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Hey, Can We Really Do That With Fountainhead?

by Marga (writer), , February 07, 2010

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Frederic C. Robie House, built 1909 in Chicago, is widely considered Frank Lloyd Wright's finest example of the Prairie style.

The transformation of an American house into a charming home. Fountainhead is such a home and it is an intense study of a home that is technically sound.

I enjoy a nice home. However, they are far and few between. Oh, there are houses. Plenty of houses. Many houses are ticky tacky houses. These houses are ubiquitous houses. These houses are boring and too often not even minimally functional. There’s something very special about a home that is elegant, comfortable, tasteful, textured, unique, charming, dynamic, functional, and organic. Fountainhead is such a home and it is an intense study of a home that is technically sound. You do not judge such a work by technical standards alone though. The emotion and sheer artistry displayed in Fountainhead is arrestingly beautiful. The owners did not blindly follow traditional patterns set up by shallow builders. Instead, they developed a sensual, visual, olfactory perception, tactile, hearing, and taste with the gardens, three-dimensional style which completed the owner’s own visions.

I recently saw Chino the Carpenter at the Home Depot by my home. I had met him several times when he was part of the crew that did the latest Fountainhead remodel. This Fountainhead is not the first for those owners. The owners had four Fountainhead’s before this one. This Fountainhead is a strong place, in which beauty and comfort were and are the order of the day. Indistinguishable from the owner’s creative collaboration with Fountainhead is their love for each other while they lived together at all the Fountainheads. Without pretending to copy what they had done before, the owners applied themselves to natural settings and spellbinding themes. Never before had so many flowers and shrubbery been seen at this house.

Instead of slavishly reproducing the usual monotonous houses seen in every repetitious and boring subdivision the owners of Fountainhead had the audacity to invent new ideas and use new looks. They outdid themselves for lyricism in the themes they created, as well as in the balance of humor and drama found in those themes. They elevated the art of remodeling a house to a level seldom achieved before or since. Fountainhead’s themes speak its characters, the owners, stressing their feelings, their emotions. These themes became an integral part of the action in the life of the owners. Morgan Olson’s elegant, comfortable, tasteful, textured, unique, dynamic, and organic themes married to Jim Olson’s inimitable immoderation are arresting. The mood pervading the home and its yards is of elegant comfort. What emerges when one is at Fountainhead, is a nostalgic That Old Feeling feel that is hard to shake. It has powerful meaning and appeal.

The home says romantic, proud and loving softies live here. Richly textured, multi-layered, incredibly complex, yet effectively simple in their emotional impact, the owner’s themes are grandiose in their sweep and visual flourishes. There’s fun entertainment far from the folk banalities of the traditional Western home. Fountainhead is a comment on the owners and served as a medium for the psychology or the symbolism in the story line of the owner’s. The style, layout, quality, decorations, lighting, was all part of the same posturing that made the owners such fun. What the owner’s achieved in Fountainhead, an expression of their confidence in their marriage and love, was inspiring. The owners mixed ideas, using one here, one there, until their perfect blend was obtained. It is a striking result. Fountainhead is a triumph of style and flair over banal content. I predict Fountainhead will endure because it is a classic monument of and to human love and it was built to last.

What we know of today as Fountainhead started its life as an ordinary tract house in a plain and homogenized subdivision with the universal name of Sky Country. Its zip code is 89503 in Reno, Nevada. However, being on the north side of McCarran, Sky Country was commonly classified as New North West Reno 89523 zip code. Chino the Carpenter says Sky Country is a boring and poorly engineered subdivision. Reno allowed the subdivision to be designed wrong he complains. The streets and houses should have been built perpendicular to where they were. Being on a hill, then every house would have drained into the street drains and every house would have had a view. Sky Country has CC&Rs but thankfully no association.

In 1999, Centex built the basis of Fountainhead at 1,562 square foot with 3 bedrooms, two baths and a short 3 car garage. It, like all the houses in Sky Country, routinely had a couple to four inches of water under it. That’s not good for the house or its occupants. Although the City of Reno records have Reno inspectors signing off on the permits, what they too often signed off for was a lie. The code required a dedicated electrical circuit for the refrigerator, the City signed off that a dedicated refrigerator circuit was there, but there wasn’t. The code required insulation in the walls between the house and the garage, the City signed off that insulation was there, but there wasn’t.

