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Even though the Seller's Transfer Disclosure Statement rarely has anything of value on it, there are those times when the cracked slab or the roof leak actually are disclosed. Consequently, I'm not sure I will ever fully understand why banks and landlords who have never lived in the property are exempt from providing them. I understand the theory behind the exemption, but it seems to me that a very easy way around this problem would be to have the banks and landlords get a pre-listing inspection. That would provide them with a great disclosure document and make things go (6 comments)
I visit several sites dedicated to history to see what happened in the past, and if it interests me, I'll do some research on it. Today I found out that: In 1534, King Henry VIII was made head of the Church of England. "I'm Henry the VII," Herman's Hermits The Church of England is why our country was founded. Our Founding Fathers were escaping religious persecution. We should always remember that when religious fanatics want to establish a religious theocracy here in America. There's a reason for the separation of church and state. In 1938, Martians invaded New Jersey "War (2 comments)
So Russel and I drove to Laguna Beach yesterday to buy our wedding rings at Jewelry by Poncé, only to find out that Jewelry by Poncé, notwithstanding the address and phone number on their web site, had moved to Portland, Oregon. We had already shopped their tremendous online selection, and just needed to go up there to select something that we could get before our wedding on Thursday. Alas, not to be at Jewelry by Poncé. That didn't deter us, though. We took a quick tour of Laguna Beach, got some pictures worth blogging about (follow Russel's blog for (11 comments)
I find it interesting when reading through our weekly San Diego Reader that certain things seem to have picked up in this economy. Obviously the home rental market has picked up due to all the people who have lost their homes to foreclosure and had to move. I suspect they didn't just buy another home. Music for your reading pleasure:
Check out some of these other advertisements that are either new or have a lot more competition now. Several of these could definitely be related to the economic situation of the country or their families. bipolar disorder research (5 comments)
This morning when I was ready to leave the house, I saw that the front left tire was flat (always check all four tires before you get in the car; it just requires a couple of seconds). AAA came out to put on the spare (I don't do that kind of work), and I dropped the tire off at Discount Tire to be replaced. On the way back, on a street that I drive quite often, someone had painted a large rock on the hillside. I couldn't help but smile and think that the day was going to (4 comments)
Announcing the marriage of James Louis Frimmer & Russel Ray both members of the ActiveRain Community of Real Estate Professionals
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008 Time: 2:30 p.m. Place: County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 273, San Diego, California Why: Because we love each other. After 14½ years together, the last four as Domestic Partners registered with the State of California, just being together or being registered as Domestic Partners DOES NOT provide the legitimacy, recognition, government benefits, and support that full marriage does. With full marriage in California, there (39 comments)
With the financial industry in crisis, some would say ruins, it's only a matter of time before it affects us on an everyday level, and that means that many of our pets will be turned out in preference for actual human beings. It doesn't have to be so. Here are some ways to save money on pet care: Do things yourself. Many of the common things we have done to our pets can often be done by us. For example, as much as I hate to give my cat a bath and trim its nails, Zoey is actually quite cooperative. (11 comments)
I just finished reading a lengthy interview with Antonin Scalia, an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Personally, I don't think much of Scalia, but I did find three points that I heartily agree with, and this is why I often read views opposing my own correct points of view (LOL). When asked if there were too many attorneys, he said yes. He put more societal emphasis on digging ditches, building buildings, and the like, calling the practice of law to be "unproductive." I've got to quote that sentence, though, because it is telling: "When a society (3 comments)
For the movie buffs amongst us, there are three classic Alfred Hitchcock movies are being reissued this month: Rear Window (1954)--Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Raymond Burr. I think only Alfred Hitchcock could make a movie where virtually everything takes place in an apartment. Vertigo (1958)--Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. I had to watch this movie a few times before I put everything together, and that might be why it was not well received when it was released. It has survived the test of time and I enjoy watching it whenever it is on. Psycho (1960)--Starring Anthony Perkins (2 comments)
In my previous job with Borders Books and Music, I used Excel to do a lot of analysis, yet when I started as a Realtor in September 2005, I had "Analysis Paralysis." I guess it was because I always had an Excel spreadsheet set up for me. Fortunately, my Partner, Russel, is not only a home inspector and a marketing & business consultant, he is an Excel guru.
