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Old 02-27-2016, 12:44 AM
 
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When & if it happens, decompression surgery would be @ SF Kaiser.


Given the info from you previous posting, I think Paradise is worth a look...providing the complex available to you there is acceptable. Sure it may be a bit of a "mountain town" and perhaps more conservative then you would like, hot summers. But, I think just from what I can glean off the internet, I think it's worth a trip up there to look the place over for yourself.


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I hope that you get relief from the pain you're in. I agree Paradise is worth a look. I have a chronic illness which makes travel a bit challenging when it's in a flare (as it is right now) but I need to see the town. I was looking at climate data and noticed it rains over 55 inches! I like some rainy days but I've never lived where it rains that much so that's something I need to think about. I'm reconsidering Solvang and whether or not I can tolerate the enclosed apartments.

I wish I were more mobile like I used to be. I could make fun trips out of visiting both Solvang and Paradise!
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Old 02-27-2016, 12:52 AM
 
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Actually, most places won't let you sign a lease until you get the key. I think it's a really stupid business practice. When I was managing, I wanted a signed lease before I'd stop showing an apartment. But, most places cover their butts in case they can't provide the unit on time. The silly thing is, you can write a clause into the lease (actually, it's standard in most leases ) that says you're not liable if the place isn't ready on time.

It's especially irritating when you're paying movers who are standing around by the truck while you're sitting in an office with a manager explaining and having you initial and sign a hundred different documents. Grrrr. That's how it was in Redding. In Crescent City, they offered first month free rent after their remodel, so I signed the lease and got the key when I came to look at it.

Anyway, that's actually not unusual. But, you could always ask them to email you a copy of the lease, so you could see what you'd be signing.

I'm glad you have more time to make your decision.

Thanks NoMoreSnowForMe. That's good to know. I contacted the person who said there will be a new property manager on April 1st so I wouldn't be able to look at a copy of the lease until then.

It's nerve wracking to consider moving somewhere and not being able to sign a lease until I get there. I wouldn't know what floor I was on (I don't want to live underneath someone).

The person who was in charge of renting the apartments (newly built building) is filling in. She said she doesn't know what floor I'm on.

How do I set up cable, internet, phone, electricity, etc....without even knowing a unit number?

I'm not used to dealing with these low income tax credit properties. It's a different ballgame! One would think they would like to make it a little easier for seniors.

The apartments in Paradise told me they aren't 100% sure the person will be moving by May. She's pretty sure but won't know until April.

I feel like I'm gambling. Do I take the almost for sure thing (Solvang)? Or wait?

I found out it rains over 50 inches (two sites said 55 inches) in Paradise. That seems like a lot of rain so I'm rethinking things. I'm also looking at other options but none are out there right now...
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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Yes, that does sound like a lot of rain. When light to moderate rain, without being windy, I think a good umbrella would allow you to get out of your apt. I have had very good luck with a brand of umbrella called Windbrella (need to order online) Summer heat may be more of a problem. You don't want to find yourself stuck in a small apt with the air conditioner on most of the day. Some people can tolerate heat better then others though. Another consideration in a area like Paradise is if the apt you move into has trees close by offering a bit of shade to your apt. Since mobility can sometimes be a problem for you, would the apt be relatively close to a coffee shop, library, grocery store, book store or other shops to browse in, park....? It sounds like you have a difficult decision to make. If you can manage visiting Paradise soon, I think it would be good for helping you decide.....and who knows, next week some other possible option might become available.

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Old 02-27-2016, 01:58 PM
 
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Yes, that does sound like a lot of rain. When light to moderate rain, without being windy, I think a good umbrella would allow you to get out of your apt. I have had very good luck with a brand of umbrella called Windbrella (need to order online) Summer heat may be more of a problem. You don't want to find yourself stuck in a small apt with the air conditioner on most of the day. Some people can tolerate heat better then others though. Another consideration in a area like Paradise is if the apt you move into has trees close by offering a bit of shade to your apt. Since mobility can sometimes be a problem for you, would the apt be relatively close to a coffee shop, library, grocery store, book store or other shops to browse in, park....? It sounds like you have a difficult decision to make. If you can manage visiting Paradise soon, I think it would be good for helping you decide.....and who knows, next week some other possible option might become available.

