Good Morning Vietnam, Bye-Bye Sacramento

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

vietnam by stan godwynBy the time many of you read this, I will be on a plane and headed for Seoul, South Korea, where, with any luck, I will stumble onto a connecting flight for Hanoi. Yup, we're off for a two-week trip to Vietnam, with a side tour to Ankgor Wat in Cambodia. Bye-bye Sacramento.

I have a feeling this is one of those "If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium" tours. We're starting in Hanoi and will end in Saigon, eating our way through Vietnam like ravenous dogs. Although, I can say it's a pretty safe bet we won't be sampling any dog. Not without our knowledge, anyway.

To those of who will receive the holiday cards I mailed yesterday, let me say in my defense that I did try to sign them, but because the cards are blue with silver ink, none of the pens I tried would show my signature on the blue background. So, yes, I took the easy way out and did not sign them. I also did not want to sign my name 500 times.

But I want you to know that I folded those cards, addressed the envelopes (OK, I used labels, but darn it, I printed those labels and peeled them off the paper), put the cards inside, sealed the envelopes and affixed postage. I even drove to the post office and stuffed the cards into the mailbox myself.

I hope that counts.

I had a tough decision regarding the cards I ordered this year. Should they be Christmas cards, Hannukah cards, holiday cards or what? While I am not a practicing Christian, I do celebrate Christmas. My husband celebrates Hannukah.  I suspect Brandon is probably a Wiccan.

So, I thought about who the cards were for. They're for each and every friend and client. A gift is for the recipient, not the sender. I don't buy gifts that I like when I give presents. I buy gifts that I hope the recipient will enjoy. A card is the same principle. Since cards carry messages; I figured the universally accepted message that my friends and clients would enjoy is one of peace. Blue = peace. So, that's why the cards are blue. Because I am too darn lazy to buy different cards for each person. There, now you have it. Everybody on my list will receive an identical card.

In any case, the petsitters will be at our home taking care of Brandon, Pia and Pica. No need to worry about them. See you all on December 14. If I can, I'll try to post a few pictures.

Photo: Stan Godwyn

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Josef Katz
Digital and Direct Response Marketing - Manhattan, NY
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Wow. Travel safe and have a great time.  A co-worker is getting back tomorrow from a similar trip to SE Asia and can't wait to see the pictures and hear all about it.

Nov 29, 2009 04:57 AM #10
Valerie Spaulding
Windermere Peninsula Properties~Allyn~Belfair~WA - Belfair, WA
Allyn-Belfair-Hood Canal-Local Expertise!

Have an excellent time Elizabeth - and its okay that the cards are all the same and not signed... I'll look for mine in the mail this week!  Have fun!

Nov 29, 2009 05:47 AM #11
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Hope your travels are all safe and filled with fun.  Can't wait to hear about your adventures in detail when you get home.

Nov 29, 2009 06:43 AM #12
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

"Although, I can say it's a pretty safe bet we won't be sampling any dog. Not without our knowledge, anyway: LOL! Safe travels Elizabeth. I look forward to photos either during or after. Take care!

Nov 29, 2009 08:24 AM #13
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!


Sounds like you are on a wonderful learning vacation... I had a friend just come back from a similar tour...

As for the cards.. they came from you with love.. so no matter what.. a message of Peace is perfect! 

Have a great time! We do want pictures and videos... love the color in the picture above.

Nov 29, 2009 10:44 AM #14
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Bye, bye, Liz.  The trip will be so educational and tiring!

Nov 29, 2009 01:04 PM #15
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I would have never thought that Vietnam would someday be a tourist location. I hope you have a great time.

Nov 29, 2009 01:15 PM #16
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Wow! What an adventure! I've never been there but it sounds amazing!

Nov 29, 2009 02:18 PM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Enjoy your time off...make sure Fido and Rover don't end up as an entree...

Nov 29, 2009 10:24 PM #18
Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate

Have a great time Elizabeth.  Merry Christmas to you and happy Hannukah to your husband!  Come back safely.

Nov 30, 2009 12:14 AM #19
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

I look forward to your photos and descriptions of your trip, Elizabeth! I hope you and your hubby have a fantastic time.



Nov 30, 2009 01:44 AM #20
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth - I know you are going to love the food in Vietnam!  I'm a fan of Andy Nguyen's here in Sacramento, so you know I must be envious!

By the way, who is Wiccan Brandon?  I suspect I ought to meet him. . .LOL!

Nov 30, 2009 11:27 AM #21
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Have a great vacation! I hope it's everything (and more) than you have envisioned!

Dec 01, 2009 12:14 AM #22
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Elizabeth - Have a great adventure!  I send out cards that say Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.  Not everyone is the same faith or any!!

Dec 01, 2009 01:02 PM #23
Heather Fitzgerald
REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc. - Greenwood, IN
REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate

Elizabeth,  I hope you have a great and safe trip!  Looking forward to your blogging when you get back.

Dec 02, 2009 02:03 AM #24
James Lyon
Vista Pacific Realty - Sacramento, CA

Sounds like a really fun trip and I hope that you have a great time and stay safe.

Dec 02, 2009 04:57 PM #25
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing. Hope you are having a wonderful trip.

Dec 06, 2009 10:19 PM #26
Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507

Look forward to hearing of your grand adventures when you return.  Having been to Angkor - I know you will find it immensely fascinating.  

Dec 12, 2009 02:26 AM #27
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

You are someone I want to be like when .... ever!  Thanks for sharing and have a great time.  If you see any elephants of any kind send me a picture or two. I know there is more of other stuff there but just in case... figurine or whatever. I love 'em

Dec 12, 2009 08:46 AM #28
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I'm sure you'll need a day or two to recover, but like eveyone else I'll be checking in to see the photos. 

Dec 14, 2009 01:25 AM #29
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