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April 19/20, 2019

Quote of the Day

They should invent some way to tape-record your dreams.  I’ve written many songs in my dreams that were Beatles songs.  Then I’d wake up and they’d be gone.   –   Alice Cooper

 

A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.   –   Elbert Hubbard

This Day in History

April 19, 1897:  First Boston Marathon held.  On this day in 1897, John J. McDermott of New York won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10.

The Boston Marathon was the brainchild of Boston Athletic Association member and inaugural U.S. Olympic team manager John Graham, who was inspired by the marathon at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.  With the assistance of Boston businessman Herbert H. Holton, various routes were considered, before a measured distance of 24.5 miles from the Irvington Oval in Boston to Metcalf’s Mill in Ashland was eventually selected.  The marathon’s distance was changed in 1908 in accordance with Olympic standards to its current length of 26 miles 385 yards.

Fifteen runners started the race but only 10 made it to the finish line.  John J. McDermott, representing the Pastime Athletic Club of New York City, took the lead from Harvard athlete Dick Grant over the hills in Newton.  Although he walked several times during the final miles, McDermott still won by a comfortable six-minute, fifty-two-seconds. McDermott had won the only other marathon on U.S. soil the previous October in New York.

Women were not allowed to enter the Boston race officially until 1972, but Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb couldn’t wait:  In 1966, she became the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon, but had to hide in the bushes near the start until the race began.  In 1967, Kathrine Switzer, who had registered as “K. V. Switzer”, was the first woman to run with a race number. Switzer finished even though officials tried to physically remove her from the race after she was identified as a woman.  In the fall of 1971, the Amateur Athletics Union permitted its sanctioned marathons (including Boston) to allow female entry. Nina Kuscsik became the first official female participant to win the Boston Marathon in 1972. Seven other women started and finished that race.

In 1975, the Boston Marathon became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division competition. Bob Hall won it in two hours, 58 minutes.

 

April 20, 1841:  First detective story is published.  Edgar Allen Poe’s story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, first appears in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine.  The tale is generally considered to be the first detective story.

The story describes the extraordinary “analytical power” used by Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin to solve a series of murders in Paris.  Like the later Sherlock Holmes stories, the tale is narrated by the detective’s roommate.

Following the publication of Poe’s story, detective stories began to grow into novels and English novelist Wilkie Collins published a detective novel, The Moonstone, in 1868.  In Collins’ story, the methodical Sergeant Cuff searches for the criminal who stole a sacred Indian moonstone. The novel includes several features of the typical modern mystery, including red herrings, false alibis, and climactic scenes.

The greatest fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, first appeared in 1887, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, A Study in Scarlet.  The cozy English mystery novel became popularized with Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series in the 1920s, when other detectives like Lord Peter Wimsey and Ellery Queen were also becoming popular.  In the 1930s, sometimes called the golden age of detective stories, the noir detective novel became the mainstay of writers like Dashiell Hammet, Raymond Chandler, and Mickey Spillane. Tough female detectives such as Kinsey Millhone and V.I. Warshawski became popular in the 1980s.

Ojai Weather (for Saturday)

Partly sunny – High 66 / Low 47

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Total rainfall for the season  –  25.28

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
Pic of the Day

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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:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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

 

Pic of the Day

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).

Pic of the Day
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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.

Pic of the Day
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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!

Pic of the Day
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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:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic of the Day
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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.
Changes to the All Listings page:
11:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic of the Day

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
3:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic of the Day
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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:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:05 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic of the Day
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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? 

Pic of the Day
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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:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Pic of the Day
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Lemme guess…it’s hammer time?
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
3:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
2:55 p.m.
10:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic of the Day
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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:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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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:
Changes to the All Listings page:

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:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic of the Day

 

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Too much deuterium?

(A joke for nuclear physicists)