Random Thoughts: Light Sabers, Facebook Lists and Geeky Girls

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My thinking is more and more random these days. I like being able to get something off my chest without having to feel like a full blog post is necessary but I seem to need more than 140 characters. Besides, very few people listen to my ramblings on Twitter. I'm just not that interesting I have decided.

We have a great interview tomorrow at ActiveRain University with Chad from IMSD. He will be talking to Laurie Weston Davis and Lisa Archer, the Geeky Girls. What makes them so geeky you might ask? They're using video to generate leads for their business. Are you scared to get in front of the camera? I bet they have some ideas of how you can stay out of the flashing lights of video and still utilize video to help market your business. You can join them at 9am PST (that's noon on the East Coast for the time challenged) on ActiveRain University. if you enjoyed the '37 Ways Not to Suck at Real Estate' Webinar we had last week, you'll enjoy what we have in store tomorrow.

I miss my son terribly being way out here in Michigan but my monthly trips home are something I look forward to always. In fact, I'm heading back to Seattle tomorrow for my week with my son. We'll try to get in a baseball game, lots of fishing and just some good quality daddy-son time. The boy is obsessed with Star Wars so I'm sure there is a light saber battle or two in my near future.......may the force be with me.

Our tailgate for the Michigan - Notre Dame game continues to grow by the day. My parents are coming in for the game and my step dad is bringing some fresh salmon that he caught in Alaska. He's a commercial fisherman. We have over 50 people that will be joining us, some going to the game itself, some just coming to enjoy the spectacle. Please, for all that is good, let Michigan win. You have no idea what it's like dealing with my wife after a Michigan loss (although in the last three years I've gotten lots of practice).

Do you have your past clients set up in a list on Facebook so that you can easily check in on them to see if they remember you the next time they have a friend needing a real estate agent? I still believe that the best use of Facebook for a real estate agent is it allows you to make sure your past clients don't forget you. Here is a video showing you how to create a list so that you can easily keep up with your past clients. Facebook lists allow you to cut through the noise on Facebook and just see updates from a focused group of people.

How do some people get so disagreeable? You know the type, right? No matter what you say they will take an opposing view point and then make snide comments about your point of view. We could probably get their heads to explode if we sent them here. ActiveRain is much more subtle than the internet at large. If you disagree, awesome! Our community loves a good debate. If you're an ass when you do it, don't be surprised if you end up talking to yourself a lot around here. (of course, the problem is disagreeable people seldom know this about themselves)

Are you Ready For Some Football? I can hardly wait! I'll probably even watch some of the first NFL preseason game on Thursday just to quench my thirst. Basketball on the other hand.......I could care less if they ever play another NBA game in Oklahoma City! (or anywhere........I'm still very bitter, I'll probably never get over it)

Nikesh is doing a great job as CEO at ActiveRain. I'm particularly impressed with how willing he is to listen to what our existing team (meaning those of us that were here before he got here) thinks about the company and the community. There is a lot of opportunity for improvement at ActiveRain and he has done an outstanding job at making sure we are all focused on executing for our members.

How many hours a day do you spend ON your business? Not IN your business, but ON your business (you know the difference right?)? What's your excuse for spending less than 3 hours today ON your business? Luckily if you can nail down that excuse, you will have that same excuse to thank when things slow down for you later in the year. There will be no guessing........

Of all the people I've never met in real life, Sally Cheeseman ranks right up near the top of the list of my favorites. She goes out of her way to send my little boy a birthday and Christmas present every year and there is always a little treat for Christa and me. I'm so excited for her that she has her own grandchild on the way! That little child is lucky to have Grandma Sally! She's been a great influence on the community over the years and her Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul group on ActiveRain is always a breath of fresh air! Sally, I can't wait to meet you soon! (of course, I'd be just as excited to meet you if you lived in Iowa as I am being you live in Hawaii.....I swear!)

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Rainmaker
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Mike Mitchell
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Real Living Kee Realty

Hey Bob, I agree. I'm so glad it's almost football season! Can't wait!

August 08, 2011 08:53 PM
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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

Bob, your little boy is delicious.  What a doll!  And, that Conservopedia really piqued my interest.  Now, I won't be on AR for weeks.  (Thanks!)

I am ready for some football....if only to make the man-child in the house happy.

August 08, 2011 09:17 PM
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Larry Story
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate
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Bob so your son is a Star Wars fan eh.  I have a friend in Tokyo graphic artist and  computer special effects.  I am sending you a short video that he is playing around with.  

August 08, 2011 10:20 PM
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Praful Thakkar
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
Keller Williams Realty

Comments on some of your random thoughts --

Attended webinar with Ben last week, was excellent. Will try to be on webinar tomorrow at noon EST.

Football? If Pats are in Supebowl, may need to learn a bit - to talk to some of the clients, otherwise...

