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    Yes, just like calling someone a jerk.
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    Merry Christmas MWBensey! Hope you had a wonderful day and a wishing you a very Happy New Year!
  3. I remember driving 40 miles on the interstate through LA and being mildly surprised not to see a cow pasture like we eventually do if we drive 40 miles on I-40 through Knoxville ... and then another time riding Amtrak up the California coast and actually seeing green hilly meadows with grazing cows, maybe near Santa Barbara ... never knew they had those out there.
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    Pretty interesting similarities! I have sisters and Mom in Scottsdale and that area. I have been watching Flagstaff. I love the weather there! The temps are perfect for my liking! If I had to move closer to Mom it would be Flagstaff.
    I loved CA back in the day. If I moved back there it would be Santa Barbara area. Montecito. I still have a lot of friends and some family out there.

    It is a great place to visit.
  5. BTW, when I was 0-3 I was just over the mountains in Tucson, waving from my sandbox. I still remember our backyard pool, redwood fence, and desert beyond.
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    Our house on Fair Oaks was three or four houses from the end of the street. I a really steep street! Bike wrecks and skooter wipe outs regularly! We played in the woods and hiked a lot. We played like we were explorers. Played Army. Made forts. There was no development in the mountains back then so yes, it was beautiful.

    The way folks in neighborhoods knew one another back in the 1950's it would not have been impossible for them to at least know one another in passing! Unfortunately that was when I was 0 - 9 years old and we spent a lot of time there so I have good memories but it was normal so not uniquely special.
  7. Well, I finally sat down with the Mapquest aerial view and looked at all of this. The southwestern landscape is breathtaking. I haven't seen it in a while. How wonderful that we have aerial view maps now.

    You're right, your grandparents on Boylston were really close to my great aunt on Las Lunas. In fact, when she first moved out there with her family, they were at another house further down Las Lunas, even closer to Boylston (for 5 years) and then the most recent one (for 80 years). I wonder if our families knew each other? We used to walk through the neighborhood when we visited. Love the green lawns, quiet streets, and craftsman-style houses. There's Aunt Lelia's little tea garden and carport on the map. Miss her!

    How was it to live at the end of Fair Oaks practically in the mountains? It must have been beautiful. (I was living near a north midland indian mound myself at 15, and then right in a south midland woods, and appreciated it not in the least.)
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    This is pretty funny! My parents had a place in Balboa on Anade. And in later years on Bayshore Walk in Belmont Shores/Naples area. I knew Newport well! Wait til you see how close my grandparents lived to your Great Aunt! Maybe a couple of city blocks!
  9. We went to Angeles National Forest once, about a decade ago. Must have passed your house! I'm going to look all this up on the map ... we weren't too familiar with street names. We'd just go there, sit on the antique furniture from back in Virginia, and visit with relatives from all over the L.A. area. They'd come see us or we'd go see them. There were the blond suntanned second cousins with a small orange grove in Arcadia, the horse-riding second cousins from a ranch in Downey, cousins in a condo on the water in Newport Beach, a cousin from Riverside I found doing genealogy, cousins in Altadena my mom found doing genealogy. You must have passed us standing outside for pictures! You can't miss the big downed oak tree bisecting the tiny front yard.
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