Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

Yeah, I got some habits. And I'm unrepentant - I'm old enough that if they're still here - and they are - they're probably not going anywhere.


Let's get the good one out of the way and then we can have some fun.


BesterI'm a reader, and always have been. I bought my first book - Alfred Bester's "The Stars My Destination"  - when I was 12, and I've been devouring them ever since. My good habit is reading almost every night for a couple of hours before I go to sleep. It's not the perfect habit - I'm a recreational reader and stay away from self-help and motivational books. My preferences are for fiction - especially science fiction, with a smattering of humor, adventure and spy fiction and the occasional non-fiction. I have always loved immersing myself in different worlds and world views - it has widened my perspective and I've learned a lot - both useful and not-so-much - from my reading.


For my other types of habits - the bad and ugly ones - I consulted the world's leading authority on the topic - my wife and partner Mary. She had a lot of suggestions, including chomping my gum, leaving lights on, and forgetting to put Mario's goat's milk (😝) back in the fridge. But those are pretty minor, and she decided on two others that bother her a lot more.


Clown TVMy "bad" habit is providing a running commentary for the TV programs Mary is watching. I don't think this would be much of a problem if she had different viewing habits, but she watches way too much real estate reality TV for me to remain silent. And even so, I think my comments - a brilliant mix of sarcasm, cynicism, and mockery - are better entertainment than her regular programming. But, as Mary is always quick to remind me, I'm apparently not as funny as I think I am.


My ugly habit is best seen while I'm driving in traffic, especially here in northern Colorado, where the world's slowest drivers are found. I'm an impatient person, Move!and those who impede my progress - meaning pretty much everyone in front of me - are subjected to a constant stream of obscenities, abuse and speculations about parentage and brain function. Fortunately, I mostly channel my rage into these verbal assaults rather than more physical manifestations like the one-finger salute - although that's not always the case. And more fortunately, I haven't been run off the road or shot by anyone yet. My only real concern about this habit is keeping it well tamped down when I'm driving clients around or when Mary is talking to a client on the phone when riding with me.


So what am I doing about these, um, let's just call them "less-attractive" habits - bad and ugly are such judgmental words, don't you think? Well, I'm just employing a classic Old Fart move and making them someone else's problem. They're mostly Mary's at this point, but get to know me better and they could be your problems too.

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Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Dick, I always thought the world's slowest drivers were right here in Central FL. I am with you when it comes to traffic, having an impatient personality and slow drivers don't really go well together.
I bet Mary has learned not to hear your commentary on the shows she watches. 

Sep 27, 2017 08:06 AM #2
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Oh those silly habits.  These are some good ones (good and bad).  I didn't know that about your driving habits.  The next time I am being yelled at or saluted, I will double check to make sure it isn't you.

Sep 27, 2017 08:13 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

For one peculiar reason or another, I am not more patient in traffic than I use to be.  Perhaps, with technology, it is less important that I be out on the road during rush hour.

Sep 27, 2017 08:18 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Dick -- great post...and among my many favorite lines found here, this may be my absolute favorite(subject to change if I should feel the need to re-read it):  

as Mary is always quick to remind me, I'm apparently not as funny as I think I am

Hey I just laughed out loud again as I hit copy/paste.   Good stuff.  Of course, at your expense.  HaHa  --- just laughed again.

Sep 27, 2017 09:17 AM #5
Shahar Hillel
Augusta Financial Inc. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer.

Dick good morning.

Habits are hard to change, some are good, some are not so good.

Great post.

Good day.


Sep 27, 2017 10:32 AM #6
shirley cicero
Continental West Realty - Livermore, CO
Northern Colorado Mountain Homes and Vacant Land

Oh boy...being impatient driving and shouting obscenities in my car at people is a bad habit? Crud...guess I can add that to the list. lol. Happens to me every time I leave the mountain and go to Fort Collins! Where did all these people come from anyway!!!

Sep 27, 2017 11:21 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hahahahaha. I love everything about this post. I thought of another good habit you have - cooking. I would put that to the top of Bernie's good habit list. Unfortunately - he also provides non-stop commentary during my favorite shows. Seriously, you two, it's annoying and you need to give it up. And Mary's right - it's not that funny.  ;) 

Sep 27, 2017 11:26 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dick- omg- You sound like a hoot to be around. Your good habit is truly a good one and one that we would all do well to have. I am you and Mary is Larry regarding your running commentary and curmudgeons are allowed to be short tempered when driving. 

Sep 27, 2017 01:06 PM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What can I say?  Having been around you both Ron and I think you are fun to be with as is your lovely partner, Mary.  As we driving home from Beverly Hills we encountered a few not only slow drivers but crazy ones also...Enjoyed reading this post.  A

Sep 27, 2017 03:27 PM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dick

I enjoyed your post!! I certainly can identify with you about the driving, much of which for me comes from being among Boston drivers.  I had to laugh at your tendency to provide alternative commentary to real estate shows...who can't help but comment!!?


Sep 27, 2017 05:33 PM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dick I wish your good habit was also mine, but I am not much of a reader.  However, if I was a reader your favorite books would also be mine.

Sep 27, 2017 08:13 PM #12
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

We are much alike, slow drivers and real estate reality shows drive my bonkers Dick Greenberg 

Sep 28, 2017 05:51 AM #13
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Dick this was hilarious, maybe not meant to be, but I guess it reveals my sense of humor. Slow drivers will do it to me all the time and those who sit three car lengths from the car in front of them at a traffic light of from the traffic light it self and wonder why it doesn't turn because it is not picking up any cars at the light because they are so far back.

Sep 28, 2017 12:31 PM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Dick - all in all not such bad or ugly habits.  I am sure I could have come up with other bad habits if I had asked my wife.  I didn't go there.

Sep 28, 2017 01:08 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dick all I can say is had no idea that Diane and Mary talk to each other behind my back about the "bad habits" her complaints  are almost identical to Diane's.... on a side note When did Diane teach you how to drive  it is clear she showed you how to handle those 'other drivers'....Endre

Sep 28, 2017 02:10 PM #16
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Dick Greenberg  Not so bad  .You and Mary sound like the perfect couple .... Reality Real Estate ??  Mary do you not get enough reality in Real life ... Who am I to talk I live my life in movies  and Law and Order

Sep 29, 2017 12:43 PM #17
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Well this is the most hilarious of contest entries I've read - thank you for the laugh, and it sounds like it's a good thing Mary is there to remind you of the things that need worked on : )

Sep 29, 2017 05:34 PM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OMG, absolutely HILARIOUS Dick! Funny but, I also asked my hubby to chime in about the habits - good and bad - and leaving lights on was one of his claims for me! Now, let me show a house and those lights are turned off, as asked! Perhaps that's why we enjoy leaving them on at home!  LOL

Oh, and I have a potty mouth when I drive alone! When someone is in the car with me, I mind my manners but, if some of these pokey a$$ drivers heard what came out of my mouth, they would not believe it!!  (And, no finger salutes either - never been one to do that but, certainly the use of familial status [one or both parents])!! And, I'm a very patient person - just not when I'm behind the wheel!

And, like Mary, I let my hubby know that he's not as funny as he thinks either! That is a wife's duty, ya know - we have to keep you guys working on your comedic relief!

Sep 29, 2017 06:59 PM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I think we can all relate to just accepting them at this point. LOL

I love how you have made them someone else's problem LOL

I think a video of your tv commentary of driving rants would make for interesting viewing.

Sep 30, 2017 10:33 AM #20
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Oh Dick you made me laugh. I love your attitude and certanly think the good far outweighs the bad. Thanks for participating.

Oct 10, 2017 05:07 PM #21
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