GETTING PERSONAL, September 2021

Greetings to you All

Summer at a close, I won’t be sorry to see the oppressive heat and humidity go away. Quite thankful for the use of a pool to be able to cool off!

A wonderful month with lots of activity. Courtesy of my wife I was able to enjoy yet another James Taylor concert, postponed for a year! Finally got to Giant Center in Hershey for fantastic seats to see a Jackson Brown warm up for the always great James Taylor. In the company of my brother- in-law, Todd, we had a grand old time. Jackson Brown gave a great performance and, although not a big fan, I was really impressed with his performance and particularly impressed with his band! Electric guitarist, steel guitarist and his drummer, all fine dynamic and superb musicians as well as showman! A bit of a different kind of music from Taylor but immensely enjoyable. James joined Jackson on a final song and I, as well as Todd, were concerned. James looked really old and his voice not really what we were use to hearing. As it turned out, when he took the stage with his own band, super impressive as he and his people performed as spectacularly as I anticipated. NO MASKS REQUIRED! Took us longer to get out of the parking lot than it did to drive there, but well worth it. I have been to many of his concerts but this one was likely my last.

The Market

A small lull in activity (maybe due to school starting) but things remain pretty much the same. Inventories remain low and the home quest for buyers remains a challenge. Rates are still historically low. Listings sell within days and for the buyer, they need to be ready to spring when something suitable hits the market.

Prince and Princess Report

Happy to report many sleepovers with all! Along with lots of pool time, it has been a gratifying month of making memories. Rosie started her first day of kindergarten and it is a full day! No problem for her, she loves it. We are afforded some single time with brother Jimmy as we can help care for him when mom and dad’s work schedules dictate. We are so lucky to be able to have our grandkids so close. It is nice to be able to schedule time to have Annie and Ben at the same time as Rosie and Jimmy. They play so well together, and it makes it easy to keep them entertained. A few snacks, popsicles and ice cream, helps as we strive to spoil them.

Home Front News

The heat has prevented me from completing the paint job at the office. I expect this month will change that. Awaiting the arrival of our electric bikes that are supposed to show up sometime this month. I spent considerable time (but not much money) rearranging my home office. In as much as most of the business activity is done electronically, it is a waste of the office space to have it all set up for people to meet here. So, I switched out the front for the rear of the office. My desk console, books and real estate paraphernalia fit snuggly in the rear while more of the “man cave” theme is prevalent in the front. All my vinyl resides on easily accessible shelves. I have “rebuilt” an old cabinet that started off as some kind of storage cabinet of my wife’s grandfathers and transformed into a custom module for housing my entertainment gear along with slide out shelves for storing greatest hits albums and some of my favorite movie collections. The front office has become a “theater room/guitar studio” with somedecorating yet to come. If I can make enough money, I would like to install some theater seats. They would go so well with my neon Blue Moon clock set to arrive in a couple of days. It was a lot of time and energy put into the transformation but well worth the effort with the satisfaction that goes with an accomplishment that only has to suit me!

Until next month,

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GETTING PERSONAL August 2021

Greetings to you All

With summer in full swing I am enjoying the Olympics. I think NBC’’s coverage stinks and is not helped by the time difference. I stayed up until 3am last night so I could see the final round of the golf live. It was quite interesting. I have been a lifelong fan of the Olympics, both summer and winter. It is strange to see such fantastic performances with no audience! Although I can enjoy almost all the events, I love the volleyball and the soccer. I am so rooting against the U.S. women. What a bunch of self- absorbed, narcissistic brats. Underserving of the privilege of representing the United States. So sad to see the Women’s Volleyball team lose their top scorer to injury. Hope they can recover and step up their game.

The fun continues!

The Market

Still competitive out there with inventories remaining low but I am sensing a bit of a slow down, maybe a trend to something more normal, but I don’t see any solid evidence of that in as much as conditions remain about the same.

Prince and Princess Report

Pool time is great with all the grandkids. Rosie and Ben are becoming adept swimmers. Jimmy likes to play around the pool, not so much in the pool. He often prefers to play in our basement playroom. Although Annie and Rosie are absolute fish in the water, they like to take a break and play in the “Barbie” room. Sleep overs continue. Claire spent the night last night. We went to the Pretzel Hut for our evening meal last night and it was crazy busy with people everywhere, no social distancing and no masks! It was a wonderful return to normal.

