Dear August.

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796

I saw you this morning not long after you arrived. Thanks for not coming on full force just yet. Give us a day or two to adjust to the idea that things could get brutal.

Could we just consult for a minute or two at the start of you tenure?

Listen up August. We all understand you are the 'tough guy' of summer in the Ozarks. You're reputation is well earned and I'll give you high points for consistency. You boldly spell the beginning of the end of summer in so many ways. Kids go back to school, silencing the happy sounds of their reverie. The harvest begins in earnest. Our water bills go through the roof as we defend our turf. You dare to sit by while the lawn scorches and the flowers hang their heads, near death. You do not seem to care. You make the summer sun into a blow torch and give little rain and barely a breeze.  Dude, what makes you like that? Need love? This is not the way to get it.

August. Could you try a little tenderness? You might like the accolades it would bring you. Your reputation could use repair my friend. I'm just saying...have mercy and you might get a better welcome next year.


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Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Charles, we are very hot here that my car door burns my hand when I open it ;)

Aug 01, 2011 03:40 AM #10
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Heather, I'm 6' and 195, blue eyes and silver hair. I'll be wearing a Century 21 shirt and a name tag. See you soon. LOL

Rita, we are suffering the same fate. At least we are in good company!

Aug 01, 2011 04:42 AM #11
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

Chas ~ 6' and 195, blue eyes and silver hair... You're such a cutie!  Now that we got that out of the way... perhaps you should give August a warm embrace {{HUGS}} and tell em' you'll be missing em' in a few short months ;)

Aug 01, 2011 05:50 AM #12
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Ah yes, August does feel like the beginning of the end, but there's still some summer left yet. I find Autumn to be terribly melancholy, and I never look forward to it.

Aug 01, 2011 05:57 AM #13
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

I was in the Ozarks for a few days last August, and it WAS miserable. Here we start to feel Fall coming a little.

Aug 01, 2011 06:17 AM #14
John M. Scott
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties - San Francisco, CA
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area

August here is a lot like July. Highs usually in the 60s, sometimes sunny, often foggy - at least in the morning. I'm looking forward to October - usually our warmest month!

Aug 01, 2011 06:40 AM #15
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

David, enjoy your family time. I know it's very precious.

John. That's it i'm on my way!

Leslie, I DO love summer but August is a tough one.

Malcolm, I never loo forward to fall either.

Mel, I just couldn't resist that shameless plug. ;(


Aug 01, 2011 09:21 AM #17
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Charles,  This year I was happy to see July go....I agree...August, please be kind!

Aug 01, 2011 10:08 AM #18
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Well done Charles!  I too would love to see August be a little gentler and kinder, especially after the July we have all had. 

Aug 01, 2011 11:19 AM #19
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Charles, I'm right there with Heather..although in the Oregon neck of the woods. You could make it a two-fer! Us Prudential agents are friendly folk!

Aug 01, 2011 03:43 PM #20
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker


Cindy, a cool off RainCamp in the northwest sounds good to me.

Aug 01, 2011 03:46 PM #21
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Laura, Yes July was especially hot. I still love the long evenings of summer though.

John. Exactly. August please be kind!

Aug 01, 2011 03:48 PM #22
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Charles, I could listen to you forever! Your words are so charming, entertaining, thought-provoking and interesting!

The temps reached 107 here in Flower Mound today and that does not include the heat index. My poor flowers can't take it any more! The lawn and trees have already surrendered.

I'm suggesting this post because it's so unique! I truly appreciate authenticity and you're the real deal!


Aug 02, 2011 11:02 AM #23
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

What a great post.  Clever and cute, like its author.  I had a totally different perception of August yesterday and today.  Two of the worst days I can remember.  Praise God . . . nobody dead, nobody bleeding, but not two days that I wouldn't want to have a "do over" on.  So while it's being gentle with you, maybe we can ask it to be a little nicer, also?

(And Patricia is one very thoughtful lady)

Aug 02, 2011 03:25 PM #24
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Charles, the South has really had the brunt of the heat, and hope August gives you some relief!    It is way too hot all over!

Aug 03, 2011 02:14 AM #25
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Charles I never thought of August this way, until your post. Hope you get some relief from the Heat. I do not want to tell you but here in Marina Del Rey, CA it is so comfortable, temperate climate...but FYI I am Flying to Boston MA tomorrow I hear it is HHH and in the 90's(:

Aug 03, 2011 07:04 PM #26
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Charles, I think the entire nation could use a little rain and a little less heat during August since July was so brutal in so many areas!

Aug 04, 2011 04:36 AM #27
Tim Tanz
Platinum Realty - Saint Louis, MO
St Louis Real Estate

Beautifully written, as always...

Aug 04, 2011 07:44 AM #28
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Charles and a wonderfully written post! Vegas has been averaging about 105+, we have gotten real use to it but my wife and I have been playing around Lake Tahoe with wonderful cooler temps. That's one of the reasons I dropped by to returns the favor ...

VB ;o)

Aug 06, 2011 03:48 AM #29
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Beautiful turn of phrase my friend. We haven't had a heatwave in the Pacific Northwest as I recall since 1996? I remember we had just moved into one of my favorite homes on May Valley Road. That's when I learned our front yard didn't really have any topsoil (hence the 10 lb bag of miracle grow that was left in the garage by the previous owner). Of course, even then after weeks of temps in the 90's (when all true Northwesterner's give it up and lay down.) we had about 3 days or so into the 3 digits topping off at 102. We knew the world was coming to an end then, for sure... Normally our concerns are the opposite and usually in November via the Pineapple Express and March, "How many days in a row now has it rained? I've lost count."

Aug 06, 2011 12:40 PM #30
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