Gasoline and cell photos, can be a deadly combination. - 01/31/10 10:18 AM
GASOLINE AND CELLS PHOTOS DON'T MIX....WARNING...WARNING...WARNING....PLEASE READ.
The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump. In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car!
And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone,
being John Schneider... an homage to the Dukes of Hazard - 01/31/10 06:40 AM
My Friends on Facebook inspired my story of "What star do you look like".
Being John Scheider... my homage to the dukes of Hazard
I was accosted by a boy scout troop once at a Red Sox game (when I was much younger)...but they figured it out after a while. Bo Duke Wouldn't swear when the F#@*ing Yankees beat the Red Sox would he?
A couple of Jeff Foxworthy- Want -to -be's...Seriously I got it all the time.
Ok...I'm reaching here, but if you squint a bit?
...only slightly and not at all
A frozen River walk...on the Pemigewasset a White Mountain river view - 01/30/10 01:38 PM
When moving water grinds to a halt you know it's cold outside. Today's walk along the river produced a few photos. I hope you enjoy a walk up the Pemigewasset River from Woodstock to Lincoln New Hampshire.
Slabs of ice two feet thick, heavy enough to break fully grown trees, is some serious power.
this chunk was at my camp-site 50 feet from the water's edge, and about the size of a parking space.
Away from the big Ice Jams the river looks normal flowing and quiet.
Mount Liberty center, and Lafayette is mostly
Titanic Ice flows...and the calm after the storm. New Hampshire Photos - 01/28/10 09:27 AM
I'm always amazed by the strength of water, We had some three inches of rain a few days ago. The violent roar of the river heaved literally tons of ice fifty feet up on the banks and stacked it ten feet high. Here is a look at the block of ice in their new resting place.
Here is a different perspective on how high the ice can be pushed and stacked by moving water.
Here are two pictures taken from the same location a few months
Today's mind benders. - 01/27/10 01:44 PM
Today's Mind Benders...Enjoy!!
What did the instructor at the school for Kamikaze pilots tell his students?
Watch closely I’m only going to do this once
Is it legal for a man to marry his widow’s sister in the state of California?
Probably not, since he’s dead.
How many times can you subtract 5 from 25?
Just once, because after you subtract anything from it , it’s not 25 anymore.
What two things can never be eaten for Breakfast?
Lunch and dinner
What did the fish say when he ran into a concrete wall?
Imagine you are is a
Maintenance-man...or client service, they are about the same. - 01/25/10 01:55 PM
Maintenance-man at your service.
One of my Client's is in a Nursing home and the state will be relieving her of the money coming out of her property( when it closes). Those facts don't minimize her concern for a home she has lived in for the last 40 years. Needless to say there is no money available to shovel the roof, but after a big snow and prior to the big rain event like we are currently experiencing ( it had to be done). If your client or customer sees you driving a plow-truck...you must be good at maintenance, right?
A Win By Attrition is still a win...An Activerain Success Story. - 01/24/10 11:39 AM
A Win by Attrition is still a win. Game faces everyone...we are not here to keep the seats warm.
If they are bigger than you be faster than them.
If they have a skilled staff...work longer and harder than them.
If they have more money than you, be smarter with your spending than them.
I compete with Three national chains in my Town, am I envious of their branding? ...Yes. Do I wish to send any portion of my Hard earned Commissions to a city I have never been too?...No.
I was showing one of my listing yesterday with an agent
Loco...for Localism...Lincoln New Hampshire - 01/23/10 10:31 AM
Lincoln New Hampshire, The second largest town in the state featuring 95% of its land area within the White Mountain National Forest. We have a very small year round population, mostly second homes and retirement properties,this combines to make our property tax bill one of the lowest in the state. Even though the Graduating class is less than 30 students annually our kids are near the top in S.A.T. scores, and athletically find themselves in the state finals for their leagues in Soccer, baseball, softball and of course skiing.
The Town's big Four Features are: Loon Mt, Pemigewasset River,
Friday foto from the Summit - 01/22/10 09:21 AM
Took a Few Shots from my ski day Thursday and wanted to share them with you all...the Summit of Loon Mountain in Lincoln NH. Enjoy the views, it was a spectacular ski day...if you like 10 degree weather and a wind chill below zero.
Fresh snow in the trees with one lone skier enjoying the view from the Top of the Bear Claw trail.
This is the Blue Ox Trail named after Paul Bunyan's faithful companion, you can see the condos at the village of Loon mountain in the background from this location.
The clouds moved in
Two Hours From Boston...offering skiing to and from your door. - 01/21/10 01:53 PM
One of the most unique features of the South Peak Home sites at Loon Mountain is you can ski home from New Hampshire Most Popular resort.
A handful of homes are so close to the owners trails that they designed a bridge to span from their house to the trail…this is exclusive access to the ski area.
