california: There Is No Slouching Towards Bethlehem - 06/08/19 08:16 AM
 
 
 
 
There Is No
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
 
 
 
 
 
There Is No Slouching Towards Bethlehem 
 
It has been quite some time since I have read anything by Joan Didion the author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem a collection of essays that share a glimpse of what was happening in the  1960s as that decade was unfolding. Her storytelling voice is an important one to hear I believe. 
 
We tell ourselves stories in order to live 
                                                                  … (38 comments)

california: And The Subject Was Roses - 05/19/19 06:44 PM
 
 
And The Subject Was Roses
 
 
 
And The Subject Was Roses 
 
The other day arrived with the sound not of a gentle pitter-patter but somewhat more intense. Definitely not a light rain or just a drizzle.  In Southern California we have experienced more precipitation than usual and most of us are grateful for that.  The usual walk as dawn was breaking that day would  be postponed. In the scope of things to be concerned this really is not an issue. At least I didn't think so.
 
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. 
I am thankful that thorns have roses. 
      … (23 comments)

california: Pondering The Best Is Yet To Come - 02/28/19 11:49 AM
 
 
Pondering The Best Is Yet To Come
 

 
Pondering The Best Is Yet To Come
 
It's March 1, 2019. The first day of the third month of the year.  Two months are history now, ten months to go until we welcome a new year.  And just like that 2020 will arrive. 
 
And although it's difficult for some to think of today as being 2019, talk of the next year is already being discussed.  It happens each year it seems.  Without fail.  It seems like being present, living in "today" has given way to a yearning for different times.  For better days.  Of the … (30 comments)

california: Pondering Questioning - 02/26/19 12:54 PM
 
Pondering Questioning
 
 
 
 
 
Pondering Questioning
 
I pondered. Life is full of questions. 
 
Unanswered.  Still to be answered.  Ahh, the leading question.  Open-ended ones.  Some are rhetorical. Others are repeated.  Multiple times.  And repeated again.  Just because. 
 
Lots of questions.  Too many maybe?  Not enough perhaps.
 
I believe a lot can be learned when asking the right question.  Careful listening is a part of that learning process.  So much more than seeing a reaction or hearing one.  What has been said.  Or not. 
 
I am not an expert.  Not at all.  I am a student.  In fact, I learn nearly everyday.  But over the years … (45 comments)

california: And The Winner Was.... - 02/22/19 02:37 PM
 
 
And The Winner Was...
 
 
 
And The Winner Was...
 
I was right...my prediction was correct...The awards presentation of the 91st Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now history.  My prediction that the ceremony would extend beyond three hours was true.  Predictably.  Some quotes from the night but from the  past:
 
I, uh...I have a television so I'm going to spend some time here to tell you some things
[to orchestra conductor:] And, and... and sir, you're doing a great job, but you're so quick with that stick so why don't you sit.
'Cause I may never be here again
          … (41 comments)

california: Playing Hopscotch - 02/20/19 12:06 PM
 
 
 
Playing Hopscotch
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Playing Hopscotch.
 
Don't wish to be normal.  Wish to be yourself. To the hilt. 
Find out what you're best at, and develop it,
and hopscotch your weaknesses, 
Wish to be great at whatever you are. 
 
 
                                                                   Lois McMaster Bujold 
 
While the rain took a break, I noticed a display of artwork on one of the sidewalks while walking in the neighborhood.  Take a pause.  Ponder-worthy?  Drawing comparisons between hopscotch and … (47 comments)

california: Pondering Again On Judgment - 02/19/19 03:30 PM
 
 
Pondering On Judgment
 
 

 
Pondering On Judgment
 
It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity
that great things are achieved,
but by reflection, force of character, and judgment. 
Marcus Tullius Cicero
 
 
I walk.  I meander.  I ponder. I wonder.  As I wander.   I can do all these things at once.  At times I do this and more. Sometimes it is more focused.  Some might say it's mindless.  Multi-tasking perhaps.
 
Judgment is defined as the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.  
 
 
 I don't suggest it is a cure-all for everyone.  It works for me. A part of me. Not every part.   Maybe it … (36 comments)

california: Do These Shoes Match This Outfit? - 02/17/19 10:52 AM
 
 
 
Do These Shoes Match This Outfit? 
 
 
 
Do These Shoes Match This Outfit?  This is a pondering moment for sure but it didn't happen to me in front of a mirror.  At least not this time.  Insert a laugh out loud expression or an appropriate emoji if you like. 
 
