3 Things I Never Thought I'd See...

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The past two weeks have been absolutely unbelievable.  I'll admit that unbelievable is an over used word, but I have witnessed 3 things that I thought I would never see in my lifetime.  Let's look back...

 

Item #1:  This started Monday October 27th and actually took over 50 hours to complete.  I was present at the first ever suspended World Series game which resulted in the Philadelphia Phillies winning the championship.  If you are not a Philadelphia sports fan, this one might be tough to understand.  Philadelphia had the longest championship drought of any city that teams in all four major professional sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA).  The drought covered 25 years and 98 professional seasons.  I was there for Game 5 part 1 on Monday night, Game 5 part 2 on Wednesday night, and the championship parade on Friday.

http://www.philadelphia-reflections.com/blog/1508.htm

 

Item #2:  Barack Obama wins the presidential election.  It was sure to be history in the making as our country chose between an African American President and a female Vice-President.  Record crowds headed to the polls and the nation spoke.  Though many would say we are still far from total equality in this nation, we proved that all men are in deed created equal.  No longer shall the color of someone's skin limit the heights to which they can rise.

 http://www.thesunblog.com/sports/archives/2008/09/of_primary_conc.html

 

Item #3:  A hot topic of conversation for quite some time has been gas prices.  It was not long ago that many Americans were paying $4.00 or more for a gallon of gas.  This became a major concern for most of us as we have seen our budgets get tighter.  The past few months we have seen gasoline prices drifted downward.  This morning as I drove into the office I passed two separate gas stations selling regular unleaded for less than $2.00 a gallon.  The prices were $1.99 at one station and $1.98 at the other.  I was skeptical about seeing prices drop below $3.00 so seeing stations drop below the $2.00 barrier is something I never expected.

 Old-Fashioned Gas Station Pump Clipart Image

 

So yes, the past two weeks truly have been unbelievable.  It makes me wonder what we might be in store for next.  Whatever it is, I cannot wait to see it.

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Rainmaker
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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I don't know much about the baseball item, but thank goodness for the other 2.

Nov 06, 2008 01:39 AM #1
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Scott Geary
Infinity Home Mortgage Company Inc - Allentown, PA
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As a Philadelphia fan since 1969, the series victory was a real treat. I thought I'd see it again, but I wouldn't be a true Philly fan without serious skepticism. Must have been great to actually be there! As for Obama, 4 years ago if you had told me a black man would be our next President, my response would have been no, Colin Powell said he's not running. As for gas, WOW! I heard Don Trump forecast this on the radio weeks ago and thought he was WAY off. Perhaps that's why I'm not as rich as he is!

Nov 06, 2008 01:55 AM #2
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Suzanne Gantner
Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate - Round Rock, TX
GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR

God bless America!!  I am so glad for all of your mentions above....we needed a change!!  A good change indeed.

Nov 06, 2008 01:58 AM #3
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

Allen- I didn't expect most folks to understand about the Phillies.  The other two alone are still pretty amazing.

Nov 06, 2008 02:25 AM #4
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

Scott - Being at the game was surreal.  It was, and still is, hard to believe what I was watching.  The total euphoria of so many was great to see.  For a few days at least, Philadelphia was once again the City of Brotherly Love.

Nov 06, 2008 02:27 AM #5
Rainer
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

Suzanne- Yes, God Bless America... and God Bless President-Elect Obama and his staff.  Regardless of political preferences, we need to all wish him the best of luck and do our part to help our great country. 

Nov 06, 2008 02:30 AM #6
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Julie Staradumsky
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Northfield, NJ
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Well Karl, you know that I am A big Phillies fan.  You have seen that in my blogs.  Please tell me were you have seen those gas prices?  I have not seen them in Hammonton, the lease I paid was last week in Vineland $2.06 per gallon.  Keep up the good work, hopefully I will pass you again!  LOL, Bill will be on our tail soon!!!  LOL

Nov 06, 2008 03:00 AM #7
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

Julie- What a great time to be a Phillies fan.  I need to sell a few extra deals to pay for all of the World Champion merchandise I'll end up buying.

I saw the gas prices on Rt 30 in Winslow and Chesilhurst.  The prices were for gas only.  These stations are charging about another 10 cents a gallon.

I know its only a matter of time before you pass me again, but that's ok.  Today I broke the top 100 in New Jersey.  I believe there are about 3800 AR members from NJ, so I thought that was a good milestone.

Nov 06, 2008 03:12 AM #8
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Nicholas Ellsworth
North American Title Co. - Burlingame, CA

Great blog.  I hate the phillies, I hate high gas prices, but I love Barack Obama.  We're still looking at prices close to $3.00 a gallon here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I guess Bush still hates us.

Nov 06, 2008 03:29 AM #9
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

Nicholas- That certainly is a lot of hate.  Now is the time to be positive and optimistic.  Maybe you should move out here and save yourself $1.00 a gallon on gas.

Nov 06, 2008 03:34 AM #10
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Nancy Larson
I am a licensed referral agent in NJ - Hutchinson Island, FL

$1.99 a gallon. I paid, $2.13....how many miles do I have to drive to get that savings?  lol

Nov 06, 2008 01:55 PM #11
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Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

Nancy- You definitely need to head south.  I'm seeing as low as $1.95 a gallon in the Hammonton area. 

Nov 07, 2008 03:08 AM #12
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