"Any Road," George Harrison, 2002 He convinced me to track everything that I do, most importantly, my open houses. He set up an Excel spreadsheet with column and row headings, analytical (2 comments)
My Partner and I are involved with a lot of charities, most related to disease research, the arts, and nature, so I'm always intrigued when I find a list of the most generous philanthropic donors. Each year The Giving Back Fund releases a list of the Top 30 celebrity philanthropists according to public records. This year's list was released on September 17, and to no one's surprise, Oprah Winfrey again topped the list. I'm not sure why Bill and Melinda Gates are not #1 because I certainly consider Bill to be a celebrity. Maybe that's the problem; I don't think (5 comments)
I took some time off today to investigate MySpace. What an absolute mess. If this is the upcoming generation, I think they'll be right at home following in the footsteps of our current politicians and financial masterminds. Anyway, I did find a reference to something that I thought was interesting, so I went elsewhere for a little more research. That interesting something is the Banana Suitcase (TM). The reason why the Banana Suitcase caught my attention is because I love bananas. In my lifetime I've probably eaten a container ship full of bananas. So I didn't know whether this was (6 comments)
With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas knocking on our doors, I think it's time for helpful information about recalled products and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For those who are not familiar with the CPSC, they are the ones charged with protecting the public from lead paint, hazardous toys, unsafe appliances, and the like. Following is a detailed tutorial on how you can (1 comments)
Jon Meacham, the editor of Newsweek, has a new book out next month: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. Pre-publishing PR releases are everywhere, and since I have connections at Borders Books and Music, and the book seems to have some ideas that are relevant even to today's presidential elections, I thought I'd touch on Meacham's five ideas for the next President of the United States of America: Surround yourself with people who will tell it like it is. Too often people don't like to hear opposing viewpoints, but if the President represents ALL the people, and 50% or (2 comments)
Music. First there were live shows. Then music got recorded and issued on 78s. Then 45s and LPs. Then along came reel-to-reel tape decks, eight track tape decks, cassette decks, CDs and, finally, pure digital music downloadable from the Internet. But it's not over yet! Along comes "slotMusic." slotMusic comes on microSD memory cards with a USB doohickey that lets you attach it to your computer. Pretty cool, I think. Initiallyl, slotMusic will be sold on 1 GB microSD cards, so they can hold not only a full "album," but additional content like liner notes, cover art, commentary, and perhaps, (3 comments)
Here's an example of how to provide a legitimate service while screwing those around you. Seems that software companies pay computer manufacturers millions and millions of dollars to stuff their machines with all sorts of "free software," a great majority of it which, when activated, slows down that fast machine to about the pace of a snail or turtle. Along comes Best Buy to the rescue. For a mere $30, Best Buy will remove all that pre-installed software, more commonly called "bloatware." It should be noted that Best Buy is the nation's largest electronics retailer, and therein lies the conundrum. (6 comments)
For a while there I wished I was Joe the Plumber. Talk about getting your fifteen minutes of fame! Now it appears that nothing is as it seemed. Well, there's a big DUH! for you. It is, after all, election season. Perhaps America should have five seasons instead of four. Election season would be just after Fall but before Winter. LOL All the presidential and vice-presidential scrutiny turned to Joe the Plumber, only to find that: he owes $1,200 in back taxes to the State of Ohio. Sounds to me like he needs to pay back taxes before he even (1 comments)
During each election—local, state, or federal—our local newspaper runs a section discussing the facts about propositions and the sound bites that are called commercials. It seems that with a contentious presidential election, as well as some contentious state propositions (please vote No on Proposition 8), the fact check column is bigger than ever. After every presidential debate, it seems the title of the next day's column was "Both McCain, Obama take liberties with facts." For the vice-presidential debates, just substitute "....Biden, Palin...." Thankfully, after the election, all of our politicans can go to Church and repent for their lies. With (2 comments)
My Partner and I subscribe to various legal briefs because we both enjoy reading about lawsuits, why people file them, and what the judges and juries think about them. Many cases are frivolous, and many states have passed laws against frivolous lawsuits. Many, such as Nebraska, apparently have not: State Senator Ernie Chambers (a state senator!) filed a lawsuit last year against God. Yes, you read that right. Against God! He said that God had caused "widespread death, destruction, and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants." Well, okay, he might have a point there, but a state (4 comments)
WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment, be prepared for me to comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, read my guidelines and have something for me to comment on. Thanks! I'm sure many people are having similar problems to what we're having here with the banks either not being interested in working with us in selling their distressed properties to capable, willing, and credit-worthy buyers. Maybe I shouldn't say "not being interested" because I'm sure they're interested. Aren't they? Sometimes it seems like they're not when they: Don't seem to have very many people working there. In fact, (7 comments)
"Let's Go Play In The Rain" I recently commented on someone else's blog about participation at Active Rain and what one gets from it.
By far it was the longest comment I've ever made, and I was tempted to just do my own blog entry and then go back to his blog and say, "see my comments here" with a link back to my blog. The I figured, why not do both? That way I could comment on some of the comments already there at his blog, and expand on things in my own blog. So here goes.
