Katie: Does that come with a yard big enough to put a dogwalk in?
Webmeister: Sure, for an extra $500,999.98, no problem!
Katie: Ha ha! Touche.
Webmeister: Of course, that probably doesn't include a house, just the yard--
Katie: Okay, I'm offering a million! Of course, for that mere pittance it will have to be in the very distant East Bay.
Webmeister: I'm sure you'll be happy with your 1-bedroom, half-bath fixer-upper.
Katie: But it has almost a half acre! There's room for an A-frame and a dogwalk, as long as I don't try to use them at the same time. Besides, I enjoy showering outside.
Webmeister: Why do we still live here? ...Oh, yeah, there are high-tech jobs.
Katie: Besides, if we lived on 500 acre ranches in South Dakota, say, just think of how far we would have to drive to get to agility trials!
Simultaneously, I received the following forwarded email from another friend:
I'm a Ph.D. student... and am writing my dissertation so I'll be spending a lot of time at Berkeley's library and, for that reason, was hoping to live near the university. I'm looking for a studio or one bedroom apartment probably in north or west Berkeley, since the south seems to be heavily populated with undergraduates and is probably not very quiet. I've been checking Craig's List periodically and it looks like I could rent something decent in the $800-$900 range. I'd be willing to pay as much as $1000 if utilities were included.
So--If anyone's really hurting for housing, I have a metal-frame canopy with only a small tear in the seam in the roof that I'm willing to rent for cheap.
For your entertainment value--here are some calendars of agility events:
- Ellen's weekends--mostly w/in 2 hours of home
- Karey's Calendar--maintained for our club, The Bay Team. I don't do AKC and it also lists Oregon & SoCal events, which I don't usually do, but look at those weekends!
- Southwest Agility Calendar
- Clean Run calendar, the whole known universe, searchable. You can search for all events in California to get an idea...it's only a partial listing; for example, for some reason I notice that none of our club's events are listed.
Then, for big yuks--try searching for events in South Dakota.