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April 9th, 2006
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I live 15 minutes from civilization now
Time was, when I needed high-speed Internet, I had to drive into Stockton for it. It only takes 25 minutes to hit the edge of civilization in that direction, but another 15 or so to actually get to a Starbucks or another wi-fi provider from there.

So imagine my astonishment when elflet and I went up to Valley Springs (that is, in the other direction, 15 minutes from my house) to acquire horse feed, only to discover a Starbucks has opened up there in one of the strip malls that seem to be flourishing of late.

*boggles*

And someone has listed a property on my road, about the same size as mine, for 750K. Aiee. Time to sell and move somewhere less dense, obviously.

Current Mood: impressedboggled
Current Music: The Pretenders - The Singles - "Talk Of The Town"

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From:solvingmypuzzle
Date:April 10th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Personally, I think you live too close to civilization. I would love to see pictures of your place and the horses any time you wanted to post them! :)
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From:ambar
Date:April 10th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
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From:slfisher
Date:April 10th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
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come to Idaho!
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From:tayefeth
Date:April 10th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
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Idaho is where they grow potatoes and white supremacists, right?
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From:slfisher
Date:April 10th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Well, you're half right.
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From:slfisher
Date:April 11th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
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You have some real interesting friends, ambar.
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From:ambar
Date:April 11th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
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Well, yes, and you would probably like them if you got to meet them in person. Mostly they suffer from a bad case of "all liberals live on the coasts" syndrome. :-)
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From:cjsmith
Date:April 10th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Unless you LIKE high-speed Internet. ;-)
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From:ambar
Date:April 10th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
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I get plenty of that at work, where they pay me to use it! :-)
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From:cjsmith
Date:April 10th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Well, true! :-) I like being able to work at home sometimes, but maybe that's easier for a software developer than for a sysadmin.
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From:ambar
Date:April 10th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Well, to be fair, I'm not sysadmining per se, and part of my job involves answering the phones. That said, it can be nice to work at home when I'm sick enough not to want to share germs at the office, but not so sick that I can't think at all.
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From:cjsmith
Date:April 10th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Handy after double foot surgery, too. ;-) Man, that was amusing. I logged in after I got home, and it was still before 10AM. People were understandably a little confused as to where I was supposed to have been that day!
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From:auroramama
Date:April 11th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
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The Pretenders - The Singles - "Talk Of The Town"
One of my favorites. What's it about for you? For me it brings back the days when I had energy to burn and used to flare it off in crushes. Reality is even better, but fantasy was sweet.
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From:rrauwl
Date:April 11th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)

Heh!

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Well, you know I'm here if you wanna sell that thing or buy something else! :)

If you wanted to move a bit closer to where the DSL is, and yet maintain your own personal wild-space, I'd love to show you some of the hillside property in Morgan Hill. Undeveloped of course, but that lets you build a nice, small 21st century farm. Horses in the stables, each viewable by web cam! =)
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From:ambar
Date:April 11th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)

Re: Heh!

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My mares foal out at Once Over Farm (13905 Watsonville Rd., Morgan Hill), so I'm familiar with the area. I defy you to find me a property equivalent to what I have for anything close to the same price.

(Sorry, that shouldn't be read as a serious challenge, because I am not serious about moving and don't want you to waste a lot of time on it, but if you can turn up a 3/1 on 5 fenced acres in Morgan Hill for less than a million I will order a nice hat-shaped cake from Prolific Oven and invite you to help me eat it. :-)
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From:ambar
Date:April 11th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)

oh and

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Ag zoning, > 15 minutes from the Starbuck's in Morgan Hill. :-)
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From:rrauwl
Date:April 12th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)

Woo!

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Yay, now I have something to do tonight! =)
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From:ambar
Date:April 12th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)

Re: Woo!

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NB, something you may already know -- I've read that it's very difficult to sell horse property for anything approaching the cost of building it out, eg, one takes a loss building barns and fencing. Better to find it already built if you can.
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From:rrauwl
Date:April 12th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)

Here we go!

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OK, well, the first one I found (900K) was 2900 square feet worth of homes on 9 acres of a hillside lot, none of them permitted. No matter HOW loose Morgan Hill is with Hillside lots, I'm thinking that's one to avoid. =)

So we go route 2, raw land with pads. And wouldn't you know! (Zoning AW = Agricultural / Watershed)

4600 E DUNNE AV
Morgan Hill
Cross Street: none
Morgan Hill / Gilroy / San Martin
Santa Clara County 95037

LP: $595,000

Active

Class 05: Residential Lots & Lands
Lot Size: 20.5AC
Zoning: *AW

"Beautiful parcel on the top of the mountain. Many building pads, views of Anderson lake, Holiday lake, City of Morgan Hill and more...Only 15 minutes from town. Build your dream estate here!! On a good day, you can see... Prop has been surveyed and staked- call with questions- Sign on Prop."

Google puts this 8 minutes from Starbucks. :)

http://www.google.com/maps?num=100&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&q=starbucks&near=Morgan+Hill,+CA&radius=0.0&f=d&cid=37130556,-121653333,5083058005465745312&iwstate1=form:to

You have 400K to buy a prefab (Nice 3 bed 2 bath Champion prefab, about 2200 square feet, maybe 200K), get your wiring and sewer run (You're so close to town, maybe even DSL or Comcast!), and build yourself a barn!

Oh they laughed, they said it couldn't be done, etc, etc. :)


But you don't owe me cake yet, because I have no idea what special restrictions Morgan Hill puts on Watersheds. I actually think someone could do all of the above, but you should research if curious.
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From:ambar
Date:April 12th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)

Re: Here we go!

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I don't know first-hand either, but I'll tell you a story. The owner of the above-mentioned Once Over Farm is a developer [story deleted about how even he failed to overcome the county's rather dumb development plan for that parcel]. In any case, he is very VERY careful to refer to the water running through that property as a drainage ditch. ;-)

Water quality vs. agricultural uses (manure and urine from animals) is a growing controversy in some parts of the US. I don't know about CA specifically.
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