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Turkey Rod Run - 11/30/08 10:20 PM
Beginnig of last week, your eye would catch more and more those old beautiful cars, that were able to survive time. They heralded the arrival of the biggest Car show in the nation, the Turkey Run As everything in life, some cars became famous and sought for, and some didn't. Some are coming with the price tag that makes you scratch your head. But what is the most fascinating, is the love towards those old gorgeous cars, that allowed them to survive and fascinate us. And what is the better place for that than Daytona's Turkey Run, - the event traditionally tied to (6 comments)
Do Not Do Harm - 11/29/08 06:16 PM
A year or so ago, I started getting increasingly frustrated by people asking for info and then never even acknowledging receiving it. I am used that usually people get the info and forget to do it anyway, but I was surprised that it had been done by people I know. When I am at home, I can't use my default e-mail and I am using one of my other e-mail addresses. I was surfing the Net and ran into something interesting, but did not want to spend time on that at this moment. I sent it to my default e-mail inending to read (17 comments)
Thanksgiving. A Family Gathering - 11/29/08 01:45 AM
Thanksgiving brings families together. My family is all here, within 35-40-miles radius. Since we came to US, 4 of us, in 1991, the family extended with my daughter's husband and 2 kids, our grandchildren, so 7 of us gathered around the table with a turkey in the center. We all said what we were thankful for, kids had some trouble figuring what they could be thankful for, but they finally succeeded, so we could get to the food and drinks. It was a very simple party, and simple parties are the beautiful ones. My grandson Daniel entertained us playing the piano, (16 comments)
I've Been Hijacked - 11/28/08 12:22 AM
2 days ago in the middle of a hectic day of a real estate broker in a very slow market came a call and the gentleman, who told me he wa from PayPal, asked me if I could tell him when I paid anyting by Paypal. We do use Paypal, and of course, I do not remember all the details, so I was hesitant, but the gentleman was asking a rhetorical question. He already knew what I didn't, and this was the news that somebody got access to my PayPal account and tried to steal the money. When he asked me whether (32 comments)
Ritz Carlton Has A Better Customer Service. But For Big Bucks - 11/27/08 03:10 AM
By virtue of having my office in the Condo-Hotel, I am involved in them more than I would like it. There are advantages of having the office in the condo-hotel and disadvantages. Advantage is that you are on the ocean. You can walk out of your office and enjoy the breeze, give rest to your eyes, just take a break and recoup. Of course, I do not do any of that, but isn't it this way in life: we are dying to have something, and then never use it. Knowing that I can go there any time, that;s what important. Also, the convenience (9 comments)
How Much Do We Know? - 11/23/08 10:41 AM
Are you frustrated like I am, when you get an e-mail, where the anonymous ...let's use Michael Russer's term "Internet Empowered Consumer" sends you an e-mail and asks a question? One question only. Whether it is price or whatever? And you know that the answer is irrelevant to that property? Or that there is no way you can establish this relevance. When you understand that no mater what you answer, it would be the wrong answer? Because the only right answer is often "TALK TO ME". It does not cost you a penny, I am willing to educate, to give you (6 comments)
Marina Grande on The Halifax - Daytona Beach Condominiums - 11/23/08 12:05 AM
It is actually in Holly Hill, but besides locals who knows about Holly HIll? Marina Grande on Halifax is a development that started at the height of the market. The feeling was that the further you go, the more money you make and the more money it would cost. Planned initially to be right on the Ocean, the developers ran into fierce opposition when they tried rezoning from Tourist to Residential high density. After the people of Daytona Beach gloriously defeated another good idea, the developer settled on this 12-acre riverfront land. However, conceptually they kept it the same way, with the idea of destination condo (concierge, (23 comments)
"Shining a Light Into Dark Places" - 11/21/08 01:43 AM
Ted Baker left a thoughtful comment on my post Things I Would Rather Not Know. But I Do I did not want to stir the pot again. I long for something funny and entertaining, and here I am, stuck with dark memories, trying to make sense of senseless things. Without understanding how they, prisoners of the glorious regime, felt, the stories do not make much sense. We can understand the harshness of nature and can understand what people endure being lost. You are against the odds, and it is amazing what people are capable of. But millions and millions of people vanishing in the country (12 comments)
Things I Would Rather Not Know. But I Do - 11/18/08 01:12 AM
