Phat! Interpretation, Sensitivity (and sensitive people) and Brad Andersohn

Mortgage and Lending with Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage


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  1. Bear's Packers Game - Played last week.  So what?  They play every year.  Twice a year.  Yeah, but first time since 1941 that they played in a playoff game.  I live west of Chicago.  I live in enemy territory.  People in Wisconsin grilling Bear fans.  People in Illinois drilling Packer Fans.  I live in Illinois and I got pummelled.....ALL WEEK.  AND IT WAS A BLAST!  I had more fun bantering the week prior to the game than the actual game itself.  All my friends came out in full force and took sides.  It was so much fun.
  2. FACEBOOK - Smack talk begins the as soon as the Bears beat Seattle.  All friends who are on each side of the border war immediately dig there heals in.  For one week friends become enemies.  Every time I sign on I'm tagged in some photo of a Packer being pee'd on, a Packer being defecated on, a Packer being a toilet.  Then comes the Packer cheerleader jokes.  "What do you call a 350 pound Packer cheerleader???  Anorexic.  The jokes digressed from there.  I was nervous, everytime I signed on Facebook, but in a fun way.  The ultimate blow was me dressed up as Jay Cutler;
  3. Phat or Fat or Fat or Phat?  Who knows and who cares?  I am pretty sure that in general fat is bad, but in slang Phat is good.  I actually knew 2 friends when I was growing up who were Vietnamese who's first name were both Phat.  In response to the Packer Cheerleader comment I google FB pictures for "Fat Chicago Bear's Cheerleaders" and put the picture on my FB wall saying "New Chicago Bear's Cheerleaders."  It's the one post that I put on FB that has had the most comments that I've ever seen for me (over 70 comments and over 15 likes). 

  4. Active Rain - I post about the response I get and realize that FB is really hitting the masses, but that I'm missing the boat for business purposes.  I've done great on FB professionally, but the response that I get from the post on Facebook leads me to believe that there's a bigger potential to hit.  ON ACTIVE RAIN, I THEN post Fat Chicks in Bikinis Made me Realize that I'm Missing the Sweet Spot on Facebook!  Not a great post, but a good one for stating the fact that I'm barely touching the tip of what FB has to offer.  I get some slam comments from a couple of folks.  Needless to say, one member here who was offended by the picture and/or post had a really good private dialogue.  I fully appreciated her take on what I was saying and, for the most part, I think we left understanding each other better.  Honestly, even amidst disagreement, I've decided that I really like this person.  Another person, however, slams me and tells me that it was not wonder that I wasn't married and that I'm a disrespecter of women!!!!     SAY WHAT??????  

Lessons Learned

  1. Sensitivity - Let's start with me because really I need to be accountable to whomever on how I affect people.  While I will never be politcally correct, I always try to be "nice" to folks who I interact with.  My banter was between my high school, college, and law school buddies who were throwing it as well as taking it.  The response was over whelming on FB.  No one on FB said anything about the post that was derogatory to women, but rather to each other as a fan of their team.  The Active Rain collateral was shocking.  But I guess the collateral was kinda like saying that you're in a food fight in the cafeteria between you and your friends.  It's all fun and games until some food hits one of the bystanders and blah, blah, blah.  Bottom line is that while not directed at anyone except my enemies for the week, some folks didn't get the message that I was conveying and weren't pleased that I would use such a photo....Not on Facebook mind you, but just when I told the story here.  Again, while not a PC kinda guy, I want transparency, but I do need to take into great consideration the people who may read the post. 
  2. Sensitve People - I can't stand sensitive people.  I don't mind people who are sensitve and have sensitive feelings, but people who are downright sensitive....I don't get em.  I used to be "fat" if you will, when I was younger.  I never had issues with that.  But I did have other issues and addressed them with the help of a great family.  Nothing major, but I had issues that I was sensitve to.  I grew up (it took a long time) and out grew them eventually, but I sure had my issues.  People who are sensitve have a great trait.  Sensitive people drive me nuts.  Get the difference or not? I'm OK with what happened on FB.  I'm an attorney and I've posted here attorney jokes.  I just feel that people are too sensitive in general today.  If my post was about a particular type of "group," then I get it.  But my post was about the potential of FB
  3. Brad Andersohn - So this week Brad writes a post called ActiveRain Comment Linking - Where's Your Comment Today?.  In his post he talks about comments and how they hang out there for, like, eternity.  I think the same can be said for your blog posts.  You need to be careful as to what's being said....And actually, I do too.  I really want to be transparent, and I can't and won't try to appease everyone.  However.......


First, YES....I need to have more sensitivity to pay attention to those with particular sensitivities.  It's going to hang out there forever maybe?  While I like people who have sensitive traits, I sure don't like people who are so sensitive that they can't see the forest through the trees.  I love banter and a good joke.  Others.....ahhhhhh, not so much.  The first person is married and, from what I gathered during our conversation, an impeccable person. I apologized to her.  I get it.  I reached out to the other person, a couple of nights ago, and just heard at the time of this post.  I don't expect that the other person will ever "get me", and I think we both get that.