FOUNTAINHEAD’S CREATORS

My good friends James K. and Morgan Alexandra Olson bought what was later to become this Fountainhead. They purchased it at first as a rental. Jim and Morgan Olson were both born and raised in Los Angeles - Jim Olson in 1945 in West Covina and Morgan Olson in Los Angeles in 1954. Both are veterans. In early February 1982, they meet in Marin County, California. Jim Olson, moody and rumpled, was then a music teacher at Marin’s Redwood High School, taught sailing at Cass’ in Sausalito, played trumpet with the Marin Symphony and was the Editor and Publisher of Biggest Little Dance Rag. Morgan Olson, intense and detail-orientated, was a college professor teaching business, accounting and real estate classes evenings and weekends while a banker/loan officer by day and a tax preparer during tax season. Jim and Morgan Olson became experienced successful real estate investors and landlords. While I knew them, together they bought as their Nevada Living Trust, insured, occupied, remodeled, rented out, and sold nine houses in Reno, Nevada. One by one, Jim and Morgan Olson were living out their plans. Often I would hear from one or the other or both, “Hey, Can We Really Do That With Fountainhead?”

Jim and Morgan Olson put 20% down on their $307,000 purchase price of Fountainhead, and got a 10 year 6.875% interest only loan, which then amortized out over 20 years. Due to Morgan Alexandra Olson’s worsening health, they later negotiated with the tenant to break the lease so they could move in to it as it was the only property Jim and Morgan Olson then owned close to the VA Hospital. Their other properties were in north Reno. Morgan Olson’s health remained poor so her husband, Jim Olson, did the bulk if not all of Fountainhead’s remodel. They, like the rest of us, didn’t know the bottom of the real estate market was deepening and The Great Recession had began.

IN THE BEGINNING WAS JIM’S TRAIN ROOM

With ignorance that The Great Recession had began with a vengeance, the remodel into Fountainhead began. During my visits I watched as the Olsons cheerfully removed the pony walls between the living room and dining room, the kitchen and third bedroom, and slept on a makeshift bed in the garage. Also removed were the two walls for the third bedroom. There’s something very satisfying about tearing down walls, said Morgan Olson. Then the sheet rock dust hit Jim Olson. Neither have affection for sheet rock. That’s why the Front Porch enclosure and rear addition are all wood, no sheet rock anywhere. Jim and Morgan Olson kept the green-black 12-inch tiles on the kitchen and big bath floors - all other flooring was removed. Chino the Carpenter says Jim Olson bought all the materials and paid in cash for everything. That Jim Olson and his wife had a clear idea of what they wanted and the remodel only had two issues. One was the bad texture work the first time and the other was what it took to fix that.

Jim and Morgan Olson had window sills (stools) installed just so their kitties, LadyCat Olson, Gandalf the Grey and EarthaKitty, could sit on them. The Olson’s described their cats collectively as The Gold Cats. According to Jim and Morgan Olson, the Gold Cats’ name for Fountainhead was Gold Cats’ Lucky House. Chino the Carpenter says the Olsons were close and comfortable with each other and as their remodel progressed, that carried over into their creation of this comfortable home of theirs. The closets for the remaining two bedrooms were remodeled into large walk-in closets with shelves, skylights and Brushed Nickel floor to ceiling mirrored doors. Six-foot sliders replaced each bedroom’s window. The third bedroom’s closet became an office. The Olsons added shelves, outlets, mirrors, two lights, an HVAC register making their office very undisturbed along with its built in desk, tube skylight, and three foot by ten foot glass block wall. Three ten-foot floor to ceiling mirrored wardroom doors on a triple track were added to cover the Olson’s office, surround sound, big-screen, shelves, library, etc.

The entry into the Main House bedroom suite is through an oversized beautifully stained wood and stained glass door. The entry into what became Jim’s Train Room was blocked with a triple-paned stain glass beautifully stained wood exterior door and the refrigerator of the apartment. The apartment’s refrigerator and microwave are each on their own dedicated electrical circuit.

The tube fluorescent lights in the kitchen were moved into the garage while the garage’s tube fluorescent lights were moved into the walk-in closets and office. Cameras were installed. The inside and outside of the house was painted as well as the fence. The fence was painted high gloss rich suede brown. The Olsons used the same color and sheen for the exterior doors, including the garage doors, as well as their accent, their third color. Fountainhead’s base color is a rich luxurious high gloss suede taupe. The trim is rich luxurious high gloss suede English green. The stonework and curbs were stained black. With the black composition shingle roof, the lighting and the landscaping the effect is very Lake Tahoe, which greatly pleased Jim Olson, who in many ways, was a snob Chino the Carpenter thought. That is something I myself sometimes wondered. Perhaps there’s some merit to Short Man Syndrome. Although Jim Olson’s height never seemed to bother Morgan Olson.

Jim and Morgan Olson kept the swamp cooler, added air conditioning and replaced the furnace. A cabinet was added to each full bath and a bar with a 70-bottle cooler was built in the kitchen. They were then faced with gloss back laminate for the walls and doors, and black, white, creme, grey, blue stone laminate for the counter tops. Canned lighting was added in the kitchen and utility rooms and the hallway. The Olsons added a wall lamp to the Media Area, a wall scone in the bedroom and then two scones in the apartment. All the hardware, handles, hinges, etc., were changed to Brushed Nickel. Another medicine chest was installed in each bathroom. Jim and Morgan Olson added a four-foot window to the west wall of the studio in-law apartment they created in their remodel. The house went from 1562 square foot to 1,986 square foot. Fountainhead was now a 2-bedroom 2 ½ bath executive home, or a 1 bedroom 1 ½ bath executive home and a studio one bath home. Chino the Carpenter says the Olson’s named their apartment Jim’s Train Room.

