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When does a stick become a log? - 02/28/11 09:58 PM
When is is that a stick becomes a log? Think of the problems in life. Think of others problems that all of a sudden involve you. Sometimes you may get wrapped up in them and NOW those problems become yours. You are almost to the closing table and issues cropp up. They may look like small stuff at the times and then you try to help. Those issue are all of a sudden YOUR issues. So, when does a stick become a log... When You make that stick your stick and see how heavy it really it. It now becomes YOUR log! (14 comments)
Even the 'Snow Birds' ask about the snow. - 02/27/11 07:40 PM
A snow bird in Minnesota terms is a person or persons that go south for the winter and then re-appear in the spring. I have friends and clients that go south every year. The question I get from them often is..."What does my home look like with snow?" I usually tell them to come home and find out for themselves, Especially when they talk about fishing and golfing. But, I usually do get around to showing a few pictures to themselves. I wonder what it would be like to ask that question. I don't see that happening to soon!
Guns and Doctors - 02/25/11 07:47 PM
I didn't think that I would ever have to Post this information...But I believe that in today's world it is necessary. DOCTORS A) The number of Doctors in the U.S. 700,000B) Number of accidental deaths caused by Doctors each year. 120,000C) Accidental deaths per Doctor 0.171 GUNS A) Number of legal gun owners in the U.S. 80,000,000B) Number of ACCIDENTAL gun deaths per year. 1500C) Number of accidental gun deaths per Legal gun owner. 0.000188 MATH 0.171/0.000188=909 Statistically, Doctors are approximately 900 times more dangerous than gun owners. REMEMBER: Guns don't kill people, Doctors do! NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT (19 comments)
Words don't always mean the same thing when used. - 02/25/11 09:10 AM
As I have blogged before about making sure we understand the question at hand, we also need to realize not all words mean the same. Case in point... A nun walks into the shower where Mother Superior is taking a shower. "There is a Blind man her to see you." Well, if he is blind, he can;t see me she thought, "Send him in here." When he walks into the shower, Mother superior starts to tell him how much she appreciates him helping out at the convent. After 5 minutes of this, the man says... "You are very welcome, but you (8 comments)
Everybody succeeds! - 02/24/11 07:36 PM
Talking with my Grand Daughter this evening she talk about a friend who failed in a task that they were doing. We talked a bit more and I told her that her friend didn't just fail, they also succeeded. "How" she asked. Well, your friend succeeded in failing to complete the task. Not all successes are GOOD! Not all failure is bad. I failed to run through a yellow light today, but succeeded in not getting hit by the car that took off early. Success comes in many colors. We just have to look color that looks the best on us. (7 comments)
Having some Fun with Customer Service. - 02/23/11 08:18 PM
I have found that laughter, is a great way to break the ice and make people smile. I never miss a chance to brighten someones day. So today when I went into my Eye Doctors office and asked them to check my glasses they said SURE! Then the lady behind the counter said..."You have a screw loose." I replied, "Yea, I have been told that before but I didn't think you knew me well enough to tell me that." She looked up and said..."NO, I mean your glasses have a screw loose. I didn't mean you." I started laughing. She then (12 comments)
A North Branch Business I endorse. - 02/23/11 04:09 PM
I had the privilege of working with a company new to me. I had some scrap metal that needed to be removed. I called "The Scrappers". The guys are great to work with. Although, we were not able to get the job done, Yet, they had some great ideas that we will implement toe finish the job and keep everyone safe while doing it. "The Scrappers" will take cars, appliances, old farm machinery and all kinds of odds and ends scrap metal. Much of what they do will cost nothing, and some will have a nominal charge. If you are (6 comments)
It has been a great day...time for a little Levity - 02/22/11 07:56 PM
It was a great day on many fronts today. I feel very light on my feet, so I think I will share the mood. Please remember I am laughing at myself. Please join IN! A man walks into his bedroom and finds his wife packing her suitcase... "What are you doing?" he asks her. "I am moving to New York. I hear that prostitutes make $400 for what I do for you for free." Later as the sife is about to leave, she sees her husband packing his suit case..... "And just what are you doing?" she asks... The Husband replies..."I (13 comments)
North Branch Minnesota snow! - 02/21/11 11:31 PM
Well it did happen. 13 inchers plusd is what we ended up with here in my area of Minnesota. The one thing that does happen in our family when the snowfall gets deep is the family comes together to help each other out.
But this sight goes away with the help and right equiptment. We are now once again ready for mother nature!
