Sunday, June 03, 2012

Response to Chronicle Article about NSJ and Paul August

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Well folks, a well is your starting point, and you want at least 8 gallons per minute or better for a small 1/2 acre garden. Next comes good growing soil. Got those two covered, and the rest is easy. Bought 60 acres and 1bdrm house in 1997 in NSJ. We are 25 minutes from Sierra Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, and 1 hour and 40 minutes from UC Davis Medical Center, and we are ClaStar members (helicopter anywhere, for $45/year.). We looked at buying in the Sunset at the time, near Lowell where I taught, but went on renting and bought this place instead. GVMama got entertainment and food covered, way more than enough to do, and name acts too. Local radio is KVMR, better than anything down there, and we get all that stuff too, via DSL internet*, and the Verizon cell tower is 3.8 miles across the canyon, line of sight. Look at images at and search my flickr account at for nevada county or city or fair to get a better idea. San Francisco has 49 square miles, and Nevada County has 974 sq miles (2,523 km²) That will take quite a while to fill. NSJ and the greater Ridge on which it sits not only has pot and some meth ehads, it also has many thriving legit businesses. You don't chop wood, you use a chain saw. For fire you may invest in pump and tanks and a swimming pool, and spend a lot of time keeping the vegetation at bay. but dogs run free, currently just two German shepherds, and 3 cats, and all the wild stuff, plus neighbors dogs. Crank the music, or have your neighbors do the same, no problems, they're at least 500 feet away. Enough parking for all your friends and all their friends too. 10 minutes either way to south or the middle fork of the Yuba River. 1.5 hours to Donner Summit, 1.25 hours to Gold Lake for windsurfing, or 30 minutes to Scotts Flat Lake. Damn I do miss Crissy, and Clement Street food, but that's about it. I do not miss the earthquake danger, and if the Big One hits, all our Bay Area friends know where to go.

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The principal at the local school came out of the tech industry and knew the law well enough to force SBC to get the connections in for the schools, and that pretty much meant they might as well do a lot of the rest of the Ridge as well, total population is about 3,000. There are a lot of the best and brightest up here (Grass Valley/Nevada City/ and even out in the sticks, and competition for professional jobs is fierce, and has gotten worse.

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