THE FLOORS

Jim and Morgan Olson kept the green-black 12-inch stone tiles on the kitchen and big bath floors. They used same for the apartment entry, but offset them for a different pattern. The main house floor became the Dupont 35-year Walnut laminate. The floors in the new Cabin and Front Porch were the Armstrong Bronze Slate laminate, with carpet on the stoops; a bronze indoor-outdoor for the front and a thoroughbred interior for the back. Jim and Morgan Olson put in the six-inch baseboards.

THE CABIN

The Olson’s Cabin is a 224 square foot stick built sunroom addition. It has two skylights, a vanity, toilet, fan, a cat door masquerading as a return, and canned lighting in the ceiling and on two of the walls. Jim and Morgan Olson had planned to construct it on the existing slab, like they had done with their other properties, but the code changed. Therefore, the Olson’s cut the slab, dug enough for a four-foot foundation frame, rebarred it and poured concrete in. The drapes were all shower curtains. The theme was the ocean and beach. The Olson’s moved the kitty pans in and a dark wood room divider separated the new toilet and vanity with another shower curtain in front for privacy. The Olsons added a couple chairs and a cart, a pegboard, and an HVAV powered return and two supply registers conditioned the insulated room. Jim and Morgan Olson added here two skylights, seven canned lights - five ceiling, two wall, a fan/light, medicine chest, and wall lights.

THE FRONT PORCH

Jim and Morgan Olson enclosed the front porch for an additional 200 square feet. There is now a cat door masquerading as a return and an HVAC supply register conditioned the insulated room. The drapes were all shower curtains. The theme is calmness. Shelves, clothes rods, hooks, fan/light, three can lights, two wall lights, peg boards, and blinds were added. The motion detector above the door in the Front Porch controls the can light in the corner. Its switch is in the Main House on the column on the left, two switches facing you, this one’s the switch on your left. The switch to your right is to the Front Porch fan/light.

THE ELECTRICAL

Jim and Morgan Olson changed all of Fountainhead’s light bulbs to compact florescent bulbs or tube florescence bulbs. The Olsons added fifteen more electrical circuits. After Jim and Morgan Olson came home one day to see a power cord and a water hose going from their property to the property west of them, high up by the fascia they installed an exterior outlet for their holiday lights. Fountainhead has interior and exterior motion-activated surround light for the best in zone lighting according to Chino the Carpenter.

THE SKYLIGHTS

In total, one solar attic fan and six tube skylights were added to the Main House, two in Jim’s Train Room, and two more and a turbine ventilator in The Cabin.

THE WATER PROBLEM

Chino the Carpenter told me the City of Reno allowed the Sky Country subdivision to be faultily designed and built. Chino says the streets and houses should have been built perpendicular to where they were. Being on a hill, then every house would have drained into the street drains and every house would have had a view. Fountainhead, like all the houses in Sky Country, routinely had a couple to four inches of water under it. That’s not good for the house or its occupants. Jim and Morgan Olson installed a sump pump in the northwest corner of the crawl space, by the access opening. To redirect the hill’s water run-off, Jim and Morgan Olson put in four inch perforated drain pipe behind new retaining walls and down the east and west sides of the property to just past the fence lines. New gutters directed the hundred of gallons of roof runoff to new drains. The front roof’s runoff was directed to the southwest corner downspout so the water flowed downward under the concrete. If a heavy runoff, the water would travel down to the sidewalk where it would back up then overflow into the driveway and down into the street traveling down the curb’s gutter to the street drain. The Olsons discovered a drain in the northeast corner of their new garden. It travels east under the concrete to empty between the concrete patio and the fence just inches north of the dogwood tree.

The street side of the southwest corner of the fence is where the west side’s four-inch perforated drain pipe exits. That and the downspout across from it add precious water to that corner.

The result, along with the proper vegetation placement, bark and rock, is that for all this lush landscaping and the apartment, Fountainhead’s water bill is low. So is the electricity.

THE MOTION DETECTORS

Fountainhead has interior and exterior motion-activated surround light for the best in zone lighting says Chino the Carpenter. There are seven motion-activated lights on the fences. There are thirteen motion-activated lights on Fountainhead’s outside walls. There are nine motion-activated lights on Fountainhead’s inside walls. Each detector is zone specific.

THE YARDS

Fountainhead’s first owner put in a spruce tree, Butterfly Bush, Scotch Broom, Photina, locust tree, a couple Purple Sages, a Dogwood tree, a couple Barberrys, a maple tree, several junipers, a small front yard and a small back yard. Jim and Morgan Olson painted the fence, removed the lawns, converted to drip, put in retaining walls and pavered patios, stairs and terraces, and added a dozen trees, fifty or so shrubs, and a thousand or so bulbs. The water pressure reducer is on the west side buried eighteen inches behind the retaining wall opposite the corner of the house.

