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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 Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
Set on historic and picturesque Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown , NJ, Toscano Steakhouse has become a regional favorite for many.  Don't let the name fool you, they are much more than a steakhouse.  While their aged steaks are the best in the area, they also have amazing seafood dishes, pastas, salads, meatballs, and many many unique and delicious appetizers.Chef Zack Melker is a genius in the kitchen, and the menu and specials do change seasonally. Service is also top notch, and I suggest reservations for this special occasion restaurant.If you are local and you have not been here, get here.  You will not soon forget the sizzle of the steaks or the smell of rosemary!https://michaelelliott.fathomrealty.com/
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Tuesday May 14, 20241. Where was the candy apple invented? New Jersey2. Who was the second person to set foot on the moon? Edwin Eugene (Buzz) Aldrin3. Which animal product does an ovo-vegetarian eat? Eggs4. What is the study of water called? HydrologyTrivia questions for Wednesday May 15, 20241. What are male turkeys called?2. What color were the first taxis in America?3. Who was the Roman god of the sea?4. Who is Snoopy's arch enemy?Enjoy your day.. 
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Sometimes it’s important to ask questions of yourself to learn more about what is important to you. In the same token it’s also important to ask questions of others to learn more about them and what makes them tick. Either way, it’s good to ponder. Just read Michael Jacobs posts and of course his comments when he’s reading posts. I thought of some questions and thought it might be fun to see what your answers would be, inquiring minds want to know.u If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?u Which words or phrases do you most over use?u What is your greatest fear?
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By Kelly Green-Krist, CPA
(Green Krist CPA PLLC)
You may have heard you cannot claim a home-office deduction without business income. That’s not accurate, as I explain below.Points to Consider Claim business deductions with no business income. Even if your business did not generate income this year, you should claim all business deductions. Such deductions might create a net operating loss (NOL), which would carry forward to offset future taxable income. Claim the home office with no business income. Claim the home-office deduction even with no business income. The home-office expenses not allowed this year carry over to future years in the separate home-office deduction bucket. And this gets even more important when you consider business miles. Loss of business miles. Trips from your home to many business locations are personal miles...
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By Kelly Green-Krist, CPA
(Green Krist CPA PLLC)
Have you established, or are you considering, a Section 529 savings plan for a child, grandchild, or other family member? Such plans are a great way to help pay for a person’s college education. Contributions are not federally tax deductible, but they grow tax-free, and you can withdraw them tax-free to pay higher education expenses.But what happens if your child or other beneficiary doesn’t use all the money in the 529 account or decides not to go to college? Indeed, many young people are choosing not to attend college these days.What do you do with the money in an overfunded 529 plan?Suppose you withdraw the money and use it for non-education purposes. In that case, you must pay regular income tax plus a 10 percent penalty on the earnings (but not on your original contributions).If yo...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Problems are not the problem; coping is the problem. - Virginia  SatirHe who angers you conquers you. Elizabeth KennyIn three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.Robert FrostDon't let making a living prevent you from making a life.John WoodenEverything can be work out if we put our heads together - Will HammWithout promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!P. T. Barnum
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Crispy Air Fryer Golden Chicken DelightIngredients: 2 pounds chicken pieces (legs, thighs, breasts) 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for heat) Cooking spray Directions: Soak the chicken pieces in buttermilk for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. In a large bowl, mix together flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Remove chicken from buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Dredge each piece in the flour mixture, ensuring it's fully coated. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F (199°C). Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place the chicken pieces in the basket, making sure not to overcrowd...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(631-819-2913)
May 15th Puzzle- National Chocolate Chip 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 13, 20241. In horse racing how many furlongs in a mile? Eight2. Who said: "A dog has the soul of a philosopher"? Plato3. What is the name of Roy Rogers' horse? Trigger4. In what city would you find Grant Park? ChicagoTrivia questions for Tuesday May 14, 20241. Where was the candy apple invented?2. Who was the second person to set foot on the moon?3. Which animal product does an ovo-vegetarian eat?4. What is the study of water called?Enjoy your day.. 
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Any Hopes of Reviving This Member? Recently, there was question asked by Michael Elliott on how many people did we think participated in the Q & A section of ActiveRain. The answers ranged from 50 to tree fitty (that was mine). The actual number is an unknown, same for the amount of regular participants across this entire platform. Last month's challenge, hosted by, Debe Maxwell, CRS and Brad Andersohn involved reaching put to those members who have left ActiveRain. While going to an older post that I wrote in 2013, I came across this answer from a dead nobody from Alamance, NT, who goes by the name F U.  Huh, I thought, then decided to let it be and let God! Rest In Peace F U from Alamance NT, though your time here was short lived. LOL  Lettuce pray.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
So was Mom trying to trick us into eating carrots by telling us they are good for our eyes?A brief AI search say mom was NOT lying (or being tricky). Carrots are good for your eyes because they contain beta-carotene, which your body uses to make vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for good vision, and helps your eyes adjust in the dark. Eating carrots could potentially help repair some vision problems. Carrots also contain lutein, an antioxidant that has been found to increase pigment density in the macula. This greater pigment density protects your retina and lowers your risk for macular degeneration.I honestly don't remember if I had trouble with veggies or not as a kid but I suspect I did. I was always a handful (so I've been told).
