The LA Business Journal is reporting that the gap between median income and income needed to qualify for a loan to purchase a median home in Los Angeles is a staggering $56,000 per year. That’s nearly double the median income. Guess it’s time to read Rich Dad, Poor Dad. And move.
Here are a couple photos from a relaxing weekend in Ojai, California (click the images to enlarge). My wife, sister and I hiked the Howard Creek Trail in Rose Valley. After recent torrential rains, the hills were green and new streams were rushing in the valleys. It was a much needed break from urban life.
More than this, Ojai has always been a special place to me, and seeing it so lush and alive reminded me of our wedding last spring. So many perfect little touches, little surprises, like the Wisteria coming into bloom, seemed to indicate the work of a greater providence.
People have been commenting on the logo in the upper left corner of the site. It’s a medieval labyrinth, a mystical Christian meditation/prayer device. I like it in part because it looks a bit like a brain. It also seems to appear chaotic, yet is orderly. To me it symbolizes the mind, and is fitting for a site like this one where I park my thoughts.
Some people get really into labyrinths, and it has been making a bit of a revival lately. My own personal experience with the labyrinth is that it is a wonderful tool for “unwinding” in many senses of the word. If you’re interested in walking a labyrinth, the world wide labyrinth locator can probably help you find one in your area. People are building them in surprising places. My personal favorite here in Los Angeles is Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens near downtown. Make an appointment and be sure to visit the meditation gardens while there.
I had my first Tuesday night adult beginners’ fencing class tonight at the Los Angeles International Fencing Center. It was great! Muscles I never knew I had are aching, but I enjoyed it thoroughly and am looking forward to next week. Who knew being tall and double jointed might actaully be an asset?
I have made the final cutover from my old, static web page to this new blog-centric format. I hope you like it.
Believe it or not, this is my first entry to my first ever Blog. Sure, I’ve read ’em, toyed with ’em, poked and prodded. But I never really felt that I had enough to say to install one for myself. Well, that time has changed. A lot is going on in my life. And I mean a lot.