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Do you remember the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile? When I was a kid, I used to watch the commercials, having high hopes that one day I would see the weinermobile in person. Sadly my dreams were dashed. Today, we have a real live version of a 'Weiner Gone Wildly Mobile!' It's a prevalent thing these days in Washington DC. Could 'pressure cooker politics' be to blame, having created an environment that makes it virtually impossible to maintain sainthood? Of course, there's always the possibility that those servants lost their moral compass along the trail. I wonder if our forefathers are rolling in their graves or perhaps asking, 'Where's the (16 comments)
Hey Yogi... Wanna Hug?! - 06/28/11 07:15 PM
Hey Yogi... Wanna Hug?! It became obvious to me early in my career that not all Realtors are cut from the same cloth. Some are very corporate, some are very savvy, some are very GQ, some are very analytical... and some are very huggable. I'm not sure why, but many of my clients see me as the huggable variety. Perhaps its my down-to-earth picture in a jean jacket with a red tree background that does the trick... at least that's what they tell me. My clients say I look friendly and approachable. Never mind the fact that I have some killer Realtor credentials... they don't seem to care much about that. They say (18 comments)
Out of The Box Thinkers... Are You One? - 06/27/11 02:10 PM
Out of The Box Thinkers... Are You One? I stumbled upon a fabulous post entitled; Apple, What's Your Secret? by Ron & Alexandra Seigel. The author draws an interesting comparison between attitudes of a complacent Market Leader and a Workaholic, both of which possess vulnerabilities that prevent them from thinking outside the box. Apple was used as an illustration and shining example of ongoing reinvention. Whether you like or dislike Apple and/or their products, there is something to be said for their innovative ways of staying ahead of the game and kicking some major competitor butt! A few things got my attention in their post... First, the very eloquent and considerate reply by Alexandra to a dissenting commenter. (11 comments)
Today is My Zany Bro's Birthday! - 06/24/11 07:58 PM
Today is my zany Bro's birthday! I confess, I've had a love/hate relationship with my zany brother. I love him because we're related by blood... but on many occasions, he's chapped my hide and caused me a great deal of grief. Fortunately, now that we're older, things are much lighter between us. We still occasionally peck at one another's achilles heel, but we no longer ruffle each other's feathers as easily as we once did when we were kids. Our mother would be so proud! So, in honor of my brother's 51 years on this planet... I thought I'd surprise him with a subscription to AARP Magazine and a year's supply of (14 comments)
Hold On... Let Me Grab My Wonder Woman Cape! - 06/23/11 08:58 PM
Hold On... Let Me Grab My Wonder Woman Cape! It occurred to me some years ago, that not everyone is a good match. Thus the reason marriages fail, business partners split and some clients do the 'Realtor Ho' thing. Disengagement happens... The question is, are we savvy enough to take notice? Sometimes it requires x-ray vision and a cape to see through people. As salespeople, we often try to fit a square peg in a round hole without noticing that it just doesn't fit! Wouldn't it be great if we recognized this upfront and saved some valuable resources from being wastefully expended?! Case in point... I received a buyer referral from a mortgage broker (87 comments)
The First Day of Summer & My First Kiss! - 06/21/11 08:29 PM
The First Day of Summer & My First Kiss! Today is the first day of summer and it reminded me of some events that happened a long time ago. I call them my 'first moments.' My first kiss, my first boyfriend, my first car, my first love, my first child... moments that define who I am. My first kiss happened in the 6th grade. It came from a cute Oklahoma boy named Bobby Jones who had the most adorable accent. He planted one on me when I least expected it and it was delightfully sweet and tender. A moment I'll never forget. I've often wondered how he came to be such a good kisser at such (25 comments)
Marshmallows... Anyone?! - 06/20/11 01:34 PM
Marshmallows... Anyone?! I love them baked, or sandwiched between a smore, or melted in fudge, or even in my hot chocolate or coffee... but I hate to eat them at room temp. Strange, huh?! Here's what really made me think of marshmallows... All the lovely posts about Dads on Father's Day. I attached a link to A Tribute To My Dad on Facebook, and the comments from my friends made me a little teary-eyed. I've always had a pretty tough exterior... friends and family will tell you they've rarely seen me cry. But lately... oh my gawd... this girl is becoming a sappy marshmallow. What's with that? I suppose (14 comments)
A Tribute To My Dad - 06/19/11 04:18 PM
A Tribute To My Dad. It was Black Monday, the day the stock market crashed in October 1929, plummeting the world into the Great Depression. Terror filled the hearts of many that day. Yet, my grandmother's heart was filled with joy at the sight of her newborn baby boy. He was the youngest of four brothers, born to a single mother living in a one-bedroom rented home in Los Angeles. His early childhood was marked by hunger and loneliness. By the young age of six, my father was selling newspapers on dirt streets in the wee hours of the morning. He earned a penny a day and often slept in an (17 comments)
