Real Estate Metaphors?

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Foothill

No, this article is not about real estate metaphors.  This is about falling on your face while running the trails.  I was going to title it "Tripping, Tripping, Tripping," but I thought that sounded too much like an acid flashback.  So here you go: my three favorite ways of taking a "header" out in the canyon.

Running the American River Canyon
Running the American River Canyon

1.  Sightseeing.  The eye-to-body coordination of a human being running on a rocky canyon trail is an operational miracle to rival the fastest computer processor.  Full speed along a sheer cliff?  No sweat . . . as long as you keep your eyes on the trail.  If you must, absolutely must, take in an eyefull of the American River below . . . stop . . . look . . . resume running.  When boogie wooging down the canyon, you need only to take your eyes off the trail for a second to fall flat on your face.  The period of most danger is the couple of seconds before your eyes re-focus on the trail immediately ahead.  It's usually a small rock about the size of a poisonous toad, or a malignant root, that gets you.  These wicked hazards are easily, unconsciously, avoided if you are giving your attention to the trail.  But lift your eyes up for a quickie peekie and . . . splat!

2. The Home Stretch.  Ah, end of the trail!  During the last minutes of a long run, you get pooped.  Duh.  When you get tired, you just don't lift your feet as high as you do at the beginning of the run.  Maybe it's just a half  inch difference,  just enough for that rock or root to reach up and . . . splat!  You need to talk to yourself, remind yourself, c'mon, lift your feet.  Don't stumble at the finish line.  Hey!  That's a pretty good motto for life, isn't it?  Don't stumble at the finsh line. 

3. Famous Last Words.  My worst spills have come on my best runs.  Usually I am flying down hill, really flying, feeling great.  The exhilarating  thought blowing through my mind is "wow, I am really running fast today" and . . . splat!   It reminds me of the joke.  What were the Texan's last words?  "Hey, Bubba, I bet y'all nevah seen nobody do this!"  Like that.  Be careful on the fast downhills.  There's that stuff called "Mo."  Mo-mentum.

Ok.  Let's review: 

  • Keep your eyes on the trail
  • Don't stumble during the home stretch
  • Don't be so full of yourself that you fall flat on your face. 

Hey!  The blog was about metaphors after all!


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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Bob, similar to my recent mantra:  Gravity, Obey the Law!  (oft times accompanied by "splat")

Dec 03, 2010 12:03 PM #1
Michael Weaver
The Vearus Group - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate + Technology

Ha ha, funny story!  Thanks for sharing- I wish we had those types of views in good-ole Indiana.

Dec 03, 2010 12:04 PM #2
Bob Jenkins
Century 21 Foothill - Grass Valley, CA

Dear Vearus Group, the view is along the magnificent Stevens Trail.  Here's the link if you want to take a gander at the whole thing.

Dec 03, 2010 12:09 PM #3
Bryan Robertson
Catarra Real Estate, Inc - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

Great metaphors and a nice reminder that I need to get out and exercise more!  Cheers!

Dec 03, 2010 12:13 PM #4
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