MORE Forrest Gump??? By popular Request... More Realtor Metaphors

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 A little while ago I wrote a post about Forrest Gump - A Metaphor for Realtors...I had several requests for 2nds..........but now I'm wondering if it was for MORE Forrest Gump Quotes or MORE Chocolates!

                                           

Well here we go.....!

                   

             

Its a fascinating story and an interesting challenging to us as Realtors......No matter what the handicap.....Forrest is able to run like the wind, and is able to stumble his way through his country's various turning points and crises, cushioned and fueled by his mothers simply aphorisms.......There aren't too many lines here that we can't relate to!  :-)

1)~Ever been somewhere, in the middle of a negotiation, showing your 42nd house....your tootsies needing a massage?  Ever thought, in the words of Young Jenny Curran: "Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here."?

2) ~Drill Sargeant: " Gump! What's your sole purpose in this army? "Forrest Gump: "To do whatever you tell me, drill sergeant! "Drill Sergeant:" God damn it, Gump! You're a god damn genius! This is the most outstanding answer I have ever heard. You must have a goddamn I.Q. of 160. You are goddamn gifted, Private Gump."  Listen up, people... Ever wondered what your purpose in life was? Life can surprise you - and you never know where you're going to find your ‘niche' and what you're going to excel at. We do know that it doesn't matter what your IQ is  in order to be....ummm A Gifted Realtor !

 3)~On Frustration...   Abbie Hoffman: "Tell us a little bit about the war, man". Forrest Gump: "The war in Vietnam? "Abbie Hoffman: [to audience] War in Viet-F***ing-Nam!"  Forrest:  "and he liked to say the "F" word. A lot. "F" this and "F" that." 

                                                                                                                  

4)~ Forrest Gump:  "When I was in China on the All-American Ping Pong team, I just loved playing ping-pong with my Flexolite ping pong paddle."  Soldier: "Now the secret to this game is, no matter what happens, never, never take your eye off the ball!"  Forrest: "For some reason, ping pong came very natural to me,  So I started playing it all the time!  ~Do you have a favorite Realtor ‘tool', a special pen...........maybe your Blackberry? We all have our favorite .....something that can put us in the Zone.

 

Found a goal.....have a plan.........?  Well don`t take your EYE OFF THE BALL!

 5.)~ Forrest: "And cause I was a gazillionaire, and I liked doin it so much, I cut that grass for free."  To those whom much has been given, much is expected! Do YOU cut grass for free?

 

6.) ~ Bubba: "Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich.

                                                                                                          

That- that's about it. "In Real Estate we can call them, cabins, townhomes, condo's, townhouses, ranchers, 2 levels, bungalows, mansions, basement entries...or we just call them ‘homes'.

                                                 

7.)~On Neighbourhood Watch -Forest Gump: [in the Watergate hotel; on phone with security]" Yeah, sir, you might want to send a maintenance man over to that office across the way. The lights are off, and they must be looking for a fuse box, 'cause them flashlights, they keep me awake."

                                          Watergate Bldg

                                                              

 

8)~On the New Realtor in the Office ... Old Man in the Barbershop: " that boy sure is a runnin' fool!"

                                                                

9) ~On making it simple and de-jargonizing your Real Estate Lingo...~ Forrest Gump:  "Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them..."

                                                                                                      

10)~Young Forrest Gump:  "Mama....What's a Vacation? " Mrs. Gump: " Vacation's when you go somewhere...and never come back"....Don't you wish? Maybe its something like Gary Woltal`s post on Log Cabins...:-)

11)~ On Office Tours......Forrest Gump:  "the best thing about visiting the president is the food!  Now, since it was all free, and I wasn't hungry but thirsty, I must've drank me fifteen Dr. Peppers!"

 

                                      

12)~On those Realtors from Active Rain - especially those ‘fav' Texans of mine![Forrest Gump listing some of his comrades] Forrest Gump: Now, I don't know much about anything, but I think some of American's best young men served in this war. There was Dallas, from Phoenix; Cleveland - he was from Detroit; and Tex... well, I don't remember where Tex come from.

