As I walk the dogs I ponder: Mind over... what really matters!!

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ITEM A.  Mind Over Matter

This is a great title and I am going to have to go into a stream of consciousness thing to develop it...

We all know...what is really important.  What we should do next.  What can't wait to be done.  You have an inner voice that speaks to you.. and another that throws out excuses why you can't do this or that.

Get a hold of yourself!!  These arguments go on consciously and subconsciously every minute of the day!  Every minute.

Yes, you are blocking out perhaps what is most important to you without realizing it!  Because you HAVE been blocking out the important, the necessary for too long a time.

So for 2019 you MUST address the gnawing principal issue that you know must be accomplished without putting it off any longer.

What if a pitcher took a windup ... and never threw the ball??

Is that a good analogy??

ITEM B.  The Love has Gone: New Car Design

What the hey with modern auto design!!  I have a friend who loves classic cars and I do too. He is going to the Mecum auction next week in Orlando and basically to drool over the classics.  Check out the '58 Buick Limited Convertible.  WOWWWW!!  And above: 1963 220 SE Benz.  Dad had one of those.

Just look at the chrome!! Real metal.  The front of these cars made a STATEMENT.  They still turn heads.  They are inspiring.  They evoke EMOTION.  When has that happened of late with any current auto design??  When Ford reintroduced the TBird they made a mistake.  It was not like the original.  If manufacturers are going to reintroduce something, make it look EXACTLY like the original.  The Jag XKE is going to be that.

Every car has had the aero treatment so that they all have a tendency to follow each other's lines.  And one copies another.  Bottom line: who cares?? 

If I have to drive 55 most of the time wind has nothing to do with it.  I will pay more for gas in a bigger car with shiny stuff that looks cool!!  I want big lounge chair seating in front.  A dash that doesn't look like a Nintendo console.  I want chrome inside too!  I want an engine bay that I can open and get to things that need attention.  I want to fit a dozen people inside, I want white walls, I want FLASH.

Nothing has grabbed me of late other than perhaps the newest Benz SL and the higher end Bentleys.  PLEASE: we need the spark back that made us tremble when one of these gorgeous cars rolled by!!  

Architecturally speaking: Classical architecture has something that newer stuff doesn't, and for a variety of reasons: hand worked stone and plaster, natural materials throughout, thick walls, symmetry, human scale, Greco Roman temple themes that have been reworked through the years, etc.  Ah well...

ITEM C: The Future!!

I have been listening to all sorts of people trying to predict the housing market and its ramifications.  Some parts of the country are doing better than others, millennials have a hard time qualifying for housing, interest rates are going up and down, trade talk is affecting the stock market, we are going to go into a recession -- no we're not!!

I think we have to be in tune to what is going on.  Aware.  (See Michael Jacobs' recent blog.)  Be aware of local economic trends.  Be aware of national social trends.  Be aware of worldwide technology trends.  And then do what you do best.

It used to be that you had to have 6 months' wages stored up in order to weather a downturn.  The last recession went on for 5-8 years!!  So, I am hypersensitive about things.  Before that, I was starting fresh in Austin and an energy recession hit Texas and 5-8 other oil producing/refining states!  That little blip affected only part of the country and the rest thrived!  The downturn affected real estate big time and clobbered those states fo 8-9 years.  I moved here to Orlando to escape the carnage.

I believe too many are 'leveraged' to the hilt and this is not a good sign.

If you know how the future is going to pan out for 2019 PLEASE leave a comment!!


Until the next time, I will continue to ponder -- as Michael does, and report my stray thoughts...  Thanks for tuning in!!



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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think there’s a lot of ways to navigate through things that you pointed out here that I may not have thought of.

Jan 09, 2019 11:41 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Debe Maxwell, CRS I like the occasional stray start to really make you think in a different direction for a little while. :)

Jan 09, 2019 11:42 PM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning John Henry,

Another great ponder session while walking the dogs. I wonder if they realize where your mind is drifting! LOL! Love the classic cars..just makes me thinks of some classic beautys like Audrey Hepburn..she looked so good in a BENZ and evoked so many emotions while watching her act in films from her adoring fans. You are so right saying we need to be tuned in to what is going on around us. You and Michael Jacobs ponder in much the same way and get your point across when reporting your stray thoughts. We live in an era of change and my crystal ball is dusting so I'm not making any predictions. However I've learned you can't make blanket predication's about real estate and the economy for the whole country. It's like trying to say the weather is the same in every state! LOL! Loved your post and glad to see it featured.

Jan 10, 2019 06:01 AM #10
John F Muscarella
Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast

John, amidst the glitter of older auto is some really good thinking.  What matters is what must get done.  Thanks for the post.

Jan 10, 2019 06:41 AM #11
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Reflection is a strong sign of emotional intelligence as well as leadership skills. Your musings are great food for thought. Thank you.

Jan 10, 2019 07:03 AM #12
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Nothing compares to classic car design, it was a true work of art. Today it is more functional with all the bells and whistles. But Oh the sleek lines of tail fins, and the purr of a big block engine....aaaaah

Jan 10, 2019 10:49 AM #13
Love Petique
Petique - Los Angeles, CA
Agents for Enhanced lifestyle

Just a thought, I think dogs also deserves a ride. Proud to buy the latest, 5-in-1, all terrain pet jogger for my Fido love. It's so compact I can easily pack it in my Alpine Mark II :)

Jan 10, 2019 05:28 PM #15
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

John Henry'

#1 – Mind Over Matter

What is really important? Warm water, sand and warm weather. In other words, me in Hawaii.

