Why in the world do we cater to procrastinators? A deadline is a deadline.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Starr's Mill obscured by Snow. Photo by Richard WeisserI wonder how many people got home from work last night and turned on their televisions, only to see static and snow?

The switch to digital broadcasting has been announced for years, and the opportunity to get free converter boxes has been drummed into our heads over and over.

The deadline had been extended at least twice, in an effort to make certain that the public was fully informed about this major technological switch.

And yet, I am certain, that many, many procrastinators were caught unaware yesterday.

No matter how many times you extend a deadline, there are some people that will just wait and wait and wait.

Oh, that reminds me, I need to start collecting my income tax records for 2008!

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Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
RE/MAX Executive - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate

I was going to post a response to this blog, but I think I'll do it tomorrow....

Jun 13, 2009 01:08 AM #12
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I suspect that many of the rural folks were relying on the Low Powered TV Stations to continue to provide them with the necessary TV.

Oops, that's an oxymoron.

I've been "thinking" about working on my 2008 tax returns too.


Jun 13, 2009 01:16 AM #13
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Richard - would you postpone further responses on this post for awhile until I can get back a read it?

Jun 13, 2009 01:31 AM #14
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Richard, it starts at an early age. We tell our kids, NO. Then we tell them NO again. Then we tell them NO again.

If it is not enforced or taught that No means no the kids grow up knowing that a few more no's are coming.

Not like this hasn't been talked about for years.

Not even thinking about the 08 taxes until Oct.

Jun 13, 2009 01:41 AM #15
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am usually just the opposite...I am ready when I know a date.  My antenna is up and working great...Maybe a new profession?;-}

Jun 13, 2009 01:48 AM #16
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Sorry, Richard.   I couldn't read your post... it was covered with SNOW.

Jun 13, 2009 02:00 AM #17
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

I'm a lot of things but not a procrastinator. T.V. is working fine and taxes are filed but that's because I'm too afraid of the consequences LOL

Jun 13, 2009 02:04 AM #18
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

With all that is going on in this country I cannot understand how the switch to digital could be a concern of the federal government, sounds more like a business problem. 

Jun 13, 2009 02:39 AM #19
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I wonder how the analog TV viewers found out about the hotlines? lol


And I'll just bet that she is angry today! Get on that paperwork, my friend!


We do tend to put things off, don't we! lol


Jun 13, 2009 02:40 AM #20
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


On the VERY TV's that don't work now and that are creating intense withdrawal symptoms. This is really very telling of the populace, isn't it? THX.


My mother-in-law kept trying to get a converter box, and we kept telling her that since she has cable, she didn't need it. Hopefully now she knows we were right! Thnks, my dear friend.


Lol, that was funny!

Jun 13, 2009 02:52 AM #21
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Richard, it is human nature for many, the "cram" effect for studying for the final exam. Anything painful put off till the last minute. A hockey stick effect. Some of my best work happens when I have no time to do it. I don't fight it. But not procrastinating is a lot less stressful for sure. Sometimes also if you put stuff off the problem goes away on its own too. Not true with the advent of digital TV. You will just get a snowy screen. Live and learn.

Jun 13, 2009 03:37 AM #22
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Never understood this whole thing anyway. I do wonder how many people got caught. Interesting post, the things you think of!

Jun 13, 2009 03:46 AM #23
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Sometimes thinking about them ruins my day! Thanks


I would, but then you would probably need another postponement until you recover from your outing! THX


I guess it's just human nature! Thanks for the comment.


Jun 13, 2009 05:20 AM #24
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

There will always be those that put off tasks and get caught by their procrastination.

Jun 13, 2009 06:55 AM #25
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Richard: Agreed!... I say you could move the deadline 4 times and it still wouldn't make any difference. There is always going to be those that are proactive and get ready, and those that wait until it's done, and react... Just flip the friggin' switch! They'll get it or not...

I was doing a series of marketing conversations at an office in our area... The first 2 were at 9:00 AM... Before session three the office manager called me and asked if we could start at 9:30 AM. That way everyone would be on time and we wouldn't be bothered with starting late... Sure thing, I said, but it won't make any difference... Guess which 4 people were still late? Yep...

Jun 13, 2009 07:11 AM #26
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

I'm gonna read this post tomorrow and then I promise I'll comment. Really.

Jun 13, 2009 09:07 AM #27
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Doesn't Alan May just kill you!!  Lol!

Jun 13, 2009 09:20 AM #28
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

LOL...one of my pet peeves (yes, you can imagine I am always the one who arrives early) is when a meeting is called for a certain time, yet the same folks repeatedly show up late.  START THE MEETING and don't recap.  Maybe eventually some of them will get the message. It's self centered and rude. /rant over/

Jun 13, 2009 01:23 PM #29
Tony Orefice
Wilkinson and Associates/www.TonyOreficeRealtor.com - Harrisburg, NC
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC

Hi Richard,

you are probably right...I'm sure there are many people who weren't prepared for the switch, and now they are looking for someone to blame.

Jun 13, 2009 02:13 PM #30
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Richard- What is so bad about this situation is my husband and I were using the countdown to Feb 17th as the countdown to the birth of our daughter.  She came early on February 2nd and is now 4 months old!  One local station also had some other changes so it is constantly on there if someone you know can't get channel xyz please have them rescan or call this number for help. 

Jun 15, 2009 04:45 AM #31
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