I'm Not Superman.... but

Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

Some of my recent posts have caused you to ask (and me to question) why do you chose to live in such a harsh climate?

To be fair the "harsh" part of our North Dakota winter is typically only three months... not all winter long (November through March).

You got me thinking. What do I like about winter?

Even though I love people and being around people winter offers a time of solitude. Superman is also a people person (I think) but he needed a place to get away on occasion. It was his Fortress of Solitude and it was located up North. Even further North than North Dakota.

Even though I am a people person it is nice to have a period of time where I can wander through the park, just walk the neighborhood, or even stand in my back yard without seeing another human being.

There is a lot of beauty to behold in North Dakota, even in the winter, and sometimes I just like to be out there alone and even thank God out loud if I want to.

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Comments (19)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am delighted to hear that you are happy where you live, and that is what matters.  A

Jan 21, 2022 01:10 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thanks A. Minot North Dakota is a good place to be, especially for razing a family. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Jan 21, 2022 01:21 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Now all you need is a photo of Frances McDormand walking down that road with that hunter's cap

Jan 21, 2022 02:25 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

All that matters is that you are happy where you live and that you get the quietness you prefer.  I understand this well Bob.  That's why we live close to a preserve and have miles and miles of walking/hiking trails, mountains and nature.  To each their own I say.  Others much prefer living in a condo downtown.....no thanks!

Jan 21, 2022 02:38 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That would be good Ed Silva . I liked her in FARGO although the producers in that show seemed to have confused ND with Canada as that is where you here all the "Eh's".

Jan 21, 2022 05:19 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

The solitude is my favorite part of hiking Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker and I can imagine enjoying the nature of a preserve.

Jan 21, 2022 05:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob-  home isn't always where are beaches or tropical weather...home is where our heart is...where are family and friends are...where we feel at peace. Seems to me like you've found it. 

Jan 21, 2022 06:28 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I do like it here in Minot ND Kathy Streib , mostly because of the people. Things changed quite a bit with the oil boom (not for the better) but now it's settled down for the better.

Jan 22, 2022 10:09 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob the pandemic allows me solitude too:) no need to live in such  a cold climate to isolate:)Endre

Jan 21, 2022 10:33 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

That's very true Endre Barath, Jr. but I wouldn't do good with the mandates of a blue state.

Jan 22, 2022 10:11 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have lived in a warm climate my whole life, I doubt I could ever live in a place that gets as cold as it does there.

Jan 22, 2022 04:01 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I totally understand that Brian England and even though I like hot summers I don't think I could take that year around.

Jan 22, 2022 10:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - people choose to live in all kinds of different places.  And people also seem to ask (occasionally or often) "why".   

Jan 22, 2022 05:52 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Yup! And not just weather related climates Michael Jacobs .  North Dakota has a strong independent "I can do it" attitude and that's something I really like as opposed to "what can/will the government do for me".

Jan 22, 2022 10:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... as they say... "different strokes for different folks." My idea of a good climate is one where I can wear sandal type shoes for at least six months of the year and shoes with no socks/stockings the rest of the year!

Jan 22, 2022 05:58 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

The perfect environment for me Nina Hollander, Broker  would be the environment where you are by my side. 😍

Jan 22, 2022 10:16 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hope you don't freeze up the cape at times. ;)  I think it's important to love where you live. Good for you. 

Jan 22, 2022 09:11 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

A perfect reply Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD . That would be fun to see on a Superman bloopers reel.

Jan 22, 2022 10:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy your winter photowalks. We will be watching for more of your photographs.

Jan 23, 2022 10:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Winter Leaves, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA

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Jan 23, 2022 10:31 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

In our area notory public comes to your house.  I feel bad for the guy up in Wayne County. Thank you for your posting. 

Jan 24, 2022 08:14 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I am a mobile notary as well Sam Shueh but I always ask signers if they would prefer to come to my office or sign at their home and over 90% prefer to come here. I think it has to do with dogs, noisy children, stranger in the house, or what ever. Sometimes they come here because they need to provide a color copy of their ID and they don't have a printer/copier at home to do it.

Jan 24, 2022 08:24 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I love the south.  Here in Oconee County, we have a mix of all types of weather.  We are located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and just a few hours from the coast.  We have beautiful lakes and the fall foliage is unbelievable.  If you are looking to relocate contact Gwen Fowler at Gwen Fowler Real Estate in West Union, SC  864-638-3599.

Jan 25, 2022 06:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That sounds wonderful Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home . If I move I do want 4 seasons and NC or SC sound time the perfect balance to me.

Jan 25, 2022 07:30 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Bob, I think I could tolerate hunting and fish all winter there!

Feb 01, 2022 03:10 PM