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The savvy, charming and hilarious members of ActiveRain like to let their hair down and have a little fun. Topics take on a whole new life when the creative minds of AR author fun posts. Wordless Wednesdays are a big contributor of this topic along with other posts written for fun. With each of our members' clever wit behind these blog posts, there should definitely be something for everyone to delight in.


Take a moment out from the daily grind to get lost in these entertaining pieces. If you have a funny story or photo you'd like to share with the wonderful world of AR, please do. Just for Fun posts are a great avenue to expressing yourself and sharing your funny bone.

Recent blogs on Just for Fun
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Lately I've been waking up on the hour, every hour between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM so I can relate to Philemon. Thank goodness for me I can go right back to sleep or go take care of business and then go right back to sleep.Yesterday (Tuesday) was particularly tough as on Tuesdays Timmothy and I go to a Men's Bible Study that starts at 6:45 AM. Thank goodness they had coffee ready and waiting.
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
After several years of charcoal grilling (3-5?) I caved and bought a propane Weber Grill.  Just in time for Memorial Day !  Charcoal took too long (30 mins+),  was too hot (11 million degrees) and a PITA to clear out (ashes).Which brings me to the question of the day--  What HEALTHY things do you cook on your gas grill?It is officially GRILLING SEASON !!PS-  I bought this at Energy Resources in Willingboro, NJ, they were great to do business with.https://michaelelliott.fathomrealty.com/
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Every May, cybersecurity professionals come together to celebrate World Password Day. Originating in 2013 through the initiative of technology powerhouse Intel, this cyber holiday is dedicated to raising awareness of the role strong passwords play in securing our digital lives.Strong passwords are critical in today’s interconnected world, where our digital lives blend seamlessly with our homes, finances, and identities. As a homeowner, you might store sensitive information online, such as financial records and personal documents. You might find it convenient to make your mortgage and utility payments online. If you’ve joined the smart home wave, you may also have various smart devices connected to your home network. Strong passwords are more than just random numbers and letters— they ar...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Ensuring the safety of your property for tenants and delivery trucks is vital. This blog highlights the importance of clear signage, well-lit pathways, regular maintenance, and secure entry points. By addressing these areas, landlords can create a safer environment and avoid potential liabilities.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Property management is a complex task that requires foresight, especially when considering the safety of tenants and the logistics of delivery services. In today's fast-moving world, the influx of delivery trucks to residential and commercial properties is a daily occurrence, making it critical for landlords to ensure their premises are properly equipped for such traffic. From maintaining clear road markings to posting visible weight restric...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Negligent security can have serious repercussions for landlords. This blog offers crucial tips on how to enhance safety measures for your properties, from proper lighting and secure locks to surveillance systems and tenant screening. Prioritizing security not only protects your tenants but also safeguards your investment.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Landlords have the responsibility of ensuring that their property is safe and secure for tenants and visitors. Failing to do so can lead to significant legal and financial consequences, especially if someone is injured due to inadequate security. Whether it’s residential or commercial properties, negligent security can lead to assaults, muggings, dog bites, or worse. To help landlords navigate these challenges and pr...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
This post was inspired by Dorie Dillard Austin TX .  Recently, Dorie posted  "What sayings or words do you use often?""Are You Excited?" was my answer.For many years, my positive attitude has been my strength.  I typically wake up happy.  Excited.  Alive.But for the past 9 years or so, we have been through some real stuff.   Things I wouldn't share here, because I hate fishing for sympathy.  Some things  I wouldn't wish on anyone.  Many of you know some things, most of you do not.  Eventually, my spirit was tarnished somewhat, I admit.  Thanks to the book "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod, I have rediscovered my "old self", even when life may not be "perfect", or what it was.Simply put, I focus on today like I always have,  but I really focus on what I am excited about for that day or ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I’m so proud of my granddaughter Hailey who ran the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathan this past weekend and made a personal best time! I love she embraces all that NYC has to offer! She’s been living in NYC the last 5 years and finds so many events to experience.She ran the NYC Marathon a few years ago and applied to run in the Berlin Marathon this spring. Unfortunately, it’s a lottery system and she didn’t get chosen. She is applying again.The half marathon was really fun as you can see from the map you end up in Coney Island! Hailey joined a running club and loves the support from the other runners and the coach.  
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Indeed, shedding season is in full force at this time. Last week I ran a similar cartoon by Timmothy but made the subject of owning a good quality vacuum cleaner. Another pet owner essential is a supply of three or more  "Lint Rollers". My personal experience is they all work BUT I encourage you to get a mid-priced lint roller or better. While the cheapest do work they seldom tare correctly and you spend to much time getting a working square sheet.Of the three shown above I have never purchased the one in the middle labeled as a floor model. Not a bad idea but our vacuum cleaner does an adequate job.Even though no pet has ever set paw in our art gallery I find a roller here very handy in keeping our black table cloths clean.