Better late than never...Right? - 02/20/11 06:08 PM
I got up this morning expecting a few flakes of snow on the ground. NOTHING!!! Turned on the and heard that the storm was about 4-6 hours behind schedule. Off we went and did our Sunday routine, I showed a house. Now it was about 3pm and the snow had finally started in earnest.
We ate out this noon and people were talking that maybe the snow would miss us. Wishful thinking on their parts. An hour after I was home from my shoing the snow was showing it's best side...
As for me, I am happy to see the (11 comments)
You may pick three! (Sunday Humor) - 02/20/11 09:23 AM
A new client inspired this story from years ago. He had asked me where a certain church was in town. I drove him by it and our conversation brought back the memory of this... The little church had a small number of members and everyone knew everyone. The people were not well to do at all. This Sunday, there was a stranger a the service. Not unusual and he was welcomed by the people heartily. When the offering plate was passed, the stranger laid a $100 bill in it. Now, that was far more than most could afford to give. One (17 comments)
Another Minnesota Winter Storm! YAHOO!!!! - 02/19/11 04:00 PM
Yes, you are most likely right. Most of the people I know think I am some kind of a nut. Our weatherman is prediction 10-12 inches and up to 18 in some areas. (Depending on what station you watch). For me, I love a GOOD storm I am looking for the 18+ just to make it worth while. Heck it is only February and white is the color of the season, not dingy grey and brown. So, If you have not heard the news yet, get to the Liquid Libation store and get stocked up for the next few days. Oh, (12 comments)
I awoke with a Fever... Yea, I know that is nothing out of the ordinary. There is a bug going around and most of the kids are sniffling, including my Grand Daughter.
But, my fever is much worse than the run of the mill stuff the kids have.
Waking from my nightly slumber because of a nightmare, I was in a cold sweat. The shakes had over taken my and I wasn't able to get the dream out of my mind. I tossed and turned for some time and finally gave up and crawled out of bed.
Minnesota...Put away your Swim Suits! - 02/17/11 08:28 PM
Well, the warm weather thawed a few people out enough to make to spring. The warm weather of the last 5 days has dropped our snow cover to just a small amount. But, Don't you worry, by early next week we should have nice covering of the white stuff again. I don't mind the snow. If everything is going to look dead and brown for 8 more weeks, it may as well be white. Much nicer to look at! (9 comments)
Are you flexible in your schedual? - 02/16/11 07:11 PM
As Real Estate Professionals, we need to be able to adjust our schedules on a moments notice. Same are ale to other struggle more with this. Those who are able to do this easily, still reap the rewards. This is just a little chuckle for those who understand the challenges... A Red Head, A Brunette and a Blonde decide they would like to travel in space. They approached NASA about going. " I would like to go to the Moon." said the Red Head. "You are in luck, we have a flight in an hour." The Brunette said, " (11 comments)
Still a good time to buy in North Branch MN. - 02/13/11 06:26 PM
It is a great time to buy still. Inventories are good, and interest rates are also great. But, don't wait to long...interest rates have been heading upward in the last few months. Where it was once just below 4% for a wo year loan, has risen to almost to just over 5%. That is a significant increase. While, still much better than the 9-10% when I started 15 years ago...it still is a trend to watch. So, if you are thinking of buying, NOW is the time! (5 comments)
It's Saturday night and it's been a great day. - 02/12/11 07:19 PM
A great and profitable day was today. So let's end it with a bit of humor... A lady walks into to psychiatrists office and lies down on the sofa. "What seams to be the problem" the Doc asks. " Well, I think I' m a nymphomaniac, " she replied. "Well, I think I can help you, but I must tell you that my fee is $80 an hour." "That's reasonable", says the lady..."How much for all night?" Have a great night all! (12 comments)
Major heat wave hits Minnesota! - 02/11/11 09:58 PM
31 degrees above zero today with the red line going even higher tomorrow. We are going to have to start dealing with the slop of the melting wet snow messing up our cars and every thing else in our lives. The good part, i can take off my long sleeve shirt tomorrow and be comfortable in just a T. I have been hearing the cheers of the warmer weather all over the place, but in 2 days, the cheers will turn to complaints about the slop. There is just no way that Mother nature can please us! (15 comments)
The Doctor's in! - 02/11/11 04:16 PM
After just having been to the Dr. for a check up this hit me funny...Like a lot of things do. A Dr. in Duluth Minnesota decided to take a day off. But he didn't want to close the clinic...So, he said to his apprentice... "Ole, I am going to be gone tomorrow. I want you to keep the clinic open. This is your BIG chance!" At the end of the day, the Dr. showed up at the clinic at closing to see how things went. "Well, I had 3 people come in," Ole said. The had a Headache, so I gave (7 comments)
