On The Road Again, Chapter 2, The Decision

No matter what you think of the politics, Hollywood, or rising home prices, California is one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the long, sandy beaches of Southern California to the rocky cliffs of Northern California, the state is stunning. I moved to Northern California in 1975, after graduating from the University of Michigan looking for warmer weather and adventure. And, I found both!

Thousands of people are still moving to California to escape frigid winters and hot, muggy summers, as well as seek employment in silicon valley. Many baby boomers are flocking to the California Central Coast because it is still more affordable than either the Bay Area or Los Angeles, and the weather is gorgeous year round. Why would I leave this idyllic place?

My husband, Robert Oblon, Sr., was born and raised in Los Angeles. I can only imagine what LA must have been like back in the 1950s and 60s. I still remember driving to Orange County where my sister lived in the 70s and passing miles and miles of fruit tree orchards. Those are gone. When I met Robert he was living in the Bay Area where I had been living for 25 years. We fell in love instantly.

I decided to move out of the Bay Area to the California Central Coast because I needed a change of scenery and a complete life reboot after my daughter left for college. I was tired of the stressful computer industry and wanted a slower paced life. Robert came with me to the Central Coast. We had a wonderful time. I reinvented my career. He reinvented his pool business. We lived there almost twenty years. It’s called SLO (San Luis Obispo) for a reason. People move to the Central Coast to escape the big city life, but you’re only a three hour drive to a big city. The weather is temperate and ideal for outdoor activities. The wine industry has exploded in Paso Robles, so there are abundant restaurants, live music, and lots of events all year round.

When I first moved to the Central Coast, I only knew two women so I started a book club to make new friends. The club grew to fifteen women who came and went as their lives got busy. Whoever hosted the monthly book club meeting got to select the book, and everyone would bring a dish related to the subject matter. How adventurous was that? Below is a photo of one of our Halloween book club meetings — can you find me? Honestly, my husband was freaked out to see me as a brunette 🙂

Book Club at Halloween

My husband has earned a living on the Central Coast as a swimming pool contractor (Sun Pool Construction). He builds beautiful pools and spas. But it’s not his passion.

A pool built by Sun Pool Construction in Santa Ynez, California

He’s an artist, a sculptor. He built an enviable artist studio on our property but had little time, and even less energy to do his art. Over the years he never complained, but I knew he needed to retire from the pool business so he could follow his dream and get his music out.

My husband, Robert, with his piece at a Phantom Group Show

So, a couple years ago we started talking about our next move. I had asked him to consider moving to the southwest ten years prior, but he wasn’t ready to leave his beloved California. He was ready now. And because he followed me to the Central Coast twenty years ago, I was willing to follow him to our next destination. He picked Santa Fe, New Mexico, a mecca of modern art mixed with rich Native American history. So, that’s where we’re headed…just have to get our California house on the market and sold!

Next chapter…”On The Road Again, Chapter 3, The Remodel”


2019-04-30T16:08:39+00:00 April 24th, 2019|11 Comments


  1. Linda Waldon May 1, 2019 at 6:23 am

    I’ll miss you, too, Meg. It was a pleasure to spend a little time with you, especially when we selected your Paris vacation wardrobe. I just love that you and your husband spend your summers in Paris…talk about adventure! If you’re ever in Santa Fe, you have to look me up. And next time I’m back on the Central Coast we have to have lunch with Helen.

  2. Linda Waldon May 1, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Thank you Mary! I’m so happy you’re still with me. It turns out what you like to do when you’re a child is an indication of your innate abilities. I used to write plays in grade school, and my friends and I would perform the plays for the school. I think I still have one of those early plays. Of course, being a full time writer is difficult in adult life, so I’ve incorporated it into writing style blogs. Perhaps, as my life supposedly slows down a little (when?????) I can get back to writing more. 🙂

  3. Linda Waldon May 1, 2019 at 6:15 am

    LOL! Thank you, Arlene! So I guess I could be a brunette 🙂 My older sister, Barbara, is a brunette, and we look alike. I just ended up blond like my other 3 sisters. She’s the lone wolf.

  4. Linda Waldon May 1, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Thank you Ronda! And my sister and I so appreciated the two goodie bags you packed for our road trip to Santa Fe. We ate everything and the only thing we didn’t use were the hand warmer packs because it was quite beautiful weather. Thank you, again, for your friendship and generosity in everything you do.

  5. Ronda LS April 25, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Linda, so happy to hear you arrived in your#DreamZone! I’m enjoying your Life Blog. Here’s to you & Robert inviting well-deserved inspiration, adventure & community into your Southwestern lives. Hugs xoxo

  6. Arlene April 25, 2019 at 8:13 am

    I echo the words written above. I really like your hair in the 1st picture Linda. Happy days.

  7. Mary April 25, 2019 at 6:57 am

    I have followed your fashion blog for several years. You have had such an interesting life! Keep writing!

  8. Meg April 25, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Linda, I am enjoying reading about your life past, present, and future. It was such a pleasure for me to share a tiny slice of it with you. You have always been so interesting and fun to be with, I’ll miss you. Enjoy your new adventure!

  9. LJ April 25, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Glad you can both follow your dreams! Santa Fe in the fall is beautiful and the sky and air really are amazing.
    Actually LA in the ‘50s and ‘60s was the smoggiest city in the world—unless you were lucky enough to live by the beach-where we always escaped to.
    What a great idea to start a book club to meet women-I’m going to remember that!😊

  10. Louise April 25, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Ditto what Adele said!

  11. Adele Sommers April 24, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Another fascinating episode in your journey down memory lane! I learned several fun things I didn’t know about you. So… how did your move (Phase 1) go?? Are you settling into your new temporary home in Santa Fe, and what’s next on your agenda? Sending love and best wishes from Ukiah!

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