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Summer Fun In BananaTude Group!


Temperatures are heating up and it's time to let loose on the beach on our official Banana Beach Car!  Sure looks like fun, doesn't it!

Let your imagination run wild and post a few summer time stories you recall either as a kid, in college or and adult!  Or tell us your plans for this summer! Don't hold back!  Share as many as you like!  And have some summer time fun!

P.S. Be sure to post your stories in the BananaTude Group to be sure I don't miss them!  Thanks a bunch!

A story I remember well was when I was in high school.  We had a lake home and spent our days on the water either water skiing, fishing, swimming or just hanging out on the beach playing volleyball.

One day my little brother Peter wanted to see if I wanted to go skiing?  Of course I did as it was another hot day.  All of us kids were kind of hot shot skiers and used only one ski.  I took Pete for a couple of spins and then it was my turn.  Now Pete could be a bit of a, how can I say this nicely, prankster. Albeit that day he was an out and out little Sh*T.  It was August which means 'dog days of summer' in certain parts of the lake.  Pete heads over to one of those areas and decided to try and get me to drop my ski.  After about 6 tries he was successful. 

But little did he know that I could have drowned that day.  The weeds were up to my head and all I could do was lay flat and try not to get tangled up in the weed mess.  Little did I know my Dad just happened to be on the dock and saw what Peter had done.  He yelled at the top of his lungs to go pick me up NOW.  Which he did.  Guess who lost his boat privileges? Pete felt really bad about the whole thing and tried his best to make up for his stupidity.  Which he did.  He was really a great, great guy and wonderful brother! I miss him every day! Love you Pete!

I'll share the story about this glass on another day!  You'll love it!


Happy Summer Everyone!






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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I love your Peter stories, Anna.

Maybe summer fun stories can be a July Challenge? I know you might not be up to hosting, but I'm sure we can cover that.

Jun 06, 2024 07:31 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Never ending Pete stories Carol Williams !!  I just texted you.  I look forward to seeing your fun summer stories in the BananaTude group!!


Jun 06, 2024 08:01 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Anna,

That is one cool ride. Who made it for you? Are those cleverly disguised roll bars behind the seats? 

Jun 06, 2024 08:32 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Dorte Engel it's all just for some summer fun!  Made up fantasy.  But it sure would be fun actually riding the beaches in the car!!

Jun 07, 2024 12:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna "Banana" Kruchten  what a great post and what an awesome idea, now this would have also been a great idea for the AR Contests to think about:)Endre

Jun 06, 2024 09:30 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. glad you appreciated the idea!  It's all just for some summer fun for Tudes!  So bring yours on baby!

Jun 07, 2024 12:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

P.s.: nice to see you post with such a great inspirational message:)Endre

Jun 06, 2024 09:30 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Endre Barath, Jr.  Merci beaucoup!!

Jun 07, 2024 12:40 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Hey Anna, can I borrow the car? I love this thing so much even if it’s only a metaphor. lol.
Jun 06, 2024 11:41 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Sure why not Laura Cerrano !  You could have a lot of fun riding around in the BananaMobile!

Jun 07, 2024 12:41 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Anna "Banana" Kruchten ,

Oh my gosh! This sounds like so much fun....I know I can come up with some stories! I'm actually off this morning early for a trip to NYC on a girl's trip with my daughter, daughter-in-law, littlest granddaughter, grandson's fiancé and we are catching up with the 2 older granddaughters who live in NYC! Fun week-end planned with a dhow, tea at the plaza etc!

Jun 07, 2024 12:59 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX I just knew you'd have a lot of fun stories to share!  And share as many as you like!!   Have a fabulous girls weekend in NY!  That sounds like a lot of summer fun!

Jun 07, 2024 12:42 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Awesome, and there will be great Blogs to read this summer. Thanks for sharing, make it a great Friday and enjoy your


Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Jun 07, 2024 03:48 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Bill Salvatore - East Valley lots of blog posts for summer time fun!  I look forward to reading yours Bill!

Jun 07, 2024 12:58 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Anna - summer is almost here and your post has the possibility of supplying a seasonful scoop of post ideas.  Beach Banana Sundae Alert!  🍌

Jun 07, 2024 04:10 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Good afternoon Michael Jacobs ! Love the way you phrased it - a seasonful scoop of post ideas!  I like forward to reading your stories and I'll be sure to keep my eye open for Banana Sundae alert! 🍌

Jun 07, 2024 04:19 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Anna. I grew up on a river in the summer and water skiing was a large part of the day. No weeds but she serious shallow spots you wanted to avoid. Enjoy your day.

Jun 07, 2024 04:37 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Wayne Martin how fun that must have been! Water skiing on the river! We too lived very close to the Mississippi River but never once skied there - in fact never took any of the boats there.  With 10,000 lakes plus in MN I guess we had plenty of options.  My guess is the river was probably a lot more dangerous and not a good place for kids to be messing around.

Jun 07, 2024 04:22 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Ohhh, Pete was quite the prankster. Good thing you survived!

