the Big Baby!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

As the snow falls all over the east coast, and New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford enter into, yet another, Winter Wonderland my mind wanders off in several directions at once:

* I am SO done with snow.  Global warming, my ass!

* I have several friends who are flying to the east coast this morning... oops, correction... WERE flying to the east coast this morning. (I know, I know... many of you have trouble believing that I actually HAVE several friends... let's call them acquaintances.)

* Today's forecast in Hawaii:

* Philadelphia has had over 60 inches of snow this year, and there are 2 more months of winter left (Sorry, Philly).

* Why, exactly, do they have a braille keyboard on the drive-up ATM?  Really?  Really!?

* My wife's nursery school class has to have handicap accessible toilets according to the American Disability Act. (her room is in the basement, down about 18 non-handicap accessible stairs... and there is no elevator!)

* Why are your keys ALWAYS in the last place that you look? (the freezer, really?  how the heck did they get in there?)

* Does push ever really come to shove?

* My family gene pool has baby ruth's floating in it. (at least I think they're baby ruth's).

* And speaking of Babe Ruth... how on earth did a nickname like that get started??  The great Bambino?  He seemed to wear it with pride... (The Big Baby!?  that's what we used to call the kid that ran home from the game, crying his eyes out, and taking his ball with him.   Okay, okay... it was me, but that's what they used to call me!)

* Okay... maybe this will make you feel better after all... today's forecast in Fairbanks, Alaska:

(266  -18)
let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.


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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
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Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
The House Sleuth

I am very thankful we've escaped so much of the snow that has hit the East Coast. We've had a cold, but not too snowy, winter.

After reading Hawaii's wonderful forecast, I felt like hopping on to Orbitz or Travelocity and booking a ticket.


Jan 27, 2011 03:43 AM #18
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.

Do you suppose that bad weather makes a bad attitude? It's snowing, again. Winter has definitely lost it's charm.

Closing in on 500,000? Larry's keeping track for you!

Jan 27, 2011 04:40 AM #19
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Wayne - if you're not shovelling snow, how do you get your exercise?

Gay - you're a good person to help out at the local shelter.  As my mother says..."You're buidling yourself a seat in heaven".

Glenn - brilliant! ... a handicapped bathroom at the top of a 2500 foot climb with out a bit of paved trail... government at it's best.

Larry - you're definitely the first... you noticed before I did... I thought it might have happened, and I'd missed it (when I saw your comment).  The congrats are a bit premaure (you ARE the first)... but much appreciated... Thanks... I definitely look good in red.

Kim - well, then my job here is done.

Christine - if you can get that umbrella over Phil's head... we'd much appreciate it.

Judy - it is, isn't it?

Joy - global warming, climate change, planet partitioning... I dunno... it's freaking crazy.

Chris Ann - I know... I'm really not complaing about a few inches, when New York got 19 last night.

Craig - he who hesitates to look before he leaps is lost!!

Jason - I know... what slows me down are those high air fares!

Leslie - good to have Larry watching out for me, isn't it?

Jan 27, 2011 05:03 AM #20
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Do I dare to bring up the seven day forecast for San Diego? Kudos on the -18!

Jan 27, 2011 05:57 AM #21
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Cute post.  Years ago, like 1978 when we moved to Naples, FL from NJ, my father sold commercial real estate. He put ads in the Wall Street Journal during the coldest months advertising FIRST the daily temperature in Naples.  

Sure enough, lots of phone calls about folks fed up and ready to move after hearing that we were in the pool relaxing, while they were in snowdrifts!!!  

All the best, Michelle

Jan 27, 2011 08:10 AM #22
Kimberly Thurm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff, Naperville, IL - Naperville, IL
Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

Hey Alan, I'm glad I am not the only one going a little stir crazy....  Isn't Hawaii one of those reciprocal states for us here in Illinios??  Where we can get a license to sell property there as well... No?? Are you sure. 

Jan 27, 2011 08:48 AM #23
Jason M. Keith
WR Starkey Mortgage - Parker, CO
Lending in 5280

"* I am SO done with snow.  Global warming, my ass!"  You should come to Colorado, the mountains are finally getting snow but very little down here in the Denver metro area.  It's uncanny.

