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Anything you lose automatically doubles in value.

– Mignon McLaughlin

This Day in History

September 21, 1942:  The Superfortress takes flight.  On this day in 1942, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress makes its debut flight in Seattle, Washington.  It was the largest bomber used in the war by any nation.

The B-29 was conceived in 1939 by Gen. Hap Arnold, who was afraid a German victory in Europe would mean the United States would be devoid of bases on the eastern side of the Atlantic from which to counterattack.  A plane was needed that would travel faster, farther, and higher than any then available, so Boeing set to creating the four-engine heavy bomber. The plane was extraordinary, able to carry loads almost equal to its own weight at altitudes of 30,000 to 40,000 feet.  It contained a pilot console in the rear of the plane, in the event the front pilot was knocked out of commission. It also sported the first radar bombing system of any U.S. bomber.

Ojai Weather

Mostly sunny – High 85 / Low 56

Friday, September 21, 2018
4:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; see you tomorrow with the updated open house list!

~ Ray
11:05 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!

~ Ray
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Bambi and Faline were all set to make an offer on the house….until they turned the corner
Thursday, September 20, 2018
8:10 p.m.
There are five new listings on the market:

Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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It’s fun to stay at the Y.M….
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
5:05 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
5:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

This afternoon I’ll be taking photos of a new listing that Decket/DePaola teammate Paul Johnsen is bringing to the table:  It’s a 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom, 1,737 sq. ft. home with updated bathrooms, wood floors, mountain views, and the vibe of a great family home.  It will be listed at a very attractive $599,000, so it will likely go quickly.  Make sure to look for it on Thursday (or call us if you’d like a sneak peek)!

~ Ray
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Equine discrimination
Monday, September 17, 2018
4:00 p.m.
There are two more new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
8:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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…for a sink without a trace of vanity, courageous in its solitude – is beholden to no one or thing and thus free in its unfettered life. – John Keetz

 

 

Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding two open houses this weekend – 402 N. Arnaz Street will be open today from 1:00 to 4:00, while 115 Valley View Drive will be open tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00.

~ Ray
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Zowee…perhaps Dockers would look better?
Friday, September 14, 2018
5:40 p.m.
There is another new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
10:40 a.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 this weekend!

~ Ray
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And the Worst Utilization of Space award goes to…
Thursday, September 13, 2018
4:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:00 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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“Aaargh…don’t let me fall, Phil.  Don’t let me fall!”

“If you go, we go.”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
6:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
1:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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The Lego loo
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
12:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
 ~ Ray
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Doors have priority over paintings in this house
Monday, September 10, 2018
3:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Want to know what happened in Ojai real estate during the month of August?  Well, the Ojai Market Data update has at last been completed, so check it out!

~ Ray
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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When a room can’t decide what it wants to be
Saturday, September 8, 2018
12:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Our listing at 115 Valley View Drive (featuring great mountain views) will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.

~ Ray
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Wheee!  Whack.  Wheee!  Whack.  Wheee!  Whack…
Friday, September 7, 2018
6:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
9:00 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.  Don’t forget; we’re holding a sneak preview of our listing at 115 Valley View Drive today from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon!

~ Ray
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(Actual listing photo)  The um…err…ahh…exercise room. Yeah, that’s it!
Thursday, September 6, 2018
7:15 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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No, I don’t know where the dog is
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
6:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Yesterday afternoon, I took photos for a new listing we have coming to the market on Thursday.  It will be priced at $599,000 and features beautiful mountain views.  So be on the lookout for that…

~ Ray
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The real reason your sewer line is clogged
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
11:45 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Monday, September 3, 2018
11:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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(Actual listing photo)  Your long legs and fancy polka-dotted skirt can’t hide the fact that this is just a garage
Saturday, September 1, 2018
1:45 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:15 p.m.

The open house list has been updated.  I’ll be back in a bit with the Ojai market changes that have occurred since Thursday.

~ Ray
11:10 a.m.

Ok, let’s give this a shot.  The last couple of days have been a royal pain, as the security changes we implemented into the site caused several issues – chief among them, the inability to post changes to the blog which the viewing public could see.  We’re still going to be dealing with this for the next several days, but hopefully I can get you the gist of the market information you need.

When “behind-the-scenes” changes are made on a website, I equate it to poking a hornet’s nest with a stick.  Most of the time, I’d rather leave it be.  But we are sometimes more or less forced to make changes to the platform which gives us the ability to publish the website.  It will always be this way, apparently.

