Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Giants Win the Pennant... ALWAYS OCTOBER !!

...2010, 2012, 2014 !!

National League Champions -- NLCS Playoffs
Prediction of a sort here -- realized. Will 2014 also bring the third World Series Championship in five years for the San Francisco Giants baseball team? 2014: ALWAYS OCTOBER


Media Credit: Oracle Team USA

Mr. Bruce Bochy
Origin: French. Number one in America on the San Francisco Bay sailing with the America's Cup winning AC 45 racing catamaran... and on the baseball diamond managing the National League Champion San Francisco Giants baseball team. Think: unlikely come-from-behind epic victories in-the-face of conventional sports media opinion.

Hall of Fame
Another sort of prediction... I'll just say it out loud: Manager Bruce Bochy belongs in baseball's Hall of Fame

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On Topic:
Orange October


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cull: a fictional novel on a global stage




Cull [Kindle Edition], Stafford Ray (Author)
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Source: amazan.com

Stafford Ray is an author, blogger, and "Ex almost everything... ." Currently comfortable as a writer, his work includes music, educational curriculums, stage plays, and fictional novels. And dare one say, perhaps a future screen play for the movie? As a blogger, his posts often reflect on large topics that are uniquely processed from information within his wide and long gaze -- or poetry. You may find his blog an amusing and presently interesting read: Stafford Ray

LIFT (Link I Found Today)
Cull (Paperbook) by (author) Stafford Ray, BookDepository.com

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Silicon Valley Style: University HotHouse Incubator

Photo Credit: Jay Thompson

Jeff Armstrong, President of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo
(Excerpt) "[Cal Poly President] Armstrong noted that the university’s HotHouse program has blossomed, and he highlighted 17 startup business ideas generated from the incubator this summer.

The university hopes to expand the program and is now looking into investing in an apartment project downtown [San Luis Obispo] to house students who work in the HotHouse, as well as a 'study-away experience' for students in Silicon Valley in a variety of majors."
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HotHouse Blog
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Baseball Rivalry: SF Giants vs. LA Dodgers

Giants' Orange Crushes Within One Game of Dodgers' Blue in NL West

(Excerpt) "Travis Ishikawa hit a soaring blast that landed in McCovey Cove... Ishikawa’s home run was the Giants’ 67th splash hit, and Ishikawa’s first. 'It took me eight years to finally do it,' he said."

Impressively, the baseball's high-arching trajectory off the bat had it going higher than the foul pole -- judged to be fair by the long calculating stare of an umpire -- before splashing into cold saltwater beyond the stadium's cheapest standing-room-only viewing area, for the 67th time by a SF Giants' hitter.

This Bum is a Record-Holding Left-Handed Person

(Excerpt) “It’s probably as close as you can get to a playoff atmosphere without actually being in the playoffs,' said Madison Bumgarner, who pitched seven strong innings and picked up a milestone along the way.
... 'We’ve turned it on at the right time and things are starting to go our way. We’ve got a lot of guys that have been here and done this before. They know what to expect, they know what it’s like coming up to finish off September and hopefully in the postseason... [Bumgarner reflected.]"

SF Giants Record for a Left-Handed Pitcher

"Bumgarner struck out his 200th batter of the year in the second inning, becoming the fifth left-handed pitcher in Giants history to reach that mark. Then he went ahead and struck out eight more to beat Ray Sadecki’s San Francisco Giants record (207) for a lefty."



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Consider: At the end of the day...
SF Giants def. LA Dodgers, 9 - 0.
Ding, ding, ding, ding, went the cable car.
One of these two teams could be --
for the third time in the last five baseball seasons (3 out of 5) --
World Series Champions

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

City-Making: 100 Book List on Urbanism

Brent Toderian's article in PLANETIZEN
(Excerpt) "I like to claim that I have the most extensive library of books on urbanism of any city-making practitioner -- at least for any non-professor!"

His article and the entire list can be found at the following source link:
Source: Brent Toderian -- "The 100 'Best' Books on City-Making Ever Written?" published in Planetizen, 12.13.2013

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Book on the list:

Source: amazon.com

52. "City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village"
David Sucher, Author

David Sucher is an author and also a blogger that writes with a thoughtful and often a detail-oriented city and regional planning perspective. His book, "City Comforts," is positioned as #52 for the "best" 100 books on urbanism. You may download a sample chapter from "City Comforts," and also may find his blog posts to be interesting reads, here:

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Brevity update: 8.23.2014
"...a detail-oriented city and regional planning perspective."

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pharmaborg

Situational awareness...

