Monument to the Unelected- The Celebration of 2nd Place

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Monument to the Unelected - Scottsdale Arizona

There is a home in Scottsdale that caught my attention.

It would be hard to miss.

It's on Thomas Road, just east of the 101 freeway.

Someone has a yard full of political signs.

These aren't just any signs.

These are signs dedicated to the second place finishers.

Among them is one that explains it all.

It reads, "Monument to the Unelected."


It reminds me of a book by Pat Conroy.

He's famous for books such as "The Great Santini", "The Prince of Tides" and "The Lords of Discipline".

The lesser known book is "My Losing Season". It's autobiographical.

In it he recalls being on a basketball team at the Citadel. Though they won a few games, they lost even more.

In sports, we all find out, coming in second can be a lonely experience.

Here's a quote from the book:

"Winning makes you think you'll always get the girl, land the job, deposit the million-dollar check, win the promotion, and grow accustomed to a life of answered prayers. Loss is fiercer, a more uncompromising teacher, coldhearted but clear-eyed in its understanding that life is more dilemma than game and more trial than free pass."

I suppose you could look at most industries and say we're finding fewer winning opportunities.

Now is the time to see life with more clarity. It's a gift.

So... I'm glad there's a person out there who is showing the love to those who came close. They didn't reach the summit... but got close. Very often the journey is better than the destination. For each of these, I hope that has proved to be true.

And for the present and future second place finishers I hope, in this age of character building, we're polishing a few diamonds.


Chuck Willman is an Arizona based real estate agent.

Photo courtesy of my camera phone.

Comments (6)

John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Chuck you need to find that guy a job.  He has a lot of time on his hands it seems.

Feb 24, 2009 10:36 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I love the photo and appreciate the post.  Hope you're closing business.  Tiger Woods is in town, and he's going to make someone come in second...

Mike in Tucson

Feb 24, 2009 11:40 PM
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Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate

What a photo and I *love* that you put, "From my iPhone".  That makes it even better.  We have a home which I should have taken a photo of...but it has changed now.  I have an iPhone!  I'm going to take more photos.  You have inspired me to action.

Feb 25, 2009 04:18 AM
Kathie Burby
Coldwell Banker Mother Lode Real Estate - Sonora, CA
REALTOR, SFR, Tuolumne County Real Estate Guide

Chuck - Don't you just love when you can capture those moments spontaneously? I liked the optimism of your post. The quote from the book could be applied to most anything in life. Thanks for the spirit lift.


Feb 25, 2009 04:21 AM
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

How unusual and interesting...does he keep this up all year long? I wonder if he's a sore loser...or just an optimist, putting a message out with a smile :-)

Feb 25, 2009 10:45 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

I love that book, "My Losing Season" and you are so right, if we learn and grow we will be polishing diamonds and I need to remember that character is something that is in a continual growth pettern! Great post!

Feb 26, 2009 03:10 AM