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Postcards and Political rant

Happy New Year everyone!!!! Ok well I just got done reading Eileen’s blog….and I guess I kinda took the last 2 weeks off too with the holidays and all….well maybe last week…….but I started a diet last wednesday (I don’t think I need to lose much weight, I’m doing it more because I don’t have any energy and I’m sleepy alot.) So I started a new diet..well I’ll call it a lifestyle change 🙂

I started the Fat Smash Diet (from celebrity fit club on vh-1) and with that I have to exercise for 30 minutes 5 days out of the week. I’ve been doing AWESOME on it so far. When I’m at Kathy’s (she’s on it too,) I do the treadmill for 30 minutes and when I’m at my house I do Tae-Bo (and I’m also going to throw in stair climbing.) I’m way out of shape so this last week has been killing me with the workouts, but I gotta admit after I exercise I feel soooo much better. I’m hoping in time with exercise and a proper diet that I’ll get my energy back and won’t feel so sleepy all of the time. Oh and I went to the urologist (for that kidney stone) last week and he told me I gotta drink 3 quarts a water a day, every day, forever now. Pffft! I can manage 2 quarts (which I’ve been doing) but 3 is pushing it lol (besides it’s a pain in the ass getting up in the middle of the night constantly to go to the bathroom…talk about a sucky nights sleep.) And I have some diet changes to make at the urologists request as well…..funny lil story with that…he was telling me that I can’t have any chocolate (cuz of something called oxalate or something in it) and then he proceeded to tell me about the 2nd column in the chart that he gave me and that I can have maybe 2 cheats from there. I said to him “just so you know, I will be cheating by eating a chocolate bar!” He laughed and said “ok tell ya what…how bout you cheat by eating a couple of hershey kisses instead?” I said, “deal!” lol I can’t give up my chocolate. So all of this diet stuff is kinda confusing because I’m trying to eat better but then the kidney stone diet tells me what I can and can’t have…and I have acid reflux so I have a diet plan for that too…..so trying to figure out what I can and can’t have in regards to everything is a pain in the behind. But I’ll manage.

Oh and Brandon went back to school on 1/2/08. He goes to school for 3 days a week and therapy 2 days. They are still feeling him out to see how he is “learning,” etc. But he’s very happy to be back in school, that’s for sure.

On to real estate…..I just wrote up 27 postcards, I’ve been working on my website off on and over the past week, and I’ve added articles to my blog (not this one) and worked on S.E.O. I haven’t worked on my gay marriage or my bbw site as of yet….but a poker buddy recently sent me an article about New Hampshire and them allowing civil unions, etc. so that will be my first update I make.

Speaking of New Hampshire..boy I really would love it if Dennis Kucinich got the presidential nominee but of course I know he doesn’t have a chance in hell right now soooo I must say GO JOHN EDWARDS!

Just for the record; if Mike Huckabee becomes president..I will be moving to Canada (ok not really but STILL.) That man just doesn’t know the meaning of Separation of church and state. It’s quite annoying if you ask me. I have no problems whatsoever with ANYONES religion but when you are running for the president of the united states of america or if you are the president of the united states of america you should not let your religion dictate your decisions (someone didn’t inform Mr. Huckabee that the entire U.S.A. isn’t made up of white, straight, southern baptists!)

Btw, I have been spending a lot of time talking to friends and acquaintances about the election. And I dont’ say “hey you should vote for such and such or don’t vote for such and such” but I merely talk about the facts (all of which are on every candidates website) but they may be facts that folks don’t really look at (because it doesn’t pertain to them) but I point them out……..and they have to do with human rights and religion, etc.

I have a very good poker friend who is very, very religious, but she said point blank that she doesn’t want a President who can’t separate his religion from his job……i.e. separation of church and state. Anyway, my thing is…why would you want a president who doesn’t want ALL humans in the U.S. to have the same rights? Yes, all humans who pay taxes, who work every day, who pay their bills, who breathe, who are productive in the world…why would you discriminate against some of them? I don’t know how any person could willfully walk into the poll booth and VOTE for a man or woman who is for DENYING certain human beings rights.

Sure, you have concerns about abortion, children, the war in Iraq, etc. but while you are sitting there th inking about abortion, or about how you can help children or about how you can get your child out of Iraq, etc. you are sitting there pondering these things as a HUMAN. We all are humans and we all deserves the same rights………and I would love for Mike Huckabee or anyone else in the world to tell me why he and his partner or you and your partner deserve rights that me and my partner don’t? We ALL live and breathe the same way, we all look out for our families, we all pay taxes, we all need healthcare, we all need to eat, we all need water, we all put our pants on one leg at a time, we all fill our cars up with gas when it’s getting close to E, we all mow our grass (or have someone do it for us) when it gets too high, we all want to live happily ever after with the person we love, we all even argue with our partners about the same things i.e. money, bills, time, kids, etc. So again, please…tell me why YOU are a better human or person if you will, then ME? You can’t. It’s that simple.

