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SO THE WITCHING HOUR IS NEAR AND ALL THE GHOSTS AND GOBLINS PREPARE TO HAUNT THE NIGHT, MAKING THEMSELVES KNOWN IN THE SPOOKY DARKNESS, MASQUERADING AS INNOCENT TRICK-OR-TREATERS, GOING FROM DOOR TO DOOR FILLING THEIR BAGS WITH CANDIES AND LOOKING FOR SOULS TO STEAL. BUT HOW CAN YOU TELL IF THOSE TRICK-OR-TREATERS ARE REAL BOYS AND GIRLS OR IF THEY ARE ACTUAL GOBLINS AND GHOSTS AND GHOULS WHO ARE NOT AMONG THE LIVING? HOW CAN YOU REALLY KNOW??? EASY. IF THEY ARE 3 YEARS OR OLDER AND HUMAN, THEY WILL HAVE A SMART PHONE AND THEY WILL BE TEXTING WITH THEIR FRIENDS. (3 comments)
THE CLOTHES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' - 10/30/10 02:32 PM
I wonder how many agents in the business have been in long enough to have gone through the “change” in business attire. Over the past decade or so there has been a rather dramatic shift in how REALTORS dress for their role as a real estate agent. You will notice that the dress code is trending more and more toward business casual and even plain casual. It is becoming more common than ever to see gentlemen in khaki pants, a polo shirt with sleeves unbuttoned and a tie – maybe snug, maybe not. And the ladies are coordinating shirts and pants (7 comments)
PIGEON FORGE, TN. --- TOURIST MECCA GONE WILD - 10/29/10 05:45 PM
When we went on our honeymoon over 26 years ago, we ended up in Pigeon Forge, Tn. I say we “ended up” there because we really didn’t have a plan when we set out on our big adventure. We were young – I had just turned 18 and Charlie had just turned 21, and the only thing we knew is that we were finally going to be together from that point on. So after the outdoor wedding at the Horticulture Gardens and a brief reception at my mom and dad’s, we hit the road toward the mountains. We figured we would (4 comments)
HALLOWEEN MEMORIES - 10/28/10 08:54 PM
I remember Halloween as a child…how exciting it was looking forward to it from late September on. As soon as those first cool nights began, and the evening air would take on that unmistakable aroma of autumn, my spirit would quicken and I would start thinking about Halloween. By late October I would see things, scary things, in unlikely places – an old troll hurrying back under the bridge before we got to him, an old black witch disappearing into a rotten tree in the woods we were driving by, a snarling raccoon bearing his vicious teeth, mad with rabies in (4 comments)
"Customer" Days Are Gone -- You're A BUYER'S AGENT now!!! - 10/27/10 09:53 PM
The days of “customer or client” distinction on the buyer’s side in a typical real estate transaction are OVER. You might can come up with a handful of exceptions due to special circumstance, but I am saying here and now that an agent who is working with a buyer is remiss in their duty not to sign said buyer on as a CLIENT. To leave them in customer status is to leave them vulnerable in every way, but it DOES lessen the AGENT'S workload and responsibility. Perhaps that is why so many agents opt to go that route, I don’t know. But leaving a (7 comments)
Speaking intelligently to a 6 year old...Who does that??? - 10/26/10 10:46 PM
You know what I think makes a child of about 6 or so feel really special? (and from that age on) When an adult takes the time to show an interest in what they are doing in their life and wants to have a real conversation about it with them. And taking it a step further, when an adult listens to their ideas and makes them feel intelligent, and not like just another 6year old with childish thoughts. When an adult affirms a child’s intelligence to him, the child comes to expect and believe that he/she is indeed worthy of the adult’s (0 comments)
HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A GOSPEL SINGER... - 10/25/10 11:57 PM
Way back when we were in the Marine Corps, Charlie met and made fast friends with a guy who was in the same boat he was in. Both of them had just arrived in Virginia Beach, Va. for advanced training on a piece of Deceptive Electronics Countermeasures gear. (DECM) They had trained for two years together in Millington, Tn., but their paths had never crossed before Virginia. They spent a couple of weeks together in Virginia Beach waiting on the school to begin (without either family), and it was during this time that they forged the foundation for a deep (3 comments)
SORTING OUT THE MAJOR FROM THE MINOR - 10/24/10 10:15 PM
Here it is Sunday evening again and it hardly seems like we had a weekend at all. It isn’t common to feel this way, so when it does, it seems as though a minor injustice has befallen me. I never manage to see times like these coming, nor can I account for what went down to cause them once they have occurred. It all happens so fast, and then it’s over. I take comfort knowing that this is a fairly universal experience, that I am not unique in knowing what it feels like to “lose a weekend” to unknown circumstances. (3 comments)
I SAID "NOT SPICY," NOT "TRY TO MAKE MY NOSE BLEED!" - 10/23/10 11:51 PM
So we had Thai for dinner tonight – a new place for us that several folks had recommended. I am actually the one who suggested to my husband that we go there tonight, and this is relevant because I generally steer clear of any hint of spicy food, and here I was suggesting Thai. The menu read like the roster for a spicy dish contest, and I told the waitress I did not want my dish to be hot/spicy. At least that’s what I THOUGHT I told her; my husband advised me that it was unclear to him whether or not (3 comments)
