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Old 07-27-2016, 09:47 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I thought Snow was saying lately that she's thinking of moving south a bit....? Has Crescent City lost its charm? At least they have water. And redwoods.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:31 AM
 
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I've been looking at houses in Crescent City CA on zillow. Doesn't anyone have a wood burning fireplace? I see all these ugly little metal things instead.
Those ugly little metal things are pellet stoves and you will rely on it to take the chill off and keep the moisture out. It's routine, like making coffee. Get up, light the pellet stove, make the coffee. We used our's year-round. In summer, just for about an hour in the morning, in winter, depending on the weather, for a few hours, or morning and night....whatever.....whenever we felt cold. Pellets come in 40 pound bags for about $5 each. We liked the brand sold at ACE best. People buy them in bulk and have them delivered.

When I worked at Walmart one of my co-workers had a fireplace. The advantage is you still have heat if the power goes out. Pellet stoves have 2 fans, one to fan the flames (makes them burn hot and efficient) and another to push the warm air out into the room.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:36 AM
 
Location: southeast Wisconsin
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2 Casinos in Crescent City? Who owns those, are those tribal? The town isn't on tribal land, how did anyone get a permit to have casinos there?
There are two different tribes and each has its own casino. One is north of CC and the other is south in Klamath, which is basically a tribal town.
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:49 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Those ugly little metal things are pellet stoves and you will rely on it to take the chill off and keep the moisture out. It's routine, like making coffee. Get up, light the pellet stove, make the coffee. We used our's year-round. In summer, just for about an hour in the morning, in winter, depending on the weather, for a few hours, or morning and night....whatever.....whenever we felt cold. Pellets come in 40 pound bags for about $5 each. We liked the brand sold at ACE best. People buy them in bulk and have them delivered.

When I worked at Walmart one of my co-workers had a fireplace. The advantage is you still have heat if the power goes out. Pellet stoves have 2 fans, one to fan the flames (makes them burn hot and efficient) and another to push the warm air out into the room.
What happens when the power goes out?
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:18 PM
 
Location: southeast Wisconsin
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What happens when the power goes out?
It stops feeding pellets, the fire in the pot goes out, it gets a little smoky inside for a few minutes (Don't open the door!) and the unit just sits there doing nothing until the power comes back on.

I should mention, there is a hopper at the top of the stove, which is under a door that lifts up. The pellets go in there. It probably holds most of a 40 pound bag. There is a screw auger that feeds the pellets one by one into a pan with holes in it. The fan blows air through the holes, which makes the fire very hot, using only a small number of pellets at a time. Also, the stove must be lit manually, with a cup full of pellets and a starter, such as wood chips soaked in kerosene, which they sell in bags there, and a match. Stoves vary by model. Google pellet stove to learn more if you are interested.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I thought Snow was saying lately that she's thinking of moving south a bit....? Has Crescent City lost its charm? At least they have water. And redwoods.
Oddly enough, CC is growing on me again, so I may stay. But, I'm hoping to put a camper on my truck, so I can travel a bit. The hardest thing to adjust to here for me, is the lack of things I loved doing in the Bay Area. I love to take classes and go on group bus day trips, and there is nothing like that here.

But, I'm getting into making crafts and will start selling at the local farmers markets, so I'll have a social outlet there, and I got a plot in one of the community gardens, so I'm starting to garden again and chatting with other gardeners, etc. I've made a friend I can go shopping with, etc., occasionally. And I love taking my dog to the beach - we went today and it was wonderful. Chatted with a guy there with his dog, too. I've found people to be friendly here, it's easy to chat with strangers here and there.

I like the cool weather, and just as we were about to leave the sunny and breezy beach with temps around 70 degrees today at about 4pm, I think, the fog started rolling in.

At any rate, it's a big adjustment to go from having the entertainment options in the Bay Area, including tons of classes to choose from - to pretty much zilch. And not much in the way of shopping options, either.

But, if I moved away from here, I think I would really miss the good things - hardly anyone on the beaches and nobody bugging me about my dog being off leash, no traffic, no lines, no crowds, no parking meters, mild temps year-round.

