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Old 07-13-2016, 05:59 PM   #21
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Whoa! It's an honor just knowing over the Internet someone who almost knew Madonna.
I know. It is really hard to not get a swelled head over it.

Yes, I have achieved work / life balance.
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:32 PM   #22
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I was just relating to a fellow radio ham how I missed out on buying a house with a fantastic radio location. It was at the top of a particularly high hill just a few miles from, and overlooking, downtown Los Angeles. There was only one other house on the hill, and access was via a narrow windy road with a hairpin bend. A friend passed on it because he was newly married with a young child, and his wife feared that it could be a tough place for emergency services to find in a hurry. Along with the house was an extra empty lot, which would have been perfect for antennas. It was 1996 during a dip in the real estate market, and priced at $150K. I could have afforded it, but had only just begun thinking of buying, and really wasn't used to what was out there. About a year later, I bought a similar house, but in a more populated area, at a lower elevation, and without the extra land, for the same price.

To this day, I occasionally think wistfully about that house. It was a dream location for me. Now my dream house is an RV which I can drive to any location I want, on a whim!

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Old 07-13-2016, 07:12 PM   #23
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I had the chance to buy a Bev Doolittle drawing in 1982 for $200.00, last time I checked It was north of $50,000.

I had over 10,000 shares of mega corp stock, average cost $9.00. It went through the roof over the years, decided I'd pull the trigger at $120. It got to $119.75 and is in the teens today. I only have 1000 shares now; sold several blocks riding it down but I beat myself up all the time over a quarter.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:07 PM   #24
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I had the chance to buy a Bev Doolittle drawing in 1982 for $200.00, last time I checked It was north of $50,000.
OOoo OO OO! She sold her place in Yucca CA, and it was absolutely fantastic! Check the pictures in the desertsun. Bev got it right though - hard place to live in, as it was complete in and of itself. A prehistoric backbone table wrapping up into the ceiling? Intruding boulders? Evil Empire gate? check check check! That said, it kicked the ass of Bob Hope's house and a few Frank Lloyd Wright places I've seen IMO. Would have taken most every cent, but wotta place!

Bev Doolittle estate in Joshua Tree on sale for $3 million

Kellogg-designed Joshua Tree house for sale

"There was plenty of studio space to paint, write and daydream. But Bev Doolittle preferred to work near the underground garage, in a half-circle room with a library and space for research. She hung her art on the back wall.
"It's like living in a piece of art. It kind of took on a different mindset, because I do art myself, the house didn't feel right. It was like hanging art on art," she said.
Kellogg wanted the home to be more about the idea and amusement of nature, rather than a carbon copy.
"You don't copy nature, you don't emulate it, you take it for what it's worth," Kellogg said.
The Doolittles eventually wanted to downsize, to live a simpler life. After living in the home for 11 years, they were getting too old for the stairways and rock floors. Now semi-retired, they moved to the Mars-red dry desert of the St. George, Utah area.
Bev Doolittle chuckled about her fond memories of the home. She had often dusted the boulders that jutted into the house.
"It's really hard to walk away from that. It's very emotional," Doolittle said."
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:17 AM   #26
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Wow, 22 houses....DW and I have lived in "only" 10 (39 yrs married), but have owned 2 vac. homes plus "flipped" or kept for rentals about a dozen more. But all the re-habbing wears me out just thinking back......currently seem to be slowing down to one every 3 years or so......
Did OK financially, but would have cleaned up in a coastal market....midwest RE values were just too conservative to make a bundle......
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:55 AM   #27
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I wish I'd been born a few years later, instead of smack in the middle of the $#@! baby boom. Being part of the pig in the python has been a lifelong challenge. Besides, I'd like to be younger, LOL.

OTOH my Mother was 40 when I was born, so wishing to have been born a few years later might have raised issues. Unless I were willing to be someone else's child.

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Old 07-14-2016, 06:28 AM   #28
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Y'all are making me feel better about my own missed opportunities. Thanks E-R Forum! Congrats to Imoldernu and his bride.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:49 AM   #29
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Two missed opportunities:
1. Land that I could have purchased for $7.5/sqft in 2007 is now $92/sqft
2. Walked away from a signing table for a house that cost $87 in 2009 is now $230K
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:13 AM   #30
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My wife's and my Apple ESPP shares and options from the 80's.

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