Good Friends

March 11, 2012

I had this wonderful weekend in Palm Springs…

due to Good Friends…..

and by that term I mean people that genuinely care for you and each other….

I met through my LA friend Ralph…his oldest in terms of knowing each other…friend  Ron (they both are from the Midwest)…..

who is this wonderful guy…and  a Realtor in PS ..who due to his business deals has introduced all these guys to each other…..

and all I can say is I wish everyone who entered Palm Springs looking for property had the luck to meet Ron…..a unique…unassuming guy….

I am new  to the group…I am intending to move in 8 years to Palm Springs…when I retire at 73….

I was invited down by one of the guys I had met 2 years ago at another Extremely Dear Friend’s Halloween Party…Nabil and Jeff (if you are a romantic and love the Full Moon…the leaves as they change color and eventually fall…the ocean as it runs in …near the sand castle you have built…well you would love these guys)…..

but Bobby was the guy who invited me down to his partner’s birthday…Geoffrey….well it was all magical…we were invited to a “hot dog” party….but I was blown away by the event…Bobby and Geoffrey’s house is UNBELIEVABLE….on it seems like acres of land..LED lights lighting the Tall Palm trees .. a very understatedly (sp?)  comfortable Grand  House

..we all gathered outside under a full moon next to the pool ..

…as Bobby had these diverse hot dogs.cooked ..vegetarian…and other unique ones…..

I should preface this by saying ….. in the morning ..I had gone to see 2 of the Rolls Royce  of Assisted Living …Demenia Old Folks home..in Rancho Mirage and Palm Deset……the reason being I was so depressed by where my dear friend Jim is at …and I do have Long Term Insurance…which I am glad I took out all those years ago….

well should I get to that point of being mentally challenged ……I  want to be put into Mirage Inn in Rancho Mirage…it was like entering the Bel Air Hotel…fountains everywhere…a cocktail lounge..a cabaret where they have singers perform..a movie theatre..a FABULOUS dining room…that serves food from 7-7 ..you can go in at any time….a chef that went to the San Francisco Culinary Institue ..(?)…she CARES…and is also know as a Great baker…..all of the rooms are different…some have balconies….it honestly is like a hotel…and this really is due to Jay Wohleib…who  is an Interior Designer…and his partner……it is magical..it is fun…..

I went to see one other one which due to their internet pictures…I thought originally was better than the Mirage Inn…it is called Altria Hacienda…I think…well FORGET it…the place does NOT hold a candle to the Mirage….and they were on “Lockdown” due to EVERYONE “having the flu”…the colors..the ambiance ….the feeling of the whole joint…I frankly could not wait to get out of……

I motored on to Ron’s wonderful house….

he showed me  what was available to buy all over Palm Springs …and we did this basically so I could see what is out there…and also so he could see what my preference is….

and I FOUND what I want…if I had the cash now ($429,000 reduced from $499,00) I would buy it to rent out…..it is VERY dramatic…and an artist is selling it …as he has bought another house….it is not called a condo…another term for when you only pay for the outside common areas..but maintain your own unit…so the HOA is only $145.00..it is 3 bedrooms 3 1/2 baths….the living room has a soaring 2 story ceiling….actually all of the ceilings are HIGH..which I love…..the kitchen is to die for….everything is new…it has a small pool outside..but 2 fireplaces…one in the LR…one in the outside patio between the room that I would use as a dining room and the kitchen….then one of the Master Bedrooms is right off the pool….the other is upstairs…..it is basically a house …and what I loved was the upstairs  guest room that I could use for friends or family….which has its own balcony

Anyway something like this dream house..WILL happen when I retire……as I have  now at least $400,000 in equity in my current LA house which will just increase in value as the East end of West Hollywood is developing….

but back to Bobby’s party for Geoffrey …I was talking to a “new” friends Jeff and Brad….and I was telling them about my day…visiting these as Ron calls them “old folks homes”…

..and Jeff …said “Why do you EVER entertain such an idea…as we will always take care of you…”…..

well I was just speechless …….as no one has EVER said that to me…

which brings me to another issue…my friend Ron…spent a lot of time showing houses to this couple

…only to find out …that a fellow realtor stole his clients away..and told Ron after he had pocked the commission….

I met the guy yesterday…and WELL..

I Believe in Karma….it will come back to whack this guy….

but it made me sad for Ron…as he is one of us Midwesterners who was brought up to Trust everyone….

and like so MANY of you he does not Realize how WONDERFUL he is…and what he has given to us Good Friends!!!

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