THE SECOND STORY | September 30th, 2021

Weird words…..


 ‘El Nino ’98’

My late husband made a note in some

newly-poured concrete,  not knowing he           

was predicting the “new” normal. 

I met up with a friend today, and we were comparing our experiences with sump pumps. We both agreed that it’s become more the norm, than the exception.

I remember that I heard a screeching alarm, that was triggered by my below-grade (it was under our lower level) sump pump.  It was around midnight and I yanked the concrete top off of the sump. It was within inches of flooding the downstairs, where we have 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room.

I immediately called a good friend, who works with a construction company here in town. I woke him up, but he was here in minutes and saved the day (night) for me.

It turns out our backup battery was dead. He brought a hose and he pumped the water out a window in the laundry room onto the driveway.

Before this event happened, the pump would put the water under the city sidewalk, so it would spill out at the curb. That was a BAD thing to do, because I couldn’t control if a car had parked too close to the curb, or if leaves were clogging up the opening of where the water should have gone.

As a result, when the sump hits a certain level, it will automatically pump the water up into the uninhabited space under the main level, via a PVC pipe, where it will take the water to the corner of the house, and the water will roll down the driveway.

So let’s hope for some rain, this season.  But not a huge deluge. Here’s a link to the differences between El Nino and La Nina.  

AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups)
DOM (days on market)

Active listings this week 53, including 5 PCH

DOM  High 1586   Low 1   Avg  62   Med 22

Pending listings this week 18, including 2 PSB

DOM  High 162  Low 5  Avg  33  Med 13

Sold listings this week 11

DOM  High 59  Low 4  Avg 17  Med 12

Have a great weekend…and we’re officially in Autumn, my favorite time of year.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have ??? about the market. I can’t predict the future….

Be safe, be well, wear a mask.




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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!