Skip this post if you want an uplifting light reading. This one is not. It is about terrible events. I did not plan writing this post, but it comes to me every day... My mom died in 1988. Several days after the funeral my older brother, who lived with my mom, asked me whether I wanted to meet one of her friends, whom I did not know. My brother told me that he knew a lot about the Extreme North, where I lived at that time. I wanted, both because I thought she would like me to meet her friend, and I also was (24 comments)
Greek Festival In Daytona Beach - 11/16/08 11:27 PM
Today was the last day of 32nd Greek Festival in Daytona Beach. It took place in St. Demetrios Church. These festivals became tradition over the years, and this 4-day event attracts a lot of people, and not only Greek. The parking lot was full, but having lived in the next building for 3 years, I knew how to fool the system, and parked just 100 yards from the church. There is a bit of history going with this place. The 3-level house, that was where the church stands today, belonged to Mr. Olds, yes, the auto man behind Oldsmobiles. In mid 40s (10 comments)
Oceanside Inn. Surprise, Surprise - 11/16/08 01:15 AM
Oceanside Inn 1909 S Atlantic Ave.Daytona Beach Shores, Fl 32118 This is a property that I really like. There are valid reasons for that, but this is for another blog. We actively sell in this property. Last year all sales there were ours. Nobody sold anything there besides us (but some of the sales were not our listings). We sold a few this year as well. A few days ago I have received the e-mail from one of my clients, who bought a unit there with our help in spring this year. He forwarded me the e-mail from the management company. (2 comments)
This number fluctuates from 292 to 308, so it is pretty stable for the last 10 months, when it dropped from over 350. however the prices are surprising. Not that much that you can see starting prices from $39,750, which is reminiscent of 2002-2003, it is the price fall in certain properties that was not expected. take Hawaiian Inn. Traditionally a very popular family oriented condo-hotel in Daytona Beach Shores, cnverted at the very end of the 90s with prices from the developer from mid (0 comments)
Plaza Resort & Spa. Daytona Beach Premier Condo-Hotel Resort - 11/16/08 12:18 AM
Plaza Resort & Spa. Daytona Beach premier Condo-Hotel Resort is located at:600 N. Atlantic Ave.Daytona Beach, FL 32118 The Plaza Resort & Spa, wihch is a Condo-Hotel in conversion, has at time of writing this blog (November 18, 2008) 47 units on resale ranging from $69K with city view to $459K for a penthouse direct oceanfront studio on the 14th floor. The prices are all over the board. You can buy a larger direct oceanfront unit on the 11th floor with better view (also panoramic view to the south in addition to oceanfront) only for $150K. 7 units for sale for (2 comments)
3-bdr New Home in Venetian Bay, New Smyrna Beach, FL - 11/15/08 10:44 PM
346 Leoni StreetNew Smyrna Beach VENETIAN BAY NEW HOME Brand new OAK model in Arbor Lakes in Venetian Bay. Home backs to a large Nature Preserve. Very quiet and very private with beautifully landscaped backyard. Clean light kitchen with brushed steel fixtures and white cabinets. In home Laundry room and safe room. Split plan with bedrooms separate from Master suite. Great quality home in new desirable community. Walk to the new Town Center with its promenade, fountains and Shops. Close to the future supermarket. Lease-Option-to-Buy is available. Currently rented long term. Venetian Bay is a premium and the only non traditional (0 comments)
Short Sale in Venetian Bay, New Smyrna Beach, FL - 11/15/08 09:42 PM
Drastic reduction on this Brand new lakefront Bordeaux Model in prestigious St. Regis section of Venetian Bay. Quality Johnson Group Construction w/ numerous upgrades: fully tiled living, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, natural slate roof. Rich cabinetry adds to the overall beauty of this house. Under and above cabinet lights in the kitchen in addition to recessed lighting. Crown molding in the living area, lighted tray ceilings in the Master Bedroom and in the Bonus Room. This home is painted in natural tones. Open views of the lake and Parkside Town Homes in the distance. View to the lake and the (2 comments)
Married To A Computer? - 11/12/08 10:05 PM
Cris Elizabeth Griffith wrote a post which was awarded a gold start Not Social Networking 2.0 I suggest you read it, it is interesting. 40+ commenters pretty much in agreement. I am reading it and both agreeing and not agreeing. Something inside tells me that it is not that simple, and it is not that black and white. The idea, if described in a few words, is that social networking is a must, and you are doomed without it, if you are working on the Internet. Something makes me to rebel. I have difficult time to agree that this is actually (12 comments)
NAR EXPO 2008 - 11/11/08 02:07 AM
I spent a day at the Expo. The one I visited before was also in Orlando, 4 years ago. Then I had to pay, this time I did not. They invited Florida Realtors for free. There is definitely a change in the Expo's personality. No more local real estate companies, but instead some companies selling Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras. Was surprised to see Europeans offering floorplan software (cute stuff by the way). And rows and rows of Internet solutions companies. Had hard time understanding the difference between them. They had hard time explaining the difference between them. I am not sure there (12 comments)
