Back to the Future!! And How!

I was raised in Los Angeles near Malibu. When I was beginning grade school, my friends and I were free to roam the town of Pacific Palisades, CA without adult supervision. AND… there was no fear of abduction. I know, I know, you now realize that I am no young spring chicken. I was born in 1964, the Chinese Year of the Dragon – but I am not Chinese. In those simple days, most everyone in the Palisades knew everyone else. The homes were fairly modest, but loaded with charm. In second grade my friends and I would go surfing in the mornings before school and show up to class wet. That is not something parents let their kids do these days.

After high school, I worked for the family business for a while, then I joined the Navy. I did very well in the Navy schools and got my choice of orders, of which one was a brand new ship in Long Beach, CA. My family joked that I now was home more often than before I joined. Funny what you miss once you don’t have it.

After discharge, I moved to the midwest for about 10 or 15 years and when I returned home to Los Angeles everything had changed. I felt like I was in an episode of “Back to the Future II”. The population had exploded to what seemed like 100 times the population I remembered. So much new construction and remodeled homes and strip malls.

Pacific Palisades is not even close to the small quaint town on the coast that is so dear in my memories. Single story homes that were not meant to be 2 story homes now were just that. It looks absolutely ridiculous and I would never live in that town again, as a result.

When we follow the path that life lays out for us, and then look back, don’t be surprised if the view has changed to the point of no recognition. The world is in a great big hurry to live the life of “The Jetsons”.

Finding Your Clear Path


Is Like Hugging

The Middle of the Road

  • Do you ever feel inspired AND overwhelmed at the same time?
  • What Do You Focus On?
  • What Direction Do You Go In?

I DO! My mind and thoughts are racing with my emotions and feelings. Sometimes I feel like it is within reach and other times I feel like it is unattainable. I feel like finding my clear path on this journey of life is like hugging the middle of the road!

DO NOT go too far right or too far left and WHATEVER I do, DO NOT OVERCORRECT! If I go to slow I get stagnant. If I go to fast I do not get to enjoy the process. I just may find myself stuck on OVER everything and anything too. It is very much about seeking out that happy medium when it comes to living the life I do…

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3 Things You Should Know About Curtis Park Village

Lots of fun to be had in the greater Sacramento Area. Old Sac, Poor Reds Ribs = Good Times! Also – you can get to San Fransisco, Napa or Lake Tahoe easily. We recommend people visit!


1. As of last February, there were already more than 100 names on a waiting list to buy yet-to-be-built homes in Curtis Park Village.

The single-family homes are on the Multiple Listing Service in the high 500s and low 600s, but this is a highly desirable area, after all.

2. Petrovich’s prioritization of retail space in the development is based on undeniable data.

The long and short of it: Curtis Park residents have the highest ratio in all of California of spending their hard-earned money miles away from their home neighborhood.  Accordingly, Petrovich sees an enormous opportunity.

3.There’s some uncertainty over whether chain stores will be banned from setting up shop.

A petition is in the works to keep chain stores out of Curtis Park altogether.  After seeing a video simulation of the project that included a few fictional business logos that looked conspicuously like Staples and Old Navy, residents went…

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Nevada Ghost Towns – Part 3 – Virginia City By cravesadventure

Virginia City, Nevada – Historic Mining Town

Virginia City is the county seat for Storey County, Nevada. The town is an unincorporated community and part of the Reno-Sparks area.

Fun Fact:  Virginia City is the oldest established community in Nevada. The town struck it rich in 1859 with the Comstock Lode.

I enjoy visiting Virginia City and “stepping back in time”. The town was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and is the nation’s largest Historic Landmark today. Some people may consider the town a “Tourist Trap”, but it truly is a great place to explore.

The sidewalks are made from wood and you may hear the clink of spurs around you with men dressed up as Cowboys or Lawmen with guns on their hips. You will also see women throughout your visit dressed in period clothing. Check out the shops and swing into one of the local saloons for a drink and some entertainment.  Take in your surroundings and really look at the architeture of the businesses and houses in this town – some are so ornate and beautiful.

Virginia City is a tourist’s best gamble for a fun destination that is steeped with mining history, historic people and places and may have a ghost or two still hanging out. Check out the Bucket of Blood Saloon or the Famous “Suicide Table”. You may want to make an extra stop while in town and check out the cemetery – some old grave markers in there.

Tourist Mecca – Virginia City attracts over 2 million visitors per year.

Mining Boom Town back in its heyday and now a Historic Mining Town. The town became a melting pot with new residents arriving as well as miners to work the mines.

Has anyone heard of Samuel Clemens? In February 1863 in Virginia City, writer Samuel Clemens used his famous pen name of Mark Twain. I have traveled to a few places in Northern Nevada and Northern California with connections to Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain – pretty interesting at times.

Maybe people are more familiar with the Western television show called Bonanza. Virginia City is near the site of the fictitious Ponderosa Ranch.

