I am Grateful/Thankful that I am NOT a Turkey.

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While there are a million things or more that I am thankful for there are probably even more things that I am Grateful that I am not... like being a turkey near the Thanksgiving Holiday. Being our home is already well decorated for Thanksgiving I could say I am thankful or grateful for a well decorated home, that I didn't have to hunt for picture material for this post, and that I have two artist kids (who doesn't have artist kids?) that made the decorations you see here. Timmothy made the turkey above in grade school(even though at the time he was terrified by pine cones: who's ever heard of that?). Tina made the banner in 1st or 2nd grade.

When I thought about being grateful for not being a turkey it reminded me of this (and probably you too if you were born prior to 1960)...

Of course back then O. M. weiners had beef in them, now you are lucky if they have turkey in them.

Back to the theme of Turkey, I was surprised when I read doing research for this post that Ben Franklin wanting to make the turkey the national bird is in it's self a turkey (a load of crap). What Franklin wrote is the turkey is “a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America...He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage.” So although Benjamin Franklin defended the honor of the turkey against the bald eagle, he did not propose its becoming one of America’s most important symbols. 

Enough on being grateful that I am not a turkey. Here are just a few more. I am grateful that:

Money has NEVER been my focus.

My kids always thought they were rich.

A new car or a Big Home never mattered to me.

Our cars have always been reliable and even in a 1,100'sq home we all have our privacy.

I don't have a valuable collection of anything.

I do collect a lot of junk I "may" use some day but I don't need a special insurance policy for it, it doesn't matter if anyone steals it, and most certainly I don't become a bore telling others about my 1800's do-dad that belonged to Louie the 3rd that his wife lost in a poker game with the Duke of Smellyfeet.

Well you get the idea, material things just don't matter to me, my family does and I am grateful that they learned that from me and feel the same. Living is NOT about working yourself to death, it's about enjoying life.

Even if there were not a challenge about Giving Thanks or being Grateful here on AR (NOVEMBER 2022 THANKSGIVING GRATITUDE CHALLENGE)  I would be giving thanks left and right for all the good Lord gave me as well as what he has not given me. That being said Thank You Debe Maxwell, CRS .

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Comments (17)

Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I get you, especially after having the time of my life living in less than a 1,000 square foot home the past 2.5 years, I'm again reconsidering building that "dream home". Material things do help motivate myself I admit, a nice reliable new vehicle brings me happiness, BUT, that God given everlasting joy brings so much more, there is no comparison!

Nov 13, 2022 07:49 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

When I joined my father in the Life Insurance business he encouraged me to get into debt as a means of motivation... that did NOT work well for me Pete Xavier . 🙃

Nov 14, 2022 11:54 AM
Pete Xavier

Strategic debt works very well for myself. 

Nov 14, 2022 01:36 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Bob you always have a way with words and keeping things simple and to the point.  What really matters to you and everyone else is what is important to them!  And I'm glad you're not a turkey too!

Nov 13, 2022 08:37 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker . Sometimes I wonder if my simplicity is what keeps me from getting an AR feature. As you kno0w I have been here a long time, I'm around 79 on the leaderboard, and yet I've been featured less then 30 times???

Nov 14, 2022 11:52 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Why even think about it Bob?  I gave that idea up a long time ago.


And hey I meant to also say - love the kids artwork!  So cool you guys kept it for all these years!!

Nov 14, 2022 01:31 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Now that's a very good thing to be grateful for, Bob.  Of course, if you were a turkey that was pardoned by the President at the White House, that might not be too bad!

Nov 13, 2022 08:55 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I've been pardoned Myrl Jeffcoat but not by the President. My Pardon was paid for with Christs blood.

Nov 14, 2022 11:48 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Nov 13, 2022 09:04 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you, thank you, Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat . Your features help boost my views.

Nov 14, 2022 11:49 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob I was cracking up with your post, now keep in mind there are a couple Turkeys that get pardoned by the President:) as to Hot Dogs my father would not have had anything that did not have beef in it:) as to Pete Xavier  keep in mind he lives in Pacific Palisades.... his home is worth more than you can even fathom:))Endre

Nov 13, 2022 11:12 PM
Pete Xavier

I rented the least expensive 2 bedroom at the time in Pacific Palisades (under $1 million value back then). Currently maintain prime vacant lots in California & in North Dallas, likely will sell those after some heavy thought. Where exactly will I retire to...still need to think about that!

Nov 14, 2022 06:42 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Endre Barath, Jr. good to hear, I love making people laugh but I can get cynical in my humor and when I do I wish I had not and feel bad that I did.

Pete Xavier I know it is hard to believe but retiring to Minot ND is not a bad thing. Come on up and I will show you around.

Nov 14, 2022 11:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Long ago the big house gave way to one I liked and the fancy auto gave way to the one that stared when I turned the key. Lately I was forced to update to one that started with the push of a button. Forced is the operative word. Now I can just be me and me is OK. Enjoy your day.

Nov 14, 2022 04:52 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Wayne Martin I will not being buying another auto until I see if we will be forced into electric vehicles. Everyone who lives up North here (as you do) knows that in the winter we will get half the mileage they tell us. When Cities are 100 miles apart here it is scary to think about.

Nov 14, 2022 11:40 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I vaguely remember that commercial! :-)

I'm glad you're not a turkey too, and I agree with your thoughts about what is important.

Nov 14, 2022 05:04 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Kat Palmiotti . I grew up not knowing my dad because he was a work acholic. I vowed that would not be me.

Nov 14, 2022 11:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... love the "twist" to your gratitude challenge. And I love that your kids grew up feeling rich... that's the true accomplishment of loving parents who provide a good home and excellent values.

Nov 14, 2022 05:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Bob "RealMan" Timm hi Bob... my parents were divorced when I was about 5 years old. I have no doubt that I would not be at all well adjusted if they'd stayed married. Family dynamics are always a singular experience.

Nov 14, 2022 12:20 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Good point Nina Hollander, Broker . As I think about one of the largest homes I sold the wife told me "the more room we have the better we get along". A bad relationship is not going to have a happy impact on children even if they can put some space between them.

Nov 14, 2022 01:22 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

When I look back at my childhood friends the happiest, best adjusted friends were from two parent families (mom and dad) that spent their evenings together after diner Nina Hollander, Broker .

Nov 14, 2022 11:44 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have always shown a lot of love for your kids and I know how grateful and proud you are of them.

Nov 14, 2022 05:37 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I hope that is my legacy Brian England . I could care less about any thing else said about me.

Nov 14, 2022 11:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- you have your priorities all in order!!!  And I would not want you to be a turkey. 

Nov 14, 2022 09:15 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Kathy Streib . I'm sure someone out there thinks I'm a different kind of turkey but you just can not make everyone happy can we? 🙂

Nov 14, 2022 11:47 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That turkey existence seems pretty good until you get to those state fairs, November and December Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Nov 14, 2022 04:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pete Xavier  if you relocate to Minot, and want to liquidate your vacant lots I know a great Vacant Land Specialist in CA and he also gives Referral Fees :)Endre

Nov 14, 2022 10:44 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Bob - that is the true measure of happiness.  Love family and things the kids made.  I don't want to lose them.

Nov 15, 2022 04:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - I am thankful for a lot of things.  Maybe being a turkey might be in the top ten.   Maybe.  

Nov 16, 2022 03:50 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Loved this post !  Can't believe I actually remember that video of O M weiners!  LOL!  Good times when things were simpler.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 16, 2022 04:49 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi again, Bob! Love that you put family first - I'm a BIG believer in that as well.

Also, loved that video - very cute!

Dec 04, 2022 06:07 PM