From the Top of the Gondola lift there is an observation tower looking due north towards the Presidential range, for those not wishing to climb there is an observation Deck (only three steps up) with a view Of Loon Pond. This
Funny Combined wedding photos...and wedding jokes. - 01/20/10 07:55 PM
Top of the Mountain...June 21....summer Solstice and December 21 winter solstice.
Top of the Big dipper ski trail, they fasten church pews to the slope and install a wooden pulpit.
Fun thought for us avid skiers get married on the slopes we ski later in the year " question do I appear to be dancing the jig in the ski photo...because I don't remember if this was a before or after shot??.
The Gondola is the best way to the top for a Wedding...saying I do secures the ride down as well.
Top of the Gondola almost 10
Now and Then White Mountain Photos - 01/20/10 11:12 AM
The Rivers and Mountains in and around the National Forest offer some great subject for Photos.
Listing agents don't rush to list before the data is secured - 01/18/10 03:11 PM
Your lack of planning is not my emergency
Listing agents just want the listing and want to get it on the market quickly…but don’t drop the ball and leave the property with out a few important questions being answered.
Ask for and gather important documents: Deed, mortgage(s), tax assessment, trust documents, Death certificate (if needed), site plan, survey, septic design, well installation info, Liens and Attachments.
Observe obvious defects: all the disclosure issues – roof age, electrical service, wet basement, evidence of asbestos, lead paint and the likelihood of radon gas. Deal with these before you list or before
Memory lane..high-chair to high-school...please bring your photos out. - 01/18/10 05:56 AM
It was time to clean up some old tattered boxes under the stairs...save or throw away? I found a box my mother had given to me
a few Christmases ago. Mostly school Photos but a few even earlier so long ago there were some in black and white. Yes kids we didn’t always have color cameras…but I’m glad there are scanners now. I will keep the photos, and put them away for safe keeping. I’ll share a few with my scanned for all to see from Baby to graduation. I’ll link this post to my Facebook account by an outside
White Mountain Photo perspective - 01/17/10 09:06 AM
I decided to take a lot of photos on my daily walks, and I find the views from places I frequent, change dramatically with the seasons. Here are a few then and now pictures to enjoy the change of weather...and scenery in New Hampshire's white mountains.
The Fall and winter from the Pemigewasset River...3 months ago and three feet of ice...same location.
Flume State Park, Lincoln New Hampshire - 01/16/10 12:16 PM
The state Park is technically closed this time of year, meaning the New Hampshire state park building is closed at this site. But you can still park and hike from the area, Indian Head is a great (short) winter hike and of course the views a breathtaking no matter the season.
Picture was taken from exit 34 of Interstate 93, and the Flume parking area is a few hundred yards away.
Mount Flume is the back drop the State park, its recognizable by the snow slide (avalanche scar left side).
Haiti Relief efforts combined with recreational activities at Loon Mtn N.H. - 01/15/10 09:34 AM
Loon Mountain Ski Resort, and its parent company Boyne Resorts (plus all its affiliated ski resorts) has made a commitment to the American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. The resorts spread across the U.S. and Canada will donate one dollar for every lift ticket sold Saturday January 16. Individual guest donations are encouraged and will be accepted the entire Martin Luther King Day-weekend from 1-16 through 1-18. Donations can be made at all ticket windows, snow sports desk, and in the Octagon & Governor’s lodges at the main level coffee shops.
Torchlight parade & Fireworks will be part
Vacation condo with rental income...a great value in the Loon mountain area of New Hampshire - 01/14/10 03:17 PM
Rivergreen Condominium – condotel style living.
One of the best quality construction highrise structures in Lincoln New Hampshire.
Each condo comes with a lock off suite that can be used as a hotel room for rental income. This fact along with the front desk has made traditional FHA financing impossible. The Term Condo-hotel, was struck to indicate an on-site rental program was set up within the building. Port-folio lenders have offered financing all along at a slightly higher rate than the government backed loans. Condos sold for $185,000 to $210,000 just a few years ago…are now listed at $129,000. A
Wednesday's...Highway to heaven - 01/13/10 12:48 PM
We all get use to our surroundings to the point that they fade in to the back ground. While showing a property yesterday I was heading up the highway...when my client said "Wow Look at this view", I replied "this is the exit ramp I take every day to go to work and I see this under all types of lighting and conditions each and every day".
My Highway to heaven view enjoy...the White Mountain scene from January 13th 2010.
Interstate Route 93 Woodstock New Hampshire views of Franconia Notch State park...you can just make out
Sugar Hill N.H. Treasures uncovered...Bette Davis Butternut Farm. - 01/11/10 12:36 PM
Sugar Hill New Hampshire…Bette Davis’s Butternut Farm.
