This isn’t what I signed up for when I became a Realtor®…I don’t think.
"The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences."
— Chris McCandless, (Super Tramp from “Into the Wild”)
The above quote quite adequately sums up my involvement with the Sandpoint Association of Realtors (SAR) HARVEST PARTY last night. Long story short…I played the role of Dracula in the Haunted House portion of the event and, in so doing, stepped far out of my comfort zone. The fact that my wife was on the HARVEST PARTY committee and is also the vice president of the SAR MLS pretty much sealed my fate.
My “nature” would not typically allow me to volunteer for a role such as this but, in this instance, my “nature” was not part of the equation. I squirmed a little, but I quickly realized this was a path I was going to have to walk so I accepted my fate and became Dracula for a night (as best I could, anyway). My pain was eased when I was informed I would have two beautiful “Draculettes” at my side in the frightening “Haunted House Bedroom Scene”.
The committee set the Haunted House up as a “typical” Brokers’ Open and created a 1-bedroom, 1-bath home within the confines of the Bonner County Fairgrounds Field House in Sandpoint. My wife (affectionately called AGENT SLASHER) played the role of the Realtor® hosting the Broker Open and she lead several groups of four to five agents into the dark, dank, frightening portals of the home throughout the evening. (Doesn't she make a lovely hostess?) The rest of the players in the scene did their best to scare these groups of “seasoned agents” as they passed through. Our nineteen year-old black cat, Chester, even joined in the fun…his job? … to meow, moan or howl and add to the atmosphere of fear we created (who cares that he never made a sound from his cage in the kitchen …thanks a lot, Chester).
From left to right: Norman (dressed as Norman's Mom), Psycho Shower Screamer, Dracula, the Little Kitchen Creature, Agent Slasher, the French Maid, the Crazy Chef, Beautiful Vampire #1, Beautiful Vampire #2, the Boogie Man, Norman's Mother, the Main Course for Supper, the Clown (we all fear the Clown) and the Head of the Dinner Table. Missing: Susan (the mastermind behind the event - she is taking this photo) and the Chainsaw "killer" lurking at the back door.
A good time was had by all! We were able to raise much needed and appreciated funds through donations and a silent auction to benefit the Grant & Scholarship Fund the Sandpoint Association of Realtors sponsors. We should ALL be proud of the shared efforts our Realtor Boards put forth to find ways to positively impact the communities we live and work in.
MANY THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
“Happiness is real when shared”