"Life à la Carte" Includes the Internet!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Napa Consultants DRE00893924

If you have followed our posts, you are aware that we structure our "lives à la carte".  This simply means, we like to  adhere to what suits us best, when it comes to housing, shopping, eating, traveling, etc.  We select what fits our needs and requirements.  

This is all based on our core values.  It may not be to everyone's liking, but as we see it life is a buffet, a banquet of possibilities!  Just because it is one of the choices, we do not have to choose it!  We choose what we like, and do not focus nor campaign on what we do not like!!

And the same goes for the Internet!

One of my first exposures to the Internet was through my parents.  My mother was a food research librarian throughout her career at several large publicly traded firms.  

She worked with the various scientists who needed trade publications and tomes of books.  When the Internet came along, they signed up for the feeds. It was not free, the company paid for the time that was used.

In commercial real estate, office buildings were selected based on their having internet lines for law offices and research firms.  Office buildings responded and installed the latest and greatest available for data connective (T1 lines, before Wi Fi).  This was the new must-have requirement for certain professionals.

The same was true for the legal profession.  Legal libraries were still part of the requirement of space for law firm office (when looking for office space).  They also needed data connectivity .

Instead of waiting for the monthly publications to arrive, the scientists and attorneys could access current information faster.  It was definitely a cost cutter.  Trade publications and books were more expensive than the dollars spent researching on line.

Thanks to Ron's keen interest in tech, we were one of the first offices to adopt the Internet.  And the building we were in had a. T 1 line.  He loved Bill Gates book title, Business at the Speed of Thought.  

We joined a former client in his endeavors with a philanthropic firm called Earth Spirit. We loved how we could communicate instantly with each other on projects and be part of the Heal the Bay (the Santa Monica Bay).  

It was magical.  That project morphed into our company adopting an entire school district, and community.  The focus was to bring awareness to keeping our ocean water clean, and heal the Bay.  It was a success!

In our current business, we were the first to encourage our client in Napa to install the IDX,  and maximize her web site which we jointly created.  Not long ago, when she retired, she was able to sell her site and her brand for six figures...not bad?

Today, we have panoramic Wi-Fi in our office.  It is the fastest speed that our provider has.  We are still enchanted by business at the speed of thought!  We love the research we have at our fingertips, and we both are researchers.

We checked out and researched all aspects of the Internet as it has evolved.  And like a banquet/buffet, there are aspects we love and aspects we do not.  And we focus and use what we like and ignore the rest.  

We stick to our values on this subject too.  Did we lose anything?  No, we did not, we gained so much! And we love it.  

I could go on, and on...but the call to Portugal (free) to my niece and her husband (they just moved from rainy London) is coming up on Zoom.  OOPs, we had to switch to Face time, Zoom did not work.

Lunch on our deck is next, and then our tide table says:  Beach Time!

Life à la Carte suit us perfectly!

This is an entry into the January Challenge hosted by Kathleen Daniels and Gary Frimann.  Thank you Kathleen and Gary.

 

 

 

 

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Comments (33)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Alexandra loved the post and the message, more importantly where did you take the picture to illustrate your point? I want to go there and shop till I drop:))Endre

Jan 27, 2022 10:38 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
federalfinanciallawgroup.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

I never heard lifecdescribed in this manner but it is an excellent way to describe it  !! 

Jan 28, 2022 01:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Alexandra and Ron - the pick and choose method is widely used these days.  Online and in the real world.  There's a lot of information "out there".  That's always been true perhaps now maybe it's more easily available.  Changes evolve and so do choices as the comments you have received indicate.  

Jan 28, 2022 04:32 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Your post reminds me of the early days and as the internet evolved everyone had the need for speed !

Jan 28, 2022 05:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Alexandra... I also believe there's been more positive than negative thanks to the internet... both in my personal and my professional life. But what is parabolic internet> I do believe I've never heard this term before and now I need to know what I'm missing out on!

Jan 28, 2022 05:46 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nina Hollander, Broker It is a panoramic (sorry instead of parabolic) giga blast router and wifi combined.  Here is the Information from Cox our provider, We chose the speediest versionAll Panoramic Wifi Gateway models are all-in-one modem and routers that provide the same advanced features. There are some differences between models to best support the Internet speed you choose.  A

Jan 28, 2022 06:44 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... parabolic... panoramic... it's all in the name I guess! :))) I'll have to check that router out. I have fast internet but faster is also good! 

Jan 28, 2022 06:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Buzz Mackintosh we like the speed, we get done faster, and are outside and actually talking to people.  A

Jan 28, 2022 06:45 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Michael Jacobs the whole thing is evolving at a rapid speed and the momentum is heady.  The next best thing! The latest and greatest!  Running at breakneck speed to get there.  And then, there is a pause and we wondered, where the hell where we going...what did we want?  The power of choice became evident to us. A

Jan 28, 2022 06:49 AM
Michael Jacobs

And the power of the pause too.  

Jan 28, 2022 06:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD It all started when some people critiqued our mild Mediterranean climate preference.  However we do like to ski, and we like Utah snow.  So we do like snow, but a la carte...and that led to this.  LOL A

Jan 28, 2022 06:51 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Endre Barath, Jr. I bought the photo.  However, in Paris, these are seafood stands outside of restaurants, were you can see them shucking oysters, and displays of sea food.  Those are our favorite places to eat.  A

Jan 28, 2022 06:53 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS we loved the title, and think when we text someone with the latest photo of a special moment!  How fast is that?  A

Jan 28, 2022 06:55 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Enjoyed reading your post and the comments that ensued.  It reminded me of "back in the mid-90's when we were building out our office --- T1 lines -- oh those were the days.  Everything is about speed.  I think I want to stop and smell some roses!

Jan 28, 2022 10:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ron and Alexandra:

I thoroughly enjoyed your post and really like the "a la carte" lifestyle you embrace. Life really does offer us lots of choices, doesn't it?!

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully some beach time!

Jeff

Jan 28, 2022 12:36 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The advent of the technology was seen with caution and now it's a matter of how it is necessary for so much of what we do on a daily basis.

Jan 28, 2022 01:42 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Ed Silva Oh, so true, and we are always interested.  A

Jan 28, 2022 02:04 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Diana Dahlberg smelling roses was always a priority for both of us.  That explains why I had 150 rose bushes in our Los Angeles home.  LOL A

Jan 28, 2022 02:05 PM
Diana Dahlberg

ROFL 🤣

Jan 28, 2022 03:25 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff Dowler, CRS just walked in the house from our long, long walk on the beach.  It is on our schedule for tomorrow also.  The tide is cooperating with our à la carte schedule! LOL A

Jan 28, 2022 02:07 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Just perfect. Life a la carte is the way to go. 

Jan 29, 2022 10:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD and off we go into the big blue yonder...LOL A

Jan 29, 2022 01:11 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ron and Alexandra Seigel You always have such an interesting way of explaining things . It reminds of Frank Sinatra  singing and I did it my way - Happy Sunday  😄 

Jan 30, 2022 09:02 AM