 

 

13) On watching T.V. Real Estate shows -  Pvt. Dallas from Phoenix: [Forrest is watching "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C."] Gump, how can you watch that stupid shit? Turn it off.

 

                                                  

 

14)~On spending the day touring houses and finally making a sale ~John F. Kennedy: Congratulations, how do you feel?  Forrest Gump: I gotta pee. John F. Kennedy: [turning to camera] I believe he said he had to go pee. Heh heh.

14)~On Market Conditions..Mrs. Gump: What's normal anyways?  

 

14)~On the Weather in Vancouver.. Jenny asking Forrest:  `So how was Vietnam .... Forrest Gump:  "One day it started raining, and it didn't quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain... and big ol' fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath".

`` Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out... and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water... like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn't tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It's so beautiful. ``(Thanks Gary for reminding me!)

 15)~Thinking of advising your clients on investments?  Forrest Gump: "Now, because I had been a football star, and a war hero, and a national celebrity, and a shrimpin' boat captain, and a college graduate, the city of fathers of Greenbow, Alabama, decided to get together and offered me a fine job. So, I never went back to work for Lieutenant Dan. Though he did take care of my Bubba-Gump money. He got me invested in some kind of fruit company. And so then I got a call from him saying we don't have to worry about money no more. And I said, " That's good. One less thing."

                                                  

                                                      

                                                         And as a Bonus - Some Forrest Trivia

Did you know...

 *The lake behind the Gump house in Alabama is the same lake the Forrest rests his buddies at when he rescues them in Vietnam. Arguably a mistake, but it's not noticeably the same lake - just interesting to know.

 *The park bench that Tom Hanks sits on for much of the movie was located in Savannah, GA, at Chippewa Square. The fiberglass bench he sat on has since been removed and placed into a museum to avoid being destroyed by the weather. The church where the feather first falls is about 100 yards just down the street from his bench.

 *While Forrest is running across America the camera shows some wide shots of him running, That man in those shots is really Jim Hanks (Tom Hanks' brother in real life). 

 *While Forrest is running across America the camera shows some wide shots of him running, That man in those shots is really Jim Hanks (Tom Hanks' brother in real life).

 *When Forrest tell lt. Dan he is going to be a shrimp boat captain, Lt. Dan says "yeah, and I'm an astronaut." The next movie Tom Hanks and Gary Sinese made together was Apollo 13 where they were both astronauts...

 *Forrest's son is played by Haley Joel Osment, the adorable kid that later achieved great fame as the troubled Cole in the "The Sixth Sense".

 *12 minutes into the film, when young Forrest is on the School Bus, the little girl that shakes her head 'no' is Elisabeth Hanks, daughter of Tom Hanks.

 *Forrest has his eyes closed on every picture you see of him in the film.

 *In the original script, every member of Forrest's platoon in Vietnam was supposed to be mildly retarded like him. This was an experimental practice of the Army in the Vietnam War; the Army tried allowing soldiers with lower IQs to enlist, but put them all in platoons together. Because this led to so many discipline problems, the Army is not particularly proud of it and threatened not to work with the filmmakers at all if they left the platoon like that. As a result, only Forrest and Bubba are noticeably below average intelligence

 *Before Tom Hanks was cast as Forrest, Bill Murray was interested in the part.

 *The helicopters in the first Vietnam camp scene consist of one helicopter being superimposed many times over. All the helicopters are fake.

