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Old 09-10-2007, 10:40 PM   #21
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I had to wipe the tears out of my eyes from laughing so hard at your comment regarding affordable housing....anywhere near anywhere out here - I live in Vacaville and my house has doubled in price over the last couple of years - the traffic has just gotten worse, and worse and worse. I was given tix to the SF/OAK football game - game started at 1930 - I left my house about 65 miles from the stadium and it took 3.5 hours to get there - traffic was horrendous - even worse than my hour or more commute in the am to go 40 mi. What was really scary was on the way home looking at the same traffic jam going the way I came earlier (towards the city) on a Saturday night at ....drumroll please 2230-2300 - Yup. How to do this would be to live in one of the smaller beachside communities and don't travel far....oh and bring LOTS of money.

I'm sorry if the above seems sarcastic, but there have been some significant increases in the housing costs and traffic since I moved here ten years ago - it's just crazy, in my estimation....although, I've driven around Tampa and see some of the same, so can understand your interest in looking around, especially if family is around here.

As for things to do, that's the one great thing out here - take your pick: beach, mountains, culture, water sports, university stuff, pro-sports, agriculture, desert, farming, wine - it's all within 1-3 hours traffic willing. I will miss that when (not if) I leave.

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Old 09-17-2007, 10:58 AM   #22
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Hey...have you considered, which place will sound better for your username? (very important consideration!)

Rich in Walnut Creek?

Rich in San Jose?

Rich in Sonoma...

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Hey...have you considered, which place will sound better for your username? (very important consideration!)

Rich in Walnut Creek?

Rich in San Jose?

Rich in Sonoma...

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My daughter, who lives not far from where Rich's son will eventually settle, remarked that the Partners from India always look for homes that can accommodate their parents for an extended stay. So, Rich, set your DIL's expectations!!

There is something to be said for an extended family close but not under foot. We don't really need homes over 1,000 sq ft for a couple. Where the weather is nice the neighborhood can be an extension of your home.

Family funny: 3 year-old grandson wakes up in the a.m. and calls for Daddy. Daddy has already gone to work. Then he calls for each of his Grandfathers. Daughter had to tell them that she would have to do. Popkas are important! It is really tough for a young family to travel, we grandparents need come to them. [Been there, done that. Really appreciate the efforts of our parents now.]
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