Kindred Spirits in the Rain - 06/16/11 05:51 PM
Kindred Spirits in the Rain. I've been asked a few times about my reference to Kindred Spirits. If you've ever watched any of the 'Anne of Green Gables' series, you know exactly what I'm talking about. For those of you who haven't had the lovely pleasure of seeing a clip, here's my definition of a Kindred Spirit (KS)... A Kindred Spirit... is someone you feel an instant connection with. You can laugh with them and cry with them and you never feel like you're being judged by them. Kindred Spirits are always there for you, celebrating your achievements and encouraging you when things go horribly wrong. A Kindred Spirit is very intuitive, so much so, they can often finish (21 comments)
Me and My Attitude! - 06/13/11 06:48 PM
Me and My Attitude! There's something really cool about hanging out with your attitude... especially when your attitude is your best buddy. Me and my attitude are pals. We go everywhere together. Sometimes we're up and sometimes we're down, but we always know we can rely on one another for support. For the most part, we're pretty upbeat and enjoy one another's company. When either of us get out of line, one gives the other a good swift kick in the butt. And when we're on top of our game, we high five each other and celebrate over a double fudge chocolate cheesecake and a hot mocha (which makes us (22 comments)
I Was Touched By An Angel Today... Two in Fact! - 06/12/11 04:09 PM
I Was Touched By An Angel Today... Two in Fact! I had the lovely pleasure of reconnecting with two old friends this morning for breakfast. We've been friends for more than 20 years, we've laughed and cried together, raised our children together and even traveled afar together. They are kindred spirits indeed. Today was very special... as my friends were passing through Grants Pass Oregon, they stopped to tell me about their recent trip to Kenya. It was a trip that I so wanted to accompany them on, but couldn't due to time constraints and my own civic responsibilities. While I wasn't able to go, my heart made the journey in spirit. My friends are not missionaries per (20 comments)
Prostituting for a Paycheck... Right or Wrong? - 06/09/11 07:34 PM
Prostituting for a Paycheck... Right or Wrong? Have you done it... considered it... regretted it... or have known someone who has? It's certainly not as glamorous as Julia Roberts portrays in the movie, Pretty Woman. But, it appears to be a growing trend in our industry, which causes me to pause and ask the question... Is turning a cheap trick for a paycheck an act of ignorance or a necessary evil? Some say, desperate times call for desperate measures... but that's not the reference I'm making here. I'm talking about someone who throws their moral compass out the window to score a deal. Is it ever right to do so? Fortunately, I've never found (20 comments)
My Batteries Are Fully Charged... Are Yours? - 06/08/11 12:30 PM
My batteries are fully charged... are yours? Every month, I take a 'mini' vacation to southern California to re-energize my soul. Through the years, I've discovered that it's important to step away from my business to replenish and rejuvenate my spirit on a regular basis. The funny thing is, each time I announce that I'm leaving... buyers and sellers start coming out of the woodwork (a bonus). Then the question becomes... Should I still go? Absolutely! Why? Because... this business is so complex and demanding, that if you don't make time for you, you'll experience burn-out. Some of you know exactly what I mean. Burn-out can be a symptom of another problem. The problem can be a (22 comments)
My Cutie Patootie! Isn't she adorable?! This grandma thinks so. I'm in Southern California visiting this little ballerina. And when she saw me, she said "GG's here!"
Don't ya know... the minute I say I'm leaving town... my phone starts ringing off the hook. I closed a deal, got an offer on one of my listings, received two referrals, got a new listing and referred a $450K buyer to one of my agents. Yowsa! I'm going out of town more often! Looking forward to some fun in the sun in Cali. Have a great weekend everyone! (11 comments)
Hey! I Want You To Want Me.... - 06/02/11 11:42 AM
Hey! I Want You To Want Me.... I need you to need me. I'd love you to love me. I'm beggin' you to beg me. Can you hear me ok? Should I repeat it? Or, did you catch it the first time? Sometimes, you just gotta ask for what you want! Never assume that the person on the other end knows what you want... they're not mind readers, and they might be a little slow on the uptake, if you know what I mean. So, just go for it. Shine up those shoes. Put on that swanky shirt... and ask. What's the worst anyone can say... No? Perhaps. So (9 comments)
Yesterday was Scrumdiddlyumptious! - 06/01/11 04:38 PM
Yesterday was Scrumdiddlyumptious! The day started with a torrential down pour... how lovely! Just when the tourists were wrapping up their Memorial Day visit to our quaint little town... we say goodbye, farewell, hasta la vista baby... and don't trip in a puddle on your way home! I worked with a first time home-buyer yesterday and it was interesting to say the least (not the Buyer, but the strange birds we encountered along the way... and I don't mean the feathered kind). The buyer is a young single fellow who just graduated from seminary and has recently accepted a position Pastoring at a local country church in Southern Oregon. Before we began (7 comments)
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