What is my special or unique living spot?

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Paul Henderson is sponsoring a challenge this month, asking us to share the most unique or special place in which we've lived. His own story is amazing as you'll see when you read his challenge post and mine is quiet ordinary in comparison. 

After growing up in one suburban community in northern California, I've had the opportunity to live in a variety of places as an adult. Each one has left an indelible impression on me, and helped make me the person I am today, for better or for worse.

Champing at the bit, yearning to be an adult and not wanting to face UC Berkeley in the mid-1960's, I left California when I was 17 and lived in a small community in Missouri, working in Columbia. That is where I became an adult, learned how to write a check (boy, was I naive!) pay rent, budget for food. Good thing I had a great roommate several years older than me to tell me what to do!

After returning to California a couple of years later, I then ventured off to Oahu to live and work in Honolulu. That was quite an adventure for a 22 year old, at the height of the Viet Nam war. It was here that I learned how marvelous and enriching living in a multi-cultural area could be; here where I began to form my social consciousness. Here where I had lots of fun, embraced new ideas, and joyfully explored the area.

Nuuanu Pali overlook, 1969

My next stop in life's journey took me to San Francisco (just a few blocks from where I live today.) I rented a studio apartment with decrepit furniture, a crazy, alcoholic landlady, and a tiny old fashioned refrigerator built into a cabinet in the kitchen. I didn't care about any of that -- I had a bay window, and I was charmed!

Marriage and babies took me to the Peninsula suburbs for the next 37 years, and then when those joys, sorrows and responsibilities were behind me -- a new adventure.

My husband and I moved to San Francisco 5-1/2 years ago, and I'm as enthralled with living in The City as I was in 1970, and love sharing this adventure with Gene.

Everywhere I've lived has been great, experiencing new things with good people, always growing and learning. Should I say the present is the most special? Perhaps, because it is a gift not everyone is offered. 

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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Lottie Kendall ,

I loved hearing about your journey and so glad you are happy where you are now!

Mar 13, 2017 05:11 PM #1
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Lottie what an adventure and who would not love to live in San Francisco?:) I was expecting you to tell us you lived under the Golden Gate Bridge for a while:)) just kidding, Endre

Mar 13, 2017 06:43 PM #2
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Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
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I feel I know you so much better now Lottie Kendall. Our lives crossed pathes in California and Hawaii and I know what life in 60s and 70s was all about . Thank you for sharing this entry in my March challenge! Well done!

Mar 13, 2017 07:58 PM #3
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Lottie... sounds like you were the "original" adventurer and that all those experiences truly impacted your life in a positive way.

Mar 14, 2017 04:03 AM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I could handle living in San Francisco, no problem.  When I think back to the way I grew up, with a thriving business district, a library, a park with pool, and everything I needed within a 2 block radius, I wonder why I ever moved to the burbs.  San Francisco still has that feeling that everything needed is close by.

Mar 14, 2017 06:30 AM #5
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Lotti, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Mar 14, 2017 06:31 AM #6
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Lottie. Your story is engaging and I liked the pictures too. Mostly your conclusion was the truth for all of us. Nicely done.

Mar 14, 2017 07:10 AM #7
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hi Dorie Dillard - I truly can say I'm delighted to be where I am on this life journey. Wishing you a great day.

Endre Barath, Jr. - I guess I could have been a hippie, living in the park (or under the Golden Gate bridge) but instead I rented a run down studio on Broadway - that was adventure enough! 

Good morning, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - our paths could have crossed all those years ago without our knowing it. Fun thought, isn't it?

 

Mar 14, 2017 08:41 AM #8
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hi Nina Hollander - nothing very remarkable in my life journey, but I wouldn't have traded any of those experiences. Wishing you a storm-free day.

Mar 14, 2017 08:43 AM #9
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Good morning, Myrl Jeffcoat - I love the walkability living here in The City. My car is reserved for my business on the Peninsula; I walk (and occasionally take Muni) here. There's something really fun about walking to meet a client for property showings! Thanks for the feature in your group--I'm honored!

Hi Sheila Anderson - I have many fond memories of various places I've lived, but am happy with the here and now--it's right for me. Thinking of you and all my east coast friends today. Hope you can burrow in for the duration.

Mar 14, 2017 08:47 AM #10
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

TY Lottie. I too am happy where I am. I already have about a foot of snow and 2 more feet are expected. It is a blizzard but beautiful and I am grateful for my view.

Mar 14, 2017 08:50 AM #11
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Love the pic, Lottie Kendall ... who knew you were such a fashionista ... and world traveler??  Glad you have found happiness in your present locale ...

Gene

Mar 14, 2017 02:55 PM #12
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Wow, Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi  - that's the first, and likely last, time fashionista and I will be used together in a sentence.  Hope today's storm is not treating you badly.

Mar 14, 2017 03:02 PM #13
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much for sharing some of your fond memories.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Mar 15, 2017 04:47 AM #14
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Thanks, Roy Kelley - this is a week like no other! Hope the snowstorm didn't cause too much havoc for you.

Mar 15, 2017 08:31 AM #15
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Roy Kelley
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I had three shifts of snow shoveling on Tuesday. We have an icy Wednesday in Maryland.

Mar 15, 2017 10:01 AM #16
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

Lottie,  you certainly had the travel bug in your youth.  It appears you have come full circle back to living in San Francisco ... with a much better view absent the landlord. Enjoyable read. 

Mar 17, 2017 11:10 AM #17
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Sam Shueh
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Lottie Kendall 

Where did you live and worked in Columbia?  I just posted on FB one photo of U of M housing where I moved to Three Sqaure House-meaning getting 3 square meals daily and paid $62.50 a month room and board sharing house chore. I was the manager so I get $10 off on my rent.  I met this council man in Cupertino. He was born at Boom County Hospital.  

The founders of Panda Express both went to U of M.  One has a phd in computer science. 

Mar 20, 2017 08:31 PM #18
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