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
 Tuesday’s Treasures…Lucky Us! Larry and I have enjoyed watching Mother Nature in real-time. With a small camera mounted in the top of our bluebird box, we have watched mom build the nest and lay her eggs.  We’ve watched Dad bring worms to Mom while she is incubating the eggs. Finally, we got to see one of the chicks hatch!                                     And a question answered…what happens to the eggshells? We thought mom ate them for the calcium and we were right!!! (I may never have eggs again!)                              Hope you enjoyed the show!!!In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir. What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?E.M. Forster
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I welcome being "mothered". My mom was a wonderful care giver and even though it's been 25 years someone robbed her of her life I still miss my mother.That being said I've been greatly blessed by my bride whom I specifically chose with the idea of who would be the best mother to my children. Carol has been a GREAT mother to the kids and she treats me as if I was someone special too (no clue as to why).We (Timmothy and I) did not get to celebrate mothers day with Carol this time around due to her attending Tina's college graduation in Milwaukee.This morning, joy returned to our home as the Amtrack train pulled up at 9:10 and Carol stepped off, returning from Milwaukee.A belated Happy Mothers day to all.
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By Rick Cordisco, Pocono Real Estate Professional
(Pocono Mountain Lakes Realty )
Coined the “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” people from across PA and the tri-state area broadly flood to the Pocono Mountains to visit the scenic and sprawling Bushkill Falls. Located just outside of the Delaware Water Gap, Bushkill Falls spans 300 acres of pristine natural beauty. Bushkill offers eight gorgeous waterfalls nestled far back into the wooded area: you’ll feel like you’ve stepped deep into nature as you navigate the well-developed hiking trails and bridges. The range of trails provide opportunities for people with varying skill levels, so everyone can find a way to enjoy their time at the Falls.  Not interested in the more strenuous aspects of hiking the trails? Find nature more appealing when you can kick back and relax? No worries! Grab a day permit and enjoy some peace and qu...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(631-819-2913)
May 14th Puzzle- National Dance Like A Chicken 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 Sunday May 12, 20241. What were the original Halloween Jack O Lanterns made from? Turnips2. What sport is the focus of the movie "Tin Cup"? Golf3. What planet is named after the God of Love? Venus4. How many Great Lakes are there? FiveTrivia questions for Monday May 13, 20241. In horse racing how many furlongs in a mile? 2. Who said: "A dog has the soul of a philosopher"?3. What is the name of Roy Rogers' horse?4. In what city would you find Grant Park?Enjoy your day.. 
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Speechless Sunday: Have you ever seen a resting hummingbird? Well, how about two?... as I was cleaning the dishes (well it is Mother's Day you know) I saw these two birds from the kitchen window.I mentioned to Diane, that we need to put food out, since the birds are starring into our kitchen, clearly, they must be hungry.She said they were Humming birds. I did not believe her, but when they took off, I had to admit she was right. They were humming birds.They proceeded to fly to the lemon tree, and it is hard to see, but one of them decided to rest there for a photo opportunity.Hard to see but to the left of the top lemon the little guy is sitting on the branch about an inch and a half away on the photo.Hope you had a fun and relaxing Mother's Day weekend.  Wishing you a safe and healthy...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Exploring the annals of history is always a fascinating journey, offering glimpses into the significance of various dates. Here are a few intriguing historical tidbits to dive into this week. Hard to believe a four year old was named as the King of France Louis XIV, in 1643!   THIS WEEK IN HISTORY ♦ 2014: Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a bill May 18 annexing Crimea.♦ 1988: After a futile 8-year war, Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan May 15.♦ 1980: Mt. St. Helens erupts May 18, killing 57 people and doing $3 billion in damage.♦ 1973: The first manned space station, Skylab I, launches May 14.♦ 1878: Chemist Robert A. Chesebrough registers the name Vaseline on May 14.♦ 1875: The first Kentucky Derby is run May 17 in Louisville, KY.♦ 1868: Impeached President Andrew Johnson is...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo stands as an iconic Austin gem, renowned for crafting the finest hand-squeezed margaritas and serving up delectable Black Angus beef tacos, among a plethora of other Tex-Mex delights, since 1975!Situated at the corner of West 5th and Campbell, this local favorite boasts a quirky marquee that captures attention. Daily, the billboard transforms with a fresh pun—spanning the spectrum of wit and humor—making it a delightful fixture at the heart of Austin's culinary scene. El Arroyo invites you to contribute your own puns on their website, with full permission to showcase them on their marquee. It's a quintessential "Keep Austin Weird" tradition that resonates with the spirit of our vibrant city!The laughter doesn't stop there—they share these puns on Instagram, drawing in admirers...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
I just returned from a weeklong work and vacation trip to the Washington D.C. area and was reminded what so many people moving to The Villages, Florida says, leaving family.  We are in that group of not having families close by, between us we have 3 sons, San Francisco, Arlington, VA and suburbs of Philadelphia, luckily my two are on the East Coast so many times a trip can include both.  But today we have ways to bridge the distance using technology.  One couple I know does a weekly Zoom meeting with family, Facetime is big in our household and some people use the WIFI Digital Picture Frames which family members can share pictures from anywhere.  Here is something we do, I have a credit card connected to an airline and use it for business, personal and paying certain bills, that gets us...
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