I met Mathew several times. He was one of Jim and Morgan Olson’s apartment tenants. Mathew went to the neighborhood vacant houses in foreclosure, dug up dying shrubs and flowers, and transplanted them into the Olson’s yards. The frightful Mortgage Fraud wave was rolling back, and the resulting exposed scene was ugly. The complete financial landscape was revealed to be devastated.

THE LANDSCAPING

Fountainhead’s first owner poured a concrete slab thirty inches wide down the west and north sides of the house and an immense patio slab in the back. Following the flatwork’s edge was a thirty-inch tall concrete block wall up the west side and across the back. Jim and Morgan Olson brought in a bobcat, had several truckloads of dirt removed, and terraced the front, back and side yards with blocks, pavers, plants, bark, stone, stairs, and lights. The Olson’s added a three foot pavered pathway contiguous to the west side of the driveway. They added two pavered step-outs to the driveway’s east side.

Jim and Morgan Olson loved their homes, inside and out. They added a variety of native or hardy vegetation specific for each area keeping in mind the rules for defensible space and I know they only bought when on sale.

Yarrow in yellow and white, Coreopsis, Crocus, Coneflower, California Poppy, Blanket Flower, and Daylily.

Iris, Lily, Daffodil aka Narcissus, Catmint, Evening Primrose, Poppy, Beard Tongue, Purple Sage, Stonecrop, Daisy, Tulip, and the evergreen Honeysuckle in gold and pink.

Dwarf Periwinkly, Rose Glow Barberry, Butterfly Bush, the evergreen Euonymus Burning Bush and Silver, Emerald and Gold.

Forsythia Dwarf and Lynwood, Rose of Sharon aka Hibiscus, Vicary Privet, Potentilla, Purple Leaf Sand Cherry, Chokecherry, Sumac, and Hardy Shrub Roses.

Spiraea, Lilac, Viburnum, Thread Yucca, Smoke Tree Green and Purple, Apple Tree, Peach Tree, Plum Tree, Apricot Tree, Nectarine Tree, and Walnut Tree.

Raspberry Bushes, Strawberries, Cherry Tree, Pear Tree, Mint, Chocolate Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint, Purpleleaf Plum Tree, and Flowering Pear Tree.

Dwarf Broom, Skyrocket Juniper, Mugo Pine, Arborvitae, Mums in Yellow, White, Burgundy, Bronze, and Hot Pink.

Russian Sage, Holly, wildflowers, Asiatic Lily, Redbud Tree.

THE YARD DECORATIONS

All the yard decorations proudly came from the thrift stores.

THE BIBS

After Jim and Morgan Olson came home one day to see a power cord and a water hose going from their property to the property west of them, behind their west gate they added a hose bib. A quick releases was added to it and to the two other hose bibs.

THE BEDROOM

Small, rich red and sensuous with Georgia O’Keefe’s Red Poppy and Ansel Adams’ Birds on A Beach: Evening and Moonrise.

THE DUCTS

The Olson had all the HVAC ductwork redone so the HVAC was perfectly balanced everywhere in the home.

As I hadn’t seen Jim or Morgan Olson since their disappearance from Reno, I asked Chino the Carpenter if he had seen Jim or Morgan Olson lately. He said, “the end of Fountainhead’s remodel was the last time I saw Jim or Morgan Olson. They were a charming couple, always had that smile for each other, even held hands. They were committed to making great homes without compromise. He always paid on time. He always paid cash. That’s all I know. That’s all I can tell you about them. I wish I had work like that now. This recession is bad. Really bad.”

Fountainhead is a classic Frank Lloyd Wright house with low horizontal lines, open interior spaces and glass dividers.

Prairie style houses usually have these features:

  • Low-pitched roof
  • Overhanging eaves
  • Horizontal lines
  • Central chimney
  • Open floor plan
  • Clerestory windows


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13 comments on Hey, Can We Really Do That With Fountainhead?

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By Bonnie Wilson on February 07, 2010 at 02:21 pm

Being a Realtor, I've seen a few remodels in my times. Some are top-quality like described here, but far too many are amateurish. Now if only I could remodel my mind and body. lol.

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. Insanity is my only means of relaxation. Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.

You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster. Perhaps you know why women over fifty don't have babies: They would put them down somewhere and forget where they left them. My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely. Every time I think about exercise, I lie down till the thought goes away.

I'm here to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind, I will live forever. It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.

If you can remain calm, you just don't have all the facts. Stress reducer: Put a bag on your head. Mark it "Closed for remodeling. " **Caution - Leave air holes. I finally got my head together, and my body fell apart.