All Aboard – the Virginia & Truckee Railroad’s northern terminal is located at Virginia City.

Another Fun Fact:  Check out the Virginia City Spite House, which is still standing and occupied today. Here’s the story. In the 1950’s two neighbors got into a dispute. One of the men moved and built a new house. While the other man got even and bought the lot next door. He built the house less than 12 inches apart to deprive the other man of both a view and a good breeze. Talk about some sour apples!

Check Out Historic Downtown Virginia City Today – You Will Not Be Disappointed!



Nevada Ghost Towns – Part 2 – Galena By cravesadventure

Galena, Nevada – Historic Mining & Ghost Town

Galena is a Ghost Town in Lander County, Nevada near Battle Mountain, Nevada. The population of Galena is 10 people – what draws people to stay while others have already left! Is it the place, the people or the history – what remains in a somewhat deserted town in of all places rural Nevada.

The town was formed in 1869 and the Dutch Creek Mine eeked out about a cool $5 million in silver and lead extracted from the native ore in the area. Once a historic mining town known for the size of its cemetery and that it had a park. Now a deserted ghost town. You could say the town of Galena has had several lives throughout the years.

In the 1870’s the town experienced its heyday. The population increased as well as more businesses opened along with 2 stage lines. The mining activities increased until the 1880’s when those activities started to decline and then increased again in the 1910’s & 1920’s.

Today you can see the mining ruins in the town of Galena. A Word of Caution:  When exploring, especially a historic mining camp, be aware of your surroundings. It can be DANGEROUS going into old buildings and steer clear of open shafts.

A Small Town With a Mighty History!

Nevada Ghost Towns – Part 1 – Metropolis By cravesadventure

Metropolis, Nevada – Ghost Town

Metropolis, Nevada is a ghost town in Elko County, Nevada. The name chosen for this town just does not seem to quite fit for a rural town in Nevada. Someone was trying to be fancy to attract the city slickers back in the day! I could not imagine moving out west and living the pioneer life in the 1900’s, especially in Nevada with its desert/mountain climate – winds, drought and a variation of cold and hot temperatures.

The town was created as a project for the Pacific Reclamation Company by businessman Harry Pierce (from Massachusetts) and some other investors from Massachusetts and Salt Lake City. Metropolis was to be the hub for a huge farming district. This businessman and the investors purchased 40,000 acres of DESERT land back in 1910 for FARMING – say what! Irrigation would be key, so a dam was built on Bishop Creek to create a reservoir.

The Project consisted of building a meeting hall, a post office, a school, a train depot, and a modern hotel. If you were to visit Metropolis today you would see the ruins of the Lincoln School, the Metropolis Hotel and the Metropolis Cemetery. In 1912 train service helped increase the population of this rural town.

Unfortunately Pierce did not obtain water rights to Bishop Creek and the town of Lovelock downstream sued. The town was left with enough water for the town and a few thousand acres of farmland. This resulted in dry-farming with its share of successes and failures. The farmers experienced drought, an over abundance of jack rabbits due to killing the coyotes and a Mormon cricket invasion.

The town of Metropolis experienced its ups and downs over a 40 year period. Pacific Reclamation declared bankruptcy in 1920 with the railroad discontinuing service to the town in 1922. In 1924 the town had a population around 200 people and in 1925 the meeting hall and hotel burned down – shortly after that the last store closed in 1925. The post office was able to hang on until 1942 and the Lincoln School until 1947 (opened in 1914). The residents then turned to ranching and by 1950 Metropolis became a ghost town.

The desert is not a very forgiving force to reckon with and will claim back what residents have taken from it! You have the survivors who stayed and stuck it out and those whose left for greener pastures. Now the town of Metropolis has its history and maybe some ghosts who still linger to add some mystery to this desolate place.

You NEVER Know What You Might Find Off the Beaten Path!

Movers and Delivery Men

International Moves out of the United States or moves within require a person to 1. go to the BBB and look for accredited movers near by… 2. pick 3 and look them up on 3. get 3 estimates and at least 1 visual estimate… 4. if you’re still unsure of a good mover, just go to their offices and compare. These steps will greatly reduce or eliminate the chance of a poor experience.

A Broad Abroad Again

Now before I get started on this post, I just have to say that my paternal grandfather owned a moving and storage business. That was my father’s first job, so I have a bit of a soft spot for moving people.

Of course, the ones I tended to deal with in the States were not quite the same as my grandfather. There are sharp practices and all sorts of communication mishaps, shall we say? But for the most part, the job gets done in more or less a timely manner.

So here I am, new in Dubai, setting up an apartment, so I bought a bunch of used furniture from the online classifieds. Moving people and “a man with a van” types advertise there, so I actually contacted two for two different jobs.

I lined one up for 10 AM Friday and then the other for 3 PM. Lots of…

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