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A Cool Photo by Accident - 06/30/12 10:56 AM
Wednesday evening I attended a local real estate networking get together in downtown Renton with several local brokers, lenders, and others. We met at the Berliner Pub on Main Street. If you love German food and beer, you’ll love this place! Big plate sized pretzels fresh from the oven, sausages and weiners, the best I’ve had in years. I’ve been here a few times now. I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I’m loving these German brews. So far my favorites are Zunft Kölsch and Hofbrau Lager. After the meetup I was walking back to my truck about 7:30 pm (10 comments)
Mt Rainier, Mother of Rivers. - 06/29/12 08:02 PM
Mt Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Range. It rises to 14,410 feet above sea level and dominates the Pacific Northwest sky. It’s visible from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon. It's always a delight when I’m driving around the Northwest and catch an unexpected glimpse or a stunning view of this majestic mountain. Today I’m driving back to Kent from Federal Way. It’s almost 4:00 pm so traffic is an issue. Fortunately I know the back roads and avoid the freeways. The sun is out, it's a beautiful afternoon. I head for Peasley Canyon then to Mountain View (13 comments)
Where do ideas come from? - 06/25/12 08:14 PM
Where do ideas come from? Often they're from the goo. That jumbled morass of unfinished unarticulated thought that lies in a heap somewhere in the subconscious. Sometimes ideas find us in our sleep, but most of these go unremembered. Other times ideas get so close they could pinch us but choose to lurk in the shadows, just out of sight. Once in awhile they catch us totally off guard and pop into our minds with a bang! When we least expect them. When we're not even trying. Brainstorming an idea session with my friend and co-worker Barbie Van Horn. I love (27 comments)
Cruising the Loop... - 06/24/12 08:34 PM
Cruising the Loop... Back in the day (and I’m seriously dating myself here), Friday and Saturday night was about cruising the loop. We’d head downtown Renton when the weather was good, especially in the summertime to join in on what was happening on the street. Oh my, I can hear our Mayor and the City Council moaning now for just bringing this up. Lord knows they’re hoping no one remembers those days. The city passed an ordinance to stop the cruising several years ago because it got out of hand. But it was different back then, Renton was just a small (9 comments)
Trevani Truffles - 06/24/12 12:41 PM
I discovered Anne Boyington of Trevani Truffles at the Renton Farmers Market a few weeks ago. The business was born out of a family passion for making homemade chocolate truffles.
For several years the recipes were only enjoyed by the family and close friends around the holidays. But son Troy and daughter Eva were relentless about sharing these fabulous goodies with the world so they opened up their first shop in 2007 in a 10’ by 10’ tent here at the Renton Farmers Market. The business has grown and now you’ll find Trevani Truffles at several area Farmers Markets around (4 comments)
Cedarbrook Lodge, Urban Oasis... - 06/23/12 02:46 PM
Cedarbrook Lodge, Urban Oasis... What a wonderful way to end the week! I was in a Leadership Boot Camp this past week with several of my coworkers who were here for an all week intensive. I was brought in the last two days to help one of the teams create and deliver their presentation. We were at the Cedarbrook Lodge located just 5 minutes from Seatac Airport. Though you’d never know it, in fact you’d think you were in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and far away from the urban metro area. Cedarbrook Lodge sits within a beautiful 18 (8 comments)
Wenatchee, Robe of the Rainbow - 06/22/12 04:37 PM
Wenatchee, Robe of the Rainbow Bridges have always represented a metaphor to me. Regardless if it’s figurative or physical. When we cross them life changes. I’m in the new now now and that bridge behind me and everything preceding it just became then. I don’t know exactly how this ties into real estate and title insurance other than at this moment I’m thinking about how we cross bridges everyday. On my way to Wenatchee from Seattle last Wednesday I snapped this photo crossing the bridge into Sultan where the Sultan River joins the Skykomish River. From my daily routine vantage point (4 comments)
Voxer - Walkie Talkie - 06/17/12 12:31 PM
Voxer - Walkie Talkie Voxer turns your smartphone (iPhone or Android) into a very smart walkie talkie. What I like about it is its ease of use. Once you’re in my Voxer contact list all I have to do is tap your name then push the “hold and talk” bar at the bottom of the screen and start talking. The message streams live and when I’m done just take my finger off the bar. You can respond immediately or later because the messaging is recorded. I love this because I’m usually out and about and texting is okay but often I’m (10 comments)
A Houzz is a Home. - 06/09/12 12:47 PM
A Houzz is a Home I was instantly enamored by Houzz.com. It’s a feast for the eyes to anyone who loves photos of beautiful and interesting homes. I dove deep into the site over the past few days obsessing over luscious photos of living spaces with interesting treatments of wood, glass, tile, concrete, and steel. Houzz.com features homes of every style including traditional, modern, and eclectic. There’s just under half a million photos by over 60,000 design professionals who share their work and decorating ideas in portfolios. You can search the site for homes by style, by space (living room, office, (10 comments)
Social Media Changed - 06/02/12 02:39 PM
Social Media changed. The wide open frontier is gone. Now it’s a great big densely populated medium that’s busy, noisy and chaotic. Yet those who attract (and don’t push) are winning. To me, Google’s Penguin algorithm update is a wonderful thing. Those who jumped in with an immediate strategy to leverage the net with black hat SEO by purchasing Link Farms, over use and abuse of dense keyword word usage and over tagging everything to death to get a higher ranking are the ones hit hardest by this update. The Penguin update levels the playing field and to me this means (14 comments)
Brand Loyalty - 06/01/12 11:32 AM
Brand Loyalty We didn't have new cars in our family growing up. Dad bought used cars through his network of friends. The very first car I can remember was a black late model 1940's Ford Coupe. I was 3 or 4 years old and we were on our way home from Grandma and Grandpa's one day when I lost my Teddy Bear out the window on Logan Avenue in Renton. Dad was not happy, but he stopped to pick it up. Around 1958/59 we had a red 1949 Ford 2 door coupe. Mom learned to drive in this one. It was (15 comments)
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