Life on the Road with Paul & Kathleen: "Not bad for two dumb kids from Ohio" - Proving once again that it's never too late to have a happy childhood
Our Lazy Daze at Kirk Creek Camp on CA Hwy 1 40 mi N of Hearst's Castle 11/24/03: Shortly after full-timing began. Foretravel with new paint Nacogdoches, TX 8/10/07
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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

Two One Minute Training Programs
     As an engineering consultant, Paul travelled extensively for EDS Nuclear and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received One Minute Training Programs from two women he never met before or after. They both taught him life lessons...
Newark Airport - 1975
EDS Nuclear always rented from Avis. So I get off the plane and walk to the Avis counter. I can see the folder with my name on it...
ME:"That''s me there"
ME:So I stopped
SHE:"Say 'Good Afternoon'"
ME:"Good afternoon"
SHE:"Now ask me what kind of day I've had"
ME:"What kind of day have you had?"
SHE:"Oh, it's frustrating. People look right through me. They don't even treat me like a human being."
ME:"I'm sorry"
SHE:"Thanks. It just kinda gets to me sometimes...Now how may I help you?"
This happened more than 35 years ago. To this day I cannot go to Safeway without having a conversation with the checkout clerk, and bagger, and calling them by name. And I'm frustrated when I cannot see their name tag. Same at restaurants, airport counters, etc. She was only in her twenties but she taught this forty year old a valuable life lesson: We're all the same. Everyone has a story. And each one of us is special.
Paris, France - 1980
My deputy arranged lodging in a private home for us to save money (LLNL per diem was not generous). I walked out on the street to go to the conference center and stopped a woman for directions.
ME:"Could you tell me where the Metro station is?"
SHE:"Where do you want to go?"
ME:"To the XYZ Conference Center"
SHE:"Your Conference Center is on the circumferential road and so are we. You could take a bus around the circumferential directly there."
ME:"Thank you. But I'm more comfortable with the Metro. Please tell me where a Metro station is"
SHE:"It's such a pretty day. The ride on a bus would be much nicer than riding underground"
ME:"Thank you. But I''d rather take the Metro. Please tell me where a station is "
SHE:She looked me in the eye and said, "You know, we only pass this way but once..."
ME:I took the bus...
This happened more than 30 years ago. Every day I try to remember we only pass this way but once...and act accordingly. I wish I could thank her...

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5/19 - AS YOU LIVE your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people's opinions or by comparisons to others.
Ironically, you'll find that as you care less about what others think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves and their worlds, including their relationship with you. You'll no longer build your emotional life on other people's weaknesses. In addition, you'll find it easier and more desirable to change because there is something--some core deep within--that is essentially changeless.
- from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Paul & Kathleen Smith | 173 Rainbow Dr #7329 | Livingston, TX 77399-1073 | (510) 386-8973