Are You Talking On Your Bluetooth or Are You Simply an Insane Person Who is Talking to Herself?

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cable chewing cats in sacramento

Oh, they may look like sweet little innocents, but that one on the left, that Pia, she chewed through the charger cable for my Jawbone Bluetooth. Every time I plugged it in to my computer, I received an advisory message that said my HUB device was using too much power and would be disconnected. I suspect she chewed right through the wires and crossed them, so no amount of electrical tape is going to fix that.

As a result, I have discovered there is no place in Sacramento to buy a new charger cable without buying a totally new Jawbone. So, I ordered it online, and it won't arrive until sometime next week. See, this is the thing about using an earpiece. Once you get used to it, you can't go back to the old-fashioned way of actually, ugh, holding the cellphone to your ear.  Fortunately, I didn't yet recycle my old Motorola H700, so I dusted it off.

I was wearing my Motorola earpiece yesterday at a house warming party for clients who bought sometime back in August. The Motorola is pretty small and barely noticeable on my ear. In the middle of popping a black olive into my mouth, my phone rang, so I dashed out to the front yard to talk. The caller wanted to talk about putting her home on the market as a short sale but was worried the bank would take her savings account. I asked her how much was in her account. A few thousand.

"That's not ENOUGH," I replied, just as a couple of guests were walking up the sidewalk. One of them was holding a bottle of wine with a big red bow attached to it. She spun around on her heels and stared at me in horror.

"You mean I have to go back and get MORE?" She asked incredulously. "I thought I brought enough!"

You can't make up these moments. LOL.

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

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The Short Sale, by Elizabeth Weintraub, coming from Archer Ellison in January 2009.


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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

LOL, I've thought someone was talking to me before but they were talking on the's ahrd to tell sometimes!

Nov 16, 2008 02:28 AM #5
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Elizabeth, Too cute!!  We live in the age; don't we?  I can't imagine going back after driving hands free; it is almost like fastening your seat belt to me now.  Personally I wish they would pass the hands free law in all states that they have in New York state.  I know it is still a distraction but not nearly as much as holding a phone to your ear while driving.

Nov 16, 2008 02:35 AM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Not to mention, you guys, holding a cellphone to your face, if you're a woman, means you get makeup all over the face of it. Hey, doesn't anybody like the photo of my two little monsters?

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Nov 16, 2008 02:45 AM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  What kind of cat is Pia?  Mom's got one with the same markings.  She'd love to know what breed her cat is.  There are a couple I've seen online that fit, but I can't remember the names. 

Nov 16, 2008 03:08 AM #8
Nancy Larson
I am a licensed referral agent in NJ - Hutchinson Island, FL

So many time I am talking on my phone and no sees I have a bluetooth in and like you the conversations can be funny to those around you.

When I broke my Jawbone Bluetooth and couldnt find the replacement earpieces, I went right back to the maker and they sent it to me free of charge.


Nov 16, 2008 05:08 AM #9
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Chris Ann: They are both ocicats. Pia is cinnamon spotted and Pica is chocolate silver marble. Pica was supposed to be spotted. Ocicats are a somewhat newer breed that is Somali / Siamese and American Shorthair. Pia is the trouble maker and she rules the house.

Hi Nancy: I went back to the manufacturer, too, but it charged me twenty bucks for the charger. Thank goodness it comes with a wall charger this time as well, so I can plug it in where my cat can't gnaw on it.

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Nov 16, 2008 05:22 AM #10
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Well, you troublemaker looks absolutely gorgeous. When I retire, I will get a cat like that.

I can only imagine the moment, when you told the woman that it was not enough.

Nov 16, 2008 06:04 AM #11
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Elizabeth, I have not advanced to Jawbone or other Bluetooth devices to look like an insane person or Mr. or Ms. Roboto with the blue blinking light in your ear walking down the hallway. You are so much cooler than me, even with your cats, even if they are wreaking havoc in your life. There is something to be said for a life of simplicity and a crick in your neck.

Nov 16, 2008 07:00 AM #12
Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

Blue Tooths (or is it Blue Teeth?) are wonderful but they make people think you ARE crazy.

Nov 16, 2008 07:34 AM #13
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Elizabeth - LOL!  I've had those moments, too.  My husband can never tell if I'm talking to him or somebody on my bluetooth...  By the way, I never tire of seeing your beautiful kitties, even if they are mischievous...  :)

Nov 16, 2008 08:09 AM #14
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

When I read your title it was like woah- was she with me when I saw those people in wal-mart today?

I was headed from the "stuff" side to the "food" side and walking along heard someone talking and turned to see if he was speaking to me, I still wasn't sure, he was all alone, but not looking at me.  After a couple more steps I saw his wife and child.  She was bend down behind some clothes trying a coat on their son.

So I'm feeling for wine lady. 

But you are right.  You just can't make this stuff up.

Nov 16, 2008 08:17 AM #15
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


The cats look like they are pretty happy in the picture; they don't chew any power cords by accident do they?

Tom Braatz

Nov 16, 2008 08:52 AM #16
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

What we do for our animals. At least it was not you animal chewing up someone else's stuff. I had to buy a leather coat because of a dog chewing a hole in a clients coat.

Nov 16, 2008 12:27 PM #17
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Jon: Yeah, the woman with the wine bottle looked at me like I was her enemy. It was the tone of this is not enough.

Hi Gary: You, too, will eventually change. Hey, look on the bright side. Maybe a well meaning friend will give you a Bluetooth for the holidays?

Hi Fred: You mean you don't use a Bluetooth device!  My god. What do you do, sir? Slam the phone on your ear like a caveman, like Gary?

Hi Debi: I try not to bore you too often with their photos.

Hi Tammy: Yes, we must continue to acknowledge our existence among others in the world as we wander around yakking on our cells. Awful, isn't it?

Hi Tom: Not that I know of. But I do recall cats who chewed through a wire for a lamp, many years ago, and weren't discovered by the owners until days later after rigor mortis had set in. Yucky.

Hi Terry: Hey, Pia is the princess. If she wants to chew through my cables, what am I gonna do? :) Um, maybe not wiggle them in front of her?

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Nov 16, 2008 03:05 PM #18
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA

Hi Elizabeth-I used to have the bluetooth device but when I changed phones it went by the way side. Of course now when I talk to myself people really look at me, like I'm strange cause I don't have the earpiece anymore to make it look like I'm talking to somebody when I'm really talking to myself. Oh well. That's life.

Nov 16, 2008 05:09 PM #19
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Pat: My husband often says: Are you talking to yourself, to the cats or to me? So, you're not alone.

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Nov 17, 2008 02:50 AM #20
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Kathy says I need a red light on my forehead so she knows when I'm talking to her or into the phone.  I was on the phone with a client a few weeks ago talking about building a new house... about the time Kathy bent over to get something out of a bottom cabinet the client told me he was looking to build something in the 8,000 - 9,000 sq. ft. range.  "Wow, tha's big" almost got me slapped silly. ;)

Nov 17, 2008 06:30 AM #21
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Funny.   The best reaction I get is from my two year old granddaughter.  She just cocks her head and stares at my ear and the little blue light.  I'm afraid she thinks I'm an alien of some sort. By the way is your kitty on the left a choclate Ocicat? 

Nov 17, 2008 06:43 AM #22
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

I almost reached and stroked the fur on those cats.  Picture is beautiful. 

Nov 18, 2008 12:13 PM #23
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey Barbara, Myrl did reach out and pet these cats. Jealous? Ha, ha. And Jesse, you always make ME laugh. Cindy, you might want think about getting a new earpiece!

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Nov 18, 2008 01:42 PM #24
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