You just don't get it all in one place - great shopping/entertainment and no traffic and empty beaches.

I've been here almost 2 years, and I'm just finally feeling like I've gotten comfortable with the pace here. I'm finally getting my zen on :-)

And you gotta love that I could plant Chinese snow peas in July.

Oh, and as far as nobody having wood burning fire places... I can't believe that nobody has one, because I see firewood for sale around town. But, I wouldn't be surprised if many people don't want to deal with chopping, buying, stacking, drying, dealing with the mess bringing wood inside - that having a real wood-burning fireplace means. I got real sick of it when I got older and had wood-burning fireplaces in WA. And even if I did, I'd still put in an insert because they're more efficient and you can get some where you can still see the fire.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:16 PM
 
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I know exactly what you mean about missing so many activity and entertainment options! When I'm in the Bay Area/Santa Cruz, I suddenly realize how musically-deprived I've been for so long! There are so many jazz clubs, so much good music of high quality happening ALL THE TIME, while in Seattle or NM there's nothing that fits my interests. I'm glad you've decided to stick it out for now, though. We need someone reporting from that northerly outpost. You do it so well!
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:08 PM
 
Location: southeast Wisconsin
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Oddly enough, CC is growing on me again, so I may stay. But, I'm hoping to put a camper on my truck, so I can travel a bit. The hardest thing to adjust to here for me, is the lack of things I loved doing in the Bay Area. I love to take classes and go on group bus day trips, and there is nothing like that here.

But, I'm getting into making crafts and will start selling at the local farmers markets, so I'll have a social outlet there, and I got a plot in one of the community gardens, so I'm starting to garden again and chatting with other gardeners, etc. I've made a friend I can go shopping with, etc., occasionally. And I love taking my dog to the beach - we went today and it was wonderful. Chatted with a guy there with his dog, too. I've found people to be friendly here, it's easy to chat with strangers here and there.

I like the cool weather, and just as we were about to leave the sunny and breezy beach with temps around 70 degrees today at about 4pm, I think, the fog started rolling in.

At any rate, it's a big adjustment to go from having the entertainment options in the Bay Area, including tons of classes to choose from - to pretty much zilch. And not much in the way of shopping options, either.

But, if I moved away from here, I think I would really miss the good things - hardly anyone on the beaches and nobody bugging me about my dog being off leash, no traffic, no lines, no crowds, no parking meters, mild temps year-round.

You just don't get it all in one place - great shopping/entertainment and no traffic and empty beaches.

I've been here almost 2 years, and I'm just finally feeling like I've gotten comfortable with the pace here. I'm finally getting my zen on :-)

And you gotta love that I could plant Chinese snow peas in July.

Oh, and as far as nobody having wood burning fire places... I can't believe that nobody has one, because I see firewood for sale around town. But, I wouldn't be surprised if many people don't want to deal with chopping, buying, stacking, drying, dealing with the mess bringing wood inside - that having a real wood-burning fireplace means. I got real sick of it when I got older and had wood-burning fireplaces in WA. And even if I did, I'd still put in an insert because they're more efficient and you can get some where you can still see the fire.
I can echo a lot of your feelings, however my husband was sick all the time there and I was having health issues that turned out to be major surgery that I never could have gotten in CC. I took a lot of gorgeous photos though, while we lived there. I will forever be thankful that we lived there a year and a half, even though hubby was sick, which grieved me constantly. He is well, by the way, here in Wisconsin, and I had my major surgery. It was the mold, that made him sick.
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Old 07-29-2016, 03:08 PM
 
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Oddly enough, CC is growing on me again, so I may stay. But, I'm hoping to put a camper on my truck, so I can travel a bit. The hardest thing to adjust to here for me, is the lack of things I loved doing in the Bay Area. I love to take classes and go on group bus day trips, and there is nothing like that here.

But, I'm getting into making crafts and will start selling at the local farmers markets, so I'll have a social outlet there, and I got a plot in one of the community gardens, so I'm starting to garden again and chatting with other gardeners, etc. I've made a friend I can go shopping with, etc., occasionally. And I love taking my dog to the beach - we went today and it was wonderful. Chatted with a guy there with his dog, too. I've found people to be friendly here, it's easy to chat with strangers here and there.