Orlando: Heavy Active Raining. Photos - 11/09/08 11:07 PM
This is the second and last installment of photos from the AR bash in Hard Rock Cafe yesterday night. Red carpet, free drink, VIP lounge, and hundreds of people popped right out of the computer and materialized in flesh. Weird feeling when you see your computer favorite bloggers, that you used to see for a year only in writing and see their photo, suddenly within reach in flesh and sound. It is like you are looking at a picture on your wall, and suddenly people on the picture stepped over the frame and right into your living room. Unfortunately, we did not (22 comments)
I saw that red carpet to the private party at Hard Rock Cafe, I walked those stairs, I got a T-shirt. AR Gods were there as close to us as they could. They even provided a free drink to confirm their divine status (who else can get you a free drink?). Started small, the party quickly get into full gear. Rainers were talking to each other, groups formed. Sometimes familiar faces from the blog photos started materializing in the warm Orlando air. When we came Rich was surrounded by women, and when we left, Rich was surrounded by women. Not sure (87 comments)
Do Not Choke. Even On A Piece Of Humble Pie - 11/06/08 01:08 AM
Inna Hardison reblogged MacAthurs post Humble Pie... Can I have a LARGE slice..please? There are a few people on AR, that are here by mistake. Their literary talent is so obvious, that they should be somewhere else, or at least form the writers guild on AR. Both Inna and John MacArthur are in this group. You can't read them fast, you have to breathe them, to feel them, get ready to drop tears... One reblogging the other was a surprise, but it is a terrific reading, this time of MacArthur's post. My problem with Inna's "Political" posts is that she gets the (55 comments)
Stories of the Past. Hopefully - 11/04/08 11:33 PM
After getting married (today, November 5 is our 38th anniversary), we lived in a room in 3 room apartment, sharing one bathroom and one kitchen. thhis was in middle Russia area. Three families in this apartment. That was sort of fun. Anyway, the next door lady worked at the lab at the penicillin plant, she was testing the air for the pollution. She laughingly told us that they would measure the pollutants, then give the report to the boss, and he would add 0. in front of their number. She laughed that every step of the way, the bosses would change (25 comments)
Ahead of the Whole World. Can Be Lonely - 11/03/08 11:50 PM
After graduating from the University my wife was sent to work as a school teacher to a capital of chemical industry in the North Urals, Berezniki. You most probably never heard about this place, so sufficient to say that the guy, who bought Marolago from Donald Trump, lives in this northern Russian city. I strated working as a teacher in a local school. One Saturday coming back from school, I saw a truck, and they were selling live fish. I got in line and soon was carrying home this live fresh fish (bream). My wife quickly cleans and cuts the fish, puts it on the (13 comments)
Unit 413 in the Fountain Beach Resort - 11/02/08 12:22 AM
Unit 413 in the Fountain Beach Resort. 313 South Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32118 Middle of the building unit on the 4th floor with good view of the Ocean. Kitchenette with under-counter fridge, microwave and toster. Use it yourself and rent it out when not in use to cover the expenses. On-site Rental management, restaurant and Tiki bar, pool, hot tub and mini-golf. Conferance room for parties or meetings. Close to evrything on the beach. Walking distance to Ocean Walk, Main Street, Water Park, Restaurants, Movies, Boardwalk. (0 comments)
Voting In Different Worlds - 11/01/08 11:39 PM
Today was the last day of Early Voting, and we decided to try to cast out vote earlier, so that we would not be worrying about it on November 4, and we also expect much longer lines on November 4. The voting is form 7 AM to 7 PM. i was working in the office, and my wife picked me a bit too late, and we showed up at the City Island Library - the early voting place - at 6:40 PM. There was a long line, but we were told that it was moving fast, so we joined the voting (6 comments)
Mount Dora Craft Show - 11/01/08 01:19 AM
Tina Allen from Mount Dora reminded me of the coming festival in Active Rain Withdrawals? I have visited the Show twice before, and she reminded me just in time for us to make plans for the coming weekend. I also wanted to try to make a live contact with a fellow Rainer, and I was curious to meet Tina's daughter Tiffany, who at 12 is an aspiring entrepreneur, making cookie mixes and selling them on the Internet. I liked Tiffany's site, it has a warm feel, I am sure people like it. Tina told me where to find them at Daisy a Day flower (8 comments)
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