Home Front News

The weather has not been kind to the grass, so I have been putting more distance between mowing times. Concerned my mower was “out of kilter” I scheduled a maintenance pick up from Myers Equipment (where I purchased it) to have new blades installed and general service. They discovered I had bent the blade on one side and it was off by 3⁄4 of an inch. I know when it happened but didn’tknow the severity. I hit a root that stalled the engine a couple of weeks ago. It still cut but not too even! I began the paint job down at the office. All the windows and the exposed wood needs painting desperately. The front windows need a little touch up. I will be doing that sometime today along with installing the exterior blue tooth speakers that awaited paint completion. I still have more windows to do. A lot of scrapping and sanding to prepare. I don’t particularly like the preparation, but I like to do the actual painting.

A decision was made on the E- bike. We selected The Story Bike. The design is so like a regular bike, under 40 lbs. and a 55 mile range on a charge. 55 miles is way more than enough for our needs. I am anxious to try out the pedal assist. A good match for what we need. They are supposed to ship sometime in August, plenty of time to do some “break in” riding. Feeling a little sentimental over getting rid of the Schwinns.

My surround speaker system remedy for the family room will continue to wait for cooler weather, assuming I can fix it at all!

Until next month,

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GETTING PERSONAL, July 2021

Greetings to you All

Although vacation is over, we have lots of summer left to enjoy! The Outerbanks was wonderful! After 3 years of not going to this paradise, we returned with all our grandkids, two of our three children and spouses, for a glorious week. The weather was not so beach friendly for some of the time with cold temps and high winds but the water was very warm and we made the most of it. A trip to Ocracoke Island was made early in our stay, and we were met with a nicer day than predicted . It was a good decision as we avoided the crowds. No waiting for the Ferry ride both over and back. We were not allowed to swim on the beach there (one of the 10 best beaches in the US) due to the strong rip tides and under toe.
We had a great lunch at Howard’s Pub (another tradition of ours) and rode golf carts around the island, making stops at shops and just enjoying the time with each other and creating some new memories.

All the grand kids are in love with the ocean. It was a new experience for Rosie and Jimmy, both loved the beach and you couldn’t keep Rosie out of the water. We took turns taking her out to ride the waves. I am hopeful she is old enough to remember this fabulous experience.

Could have stood a couple of weeks of this place.

The Market

Although conditions have not changed much, I have personally observed a bit of a lull in activity. Maybe it is just me. The daily updates from the MLS always have more pending than new listings, so the inventory scarcity continues. Interest rates remain low and prices are rising. I expect the trend to continue. Are we experiencing a bubble? Probably, no telling when we will hit the end so if you own real estate as purely an investment, it is probably time to maximize your profits and sell in the near future, reinvest later.

Prince and Princess Report

We are having such fun as the weather has been conducive to hitting the pool. Claire, Leo, and Annie are proficient swimmers. Ben and Rosie are close to losing their float vests. Jimmy prefers to play outside the pool. We always have plenty for them all to do. Just added a “blow up” water slide and now have umbrellas and canopies for escape from the blistering sun. Sleep overs do continue, even Clair and Leo!
We will have Annie and Ben today for the afternoon. I don’t think the weather will give us much pool time. We have congregated at Austin’s for romps in the creek. We celebrated Jimmy’s 4th birthday and the creek was like bathwater!

Home Front News

I have, for years, suffered from a severe slice in driving my golf balls. I spent some time at the range yesterday, armed with some” how to” info from a google search and I think I have discovered my flaws. At least enough to keep my drives in the fairways. I am going to hit the range again today to see if I can be consistent . I am looking forward to confirming and getting out for another round of golf.

Although I mowed upon my return from vacation Sunday, I don’t think I will be mowing an all this week. The grass is so crunchy and brown, it really needs some rain.

Still no decision on the E Bike front. My wife is in no real hurry so until she gives the word I have abandoned my research on the matter. Way too hot to play with my family room speaker system as It requires to be up under the roof for much of the diagnosis of the issue(s)

I do have plans to prepare and paint at the front of the Team office. Just waiting on a decision of the color from Nathan and some cooler weather. Once the painting is complete, blue tooth speakers will be installed. It will give us the ability to play seasonal music..

Until next month,

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