Re: Dead Poets Society
- Karen, Bev & tj
I'm all too familiar with California's housing prices. I lived in
Santa Cruz for four years...and San Diego for almost a year. I love
it there, but unless I win the lottery, I just don't see it
happening. I'm a graphic designer by trade, and you CAN make good
money if you get into the right advertising agency or have a highly
marketable specialty...but I tend to like working at colleges, which
pay far less than in the more competitive markets. I just prefer the
academic atmosphere to the cut-throat business world.
Incidentally, when we were in Oregon I visited a bookstore in
Corvallis which had one of the largest collections of Hawaiiana I
have ever seen. They had about six long shelves of books about
Hawaii, fiction & non-fiction, and happened to have a good thirty
Blanding books. They even had Flowers of the Rainbow ($300).
Powell's Books in Portland also had a dozen Blandings.
- Sorry Karen, but I would have to beg to differ with you on the timber
industry in Northern California. While there are areas that are depressed,
my husband is a registered professional forester here and there are LOTS of
trees. His company (a private timber company-not government), plants at
least 5 trees for each tree harvested. So in our area timber reigns king.
There are still houses to be found for the $150-250,00 price range, but they
are becoming fewer and far between because of all the "equity immigrants"
moving up from the bay area. We do have small manufacturing and industry
moving in because of the lower costs of doing business.
Gayle - in the Redding, CA area
----- Original Message -----
From: "Karen Cotter" <doggydan@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 3:30 PM
Subject: Re: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Dead Poets Society
> Hey, 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
> your Blanding research so can't be of much help. From what I hear,
> is doing pretty well, job-wise but any of the pretty little towns are
> as far as economy unless you can do something to make money from home vis
> 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
> except for what has been put into parks. San Francisco's cost of living
> completely out of sight for anyone not in the million-dollar bracket and
> Silicon Valley went bust 10 years ago and everyone is on the dole there.
> I said, I don't know what you and Vanessa do so I can't really be
> 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
> they want first, last and one month's security deposit. The median price
> an ordinary little house in CA is $450,000 - my little 2 bedroom, 1 bath
> 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
> 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@...>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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
> > 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
> adequate material
> > 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
> too many
> > 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
> for a 250-300
> > page book which summarizes the important phases of his life (Lawton,
> Chicago, Taos,
> > Carmel, Florida, New York and Hollywood) with a larger focus on his days
> in Honolulu,
> > which he is of course most associated with.
> > Vanessa and I hope to relocate from Colorado to the west coast next
> > Oregon. We went there last month for a week and really liked Portland
> Corvallis. The
> > only thing that bothers us is the high unemployment rate there. We also
> might consider
> > Northern California, but are not sure if we can afford the high cost of
> living there.
> > The east coast is a slim possibility too...maybe Florida or North
> Carolina. Any advice from
> > the group?
> > Keith
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