(South Coast.) For lack of a more creative title.
We had a great week—albeit a lot of down time in the apartment because it has been COLD here, but we got out and about.
We briefly considered living in a high-rise downtown because we both think it would be really neat to live IN a city and be close to the theater, restaurants, etc, but, in reality, we’re a little old for that. I think it fits better if you’re in your 40s, working, and upwardly mobile. The prices were reasonable enough (and the views to die for), but the HOA fees were astronomical: Like $3,000/mo. No lie. No way.
We went to see the Patriot Tour, with Marcus Luttrell and some of his Navy SEAL pals. Marcus was the guy who wrote, and was depicted in, the movie Lone Survivor. Here’s Marcus—I snapped this photo sans flash with my phone—it turned out pretty good considering it was dark and he wouldn’t hold still.
Now, Marcus just stands up and tells the horrifying story of how Operation Redwing really went down; in his own words. He told how the Hollywood version doesn’t come close to capturing the intensity of the event, and, having heard him describe it in vivid detail, I could understand why. He is one tough dude, but he’s also a very humble man. And extremely lucky to be alive. Extremely. We met other wounded heroes as well, and there were more standing ovations than you could count. Powerful stuff.
Next up, we took a ride up to The OC to see the house; on a beautiful SoCal spring Sunday.
Below is the dining room, and the dark angular shape at the bottom right will be the island. You can see our view, and when we get some grasses planted you won’t see those rooftops below. We didn’t get a slider door there because it would have cost several thousand bucks and there is a door on the right side.
Looking back at the house, this shows the covered patio. It faces southwest and catches the ocean breezes. It will be sunny in winter and shady in summer. The dining room window is to the right, and at the right edge of the shot is the bedroom door opening. We got a big double slider there.
It was fun and exciting to walk around inside it, partly because the model is reversed so everything feels backward. It’s SMALL! Yikes! Well, as someone told me, we’ll live outside more. Good. Oh, and it’s so quiet there…