Random Musings: Entertainment, Sports, Pop Culture And Some Real Estate

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I have a good friend, and fellow real estate professional, who is moving next month. Do you remember when a persons decision to move back home, or relocate to a new city, meant you would likely never hear from them again? Well all that has changed. I describe it as: Facebook Means Never Having To Say Goodbye. For all the weird pictures, strange games, and time zapping, it really is bizarre that we can keep track of the most intimate details of someones life for, well; for the rest of their life.

If you have a gift card, you may want to use it. Frankly, I believe they ought to be used the first day you recieve it. Why? An astonishing number of gift cards go unused every year. Actually, Home Depot reported revenue of over 37 million dollars from unused gift cards. And when gift cards are used, a majority of shoppers spend more than the value of the card. I bring this up, because I found a gift card that I didn't use, and am probably going to spend quite a bit more than the value. At least I'll only be half a statistic.

Is there a better month than October for a sports fan? Both college and professional football is going strong. The major league baseball playoffs, lead to the World Series. Hockey has started. And the NBA is beginning- well, maybe not this year. Actually, the distractions of those aforementioned sports allows the NBA to screw around for a while, as the fans aren't demanding a resolution yet. Either way, October is pretty strong for the sports world.

Yesterday, I realized Christmas is only two months away. It's weird when you live in a warm weather climate, to think of such things. It was close to 90 degrees, and will be again next week. When you see wrapping paper, and decorations for Christmas in a store, it's rather bizarre. 

It's amazing how much money the television networks spend on a television show, only to can it a few weeks into the season. I believe ABC has already cancelled a third of their fall tv shows, two weeks into October. People forget that Seinfeld got lousy ratings for the first couple of years it was on the air. But NBC stuck with it, and it turned into a billion dollar endeavor. I guess Charlies Angels and The Playboy Club weren't headed for universal love. 

Has the real estate market reached its bottom, or are we due for a double dip recession? Is it fair to say I think the economy will stagnate, but the real estate market has turned the corner? I don't think we'll see home sales spiking anytime soon, but it's my belief that a large part of the drop was fear, and I think the public (and banks) has recovered from that. 




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Scott Hayes

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Comments (9)

Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

Facebook is great but there is nothing like a hand written note or phone call.  As for football I am on my way to homecoming at William and Mary, Mike tomlin's alma mater.

Oct 22, 2011 03:31 AM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

You are so right about gift cards Scott.  Many people don't use them, don't use all the money on them or spend more than what is on the card.  It's a huge money maker for retailers!  Great random thoughts for this day :)!

Oct 22, 2011 03:47 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Wow, too much to comment on, but I enjoyed the post. I wish that networks would give each show at least 12 episodes so at least I have a chance to see one of the,\m.

But football is in full swing and all is right with the world!

Oct 22, 2011 12:54 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I'm in agreement with all the other women who are commenting on gift cards. I always run out and use it the first day before it is put away and forgotten.

Sure hope you're right about the market.

Oct 22, 2011 01:16 PM
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

you had me at the Playboy Club and Charlies Angels LOL October is one of my favorite months of the year we get cool weather and football is in full swing, lots of activities and holiday parties begin....game on!

Oct 22, 2011 01:59 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Scott, Can totally relate on the gift cards.  We've got a box of them, some we've had for years.  Fortunately Ohio passed a law some time back making it illegal for the places that sell them to expire them or take away from them for non-use.  We'll use them all, eventually :)  Bill

Oct 22, 2011 05:32 PM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

I rarely watch TV, but I agree it is frustrating when a show is canceled before it has a chance to get its sea legs. I would have thought Charlie's Angels would have made it a least a season.

Oct 23, 2011 11:40 AM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I'm very happy that they got rid of the expiration date on gift cards. I lost out on a lot over the years. Love October sports primarily for the reasons you mentioned. College and Pro football going strong, the World Series, basketball (maybe.)

As for real estate, I think he have a little more pain to go before things do the leveling out. Unfortunately.

Oct 26, 2011 11:07 AM