I like the cool weather, and just as we were about to leave the sunny and breezy beach with temps around 70 degrees today at about 4pm, I think, the fog started rolling in.

At any rate, it's a big adjustment to go from having the entertainment options in the Bay Area, including tons of classes to choose from - to pretty much zilch. And not much in the way of shopping options, either.

But, if I moved away from here, I think I would really miss the good things - hardly anyone on the beaches and nobody bugging me about my dog being off leash, no traffic, no lines, no crowds, no parking meters, mild temps year-round.

You just don't get it all in one place - great shopping/entertainment and no traffic and empty beaches.

I've been here almost 2 years, and I'm just finally feeling like I've gotten comfortable with the pace here. I'm finally getting my zen on :-)

And you gotta love that I could plant Chinese snow peas in July.

Oh, and as far as nobody having wood burning fire places... I can't believe that nobody has one, because I see firewood for sale around town. But, I wouldn't be surprised if many people don't want to deal with chopping, buying, stacking, drying, dealing with the mess bringing wood inside - that having a real wood-burning fireplace means. I got real sick of it when I got older and had wood-burning fireplaces in WA. And even if I did, I'd still put in an insert because they're more efficient and you can get some where you can still see the fire.
Perhaps you could find a bit more of what you are missing and would able to keep the things you like about where you are now in the Eureka area ?....
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:02 AM
 
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Perhaps you could find a bit more of what you are missing and would able to keep the things you like about where you are now in the Eureka area ?....
Ahhh! Honestly, I really dislike Eureka and Arcata. To put it as nicely as possible. That area is inundated with homeless people. And I've seen homeless in the Bay Area and in downtown Redding, where it's bad. Eureka and Arcata take the cake as far as homeless everywhere.

Plus, you just can't understand how a community that is very much into and financed by marijuana, is affected by that industry, until you see it first hand.

My impression of that, is a community that lets their property go to hell. The entire area is full of homes that have not been maintained. There are various theories - that they don't want people to know how much they are actually worth, so they let their properties rot in the salt air. Or they are so high all the time, that they don't pay attention to the fact that their properties are rotting in the salt air. Whatever the reason, properties in that area are rotting away for the most part.

Also, I swear, you can't go anywhere without smelling pot. That may bother you or it may not. But, this also means that most people you encounter are high. Maybe that will bother you or not. But, to me, even as an ex-pot-smoking-ex-hippy, I would rather not deal with everyone wherever I go - who are high.

Plus, there is about zero affordable housing in Eureka and their Section 8 list is closed.

But, honestly, even if they called me tomorrow and said they could offer me a better deal than I have in CC, I would not take it. I don't like it there. Bottom line. Even if there is a little more to do there.

And there isn't any better medical or dental benefits there than here.

And Eureka is still super isolated from anywhere else. The drive from Eureka to anywhere civilized, like Santa Rosa, is still a long and isolated drive.

So, nope. Eureka would not be better than Crescent City. If I move away from here, I'd go all the way to Santa Rosa. I'd never move to Eureka or Arcata instead. I think you just have to really be into the pot industry to live there. And I didn't think I'd believe that about the place. But, I live up here now, and have visited there with the intent on possibly moving there, and even when I visited there, the local paper that day had a front page article about the pot industry.

Oh, and I didn't even mention the pit bulls. You'll see little hippy girls all over Arcata walking their pit bulls. I've never seen so many pit bulls in my life being walked in one town at the same time. Are they rescuing them as something noble? Are they also part of the pot industry mentality or security? I don't know. But, it was weird. Lots of high hippy types (which I used to be) with pit bulls, and still smoking lots of pot with lots of tattoos.

It's a very weird area, unless you're into all of that. I'm pretty open-minded, but it creeps me out. It's a bizarre time-warp culture where most of the inhabitants are mentally impaired most of the time.

Just weird and creepy.

That was a long way around telling you that no, Eureka won't work for me.
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