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3 Things I've Come to Realize in 1000 Days of Tweeting - 10/31/11 12:21 PM
My 3-year birthday on Twitter is coming up. ("Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you...") It happens on November 14th to be exact. (Send presents.) And I was thinking I should pop up a few quick thoughts on my tweeting experience these past 1000 (plus) days. And so this is what came to my mind... 3 Things I've Come to Realize in 1000 Days of Tweeting: MORE PEOPLE START AND QUIT THAN KEEP GOING. I think it's mostly because of not knowing what to do and / or not being able to break through what I (2 comments)
The "Bug" Inside - 10/27/11 02:49 PM
(From earlier this week) I got to work today and there was this bug (mosquito?) flying around in front of my computer monitor. I tried to "clap it" (you know when you put your two hands together in the air trying to smash the thing). They're really good (bugs are) at disappearing when you start trying to "clap them." (Clap, clap.) Where did he go? (Are they considered male or female?) I guess he's letting me write this post and then he'll come back. There's always something that can "bug us" during the day. Isn't it true? Mine just happened (2 comments)
Barriers - 10/25/11 02:36 PM
You know those things that get in the way when you're trying to move forward or get somewhere? I hate those things. I hate "barriers." Except when it's a roadside guard rail to keep you from going over a cliff. That's when I love barriers. I cherish barriers. I can't live without barriers. I hug and kiss barriers. (Well, maybe not that far.) Have you ever noticed the marks on many of guard rails from cars that have scraped or banged in to or bounced off of them? Sure you have. Have you ever stopped to calculate the lives saved? (0 comments)
Fragile - 10/24/11 11:23 AM
When I think of "fragile" I think of an antique vase sitting on the fireplace mantle. When I think of "fragile" I think of a marriage relationship with many hopes and dreams for the future. When I think of "fragile" I think of a a newborn baby held in her daddy's arms. When it's "fragile" we are more careful with it. When it's "fragile" we do everything in our power to protect it. Because it'll break if we don't. (Right?) Because we'll lose it if we're not careful. It's hard to put "fragile" things back together once they're broken / (2 comments)
In My Humble Opinion on the Exotic Animal Release - 10/20/11 01:43 PM
I sat transfixed as I watched the video (see below) of the news conference on the exotic animal release in Ohio. (Since then the last animal has been accounted for and area secured.) Of course, the authorities made the choice to kill the many tigers, lions, bears, etc., that had been let loose by their owner rather than to capture them. They received numerous death threats because of it. That made me wonder especially as I listened to world-renowned animal expert, Jack Hanna, (the man on the right in the thumbnail) speak of how he once had to go (2 comments)
Postcards from the Past - 10/18/11 02:58 PM
Everybody likes old photos. (I sure do.) And when you add to that they're from the place you live (or grew up in), it's all the more interesting. A coworker gave me the heads up on the following site: Penny Postcards. When you click on the link you'll be taken to a website that contains "postcard" archives (old photos) from all 50 States. Click on the state of your choice and you'll drill down to choices by County. My personal interest went to 2 States and 3 Counties. Currently I live in Sonora, California and so I especially (3 comments)
Humor Me: Loosen Up and Lol - 10/17/11 12:34 PM
Humor is just another defense against the universe. ~Mel Brooks Did you hear about the guy that lost his left arm and leg in a car crash? He's all right now. What do you call four bull fighters in quicksand? Quatro sinko. What kind of coffee was served on the Titanic and what kind of lettuce? Sanka and iceberg. And these funnies from jokesandhumor.com all have something in common. Did you notice? Yes, they are all corny. Yes, they make you laugh out loud. (Well, they did me.) No, they weren't used on Comedy Central. (At least, I don't (0 comments)
Porsche 911 (video) - 10/14/11 12:45 PM
Porsche commercial features footage of the Mother Lode. (via Val O's Facebook page)
(If you can't see this video, click here.) (2 comments)
My Social Media Mistake - 10/13/11 01:44 PM
I messed up. (Confession is good for the soul.) It was a social media mistake (my mess up was). And it drew the ire of ~ I need to leave the name of the person(s) out or it will be another (and bigger) mess up. I know, I know. You're wanting to know what the mess up was. Isn't that just like us (me included)? We want the inside scoop. We want to be filled in on the details. But to do that, too, would be another (and bigger) mess up for me because it would point to the folks (1 comments)
How to Survive Your "Valley Forge" - 10/11/11 12:01 PM
In the annals of American history, the survival at Valley Forge ranks among our nation's most memorable. To keep the British at bay, General George Washington decided to house his troops at this Pennsylvania encampment for the winter. They were totally exhausted, ill-equipped, had little provision, became fatally disease-ridden ~ it was literally a strength of will that would see the 12,000 soldiers (less 2,500 that died) through. I expect that many of you reading this post are in a million times better shape than was the case at Valley Forge long ago. We do, however, live in a time (0 comments)
(If you can't see this video, click here.) (0 comments)
Mother Lode Area Real Estate Stats (Sept 2011) - 10/06/11 12:39 PM
I've got the latest Mother Lode market numbers for you to look at today. To begin with, you'll notice the overall sales picture including all sales classes. CLICK HERE to view September 2011 compared to September 2010. CLICK HERE to view January-September 2011 compared to January-September 2010. You'll also want to notice the graphs including the Mother Lode Residential Unit Sales through September 2011 graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 1 on theabove left) along with the Mother Lode Residential Volume Sales graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 2 on the right) and the Mother Lode Residential (0 comments)
10 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Home (plus 1 bonus) - 10/03/11 12:26 PM
Lightning fast post meant to make you think... 10 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Home: (what might you add to the list?) 1. Wait too long to make an offer. 2. Purchase a high priced item (car, etc) right before close. 3. Settle for less than the best real estate agent. 4. Aren't honest about their money situation with their loan officer. 5. Think they know better than the professional representing them. 6. Nitpick the process. 7. Seek information from another agent without revealing they're working with someone else. 8. Think they can go it alone without a (0 comments)
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