I Forgot My WIfe-But It Was Totally Unintentional

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® TX License #0566780

I Forgot My Wife, But It Was Totally Unintentional

Early in my real estate career, I did lots of Open Houses. Most week-ends I conducted at least one on Sundays. A few times I did one Open House in San Antonio Texason Saturday and another on Sunday. 

Anyway, initially I did them by myself. I had no listings of my own then and other agents were happy to have their listings get a bit more exposure and to demonstrate to their clients that some marketing activity was being generated for their home.

One weekend, during this early period, my wife decided to help me at an Open House. The home was occupied and I wanted another pair of eyes to help me. She's not a licensed agent so I gave her the briefing about what she could not say to keep us out of trouble with the Real Estate Commission, my Broker, and potential Buyers.

I wasn't smart enough to have a real system, and checklists. I'd heard that such a process was a good practice, but I had not bought into that yet. I did have a routine that I thought worked. I developed flyers for the property, learned all the details about the house, learned about the floor plan, schools that served the area, and other homes for sale in the area.

I conducted a map recon to figure out the strategic locations for directional signs, and the all important blue and white Coldwell Banker balloons. Having the correct number of signs pointing in the right direction is not a detail to be left to chance. And, of course, getting the balloon to sign ratio accurately computed would, I'm sure, have brought a smile to my elementary math teachers.

So on the day in question I had the wife, directional signs, sign-in sheets for the many potential buyers who would be coming to the Open House,  the flyers for the home being held open, information regarding other homes that were on the market in the area, and a back seat full of balloons.

I liked to use helium for the balloons. The broker had a tank that agents could use for this purpose. I liked to fill my balloons and leave the office about an hour before the Open House was to begin. We filled the balloons and headed out. On this day it was a short trip. The distance between my office, or the balloon filling station, and the site of the Open House was only about three miles.

As I approached the area, I stopped the car and began placing the signs and balloons as planned. The wife offered to get out to assist with the placing the signs, but I asked her to remain in the car as the placing of signs was best left to me since the ground was hard. Also her shoes and attire were not really very well suited for what I needed to have done. In addition, she had not yet been briefed on the balloon to sign ratio.

I think it was on stop #3 I got out placed the sign and balloons, jumped back in the car and moved on to stop #4. What I failed to realize was, oblivious man-unaware of mistake he's madethe wife was not in the car. She got out at stop #3  to place a sign and balloons, in an attempt to "help me." I did not realize this until I was on the way to stop #4.

I did go back to stop #3 to get her. I tried to explain that I was focused on the tasks that I needed to accomplish for a successful Open House and had asked her to remain in the car. She did not buy it, and to this day, almost six years later, should she be irked at me for something, the issue of my leaving her along the side of the road is likely to come up.

I forgot my wife, but it was totally unintentional.


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Wayne Johnson
18756 Stone Oak Parkway
San Antonio Texas 78258

Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors®
Texas Real Estate License # 0566780

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Rainmaker
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Ashley Connolly
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Oh my goodness your poor wife...

September 05, 2012 08:32 AM #29
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Erica Ramus
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That is a great story! You certainly were focused on the task. ha!

September 05, 2012 08:58 AM #30
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I can't beleive you left your wife behind Wayne! So the question is has she offered to help you again after this major oversite? 

September 05, 2012 10:07 AM #31
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Thanks for the laugh Wayne! She'll never let you forget about that one...but hey at least you noticed she wasn't there right?

September 05, 2012 11:04 AM #32
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Bryan Robertson
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That's really funny actually.  I hope your wife has a sense of humor about the whole thing, I know my wife wouldn't let me live it down but she wouldn't make me feel to bad about it.

September 05, 2012 11:19 AM #33
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Anthony Jones Jr.
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Man this is funny! Hey you said don't get out of the car. You must have been very focused. 

September 05, 2012 12:41 PM #34
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Jerry Newman
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Wayne. I am sure your wife didn't think it was Funny at All. But, I know you meant well. You were on a Mission.

September 05, 2012 05:02 PM #35
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Michael Jacobs
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Wayne -- you have a great story and thanks to your wife -- one you will never forget!

September 06, 2012 12:21 AM #36
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Wayne Johnson
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Dale-Yes, she got back in but it was icy for awhile. Looking back at it, I think it was kind of funny.

September 06, 2012 08:11 PM #37
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Jane-My formula for the balloon to sign ratio is kind of my secret sauce and I had not worked out the fine points at that time. Thanks for comment.

 

September 06, 2012 08:16 PM #38
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Robert-Thanks and I have heard from several people that hip replacements are not very easy to recover from. Getting the pain under control though had to be a major relief.

September 06, 2012 08:18 PM #39
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Tiffany, I knew your issue would come up. So I very carefully worded that section about her placing the signs etc. But she is the real estate professional, like you, for instance. Thanks for your comment.

September 06, 2012 08:20 PM #40
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Wayne Johnson
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Jon, I'd have rather been pummeled just to get it over with. Thanks for comment.

September 06, 2012 08:21 PM #41
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C. Lloyd, In some respects you may be better off handling things solo. I really surprised you can't turn on that C. Lloyd charm and get some help if you really want it. There's an app for that isn't there?

September 06, 2012 08:25 PM #42
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Debbie-Oblivious, yes, I've been called that too. Thanks for comment.

Charita-Things she should remember, she forgets. Things that are not important, she remembers and never forgets. How does this happen.

Wayne and Jean-Never intentionally. Although I sometimes don't hear her when she calls.

September 06, 2012 08:27 PM #43
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Wayne Johnson
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Mike-I assure you never intentionally.

Gary-No truer words than your comment.

Andrew-Not sure she forgave me, as it still comes up from time-to-time.

The Christiansen Team-As long as it's not a drop on the head you may be OK.

Christina-Well on the Richter scale of faux pas, no mistake does not ever register. And you've got a great sense of humor too. How long ago was your wedding?

September 06, 2012 08:33 PM #44
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Wayne Johnson
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Larry, I'm glad you brought up the seven year dea. I'm going to see if I can institue a statue of limitations so that I can have the slate wiped clean after say seven years. Good point.

Michael-Her bringing it up is the problem

Bruce-It just stacked on top of any other issue that comes to her mind.

Margaret-Have some compassion. It's called focus. As a guy, I'm best at handling one thing at a time.

September 06, 2012 08:38 PM #45
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Wayne loved the story being told after six years. I do understand, I have the same single minded focus....I could tell stories too but my other half would flip out if she read about it on the Web....so it might have to be a private conversation between you and me:))) Great & Fun Real Estate Story Congrats on the Feature! Glad you shared!!!

September 09, 2012 10:07 AM #46
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
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Women and their memories....I think that very scenario was in Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus.  That ability to bring up old issues....

My husband often comes to help with signs, and act as bodyguard.  Once in a while he visits with other folks from Long Island (he always catches the accent) but mostly he just "guards".  I can't tell you how many times we've forgotten his car when he's joined me on a rendezvous. And then we have to go back and get it.  

I understand the mindset and the reason why you forgot your wife.  The adrenaline really pumps in, too.  Hopefully when she brings up your memory loss, it's with a smile! 

September 10, 2012 07:44 AM #47
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Wayne, and you look like such a smart guy too :)  Sorry buddy, this is one of those little things in life that will be with you and never forgotten...ever....I did say never ever forgotten...ever!

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