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32 Truths for Mature Adults

This made me chuckle and I thought I would share them with you too.

Thanks to Amy Stuart for sharing these with my wife Dora. Enjoy!


1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this – ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Bad Neighborhood" routing option.

21. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber and dumber every year?

29. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my ass everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!


Mothers Fighting for Others

Rocky and Sarah

About a year ago, I became interested and involved in the Social Media culture of the real estate industry, now commonly known as the I’ve made some really great friends and have had some very rewarding experiences through my associations. None have been as rewarding as the opportunity to support the’s pet charity, Mothers Fighting for Others.

Mother’s Fighting for Others, also known in twitterland as #MFFO, was founded by Rocky Turner (aka @headmutha). You can read her story of how and why she founded #MFFO here.

I don’t know Rocky personally but her husband, Jeff Turner (@respres), is a personality in I did have an opportunity to meet Jeff in Philadelphia last year at REBarcamp Philly.

Anyway, as time went on, I became interested in the work of #MFFO and threw them a few bucks from time to Agnes time when I had some to spare. The sponsored some charity events. At one barcamp, they collected women’s underwear to send to the girls in Kenya. That seems like a simple thing most people take for granted but apparently women’s underwear is precious in Kenya.

Earlier this week, my good friend Maya Paveza (aka @mayaREguru) made a challenge. Maya has incorporated twitter not only as a business tool but as part of her lifestyle. She has many, many twitter friends and followers and is a prolific contributor. Maya is close to posting her 50,000th tweet. She wanted to commemorate the auspicious event by raising $5,000 for #MFFO. During a chat with Rocky, Rocky said she wished 10 people would do it. They need to raise $50,000 to build a new orphanage.

So, this video is Maya in her own words, explaining this ambitious fund raising effort. If Maya doesn’t achieve the $50K goal by April 20th, she will retire her twitter handle, never to be heard from again. For Maya, this is probably the supreme sacrifice. It would equate to me giving up cheeseburgers for the rest of my life.

In addition to writing a check for a hundred ducats, I have also pledged to wear a Boston Red Sox cap for every waMary Kariukiking hour of every day, no matter where I am, for a month (excluding shower time, of course). Now, you might think this is a pretty lame sacrifice, but I am 55 years old and have been a NY Yankee fan since 1960. Believe me, this is pretty serious stuff. But, I am willing to take one for the team. :)

It is very difficult for me to ask people to donate their hard earned money. I don’t think I’ve ever done it, EVER. but those young girls in Kenya really need this money. They really need this orphanage. So please, no donation is too small.

Thank you so much for your attention to this post. There is a widget in the sidebar to the right where you can make a secure donation. You can also make donations here. You will have my enduring gratitude.


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There is Something for Everyone

I think back to some of the places I have lived. Strange and scary places indeed! I shared my first apartment with five other beer guzzling, pizza eating, college students. We could barely scrape the rent and utilities together each month. There was nothing left to pay the cleaning lady to come in. You can imagine what that place looked like. On the other hand, maybe you can’t.
My first wife and I lived in an apartment above a pharmacy in the downtown area of a NYC suburb. This place defined the term “deferred maintenance”. One day, one of the windows over the street actually fell out of the window frame and crashed to the sidewalk below. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
In the past 35 years, I have probably moved 10 times. I have purchased a few homes in my life and I think I have become a little more conventional in my taste.
I love my job as a REALTOR® and have shown a few homes in my career. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to believe what I am seeing. What the heck were the homeowner’s thinking?!? When I turn around and look, the first-time home buyers I am guiding through the process are walking around this house, hand-in-hand, with a starry look in their eyes. They are not even seeing the same house I am looking at. There is nothing they don’t like about this place. They turn to me and say “We love it, we’ll take it”.
It’s very important for real estate professionals to keep an objective eye open for issues and problems that may make the difference between a nice house and a disaster waiting to happen. It’s equally important that we hold our tongue because we don’t like the mauve carpet or the lime green kitchen fixtures. That beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Everyone defines their own happiness.
The guy who conducted my pre-license courses when I got into the business told me that if he only sold houses he likes, he wouldn’t sell many houses. I know what he means.

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Pinewood Derby

I’ve entered my block of wood into a few Pinewood Derbies back in the day. Never had a winner though.

Congratulations to Paul Weitzel, Pack 599 in Wyomissing, PA.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

3931122112_3f5583d358 I had coffee with a friend the other day and we were discussing those things that motivate us. I was trying to put into the words what it is about the real estate business that makes me get out of bed each morning.

The technical nuts and bolts of the real estate transaction is interesting at times but it certainly is not very inspirational. If it was the hope of accumulating a vast fortune, I’d have been better off picking a different vocation, especially considering the recent market conditions. No, my “why” goes much deeper than that.

After considering it for a while, I was able to put into words where my passion comes from. It is the pursuit of happiness. I get really charged up when I am in the midst of happiness. Probably the most important ingredients to one’s happiness is the establishment of a safe and secure home for themselves and their family. It is only natural that my pursuit of happiness would take me to an activity that results in the happiness of those I help to achieve that goal.

I love helping others achieve happiness. It is what makes me the happiest.

Now, I am not a Pollyanna. I have no delusions that life is just one big Disneyland. But, I have chosen to focus on the happy occasions and to provide the service to my clients so they might pursue their own happiness.

I am a real estate professional. I will continue to provide information that will help explain what is going on in the real estate world both locally and nationally. I will answer questions you might have, feel free to ask them. I will respond to your comments. And if I earn your trust, I will help you pursue your happiness.

You will also find here the things that are making happy. Hopefully some of them will lift your spirits too. I hereby dedicate this blog to my passion: The Pursuit of Happiness!

I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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