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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #50 on: May 26, 2014, 11:35:59 PM »
I'd be interested in a June meetup since I couldn't make the first one.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #51 on: May 31, 2014, 03:04:02 PM »
I could do a June meetup if it wasn't the weekend of 6/14.

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« Reply #52 on: June 01, 2014, 10:59:40 PM »
Great!  Maybe the last weekend of June, if that works for people?

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #53 on: June 03, 2014, 06:18:36 PM »
We should be around the weekend of 6/28.  Beach?

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #54 on: June 09, 2014, 10:31:25 AM »
I'd be up for the beach again.  6/28 works for me.

Mike

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #55 on: June 10, 2014, 10:49:14 PM »
We should be around the weekend of 6/28.  Beach?

Either a park in CDM or the beach proper would be awesome :)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #56 on: June 11, 2014, 12:17:44 AM »
I'm in HB too.   I might show up 👍

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #57 on: June 19, 2014, 05:14:05 PM »
I don't know if 6/28 works, but I at least want to get on this thread.

Anyone here read doctorhousingbubble?  It's a blog that focuses on California real estate and its tendency to have much more exaggerated boom and bust cycles on average compared to other locales. Lots of local data on Irvine in particular:

http://www.doctorhousingbubble.com/


Mike

I read that blog occasionally, but tend to read another that is similar in tone called www.OCHousingNews.com regularly.  The blogger used to write for Irvine Housing Blog, so he posts lots of Irvine data, in addition to other cities.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #58 on: June 20, 2014, 02:26:26 PM »
Nice find, Poorman, thanks! 

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #59 on: June 23, 2014, 11:23:45 AM »
I don't know if 6/28 works, but I at least want to get on this thread.

Anyone here read doctorhousingbubble?  It's a blog that focuses on California real estate and its tendency to have much more exaggerated boom and bust cycles on average compared to other locales. Lots of local data on Irvine in particular:

http://www.doctorhousingbubble.com/


Mike

I read that blog occasionally, but tend to read another that is similar in tone called www.OCHousingNews.com regularly.  The blogger used to write for Irvine Housing Blog, so he posts lots of Irvine data, in addition to other cities.

Cool!   I didn't know The Poorman was a Mushtacian.   When will they bring you back on Love Line?   You and Dr. Drew started it ;)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #60 on: June 23, 2014, 03:34:05 PM »
Wow... You're the second person that got the reference.  I seriously didn't expect anybody to know who Poorman was when I created this account.  If you know that Poorman started Love Line then you probably also know that he got his start by writing a book, "Poorman's Guide to Dining for Under $6" or something to that effect.  He was also writing a column for the OC Weekly a year ago called "Cheap Eats in the OC for Under $6", so I thought what better example of frugal living than the great Poorman!

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« Reply #61 on: June 23, 2014, 04:26:53 PM »
Now if you can just mix frugal living / investment advice and bikinis you just might have a hit show!  :)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #62 on: June 24, 2014, 12:19:17 PM »
Oh The Poorman is known far in wide in the OC. Probably LA too. Even us girls know him, we just aren't as enthralled with his show as the guys are for some strange reason :-)!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #63 on: June 26, 2014, 09:14:16 AM »
I'm still open for a meetup this weekend, as long as everyone else is still available.

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« Reply #64 on: June 26, 2014, 06:58:13 PM »
I'd still be up for a meetup. Saturday or Sunday afternoon/early evening by the beach in Corona del Mar?  It's Tad's spot from last time but it's a winner.

Mike


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« Reply #65 on: June 26, 2014, 08:56:39 PM »
I'm busy Sunday, but I'd be up for a Saturday meetup in CDM.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #66 on: June 26, 2014, 11:00:07 PM »
How about Saturday at around 6:30 PM? The park is a nice place to watch the sunset. Last time we all just brought a picnic dinner. 

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #67 on: June 27, 2014, 09:24:36 AM »
I'm flexible and can meet during Saturday morning/afternoon.  If it's just the three of us, how about somewhere closer, like Costa Mesa or Irvine? 

I'd be up for a hike through the Back Bay or something like that.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #68 on: June 27, 2014, 10:41:52 AM »
I'm also flexible as to time and place.  Might just be us three.  I'd definitely be up for a hike.

Mike


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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #69 on: June 27, 2014, 10:01:25 PM »
I'll check in the am and see if anyone's still up for a meetup tomorrow- even if it's just three of us, could still be fun!

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« Reply #70 on: June 28, 2014, 10:03:03 AM »
Good morning all!  How about we try for a meetup today at the Back Bay in Costa Mesa at 11?  It's an easy hike, and pretty, too. 