B-Line - Route 40 (Paradise - Chico)

Thank you for the umbrella recommendation. It looks like a really good one. I just ordered one on amazon. Where ever I end up I'll need a good umbrella.

And great to know about the bus. I was going to google whether or not Paradise had a transit system that would allow me to get to Chico for medical appointments.

It looks like the apartment would be relatively close to all that you mentioned so that's a good thing.

I think I have more trouble with rain (it flares my symptoms) than I do heat. I feel better on sunny, warm (even hot days sometimes) than I do in the rain. The drop in barometric pressure triggers inflammation. I wonder whether being at an elevation would make a difference in the barometric pressure drop?
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Old 02-27-2016, 03:04 PM
 
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Thank you for the umbrella recommendation. It looks like a really good one. I just ordered one on amazon. Where ever I end up I'll need a good umbrella.

And great to know about the bus. I was going to google whether or not Paradise had a transit system that would allow me to get to Chico for medical appointments.

It looks like the apartment would be relatively close to all that you mentioned so that's a good thing.

I think I have more trouble with rain (it flares my symptoms) than I do heat. I feel better on sunny, warm (even hot days sometimes) than I do in the rain. The drop in barometric pressure triggers inflammation. I wonder whether being at an elevation would make a difference in the barometric pressure drop?

Windbrella

I have found even with this brand of umbrella inverts from a strong wind, it does not break and you just push it back in place.

Looks like it is a approx 53 min by bus from Paradise to downtown Chico.....fares look reasonable
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Old 02-27-2016, 03:45 PM
 
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Thank you for the umbrella recommendation. It looks like a really good one. I just ordered one on amazon. Where ever I end up I'll need a good umbrella.

And great to know about the bus. I was going to google whether or not Paradise had a transit system that would allow me to get to Chico for medical appointments.

It looks like the apartment would be relatively close to all that you mentioned so that's a good thing.

I think I have more trouble with rain (it flares my symptoms) than I do heat. I feel better on sunny, warm (even hot days sometimes) than I do in the rain. The drop in barometric pressure triggers inflammation. I wonder whether being at an elevation would make a difference in the barometric pressure drop?
I can speak to the weather and barometric pressure situation. I have autoimmune issues, along with fibromyalgia, and find that one of the biggest triggers is barometric pressure drops. In fact, I can tell you when the pressure has dropped without looking. I DO look at the barometer when I'm crashing, just to confirm my suspicions, and I'm always on target.

So . . . I've considered Paradise many times - can't quite let go of the idea. I've gone up there more times than I can count, looked at real estate, analyzed it to death, and love many aspects of it. But the rain/barometric pressure thing stops me. I lived in the Grass Valley area for 20 years and now in Roseville and I am much much better in Roseville than I ever was "up the hill". The first time we looked at Paradise was in the Fall of 2007. And the first thing the realtor asked us was how we felt about rain. As he pointed out, the average rainfall of approximately 55 inches is an average . . . one year it was 100 inches! Anyway, what I've noticed is that when I follow the Doppler on Noaa's website, it seems as though the yellow "blob" (really heavy rain) and the dark green "blob" (heavy rain) tend to stay over the Chico/Paradise area for lengthy periods. We'll be sitting here in Roseville wondering when it's going to move our way. I have friends in Paradise who feel that way, too, but more like "when is it going to move somewhere else". And it does get some snow, depending on where you are, so that may or may not affect your decision. You might want to keep an eye on Doppler during what's left of winter and compare it to Solvang or other locations.

Hope this helps a little. Good luck in making your decision.
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Old 02-27-2016, 05:21 PM
 
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I can speak to the weather and barometric pressure situation. I have autoimmune issues, along with fibromyalgia, and find that one of the biggest triggers is barometric pressure drops. In fact, I can tell you when the pressure has dropped without looking. I DO look at the barometer when I'm crashing, just to confirm my suspicions, and I'm always on target.