As for Summer memories, I'll have to think about this!

Jun 07, 2024 05:16 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Kat Palmiotti OMG Peter was the cutest little baby - ever.  Lots of blonde curly hair and as mischievous as they come as he grew up a bit. Whenever something 'went wrong' us kids would always say ' Peter did it"!!  And he always would say  - I didn't do that!!  It wasn't me! 


I look forward to reading your stories or your plans for this summer.  That new green house is looking pretty cool!

Jun 07, 2024 04:25 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Anna "Banana" Kruchten - the green house is very hot! :-)

Jun 08, 2024 04:35 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

That sounds like so much fun Ana and it takes me back to water skiing on the lake.  It seems like I remember the moss/grass in the water, but my mom doesn't.  I was always told it was dangerous to get caught up in that.  Anyway, I have a funny story to share - I will blog about it!  Have a great day!

Jun 07, 2024 05:59 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Brenda J. Andrew ! Glad to hear you had lots of fun on the lake too! Such a great place to spend the summer months.  That moss grass was nasty......we were warned about it too. It only was in some areas  - more shallow areas perhaps.  Dog days of summer.  Can't wait to read your funny story!  Bring on the Tude!!

Jun 07, 2024 04:29 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Hello, Miss Anna "Banana" Kruchten - God has us covered. We survive so much stupidity that it is beyond belief.  Only one comes to my mind.  I likely don't want to share it with the world.  Too embarrassing. (LOL)

Jun 07, 2024 07:25 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho

Oh and those stories you speak of are the ones we most want to hear...lol...I am guessing you still remember a story of mine from years ago about a terrible experience with a showing and lunch not sitting too well.  Make it a great weekend Kathleen.  m

Jun 07, 2024 08:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Anna Banana and love that car for sure.  I will think about this and get a blog on it.,

Jun 07, 2024 08:49 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Will Hamm I"m sure you've got some fun stories to share!  I look forward to reading them in the Tude!

Jun 07, 2024 04:33 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Coming from a large family, there was always something happening and resembled the danger factor many times, Anna. Glad an adult was paying attention and your story had a happy ending for you. Not so much for Pete! LOL

Jun 07, 2024 12:36 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Oh lordie the stories we both could tell growing up in a huge family.  Always something crazy going on!  And hey, Pete needed to learn not to be so stupid!  Not sure he did as he did other stupid stuff I learned about - years later!  It was funny hearing hi talk about them.  And to think he was my baby brother!!

Jun 07, 2024 04:35 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

You are still connected at the heart and the funny bone, Anna "Banana" Kruchten!

Jun 07, 2024 06:00 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Anna... hopefully, you "collected" from Pete for many years after that incident! I'd still be collecting from my brother. My summer will be quite boring... just had my left hip replaced this week. On July 2nd my husband goes in for a corneal transplant which had a 50/50 chance of working at best, and I'll be having my right hip replaced by end of summer. 

Jun 07, 2024 01:39 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

HI Nina well you've got a lot on your plate this summer.  I had total left hip replacement last June and recovered very nicely.  I hope you do as well.  I'll keep your husband in my thoughts and prayers that all goes as well as it possibly can.  They can work miracles these days. 💛

Jun 07, 2024 04:37 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Anna "Banana" Kruchten my head is still spinning around for a recipe. In the fun days of summer, we could use this as a July contest, too. Great post 

Jun 07, 2024 02:35 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hey Girlfriend Hannah Williams a recipe seems like it would be so easy for you after reading about the pool opening story you told not too long ago. No contest on this one.....it's all for fun and laughs.  I think we all could use a lot of that right now. I know I sure do!!

Jun 07, 2024 04:39 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna some of the things I did to my brothers and sisters would make what Pete did an act of kindness.  🤣

Jun 07, 2024 05:46 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

LOL now that's funny George Souto !  Growing up with 5 brothers nothing surprised me and there was plenty of antics they all pulled and still do at times!  Makes me smile and laugh!

Jun 09, 2024 12:29 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Ah Summertime! Does bring back lots of memories from all stages of life. Dog days of August, vacations, endless fun and lots of sun. Good to think back on the many memories.  Thank you Anna "Banana" Kruchten 

Jun 08, 2024 01:54 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi Debra Leisek endless stories I bet we all have up our sleeve.  I look forward to reading some of yours!  I have one from just last summer that was a hoot and which I'll write about when I get a chance.  Happy Sunday!

Jun 09, 2024 12:31 PM
Debra Leisek

I will look forward to reading it! Summer brings out the best in all of us! I always enjoy your sense of humor and good times!

Jun 10, 2024 12:07 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

How did your brother get you to drop your ski? I assume he was driving the boat? Single ski or two? 

It is so hot already (June the 9th!) that owning a lake house would be the ultimate way to spend the summer.

Jun 09, 2024 05:53 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

Fun idea. As a kid, I preferred being in school more (ultra strict parents), it’ll be fun to see what Rainers post.

Jun 10, 2024 11:37 AM