3610Re: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Dead Poets Society
- Mar 23, 2004Hey, it would be nice to have you on the West Coast! We could have a
regular Blanding Jamboree! As far as conditions here - employment is
nonexistant for the most part in Oregon. I don't know what you do besides
your Blanding research so can't be of much help. From what I hear, Portland
is doing pretty well, job-wise but any of the pretty little towns are bleak
as far as economy unless you can do something to make money from home vis a
vis your computer. Once you get into CA, the price of homes soars and the
far northern part of CA down to San Francisco is in a terrible economic
slump. They depended on the timber industry and the big trees are all gone
except for what has been put into parks. San Francisco's cost of living is
completely out of sight for anyone not in the million-dollar bracket and the
Silicon Valley went bust 10 years ago and everyone is on the dole there. As
I said, I don't know what you and Vanessa do so I can't really be specific.
The cost of living is mind-blowing. Here in the plain old San Fernando
Valley a one bedroom apt. - nothing fancy - rents for $1,200+ per month and
they want first, last and one month's security deposit. The median price of
an ordinary little house in CA is $450,000 - my little 2 bedroom, 1 bath on
a large lot would bring $600,000 if I sold it today. Crazy!!!!
You can get cheap housing in Bakersfield but I sure wouldn't leave Colorado
for Bakersfield! The San Diego area is also booming price-wise. My old
Daddy told me to get a lot while I was young. (I thought he meant real
estate, ha ha) I'm glad I bought a couple of places - it was good advice.
----- Original Message -----
From: "keith2draw" <keith2draw@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 1:47 PM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Dead Poets Society
> Welcome back tj,
> Yes, it has been a little quiet around here. The Carmel Blanding book idea
> interesting...I wish you luck putting that together.
> My book has stalled a bit of late...too much time spent on fatherhood,
work, and getting
> the house fixed up for a possible resale next year. I try and work on
Blanding when I can,
> but haven't had any big leaps for awhile. Still some research to do in
Hawaii, as Bev
> mentioned, but I'm trying to write the chapters in which I already have
> until I can afford a jaunt to the islands. This is one of the businest
periods of my life, so
> the research and writing has had to take a back seat to everything else.
> The book won't be as expansive as you might think tj...I'm very aware that
> details would bog down the story, and bore readers...but I'm always
looking for the small
> details nonetheless as they often lead to major breakthroughs. I'm hoping
for a 250-300
> page book which summarizes the important phases of his life (Lawton,
> Carmel, Florida, New York and Hollywood) with a larger focus on his days
> which he is of course most associated with.
> Vanessa and I hope to relocate from Colorado to the west coast next year,
> Oregon. We went there last month for a week and really liked Portland and
> only thing that bothers us is the high unemployment rate there. We also
> Northern California, but are not sure if we can afford the high cost of
> The east coast is a slim possibility too...maybe Florida or North
Carolina. Any advice from
> the group?
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