#2 – The Love Has Gone

No, it has not! I love to spend time on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

#3 – The Future!

I see myself in Hawaii later this year. Maui, on Kaanapali Beach, to be specific.


Now all I must do is work hard to pay for it!  

Jan 10, 2019 09:36 PM #16
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Oh man...saw that Buick and the  Riviera behind it and started drooling.  

Your title brought back a short saying I wrote about 4 years ago: 

As I sit here today…I ponder…. Should I have given it away or should I have pawned ‘er? mjm 10-23-14

I still wonder that today about some things... 

great blog by the way... just throw the ball!! 

Have a great weekend!!

Jan 11, 2019 06:26 AM #17
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

I am with you on the car thing, new ones are just overpriced computers on wheels. I have had mine, pictured here for almost 37 years. Not practical, but in our 4 stop light town, I'm known as the "Realtor in the 60 Vette".

Jan 11, 2019 07:55 AM #18
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

You get a lot of thoughts out of your head when you’re walking your pets dude it’s kind of like getting ideas in the shower.

Jan 11, 2019 09:00 AM #19
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hey John Henry - When I look at those gorgeous shiny bumpers I think about the muscles guys had who spent half a day washing, waxing, and polishing their cars and bumpers. The only time the guys head turned is when a pretty young girl walked by with a group of her friends. All the guys with cool cars that I can think of did get married but never polished the kitchen floors... just saying! 

And of course, guys can't do that anymore. Society has changed. Ain't that a shame... I love classic cars and wish I still had all the ones I owned. They were lots of fun, stronger, and prettier too. 

Nice post! Congratulations on the feature.  

Jan 11, 2019 10:17 PM #20
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

John, Just wanted to stop in and wish you a Happy & Prosperous 2019, since we hve not connect for quite a while... I see you are busy pondering glad you are well:)) 

To answer your question, I have written a post a while back about what my cloudy Crystal ball said for 2019 ...I suspect I wrote it either in December or might have been late November.... Endre

Jan 11, 2019 10:43 PM #21
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Congrats on the well deserved feature! A very enjoyable read!

I love walking through antique car shows and experiencing that "back in time" feeling. Today's newer vehicles don't appeal to me. My Jeep is a 2008 and I love it and hope I have it for many more years. I'm not looking forward to ever having to replace it.

Jan 12, 2019 07:21 AM #22
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Wonderful post and photos. I also think we can train our minds to think in new ways, productive and positive. After all, our minds are always looking for the evidence to back up our thoughts and belief - ergo the self-fulfilling prophecy.  Often we think in auto-pilot - lately, I've become very deliberate about my thoughts and redirect them when I catch old voices chiming in with stuff that is not useful. 

By the way, we are both wanting an ole classic pickup for our place. One with the rounded soft lines and the wood slats in the bed. 

Jan 12, 2019 11:56 AM #23
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

The old cars were not only beautiful, the boys could work on them without the aid of a computer. When I see a new car roll by, I don't know if it's a top of the line expensive car or a cheapie. They all look alike.

Jan 12, 2019 02:38 PM #24
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

Aah, cars, now you hit my passion button! I grew up living my days in my dad’s gas station, polishing those beautiful cars. Wash, wax, and chrome cleaners were my tools of trade.I spent my weekends working on my own cars. I’ve owned about 68 cars, like my 69 Mustang, 68 Olds 442 Conv, 59 MB 190SL to name a few. I learned to drive in my dad’s 68 MB 280SE and felt the work of a well made automobile. Today, I just wash my car with wax built in, and have no need for my chrome cleaner. I too, could name every car and knew the year, but today, they are too generic. I’ll never forget the day I bought my 78 Pontiac Trams AM, WS6 package, 4 speed, in Martinique Blue, and stepped on the gas.

I sure wished I had kept all those cars and ponder on which of today’s cars will be classics of tomorrow. One of my favorite sites to go to is Mercum, as I dream of owning one of those someday.  Great blog for a Sunday morning

Jan 13, 2019 05:59 AM #25
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Another GREAT post!  Love seeing Carnac again :)  On paper we're ripe for a recession, but to what degree. In Phoenix we are in a softer sellers market and expect single digit - 4 - 6% appreciation this year.  Since our job market is going great, unemployment lower than the national average, and so much positive, it's hard to predict.  I'd say that we'll have a slow down to a balanced market in 2020 where homes are on the market longer, inventory will tick upward.  right now we have 18,606 homes, condos and townhomes for sale in a city of 4.5 million, not very much inventory.  Double that for a normal market but when will we get there?  Good question!

Jan 14, 2019 07:32 PM #26
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

John, your stray thoughts are better than stray cats.

If you look at clothing styles we are seeing styles from the 50's and 60's coming back.

I have never understood why high end cars look like every other car.

I loved your post as it was thought provoking.

Jan 17, 2019 09:45 AM #27
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

John Wiley Thanks sir.  I will try to make my thoughts deeper and more meaningful in the future.  Although I love your stray cat analogy!  A lot of the newer luxury cars do look alike and two German companies have a problem: their lohigh-endh end lines share too many similar features.  I actually like the new Lincoln Continental.  It has the best of Bentley, BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

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