We have some new Bay Area “expats” in our neighborhood. I have not met them, but I did notice an “Obama” bumper sticker on the car. In the past we had retirees flocking up here to the “gated” communities of Lake of the Pines and Lake Wildwood. But this migration includes people like Paul and Muriel August to North San Juan. I hope we welcome them — in this case, into the same county district as Wildwood.
“The first thing Paul August noticed when he drove into the small and charming town of Nevada City was the ample parking. Then August put a quarter in the parking meter,” according to the S.F. Chronicle.
“It hit one hour, paused, and then it went to two hours,” August marveled. “Coming from the Bay Area, I thought I had hit the jackpot. One quarter gives me two hours!”
“August and his wife, Muriel, both retired from teaching careers in the Oakland public schools, moved in 2005 from Oakland to North San Juan, a town of about 260 people situated in Nevada County along Highway 49, an area made famous by the California Gold Rush.
“The Augusts were ready for a new chapter in their lives, one that took them away from the daily headaches that came with work, traffic, constant rushing and relentless noise. They also wanted a place where expenses were lower and houses offered more space and privacy.
“‘When I came here, the silence was beautiful,’ said August, standing on his 26 wooded acres. ‘Now when I go back to the Bay Area and get out of my car, the first thing I notice is the noise – the sirens, jackhammers, cars.’
“A guitar player, aspiring writer and self-professed ‘neoliberal rabble-rouser,’ August said he envisioned retirement to be full of writing and singing. He has a small cabin behind his house, but spends little time there. He goes to the local cafe to play his guitar.
“But, August said, life in the woods is not for everyone.”
The rest of the article is here.
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