With October not only being Cancer Awareness Month, the 57th anniversary of the debut of I Love Lucy, and Halloween, it's also Black Cat Month.
WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment, be prepared for me to comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, read my guidelines and have something for me to comment on. Thanks! Please keep an eye out for stray black cats and stupid people doing stupid things to our black furry friends. Many animal adoption shelters place a moratorium on black cat adoptions during October. They noticed an increase in black cat adoptions prior (5 comments)
On this date in 1951, I Love Lucy debuted on CBS. It would be another nine years before they would have a son named James Frimmer (that's me!). It would end its run on May 6, 1957, after 194 episodes, which includes the expanded show that was retitled The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show (The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour in reruns). Some of the honors and records garnered by I Love Lucy: four seasons ranked as the most-watched show first show to go out on top (since matched by The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld) ranked #2 (behind Seinfeld) on TV Guide's (11 comments)
October not only is Halloween, but it's also Cancer Awareness Month, so I thought I'd take you on a tour of San Diego's Cancer Survivors Park and the Positive Mental Attitude Walk downtown on Harbor Drive near Spanish Landing. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment, be prepared for me to comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, read my guidelines and have something for me to comment on. Thanks! But first, two things that I've already done this month, and you can, too: Buy a pumpkin, clean it out, clean the seeds, count the seeds, and donate (10 comments)
I often worry about people who don't seem to get enough sleep since I live with one. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! A recent article I read stated that while no one has died from lack of sleep, many people do things that are stupid and risky and die as a result of those actions. Apparently, the frontal lobe area of the brain is responsible for judgment and assessment is affected by the (24 comments)
We have a columnist in our weekly magazine here, the San Diego Reader, who answers strange and unusual questions. So I had to laugh out loud when one of his answers started out with a little quiz. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! The quiz, which I'll summarize here, involved understanding what the most common source of bad information is. The choices were: stuff made up as necessary old wives' tails urban myths mom, (2 comments)
Recently I was reading an entry at Wikipedia that had me really puzzled because the text of the entry had absolutely nothing to do with the title of the entry. I didn't know what was going on until I went to edit and correct the entry for them. That's when it hit me! WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! The cool thing about Wikipedia is that it is, so to speak, the people's encyclopedia. (1 comments)
10 ways to get rich, courtesy of Warren Buffett - 10/11/08 03:39 PM
Since I worked at various Borders bookstores for over 35 years, I'm kind of addicted to reading. I read newspapers, magazines, books, and more. A few weeks ago a book was released about Warren Buffett, the world's richest man, with an estimated fortune of $62 billion. Hmmmmmm. He could have rescued a few banks all by himself. The book is The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder. One of the promotional pieces in advance of the release date was 10 Ways to Get Rich: Warren Buffett's Secrets That Can Work For You, a synopsis of which (17 comments)
If you would like to read a great inspirational and motivational book, pick up a copy of Dewey—The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. It's about the power of pets, sometimes not even our own. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks!
Dewey was abandoned as a weeks-old kitten on a very cold winter night in Spencer, Iowa. Vicki Myron, the library director at the Spencer Public Library, found him stuffed into (4 comments)
I always get frustrated when I hear about a young child being injured or killed due to ignorance, lack of common sense, lack of action, or just plain old stupidity. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! The home is a very dangerous place, especially for inquisitive, curious children. Just think real quickly of some of the things that are in your home that can cause injury or death: gas (explosions) carbon monoxide (from (5 comments)
I had heard rumors of people in this market buying a second home and then letting their first home go into foreclosure, but until today I didn't know that it actually has a name associated with it: buy-and-bail. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! The practice is obvious loan fraud, and mortgage lenders appear to be cracking down on it. What happens is that the owners tell their lender that they plan on (5 comments)
We have a lot of pine trees here in San Diego since Torrey Pines State Reserve is one only two places in the world where the Torrey Pine grows. The other is an island off the coast of California. Although pine trees will grow here, they really need more water than what Mother and Father Nature provide us. Consequently, they rarely grow to any significant size and certainly are not unique in any way; they are just pine trees. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 (14 comments)
I'm not one to be superstitious, but occasionally something comes along that indicates that maybe I should be. Latest case in point is the Las Vegas trial of O.J. Simpson. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! To wit: Simpson was convicted the other day for an armed robbery that occurred on September 13. The conviction came on the 13th anniversary of his acquittal in his Los Angeles murder trial. The Las Vegas trial (6 comments)
Huh? Read on. My Partner and I subscribe to a lot of legal newsletters and reviews concerning the real estate industry, and some of the court cases that it covers are absolutely amazing. For example, take the case of Amador Zuazua v. Tom and Carol Tibbles, decided by the Montana Supreme Court in February 2007. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks!