In the late 1930’s Ms. Davis purchased a small farm, and had a barn dismantled in Vermont and moved…to create a beautiful home away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. This is where she went between pictures to recharge and relax in a small quaint community in the White Mountains.
Not only did she love the area but at one time she found love in the White Mountains. The story goes she was hiking along the Bridal Veil Falls path, when she became lost in the woods.
Frost Place in Franconia NH ...The summer home of Robert Frost / Museum. - 01/10/10 12:49 PM
In 1907 Robert Frost rented rooms from a Farmer in Bethlehem New Hampshire, he spent several summers there to find relief from his hay fever. The Frost family loved the area and decided to purchase a farm, he looked for a place with a nice view and quiet setting. When he happened upon the ideal place in Franconia New Hampshire, he asked the owner if he would consider selling the place. As it turned out the farmer was looking to acquire some additional acreage and the sale would allow just that. The two man shook hands on the price of $1,000
Sunset in the city,sunrise in snow country,chalet on the slopes, 2 hour trip - 01/09/10 02:44 PM
I'm never bored traveling the Northeastern states, from my home I can be in Boston in two hours, the Sea coast of Maine in two hours, Burlington Vermont two hours, or Sherbrooke Canada in about Two Hours.
The Boston City Sky line in the distance...after landing at Logan Airport, point the car north the next morning.
Two Hours on the Highway, this is the view from my exit...didn't get out of the car, just rolled down the window
Four minutes later I'm rolling past this custom home we recently built slope-side at Loon Mountain ski
Loon Mountain ski resort...super land location in the best neighborhood! - 01/08/10 02:33 PM
What separates one site from the next in resort areas?
The Pemi camp and ski lodge is across the street from the subject home site.
The same thing that makes a difference in all sectors of the real estate industry Location is always the hot issue.
High speed quad chair lift across the street / Ski bridge so you can ski to your door at the end of the day.
Question: with plenty of inventory what can I offer that, not everyone is willing to part with?…
My first Ski day of the year...was awesome, Photos from Loon Mountain NH - 01/07/10 01:35 PM
Let me run down some of the trails and peaks I tried today...First Run, Intermediate Cruiser on south peak.
I little over cast but a great first run
Even the trees were pretty today...the pines were crusted with ice, and the hemlock trees were heavily weighed down with a thick blanket of snow.
Next Run - Boom Run, also on the South Peak Side of Loon's ski resort.
We are not relying on Mother nature...the snow guns are still cranking it out, some of these piles were 15-20 feet high...Ripsaw (double black diamond) will be open for
2007-to-2009 Sales summary & market changes Loon mt. N.H. Area - 01/04/10 03:38 PM
Year End Comparative sales Data Lincoln / Woodstock
Loon Mountain area sales 2007/ 2008 & 2009
Sales Data compiled for $100,000 to $500,000 Residential sales.
MLS sales data only, no non-Realtor sales or developer sales used.
2007 homes & Condos 100K-$500,000
A total of 103 sales were completed, Average finished Sq. Ft 1,452
Average list price $255,032 Average sales price $244,161 DOM 150
2008 homes & Condos 100K- $500,000
A total of 63 sales were completed, Average finished Sq. Ft. 1,546
Average list price $257,839 Average sales price $241,052 DOM 247
2009 homes &
New Hampshire four Season living and resort Recreation...White Mountains - 01/03/10 03:31 PM
The Big White Weekend...So far 18 inches have fallen, it is indiscriminate and covers all things.
The Pemigewasset River is more than 100 feet across below this bridge...but it's frozen and covered with snow this time of year.
It's hard to believe this picture was taken from the same spot on the bridge two months prior.
Three feet received so far this year, and another great ski season is underway at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln New Hampshire.
I'm pretty sure the pumpkins on the fronts step are still there...but under all that snow.
New Years Realizations Not Resolutions...where do you stand? - 01/03/10 11:51 AM
Does Moderation Come with Maturity?
Can I filter my First reaction and still be Authentic?
How can I be Cautious and transparent at the same time?
Like all men of a certain age…I can’t eat or drink anything I want without consequences, that realization hit me around the time of New Years Eve. This incidentally coincided with the receipt of an invitation to my 30th high school class reunion.
1980 - prom
I took stock of my actions of the past, and what I could do going forward that would offer smarter choices. Less eating and drinking and
Real Estate Visit on a whim...not advised - 01/02/10 12:37 PM
Call before you come…I may save you the trip...Or I may just need someone to talk to.
I had a Rather Funny reminder that not all people take the time to check the facts before they act. A woman just showed up at my office and said…”they were supposed to leave keys here for me”! Who was?...I asked, “Joe the Managing Broker she said”…Well I’m the Managing broker…I said. I took a quick look at the out of state plates and surmised they were looking for my other office which is 15 miles south (and they had just