THE SECOND STORY | September 10th, 2020


I have 2 emergency kits in my car. I also have a very large, tough plastic bin in the corner of my back yard (like you might find on docks).

Orange sky Thursday morning. And it only got worse.  The lovely woman who runs/manages our Alameda office of BayEast,  said that it was like waking up on Mars.

In my car is a backpack that I got from KQED (NPR) for giving them a donation (which I continue to do each month), 2 or 3 years ago.

The duffle bag was a gift that was given to those of us who are involved with leadership, from the President of the BayEast Association of Realtors, late last year, at their inauguration party.

The duffle bag is full of all kinds of stuff to survive on and with. There is a battery-powered lantern, a wind-up radio, a blanket. I’ve added a couple of extra roll-up bags that more stuff can be stuffed into.

Due to my flying adventures, and my sailing adventures with my late husband, Carl, I always carry a pocket knife with me. I may not be able to carry it on a commercial flight…but if I’m checking in my bag, I’ll put it in my roller suitcase.  

I also have a very large tough plastic bin in the corner of my backyard (like the ones you might see on docks) that holds more supplies.


With all that is going on these days, I think these packs, bins, and bags are a necessity. Now I have to pack the packs back up again!

What do you have in your bins and bags?


AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Active listings 36 including 3 PCH 

Days on market  high 1223   low 8  avg  77  med 28

Pending listings 10 including 1 PSB 

Days on market  high 35  low 4  avg 17  med 17

Sold listings 14

Days on market  high 179  low 0  avg 22  med 7

best, marilyn

Maybe the smoke/ash will make the ‘I don’t wanna wear a mask’ folks put on a mask, eh?

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I arrived in Alameda in 1973, as a new bride...with husband Carl Schumacher, both of us from Newport Beach. He was embarking on his career as a Naval Architect (i.e. yacht designer) under Gary Mull. Please see the 'ABOUT ME' page in this website! to see how it has all turned out! I'm so blessed!