FRIDAY NIGHT WINDING DOWN AT MONGO'S - 10/22/10 07:05 PM
There is only one way to end a Friday after a long work week…and that is with a Mongo-sized strawberry daiquiri at “Mongo’s,” a favorite Mexican restaurant of ours up on the boulevard. My husband prefers the margarita, but I don’t care for tequila, so daiquiri it is for me. Now I don’t know the whole story behind “Mongo’s,” but what I do know is that “Mongo” could not be more Caucasian, has not a Mexican gene in his body and grew up in upstate South Carolina. Oh, and his real name is Martin, or Marty for short…but everybody calls (3 comments)
STOP AND SMELL THE CLEMATIS - 10/21/10 08:40 PM
I had just completed my final inspection of a new property I was listing. I had taken all of the photos, made all my notes, placed all the appropriate documentation and signage and was headed back to the car, when I saw it. I don’t how I missed it earlier; I must have walked past it at least twice. But there it was - the last lovely specimen of a beautiful summer clematis. The vine itself was trained up a wire supported by a rod, but the single blossom was hung low, close to the ground, nestled near the base of (5 comments)
UNEMPLOYMENT AND DISABILITY BENEFITS ARE FOR LAZY PEOPLE!!! - 10/20/10 08:00 PM
I recently read a post on facebook where someone was ranting on about how they’re sick and tired of hearing people whine about the state of the job market. And how the only people drawing unemployment and disability money were those people who were too lazy to get off their butts and get a job like the rest of us. This person said that you don’t see hard working Americans who go to work every day holding their hands out to the government for pity money. Well, I think I understand this person’s frustration. They don’t like the idea of (5 comments)
I'M NOT AFRAID... - 10/17/10 05:24 PM
Today is the 38thbirthday of one of the world's most famous rappers. He is also, in the opinion of many in the public, as well as many of his peers, one of the WORLD'S MOST UNLIKELY RAPPERS. In the beginning, he had to fight to overcome the stigma placed on him by his contemporaries, as well as by the public at large - an ironic twist of the status quo. And while he had talent, his talent was different, and he struggled to find a place in the freestyle throw downs where young blood made a name for itself. His words (3 comments)
I DON'T LIKE PINK FLOYD! BUT I MIGHT LIKE COMFORTABLY NUMB...(SHUT UP) - 10/16/10 07:55 PM
My husband loves Pink Floyd. I do not. But, to each his own, right? Well, apparently Pink Floyd had this huge success back in the day with their double album, The Wall. That was in 1980. And now Roger Waters, the "genius" behind that work, is touring a 30-year anniversary event of The Wall, and it is making quite a stir among fans of that tour. (If you have the interest and the patience, the link above provides great insight into the artist and The Wall tour) The Wall is more of a Rock Opera, I'm told...Rock Theater, not your typical rock (12 comments)
You know those small vents all around the outside foundation of your house that are designed to allow air flow into and out of the crawl space? You know, the ones with the little doors that you can flap shut or prop open >> the doors that don't seem to last very long before breaking and ending up permanently open or permanently shut? Yeah, those. Well what do you do with those little doors anyway?
Now I didn't do an OFFICIAL survey by canvassing neighborhoods and sending out questionnaires and all that...but I did do the next best thing: (6 comments)
DON'T WORRY!!! BE HAPPY!!! - 10/13/10 09:11 PM
Are you a worrier? Would you say you are a chronic worrier, obsessing over every little thing? Or do you know someone who is? Chances are you were able to answer "yes" to at least one of those questions, and even folks who don't consider themselves "worriers" probably do worry some, even if they don't realize they are doing it. It is part of the human condition; one, under certain circumstances, we have little control over. One face of worry originates from fear or perceived crisis. When fear registers in the brain, the resulting anxiety hyper-focuses our attention on the threat at hand, ignoring virtually everything else in (3 comments)
THE FOX, THE POSSUM AND THE COON...ALL THROUGH THE CAT HOLE - 10/12/10 09:02 PM
We are fortunate enough to have all kinds of wildlife sharing the land we live on and around. We routinely see deer, raccoons, foxes, possums, hawks, blue herons and other wildlife on our property. The birds hunt from the creek and the other animals are often just passing through on their way to somewhere else. I have seen deer bed down once or twice though, out in the field at the edge of a patch of woods. Unfortunately, all but the birds have discovered the cat door that leads into our garage and to the cat food, and they are not (3 comments)
INSURANCE FRAUD AND THE GORILLA ROOFER - 10/11/10 09:50 PM
I happened to be home today when a white pickup truck drives down our driveway and stops. A man gets out and comes to the front porch and pounds on the door loudly (not rings the bell, POUNDS like a gorilla). And he is POUNDING on a glass storm door at that, which makes it all the worse. Good grief. The main door was open to let light in while I was home, so I saw him coming from a mile away, and you can always tell a salesman by the aura of BS which surrounds them as they move toward your house, happy to clumbsily violate your (8 comments)