I know this isn’t about real estate right now and for that I apologize but you know what everyone, like Aaron, can post all of the religious things they want on the forum so I can say whatever I want on MY BLOG. I must say that what really appeals to me about John Edwards is that he is very upfront. He comes with no bullshit, he doesn’t tell you what you want to hear, he just tells you honestly how he feels about something. For the record, John Edwards is NOT for gay marriage, but I would vote for him in a heartbeat. Why? Because he tells you straight up how he feels……he said that he believes all people deserve the same rights, even gay people and he feels that gay couples should have the same exact rights as heterosexual couples…but his problem right now is with the word marriage. But he goes on to say that the reason he has a problem with the word marriage is because of his RELIGION but that isn’t right…he said his religion shouldn’t effect how he treats people or how he runs the country……but admits, he is still dealing with the “WORD.” I can respect a man like that and I can certainly vote for a man like that. (Btw, I paraphrased everything because I don’t remember his exact words.) And just for the record…I, personally, don’t give a shit what you call IT now….just give me the same rights as you and your wife have Mr. President (or you and your husband have Ms. President.)

Ok I’m done with my rant…I’m sorry. My sign stapler is in….so after Kathy and I go to bowling tonite she’ll give it to me and I can get to work on some signs too (not this evening I don’t think because I’m trying to start going to bed early too.)

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Real estate letters, postcards and bandit signs

16 letters going out today…not Eileen’s yet….ones that I’ve used in the past. I want to try Eileen’s but I don’t have my laptop (let Kathy borrow it as her computer went and got sick on her) so I couldn’t open her letters with my desktop as I don’t have the right software on here. I just texted Kathy to ask her to copy and paste the letters into word for me and I should have them shortly, but I didn’t want to STOP doing something to wait….so I printed out my 16 letters. Oh and this letters..it’s the 3rd contact I’ll have with these people….(from the foreclosure filings in the courthouse.)

Also, I have 11 new postcards going out. I’m sure my list isn’t the best, I just get the forelcosure filings from the county courthouse, but I saw that the credit bureau 30, 60, and 90 day late lists are kinda pricey and I just don’t have that dough right now.

Actually, when I use to send out letters from the courthouse filing, my response rate wasn’t all that horrible….but I took the cheaper route with postcards….unfortunately I think it may be costing me, because their response rate is dismal! But ummm I got a bunch left still…..maybe after I’m done with them I’ll stick to letters….I dunno.

It rained reallll good here last night so I think I’m gonna get some signs together and after I visit with my father, stepmother and 2 stepsiblings tonight that I’ll go out put up at least 10 signs. Oh funny thing…I was driving down the road to go somewhere the other day and I looked up on this grassy patch where I usually put my signs and I haven’t seen my signs stood up there for a while…..well I look near the metal barrier? guard rail? or whatever it is called…and there are like 3 of my signs just laying down flat there. lol I dunno who took ’em down, because I’d imagine if it was the township they would just chuck ’em…maybe it was people cutting the grass or something? Anyhoo, I’ll just go stick ’em back up.

I know some people don’t advocate bandit signs, but I have to tell you, I dont’ LOVE putting them out, but they are hands down the best thing that I use to get my phone ringing…..next to them is my website……although with my website my phone doesn’t ring, but my email box does. 🙂

Oh I almost forgot…I want to start working again on getting my website up there in the top of the search engines lists. It was funny a lil while ago Chris(PA) called me and he says “How did you get ahead of me in the google search?” I don’t know if you all know this but Chris is a techy guy and very computer and internet savvy…so I got a chuckle out of it….I answered him honestly and said “I dunno…because honestly I was just having a chat with myself about how I need to work on my search engine optimization because I haven’t been doing it lately.” lol I think I’m gonna check out the search engines now and see where I rank. And if it’s better then Chris, I’m gonna tease him….(just kidding…I don’t want him FIXING his site to beat mine lmao)

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Take me off of your list!

Ahhhh so it’s the day after xmas. I had a great couple of days with family and friends (not to mention I spent all day with Andrew today and most of Christmas Eve too hehehe Have I mentioned I love that kid? lol)

Well I promised myself that for 8 hours tomorrow I would do NOTHING BUT REAL ESTATE since I’ve been slacking so much lately.

