THESE ARE THE GOOD 'OL DAYS!

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho SP37235
I never have trusted historians. I always questioned my professors' sources in my college history classes. I could go out and ask anyone to recount an event from yesterday and I could get a different interpretation from everyone I talked to. How in the world can we trust an historian on events from 100 years ago...500 years ago...how about Biblical times?

Having said this (by the way, I really dislike that saying), I have my own perspective on what is going on in this country...derived from my personal historical realities. ...the crisis we find ourselves in today, may very well be the "Good 'Ol Days". We will look back at 2008 - 2009 as a time of wealth and plenty...the old America...kind of like the way we look back at the Wild West. Here is what I'm talking about...

When I was in college... WAY back in 1969 / 1970 I drove a 1965 Mustang-289 convertible "muscle car". Maybe the coolest car ever. Gas was $.26 per gallon. I got about 32 miles per gallon (leaded gas was far more efficient - great for the environment, too. J/K). Because of my cool car, I got to drive in the University of Montana Homecoming Parade down Higgins Avenue right behind the University Drill Team. My girl friend rode with me (now my wife) and I had a case of beer in the backseat so I could hand out cold beer to Parade viewers along the sidewalk. I had a few of my own along the way. Behind me was the Missoula Police Escort. Everyone was happy and "loosey-goosey". Trust me, "Animal House" was the real-deal.

Life bore no resemblance back then to the life my kids faced in the 1990's. Everyone seems to look back at those days (1969) with wide-eyed wonder...as something very special. You know what? It was! That's why we have this obsession with the "Car Rallies" today. Guess what...the 1965 Mustang 289 convertible can be found in every one of those.

The 1990's was great but, comparitively, very restrictive. The cars were under-powered and got poor gas mileage. Beer was still "king" but there were a lot of other drugs readily available and far more dangerous. Kids could get really messed up if they weren't careful. The rules the police had to abide by were way more restrictive than "my era" which made it far more restrictive on the teenagers and college kids. (In many cases this is a good thing but it did change the prevailing attitude). Here is the BIG difference in the 1990's, however: STARTER CASTLES.

The building emphasis was on upper middle class home construction with 3-car garages, 3,000+ square feet and large yards (mini estates). The 3-car garages would be used for either 3 cars or, 2 cars with room for "Adult Toys" (4 wheelers, motorcycles, boats, etc.). It was amazing how leveraged out the buyers of these homes were. Everyone thought real estate would remain a "no-lose" investment forever. This trend continued until the housing crisis and the .com bubble brought everything to a halt in 2005.

Since 2005, we've been dealing with foreclosures, retirement savings collapse, corrupt corporations...you know the story. As we march on in 2009, we see a MAJOR shrinkage of our "personal wealth". We are selling one of our cars (or more), rethinking the "toys", quitting the health club, going to catastrophic insurance only (who can afford low deductible insurance) and, generally, living on way less. We are adopting the "European Model" lifestyle...more time, less money, less stuff.

The kids coming into the world today will look back at the turn of the 21st Century with awe, just like my kids in the 90's looked back at my youth. Trust me, our future is still bright. A few bumps along the way, but bright...it's always bright isn't it? It does look to me, though, that our future will be differrent...very different.

I am a Realtor. It is hard to imagine what my profession will be doing in ten years, but I suspect we won't be working with commissions too much anymore...mostly ala carte billing, smaller homes, more condos and row houses...just look at Europe.

2009 - These are the "GOOD 'OL DAYS!" ..and it is changing FAST!

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Katerina Gasset
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Kent- and I will be retired by then so it does not matter to me in the least how agents will get paid 10 years from now and I will be the one talking about the good ol' days and how much money we made on commission structures! :) Make it an awesome week,Katerina

Feb 08, 2009 02:48 PM #1
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I hated 1969 - 1970... and all those hideous dope smoking, uncivilized hippies who thought they were so smart and cool but were really just a bunch of dumazzes.

Feb 08, 2009 02:50 PM #2
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Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
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Katerina - True Dat! We can just sit back and revel in our good fortune.
Feb 08, 2009 02:53 PM #3
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Kent Anderson
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Anonymous comment #2 - The hippies of 1969-1970 were the "flower children". (I was not one, however). It was the hippies of 1975 - 1980 that more resembled your comments. Just another historical perspective to take "for what it's worth".
Feb 08, 2009 02:56 PM #4
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i agree that now is the best time ever to buy. Look how low intrest rates are and now there huge tax incentives

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Feb 08, 2009 03:08 PM #5
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Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B)
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Ah yes, these are indeed the "good old days".  That is it's "good to be old" instead of struggling to start one's career in today's environment.  Aloha

Feb 08, 2009 03:08 PM #6
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake
Richard - You may be right, but it seems to me it was a major struggle starting one's career 30 years ago. (I know it was for me) "Ain't life great"!
Feb 08, 2009 03:14 PM #7
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flower children... the beginning of the hippies.

Feb 08, 2009 03:28 PM #8
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
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Don't forget...the music we got from these "hippies". The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zep, Jefferson Airplane, the Eagles, etc., etc., etc., It was NEVER better (just anothe personal historical perspective).
Feb 08, 2009 03:54 PM #9
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Today is the history of tomorrow.

My history professor at Texas A&M always told us that the winners write the history books, and that is so evident now that history is being re-written due to the declassification of so much World War II communications. I'd like to be around in 75 years when much of the Bush Administration classified documents are released.

You '65 Mustang got much better gas mileage than my uncle's. When gas got up to 45¢ a gallon, he sold it because it only got about 10 miles per gallon. It did have some get up and go, though. Turned me into a muscle car fan -- Cutlass 442, Mustang 5.0, Z28, Trans-Am, up to a 2007 Shelby GT500, which I sold last year because I was just too busy to drive it. Now I'm stuck with a Toyota Camry and a Nissan Altima -- LOL.

Feb 09, 2009 07:15 AM #10
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Russel - my '65 Mustang was only a 289 3 - speed. Your uncle must have had some major beef added. ...I probably would have liked your history prof.
Feb 09, 2009 07:20 AM #11
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Kent - I sure miss the good old days also and you may be a little older then me because I grew up in the 70s. I think about all the time about the music, cars and good old times. What ever was going on in these times we can not change and why is it any worse than what's going on right now? Great post with some wonderful information about yourself, thanks for sharing and featured at:

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Feb 09, 2009 04:53 PM #12
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake
Robert - I don't really "pine" for the good 'ol days, though. Actually, I kind of like the challenges of today. No time to grow old now!

Thanks for checking in!

Feb 09, 2009 06:25 PM #13
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Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Kent, my first car was a 1966 Mustang 289 and I regret that I sold it, but I loved growing up in the sixties and wouldn't trade my childhood. I look forward to the future as well. Great post.

Feb 10, 2009 03:06 PM #14
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
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Hey Debbie - You're my kinda' gal Good luck this year!
Feb 11, 2009 11:07 AM #15
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
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Hi Kent, I really liked this post! Sometimes, I miss the good-old days, but I guess I have a while before I can rock in my rocker and bore people about it. HA! I liked your "starter castle" - that was a good one!

Feb 23, 2009 06:53 AM #16
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