Monthly Archives: April 2008

My Perspective on the Great ActiveRain Content Debate of 2008

Tweet DISCLAIMER: I apologize in advance for the sheer length of this post, but I had a lot to say apparently.  I didn't want to include images this time, as I thought they might detract from the message I am trying to get across. I have seen a bunch of posts with regard to what is "proper"…

Family Ties Group Recap – Week of April 21st – April 28th, 2008

Tweet Welcome the weekly recap for the ActiveRain Family Ties group.  YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN THE GROUP if you haven't already done so. We increased to 302 members this week.  Additionally, we moved up to 2127 posts!  Welcome to all new members, and thanks to those who posted!  Keep in mind that any member of the…

The Wit and Wisdom of My Nine-Year Old Son

Tweet   My son has always had a good sense of humor.  In fact, my favorite video of him ever was taken when he was about four months old, laughing hysterically as I played, "Peek-a-boo" with him.  Thankfully, the clip is not marred by my appearance, so it's really just a very cute baby in…

A sincere request for your opinion

Tweet I have watched many of my AR friends implement the "blog customizer", and I did add a background image for part of one day until I realized that it was slowing down the page load pretty dramatically in my case.  I have seen a few others that seem slower to me, although I realize…

It’s a Wonderful Life – Inspired by Movie Songs

Tweet This is my own “entry” into our latest song contest, which runs through Wednesday.   Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed old TV shows and old movies.  Not all of them, mind you, just the good ones.  I have books in my home right now about the Three Stooges, Our Gang…

My daughter’s 7th birthday party was today

Tweet   Today, we had a great birthday party at our home for our daughter, Aleah, who turned seven a few days ago.  Over time, I have come to realize that it is not about the expense of the party itself.  Instead, it's about the birthday kid feeling special and loved and being the center…

The Legend of Dan the Man

Tweet   I have been selling homes in and around Austin, Texas since I was 26 years old.  For those keeping track at home, that was over 11 years ago.  During my time selling, I have worked with hundreds of buyers, the majority of whom were married couples.  When working with first-time buyers (and sometimes…

400 Posts Already? That is a lot of writing, isn’t it?

Tweet   This is my 400th post on ActiveRain, according to my profile.  I enjoy milestone posts, because I can look back sometimes and see my progress. Please bear with me, as I don't have a huge "concept" for this post – I just wanted to write something to commemorate it. It's a beautiful spring…

How many left hands do YOU have? Writing directions for the MLS

Tweet   I have a long-standing pet peeve that I wanted to vent about today.  I have been actively selling homes for more than a decade in and around Austin, but I have noticed a disturbing trend.   When one is a bad or clumsy dancer, he/she is said to have "two left feet".  I…

Switching things up a little bit

Tweet I decided on a whim tonight to change my profile picture.  I have had the same one for almost nine months, and I wanted something a little different.  The new picture was taken during the recent AR Gathering in Bandera, Texas.  It's by no means perfect, since the sun is in my face, but…