The respect is gone for the rights we have won! - 02/10/11 03:07 PM
I come across this cartoon. It reminded me of an incident that happened last fall to my sisters grandson. He was with a friend in the classroom during lunch break. The two were standing and saying the pledge of alligence. The teacher came in and scolded them, took them to the Principal's office. They were warned if they ever did that again, they would be expelled. The Pledge was not allowed in school! My sister was furious as was the Mom. They took the child and now drive him 25 miles to a private school. Again...a small amount of people making (25 comments)
Still paying it forward... - 02/07/11 06:24 PM
My wife and I had been in town doing some odd errands and we took a different back road home. We were about 3 miles from home when my wife seen where someone had gotten stuck in their drive way. "You should come back and do them a favor and plow the driveway for them." "I agree, I haven't went out of my way for someone in over a week." I replied. I had time right away so I jumped in the plow truck and headed back with my wife. When we got there, there was a young lady with (15 comments)
It's half time, and my wife just asked, "Who's winning?" - 02/06/11 08:19 PM
"Who's winning, why the team with the most points, that is who." I am sure that my wife's question was just to see If I was alive and coherent or just a zomie in front of the tube. I am half ways watching the game and putting a jig saw puzzel together. "How can you watch teh game and still work on the puzzle?" she asked me. "It is called multi-tasking! I listen like it is a radio and then watch the important replays and commercials." Hey...it works for me!
Are you courteous to your neighbors? - 02/06/11 01:57 PM
Have you ever seen a neighborhood feud. I just run into one where next door neighbors were basically dueling with each other. Now, I will say I have only heard one side of the story, but the side I heard says the neighbor is and A$$.... Well, that may be, but your actions are not going to help. Now try and sell your home while you are fighting. When you act like they do, you put yourself at their level. Take the high road and you will find better ground. A blonde and her husband are laying in bed listening to (8 comments)
Are your buyers having trouble saving money? Here is what I had my clients do... - 02/05/11 03:44 PM
When I told my clients they had to save some extra money to get to closing, I was informed that there was no extra money to be saved. " How bad do you want this home?" I asked. "You know this is our dream home. Once we get in our payment will be less than our rent payment and we will be just fine." "OK, so tell me.... At this point I asked each of them how they spent their money. Neither worked an office job, so it opened a wide range of things. I found both went out for dinner. (11 comments)
Is it my turn to pick on the Blonde's? - 02/04/11 08:53 PM
Now you have to remember, if you follow any of my humor blogs, I am also very Blonde. I some how feel Blessed. ( Or was that Cursed?). Anyway, this one tickled me. It must be the extra libation I had! The tragedy unfolded early in the morning. 2 Blonde ladies were found froze to death at a Drive in Movie. The had gone to see... CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. It has been a harsh winter for some. ;-}
How important is it to remove the snow off of your roof. - 02/04/11 05:19 PM
There is a lot of debate on this subject. I won't over do this segment, but just give a few things to think about. 1) If you have any ice damming on your eves...YES, you should remove the snow. Ice dams cause more water damage than any other reason for water seepage. 2) Will my roof hold a lot of snow? Great question...the pitch of the roof will come into play a lot on this. The steeper the roof the less likely you will have a problem. The inside walls will also play a big part in this as they are also (10 comments)
Local Government...are you involved? North Branch town hall meeting. - 02/03/11 07:05 PM
Wow, I almost forgot...tonight is our town hall meeting and the budget is the main topic. Last year there was only 5-6 people there besides the officials. We complain and talk about what would be done, but we don't even get involved a the simplest level...LOCAL /Government. I will be there with my opinion tonight. Some will not like it, but they will hear it. When the meeting is done..."I" will have the right to complain later! (6 comments)
Bob's Barber Shop, North Branch,MN SOLD!!! - 02/02/11 09:27 PM
It only took the buyer 4 months to do all his research and decide that this profitable business is a good value. As for Bob...He is retiring. He will continue to work 2 days a week and visit with friends he has made along the way. John Perrin is the new owner and a home town boy! You will see him on saturday's at first. Stop and say HI !!! (5 comments)
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