There cannot be a crisis this week; my schedule is already full. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes. The nice part of living in a small town is that when I don't know what I'm doing, someone else does. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.

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By Marga on February 11, 2010 at 02:57 pm

:) Telling on me are you Mr. B?

My good friends Jim and Morgan Olson were two of the most expressive, visual and lyrical master craftspeople I’ve known. They joined forces to do what they’ve always done best since I first met them in July 1996. That is to deliver quintessential cool, relaxing, sensual, classic, and swinging representations of dance and architectural standards. What I found particularly striking about this couple was the ease with which these two veterans weave their visual and lyrical magic in their storytelling of timeless standards. They did it with romanticism, playfulness and joy. They were the ultimate cool schoolers. They knew how to lay into a tune or a house and swing or romance the hell out of them or anything by shamelessly flirting with melody and home design. They were good to be around.

I did spend a lot of time during and after the remodel of Fountainhead at it. I have a ranchette with the necessary truck, a no-frills bottom-of-the-line Toyota truck with rack, which makes me popular for moving and remodeling. Which I don’t mind. I enjoy it.

My friends’ dancing and their Fountainheads were constantly on the money – you could always rely on that. Riffing while keepin’ it under-complicated, their riffs flowed between them and anything they were doing. The result was always romantic nuances, breath-taking delicacy and colorful texture. This couple made great dancing, great marriage, great friends, and great houses. That demanded integrity to simply do that.

What happened to my friends Jim and Morgan Olson? Jim Olson remarkably turned out to be leading a very secret very double life at very devastating expense to Morgan Olson. Upon discovery via letter-bomb, Morgan Olson who as long as I knew her, always delicate from her childhood illness, had a total physical and emotional breakdown, then vanished. Fountainhead got a tenant. I guess You Don’t Know What Love Is Until . . .

However, the sly Virna Lisi 1965 How To Murder Your Wife movie leads directly to Is It (Still) A Crime I Am A Fool To Want You as at Is It A Crime I'm A Fool To Want You?

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By Marga on February 11, 2010 at 03:50 pm

Yes, Mr. B is a charming sleuth. It did not take him long to delightfully ingratiate himself and pry it out of me while beating me over the head to tell this story.

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By Marga on February 11, 2010 at 03:56 pm

That’s supposed to be I guess You Don’t Know What Love Is Until . . .

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By Marga on February 13, 2010 at 04:39 pm

Morgan’s Birthday Dance

I first met my good friends Jim and Morgan Olson in July 1996. In April 1997 Jim Olson introduced us to his wife’s annual birthday present, Morgan’s Birthday Dance. Each of their Fountainheads had a large dance floor with mirrors, high ceilings, was sound-balanced, and had disco and mood lights so it was held there or occasionally at a larger floor although the attendance was till kept small. Twenty-four people max at Fountainhead or thirty if elsewhere. Jim and Morgan also had the hipist music selection. Selection, not collection, Jim Olson pointed out. Whether it was jazz, classical or here, ballroom dance music, they had it. For Morgan’s Birthday Dance, Jim Olson sent out invites stating no presents, just three hours of good dancing with formal attire. And that’s exactly what happened each April from April 1998 to April 2006. It was quite an exclusive little annual social event. I certainly miss it. The men in tuxedoes and their Mary Janes. The ladies in long ball gowns of all colors. Faux furs. Rubies, diamonds, emeralds and other jewels glittered. Morgan’s Birthday Dance was always the second Saturday each April. The Gold Cats were put into the bedroom. Starting at 5 pm promptly, there was thirty minutes of socializing in their sumptuous backyard with the music of Miles Davis or Dizzy Gillespie for background. The spring bulbs were admired. So were the gowns. People looked around to see who had been invited this year. A ballroom dance DVD such as Shall We Dance, Swing Kids, or Dance With Me would be on their big screen. The ceiling fans were on low and they lazily turned providing most welcome sensuous wafting breezes through men’s hair and across ladies exposed bosoms. The drapes in Fountainhead’s ballroom were closed. At 5:30, there would be fifty minutes of each of the ballroom dances. The music started out energetic. At 6:20, there was a ten-minute socializing break. We’d plop down at the bar for water or outside for resting. Dancing resumed at 6:30 for another fifty minutes. At 7:20, there was a ten-minute socializing break. Dancing resumed at 7:30 for another fifty minutes. The music was moving from the energetic to more romantically slow. At 8:20, there was a ten-minute socializing break. Although Jim Olson always was adamant about no presents, inevitably, one would bring wine, another weed and another Brach’s Jelly Beans, the only candy Morgan Olson would eat – everyone eats chocolate. But real chocolate is not candy. So this 8:20 break was the concession to some cellared wine quaffed and some weed discretely bonged outside. Dancing resumed at 8:30 for another thirty minutes of all very romantic music. Slow Bolero, West Coast Swing, Night-Club 2-Step, Waltz and Rumba is heavenly. At 9 pm the dance was sadly over until the next year. Each year Jim Olson put on and hosted Morgan’s Birthday Dance. Each year it was beautiful, elegant, sensuous, classy, romantic, magical, and fun. I remember a lot of smiling and laughing each year at their dances. Now that’s a birthday party.

