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Whoopie! This is the one time I can buy the pricey house in the flashy town on the cheap. Caution to the winds! 5 15.63%
I feel safer with the college town with stable prices, employment if I want to work and low crime. Safe and secure for me. 27 84.38%
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:19 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Amethyst View Post
Koolau, how should one pronounce your handle? Do you pronounce all the vowels separately, since it is Hawaiian?

Just curious.

Hawaiian it is - name of one of two mountain ranges on Oahu and not far from my house. It means north or windward. Fell in love with them the second I saw them.

Not yet fully indoctrinated in the Hawaiian pronunciation but best I can do is

Koh-as in Coke
LAU-as in laud

The subtleties of the pronunciation include a Hawaiian glottal stop after the Ko syllable. Also, most Hawaiian words have the accent on the next to last syllable. But not always. In the case of Koolau, the accent is sort of on the last syllable - if any accent at all.

Hope this isn't TMI. DW says I have a one track mind and here I thought it was wahine!

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Old 03-26-2009, 07:42 PM   #42
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In the best of all possible worlds for Oldbabe, she would buy a 1200 sq ft. bungalow in Santa Barbara (college town AND pricey town), living happily ever after, growing roses and artichokes and riding her bike to the beach.

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Right on...I'm with 'ya, Oldbabe. That's the coolest idea of all!
Please consider adopting a rescue animal. So very many need a furr-ever home and someone to love them! And if we all spay/neuter our pets there won't be an overpopulation to put to death.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:17 PM   #44
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I abstained from voting because I did not understand nor like either choice.

I would like to say that Amethyst's house is very nice, and not Mc anything. For a single person, a house like W2R's looks plenty.

Compared to the new McMansions of 3000 sqft, mine is just a McHome. It was built in 1986, and was originally only 2400sqft. We added an extension to make it 2800sqft when my 2nd child became a toddler (he will be 20 soon).

Attached is a Google Earth picture of the neighborhood. As you can see, the lots aren't that big. The houses are 2-story, and typically have a tile roof, and are of the older vintage where rooftop ACs were allowed (newer subdivisions all have AC on the ground).

We are only 9 miles from the state university, so it is very convenient for my children to go to school. However, the population of the surrounding metropolitan area is around 4.5 million, so it's no college town.

Google Earth only has an age-old coverage of the boonie area of my 2nd home, prior to it being there. Been too busy working and have not been up in 2 months.

PS. Just notice one house got its swimming pool turning all green. Mosquito swamp! Someone calls the city!
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Old 03-28-2009, 05:58 PM   #45
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Found a picture of my 2nd home in the high-country boonies of AZ, and a view from the same deck in the winter.

Neither of my homes fit in the two choices offered in the poll !


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