There's a park off of Mesa with free parking (if you see a house with chickens in the front, you're in the right place).  I'll be the short Asian girl with the bouncy Border Collie sporting a red bandanna (the dog, not me).

Let me know if you guys are interested!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #71 on: June 28, 2014, 10:39:22 AM »
I could do that. Do you have a street address or something to Google Map it with?

Mike

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #72 on: June 28, 2014, 10:51:59 AM »
2609 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach.

Just park along the street anywhere.  See you guys soon!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #73 on: June 28, 2014, 08:30:42 PM »
Awesome recap of the day, singlemomdebt- and love the photos!

It was great meeting you and Mike, and had fun wandering through the Back Bay.  FYI: it took a couple baths, but Zoe is finally a white dog again. :)

Looking forward to the next meetup!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #74 on: June 29, 2014, 10:45:07 AM »
Agreed, that was a great time.  Thanks for the great suggestion on the hike, sunny!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #75 on: June 29, 2014, 12:11:08 PM »
I am moving to OC in September to start at UC Irvine. I'm just popping in to say hi and keep my ear open for future MMM meetups after that point.

Hope to meet some of you in a few months!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #76 on: June 29, 2014, 08:59:59 PM »
Welcome, prefrontal!

Where are you moving from? Orange County is an interesting beast.

Mike


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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #77 on: June 29, 2014, 10:07:24 PM »
Welcome, prefrontal!

Where are you moving from? Orange County is an interesting beast.

Mike

I live in Portland right now. I think it is going to be some serious culture shock, outside of school/work.

My TA stipend will be the same as my current yearly pay...but cost of living is going to be so much higher!  Esp. housing. I don't own a car and am not planning on buying one, just have to get a room in the right place to be near a bike path that heads to the university, shouldn't be too hard.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #78 on: June 30, 2014, 08:43:40 AM »
Yep, going to be a pretty big culture shock coming from Portland!  I came from the Midwest about 18 years ago and I still get shocked by the culture here. :)

Getting around in Irvine by bike is very easy.  It's the most bikeable city I've lived in. 

Mike

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #79 on: June 30, 2014, 11:48:44 AM »
Welcome prefrontal!

Like Mike, I still experience culture shock here, and I've lived here most of my adult life. 

Looking forward to meeting you in a September MMM meetup!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #80 on: June 30, 2014, 07:08:43 PM »
I'm sorry I missed this recent one, it sounded like fun.
Hopefully I'll be free for the September meetup, or sooner.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #81 on: June 30, 2014, 07:36:16 PM »
We were thinking of a July meetup- possibly at the Newport Beach Public Library, if anyone's interested.

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« Reply #82 on: June 30, 2014, 10:25:49 PM »
If you guys are interested in a Library meet up, check out the beautiful large Huntington Beach Central Park Library. It's in a great park, nice paths to walk, and also has a small coffee shop inside (amongst the 4 story tall floor to ceiling windows, waterfalls, fountains, and even a little pond). Lots of casual seating as well as a theatre, small art gallery and also a gift shop. And the park is very nice too! http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/Government/Departments/Library/hours_location/central_library.cfm
http://www.yelp.com/biz/huntington-beach-central-library-huntington-beach

I won't be around in July either but enjoy where ever you go!
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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #83 on: July 01, 2014, 11:23:09 AM »
I have to agree, the HB library is also great and in a awesome location.

NBPL offers free library cards to any CA resident, which is a nice bonus, and they have one of the best selections of books that I've ever seen.

I'm up for pretty much any location though.  What date in July works best for everyone?

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #84 on: July 04, 2014, 11:10:09 AM »
I just moved to Dana Point and I would highly recommend the San Clemente Beach Trail. :)

Newport wasn't really my scene, but I'd be willing to drive there to socialize.
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« Reply #85 on: July 04, 2014, 11:28:43 AM »
Welcome tj!

Where did you move from?  How are you enjoying Dana Point so far?  I don't go to South County often, but I've taken the dog to the pier a few times and had coffee there. It's nice.


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« Reply #86 on: July 04, 2014, 11:40:37 AM »
Welcome tj!

Where did you move from?  How are you enjoying Dana Point so far?  I don't go to South County often, but I've taken the dog to the pier a few times and had coffee there. It's nice.

Before Dana, I was living in Newport for 6 months and before that I lived in the Inland Empire for 3.5 years. (....that's now a rental property...)


I am enjoying Dana Point much more than Newport Beach - in Newport, I felt like everything around me (including my apartment) was owned by Irvine Company, so I saw a lot of the same cookie cutter chain restaurants and stores in same looking shopping centers. In Dana Point, for slightly less $$ I get to live right on PCH and a nice 1/2 mile walk to the beach or harbor. In Newport i was a good 3 miles from the beach (it was basically Irvine). I feel like it's a lot less congested than CDM and Laguna.