Proposed new word for lexicographers to consider when adding to English language dictionaries:

pharmaborg: Authentic human; a hybrid with potential longevity, improved physical capabilities, and greater spiritual wellbeing. The pharmaborg's original biology has been modified with scripted symbiotic pharmaceuticals and integrated synthetic mechanical components.

Similar to: cyborg


LIFT (Link I Found Today)
Fan Site for the Divergent Series: The Divergent Life
There are five named factions within this series' dystopian but perhaps familiarly imperfect society. "Each [faction] is dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue." They are called:

"Abnegation" -- the selfless
"Dauntless" -- the brave
"Candor" -- the honest
"Erudite" -- the intelligent

The people in this society also include the "Factionless" and the namesake... "Divergent"-- a rare individual possessing personality characteristics and aptitudes of more than one faction.

(Excerpt) "Being Divergent is considered dangerous. Since a Divergent's mind cannot be controlled or made to adapt to one certain way of thinking (at least not for long), faction leaders are terrified as to what Divergent people are capable of."

The Books: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four
Veronica Roth, author: Divergent Series Ultimate Four-Book Box Set

The Movie: Divergent

Government politicians, in this obviously fictional society, are made up of 50 council members from... Abnegation (the selfless) faction

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

HART: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Similar to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), and quite different. In both systems one takes a train for transportation. Both are acronyms. However, BART apparently is also a verb; "BART and you're there." Examples of more substantive differences between HART and BART probably exist...

Honolulu Rail Transit: official website of HART:
(HART) HonoluluTransit.org

Route map of planned light rail system for Honolulu area:
Route is dark line with numbered white circles that indicate stations. The southern terminus is currently Ala Moana Center. The route does not extend to include Waikiki Beach or the University of Hawaii. Both are off the map to the south. Click source link below for enlarged view of this map.


The Honolulu light rail mass transportation project has recently begun construction. With a 55 mph top speed for trains in some sections between stations, it has a projected 42 minute end-to-end ride time. A large percentage of its approximately 20 miles of rail corridor and 21 train stations have not been completed... or as-yet started.

Completion Date of Rail Project
Aloha... [Mr. QwkDrw -- ] Thank you for your email message. The interim opening of the first 10 miles (East Kapolei station to Aloha Stadium station) is projected to be completed by 2017. The full 20-mile system will open in 2019. Mahalo -- HART
Source: eMail message from Honolulu Transit, 8.4.2014

Honolulu International Airport Station -- Station #11 -- HART design rendering


Planning note from HNL to LAX (hypothetically): When your major, sprawling, huge urban community plans a light rail mass transportation system, it's a GOOD thing to include a train station at most international airports. This is actually a not entirely untrue opinion of QwkDrw.

Honolulu Rail: Column construction continues in western countryside for elevated railway.


(With apologies to The Beatles.) Pineapple fields, forever...

Honolulu Rail: Column construction moves from countryside into more urbanized areas.
(Excerpt) "Construction is rolling along with more than 115 concrete columns completed from Kualakai Parkway in east Kapolei to Farrington Highway in Ewa just past Fort Weaver Road.

Crews are now stationed along Farrington Highway on the west end of Waipahu conducting drill work in preparation for underground shafts to support the columns...

As major rail construction now shifts into residential and commercial areas, HART and Kiewit ask residents, business owners and drivers for their patience and understanding while driving through construction work zones." Source: eBlast, 8.1.2014


Honolulu Rail: "eBlast" weekly update newsletter:
Sign up for the Honolulu Rail Transit newsletter to get more information about the project, news, construction updates, and information on upcoming events.
Source: HART Weekly eBlast

AIA Honolulu Speaks Out
(Excerpt) "[American Institute of Architects] AIA Honolulu urges the City Administration and Honolulu City Council to select a light rail transit solution -- to purchase light rail technology that is capable of running at street level (at-grade) or elevated (above-grade) or cost-permitting, underground (below-grade) to accommodate the particular conditions within each of our communities on Oahu. Completely elevated third rail technology as currently planned by the City should not be our only option. We must adopt a system that is the best possible one to meet the long term needs of the citizens of Oahu."
Source: AIA Honolulu

Current Price Tag: $5.16 Billion
One commenter on the source article linked below (David Ketzenberger, 2/18) paradoxically asks:
(Excerpt) "The $5.16 billion rail transit project received a green light but what about the 3 billion dollar rail [transit project] that voters 'voted' on? What's the status of THAT rail project?"


