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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Post by deejay » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:24 pm

Seriously, if you want to know how expensive it is out here, go to the Zillow website, in the search field enter Santa Ana, CA, and select rentals. I just did for my ZIP code, and the cheapest was $1100 for 140 sq.ft. room in a house . And then look at the price/rent history. Ridiculous how fast rents are rising! They tried to get a rent control initiative on the ballot last year, but it failed, and one guess which industry was responsible.

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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Post by cori67 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:51 pm

Which is why I asked the question about moving. If you cannot afford to live there, move somewhere you can afford. You might love California, but it is not loving you back!

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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Post by deejay » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:27 pm

Sorry, but California is my home. I've lived in a few other states, and felt like a fish out of water. I may not have been born here--Army brat--but this is the only place I feel at home. Yes, some people are leaving, but they came from elsewhere before. I feel that this gouging on rents and home prices cannot last forever; where there is a boom, there will always be a bust. It's just a matter of time. God will provide, His timing is perfect, there is nothing He cannot do.

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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Post by deejay » Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:22 pm

So, Saturday I went to NewSong church in Santa Ana for what they call the King's Table. It was wonderful, amazing, and exquistite (sp?). First, we had hors d'ouerves (oh, help! with spelling!)--bacon tomato soup in tiny, cylindrical hard plastic cups whose top was cut on a slant, with tiny little spoons to eat it with; baked scallops with ginger carrot sauce and mushrooms (where's a drool smilie when you need one?), and avocado toast.
Conversation and prayer, then dinner, music, and the unveiling of a portrait of a member of the homeless community. More prayer, then we went home. The dinner menu was thus: First course--SPAM salad, with spinach, fire roasted grapes, fennel, bread crumbs, red wine vinaigrette. Second course--Herb buttermilk fried chicken, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, collard greens, and jalapeno cornbread madeleines, Dessert 1--Taro blueberry pie, raspberries, strawberry shortcake ice cream. Dessert 2--Salted chocolate chip cookie.
Somehow, I couldn't find the mashed potatoes; I did see something resembling cauliflower, though. Maybe that was it? I didn't much care for the collard greens; it was like eating ivy. The raspberries were pureed into a sauce, the shortcake in the ice cream was crunchy, but the pie was light and smooth. The cookie, served warm, was heavenly. It was prepared by Toast Kitchen and Bakery. The young chefs were brought out, and we had the chance to thank them with much applause.
New Song does this on the last Saturday of the month. And it's totally free. They do this to bless the homeless community. I got there on the bus from the library; took the shuttle bus back to the shelter.

Unfortunately, the next morning, my lower GI tract let its displeasure be known from my eating food normally only consumed by the rich. I was stuck for 45 minutes. I'm fine now. Might go next month, though.

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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Post by Shann » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:55 pm

It sounds really nice. That's awesome they do that. If you go next month, maybe hold back on some of richer stuff and drink gobs and gobs of water. Usually after a big meal, it's normal to feel bloated, but if you walk around, along drinking water, that might make it easier.
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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Post by deejay » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:33 pm

Well, I didn't feel bloated, but did feel full. But they told me the same thing when I was at the research center, when I was having issues with all the salad I was eating; had two "blowouts". Tried to get Imodium, but the doctor said no, just drink water. Well, we did get quite a bit of water to drink; I had my fair share. But those scallops! Haven't had them in decades, and I love them! Hard not to be a pig, but the portions were decent, so we wouldn't fill up on "orr durrs" (phonetic spelling) before dinner.

This reminds me of a scene in the book "The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabel"; Archy and Mehitabel--a cockroach and a cat, respectively--are discussing food, and Mehitabel tells Archy about attending a party in someone's house. She refers to the pre-meal appetizers as "chef doovers"; Archy corrects her, saying you mean hors d'oeuvers . She comes back with what I mean is grub.

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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Post by deejay » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:42 pm

:brrr Lows have run the gamut from upper 30s to low 50s, and highs are in the mid-to-upper 50s to low 60s, with the occasional spike into the upper 60s. When you add rain and wind, it really cuts through you. Despite a sleeping bag rated for 40 degrees, and several blankets inside--outside they'd just fall off--it feels like the inside of a refrigerator at night and early morning. I've had to sleep with my heavy coat on, and sometimes with a knit cap on my head plus a scarf to bed. I can hardly wait until it warms up enough so I don't need to wear a coat or jacket to bed, or during the day, when I can sleep on top of my blankets and sleeping bag instead of in them.

So far we've had nearly a foot of rain, with at least 10' or more of snow in the mountains. I don't understand how people say we don't have reservoirs; look at a map, and there's quite a few. But I'm pretty sure the drought is almost over. February is our wettest month, and it's living up to the hype.

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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Post by deejay » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:05 pm

Last week, we had a house meeting at the shelter. Ms. Doris, who runs the place, says that where we live is supposed to close in October, but the new place--a three story facility--won't be ready by that time. She is working with a judge to make sure we don't end up out on the street. She had to sue the city to get us this bus terminal, which is not meant for human habitation, and she is doing a lot to help us. When people get housing, some landlords are requesting background checks, just because the prospective tenant is homeless. A mere jaywalking ticket can keep someone from getting a place. Ms. Doris challenges them, ensuring everyone can get housing. Unfortunately, some people have waited so long to get housing--2 1/2 years-- that shortly after they get a place, they die. I don't know if it's because they're old, or had an illness made worse by being homeless, but it breaks Ms. Doris' heart. She actually started to cry when she said that of 8 people from our shelter who died in the past year, at least 3 died shortly after getting their new apartments.


In happier news, I have just learned that I'm going to be a great aunt for the third time--my grandniece Shelby and her brother Mikey will be having a baby brother in June. Yippee! Another little one to spoil! :D

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