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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.

3/5/04 - Traveling in the Mazatlan Countryside

We are pleased again to have Pat and Ann Goddard as our guest editors today. We know you'll agree that their writing takes us right along with them on this very informative and pleasant tour.

This morning we woke early to a pink and orange sunrise. Just like everything in Mexico the colors are vivid. We wanted to say goodbye to our friends Kent and Linda Dunnam who were pulling out with another Adventure Caravan at 7:00 AM headed north. We exchanged a few stories and wishes for a safe trip and off they went to Playa Las Glorias where we had been earlier this week.

Today is a bus trip into the countryside around Mazatlan, an Indian word for land of deer. At 9:00 AM, Carmen, our tour guide for the day, laid out our itinerary: a brick factory, furniture and pottery factory, a bakery and a stop for lunch. Lunch sounded good and anything about woodworking always peaks my interest. Carmen is a walking encyclopedia on the region and shared some of the history of Mazatlan, both chronology and colloquial. Her smile and enthusiasm make it a pleasure to learn about her country of which she is obviously proud.

The term factory is used loosely in Mexico and OSHA has not graced them with its rules of safe operation. Watching the working conditions one can understand why we have such laws in the U.S. Still the work that is done using crude tools and backbreaking or unsafe practices says something of the Mexican work ethic. Of course there is always the “one man working and two watching” that we have seen throughout Mexico.

The “brick factory” was an open clay pit, a pile of sawdust and a stack of cow manure. A man was mixing the ingredients in a wooden wheelbarrow and filling wooden molds with the mixture. We were told that donkey manure works better but because there are so many cows in the area they use the cow variety.


The Bricks are sun dried and then stacked to form a kiln with tunnels through the middle, which are filled with wood. It takes 5000 bricks to build a small house and there are 10,000 in a kiln. The kiln is then covered with fired brick and mud and the fire is lit. The kiln must burn for 24 hours and when the bricks come out they have turned from gray to red.

Brick is the primary building material because of hurricane danger.

The next stop was a small bakery where we all purchased bread and pastries. The cinnamon rolls were to die for and the smell of warm bread only made us want more.

We watched a craftsman hand making a cement floor tile with colorful designs that reminded one of playing with a spirograph. Next it was a stop by a family tortilla factory and a few warm tortillas to eat on the way, and then we were off again.

The furniture factory was under the cover of a roof for shade but had no walls. The public could walk around the saws and lathe and watch the workers. They started with the roughest of materials; small tree trunks or limbs which were rough cut on a table saw and then shaped on a band saw. Much of the work was done with hand tools. The end product was rustic Mexican or ranch style furniture sold directly to the public.

Back on the bus we headed east on Mexican Highway #40 and stopped at a natural hot spring where women washed clothes by hand, then to the town of Concordia where there is a Lilly Tomlyn sized rocking chair in the town square to represent the friendly welcome to our home atmosphere of the town. We went through their 300-year old church and walked the brick streets with the colorful doorways.

Then it was on to the little town of Copala named for the tree used to make gum. We had lunch at Daniel’s restaurant, famous for its banana coconut cream pie.

As we left the restaurant we were met by a number of young boys on donkeys offering to give us a riding tour of the town for a price. We chose to walk through the narrow winding cobble stone streets to the town square and another very old church.

This has been a good day.

We have a better understanding of how the Mexican people live and what they value.

We have seen the boys on the donkeys and the people selling blankets and jewelry, but we have also seen the children in their uniforms coming from school, sitting in groups in the central plazas talking and laughing like any American teenagers, because as we sometimes forget, they are also North Americans as are we.

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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
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