She bet on one horse to win and I bet on another to show

How about a year end wrap up?  Oh what the hell?

Here are last year’s top ten:

  1. Lose that last 35 pounds.  Lost another 10 but still have a ways to go.
  2. Ride at 15mph. I started to get faster and then had that hamstring injury so I’m still sitting around 11.7mph
  3. Eliminate the rest of the debt.  Didn’t get this done but did make steady progress
  4. Eliminate the IRS issue.  Didn’t get this done either but am making payments thus eliminating the potential for debtors prison
  5. Practice the daily 10 five days a week.  I’m giving myself a C+ on this one.  I did remarkably well on this when I did it.
  6. Remodel main bath. Whatever
  7. Build mud room.  What evs
  8. Get Mustang closer to if not on the road. Yeah…no.
  9. Add a buyer’s agent.  Tried to but didn’t end up with enough buyers
  10. Squat 230, bench 300, dead lift 435.  Squat 150, Bench 170# dead 220# definite improvement
  11. Have 6 months reserves in the bank. I have about six weeks…
  12. Eliminate tolerations within 30 days of them presenting themselves. Giving myself a B+ on this.  A couple just won’t go away but I did remarkably well on this.
  13. Follow my schedule 80% of the time.  I started out real well on this and would have spurts of being excellent.  The importance of this one shows up in my bottom line.  When I do it things hum around here.

So all and all it seems like I missed every single goal, yet, the other one I missed was the Gross Commission earned.  I missed that.  I did 72% of what I set out to do.  But I increased my year over year by 28%.  Who else do you know that gave themselves a 28% pay raise.  My new assistant turned out to be a big ol’ can of awesomesauce.  I spent about $4500 on her so she more than paid for herself.

In review, I saved eight dogs this year.  I had to make the call on two.  One for temperament, the other for health.  It kills me every time I have to tell a shelter to put down a dog.  I haven’t had to do it in a while but I had to do it twice this year.  I lost my beloved Norman.  He was my defender.  I always felt protected when that do was here.  He broke my heart.

I rocked it on the AIDS/Lifecycle raising $5700 last year.  Thank you to all who participated.  Then I had that pulled hamstring incident.  That put a damper on a lot of this year’s activities.  The AIDS ride was marred by the death of a cyclist.  Nearly everyone knew her.  I have a picture taken with her and her husband from 2012.  She was a 14 time rider.  She had a heart attack on the bike and then struck her head coming off the bike.  She was brain dead.  They kept her alive on life support until the ride was over and then her husband said goodbye and her organs went on to save even more people.  He is a broken man.  I wish him peace.

Another death rocked our Keller Williams family.  A member of one of the big teams and the rainmaker’s sister relapsed after 12 years of sobriety and was found dead in a Reno hotel room.  She was way to young to go, a huge personality, a good woman and the hole is vast.  I wish them family peace.

Just this week a friend of mine was riding in a pack outside of Danville when the pack screwed up.  There was a wreck at the front and bikes and cyclists started going every which way.  My friend was at the back.  He’d been talking with a friend of his, a guy I knew peripherally.  I recognized his picture with his family.  The guy swerved to miss the wreck.  Simultaneously, a water truck swerved to miss the first crash.  The results were catastrophic.  A family will start out the new year without their father.  When I saw him yesterday I didn’t know this and said “I’m sorry about your friend”.  He started to tear up and then told me that he was there.  He saw the whole thing.  I wish him peace.

Since I can’t’ get these finished they remain on the list.

  1. Lose that last 35 pounds.
  2. Ride at 15mph
  3. Eliminate the rest of the debt
  4. Eliminate the IRS issue
  5. Practice the daily 10 five days a week
  6. Remodel main bath
  7. Build mud room
  8. Get Mustang closer to if not on the road
  9. Add a buyer’s agent
  10. Squat 230, bench 300, dead lift 435
  11. Have 6 months reserves in the bank
  12. Eliminate tolerations within 30 days of them presenting themselves.
  13. Follow my schedule 80% of the time

I think these are good for another year.  I am working towards all of them so I think it’s all good.

What I do know is that I am a very good real estate agent.  One of the best in our area.  I have been working on a growth plan that has been quite helpful for the last year.  I have it set up for this year again already.  I read 11 books last year and got Bill the Dog trained.  I went to four real estate events to help my business.  I am happy with that.  I am getting back my strength and I am happy with that.  I’ve lost 10 pounds and I am happy with that.  And my assistant has freed up some valuable time to allow me to relax now and then and while I’m still tired, I’m not as tired as I was this time last year.  Although I could use a nap.

This is for Norman.

 

They have the authority to kill a minority

One thing we all have to understand and most people don’t, there are the protestors and there are the troublemakers.  And they are not the same people.  In the Bay Area the troublemakers are the Anarchists and the thugs.  Those are not the people who are protesting the disproportionate deaths of African American men at the hands of the police.  It must stop.  I said when it happened that Eric Garner’s death was egregious.  It still is.  And if they shut down every highway in the bay area until change is implemented, I’m fine with that.  Because at the end of the day, we all bleed one color.  Red.  And that’s what matters.  Stop the bloodshed.  Stop the killing.

 

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Here’s the deal and I’ve been talking about this for months.  Everyone talks about how few Realtors are actually good at their jobs.  About 10% will really rock your world.  Another 10-15% can do a decent job.  The next 60% are just average.  They don’t do anything amazing but they don’t screw up fantastically either.  The last 20% are thieves, liars and cheats.  Completely incompetent.  Think about the field you’re in.  The same thing is true.  It’s true for lawyers, it’s true in the military, it’s true for every other field out there.  Including policing.  The problem is cops have guns and interact with the general public.  So their screw ups are magnified.

Let’s use the military for instance.  There is this ideal in the country right now that every service person right now is above reproach.  Sorry, there have been dummies in the military since day one.  Idiots shooting their own limbs off, accidentally shooting their comrades and defecting.  About 20% of them do an amazing job.  About 60% of them are average and about 20% of them are just jackasses.  See how that works?

Stop protecting the jackasses.  All of them.  Including the lower 20% who authorized torture in the name of our government.  Lean into the upper 20% and for the love of God, don’t be average your own damned self.

On a happier note and a certainly not average note….this.

All your life will ever be

Told you.

Eric Garner is finally getting his due.  I wish the assholes would stop and allow the peaceful protestors to do their thing.  Way back when it happened I said they left that man dead in the street pretending like he was still alive.  He wasn’t.  They used an illegal choke hold on a man that wasn’t doing anything in the first place and they killed a husband, father and grandfather.  And the State of New York let it happen.  And to the right wing, it’s not about taxation.  It’s not about Obama’s police state.  It’s about racism.  Period.

Shame on them and shame on this country.

The thing is, as a white person, I only hear stories of cabbies not picking up black fares in the big cities.  I hail a cab and they pick me up.  Here’s the thing.  Jay-Z is worth about $560 million dollars.  If he were to stand alone on a street corner in New York, no entourage, he could not hail a cab.  The subtle things that happen in this country every single day effect the individuals ability to lead the same life as I do.  I had a client a few years ago who had itty bitty dreadlocks.  He was a firefighter.  His dreads were not more than an inch long which was in compliance with the fire department regulations but his Captain busted his balls about his hair.  Why?  Seriously.  Why.  Until we recognize it and shine God’s flashlight upon it, it continues.

It has to change.  It must change.  Enough.

Now, am I the only person that sees the irony in the police using tear gas on a bunch of protestors who were chanting “I Can’t Breathe”?