Connectivity, communication, and social networking are, of course, all the rage in this country these days and people that are considering the purchase of property here in The Sea Ranch understandably have questions about their ability to stay connected with loved ones, friends, family, and business associates. If you are one of those folks that feel that you absolutely must stay tightly connected to the real world twenty four hours a day this is probably not yet the place for you. The Sea Ranch is just not that intense a life style. Life here on The Ranch is more relaxed - even for those of us that are employed full-time. Many of us have cell phones and have learned how to make them work for us (the new network extenders work well). Others use land lines. Virtually everyone has a computer and is online - either with a cable or satellite connection. Email works fine and FedEx and UPS deliver online orders just as reliably here as in the big city.
One of the delights of life here on The Ranch is that old-fashioned person-to-person communication is alive and well. We don't have many back fences, but we still talk to our neighbors. We go on walks with them, we do crafts with them, we go fishing with them, we sit with them on one or the other of our porches and talk politics, we communicate the old fashioned way over a real cup of coffee and we kind of like it. This is not to say that we are technophobes. Far from it. Some of our neighbors actually invented some of the stuff that city folks are using. A lot of the conversations we have are about technical subjects and some of us even speak geek (I am not one of them). In fact, I argue that it is easier to get into a knowledgable conversation about more diverse subjects here than in the average person's life in a cosmopolitan center. Sea Ranchers come from fantastically diverse backgrounds. The neighbor next door might have been a successful business executive, a scientist, a diplomat, a scholar, a military officer, a doctor, or just about anything else that you can imagine.
Psychologists are beginning to worry about Americans sitting in dark rooms all over the country peering into dim computer screens to learn superficial facts about far off places. Here in The Ranch, we all do some of that as we check out lodging options in preparation for our next trip, but most of the time we sit down with neighbors and look at the pictures that they took on their last trip to some far off place. Their photography may not always be as good as what is on the internet, but their stories are better, and their advice is more reliable. It is also nice to know that the people next door will help security keep an eye on your place while you're away. If, heaven forbid, something untoward does happen while you are off Ranch, communications here in The Ranch are usually good enough to get word to you so that you can make any decisions that might be necessary. In the last analysis, good communication is a function of personal relationships. If the relationship is sound the communication is reliable. In that sense, I believe that we have excellent communications here in The Sea Ranch.
Next time you are considering a trip to The Sea Ranch shoot me an email or give a shout on your cell. I will find a suitable place for a cup of coffee and a chat about communications and the good life here in The Sea Ranch. We can also look at a couple of the beautiful homes that can rather easily be yours.
Social networking at it's most effective...