Facebook connect with past client is a great tip. Need to work on at least half of them, if not more.

August 08, 2011 10:51 PM
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Marilyn Boudreaux
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s

I love college football and have been counting the days until it returns and hmmm wondering about those Saints this year!

August 08, 2011 11:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Jill Sackler
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!"

Anything but boring. Great Job. I can't believe your step dad is a commericial fisherman - do you get to eat lots of fish? My husband was in the coast guard years ago when I met him and won't even look at fish because he says he was forced to for so long.

CAVE dwellers is what we call them - constantly against virtually everything

August 09, 2011 09:01 AM
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Peggy Wilson
Michigan Mortgage Pro
Huron Valley Financial, Inc.

Bob, I live in Ann Arbor and want to come to YOUR tailgate for some really fresh salmon! Loved reading your ramblings.

August 09, 2011 11:05 AM
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Courtney Cooper
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I like Sally, too, and sent her a referral to prove it:)  I happen to be one of the ones who LIKE being your Twitter follower so tweet some more damn it!     I got to meet Chad in person last week and he is pretty smart so should be a good webinar and sorry to miss it as that is exactly when I drop London off at school!!!! The Geeky Girls are cool. IMSD is cool - I will have to get that designation asap :)  Thanks for your random post - love how it gets me thinking. cc

August 09, 2011 11:10 AM
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John Cannata
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Enjoy the boy while he is still young and into that 'goofy fun' stuff. Kids are a blast, Im sure you know already. My son is not 13 but we still wrestle and goof around. Although now his interests have become more expensive. Great to hear the Nikesh is doing so well over there. Im sure everyone was nervous when the change first happened because of the 'unknown'. As for Sally, I have never met her either although I've read her blogs and FB/Twitter updates. Seems like a very cool woman. Its great that she takes the time to send your son gifts. She probably feels like she knows him based on your blogs and how much you have mentioned him. (I mean that in a positive way). Have a great week.

August 09, 2011 01:27 PM
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Cindy Marchant
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com

While I want to read the entire post of random thoughts...all that Michigan gear makes that far too difficult today...the Michigan/ND game is always a big one...season opener or close to always.  While I am hoping for a different outcome than you...I am excited to see football both on the collegiate level and even more so on the Professional level...Super Bowl in Indy...

August 09, 2011 09:08 PM
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Jason Sardi
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I could get very used to reading your random thoughts, Stewart.  Very cool.

As I wrote on Sis's reblog, I want to share at least one adult malt beverage with you before I die. 

I have had the pleasure of meeting Sally (AKA, Sis) and she is so very true to her voice here. 

As far as the Super Bowl, Cindy "in Indy" don't stand a chance ... okay, that was last year and we just said we were going, not winning it or anything;)

May The Force Be With You,

Sardi

August 09, 2011 11:39 PM
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Phil Leng
Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
Keller Williams Eastside Market Center

OK Bob,

I have to admit I am disappointed!

I went to where you sent me to see the heads of disagreeable people explode. No exploding heads. Not a single one!

Just a long list of discussion topics.

Exploding heads, next time - PLEASE!

Phil

August 10, 2011 12:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Tim Lorenz
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TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team

I agree with Phil no exploding heads and that would have been the best.

Yes, I am ready for some football.

August 10, 2011 01:38 AM
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Thanks for posting the link to how to make lists in Facebook.  Very useful!

August 12, 2011 02:07 PM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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Bob - it is always great reading your random thoughts and I totally understand your missing your son as you do!

August 13, 2011 09:13 AM
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Mike Cooper
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

Enjoyed the random thoughts, Bob.  I guess I'm like Kristi above, my thoughts always seem to be random.  A definite Ritalin candidate, but that's OK.  I like being able to have so many things running through my head simultaneously.  It keeps the air from blowing through and keeping me awake!!

August 14, 2011 02:06 AM
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Bob Jakowinicz
734-578-6561 - Michigan Real Estate Agent
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz

O.K. I will get in touch with you before the next game I make it to.  I know what you mean when you say you miss your son as do I feel the same way

August 15, 2011 03:06 PM
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Christine OShea
Naples Florida Homes for Sale
NATIONS

Great Post, Bob. I love that you miss your son, and I am sorry at the same time.  My sons are 22 and 26 and I miss them too.  Thanks for the rest of the tips, I will have to look at your facebook video later!  I will bookmark.  You are also correct, Sally is the BEST!

August 15, 2011 08:51 PM
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Love you Bob. You are a real blessing to this community and to the members of Active Rain who reach out to you each day...and actually get a heartfelt response! THANK YOU.

August 19, 2011 08:21 AM
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Cindy Edwards
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I cannot help but to gravitate to your photos. Go Blue. Beat Notre Dame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 09, 2011 11:30 AM
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