I'll take my odds.  I, Larry Bettag, piss off people, less than one out of every one thousand posts.  Don't we all need to laugh a little more.  I know that the first person was right.  I need to walk a little bit more carefully.  The second person just needs to laugh more.  Life's too short, in my eyes. 

Live Life PHAT!!

It'll Make it More fun for all of us!!!!!!!!

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Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

I read your post on "Fat Chicks..." and thought to myself if the women will wear it more power to them. I liked what you said about Facebook and yes, I agree, we need to be considerate of others and their feelings. But when did life become fair?

Jan 28, 2011 02:34 AM #1
Carmen V. Rodriguez
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Chicago, IL

Y'know, I'm not offended by you at all - and I'm a bit 'fat' and 'phat' myself. I would, however, recommend decaf.  :-) BTW, certain Bears QBs aside, I thought that was a pretty good game, but agree the banter ahead of time was way more fun. Had we won, the banter afterwards would have been even better.

Jan 28, 2011 02:40 AM #2
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President wife told me that I'd get some flack.  I was trying to translate the success of FB banter to making it succesful in business.  I got a beating, but I'm sure that whoever writes a lot on AR will have those that differ and maybe those who really don't like the other b/c of politics or whatever.  While I don't seek to create issues, no one here can write by looking over their shoulders either.  Thanks for being transparent and honest here.

Carmen....I wrote a post a bit ago about the weight that I was losing and the weight that I needed to lose.  I referenced Special K.  Remember "Pinch and Inch?"  For me....I reference myself by "Grab a Slab."  We gotta laugh.  Sorry bout your Bears.  I had the party at my house and our family was the only Packers in the bunch.  I do like the Bears, but not like my boys!

Jan 28, 2011 02:46 AM #3
Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group - Skokie, IL

Larry~ Amen, Brother!! I agree that we need to be careful not to offend or that the joke becomes malicious. That said, some people also need to learn to laugh.  Life if definitely too short and I suspect even shorter for those that can't laugh at themselves.

Jan 28, 2011 02:57 AM #4
Brad Andersohn
Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Morning Larry - Boy, thank God for Google alerts! lol~  The Bears use to have a guy named Brad Anderson on the team so when I got the Google Alert on your post, I thought it was an article about the "other" Brad Anderson.  It's that "H" in my name that's the dead give-away.  Anyway, thanks for the mention, and as Kim said, life is just too short so leave a trail on the web that you and generations of you to come can be proud of. :-)

Jan 28, 2011 03:14 AM #5
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

Kim....people are going to laugh at you no matter what.  That's just the way life is.  It was a hard pill for me to swallow when I was younger, but now....I can say that I love laughing.  I'll start with myself.  Those who can''s heavy enough, isn't it? da man!  Thanks for chiming in.  And really, thanks for keeping me focused!

Jan 28, 2011 03:37 AM #6
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I love it... "I hate people, who hate people!"  LOL!

it just needed to be said!

Jan 28, 2011 03:40 AM #7
Tara Cummins
Stratagy4SuccessNow - Mesa, AZ
Marketing Concierge, Strategy4SuccessNow

Seriously....I don't understand how there can be so many people who take offense when there wasn't a hint of offense intended.  Even when offense is intended I usually don't have the time or emotional energy to even engage.  Life's too short!

PS  The bikini picture took me aback at first glance, but it got my attention....and that's what it was supposed to do!

Jan 28, 2011 04:08 AM #8
Don MacLean
Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY - Franklin, MA
Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA

I piss them off without knowing.

At least you have the choice when you go to hit the post button lol

Laugh , have fun and move on

Everyone has cast a stone or two, even the bears cheerleaders

Enjoy the day

Jan 28, 2011 04:16 AM #9
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

Alan....I need to be more mindful when I post, but I'm not all that out there either.  But like you, I hate haters!

Tara...just a little humor!  I'm not a shock jock.  Just slamming the Bear fans who I was competing with.

Jan 28, 2011 04:21 AM #10
Barb Van Stensel
Chicago, IL

I read it ... I didn't likeit yet I do understand the male side.  I was going to comment about the Bears but I am from Michigan and was secretly cheering for Green Bay.  BUT, the picture did get my attention and if you hadn't post it ... I wouldn't have read it because of so much posting on the issue.  I watched FB and man, you were on a roll!  LOL!!! When that starts, nothing stopping.  It was all in fun but I understand where some could be upset about it.  Ugh.  Have a great weekend.  Looking forward to seeing more fun photos with your kids.  You're an awesome Dad.  I enjoy reading and watching your commitment to their life, your family and friends .... and your business.  Can't forget that!

Jan 28, 2011 07:56 AM #11
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

Barb....thanks for the thoughts and the comments.  My only point was exactly that.  Male banter got a huge response. How can we translate it professionally to business.  U da bomb Barb!

Jan 28, 2011 08:18 AM #12
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker -

I always say to myself "NICE" when I see those comments.  People take mental notes here about people who are just plain mean. 

Jan 29, 2011 08:47 AM #13
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