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Santa's Pen: pineapple ornament

Source: QwkDrw

Personalized Christmas Tree Ornament
This is a tasteful, small (easy packing), tourist-y ceramic trinket that will just always say, "We loved being in Hawaii today!" Okay, there may be more indigenous things available as a souvenir...

But the beautiful star shape carmel colored seed pods from an Autograph Tree will soon shrivel, mildew, look disguising, smell... just saying.
Source: Autograph Tree -- Clusia rosea: seed pods

So, at that time, we were headed out wearing SPF clothing, hats, large sunglasses, and conscientiously applied sunscreen to lollygag for another grueling day along Waikiki Beach and out into Honolulu on foot or by bus. Presently, we were walking through the Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel's open-air lobby, poolside deck, and convenience-shopping promenade. As seasoned beachcombers, we briefly posted up in the shade at a hotel provided cold condensation sweating glass and chrome dispenser for iced lemon-slice and mint-leaf water to fill our REI containers. It can be rough out there. And right there, across the tile and carpet indoor/outdoor breezeway, was Santa's Pen -- a little shop that was all at once so out-of-place, and so appropriate.

We shopped. The friendly shopkeeper was a young Hawaiian woman living in Honolulu that would use Santa's permanent ink black pen to personalize by hand a purchased blank item with calligraphic skills. After a bit of time, considering alternatives with the artist's help, we had selected and composed our 40th Anniversary commemorative... Christmas tree ornament -- it will always remind us of our wonderful time together during this vacation, and that we loved being in Hawaii

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See more: Santa's Pen / Waikiki Christmas Stores


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Autograph Tree -- Clusia rosea: seed pods

Photo: QwkDrw

Seed Pods
Beautiful star shape carmel colored seed pod from the Autograph Tree. This tree is along Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. Someone has scrapped their initials onto a leaf in the upper right of this photo. Reportedly, that "autograph" will permanently remain on that leaf, presumedly even after it falls off the tree. We probably will want to go back sometime, just to verify.
Source: Hawaiian Plants and Tropical Flowers

Can this beautiful thing actually be an invasive alien?
Source: Hawaii Agriculture, 12.5.2010


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Harmony Bracelet

Good Luck Feng Shui Coin: Used with opposite end loop to clasp Harmony Bracelet around wrist. Flat-weave satin cording color: "Silver Gray represents Dreams, Protection, and Astral Projection," as described in provided literature.


On one side of the coin, "Chinese Characters are part of the Feng Shui system." On the opposite side, "the Phoenix and the Dragon represent Yin and Yang, balance," as described in provided literature.


Stone bead that fastens the brass coin at it's center onto cording is: "Hematite -- blood, circulation, improve relationships, increase intuition, pains, grounding, calming, protection, unclutter the mind," as described in provided literature.


Feng Shui System
Described in the provided literature as: "It is the way of natural arrangement, and is the art of appreciating nature. It teaches you how to live harmoniously."


The Artist: Tiare aka artARi
Multi-genre Artist and Musician from Oahu, artARi is selling her art and music online, including these "Harmony Bracelets," at this Esty store: artari artARi808 Artari

We purchased our TWO Harmony Bracelets in June 2014 near Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu at the North Shore Country Market. The Artist, a lovely talented young woman, maintains a vendor's booth here. In addition to her uniquely detailed drawings/paintings (think: thousands and thousands of brush point dots), she crafts various designs of these "Harmony Bracelets," writes and publishes music, and sells her art online at this Esty store: artari artARi808 Artari.

The Artist also creates visual interpretations (read: paintings) of rescued ancient Hawaiian pictographs... oh the stories, my goodness! Hawaiian-themed hotels at least should be given the opportunity to take a look at her individual works to consider adapting them large-scale into their decor. In my opinion, her uniquely detailed interpretations of ancient Hawaiian symbol-like figures, in essentially storyboard-type paintings, have a high probability to be commercially viable if adapted for use in large textile applications (think: hotel bed spreads, bed throws, or other high-value cloth items.) The pictograghy rocks!

North Shore Country Market 
(Excerpt) "The North Shore Country market is a great place to gather, get fresh produce, and shop for your gift items. In addition to supporting the local economy, fresher food from local sources tastes better, has more nutrients, and contributes to the total health of the community. Shop early. You will find the best produce selections in the morning, so try to get there when the market first opens."

Tangential or Deeper Meanings
Personally, the bracelet gives me pleasure because it is a wonderful reminder of the North Shore. And it's easy to carry on an airplane. It also appeals to me based on texture, color, uniqueness, comfort when worn around my wrist, and how very well it's made. Tangential or deeper meanings possibly suggested by artist or context may be somewhat curious or interesting... but some may also be easily set aside as inapplicable.