Jim and Morgan Olson, the personification of classic chic and kindness, showed me that just because somebody always doesn’t love one the way we want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love us the best they can and with all that they have.

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By Marga on May 15, 2010 at 06:40 pm

Since Jim and Morgan Olson were good friends of mine for ten years, I’ve gotten some questions about children here. Since my good friends Jim and Morgan had waited to have children, repeated tests showed the quality of Morgan Olson’s overall health, ovaries, eggs and uterus were still quite viable and healthy, and her eggs were still strong and able to form a healthy embryo so in vitro fertilization was done. A viable and healthy egg was harvested several times from each of her ovaries. After all the effort, the painful, expensive drugs and treatment with her resulting weight gain, puffiness, symptoms initially thought to be stroke, heart attack, cancer but all turned out to be normal for a stimulated endocrine system ... well it takes only one good egg for one healthy baby boy, James K. Olson, Jr.!

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By Marga on June 04, 2010 at 04:47 pm

Broother, that is simply delightful information. I agree with Wright about the small lots. My ranchette lot is just over an acre, and let me tell you, 44,215 square feet of lot is heavenly.

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By Diana's Art on June 26, 2010 at 02:35 pm

First, a day without the beauty and wonder of art is truly a terrible day. “Out of the ground and into the light!” exclaimed artist Frank Lloyd Wright. Second, Reno Tahoe is a bunch of really smart, educated, artistic, innovative, creative, organic, hip, funny, cool, groovy, holistic, inclusive, constructive, compassionate, sustainable, joyful, colorful, sociable, hard-working, engaged, honest, ethical, classy, earth-friendly, rocking facilitators – well, that’s the artists.

Third, then there’s the minority opposite, the brutal treacherous self-titled legends-in-their-own-minds business community led by The Hypocrite Mayor, The Obese Bob Cashell. A recent example is the one on the front page of the June 25, 2010 RGJ where a Wells Fargo Inspector beat a delinquent homeowner, Wells’ Fargo’s borrower, with a sledgehammer. Read that again. A Wells Fargo Inspector beat a delinquent homeowner, Wells’ Fargo’s borrower, with a sledgehammer. High Carbon Footprint Mayor Hypocrite Obese Bob Cashell doesn’t even live in Reno. Crude and Rude Rationalist Bob Cashell has an obnoxious no class no style utterly extravagant cold sterile high carbon footprint second home in pricey Caughlin Ranch. Bob Cashell really lives in obnoxious no class no style utterly extravagant cold sterile high carbon footprint Palm Springs, California - which strangely our Reno Tahoe tax dollars pay for both. Mayor Hypocrite Obese Bob Cashell once referred to me in public as “an uppity bitch.” That’s skinny uppity bitch to you Fat Boy Cashell. Where’s the conservative in all that Hypocrite Bob Cashell?! There isn’t any. Btw, this isn’t the first time that a Wells Fargo Inspector was grossly inappropriate with what they thought was a delinquent Reno homeowner.

Only in the case I know of, turns out the Reno homeowner that Wells Fargo Inspector wrongly attacked wasn’t even a Wells Fargo customer. Reno lawyer David Hoy won the case for that homeowner. But not until that homeowner had also been brutalized for 18 months by another Wells Fargo Inspector, was threatened daily with losing her home, defamed repeatedly, and emotionally devastated by the fear Wells Fargo deliberately created. Course, moron Realtor Danny Podesto illegally taking a listing from someone who is not the owner of record and then fraudulently selling that illegally listed property, naturally created these serious problems. I’m not a Realtor and even I can see that.

Fourth, yes, I’m an artist. Yes, I fight for art. Reno Tahoe rocks for artists. I think a day without the beauty and wonder of art is truly a terrible day. I did a color study on Reno-Tahoe light which is what I wanted to really talk about here.

Fifth, did you know Reno Tahoe has awesome light? That’s year round! Reno Tahoe has several homes, buildings and places that are worth taking in, close to everything, but in a lovely and magnificent enlarged world of their owners own making http://www.reno.gov/Index.aspx?page=164. Each has contributed to how we view ourselves. No one is more important than another. Each adds to our understanding and our ability to create and live in our creations. We are our own creator. Artists develop their own work from a wide range of stylistic and interpretative approaches to representation. Because of Reno Tahoe’s awesome light, artistic methods of orthographic, axonometric and isometric are widely favored here. That means no organic creation is ever finished because organic by definition is a process. And a dynamic process at that.

