Personal Thoughts

My occaisional thoguths on life, my family, real estate, business and life in general.

SEALKids.com - an REW Customer paying it forward.

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Over this past weekend, 22 members of the US Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. It was the worst loss of life that the SEALS have ever experienced. Due to the nature of what they do, their families and identities are sheilded from media exposure. While that is totally understandable, it also makes it difficult for people to do what they are inclined to do: Pay our respects and try to help out. Many of the children will only hear that their dad ...

Google+ for Realtors Part Deux

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Warning...long post ahead.I hope it is worth it. :-) I think it will be. ;-) Ok, so my first post on the subject was about how links are followed in Google plus. This post is going to be a little bit more detailed look at that and why. Lots of SEO people have taken a shot at giving people recommendations on Google plus usage, but the truth is that the platform is so new at this point that it will LIKELY change. That's important. Early in the development of every major social netowrkin...

Google + Thoughts for REALTORS

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I make it a point not to write to often to this blog (or any other for that matter) unless I truly have something to share. I have been on Google + and watching how it works for the past few weeks and want to share some of what I am seeing with you. This is the first of likely a few posts on the subject. Whenever we write on someone else's site you know that the rules can always change. But for now at least, there are some decent reasons to at least 1) set up a Google plus account and 2) ...

A Christmas wish for Natasha

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Sunday night, I was sitting at home, when a co-worker from our real estate office called me. For over a week, she had been feverishly working on getting paperwork and all of the other issues tied up to bring an 11 year old girl, Natasha from an orphanage in the Ukraine to America for an 18 day visit and eventually for a potential adoptive family here in North America. I was touched by her efforts at trying to give a young person a new life here in the USA (or Canada for that matter...). I...

RealEstateWebmasters Conference 2009 - Wheels up.

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For the next 7 days, I will be on a schedule that will be wild. Instead of tweeting about it or putting everything onto Facebook, I have determined that my handy dandy REW Blog will be where I provide the updates on ALL of this trip! So what's on the Agenda? Item 1 is the Real Estate Webmasters conference. Then on to my 25th high school reunion from Calaveras High School. Then on to HomeGain Live Nation 2009 where I will be speaking next Monday. OK. So you wanna be me? Maybe you don...

Why I love Tuesdays...

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As the technologist in an office of 110 agents, the days can get long and be stressful. It is well after 9pm as I write this and I have quite a ways to go. I am tired. It has been a long day, and there is still lots to be done on this Monday night. I have some RUSH playing on my headphones to keep me going while my wife starts heading the kids to bed. But I love Tuesdays. Everybody has those favorite days of the week when the chores are done and you can do the stuff that really juices...

My New Years Resolutions. (Mid January edition)

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Yeah...I know it is a bit late to be posting more New Years resolutions. (It is January 14th) But the truth of the matter is that I have been swamped with things to do, client work, my work at the office, and all sorts of other stuff. So here goes for my January 15th edition of positive change I am going to create in 2009. Spend more time with Family This tops my list for 2009. 2008 was a great year, but with the growth, learning and fun, I woke up and realized that my kids are aged...

Kentucky Derby 2008 - 7 days away! But the party's been on for a while!

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One of the things that many people don't realize about the Kentucky Derby is that is is actually about 3 weeks long!. No I am not kidding. Every year, the Derby festival starts with Thunder over Louisville and culminates with the actual race. Here is a video of Thunder over Louisville.     It is (reportedly) the largest fireworks display in the U.S. (the calm parts feel like the finales of most fireworks shows) and I can tell you first hand that it is fun. You can see f...

Why Google has POUNDED Yahoo: The power of FOCUS

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It was announced in several places, including here, that Yahoo is laying off "hundreds of its employees". I have taken some time to think over why it is that Yahoo is laying off hundreds of people in an ever-growing industry (online search / online advertising). I mean think about it. This is an industry that is growing by leaps and bounds. if you can't make money in THIS environment, you must really not be good at business, right? I mean, i get it if they were in the mortgag...

Louisville's Extreme Home Makeover Part II- The ESPN Video

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As a parent of 4 kids, my comments about parenting have often been pretty pointed and heartfelt. I posted a while back about how ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover" team came to town and built a new home for the Hughes family. The home builders in the show were Joe and Rocky Pusateri. Their mom is an agent in our office. Long story short, I found this really cool youtube video of Patrick and his dad, done by ESPN and thought I'd pass it along...(please be patient...it takes a minute to...