Meanwhile, I am attempting to update the open house list for this weekend.  Once I’m done with that (assuming everything works properly), I will then come back and update you on all the changes since Thursday at 5:50 p.m.

~ Ray
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Can’t decide whether to fire the tile guy or the carpet guy
Thursday, August 30, 2018
5:50 p.m.

Sorry for the late update; as mentioned yesterday afternoon, there were going to be potential issues with the website while we beefed up security in the background.  As it turns out, the potential issues surfaced (not only could you not access the site, but I was unable to log into the back end of the site as well).  All should be good from here out!

There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Meanwhile, at the dispensary…
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’re doing some background upgrades to the website after this update, so if the site acts squirrelly for the the next 12 to 24 hours, don’t sweat it – it should be running normally in short order.

~ Ray
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Palm tree toupees
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
6:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

~ An update on my knee surgery:  I’ve had no complications thus far, 12 days post-op.  I’m rehabbing it a few hours a day, while a physical therapist comes to our house 2 days per week (for a total of 6 visits).  This is the 4th (and hopefully last) time I’ll be rehabbing this knee, so I know the routine.  The PT guy is really good, and totally doesn’t mind if I curse him out while he slowly forces my leg past the point of comfort.

I also get to enjoy the daily use of a CPM (Continuous Passive Motion) machine, or what I call, “The Grinder.”  I place my leg in the machine and it slowly flexes and extends the leg with no help from me (the “passive” part).  The goal is to be at full extension and 120 degrees of flexion by the time I visit the doctor 3 weeks post-op.  I attained 115 degrees of flexion today, so I appear to be ahead of schedule in that regard.

The Grinder

 

Finally and totally unrelated – wow didn’t it cool off magnificently last night?  Here’s hoping for another night of the same!

~ Ray
12:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Monday, August 27, 2018
5:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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When neither husband nor wife budge on their design choices
Saturday, August 25, 2018
1:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Our listing at 402 N. Arnaz Street will be open today from 1:00 to 3:30 and tomorrow from 12:00 to 3:00.

~ Ray
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Vegan taunting
Friday, August 24, 2018
10:05 a.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.  We’re going to head out to take a look at some new properties.  Well, Cheryl will look – I’ll stay in the car and take notes…

~ Ray
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Left is hot, right is split-pea
Thursday, August 23, 2018
4:20 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Never hand your contractor a box of tile and say, “Go wild!”
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
5:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
1:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

Cheryl found this great site with vintage Ojai before/after photos the other day.  Call me simple, but I think these types of photos are so cool!  Click on the photo/link below, then go to the center of each photo and drag right or left to see old vs. new.

 

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
5:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:45 a.m.
No changes yet for today.

I woke up this morning to see that the street and our front sidewalks were wet.  Rain?  Or just moisture accumulation?  The rain gauge would reveal nothing.

~ Ray
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Perhaps marriage isn’t for you
Monday, August 20, 2018
4:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I returned home from my surgery Saturday afternoon.  All went well with the knee replacement, and as a bonus, I got to keep my original kneecap!  No, not in a decorative box – it’s still in my knee, wise guys.

I was glad to get out of the hospital, and especially happy to get that damned IV drip out of my arm, which contained the substance Ketamine.  According to Wikipeda, Ketamine “…is a medication mainly used for starting and maintaining anesthesia. It induces a trance-like state while providing pain relief, sedation, and memory loss.”  This would probably explain why I kept repeatedly asking Cheryl what happened during the first 5 hours after I came out of recovery.  She’d tell me the story, and then 2 hours later I had no recollection of the conversation and would ask the same thing again.  Well, this went on the remaining time I was in the hospital.  I did Friday’s update in a haze.  Usually I double-check everything when proofing the update, but I quadruple-checked everything this time.  The double-vision I mentioned on Friday was due to a scratched cornea that occurred either during surgery or sometime in the hours following (it’s already healed and fine).

The double vision was odd. It occurred in my left eye only, and when looking at a sentence such as this one on the computer screen, I would see a double image directly below the text I was looking at, as if I had typed the same sentence twice in a row.  The next day, the double vision I saw was no longer below the text I was viewing, but directly above it.  Strange!

From here out, updates should be much more consistent. It’s good to be back!