"Truth is all around us." -- QwkDrw     ...Om...


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grass Skirt Grill - Haleiwa, Hawaii

On the North Shore of Oahu
Grass Skirt Grill: a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating that serves generous portions of Ono fish (and other things), grilled and piled on with tasty side items in a great plate meal for about $15.

Photo above: A rare and appreciated gift item (they do not sell these decals) was presented to us after our fine meal by a Grass Skirt Grill big kahuna boss-man.

Not this one...
Source: QwkDrw

Ono fish (long vowel sound /o/; twice): the name
We had a lot of fish for dinner -- specifically grilled fish. Let me tell you all the kinds of fish in a minute. But first, this story about the name of the Ono fish.

As told to us by the Grass Skirt Grill big kahuna: "In some current usage of Hawaiian language, 'ono' may be used to mean 'delicious.' You can say a pineapple is ono. Or, that you had an ono shave ice. A thousand years ago Hawaiians were catching the Ono fish in waters around Hawaii. And to this day that fish still carries the name; the Ono fish is delicious fish." The Grass Skirt Grill big kahuna also commented that we were an A-okay couple for being married to each other for 40 years.

Other fish that we've eaten recently may have interesting names -- Mahi Mahi, Monchong, Salmon, Ahi -- but none can claim to be named "delicious" in Hawaiian.



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ruby & Diamonds Gemstone Necklace


"It sparkles when she wears it -- it's so sparkly!" And she loves it.

40th Wedding Anniversary commemorative necklace.
We purchased: June 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii


Specifications:

Ruby; precious gemstone: 3/4 carat weight

Diamond; precious gemstone: 1/4 carat weight, H color
(Single largest diamond, setting inline above ruby's setting.)

Embellishment Diamonds: smaller carat weights
(Set around ruby and on dangle loop above single diamond.)

Rose Gold: 14/24 karat purity
(Settings and chain.)


Sales Tax Snapshot Comparison:

Honolulu, Hawaii: 4.712%
San Francisco, California: 8.75%
Los Angeles, California: 9%


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

The 40th Wedding Anniversary

Source: link

Marking a milepost in a marriage.
This fortieth anniversary is one of the many lesser or greater mileposts that will mark the beach pathway that these divinely-coupled people are walking along in their marriage. Long comfortable together, husband and wife will celebrate simply and respectfully acknowledge their continuing life together enabled by God’s blessings.

Traditional Gemstone
Ruby. A red ruby — with an inner fire of passion in the heart and mind that flames and glows alive.

A barber chair question:
The familiar haircutter inhaled abruptly,”Forty years? What’s your secret?!”
A reflective air came into the banter. The true answer at that first asked opportunity was appropriately voiced with enthusiastic confidence, “I married well.”

The event. An international beach city. A very exclusive guest list.

Just the couple; together on Oahu. At the north shore and in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than one specific day, this event is bigger than one blog post…


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Christian in Turkey: A Pastor's Perspective

National flag of the Republic of Turkey; shown here in honor:

Source: Wikipedia

"I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel Because ..."
By: Rev. Ramazon Arkan, June 1, 2014.

Click link to listen: Audio of Scripture and Sermon (27:30)
(The Pastor's message starts at approximately 3:00 on audio link above.)

Scripture Reading: Romans 1:1-17
(Beginning of audio link above.)

Source: CPCC


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

2014 California Statewide Direct Primary Election

Source: sticker removed from the front of my shirt.

On election day, June 3, 2014:

A Citizen's Prayer...
Gracious GOD's gentle guidance for all American voters and the candidates that will be elected.

Check Status of Your Ballot
(Excerpt) "...To find out if your vote-by-mail ballot was received by your county elections official... in your [California] county, visit... County Elections Offices."
Source: California Secretary of State


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

California Drought: Reclaimed Wastewater

Reclaimed, Recycled, Reused -- Water
(Excerpt) "Proponents call it water recycling. Critics call it… [something worse]. But as the drought has taken hold in California, opposition to the idea has been drying up…

Today, taxpayer money is flowing toward recycled water programs. As part of recent drought relief measures, the state allocated $200 million in grants to jump-start those efforts and slashed interest rates on $800 million more in loans…

In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires state health and water officials to report by September 2016 on the feasibility of developing uniform standards for recycling wastewater for ‘direct potable reuse.’…

‘California needs more high-quality water, and recycling is key to getting there,’ Brown said in his signing message…


Sand dunes became Golden Gate Park using wastewater.
Starting in the late 1800s… Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, once sand dunes, was famously watered with untreated waste until complaints about the smell put an end to the practice, said Richard Mills, chief of the recycling and desalination section at the state Department of Water Resources. Treated water was used at the park starting in the 1930s… [Mills said].”


