Well those are just two of the reasons I haven't been on AR in many many months. I was also distracted by a wonderful summer where I spent most of my time at Confluence Lake. Lucky the Wonder Dog enjoys swimming, and I worked on my paddle boarding skills. I bought a paddle board before the summer really set in. I'm not too bad at it, either.
Improvements on the house have been slow, but the project is moving along. I'm living in the house, too. This is the first house I've ever bought on my own. People in town make a point of telling me how much better the place already looks...a little cleanup goes a long way, and I appreciate the encouragement from others.
I had a busy year with clients and sold some higher end properties. I also sent out a referral to AR member Hella Rothwell. That worked out great. Hella did a wonderful job, and my client is very happy. I've always touted AR as being a great referral source. I still believe that to be true.
As the holidays approached I was busy making vacation plans. This was a big one. I was gone for 2.5 weeks. My trip started out in Denver, with friends, where we went to see a Broncos game. I covered over 5,000 miles and eight states. I traveled via planes, trains and automobiles and did some wild theme park rides in Florida. I also visited with alligators in the Everglades. My cousin and I drove from Illinois to Florida and toured the state. I didn't get a scratch on me. That's my cousin, AJ, in the picture.
They say most accidents happen close to home. A few days after being back, I broke my leg. Most people don't end up breaking their leg at a dog park, but I did. One friend commented that it could only happen to me. I was hit from behind by two speeding dogs. I didn't hear or see them coming. Even with all of the skiing, hiking, climbing, rafting and mountain biking I've done in my life, I've never broken a large bone. I've had some pretty good incidents and a lot of brusies and sprains, but never anything like this.
Lucky wasn't a party to the accident. But he was there with his ball in his mouth looking down on me while I was laying on the ground. It was time for me to throw the ball yet again, but I couldn't. People were very helpful. Dennis, a dog park regular and good friend, went to get ice. Joyce, another regular and good friend, drove my car down to the gate so I didn't have to go far.
No one wanted me to move. Everyone thought I had hurt my back. It was my left leg. I thought it was just badly sprained. After a week of fairly extreme pain, I finally went to the doctor. I still thought it was just a sprain, but I was wrong. So I spent five weeks in a cast. The doctor said...don't put any weight on it. I didn't. I had crutches and a wheelchair. The house is a mess inspite of the friends that came over to help me with 'things'. Now the cast is off, and I'm working on healing the sprain. It goes from my foot all the way to my knee. I'm feeling very optimistic that I will completely heal.
So that's a review of where I've been in the last 10 months. I haven't forgotten about my AR friends. Kathleen Daniels and I have had some nice phone visits. Scott Godzyk ...I have thought of you and wondered how things are going on the BPO front. I really thought of you during the football playoffs. Congratulations on having The Pats go to yet another Super Bowl. Debbie Reynolds and I have been good friends for a long time. I thought of her often and wished I could have taken a detour when I saw the Clarksville interstate turnoff as we barreled through Tennessee on our way to Florida. I could go on, but this post is already over 700 words.
At the office this week, I was reviewing some marketing plans with my broker. I mentioned that I need to get back to blogging. I do get business from my blog. So AR is certainly in my marketing plan for 2018.
Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me over the last many months. It really means a lot to know I'm not just another cyber figure you comment on for points.
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