A blue-eyed dog greeted me as I walked up the long, narrow path to the Sparr Heights home of Bill and Rita Even.
"Everyone in the neighborhood knows Jodi," said Rita, referring to her Australian shepherd. "Jodi and Bill are inseparable."
Bill was on his way out to walk Jodi, but he stopped for a minute to point out a few features of the house. He believes that the 1930s house was set behind a larger home. Later, when the lot was divided, a porch and foyer were added to the cozy cottage. It is one of the few homes in the neighborhood where the house sits on edge of the rear lot line with a large sweep of thick, emerald grass in the private, fenced front yard.
Bill and Jodi left. Rita and I went inside for a chat at the dining table. After 40 years with Caltrans, Rita recently retired, only to begin a community volunteer career that keeps her nearly as busy as her old full-time job as executive secretary to the director of Caltrans' Los Angeles office. Bill, too, retired from Caltrans a few years ago.