Let Your Light So Shine...

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

This is my favorite time of year!

It is the season of light.  The Reason for the Season was announced with a new light in the sky.  This Reason is the Light of the world, a lamp unto our feet, and actually confounds darkness, which cannot stand in its presence.

I think we should all let our lights shine.

Such an opportunity was presented to me just this weekend.  I was driving in town, minding my own business, in the left lane of two.  A young lady pulled up beside me on the right, and as we drove together I saw she was saying things to me through the glass, which I could not hear.  At the same time she reached completely across her body and with a single finger of her right hand told me in no uncertain terms that I am number one!

I could only wonder what I did to deserve this great compliment!  Going too fast?  No, it is a 25 mph zone and I was not going fast.  Was she upset at my SUV?  No, it is a hybrid, so it couldn't be that.  I had no idea what I had done to deserve this emphatic number one!  But I thought, I AM number one!

We pulled to a red light together.  As I glanced over she was complimenting me with even more emphasis.  Our windows were closed so she was yelling, but I could not hear what she was saying.  And her gesturing now included an up and down motion with her hand!  Wow, what a compliment this had become!

I thought, "Gee, in this season of goodwill and peace I should return the favor."

So I did.  On the seat to my right lay an important tool.  I call it Enlightener.  It is a special flashlight, 1,000,000 candles in brightness, which can light up an attic space like no body's business!  It is so bright there is a little sticker on the front that could not have been written by a lawyer.  It reads simply, "Do not look directly into the light."

Well, I can tell you that this is true.  I have a couple of times, and they are right, you shouldn't look into it.  The spots go away after a couple of minutes, but it is one bright light!  Without looking, but out of the side of my eye, I could see that my new friend was still gesturing to me her very persistent message.  I picked up Enlightener, pointed it in her direction, and turned it on.  As I did, out loud I said, "Let your light so shine, Baby doll!"

Well, the cabin of my SUV lit up like it was suddenly filled with concourses of angels!  My surrounds filled with light!!  I glanced over and my new friend's gestures had been replaced with an odd assortment of squints and blinks.  I felt warm inside.  I had let my own light shine!  As the light turned green, and I pulled away, there was even more satisfaction upon hearing a series of blaring horns to my rear as, apparently, my new friend was wisely waiting for the spots to disappear.  Were they letting their lights shine too?  Well, it seems there was not much seasonal goodwill and peace behind her. 

And I thought, I AM number one!  And don't you forget it ... Baby doll!

This is my favorite time of year!

Let YOUR light so shine too!

And Merry Christmas to all...!

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
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This is so funny, I am laughing out loud. Good for you Jay, YOU ARE NO.1 !! Happy Holidays!

Dec 14, 2008 12:18 PM #1
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thanks for my best laugh of the day! I knew there was a reason I've been so tempted to purchase one of those "Sun-of-a-Guns".

Bob

Dec 14, 2008 12:22 PM #2
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Have a merry merry, Mary - thank you.

Bob - thanks, those lights are the best way to let your own light shine...

Dec 14, 2008 12:36 PM #3
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

LOL...great post!!!  Hey, where can *I* get one of those flashlights?  Or do they require some kind of license (ha ha)?

Dec 14, 2008 01:14 PM #4
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Susan - no license - you just have to know how to use a lighter...

Dec 14, 2008 01:19 PM #5
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jay, too funny.  I have always marveled how the season of peace always brings out its opposite in some people.  For some the #1 way of being is "impatience."  You see it in the check out lines and in traffic.  Makes you wonder if they go home and reflect on "peace" when they trim their trees, hang up their stockings and tuck their kids in bed. 

Dec 14, 2008 02:25 PM #6
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Charles - and everything they do this time of year is symbolic in one way or another of the Goodwill and Peace that the Season's Reason brings!  I guess flipping me a bird is symbolic too, in a sense, but not of THAT!

Dec 14, 2008 10:40 PM #7
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Jay, You should visit CT. Our drivers are notorious for such articulated gesturing in addition to unparalleled driving skills. People here have mastered the cut you off, flip you off maneuver.

Dec 14, 2008 11:23 PM #8
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

James - Well, I guess I won't visit very much!  I suppose it is everywhere, people are people, but this one was particularly vehement.  I still don't know what I did!  Maybe I inspected her house and ...  no, that can't be it ... can it?

It seems to me I have seen the CYO, FYO maneuver around here too.

Dec 15, 2008 10:34 AM #9
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Dominic Maricic
Home Inspector Pro - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

That's hilarious. Thanks for the laugh Jay :)

Jan 16, 2009 10:39 AM #10
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Kate Kate
San Diego, CA

"As I did, out loud I said, "Let your light so shine, Baby doll!" Go Jay!!! Kate The Great

Aug 04, 2009 10:04 AM #11
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you ma'am.  I have told that story many times and everyone loves it!

Aug 04, 2009 10:11 AM #12
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