Persistence

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

I think we are all familiar with the character in Greek mythology who was dammed to rolling a boulder up a hill for all eternity. I believe his name was Sisyphus but I may have my theology mixed up and I'm not so sure the story has anything to do with persistence brings success as I don't think he ever gets that boulder to the top either BUT...

We all know, and are taught it early in life, that persistence often pays off. Not always but often.

Yesterday I mentioned the one chore I failed to complete was getting Timmothy's car started. Well despite the fact that today was even colder than yesterday we finally had success! First I nearly set the car on fire but that's another story for later.

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Comments (18)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 09, 2022 04:46 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Persistence is an important element to success.  I recently had to replace my cellphone.  It took me a day and a half to figure out how to set up my voice mail greeting.  The videos for my model of phone conflicted.  I finally found one on YouTube that got it right. 

Jan 09, 2022 04:48 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Well now, I wonder if your insurance would cover "accidentally" setting a car on fire. 

Well Done Bob "RealMan" Timm - persistence paid off! 

Jan 09, 2022 04:48 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist let's just say I won't be throwing a high powered hair dryer under the hood unattended ever again. 🙄

Jan 09, 2022 05:33 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bob,

Hurray for you we are delighted, as no doubt is Timm.  Wishing you continued tinkering success.  A

Jan 09, 2022 05:18 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you for the feature Myrl Jeffcoat and that goodness for YouTube as some helpful postings there have really helped me out as. Some videos have also showed me that a project was just plain well over my head as well. 😌

Jan 09, 2022 05:31 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Ron and Alexandra Seigel Timmothy is very happy as he was a bit anxious about getting to class tomorrow. I'm just happy that I don't need to call the auto club tomorrow. The "almost" setting the car on fire did cost me $20.00 to replace a part I melted down but I'm still a very happy camper A.

Jan 09, 2022 05:36 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob my middle name is Perseverance... you know the brother of Persistence:)Endre

Jan 09, 2022 10:38 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I love that Endre Barath, Jr. and firmly believe it is true of you. Now I have to think if there is one word to sum up my attitude.

Jan 10, 2022 06:05 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Congratulations, Bob! I'm glad you didn't have to call the fire department or your insurance company. I'm trying to imagine how that conversation would have gone.

Jan 10, 2022 02:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It would go like this Carol Williams : "Hello, Pat? I was using a paint removal heat gun on Timmothy's car engine and I set the car on fire."


More to come.

Jan 10, 2022 06:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - Causing a fire?  Oops.   Hmm, I guess there is another story there.  I am glad your original intended mission was accomplished.   

Jan 10, 2022 03:01 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Michael Jacobs I didn't think about the placement of the heat gun I put under the hood until an hour later when smoke started to billow out from under the hood.

Jan 10, 2022 06:14 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad to hear that you kept after it and finally got it up and running again, I am sure he is happy to have his car back and ready to use.

Jan 10, 2022 04:33 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

He is thrilled Brian England as he was getting pretty anxious about how he would get to college today. Timmothy doesn't adjust to change real easy, it's part of his high functioning autism.

Jan 10, 2022 06:16 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm glad the car finally started! Is your winter normally in the minuses?

Jan 10, 2022 04:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It seems like it Kat Palmiotti but I don't think so. I'd say over-all our highs average out to about 20 degrees above and the lows average out to the singe digits. This would hold true for December through January.

Jan 10, 2022 06:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Persistence pays. This morning thanks to three "want-to-be" real estate experts posting all they know, found this post on page 28. Time for a vacation from this site. Enjoy your day.

Jan 10, 2022 05:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Oh I know Wayne Martin . I don't know if there is more than one or two who are posting all that garbage but it doesn't pay to look at recent posts right now. I've reset my preferences to only see those I'm following.

Jan 10, 2022 06:21 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Bob - it must be cold there.  Do you have one of those electric warming dip sticks.  I have seen them in cars in New York near the Canadian Border.

Jan 10, 2022 05:21 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

That is a good idea Grant Schneider as they are easy to install and use. More typical here is the engine block heater. It's more permeant and heats the water inside the block instead of the oil. This is what I have on my Yukon BUT I like your idea of the oil dipstick heater.

Jan 10, 2022 06:26 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

When I was younger, I was called out for being persistent almost to the point of being stubborn It is a fine line

Jan 10, 2022 06:11 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I get that Ed Silva as I am often close to that line. Had this happened on a regular weekday I may have just called the auto club but I was concerned about the cost of having this fixed over the weekend.

Jan 10, 2022 06:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What!!! After all that you leave us hanging on how you fixed the car and how you almost set it on fire????

Jan 10, 2022 06:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I guess I better write another post on this Nina Hollander, Broker . I wish I would have taken a video of the smoke pouring out from under the hood but Timmothy's safety came first.

Jan 10, 2022 06:37 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Oh now you're just egging us on about the fire story Bob!  Spill the beans!   And I'm so glad you got his car started.  I remember those cold below zero days in MN and having to jump our cars many times.  I feel for you!

Jan 10, 2022 02:44 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I'm going to do it Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker but it will be anticlimactic.

Jan 10, 2022 06:31 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Glad you got the car started finally, Bob and thanks for the visual and laugh...about the fire...laughing with you, of course! LOL

Jan 10, 2022 04:52 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I appreciate it Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I love making people smile and laugh.

Jan 10, 2022 06:35 PM