I ponder.  Then I wonder,  And later I digress.  But not for too long because there are places to go.  Places to be.  It's not a question of clothing choices as much as having the right tools for the right job.  The right mindset.   A proper attitude.  Go ahead and fill in the blank of … (41 comments)

california: The Difference A Single Person Can Make - 02/13/19 01:50 PM
 
The Difference A Single Person Can Make 
 
 
The Difference A Single Person Can Make
 
  
 
 
It seems that the issue between big versus small exists throughout life.
 
And in many industries.  Not just real estate. Regardless of the size of the organization, we understand the importance a particular person can often make.
 
A little, very little, personal background:  Prior to real estate I was in department store retailing.  I started out on the sales floor moving onto various positions over time.  It was a local store but with quite a large reach and a big presence.  Later when I entered real estate I worked  … (44 comments)

california: California is A Fun Place - 10/28/13 04:57 PM
California is A Fun Place
 



We have diversity in population and geography
We have water from beaches to rivers to lakes
We have a mission in fact we have 21 of them
We have wine
We have entertainment
We have tourism
We have more professional sports teams
We have big cities - eight of the country’s 50 largest cities are here
 
Most of all we have fun
 
California….Think Fun
 
California is a Fun Place
(15 comments)

california: California DRE Becomes BRE - What Does It Mean to You? - 06/14/13 01:53 AM
California DRE Becomes BRE - What Does It Mean to You?
 



Effective July 1, 2013, the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) will become the Bureau of Real Estate(BRE) under the umbrella of the Department of Consumer Affairs(DCA).   Last year, Governor Jerry Brown introduced a wide-ranging government reorganization plan in order to improve efficiencies within state government. The core functions of the BRE will remain the same.   DCA will assume administrative and fiscal responsibilities for the BRE, eliminating some of the duplicate services under the current structure.
 
California DRE Becomes BRE - What Does It Mean to … (21 comments)

california: Powerball Comes to California -- Do You Care? - 04/10/13 12:00 AM
Powerball Comes to California -- Do You Care?
 

 
 
On Monday, April 8, 2013 California became the 43rd state to join the Powerball jackpot game.  While I’m not a gambler and I have no plans of playing Powerball, the arrival of the game seems to be garnering lots of attention.  Why it took so long to arrive here, I don’t know.    
 
Tickets will cost $2.00 and the drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday - due to our state’s large population and presumbably substantial gambling base, the prospects for a  payout is anticipated to be great. … (23 comments)

california: California-It's Not A Question of If, But When-Earthquake Preparedness - 10/09/12 12:10 PM
California - It’s Not A Question of If....
But When....
Earthquake Preparedness



In California we have a very close relationship with earthquakes.  This morning I heard a report on the radio about a small earthquake that hit sometime before 7AM -- I didn’t feel it but in California - it’s not a question of If...but when a major earthquake will occur...be prepared...today...everyday. This afternoon, I received something in the mail with ten items needed for an emergency....Here’s a quick checklist --- I have more than ten ----Are you prepared with:
Bottled water - three to five days worth … (14 comments)

california: Welcome Home Endeavour! - 09/21/12 03:20 PM
Welcome Home Endeavour!

After its arrival from Florida yesterday, the space shuttle Endeavour made a tour today from Palmdale(in Los Angeles) North to the Central Valley onto Sacramento around the Bay Area with a salute to the Golden Gate Bridge and back South along our beautiful coast and then entered Los Angeles County.  Malibu, the Getty Center, the Griffith Observatory, Universal Studios/City, Long Beach Aquarium and the Queen Mary, Pasadena and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and onto Disneyland before heading back to  Los Angeles International Airport -- it was quite the sight.     I saw Endeavour along the Colorado Street Bridge … (15 comments)

california: What Does Involvement Mean To You? - 09/04/11 12:45 PM
What Does Involvement Mean To You?
This past week, I received along with all other Realtors in the state of California, an envelope from the California Association of Realtors.  Inside there is a pamphlet extolling the virtures of home ownership, a call to action to all Realtors to respond to Red Alerts when there is critical legislation in our state, a plea to support the Realtor Action Fund which raises fund to protect our interests in government as well as some of the issues the CAR had addressed and continues to promote.     
The pamphlet noted that some Realtors are … (6 comments)

california: Who is Dennis Ferguson and Why Is He Doing This to California? - 12/18/10 02:55 AM
Who is Dennis R Ferguson?
You may have read or heard the stories about Dennis R Ferguson.  Or maybe not. 
 Mr. Ferguson did something that makes him rather unique. 
He "paid back" the state of California for the four months of unemployment payments he received after losing his job in the defense industry in the 1960s.  During this time of unemployment he took some classes in computer programming to learn and hone those skills.  He subsequently obtained  a new job in that field.  
Mr. Ferguson's unemployent benefits for those four months in the 1960s totalled a little over $1000 and he decided on … (7 comments)

 
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