So . . . I've considered Paradise many times - can't quite let go of the idea. I've gone up there more times than I can count, looked at real estate, analyzed it to death, and love many aspects of it. But the rain/barometric pressure thing stops me. I lived in the Grass Valley area for 20 years and now in Roseville and I am much much better in Roseville than I ever was "up the hill". The first time we looked at Paradise was in the Fall of 2007. And the first thing the realtor asked us was how we felt about rain. As he pointed out, the average rainfall of approximately 55 inches is an average . . . one year it was 100 inches! Anyway, what I've noticed is that when I follow the Doppler on Noaa's website, it seems as though the yellow "blob" (really heavy rain) and the dark green "blob" (heavy rain) tend to stay over the Chico/Paradise area for lengthy periods. We'll be sitting here in Roseville wondering when it's going to move our way. I have friends in Paradise who feel that way, too, but more like "when is it going to move somewhere else". And it does get some snow, depending on where you are, so that may or may not affect your decision. You might want to keep an eye on Doppler during what's left of winter and compare it to Solvang or other locations.

Hope this helps a little. Good luck in making your decision.
This helps a lot. Thank you for posting. I too have autoimmune issues along with an illness similar to fibromyalgia. Yes-I too can tell when the pressure drops. Great to know about Grass Valley. That info along with what I found out about the property management company rules out GV completely.

I don't know that I can handle that amount of rain. 55 inches is too much and more than that would be way too much. I have relatives in the northwest. Whenever I have visited them I become nonfunctional. One if the reasons I was going to move to paradise was because the apt had a very small patio but if it rains that much I wouldn't be able to be outside as much as I was hoping. I would stay in this area (sac) but can't find anything in my price range ($800) without major issues such as mold, roaches, safety etc

So it looks like Solvang at this point. Unless something comes up next week. in the meantime I'm going to check out that website and follow the Doppler.

Thanks so much again.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:49 PM
 
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Given the possibility the climate in Paradise could aggravate your health issue/s, it's probably prudent to pass on moving there. Solvang looks like your only current option. But, I guess another option could emerge before the Solvang move is
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:37 PM
 
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Given the possibility the climate in Paradise could aggravate your health issue/s, it's probably prudent to pass on moving there. Solvang looks like your only current option. But, I guess another option could emerge before the Solvang move is
finalized.

SOLVANG COFFEE COMPANY - Solvang Coffee Company
I'm a bit disappointed about Paradise. I had bookmarked all your links, googled, dr's, dentist, veterinarian. All were close to the apartment so it would have been really good in many ways.

I love that this coffee company is right next to a bookstore. I haven't been able to find a public transit system in Solvang. I'm a little nervous about moving that far away. I might have mentioned before (can't remember) but I got my PhD near Santa Barbara. Solvang is about 35 miles from Santa Barbara. I'm just assuming I'll like the area. I need to check out services for seniors (55 and over) as well as public transit.

Part of my nervousness about moving so far is that my Dad died last month (which is why my illness is so flared right now). He was my last surviving parent. We were close so I'm sort of craving the comfort of the familiar (if that makes sense).

The apartment in Solvang is brand new. I'm told that seniors don't move that often so if I worry if I don't take the Solvang place I might end up in a not so good situation. So much to think about. And not the best time to be making major decisions. This was all in process prior to his death. If I could I would prefer to be back in SF or the East Bay.
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Old 02-28-2016, 12:18 AM
 
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I'm a bit disappointed about Paradise. I had bookmarked all your links, googled, dr's, dentist, veterinarian. All were close to the apartment so it would have been really good in many ways.

I love that this coffee company is right next to a bookstore. I haven't been able to find a public transit system in Solvang. I'm a little nervous about moving that far away. I might have mentioned before (can't remember) but I got my PhD near Santa Barbara. Solvang is about 35 miles from Santa Barbara. I'm just assuming I'll like the area. I need to check out services for seniors (55 and over) as well as public transit.

Part of my nervousness about moving so far is that my Dad died last month (which is why my illness is so flared right now). He was my last surviving parent. We were close so I'm sort of craving the comfort of the familiar (if that makes sense).

The apartment in Solvang is brand new. I'm told that seniors don't move that often so if I worry if I don't take the Solvang place I might end up in a not so good situation. So much to think about. And not the best time to be making major decisions. This was all in process prior to his death. If I could I would prefer to be back in SF or the East Bay.
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