Of course, I'm probably spending more in the end now with a longer commute and dealing with toll roads - but I enjoy my free time much more. :)
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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #87 on: July 05, 2014, 03:37:45 PM »
Yep, you described Irvine pretty well. :)  I've been living in Irvine for the past year (really close to work and makes it bikeable) but wouldn't mid if it had more character.  Not that I'll be around, but it would be interesting to see Irvine in a couple hundred years, when It's had time to develop some sense of history and character.

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #88 on: July 10, 2014, 11:20:46 AM »
Happy July everyone!  Would anyone be interested in a meetup sometime next week? 

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #89 on: July 10, 2014, 10:36:50 PM »
Agreed, weekends are best.  Does the 19th work for anyone?

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #90 on: July 13, 2014, 09:29:30 PM »
Weekends work best for me too.  The 19th sounds good.

Mike


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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #91 on: July 18, 2014, 11:02:49 AM »
Bummer you can't make it, Chippewa!

Mike, I'm still planning on going to the Newport Beach Public library on Saturday to check out some books.  If you're interested or available at a particular time to meet up, let me know!  Same goes for anyone else that might be interested! :)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #92 on: July 31, 2014, 11:15:42 AM »
Hi all!  I was thinking of scheduling a half-day hike sometime in August- would anyone be interested?

I was inspired by a coworker that's planning on hiking all 15 peaks in San Gorgonio wilderness. :)

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« Reply #93 on: July 31, 2014, 11:33:58 AM »
Awesome! 

For fun, here's the 15 peaks plan:

Named Peaks in the San Gorgonio Wilderness

I.   Fish Creek Trailhead - 13 Miles 
1.   Grinnell Mountain, 10,284
2.   Lake Peak, 10,161
3.   Zanhiser Peak, 10,037

II.   Forsee Creek Trailhead to Angeles Oaks Trailhead - 19 Miles
1.   San Bernardino Peak, 10,649
2.   San Bernardino East Peak, 10,691
3.   Anderson Peak, 10,864

III.   South Fork Trailhead to Forsee Creek Trailhead - 19 Miles
1.   Alta Diablo Peak, 10,430
2.   Shields Peak, 10,701

IV.   South Fork Trailhead - 19 Miles
1.   Dobbs Peak, 10,459
2.   Charleston Peak, 10,806
3.   Little Charleston Peak, 10,676

V.   Fish Creek Trailhead to South Fork Trailhead - 21 Miles
1.   San Gorgonio Mountain, 11, 502
2.   Jepson Peak, 11,205

VI.   Vivian Creek Trailhead - 19 Miles (2 Day Trip)
1.   Bighorn Mountain, 10,997
2.   South Peak/The Dragonís Head, 10,866

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #94 on: August 04, 2014, 04:34:39 PM »
First post! Hi everyone, I just moved to La Mirada/Buena Park area from AZ and I would love to go to a future OC meetup. I'm currently limited to just my bicycle, so it should make things interesting but I'm up for it :)

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #95 on: August 04, 2014, 05:10:51 PM »
Hi John!  How are you enjoying CA so far?

I'm sure we'll be able to arrange a meetup that's bikable for you, or do a carpool :)

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« Reply #96 on: August 04, 2014, 05:18:58 PM »
It's been great here so far. It seems like there is so much to visit/experience. And coming from AZ, this weather is awesome. :)

That would be great!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #97 on: August 05, 2014, 10:47:55 AM »
Hi all!  I was thinking of Saturday, August 16th or 30th for a meetup hike.  Do either of those days work for everyone?  Suggestions for hiking locations are welcome!

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Re: Orange County Meetup
« Reply #98 on: August 13, 2014, 02:59:42 PM »
Hiya,
I'll be free on the 16th if you're still game. That San Gorgonio list is pretty intimidating though!

I'd also be up for hiking / biking.
Could hit up the beach, go along some urban trails, or a simple picnic at the park

I need a break from all this office work. ugh. And my usual coworker hiking groupies are wimping out on me this weekend.

EDIT: I live in the Costa Mesa area, but I'm open for anything.
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« Reply #99 on: August 14, 2014, 09:20:58 AM »
LOL... That San Gorgonio list IS insane. But my coworkers that are doing it are firefighters, marathoners, etc... I doubt I'd be able to do the peaks without a lot more training.

I'm up for meeting on the 16th! Maybe a hike and bring lunch?  I'm in Irvine, and flexible as to location. Back Bay, Silverado Canyon, Peters Canyon are standbys, but I'm always up for a new hiking location!