Never pass up an opportunity to embarrass yourself!

Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Like never before in history, we have resources of information literally at our finger tips.

Numerous Internet search engines allow us the convenience of “answers” to any question we have as quick as we can punch in the appropriate numbers and/or letters.

I love this freedom more than I can stand! 

When one wants to know who won the decathlon in the 1936 Olympics, one can find out in seconds!  Or how about, what are the ingredients of dog biscuits? Or how about how many chickens will fit in a cow?  (Actually that one is probably a bit harder to find out but some people do know I think.)

So the question is, why do we not utilize these resources more than we do?

Most of us, as professionals, are on numerous professional forums and routinely see the questions posted that often times could have easily been answered by a quick Google search.  A little search could have saved the questioner from a barrage of demeaning, “What-the-heck-are-you-a-newbie?” type criticisms from supposed peers.

While I could discuss the problems with “oldies” being “asses,” I will limit my discussion today to encouraging anyone with a question, to at least first attempt to ask the search engines.  It might even allow the questioner to phrase any further question in such a way as to not embarrass oneself in the “Open Temple of Criticism."

There is an old wisdom that the only bad question is the one that does not get asked.  I think this is true, but it is also wise to perhaps ask it of a source that has no chance of laughing at you for asking.

Then again, why not just go for it—and never pass up the opportunity to embarrass oneself—and find out who the asses might be.

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Thanks for sharing your post! I really enjoyed it, and hope your week is swell!  :-)

Jul 22, 2015 12:09 AM #1
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You can expect an inspect which will detect the end affect Mr. Charles Buell 

Jul 22, 2015 12:30 AM #2
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Charles, Yes, Cyberspace is filled with all kinds of data and information.  When checking, we need to be sure the source of the information is "reliable" and credible.  Not sure how we do that ... but buyer of cyber-information ... beware.

Jul 22, 2015 12:36 AM #3
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Charles - Good point, reinforced by a very quick Google search of your own question:

That's a lot of chickens

Jul 22, 2015 12:54 AM #4
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Ugh... Google good, learn much, man no have to think or remember anything anymore!

Jul 22, 2015 12:55 AM #5
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Kristin, the same to you

Richie, perhaps so :)

Kathleen, figuring how which sources to "trust" can take a life time only to find trusted sources are no longer trustworthy.

Dick, this question was originally asked of me by my daughter when she was in college.  At 1am in the morning she figured her farm boy dad would be the obvious resource to ask :)

Fred, I wish more people would think to ask google first :)

Jul 22, 2015 01:50 AM #6
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Charles,  Very inspiring post.  I love questions.  Since I am an employing broker, I get my fair share and I welcome every one of them.  Some I don't have the answers to, but we research them together.  I'm with you that there are no dumb questions.

Jul 22, 2015 02:46 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow 300 chickens can fit into a 1500lb cow! Now that is good info to know! I think I'll crawl the web and see if there are other answers to that question:)

Jul 22, 2015 05:25 AM #8
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That one answer prrobably depends on the chickens and the cow!

Croakster was going to comment, but when he saw the photo of a cow he wasn't impressed.  He's not so bovine...


nobody makes a better ass of himself than I.

Jul 22, 2015 05:25 AM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'd rather embarrass myself with a "dumb" question, than to proceed in darkness, and then be confronted with a situation created by ignorance.

Jul 22, 2015 06:37 AM #10
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Belinda, and beware the person that has no questions :)

Anna, of course there will be lots of answers.  Are the chickens whole or in parts, is the cow entirely empty bones and all?  Are they big chickens or little chickens and it it a holstein or a jersey?  Way too many questions.  Even the questions have questions.

Jay, don't you just love that sound of cows rolling over on frogs?  Oh, wait a minute----that would not be good at all!

Mryl, and that is why I live by "never pass up an opportunity to embarrass myself."

Jul 22, 2015 07:23 AM #11
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Even the not so bright questions need to be asked to the right person...someond who can't tell on you

Jul 22, 2015 12:37 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Charles- I encourage questions however someone once said to me "a fool can ask more questions than a wise man can answer."   I have no idea who said that!

Jul 23, 2015 02:46 AM #13
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

William, that is the ideal :)

Kathy, and a very wise quote too.  Even Google would get frustrated with a 5 year old. :)

Jul 23, 2015 03:05 AM #14
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

It's good to be inquisitive. I have no shame when it comes to asking the internet questions. 

Jul 23, 2015 05:17 AM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am using Google to search for the answers of all sorts of questions on a regular basis, but until today I never looked up the chicken in a cow question.

I am glad that Dick Greenberg did though and sent me over here afterwards.

Jul 23, 2015 01:23 PM #16
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I totally agree with Myrl Jeffcoat on this one, Charles Buell ... better to take the chance and perhaps learn something ...


Jul 24, 2015 12:45 AM #17
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Pamela, me neither---too much fun

Bob, some questions and some answers are more important than others :)

Gene, and in the privacy of our own homes---of course what google does with it all is another matter :)

Jul 24, 2015 04:44 AM #18
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

BTW, I asked Siri "how many chickens will fit in a cow?" Her answer is a link to Activerain!

Jul 24, 2015 11:13 PM #19
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Agreed! Some very simple questions can be answered through a quick Google search or by searching the archives.

Aug 17, 2015 11:03 PM #20
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