positive note and, the next month, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter traveled to Tehran, where Carter toasted the shah as “an island of stability” in the Middle East.  That stability was rocked when Pahlavi was deposed by Islamic fundamentalists in January 1979 and replaced by a regime led by Ayatollah Khomeini.  In October, the exiled shah came to the United States for cancer treatment.  Carter’s hospitality toward the shah enraged a group of radical Iranian students, who stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979, and took 66 Americans hostage.  The hostage crisis lasted 444 days and Carter’s inability to secure their release contributed to his defeat by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election.

Ojai Weather

Partly sunny  –  High 71 / Low 41

Friday, November 15, 2019
2:35 p.m.

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listings at 59 W. Calle El Prado and 501 Vallerio Avenue open Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend…

9:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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

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“Honey…why is the TV playing ‘The Shape of Water’ 24 hours a day?”
Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
8:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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As if you have a choice
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
4:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Just FYI – I’m having trouble adding photos anywhere on the site at the moment.  So, there’s no photo for the newest listing on McAndrew Road.  I’ll be working on it.

9:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 65 Apricot Street – sale pending.  This is a new listing that was last on the market in July; it did not sell at that time.  Cool house, by the way (but I believe the driveway ingress/egress was a major sticking point with many potential buyers).
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Oh, I get it.  A Walken closet!  Bwa-ha-ha-ha!
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
3:30 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.
11:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Monday, November 11, 2019
10:25 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

This will be the only update for today.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019
12:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding three of our listings open tomorrow, all from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m; 501 Vallerio Avenue, 1442 S. Rice Road, and 59 W. Calle El Prado.

On another note – updates during the past week were a bit spotty because Cheryl and I went on a cruise for our 20th anniversary.  We left town just after the “Maria Fire” started in Ventura, making us nervous about leaving our dogs at the kennel.  They stay at Ventura Highway Luxury Boarding for Dogs, where we’ve been taking our dogs for the past 12 years or so.  They love the place, barking and whining with excitement every time we pull into the parking lot.  VHLB4D takes great care of their guests and we highly recommend them (several years ago we had two dogs that were going through cancer treatment  – at two separate times – and the folks at the kennel were wonderful).

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Friday, November 8, 2019
8:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

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Jumping for joy has consequences
Thursday, November 7, 2019
10:55 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Although not Ojai-related, congrats to our client/seller and to teammate Sheryl Whipple for bringing the buyer in on our listing in Filmore that closed yesterday!

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Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah had a baby?
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
10:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Conjoined at birth, surgery to separate Uri and Latrine was deemed too dangerous
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6:05 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Tomorrow’s update might be the same deal as today’s – not until late afternoon/early evening, just FYI.

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How to make a sexy stop sign
Monday, November 4, 2019
4:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Just a heads up – tomorrow there will be only one update and it won’t occur until sometime in the late afternoon.  Have a nice evening!

9:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s a second “This Day in History” entry:  November 4, 1999 – Ray and Cheryl get married.  It’s hard to believe 20 years have passed since the day Cheryl and I exchanged vows in a small ceremony with immediate family, in a beautiful setting at Cades Cove in Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  We lived in Florida at the time, but it wasn’t too long before Cheryl (a native Californian) convinced me that Ojai was THE place to be.  Here’s to another 20 years, and then 20 after that (which will put us in our 90’s).  There’s no one else I’d rather knock canes with!

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The only things missing are surgical tubing and a syringe
Friday, November 1, 2019
7:55 p.m.
  • The open house list has been updated!  The Ojai Market Data report has been completed as well; take a look/see at how the Ojai real estate market fared in October.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 80 Santa Ana Way – back on the market (had been withdrawn) and reduced from $840,000 to $829,000.
  • 603 Palomar Road – sold for $2,375,000 (originally listed for $2,390,000).

 

Have yourselves a great weekend! 

2:10 p.m.
There is another new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 80 Santa Ana Way – withdrawn from the market.  (The Ventura MLS link will show this as “unavailable.”)

I’ll be checking in later this afternoon/evening with both the updated open house list for this weekend and the Ojai Market Data update.  Meanwhile, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

11:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 547 Pala Drive – this listing has expired.
  • 106 W. Oak Street – this listing has expired.  (The Ventura MLS link will show this as “unavailable.”)
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Quite possibly the costliest alternative to replacing your roof