I don't know why I make my wife crazy

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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I'm notorious for making fun of my mother-in-law, and with good reason, but the truth is that she is a carbon copy of me.  She wants me to speak at her funeral (which will be a long way off, I trust, assuming I don't beat her there), and I told her I would, but with all of the material I've accumulated on her over the years it will have to be a series.

One of the things that makes me crazy about her is her propensity to over-schedule herself.  If she has a meeting on one side of town at 9:15 am and a client calls at 8:45 and asks to see a house on the other side of town she will say, "Sure, I've got time."  No she doesn't, but she always seems to make things work out.  That's the same thing that makes my wife crazy about me.  I can see my father-in-law shaking his head in agreement as I tell this story about Betty, and Buffy is shaking her head about me. 

Today was one of those typical days.  I left the house with a definite plan for the day.  I hadn't made it toCrazy man the Post Office (five minutes away) before my day was upside down.  I diverted my path to the county inspections office and picked up three electrical permits.

I realized, "Oh, while I'm in the county office building, why don't I check to see if there is a perc test on a lot I have for sale?  It will only take a few minutes, right?" A half hour later, I'm standing at the counter texting an agent whose daughter wants my lot.  I'm telling him it has an approved perc and she writes a contract and it's accepted.  So far, nothing on my schedule has happened.

I'm off to the printer to pick up invoices for the electrical company.  That gets me off course and distracted and I end up at the grocery store picking up snacks for the office.  No problem.  I still have time to get everything done.  Because I was at the grocery store, I took a different path to my office.  On the way, I saw a car for sale.  My younger son needs a car and his mother wants her car back.  My mind says, "Keep going.  You don't have time for this."  I pass the car, and a hundred yards later I turn around and go back.

After chatting with the owner, my son, the insurance company and my wife - my son has his own car.  No problem.  I've still got time to get everything done.  On the way to the office, I remember that I have a major commercial electrical service changeover first thing in the morning.  I should probably make sure the equipment I ordered is there and is correct.  So, I divert to the electrical supplier. 

While there, I remember I have a property that needs to have the contract submitted to the bank.  No problem.  I stop by the office and upload it.  Then I remember, my dryer isn't working, and since I don't have time to repair it I'll just grab one we have in storage and take it home.

Crazy womanWhile traveling home with the dryer, my attorney calls and asks if my closing clients (for next week) can run by his office and sign their deed.  Sure, I can work that out.  I call, text and email my clients, and a hour ago I get a confirmation that they signed their portion of the closing and everything is on schedule for next week. 

Now, I'm washing clothes which I can now dry.  I'm going over the deals that were ratified today.  I'm making a schedule for tomorrow that I will more than likely ignore for the most part.  I'm reading the funny emails from clients who made it across the finish line today.  I'm talking to a contractor who accepted our bid.  I'm responding to emails asking for electrical services.  I'm sending documents to an agent who is buying a piece of property I'm selling.  I'm reviewing my appointments for the next two weeks, and I'm wondering why I drive my wife crazy.  I don't get it. 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Mike-thank goodness for cell phones and understanding wives! You had a busy day but what floored me was that you found the time in your busy day to stop and buy your son a car! You do fill your day!
October 03, 2012 09:06 PM
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Christine Donovan
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Mike - I'm so glad that I'm not the only person who goes through days like this.  How can you not just cram it in?

October 03, 2012 11:36 PM
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Donald Reich
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AHHHHHHHHH, the lives we lead as Realtors.  Keep it up Mike and I am sure you will have a great year!

October 04, 2012 02:42 AM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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And you never made it to the post office?!?! It drives me crazy when Wayne does that too, but the truth is, real estate is a lot like you described - pretty unschedulable!

October 04, 2012 03:37 AM
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Dale Samples
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Sounds about like my schedule. I tend to get distracted easy from one task to another.
October 04, 2012 04:31 AM
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Mike Cooper
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Kathy, ironically enough, that only took about 45 minutes.  Some days go that way.  8=)

Agreed, Christine.  You've got to make hay while the sun is shining. 

Thanks, Donald.  It was a pretty successful day. 

W&J, I did actually make it to the Post Office eventually.  I left a handful of things off that list, but it all worked out. 

It really does go that way sometimes, Dale.  Gladly, not everyday is that way.   Whew!

October 04, 2012 04:46 AM
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Marney Kirk
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I don't understand. This isn't normal? ;-)

October 04, 2012 04:57 AM
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I thought this was a normal day??  LOL!  Good post Mike.  Thanks for sharing.  :)                                                      

October 04, 2012 05:05 AM
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Mike Cooper
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It is, Marney.  8-)  Some of the time anyway.  I am glad it's not like this everyday.  Shew!

It sure can be, CT.  Somedays go that way!!

October 04, 2012 05:11 AM
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I have to admit that my schedule does become disruptive at times due to change of priorities.

October 04, 2012 06:22 AM
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Sharon Parisi
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Mike, this sounds like a typical day to me!  Somehow, they never go as planned, but they are always fascinating and sometimes challenging!

October 04, 2012 06:23 AM
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Mike Cooper
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Absolutely, Harry.  A day in the life of an entrepreneur. 

Yes they are, Sharon.  I really don't mind at all. 

October 04, 2012 07:56 AM
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Mike:

Sounds to me like you had a very productive day.  You may not have completed all the items on your list, but you were able to do a lot of things that needed to be done.

October 04, 2012 09:32 AM
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Hey, at least you got a lot done that day!  Productive in my book.

October 04, 2012 09:35 AM
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Shane Barker
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Getting a lot done in a hectic order and way sure beats getting nothing done in an orderly way.  Good job!

October 04, 2012 10:36 AM
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Scott Fogleman
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Mike- i cant stand feeling like Iam over schedualed.. dont know how you can be so productive with clients and get so many personal things done...

October 04, 2012 01:24 PM
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Too good.  You must love her a lot.

October 04, 2012 01:35 PM
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Mike ~ You scare me!! (Karen)

If I did that much in one day Frank would think this was something wrong with me!!

October 04, 2012 05:02 PM
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Tanja Cisliek
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Mike, you sound like a rare breed of man - a multi-tasker! Congrats on getting so much done in one day, I think plans are made to avoid being 'without a plan' - and then to be amended :)!

October 04, 2012 05:20 PM
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It went pretty well, Evelyn.  Fortunately, not everyday is like that.  8=)

It really was, Justin. 

Well said, Shane.

Ironically, Scott, I took in two REO contracts that day and submitted them to the lenders. 

Yes I do, Ginger.  8=)

You've got to wear a helmet, Karen.  8=)

Too funny, Tanja.  You might have something there. 

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