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Silicon Valley -- S1E1 -- "Minimum Viable Product"

Is Big-Hollywood noticing the Silicon Valley?

HBO just released a made-for-cable-series, "Silicon Valley" that may not be the first indication of Hollywood's recent interest. Watch premiere episode: Silicon Valley -- S1E1 -- Minimum Viable Product.

A feature-length comedy movie, "The Internship" spotlights Google, googlers, functional nerd-y-ness, high-achievers (not necessarily a pun), and contemporary corporate culture in the Bay Area Region -- generally.

Also, a TV series for Amazon Prime subscribing members, "Betas" envisions a hoodie-culture version of Silicon Valley entrepreneurial start-up companies that compete in and beyond San Francisco.

Goodnight, Mr. Letterman
Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show" in 2015.

(Excerpt) "Colbert has signed a five-year agreement with CBS, according to an official announcement... 'Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television'... Colbert added: 'Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps... Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.'”
Source: FoxNews.com

Note to some former staffers during the President G.W. Bush administration: Stephen Colbert's on-stage conservative intellectual persona is an act -- rarely complimentary to actual conservative thinkers.

Normcore normcore
Hipster: (Counter) Culture secret shopper suggestion:

Lands' End

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mountain View TMA (MTMA)

MEDIA CREDIT: Michelle Le, 10.15.2013

Mountain View Transportation Management Association (MTMA)
The city government of Mountain View has recognized one transportation problem in Silicon Valley that significantly impacts citizens and properties in their jurisdiction -- an increasing number of privately operated busses and other large multi-passenger vehicles. Often observed is the glaring inefficiency and inconvenience of similar routes largely duplicated with vehicles operated by different employer companies, with some of these vehicles running well below their passenger capacity.

Recently, as a condition of approval for development proposals by large employers within Mountain View, the Mountain View city council required that the non-profit MTMA be formed and functioning in the private sector.

On Topic:
Developers, Major Companies Form Group To Solve Mountain View Traffic Woes
Long overdue deal to share shuttles
Welcome to Googletown


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Palo Alto Residential Buildout

Source: Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group

Demolish to Rebuild on a Scrapped Vacant Lot
(Excerpt) "'For the past three years, 50 to 100 homes a year have been razed to make way for new houses in Palo Alto,' according to associate city planner Scott McKay... The city granted more than 80 demolition permits for single-family homes in 2013.

Location Location Location
'In many ways, the city is built out,' McKay said. But... some existing houses are ripe for replacement. The homes built in the '50s and '60s 'weren't built to last like the homes built with old-growth redwood at the turn of the century,' he said.

Even old, elegant homes fall short of expectations for many people. 'Living has really changed from the 1930s until now,' said Palo Alto architect John Northway. '...a lot of the rooms are pretty small and relatively dark, even in wonderful old Palo Alto houses. Now people want to have bathrooms for each bedroom. A lot of times both mother and father work at home and each have an office. The audiovisual stuff is in another family room. All this drives reasons to tear them down and rebuild them...'

A vintage mission-style house across the street from the home of the late Steve Jobs was torn down by a software executive who bought it in October 2012 for $9 million with plans to build a new house on it. Later, the executive changed his mind, and sold the property for $11.4 million. The lot comes with approved plans for a one-story, 6,000-square-foot home with a 5,570-square-foot basement for a total of 11,635 square feet."

NIMBY Strategy: Purchase the Adjacent Properties

(Excerpt) "[Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg] ...is one of several prominent tech CEOs who own homes on Palo Alto's tree-lined streets. ...Zuckerberg and his physician wife Priscillia Chan paid top dollar -- more than $30 million in total -- for the four residential properties located next door and behind... [their] own home...

[The Zuckerbergs] ...paid different prices for each home, shelling out more than $14 million for one 2,600-square-foot dwelling. A local real estate agent called the amount 'absurdly high,' even for that pricey neighborhood. But James Yang, an agent with Sereno Group who focuses on Palo Alto and neighboring towns, said the price is less surprising 'if somebody wants to buy a property and the sellers don't want to sell.'

Reportedly, the recently married Zuckerberg couple began acquiring properties adjacent to their own home when they learned of a plan for one or more of the existing older houses next door. "The developer was going to build a huge house and market the property as being next door to Mark Zuckerberg."


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