This Is The Post...
This is the post that nearly didn't happen. For a number of reasons. I started. Then paused. Pondered. Put it aside. And now I am back...again...maybe I will complete the challenge by Jeff Dowler, CRS. Maybe not. We'll see. No promises.
I have read quite a few of the posts and am impressed with how so many members have shared their lives in unique and creative ways. So here's mine:
Whistle While You Work - I started in real estate in Fall, 1993 but my history with real estate of many kinds goes back much further with a great-grandfather who was a home builder(never knew him) and a great uncle(also gone before I was born) who was an architect. I grew up in the shadow of Disneyland when orange groves were turning into subdivisions rapidly. Believe it or not house hunting and designing home floor plans was something I enjoyed. Fortunately my parents indulged my somewhat odd-for-a-child obsession in numerous ways. Although real estate was not my original occupation the career change didn't come as much of a surprise to many who knew me. The years beginning with 2009 brought changes as usual to life and real estate as it continues to evolve. Stay tuned...
I Love Los Angeles Sure California gets a bad rap at times for many reasons but as a native of Los Angeles, I feel a close relationship with this city and the greater area for the abundant opportunities to explore and to be.
Let It Rain - I joined this forum in March, 2010 and like many others paused after initially joining and have since had some lapses. I have met members through their words whether it be their posts, questions, answers or through phone calls and in-person meetings.
Other Social Media who could have guessed the role of this omnipresent influence on the impact in our lives? That is certainly evident in real estate. And in life.
Technology Too how could this aspect of life in all forms be ignored? Whether it be a different multiple listing system, new lockboxes or the expansion of phone capabilities...the list may be infinite.
Different Strokes In my life I tried to stay aware of my family history of heart disease. I thought I ate fairly healthy, exercised enough(I thought) but apparently that wasn't the case as in December of 2017 I was transported by ambulance to a hospital where I later found out I had a stroke. And a heart attack. A double whammy of sorts.
And Then Some of 2018 was spent in and out of hospitals including a brain stent procedure and eventually cardiac by pass surgery Sometimes it's in the genes. My Dad and my younger brother both survived heart attacks prior to their fiftieth birthday. I was older than they were when this happened. I thought I was clear... Rehabilitation and therapy encompassed additional time.
Priorities certainly change life in different ways and cause us to evaluate or re-evaluate things. More to come? Definitely. What exactly....still to be determined.
Travel was a large part of my life prior to real estate. I have been fortunate to visit many places. In the most recent ten years that's scaled back quite a bit to trips shorter term and shorter distance. In fact I am going to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico for the second time next month. I am somewhat embarrassed to report my passport has recently expired. Will that change this year? It's obviously within my grasp to do.
Family and Friends - I am well aware of how fortunate I am to have shared the love and support of so many. My nieces and nephew are each now an adult and my parents will celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary in August, 2019.
I apologize for the length of this post. Brevity has its place and unfortunately this is not one of those instances.