As rare as a good hair day for Donald Trump

Out & About

San Diego has a 59-mile Scenic Drive that, at 60 miles per hour, would take you 59 minutes to do.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zqUtnMrmT2xE.kQ5v6XZFhdHM

Ha!

After accounting for city street speeds and all of the stopping at vista points, it probably will take you at least a day, possible two.

Part of the drive takes you through La Jolla, California, home of the rich and famous, the 1%, the people who simply don’t live like the rest of us.

The drive will take you through the residential neighborhoods where you can view some of the magnificent homes. Here’s one of my favorites:

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The many outdoor decks, the rooftop deck, and the large windows on that home tells those in the know (like me!) that this house has a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.

I also got excited about this home because the whole first floor exterior is stone. Most houses around here are stucco. And those that are not stucco, are stucco. If you visit a lot of neighborhoods, you might also find some homes with stucco.

Stone probably is the second most common exterior, although it is expensive, which is why you only find it in rich neighborhoods.

Brick and wood exteriors here are about as rare as a good hair day for Donald Trump….

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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15 thoughts on “As rare as a good hair day for Donald Trump

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I don’t know, but we do know that un-reinforced brick does very poorly in earthquakes. Walk around an older neighborhood after an earthquake and you won’t find a single brick chimney still standing.

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      1. insearchofitall

        That’s what I thought. Stucco is sprayed to wire which flexes in a quake. I was there in LA for the Northridge quake and several before. 😦 Our brick fireplace had survived a move from LAX so the quake didn’t phase it.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          My uncle’s house was right on top of the Northridge epicenter. The kitchen was separate from the house by about three feet, and since the gas lines were broken, the city red-flagged the house. It took them three years to rebuild.

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            1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

              They rebuilt there because my uncle has always been a practical guy. Thus, he had full-value earthquake insurance. He was a year from retiring when the earthquake hit, so he had to rebuild to get his nest egg back. Took them an extra two years but after the rebuild with insurance money, they sold the property for many more times the value prior to the earthquake since it was now a new house. Then they took their money and moved back to Texas where there’s no state income tax.

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                1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

                  I could never move back to Texas. In fact, I can’t even envision myself ever visiting there again.

                  I think the best place to live regarding taxes would be Vancouver, Washington. Doesn’t Washington have no income tax and Oregon have no sales tax? Live in Washington and pay no income tax and shop in Portland and pay no sales tax.

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                  1. insearchofitall

                    It’s something like that. I know their property taxes are lower. Me, I’ve lived all over the world and all over this country. This was my 35th move and I don’t plan to EVER do it again. The property is so cheap in Texas and I keep telling him there is a reason for that. I came here for the public transportation and to be closer to my sister and daughter. It’s only 45 min to Vancouver but I don’t drive more than 20 miles anymore. 5 years ago I was driving the autobahn. Life can throw you some zingers. 🙂

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