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Monday, November 17, 2008

'Manifesting' a Home in Santa Barbara

A frequent reader sent this in and I thought it was pretty funny in that it was sent this morning after the surreal long weekend of fighting the Tea Fire. Clueless considering 210 homes were burned and these people will need rentals as well? I'm sure there are a few people that would like to "manifest" a new home right now. -- Sara

I'm on a couple hippie mailing lists and sometimes their housing requests just crack me up. I can't keep quiet about this one. Seriously, what reality are they in??

This one is entitled "Manifesting my new home"

"I am looking for a private studion cottage, 1 or 2BR in the
hills/foothills of SB, anywhere from west SB to west Montecito, by 12/1.
I want a space close to town but with with open land in the wild. I'm
35 years old, a professional massage therapist and landscape/gardner. I
want to pay $1000 or less, but again am open to negotiation. "

I don't see any problem with him finding a place that fits his flexible and easily attainable requirements within his 2 week timeframe. No problem at all.



Blogger Don McDermott said...

I understand how this manifest sounds "hippie" to some. But, I have been surprised that certain personalities just have an open and honest attitude about what they want and then like "magic" they get it or "manifest" it.

11/17/2008 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Born Free said...

There is a huge inventory of illegal rentals in this town, many could meet his criteria. What is your point?

11/17/2008 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Born Free said...

Bingo, the manifestation is complete:

Is living in ObamaLand great, or what? Just ask and it is yours.

11/17/2008 10:22 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Good luck to the manifestor in getting that spot -- along with 210 homes x 2.5 average people that are displaced from the fire.

I agree with the power of manifesting to an extent but it came across strange yesterday after our smoky weekend. It also didn't sit well with me as it seems we don't always notice what's going on around us unless we are directly affected.

I guess ignorance is sometimes bliss...

11/18/2008 5:13 AM  
Anonymous Sola Lola said...

I agree COMPLETELY with you Sara. Sure, in different circumstances, this would be nothing more than what I read on a regular basis on the message board outside of yoga class, however, right now this just seems incredulous.

I can't imagine this person being anything other than clueless in some form or another. Perhaps the reader that sent this in could send Mr. Manifest some pictures of the fire?

11/18/2008 7:24 AM  
Blogger jqb said...

"Is living in ObamaLand great, or what?"

What the hell does Obama have to do with this? Had McCain won, one could just as readily have written of McCainLand. Or one could refer to this as BushLand. This sort of comment shows just how irrational much of Obama's opposition is.

11/18/2008 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Manifest Your Destiny said...

Fire insurance not included.

11/18/2008 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Nobama said...

Irrational that Obama got elected? Nope, just ignorant when you look at the low-information voters in the hilarious "How Obama got elected" youtube video making the rounds today. You can't make this stuff up.

When Obama supporters on tape state they now don't have to worry about their mortgage payments or filling the car with gas because Obama is going to take care of them, you have a lot of people manifesting Lady Bountiful after his selection.

Do notice in the above Youtube tape how many of them thought wealth distribution sounded like a darn good idea. No surprise there with that group.

And now we get to deal with another set of low-information, high entitlement young people who thought it was okay to camp out over night on someone else's property, start a fire on someone else's property and leave the fire hoping it was out.

The owners of the Tea Gardens I am sure thank them for their trespassing and irresponsibility, along with the 210 home owners who are now also required to manifest new futures for themselves.

It would be nice if we could get back to respecting private property and the elements of nature rather than ObamaLand One World and pseudo-science that passes for education of our youth today.

11/18/2008 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Moreno said...

Sweet Jesus, Nobama. Let it go. You're just embarrassing yourself. Suggesting that Obama supporters had something to do with the Tea Fire is just tin-hat crazy. Have a nice cup of tea and relax.

11/18/2008 9:04 PM  
Anonymous the chupacabra said...

I laughed at this post, Ive seen these on Craigslist quite a few times. At least this poster was willing to go up to $1000 for his two bedroom :) Most of them just offer healing massage and would like a guest cottage on the beach or a min. 1400 ft guest cottage close to the upper village.

Talk of Obama aside (he's the person who will be our President as Mr. McCain pointed out we need to support him regardless of affiliation) and as a nation we will succeed or fail with him so lets all hope for the best.

Lets all hope that we can manifest a new home for our neighbors who lost theirs in the fire. While I dont normally have a lot of positive things to say about KEYT the live shots from United Way were a positive. I sent $50 maybe if we all hope and try our friends and neighbors will recover faster. We can manifest a better SB because as we all know it was not people like Oprah who lost their homes and next time it may be us.

Of course while we are manifesting can we think of a big swell and more 80 degree weather...

11/19/2008 2:05 AM  
Anonymous the Chupacabra said...


I realize in my earlier comment that "I gave $50" sounds kind of snotty. Its a small amount and its not like I was trying to make more out of it than it is, but its what I could give at this time, it wasnt to sound superior it was just in the hope we could all give. I'm sure others more, others less and if they dont thats fine to but I do feel its important to help our neighbors if we can in whether its financial or other methods.

And while developers normally get skewered here thanks to both Lavender Court and Towbes Group who stepped up at this time. When Painted Cave happened the community stood by its own, this fire and its devastation is getting the same response of realizing we stand for each other.

11/19/2008 2:28 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Nobama might be interested to know that the odds are very high that those ten students are Westmont College kids, who have been sneaking onto that property as long as the skaters. Are these students of the conservative Christian community exactly who you are thinking of as "low information, high entitlement"?
And the current owner is on the Westmont board. They didn't lose any structures, and in fact have invested a lot of time and energy trying to produce a plan so they can build there.
I look forward to hearing how the Westmont admin deals with the indirect responsibility for this disaster to not only their own community, but several others as well.

11/19/2008 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Nobama said...

Low information - high entitlement applies to people who think the rules are for someone else and private property is available for their trespassing.

Somehow they missed getting their Firemaker merit badges. I amend my description and say they were very low information and very high entitlement people who did this to our community.

I feel sorry for Westmont if it is confirmed to be their students because they have tried to do the right thing in their own property development. But these young adults will have destoyed all these efforts in their own selfish carelessness.

Even if they turn out to not be Westmont students, simply because it happened in the Westmont neighbohood which is full of attractive nuisances. Certainly the owners of the Tea House must stand in for liability too for maintaining this attractive nuisance with plenty of notice of its peril.

The nation gained nothing letting "young people" decide the fate of our nation if these are prime examples of the youth of today. Careless, selfish and amoral. They had to be ratted out before they came forth with their cries of contrition.

Not unlike leaving the scene of the crime and hit and run -- choices have consequences. I hope they understand the consequences of their choices. They are old enough for these important lessons.

And we all will suffer the consequences of this age group inflicting Obama upon us. May this also be an important lesson.

11/19/2008 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Nobama said...

For the record, Westmont states these were not Westmost students. It is odd this is not disclosed but they also do not identify gang affiliations either when these young people commit crimes.

I defer to the sheriff's department for their wisdom handling this matter.

And I defer to those who paint their own hopes, fears and prejudices on this blank unknown slate - not unlike the Obama campaign.

11/19/2008 8:08 PM  
Anonymous AN50 said...

Ah Patrick, I can understand the urge to condemn a Christian school, after all Christianity is the only religion you are allowed to hate and mock these days, but there is no information as yet linking these students to that campus. Let’s wait until we have all the facts first, eh?

11/19/2008 8:20 PM  

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