People may set examples, and some even feel it is their social responsibility to bear, but no one has the right to enforce their opinions on anyone. I believe in fostering a distinctive genius locus supported by research, advice and education in keeping with one’s area’s natural resources, climatic conditions and culture. To build with nature rather than against nature. To constructively use local natural materials, shaded interiors, close relationship to the site – well, the elements of all buildings should vary to conform to each unique site.

I hold the view that Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision of the home and city is the only vision to consider then, today and tomorrow. It is the only plan that takes into account the ecological and the individuality of each human. Each individual must have their own distinctive home, their villa, which is the most appropriate by far for healthy family living. Villas have their loads spread along the network so the system is in practical and most efficient balance at every point.

Atmosphere affects the way we perceive tones and colors as they recede toward the horizon. This gives greater depth as tones lighten and colors become cooler or bluer with distance. Cool colors recede from our eye while warm colors advance. Here in Reno Tahoe our light has a living dimension. Our light here casually fills voids, sensuously caresses surfaces and invites deep contemplation. Color contrast is awesome here and Fountainhead, a true villa, juxtaposed detail with startling deep-tones that creates palatial spatial structure, depth and definition with these amazing receding planes in those awesome rooflines and dining room ceiling paint for just two of its many soothing while striking examples. Every inch of Fountainhead is comfortable, dramatic, unique and has its own elegant surprises. The classic colors in the painting throughout as well as the lively lighting and then their merger takes the eye from one inviting, spontaneous, complex, relaxed and intriguing place to another. Compare and contrast is everywhere. Fountainhead is one of several beautiful examples in Reno Tahoe of an elegant depiction of color, sunlight, shadows, reflections, landscape and architecture – la ville.

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By Marga on July 14, 2010 at 04:32 pm

"People may set examples, and some even feel it is their social responsibility to bear, but no one has the right to enforce their opinions on anyone."

Well said.

"Here in Reno Tahoe our light has a living dimension. Our light here casually fills voids, sensuously caresses surfaces and invites deep contemplation."

I've noticed that about our light here. Before the period of Renaissance, paintings hardly showed the concept of three-dimension giving people a one flat plane feeling with several squeezed layers. There was no depth. Looking back, some of us would probably hardly be convinced that people before did not have the idea of the "space". They saw what was in front of their eyes, they painted it down simply being faithful to their eyes. The idea of three-dimensional space itself has been gradually evolved for thousands of years, men do not have it congenitally. There was no solid feeling therefore people didn't have a great emphasis on the light and shadow which are two essential elements forming gradation, creating the "space."

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By Marga on August 14, 2010 at 03:22 pm

There's bad news here and there's good news here and then there's bad news again here. Bad news first. There once was another comment here. The comment that is now missing here was packed full of good info. Once such salient part of that now missing comment here was how Frank Lloyd Wright required one acre plus homesites. As you can see I responded back here to that now missing comment. The comment that is now missing here made sense of my comment back to it which is still here. Thank goodness for that. That my comment is still here. Why was this comment removed here? I never complained. I saw nothing wrong about the comment that was removed here. So why is Broother's comment now gone? Was it removed? And by whom? In fact, I just discovered that Broother is also gone/removed from here. Why? I never complained about Broother. I never saw any complaints here about Broother.

The removal of that comment now means I look here again like I'm inept. Last time here it looked like I don't know how to spell check when Broowaha changed my text to "AAA touts “Where Our Members Come First.” No, it’s."

This time, with ths comment and author removed, it looks here like I am simply talking to myself with "Broother, that is simply delightful information. I agree with Wright about the small lots. My ranchette lot is just over an acre, and let me tell you, 44,215 square feet of lot is heavenly." I don't like looking like I'm inept when I'm not. What gives here?

Or am I just going to also be disappeared here for even asking 'what happened here guys? and why?'

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By Marga on September 23, 2010 at 01:48 pm

"Yes, what did happen to Reno Broo? And LA Broo? And San Francisco Broo? And the other city editions?" Lucy asks here. Again and still no answer from this New Broo for what happened to the city editions. This New Broo did arrogantly stab Reno here in the back. Bill Friday wrote that, "Does anyone else love seeing their name in print? But I digress.

It's true that, as the local editions became a thing of the past, the one that suffered the most because of it was Reno. While the Los Angeles edition had a quirky feel that could only come from a "city" big enough to boast of 10 million or so residents spread over a 250 square mile area, Reno had its quirk down to an art. Where L.A. Broo was most like the backtories in a Tarrantino film, Reno was more like the lovechild of David Lynch and John Waters... with a little Ed Wood tossed in for giggles.

No matter what came out of the Reno edition, you just couldn't not look.

And while those days are gone, the evidence remains... for those who look."

So far the evidence remains but, the ominous and illegal trend is looking like it's all gonna be removed. I've had my Reno Broowaha articles here changed by Broowaha after I've submitted it. Broowaha changed my articles for the worse. I've seen comments removed -- even on my stuff. I've seen accounts here deleted and removed that the account didn't want deleted or removed. Broother immediately came again to mind here. I've asked here New Broo several times why Broother was removed. Broother's comment on my article here was spot on and respectful and pertinent!! No explanation. None given for why Broother was "disappeared" from here.