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By Legal Info, Here For Your Legal Needs
Property management is a complex task that requires foresight, especially when considering the safety of tenants and the logistics of delivery services. In today's fast-moving world, the influx of delivery trucks to residential and commercial properties is a daily occurrence, making it critical for landlords to ensure their premises are properly equipped for such traffic. From maintaining clear road markings to posting visible weight restrictions, and ensuring proper lighting in loading areas, each detail contributes to preventing accidents and injuries. Here’s an in-depth look at how property managers can enhance safety for all.Maintain Proper Road MarkingsRoad markings play a crucial role in managing the flow of traffic, indicating where vehicles should stop, yield, and park. They als...
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By Legal Info, Here For Your Legal Needs
Landlords have the responsibility of ensuring that their property is safe and secure for tenants and visitors. Failing to do so can lead to significant legal and financial consequences, especially if someone is injured due to inadequate security. Whether it’s residential or commercial properties, negligent security can lead to assaults, muggings, dog bites, or worse. To help landlords navigate these challenges and protect their interests, here are essential practices for maintaining proper security measures.Conduct Thorough Security AssessmentsRisk assessments are crucial and should be conducted regularly. Identifying high-risk areas on your property allows you to implement security measures proactively. Sometimes the best approach is to hire professionals who can spot issues you might ...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(631-819-2913)
May 22nd Puzzle- National Buy A Musical Instrument Day:I have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy.Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal. 
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(631-819-2913)
May 21st Puzzle- National Waitstaff Day:I have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy.Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal. 
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(631-819-2913)
May 20th Puzzle- National Be A Millionaire Day:I have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy.Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal. 
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Monday May 20, 20241. What color was Tweety bird originally? Pink2. Where is the "Cathedral of Rum"? Puerto Rico3. What does a decibel measure? Sound pressure level4. A group of herring is called what? An armyTrivia questions for Tuesday May 21, 20241. What large reptile was popularized by Steve Irwin and Paul Hogan?2. What is the only continent without any bees?3. What double-word song title was a hit single by The Archies?4. What bird bone is known as the "wishbone"?Enjoy your day.. 
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Hey there, ice cream enthusiasts and philanthropists alike! Get ready to mark your calendars for a sweet treat with a scoop of goodwill. The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl is back in town, and it’s not just about indulging in your favorite frozen delights; it’s about making a difference in the most delicious way possible.From June 4th to 6th, Boston’s City Hall Plaza will transform into an ice cream paradise. Imagine an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival where your indulgence helps fund cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Yes, you read that right – every spoonful supports a noble cause!So, What’s the Scoop? The Scooper Bowl is no ordinary event. It’s the nation’s largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, and it’s been bringing joy to Bostonians and visitors for ...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
 Tuesday’s Treasures…Little Boys and Their Toys This was not the first time Larry used the generator, however in the past it was only for a few hours…maybe 6 at most.  Thanks to our recent weather event, we’ve had it up and running since Thursday night.  What an opportunity to experiment!!!  In 2021 after the snow and ice storm on Valentine’s Day, Larry decided it was time to get a generator.  He built a system using two large inverter/generators and wired them into our breaker box. This avoids having to keep a door or window open for the cord.  The “tinkerer” decided it was a good time to play with his “toy.”The set up we have uses 2 inverters so we can use them together or use one. So since Thursday night, he’s been experimenting with using only one inverter for our needs. We had ligh...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Everyone is so excited as it seems like yesterday that the pool was closing, and we were sadly saying goodbye to summer. Saturday will be the day! Memorial Day Weekend, the pool will be open, and we will say hello once more to all our friends at the pool. Hope you remembered to update your card and get your Hot dog ticketsThis year, we can thank our condo Master Council as we finally have a new heater for the pool. No more shivering on the opening day when our bodies hit the water and the brave polar bears say oh, the water is not cold as their lips turn blue. Big thank you to all the volunteers who set up, cooked, served, cleaned up, and made the hot day a unique and fabulous tradition at Delaire Landing. Oh, let us not forget Scoopaffles  Ice Cream  , our newer addition, yumCannot wai...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I remember years ago reading that my favorite food, peanut butter, was number one on the USDA's list of foods with the most allowed contaminates. I do not know if that holds true today or not but I was appalled at what they knowingly allow. I started with this search: What food pushes the limit of USDA amounts of contaminants? Then I clicked on "What does the FDA allow in food (top right) of the chart below:Eventually I ended up at LIFESCIENCE and YUCK , what an eye opener. It's broken down into categories of what the USDA allows in our food. Here is just one category to ponder: Rodent Poop.Consider the defect "mammalian excreta" a rather polite way for the FDA to tell you there's rodent poop in your food. The icky defect comes up 15 times in the FDA's handbook.Fennel seeds, ginger and ...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Growing up in the Northeast, we dealt with a Hurricane every 5-10 years. But these Tornados????  Motivational Monday…Auntie Em!   It pays to be married to someone from Kansas who is familiar with tornadoes!  Thursday evening Houston and Cypress (where we are) had severe thunderstorms and tornado alerts. Cypress had an Ef-1 tornado confirmed hit not far from my niece’s home. We could see the path as the storms headed directly our way. As the storms approached, I gathered our devices, keys, purse, meds, etc, and put them in the closet with us.    Larry said “Let’s go in the closet NOW” as the winds, lightning, and rain picked up.    Everything passed quickly and at that time, while we had no power, we had our internet and a generator so we were able to watch our Houston Astros.    It’s Su...
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