Social distancing on the freeways.

"The colossal, collective laziness that has been defining our culture must change."  My friend, Vicki, wrote this to me this week. IMHO, she couldn't be more right!

Here's an example of a wonderful, definitely not lazy, person I met on Wednesday.

She's probably less than half my age. Her name is Christina. She works at the Hayward Home Depot.

One of my residents asked me yesterday if I could get individual, locking mailboxes for our units, none of this "sharing stuff." She was afraid of having her personal mail being looked at (i.e. stealing one's identity). I thought about it.

She looked online and sent me some links. I went outside and measured to see if the 5 boxes would fit. They did. The price seemed very reasonable and the current mailboxes looked super ugly.  I ordered them online and they had just five of them. The Home Depot said they would text me when they were ready to be picked up. They said it would be about 2 hours.

The time came and …

The good new days? Thinking about the good old days.

I pulled these Alameda photos out of my Dropbox files.

See if they remind you of the good old days, and maybe get you thinking about the good 'new' days?

We need to continue to live richly. marilyn

How do I fill my days?

Big news! The Shredding Party generated $6280!  Thank you, friends, neighbors, and folks who I do not know!

Being under the 'Shelter In Place' rules, I'm not really sure.

Here's a photo of my new gardening gloves and the new pruners that I ordered this past winter. They are super protective, and the pruners are ratcheting. Lovely! I literally tore up my old gloves on the roses.  They lasted for maybe 10+ years?
Here's my estimate of how I spent my time this week: Monday - Thursday:

-Zoom meetings and webinars this week: 6 of them =  11 hours
-Gathering details for my Workers Comp insurance = 5 hours
-Grocery shopping = 1 hour (2 stores)
-Bicycling = errands: Post office /Office Max/Trader Joes/Shoreline to Crown   Harbor/ Central to Eastshore to Encinal Market (Yes! They had Wheat Chex!) = 3 hours
-Fire extinguishers re-charged (have 7 of them) AFE comes to me=15 min.
-Did paperwork for a soon-to-be listing=4 hrs
-Research financing for a co-op= 45 min (2 phone calls…

Mobile Quarantine Facility

Some great friends dropped off some super-heavy plastic bags, should I need them for my 14th Annual Shredding Party. Great! I'll take them, thank you!

Me: Now would you both like to come in for a beverage? Oh, that's right, we can't do that - because we wear masks and we need to stay 6 feet apart. I could bring out my high school megaphone so we could have a conversation! Uh, not so much.

She's been the one who has been able to keep me laughing during these very troubling times. 

I was going through some photos on my phone...and I found a photo of this Mobile Quarantine Facility...which is just one piece of history from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration display on the Hornet. The Hornet was an aircraft carrier during WWII and lifted Apollo 11 out of the water, once it splashed down with the astronauts. 

This seems a very appropriate picture, during these times.

The Hornet was the spot where the Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting with our City Mana…
Reminder! Shredding Party will be May 2, 9-1pm at my house! Tell your friends! 
It's free to everybody whether I know them or not!
If you'd like to write a check (or give cash) to Alameda Meals on Wheels,  I'll match every donation, so AMOW gets twice as much!

Roses in my garden!
When I went into my office about 3 weeks ago, I couldn't get my computer to work. This is not a good way to start any morning. The screen told me that there was no internet connection. 
The good news is that I didn't pick up my Surface Pro and throw it on the ground. The bad news is that I had to call Comcast/Xfinity. Ohhh nooo!
After waiting on hold for 40 minutes, a service person took my call. Turns out he couldn't fix it. He pushed me (figuratively) up the food chain. Whenever that happens I'm thinking that these folks just give up and don't want to wait me out. Usually, I'm disconnected. 
Next in line was a woman from Comcast. Comcast does not have a good reputation based on r…

Juggling with eggs....

I found some small square ball-like objects, and it triggered something in my mind. What, where was it? Did I dream it?

It's been rather surprising to me, when we're in this quarantine situation, that I really stop and look at things around this house! The cabinets, storage closets, drawers, boxes, niches under the stairs seem to be calling to me....."what do I have in here, that you've forgotten about?" As I've said before....have space, will fill. 
While I was riding my bike this past week, during the glow of sunset, and there was nobody on the bike path by the beach, I realized where I learned to juggle. It was at Sky Sailing Airport. 
Sky Sailing is the place where Carl took me for an introductory lesson in a sailplane (aka glider). He had his private pilot's license (both single-engine land and gliders). But his dream was to design and race sailboats/yachts. And that he did...very well. However, he turned me into a 'for real' commercial pilot…
OK. Let's get down to biz. This is the same as my real estate blog this week.

However, You might want to check out what these 2 guys have successfully put together.....

How to Pass the Salt While Maintaining Proper Social Distance - YouTube

Spring is busting out all over….14th Annual Shredding Party!May 2nd Saturday, 9am – 1pmRain or Shine!This is my gift to our Alameda community—-FREE to you and all your friends!If you’d like to make a donation, I’ll match it and all proceeds will go to: Alameda Meals on Wheels! And being obedient to the Alameda County law, we will be ‘physically distancing.’ If you need my address, email me. Many of you will be getting at least 1 or two postcards from me with all of the info and you can tell your friends to come by, or  I can pick up their stuff the week before our party.Live richly, marilyn