Dear Diary, Friends, and Families,
Started January 13, 2017
For almost twenty years, we have tried to keep a record of our life
happenings, both to share with friends and family as we go along, and
to allow Marianne and me to remember and reminisce. This is the
summary of apartments and houses where we have lived, two or three
rented, three purchased, including two old places completely
remodeled. For better or worse, these places have defined much of
Knock on the doors to see inside.
|1994?-1997 - Los Gatos Classic Expanded|
is just a place holder, until we can track down enough information to
make a story. It's a decent story, so I hope we can.|
|1997- 1998 - San Jose Condo|
|This too is just a place holder, for a briefer and less-distinguished life chapter.|
|1998 - Rentals in Kiev
arrived in Kiev in September of 1998, with little expectation of what
we faced. For housing, we started with a month in a "temporary
duty" house arranged via the American Embassy and Marianne's school.
Within a month, we had found an agent to show us rentals and, for a
very brief period, purchasable projects. What on earth were we
thinking? We settled on a pleasant and convenient rental, with a
wonderful view, and we stayed there for two winters. (That's how
time was measured in Kiev.)
|2000 - 2002 Kiev Flat Remont
reasons that are still not clear to me, we decided it would be a good
idea to buy and remodel an apartment. We knew of no other ex-pat
who had tried that, so we were either brave or foolhardy or both.
But, we did it and, with the help of an agent, a designer/architect,
and a builder, we helped create our favorite urban retreat. An
amazing project that ended up in Architectural Digest (Ukrainian
|2002 - 2005 Frankfurt Apartment
an exciting and unsettled year on European roads, we found ourselves
looking for a rental in the German commercial center. The plan
was for at least a six-month assignment, so buying was not even
considered - as far as I remember anyway!
We chose an apartment sandwiched between streetcar tracks and one of
the main train stations in Frankfurt. In many ways, it fulfilled all
our urban needs, including the ability to leave our cars parked for
much of the week.
|2005 - 2013 Pommersfelden Palace
careful what you wish for. Our six months in Frankfurt had
extended to two or three years, but a move to Bavaria for my work
forced a new decision on us. And then Marianne saw her dream farm
house with a tiny "zu verkaufen" sign in the window.
That started the eight-year drama of turning a 350-year-old ruin into a good-as-new jewel box.
|2013 - 2019 (so far) California-Old in Fresno
late 2013, it was time to return home to America. Family considerations
told us Fresno would be the place and Marianne's job was to scout out
houses while I finished the sale of our Bavarian jewel box. The
requirements were agreed to before she left: safe neighborhood;
one-story; big kitchen; two-car garage; small yard.
Instead we ended up in the house on Cambridge Avenue in central
Fresno. So much for requirements, but it is a nice California-old
home in a neighborhood with character - mostly good.
REALLY is a place holder. There are no current plans to move, in
part because there is nowhere we want to be and can afford. Stay