~ Ray
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I thought “bla” was actually spelled “blah.”
Friday, August 17, 2018
5:15 p.m.
There are nine new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Please excuse any typos.  The largest and longest BBIO update ever has been brought to you from a hospital bed by a patient with a new knee, who’s on a lot of pain meds, and is experiencing double vision (and wouldn’t you know it, there were only a zillion changes since Wednesday)!

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

I apologize in advance, but I will not be able to do the usual open house update tomorrow.  I should be discharged tomorrow afternoon some time.  A Sunday update is possible, but don’t bet on it.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray
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Cocky farmers
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
5:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 950 Woodland Avenue #82 – sale pending.
  • 1035 S. La Luna Avenue – sold for $925,000 (originally listed for $929,000).  Congrats to our clients/buyers, who closed on their new home today (and wrote us a nice thank you note and gave us a couple of special gifts).  Just FYI, as of this writing the listing agent hasn’t gotten a chance to mark it as “sold” in the MLS.
  • 4440 Grand Avenue – this listing has been cancelled.
  • 1175 Camille Drive – this listing has been cancelled.

I have knee replacement surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning, so the timing of the next update is up in the air.  My intention is to get to it tomorrow afternoon/early evening, but we’ll have to wait and see.  It’s suppose it’s possible that I won’t get to the next update until Saturday or Sunday, so fair warning!  See you on the other side, and I’ll leave you with this:

 

10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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“So this adorable little Cessna 172 comes up to me and asks me out to dinner….hahaha!”
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
12:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

This will be the only update for today, as I have a doctor’s appointment at 2:30 for pre-operative tests for surgery on my knee down at Keck/USC in L.A. (I mentioned this a few weeks ago).  My knee replacement surgery is scheduled for this Thursday; I’ll try to do what I can as far as updates during that time, as I’ll be in the hospital at least through Saturday (but I’ll bring my laptop).

~ Ray
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Monday, August 13, 2018
5:35 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Saturday, August 11, 2018
11:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Come see our listing at 402 N. Arnaz Street (which was just reduced from $625,000 to $597,000) today or tomorrow from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

~ Ray
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“I’d like a McWalrus sandwich and a side of Beluga strips!!”
Friday, August 10, 2018
2:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Stay cool and have a great weekend!  We’ll be back tomorrow morning with the updated open house list.

~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

There aren’t a lot of new properties to see today; we’ll be taking a gander at two of them.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

~ Ray
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Candy is dandy, but wicker is thicker
Thursday, August 9, 2018
5:15 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
2:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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♫ While my guitar gently…drains? ♫
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
6:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Just, FYI – the first update tomorrow won’t occur until later in the afternoon.

~ Ray
10:15 a.m.

I was really hoping there would be some real estate changes this morning, as this will likely be the only update for today.  Alas, there is nothing new at the moment.

 

One other item:  Can someone please tell me who put the moat of fire around our house at about 11:30 p.m. last night?  Earlier, at about 9:30 p.m., I went around the house and opened windows for the evening, as it was a cool 73 degrees outside.  Cut to two hours later and I wake up to realize the house is getting warmer and warmer…with an interior temperature of 82 degrees.  “I must have accidentally put the heat on instead of turning off the A/C,” I thought.  Nope.  I checked the outdoor thermometer and its 86 degrees outside.  What??  WHAT??  I recall evenings where this has happened before in Ojai, but never to that extreme.  Additionally, when I checked Weather Underground for the temperatures in downtown Ojai it was 74 degrees, hence my “moat of fire” comment.  If someone could explain this to me, I’d love to hear about it!

 

Enjoy the day!

~ Ray
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Press please floor 34 the button for
Monday, August 6, 2018
6:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Bulby, the flying squirrel
Saturday, August 4, 2018
11:45 a.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 our listing at 402 N. Arnaz Street open tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., so come check out this 3 bed/2 bath cutie with updated kitchen!

~ Ray
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Welcome to bovine water aerobics!  I’m your instructor, Gertie…
Friday, August 3, 2018
1:25 p.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.  Sorry for the late update, but I had another appointment in L.A. at 7:45 this morning!  Have a great weekend…

~ Ray
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Uncle Fester’s playground
Thursday, August 2, 2018
5:20 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:30 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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“Honey…..when was the pool man’s last visit?”
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
3:05 p.m.

No other changes for today, but the Ojai Market Data update has been completed!

~ Ray
11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

It’s the first of the month, which means I’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for you later today!

~ Ray
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Oh, the irony…