This week President Obama announced significant support for high-speed rail projects around the country, and specifically called out California’s HSR plans for a route between the Bay Area and LA as a priority. With the money being lined up, you might think that the project will move right along. But then there’s all these people […]Read more "next stop, redwood city"
That’s the title of a new book by Amanda Ripley that’s featured in this article. The article talks about the “disaster myths”, one of them being “disasters affect us all”, where she says: Disasters are neither fair nor blind. Disasters have a strong prejudice against the poor. “I never fought a fire in a rich […]Read more "the unthinkable"
We just had a 4.4 magnitude earthquake. Coincidentally, it happened while I was talking to Resident Expert about the refinance quote we received this morning. Also 4.4, oddly enough. Update: It’s now considered to have been a 4.6 magnitude quake. The refi quote remains the same. Updated: And back down to 4.3 now.Read more "four dot … four"
It’s been really windy today. The city put some sawhorses (is that what we’re calling them these days?) on the sidewalk to keep people from walking on the new cement they put it around the water main they were working on without telling us. And one of the sawhorses was just blown over in the […]Read more "tight gradient"
The brick house on our street is now listed as “pending show”, after 2.5 months on the market and big price correction. There were a couple of guys looking around at the foundation this morning – it is brick after all, and on a steep hillside, with years of deferred maintenance. So it could need […]Read more "pending show"