Seems that a buyer's agent put in a purchase offer on (5 comments)
With the high price of gas, notwithstanding the fact that it has come down over a dollar a gallon in the past couple of months (since all the Arizona tourists went home LOL), many people are trading in their land yachts for motor scooters, motorcycles, and bicycles. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! The roadways should be safe for all people on all modes of transportation, especially with children back in school and (6 comments)
I love reading about government and university research, because it often seems useless. This is one of those that, on the surface, is just hilarious. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! Researchers in Ohio have been feeding alcohol to bees to determine what effect it has on them. My question would be, "Who cares?" Are the bees having difficult finding water? Are college students at Ohio State University leaving puddles of beer around (4 comments)
I'm one of those food label readers. However, I'm not reading for nutritional content. I'm reading for the expiration date. I've been told that I have an extraordinary sense of smell and taste. Mom, roommates, and Partner often coming to me asking, "Does that smell okay?" or "Taste this. Is it okay?" I don't mind smelling, usually, but I'm not going to blindly taste something. That's what expiration dates are for. Unfortunately, expiration dates come in several formats: sell by date use by date best by date expires on date I know that all dates have a built-in safety factor (18 comments)
I've had pets all my life, but one thing that I've never done is let a pet loose inside the car while I'm driving, much less letting it lay on my lap or hang out the car window. I just consider that to be stupid, stupid, stupid, with apologies to all who might do so. Our famous Governor/Actor/Terminator apparently disagrees with me because he recently vetoed legislation making it illegal to drive with animals on your lap. The representative who introduced the legislation did so after seeing a woman driving with three dogs on her lap. I'm glad I don't (11 comments)
According to the National Geographic News service, it seems that what you smell might have an effect on your dreams. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! Now I love how they did this study. Researchers gave some sleeping subjects scents of roses. Other sleeping subjects were lucky enough to be given scents of rotten eggs. Well, guess what happened? This, to me, is another DUH! moment. One of the researchers astutely stated, "If (1 comments)
I just found out about the San Diego Plant Atlas and its new web site. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! The San Diego Plant Atlas is a sponsored by the San Diego Natural History Museum. It has already take several years to collect more than 36,000 specimens of plant species found in San Diego County. Due to our Mediterranean climate, where virtually anything will grow when its watering needs are met, (1 comments)
A local story last week involved a fire that caused $125,000 in damage and displaced nine people in two families. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! Seems that a 15-year-old boy had used a piece of paper to light the cook top burner so that he could cook some food. What to do with that piece of paper. Ah, yes, what to do with that piece of paper. Why, simply throw it into (1 comments)
My mom's boyfriend is a psychologist, so they often have the opportunity to travel to medical conventions throughout the world, as well as go to free events here in San Diego. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! For example, last week one of the drug companies was hosting a free event at the San Diego Zoo. So here on my desk is an article titled, "How MDs Learn About Drugs." The article starts (1 comments)
I just finished reading an article about how some cities, like Austin, Texas, have implemented a "Pay As You Throw" system (PAYT) of charging households for garbage collection. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you comment here, be prepared for me to visit and comment at your place, usually within 7-10 days. So please, have something for me to read and comment on. Thanks! My trash collection service here charges $29 a month, and while there is a limit on the amount of trash, it's such a high limit that I've never come anywhere close to meeting it. Since I don't have a (0 comments)
12 reasons why I won't comment on your blog entries - 10/01/08 11:40 AM
Russel is my Partner and the one who taught me how to read quickly through blogs and comment therein. However, unlike him, I would never go through 40 pages of someone's blog trying to find something to comment on (see #2 below). I don't have the patience or curiosity like he does. Via Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector:
I would love to comment on your blog, especially if you were kind enough to comment on mine, but I just can't. The following are 12 reasons why, in no particular order. WARNING Comment at your own risk. If you choose to comment anywhere in (6 comments)
ASPCA Petition the New President - 10/01/08 03:28 AM
If you love cats, dogs, and, really, any pet, I hope you'll work with the ASPCA here. Just read Rich's blog entry, click on his links, and help our little friends. Via Rich Dansereau Loan Officer Knoxville TN: Just over a month to go until registered voters in the United States elect a new president. Presidential elections are often met with mixed emotions. Elections definitely energize the general public. Big elections can get those who might normally pay no attention to politics to sit up and take notice, and those who are normally political may become hyper political. Issue of every type are (1 comments)
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