LIFE IN A COLLEGE TOWN -- CLEMSON, S.C. - 10/10/10 04:52 PM
There's nothing quite like being at a college football game. Something about being among 90,000 cheering fans, amid a sea of orange, all pulling for the same team at the exact same time...there is a real feeling of oneness in that. You celebrate together, you complain together, you all agree how bad the referee is together...for a time, you are one BIG family, all on the same page. And win or lose, everyone shares the same general feelings >> jubilance or disappointment. I grew up in Clemson, S.C., and I went to virtually every home game the Clemson Tigers played in Death (0 comments)
HOUSE OF LEUNG --CLEMSON, S.C. - 10/09/10 08:39 PM
There's a place in the town I grew up called House of Leung. It is a family owned and operated Chinese restaurant that has been in business since 1978. I remember very well when it opened its doors in our town, because it became the only Chinese restaurant we had. They had been open for a few weeks before we actually made it in, and if it weren't for friends of my mother, we probably wouldn't have made it in that soon. They had tried it and had already become "regulars," and they simply would not take no for an answer from (0 comments)
Who Killed Tyler Clementi ? - 10/08/10 11:40 PM
Well Said.. i just had to re-blog this... here is a link to Ellen's response on this.. Please take a moment to watch it.. It is less than 2 minutes long but is very important!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C85QQTXAtnY
Via Fort Worth Real Estate - - - Karen Anne Stone (HomeFindersDFW): Recently, a Rutgers University freshman, a young man named Tyler Clementi... killed himself. He was only three weeks into his Freshman year at Rutgers. Two of his fellow students thought it would be a cute idea to secretly film Tyler having sex with a man in his dorm room... and then put the (3 comments)
JOHN LENNON -- 70 YEARS OLD -- IMAGINE THAT - 10/08/10 07:59 PM
Today is John Lennon's birthday. He would have been 70 years old today. Can you believe that? 70. It doesn't even look right when I type it, but it is true. He was killed in December of 1980 at the age of 40. Now I liked The Beatles, as well as all of the individual artists -- each for their own unique gifts -- but I liked John the most. I always admired his forward thinking, and courage to stand up for basic human rights (and some not so basic) in the face of a world that was largely not prepared to receive his (3 comments)
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WHITTIER QUAKE -- OCT 01, 1987 -- MY FIRST EARTHQUAKE - 10/07/10 09:29 PM
There's nothing quite like the feeling of an earthquake, especially if you have never experienced one before. My husband and I experienced our first earthquake together on October 01, 1987 -- our youngest daughter's first birthday. It was the Whittier quake out in southern California, and if memory serves, it registered 5.9 on the Richter scale (some said 6.1, but I think 5.9). We were stationed at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, living in base housing just outside the back gate. I had gone over to see Charlie for a minute and take him his lunch which he had forgotten earlier (0 comments)
I'M NO BLUENOSE! I'M A SKELETON! - 10/06/10 09:26 PM
Ah, October...what a wonderful time of year! This is when autumn really arrives for us here in upstate S.C., and even then summer is reluctant to give up its choke hold. I can recall many Halloween nights over the years when it was dreadfully hot, and our girls have experienced a few as well. And speaking of Halloween...what will you be this year? Do you dress up for parties? or on the holiday itself? or at work or something like that? I know people who LIVE for Halloween each year...they just have a BLAST! HAHA! Good for them! I have always been a skeleton. Ever since I (3 comments)
RAINBOW THE HARLEQUIN MACAW - 10/04/10 10:25 PM
We have this macaw...and his name is Rainbow. I say we, but I really mean my husband. HE has a macaw named Rainbow. He can handle him and do him any old way, and the bird takes it all in stride. As for everyone else, not so much. In fact, when Rainbow is on or near my husband, he becomes very protective of him, and he will hurt anyone who doesn't heed his warning to stay clear. My husband can calm him down, but his protective instinct is strong. He is an otherwise friendly and non-aggressive fellow. Rainbow is eleven years old. (1 comments)
FREE LIST OF SC BANK FORECLOSURES (REO) PROPERTIES FOR SALE - 10/04/10 09:35 PM
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Witnessed Epiphany : That's Why You Used To Love To Cook! - 10/03/10 07:41 PM
My husband is the cook in our family. Or was. You see, that's the thing...he used to cook ALL THE TIME...used to LOVE to cook. But now? Not so much. In fact, he will be quick to tell you that he does NOT like to cook anymore, and if you catch him at the right time, he will tell you that he HATES to cook these days! So what happened? For two decades he cooked a meal virtually every night for our supper (we live in the south--the evening meal is supper; dinner is the meal you have around 1pm on (1 comments)
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