 

 And Thats All I have to Say About That.....:-)

 

                                                                                                 

                                                

 If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling property in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you're considering a career in Real Estate or would like more information about Keller Williams please give Liz  Moras a call!  Managing Broker and Team Leader - 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@shaw.ca    

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Gary Woltal
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Liz, oh wow, this post is AWESOME. I soaked it all in. It is like even ten times more powerful than the last one. Not only with your knowledge and quotes from the movie, and then linking it to the real estate but all the post trivia you found about the making of the movie. The one line I would add after all the types of rain was a classic line where the rain stopped and the stars came out and it was so beautiful and peaceful. That meant so much to me because in tough times that's how it always turns out. You have outdone yourself on this one Liz. If I ever grow into some kind of multimillionaire business you have got to be on my team for your extraordinarily high level of ability you have in the detail area. You are marvelous. I love this post so much I am probably going to read it ten more times. I think I have elevated Forrest Gump to my favorite movie of all time over It's a Wonderful Life. You should see me here. My jaw is just dropped and my eyes are wide open. I am just STUNNED by this work of art. I hope others appreciate it like me!! Great job Liz.

Jul 19, 2008 08:10 AM #1
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Gary what better review could a `blogger - writer`` hope for...:-) Well you were the wind beneath my wings on that one!  :-) p.s. I added the rest of that quote!   They might if you were my nom de plume....lol

Jul 19, 2008 08:43 AM #2
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Great job Forrest is a classic and it sure does apply to us all! Thanks for the post! Great job!
Jul 19, 2008 09:45 AM #3
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Thanks Frank for popping by and for commenting! :-)

Jul 19, 2008 10:16 AM #4
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Liz, thanks for the addition of those extra words. If you read them slowly it is actually a very beautiful passage. That's why I like watching this movie a hundred times. I keep finding more and more in it. And you translate it to text which makes me feel I am reading a script. Plus, you then link it to real estate. Very cool. By the way I mentioned you today in a post on writing blogs. What can I say? You just amaze me with your research abilities coupled with your creativity. Wow!!

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Liz, What an outstanding post, I enjoyed every single second of it!  I must have missed Part one and have to go back and read it.  I found so many "truths" in that movie and have seen it several times--at least!  And you related it so well to real estate :)  We have Bubba Gump Shirmp Company in Times Square, the food is surprisinly good, the views lovely and the memorbilia all around the place.

Jul 19, 2008 12:46 PM #6
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Gary - just read your comment and am about to go take a peek at your post........:-) I honoured to have you in my corner!

Jul 19, 2008 01:28 PM #7
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Carole - Thank you so much!  I did put a link to the first post on there....I did that one right after I watched the movie again....It is true each time something new, no?  The first time I saw a Bubba Gump store was in San Francisco last November, and silly me thought it was the only one.  Then I thought, hmmm.....I think not! I bought some of the memorobilia myself, and have the odd poster/card floating around my office..:-)

Jul 19, 2008 01:30 PM #8
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Desiree Daniels
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Great stuff...........  now I gotta know... why do YOU know all this information?   My other half is certainly in the category of having alot of useless knowledge tucked away in his brain.

Have a great night

Jul 19, 2008 02:45 PM #9
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Desiree.....I don't have it all in my head Desiree........there wouldn't be much room for anything else then would there......hmmm.......let me think about that?? In the first blog i had just finished watching the movie so it was fresh in my mind - in this one I researched it from all over.......they're just quotes....and comparisons............we do that every day for a living!  grin

Jul 19, 2008 02:51 PM #10
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Liz,

What an incredible amount of work you put into that blog. Great post.

Jul 19, 2008 05:40 PM #11
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Steven: Actually it was a lot of work!  More then I planned on........one of those problems where I didn't know when to stop, and when enough was enough........I think the call it 'carried away'...:-) thank you!

Jul 19, 2008 05:59 PM #12
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I agree... this is one of those movies that can be watched again and again... so beautifully nuanced. I'm surprised that you found even more analogies... wait a minute- I know your capacity for this. not surprised. :-)

Jul 19, 2008 06:54 PM #13
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Chuck........yeah....i'm thinking i didn'thave anything better to do this saturday..........some people drink........grin

Jul 19, 2008 07:01 PM #14
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Great post.  I loved reading your comments.

Jul 20, 2008 04:02 AM #15
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Thanks Jon - thats always nice to hear....:-)

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