Is Your Website Owner a Patriot or A Terrorist? In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance. Asking if web site owners, or owners, is or are a patriot or a terrorist is a valid question because an open and free media is essential to democracy. The Internet is a common area, a public space like any village square. So far, it is the largest common area that has ever existed. Anything that anybody wishes to say can be heard by anyone else with access to the Internet, and this world-wide community is as large and diverse as humanity itself. Therefore, from a practical point of view, no one community's standards can govern the type of speech permissible on the Internet. In the words of John Barlow, a founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) -- "In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance".

Broowaha, what is this gobblygook in my stats?!

At least Ariel and David knew what they were doing here. NO website owner can set up rules that overtly or covertly violate the United States Constitution, or any America’s state’s constitution. In America, no website owner can require overtly or covertly that a user must give up any of their civil rights to participate on a site.


Now this New Broo no longer has new comments on the front page.


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By Speedbump on October 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

Is the jingle in your pocket worth the jangle in your head? We lassies don't get mad, we get even. $!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$! Somehow all this about a cool house just tripped me into The Don Juan of Con, Larry King. All those women. All those marriages. All those extravagances. All that jingle. All that drama. All the lies. All that Livin' the Good Life. All that jangle. Larry King is another one with a casual way with the facts and ethics of his life and lives in a world very different from you and I. At seven marriages, Larry King’s second and fourth marriages were to the same woman, Alene Akins. Larry King and men like him like this James K. Olson have lives that have been so jingle jangle chaotic it is difficult to see it as whole. James K. Olson chronicles his lives in the public records as if it were barnacles on a mighty ship named Love. Larry King has no introspective impulse. These type of men are incapable of reflecting on themselves while reflecting incessantly on others. That's wierd!

Larry King acknowledged his duplicity in his court documents filed in the Rama Fox case, King v. Fox, so also did this James K. Olson in James K. Olson v. Morgan Olson, again in James K. Olson v. Morgan Olson, and again in James K. Olson v. Morgan Olson, and again in James K. Olson v. Morgan Olson, and again in James K. Olson v. Morgan Olson, and again in James K. Olson v. Morgan Olson, and again in James K. Olson v. Morgan Olson, and again in James K. Olson v. Morgan Olson.

Vintage Larry King all the way. In 1989, Larry King wrote that he likes women who are, “blonde, pretty, the girl you couldn’t get as a kid. The girl who wouldn’t give you a second look.” Once he has her, he’s on to the next or a previous. Larry King’s fifth marriage, from 1976 to 1983, was to a former teacher, Sharon Lepore. Larry King repeatedly courted her after their parting. Chuck Conconi said, “They’ve had more reconciliations than I can count. That relationship is a fascinating relationship . . . He won’t see her for a long time, and then he’ll desperately want her.”

In August 1992, Larry King'’ notes titles "My Pattern With Women" had tellingly, “Need to step into danger. Something to bring me adrenaline – a rush. I lie – pretend – mislead – equivocate. I will have two or more women going at the same time. I have secret compartmentalized little worlds I keep away from each other. I put up a front to people important in my life. If questioned I feel desperate – attacked – threatened. Like I’m going to lose something. I’ll say and do almost anything to keep it from coming. Most of the time I split. Don’t look at consequences – operate under false pretenses.”

ha! It looks like Rama Fox will get ultimate satisfaction. $!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!. Larry King, who was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger of Brooklyn’s Bensonhurst, himself exposed so much of his private life in the public records, most notoriously in court records. That opened all of Larry King's life up to public scrutiny, Rama Fox is contemplating using that and her inside knowledge to write a book with a resulting movie. $!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$! You Go Girl! Larry King added gasoline to fire when he was confronted in his Rama Fox deposition with his own trail of bead crumbs he had left with each woman.

Larry King wrote, “When I feel close I start thinking negatively to prevent it. Live in a pretend world. Aloneness?? Self-punishment. Pleasure in self-hate. Homely – glasses, rejected – mot wanted. Giving over control is not good. Don’t feel anything.”

Even now, men like Larry King and this James K. Olson I’m sure, are puzzled by the wreckage in their wake as they willfully never saw or heard what they had run over. I don’t think these men feel guilty about anything. That would imply they was capable of understanding what he had done.” Instead, Larry King inverts realty and makes all his transgressions her fault painting himself as a somewhat hapless man who poses no threat.

Larry, nobody believes that! We lassies don't get mad, we get even. $!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!

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By Marga on October 22, 2010 at 04:09 pm

ha! Women On Top don't get mad, we get even. $!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$! Don't get mad, take everything. Sit back and watch the sparks fly as The Wives get mad, get even and get it all ... The First Wives Club

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