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What's In Your Survival Kit? - 02/26/10 01:38 PM
What's In Your Survival Kit? As I mentioned in a Blog a few weeks ago, my van got stranded in a snow drift during Ocean City's first blizzard-like snowfall. Since the Ocean City police had commandeered all of AAA's tow trucks, my van remained stuck for 2 days! My only option was to stay at a nearby hotel... for 2 days! After this non-life threatening, but certainly inconvenient, adventure, I decided that my vehicle needed a "survival kit"! This bag( it's approximately 5"x8"x10") is what now resides in the back of my van: it contains.... tee-shirt (cover-up/nightshirt), underwear, sox, tooth care (5 comments)
How Do YOU Read a Blog? - 02/25/10 12:18 PM
How Do YOU Read a Blog? In the past, I'd read a blog, read ALL the comments and then write my opinion. But then I got to wondering if I was really giving MY OPINION or was I being influenced by someone else's thoughts/opinions/ideas? My latest way of reading Blogs is to read the Blog , give it some thought, but SKIP reading the comments of others! I scroll right to the bottom to the comment section, and write MY OPINION, which I truly know is only my opinion, since I haven't been influenced by anyone else! I then go back (8 comments)
Dressing DOWN For Success! - 02/22/10 10:47 AM
Dressing DOWN For Success! This might sound a bit strange but I had to change my mode of dressing when I moved to OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND! I started in real estate in 1986 in Severna Park, MARYLAND. This was a PRIMARY market area. Because we are judged on how we present ourselves, it was suits (not sports coats!) for the men and suits/dresses with nylons and heels for the women! This mode of dressing was very appropriate for the communities between Baltimore and Annapolis! Then in 1992, I moved to OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND, a SECONDARY market place. I continued dressing as (10 comments)
I Felt Like I was in Grade School Today! - 02/20/10 01:52 PM
I Felt Like I was in Grade School Today! While sitting here in Ocean City, MD, reading Activerain blogs (and gathering great new information... thank you, The Lovely Wife!) the fire alarm went off! Since I haven't heard an alarm since I was little (oops! not true!!!! I taught school for 17 years and had regular practice drills!), I'm walked to the hall and asked " Are we doing a practice drill.... in this freezing weather?". Apparently not! We all grabbed our coats, purses and CELL PHONES and headed down the back stairwell ,which just happens to be by my (2 comments)
Let's Experiment... 2 Extra Hours of FREE TIME in Every Day! - 02/17/10 03:37 PM
Let's Experiment... 2 Extra Hours of FREE TIME in Every Day! Recently I recommended the book "The 4 Hour Work Week" by Timothy Ferriss. I started to think about something Timothy suggested in his book. He suggested that we all STOP listening to, or reading about.... THE NEWS! So let's do an experiment! Let's stop reading ALL newspapers, listened to ALL news broadcasts (TV & radio) and skipping the computer button the gives us the latest/greatest news events as they occur. Let's see if we can do it for....3 weeks(enough time to "break the habit")! Now as you do(or,should we say (8 comments)
Google Alerts! Thanks Sam Miller! - 02/17/10 03:15 PM
Per Sam Miller's suggestion in his Activerain Blog, I signed up for Google Alerts! It's only been a couple of days, but I've already received VALUABLE information that I wouldn't have known about without Sam's great Blog! The first day I put in my Listings.(I haven't fine tuned this area yet! We use building names here and I'm getting information about far away places!) ) Then I alerted Google to look for my name,(Kathy Opatka,Opatka) my town (Ocean City,Maryland),and areas in the surrounding states( Fenwick Island, Delaware) and my company name (Remax)! I received great information about local happenings and also (1 comments)
An Old Fashioned Book/"Oral" Report!! - 02/15/10 03:29 PM
Being an avid reader/listener,( I listened to the tape-twice!) I just finished "The 4 Hr. Work Week" by Timothy Ferriss. It was so "let's think out of the box"! Timothy describes his life's trials & tribulations and then goes on to ask the reader to change his/her way of thinking. He requests that we stop "putting our lives on hold" while we wait for RETIREMENT to experience life's pleasures! He gives a ton of Websites to explore/use in our every day lives,and many ways to MAKE MONEY on the Internet! Since I was traveling at a very rapid rate of speed, (4 comments)
Stuck in an OCEANFRONT Hotel! - 02/13/10 02:30 PM
Two weekends ago, I continued to work as the "light dusting" of snow fell from the sky in OCEAN CITY, Maryland! On Coastal Highway, which I could see from my window, the cars were moving nicely, though the snow continued to fall. What I hadn't considered, was the wind swirling the snow around my van in the back parking lot! After much effort to dig my van out of the two foot drifts, I called my trusty AAA! Told that It would be a 90 minute wait for the tow truck to arrive, I returned to my office to continue working. (6 comments)
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