Jan 27, 2011 08:52 AM #24
Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

Hey Alan - If you're tired of the snow, put on some plaid pants & a sweater vest and come on down here.....forecast is 60 degrees for Saturday!!!  Tee Time Anyone?

Jan 27, 2011 08:55 AM #25
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Alan,  sometimes winter has a way of turning us all into big babies! LOL  Hawaii's lookin pretty good.

Jan 27, 2011 11:33 AM #26
Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Alan, we had to shovel another 8 inches this morning. I just got in from work to hear the news say we have another storm coming details at 10:00. They claim it’s the coldest year in Pa. since 1994. Go figure, that’s the year we bought our first house here.

Jan 27, 2011 12:23 PM #27
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Alan, I feel your pain!  Our weather in Mission Viejo was terrible today.  It was 77 degrees, but, it will cool down a bit tomorrow.  This may be our coldest winter in several years.  I may need a sweater tonight when I walk the dog.  Best wishes.

Jan 27, 2011 01:36 PM #29
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Mellissa - no you dasn't

Michelle - clever marketing

Kimberly - if it's not, it SHOULD be.

Jason - I know.. Denver, Boulder... you guys get plenty of snow, too... but then the next day it's sunny and 60°, and the snow is gone.

Denise - I couldn't do that to a nice plaid

Mary - I know... I'll make a reservation.

Suesan - I feel your pain.

Richard - not sure why you're quoting it here, but hardly "unknown"...  a George Gershwin tune, with Ira Gershwin lyrics.  One of my personal faves.

Jan 27, 2011 01:45 PM #30
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

I found it on your Zillow Profile (About Alan May).  I just wanted to make sure that you saw it.  I think that I actually have some Piano Sheet Music by George Gershwin up in our closet.  Best wishes again, Richard

Jan 27, 2011 01:55 PM #31
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Richard - ahh, that explains so much.

Jan 27, 2011 02:08 PM #32
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Selling Norfolk County Homes

Alan, I am reading this very late in the day...actually early in the next day. Don't know what made all these thoughts come together in your post, but I got a good laugh out of them. Thanks! And, yes...I'm sick of snow, too. The walls of snow along on either side of our front walk are about 4 1/2 feet high! No where to put any more snow. Hope it doesn't come to that.

Jan 27, 2011 05:34 PM #33
Steve Ewing - Keller Williams Realty
Keller Williams - Stockton, CA

Alan - I used to, many years ago, fly the traffic guy around Anchorage, Alaska for alocal radio station.  One of his tricks was to hand the pilot the microphone for a weather report.  He always got a laugh out of hearing the pilot stammer and stutter their way through the impromptu report.  He tried that on me but I was ready.  I gave the local weather, cold and colder, and then went on to give the weather in Hawaii and the Caribbean.  Thanks for the blog.

Jan 28, 2011 04:55 AM #34
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Poor Al Gore.  He takes a beating every winter!  Love these insights Alan.  I too, am so over this winter.  WTH???  And I beg to differ, in an Italian family push always comes to shove and then some!  Just saying.... 

Jan 28, 2011 05:54 AM #35
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Nina - I can empathize.

Steve - kinda like George Carlin's old hippy dippy weather... "tonight's forcast... DARK!!! Followed by intermittent light in the morning."

Susan - LOL... well, then it's your family that has introduced Push to Shove!!

Jan 28, 2011 09:47 AM #36
Deborah "Dee Dee" Garvin
C2 Financial - San Diego, CA
C2 Financial

Alan,  Sending my condolences.  And, when Gene Mundt suggested I move to ChiTown peeps wonder why I shuttered.  Love, love, love your town...three weeks out of the year!  LOL!

Jan 29, 2011 03:56 AM #37
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Deborah - I understand the shuddering.... in fact we shudder (or is that shiver?) all through the Winter.  We have three seasons.... Winter, Summer and Construction.

Jan 29, 2011 10:57 AM #38
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