I’ll work on some more postcards and signs. Oh and my babydoll did buy me a sign stapler for christmas…well it was signed from Brandon and Joe (her 2 sons) and Riley, Spencer and Blade (my 3 cats) but none of those 5 guys has a job so I’m fairly certain Kathy bought it lmao It still hasn’t arrived yet, it’s in the mail…so can’t put out any kinds of those signs tomorrow.

OH and hey guess what? I got a response from one of my postcards. This was the message I got: “We sold our house already, please take us off of your mailing list. Thanks.” Hey at least SOMEONE is reading my postcards huh? I’m definitely gonna try out Eileen’s letters. Maybe I’ll send them out tomorrow……..(btw, thanks again Eileen for sending them to me!)

Oh and one more person called me today about a house for sale, but he lives in Maryland. I keep a couple of Maryland calls because Oxford, where Kathy lives and where I put a bunch of signs up, is right on the Maryland border………so I’ll give the guy a yell to see what’s up with his place.

Plus, someone wanted to show my Sub2 property today……I’ll give him a call tomorrow to see how that went….I sooo wish someone would buy that thing YESTERDAY. I’m paying a 3% commission with a $1000 selling bonus for a full price offer that settles by 1/31/08.

I don’t drink much at ALL (seriously, I’m not even kidding) but I think I’m going to go get a glass of wine…..all of this holiday stuff and screaming kid stuff…well I need it. lol Don’t get me wrong though, I had an AWESOME past few days…….seriously….but a glass of wine once in a while does me good. And my wine, well if you are a REAL wine drinker you soooo would not like my wine, it tastes almost like grape juice lol It’s by Clover Hill and it’s called Concord. (I think it’s only up this way where I live though….but that’s ok by me…just didn’t want ya’ll going out looking for this grape juice tasting wine lol)

Ok signing off……I’m gonna try to work this Oxford deal this week/next week and to also try to get a new deal signed up for next month! Wooohooo!

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Postcards, bandit signs and Christmas, oh my!

Alrighty moving right along. Sent out 43 postcards yesterday. Sending another 40 today and I’ll be putting out 10 bandit signs tonight (haven’t done them in FOREVERRRRRR.) But I’ll be putting them out up the significant others way tho..she’s on my butt to get a house up there…..she thinks sub2 would be a good way to go lol hey…at least she listens to my real estate ramblings sometimes and knows what the heck a sub2 is right? lol

I’m wondering Eileen….what kind of letter are you sending out? My postcards usually get the same dismal 1% return rate, but that ain’t helping me make any money. Grrrrr (NOTE: Eileen is from the flippinghomes.com community.)

Oxford people told me that I have to meet with the wife after xmas to get things notarized. Unless I email the stuff to him last night before he left for texas. I had a reminder in my phone but was in the midst of xmas shopping and well needless to say I remembered at 1am that I had to friggin email him! Duh!

Xmas shopping is almost complete…but I think I’m declaring xmas officially a CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY FROM NOW ON AND THAT IS IT!!! I’m wondering if anyone else has the same problems as I have getting stuff for like let’s say your aunts family or grandparents or whatever. And it’s always like for instancce you give them a $25 gift card for whatever and they give you a $25 gift card for whatever…umm why not we both just say Merry Christmas and just keep our own 25 bucks???? Seriously. I know you’re probably thinking that’s not what Christmas is all about yada yada but to me NOT getting presents and just spending the time with your family and loved ones is more important!

I’d rather just do the gift exchange with Kathy, my parents and my siblings and that’s it. Plus, of course Andrew (ummmm I spent a lot of money on him this year and I know his 2 moms are gonna be mad at me…cuz they told me not to spend too much. But oh well, he only will ever have his 1st Christmas…once!) And you know I don’t have any problem giving gifts to a good cause; you know like maybe a child in the hospital or even maybe spending time with an older person who has no one come to visit them….that I’d even like to do. But this whole $25 never-ending back and forth gift card thing has got to end. Can you tell I didn’t have any fun shopping yesterday except when it was for Andrew?

Ok I’m done with my Holiday rant. Gonna go put my bandit signs together and then head to lil Andrews house…I’m on a mission…….I have to find a pic of Donna, my best friend, and her mom on her computer and a good one of Benny, her cat that just passed away……Kathy and I are making her a present from them. Donna’s mom passed away this past June and her kitty cat that she’s had FOREVER did as well recently. So she’s been pretty upset during this holiday season as you can imagine.

Off to hopefully do something productive to make me some money.

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