March 11th, 2007


Hopeful about housing...

For a long time now, I have been looking at moving out of the Silicon Valley smog and up in the redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the valley... My intent is eventually to buy a place, but it's not as simple as that, as I want to make sure the longer commute and lifestyle change is something we all can live with, so my goal lately has been to find a house to rent in the area.

...which is a lot harder than you would think. 

First, there are a lot fewer houses up there, with zoning laws / corrupt permitting authorities that make it near impossible to actually build anything on your own land. Second, most people up in the mountains own, and don't rent. And lastly, those rentals that are there can be obscenely expensive or just plain overpriced for what you're getting.   

Well, after lots of research, failed leads, pointless searches of Craigslist, and a lot of asking around, I *think* I may have found the place. 

The house is about 2400 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, hardwood floors, a BIG living room, dining room, lovely views overlooking the valley, just a few miles away from Summit Road and Highway 17, which makes it just 19 miles from where we currently live... a moderate commute that is still reasonably accessable for our friends. It's on about 10 acres of land, surrounded by a forest of redwoods, oaks, and madrones. (Camping, anyone?)

So, we get a tour of the place next weekend, well before anyone else gets a chance at it. The rent is (only?) $2K a month, which is $350 more than we're paying for a place less than half that size, entirely too close to the airport, factories, etc.

Oh, and my future neighbor / the guy who tipped me off to the place is fiendishly smart / cool / geeky, a legend in semiconductor design, and, by all appearances, an extremely nice guy. 

This had better work out. I'll be bummed if it doesn't.


Enjoy yourself. (It's later than you think.)

A few choice quotes from the latest news on global warming...

"Things are happening and happening faster than we expected..."

"For a time, food will be plentiful because of the longer growing season in northern regions. But by 2080, hundreds of millions of people could face starvation..."

"Hundreds of millions of Africans and tens of millions of Latin Americans who now have water will be short of it in less than 20 years. By 2050, more than 1 billion people in Asia could face water shortages. By 2080, water shortages could threaten 1.1 billion to 3.2 billion people." 

"About 100 million people each year could be flooded by 2080 by rising seas."

"Death rates for the world's poor from global warming-related illnesses, such as malnutrition and diarrhea, will rise by 2030. Malaria and dengue fever, as well as illnesses from eating contaminated shellfish, are likely to grow."

"Smog in U.S. cities will worsen and "ozone-related deaths from climate (will) increase . .. turning a small health risk into a substantial one."

"We truly are standing at the edge of mass extinction..."

The whole world, 
which had been 
like a festival,

Slowly calmed down. 

And those days

became the
gentle time of
what is called
the "Age of the 
Calm Evening".

let me show you
just a moment of this brief time
before night comes.

Sitting on the still warm concrete...
The night of humanity
may it be a peaceful age.

"Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou" - 2006