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If the world were all logic, poetry would starve to death.

– Terri Guillemets

This Day in History

December 14, 1977:  Saturday Night Fever gets its world premiere and launches musical juggernaut.  In a 2008 interview on BBC Radio 4, Robin Gibb confessed to making it through only the first 30 minutes of the world premiere, and to never having seen the rest of the picture in the decades that followed.  Millions of Americans did, however, make it through the film that made a movie star out of 23-year-old John Travolta and propelled the already famous Mr. Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, to a level of superstardom rarely achieved before or since.  The film, of course, was Saturday Night Fever, a pop-cultural juggernaut that had its world premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on this day in 1977.

Well-cast, well-acted and well-directed, Saturday Night Fever earned positive reviews from many critics, including the late Gene Siskel, who called it his favorite film ever.  But whatever its other cinematic merits, even the film’s strongest proponents would agree that it was the pulsing disco soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever that made it a work of lasting historical significance.  From its iconic opening sequence featuring John Travolta strutting down a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, sidewalk to the tune of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” to its unforgettable dance numbers set in the fictional 2001 Odyssey discotheque, the music complemented the action in Saturday Night Fever as perfectly as if it were written for the movie, even though most of it wasn’t.  In fact, other than “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever,” every song that appeared in Saturday Night Fever had been written, recorded and in some cases released before the film ever went into production. Among those songs were: The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno” (1976); KC and the Sunshine Band’s “Boogie Shoes” (1975); Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven” (1976); and the Bee Gees’ own “You Should Be Dancin’” (1976).

Two songs the Bee Gees wrote shortly before hearing about Saturday Night Fever – “If I Can’t Have You” and “How Deep Is Your Love” – would be among the four #1 pop hits launched by the movie’s landmark soundtrack album.  “How Deep Is Your Love” was the debut single from the album, released fully a month before the movie itself and hitting #1 on the Billboard pop chart just a week after the movie’s opening. This now-familiar approach to marketing a movie through its soundtrack, and vice versa, was highly innovative at the time. Indeed, the promotional synergy between the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and movie is widely credited with helping to revolutionize both movie and music marketing.

Ojai Weather

Cloudy – High 66 / Low 39

Accumulated rainfall for the season – 3.82 inches

Friday, December 14, 2018
2:15 p.m.

Apologies for the late update; I’ve been working in the background trying to get everything back up and running properly.  The All Listings page is now back to being legible, while I’m still working on getting the photo galleries to render properly.  Meanwhile, here’s your update for today:

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

We’ve added a new BBIO video for this week (top of right side panel); teammate Sheryl Whipple offers free guided walking tours and hikes in and around Ojai!

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

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

~ Ray
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We will, we will rock you…
Thursday, December 13, 2018
5:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
4:20 p.m.

Hello everyone – I should have an update to you in an hour or so.  As you’ve probably noticed, we’re still working through issues with the website.  The All Listings page is a bit messed up if you’re using Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers; however, it appears to work fine on Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer (and cell phones).  Additionally, our listing photo galleries are down.  I probably won’t get those items fixed before the end of the day, but I’ll at least get you an update.

~ Ray
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
4:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:00 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today.
~ Ray
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It's moving day, but I've got a hankering for....cookies!
It’s moving day, but I’ve got a hankering for…….cookies!
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
~ Ray
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Monday, December 10, 2018
3:50 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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ojai real estate
Thank you Mario, but our princess is in another castle!
Saturday, December 8, 2018
12:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The open house list has been updated.  Our listing at 1003 N. Drown Street will be open today from 1:30 to 4:00 and tomorrow from 12:00 to 3:00.  Stop by and see this cute home with beautiful studio, all on .44 acres in the heart of Ojai!

~ Ray
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Dolly Parton forgets to wear her seatbelt
Friday, December 7, 2018
1:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
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ojai real estate
The fat shaming needs to stop
Thursday, December 6, 2018
6:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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ojai real estate
Oww, it’s a tank….house….it’s mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
4:40 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.  Stay dry!
~ Ray
11:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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It’s nice to know your buddy has your back when you screw up
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
5:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1273 S. Rice Road #34 – sale pending.
  • 1159 Spring Street – sale pending.
  • 465 Santa Ana Blvd. – sold for $380,000 (originally listed for $427,000 with a different realtor).  Congrats to our client/buyer who closed on this home today, and congrats to teammate Rob Perron who brought this deal to the table!

 

While using the drone today I snapped a photo as the sun was setting; what a beautiful valley we live in!

 

ojai real estate

~ Ray
12:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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It would seem the Suffolk County teaching curriculum is failing
Monday, December 3, 2018
3:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

It’s early December, so that means that the Ojai Market Data for the month of November has been updated/completed.  Check it out!

~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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I feel so…empty inside
Saturday, December 1, 2018
5:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  One of the other site issues I’m trying to work on is the need to refresh the browser or reload the pages in order to see the changes I’ve made.  This didn’t used to be the case, that is, until the site was upgraded to a more secure site a couple of months ago.  So if you visit the site and it seems as though an update is later than usual or missing, you might just need to refresh the page.  I’ll try to get that fixed some time next week.

 

Did you see the hawk and the small (or baby) screech owl at Caravan Outpost today, during the Ojai Holiday Market shindig?  Makes us want to adopt one…so darn cute!

~ Ray
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ojai real estate
11:50 a.m.

While working to try to speed up the website a glitch occurred, which meant we were offline for a few hours this morning.  I usually update the Open Houses page on Saturday morning, but due to me having to fix the aforementioned issue (and the fact that we have to leave for a showing appointment in about 15 minutes) I don’t have time to do a proper update or to update the open house page.  I will come back later today and do a full update and put up the open houses for Sunday.

 

Meanwhile, here’s the list of what’s out there for open houses today:  1003 N. Drown Avenue – 1:00 to 4:00; 211 S. Fox Street – 12:00 to 3:00; and 257 N. Encinal Avenue – 12:00 to 3:00

 

We’ve also added a new BBIO video (see the right panel), in which Maria (and friend) talk about events going on this weekend and beyond.

~ Ray