The Pause That Refreshes

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

RefreshCoca Cola had this catchy ad campaign many years ago that said if you drank a Coke, it was

           THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES

I am convinced from myself and watching others we need to FORCE ourselves to do this refreshment trick with technology every two or three years. My hard disk finally crashed on a laptop and I got a new one with the new Vista operating system. A friend's cell phone was going on four years old, falling apart, battery not lasting long, and he finally is going to get another one. A woman title company officer I know complained her first generation Blackberry PDA didn't have some kind of back space function and everyone in her office said she had the oldest model.

Getting new "updated" technology from time to time just feels good. You get refreshed. Quit being cheap and stodgy. Spend some bucks and REFRESH!!!

LIFE INSIDE A COKE MACHINE

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Rainmaker
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Linda Lipscomb
731-695-1118, Lexington TN Homes
Linda Lipscomb RE/MAX Lexington Henderson County TN
I will use the darn thing until it quits.  Not sure why.  Creature of habit.
April 02, 2008 10:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Suzanne Sands
Somerset MA Real Estate
Pavao Real Estate

Hi Gary,

Perhaps if you wrote this a couple of weeks ago I wouldn't had waited until my hard drive crashed...or not! :)

April 02, 2008 10:09 PM
Rainer
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Mana Tulberg
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA
805 County Real Estate
at times I feels like a snail trying to keep up with a sprinter!!!!! But if you want to survive in this world you have to "refresh".
April 02, 2008 10:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
Authentic Feng Shui Expert
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island
Gary, Great video, I almost forgot that saying:  The Pause that refreshes!  I was just going to buy myself a laptop because I really do need one but I'm getting the house done first...and then I can't wait :)
April 02, 2008 10:24 PM
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Virginia Hepp
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS
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Hi Gary - I tend to hang on to old stuff, my husband wants the new gadgets, but never learns how to use them - we should combine forces!
April 02, 2008 10:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Carol Lee
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes
Dilbeck Real Estate
And welcome to the age of consumerism!!   :)  I got a laptop when my desk top (a hand me down from my teen aged sons) died.  I did get a Treo a few years back- it was my 50th birthday present to myself.  But new toys are always fun!!
April 02, 2008 10:39 PM
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Gary Woltal
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Keller Williams Realty

Jeff: A fresh phone makes you feel like the old one was so dated.

Brian: Kind of like getting a brand new car.

Dave: I know that feeling.

Linda: That's how I mainly have been. I have to try and do better.

Suzanne: That's funny. Sorry I didn't write to you sooner : )

Mana: Got to keep moving forward.

Carole: Something to look forward to. Hope you house gets freshened up;

Virginia: You guys are a perfect pair : )

Carol: New toys are fun, I agree.

April 02, 2008 11:01 PM
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Margaret Woda
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Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114
So true!  'Just got another laptop, though, and I hate that transition period.
April 02, 2008 11:02 PM
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Gary Woltal
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Margaret: Adapting to the "new" stuff does crimp our style for awhile, but we figure it out. I think we all hate instruction manuals.
April 02, 2008 11:03 PM
Rainmaker
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Liz Moras
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake
I'm finding I don't as excited about change as I used to......hmmm now why is that? lol......but I do have a new laptop........2 weeks later - despite the Vista ge I'm excited about it.......I think its just a delayed reaction...........its like the Coke video....sometimes I have to go through a few 'loops' before the 'excitement' kicks in!  :-)
April 02, 2008 11:29 PM
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Robert Machado
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management - Sacramento Area
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC
And buying the new stuff makes jobs for others and keeps us all in the money.  Everything in moderation.
April 02, 2008 11:31 PM
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
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I love new toys but I'm with Margaret - the transition period is my only issue... although apparently not enough to stop me from buying them. :)

April 03, 2008 01:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
RED Properties
Funny with all of this technology!  You no sooner walk out the door with it and it is dated!  I am a geek though - if someone has one better than me or does a new trick I just gotta have it!!!!  Probably something I'll never need or use but I gotta have it!
April 03, 2008 05:25 AM
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Missy Caulk
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Gary, darn I just got use to FF and have put my heals in about learning Vista. Debating....if I have to learn new why not just go MAC?
April 03, 2008 05:26 AM
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Kris Wales
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center
I must fit the "cheap and stodgy" profile.  I don't purchase anything new technology wise until the "old" is broken or until it is so outdated that it would harm my business.  
April 03, 2008 06:45 AM
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Gary~Refresh is good in many aspects of life-"It's the Real Thing". 
April 03, 2008 07:09 AM
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Gary Woltal
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Liz: Excitement happens when we see that the new state is "better." I found that with a wireless mouse.

Robert: Keep the economy going but don't spend like a drunk sailor.

Jesse & Kathy: Change is the tough part till you get through it I agree.

Leesa: That's like driving off the new car lot, and then all of a sudden there's something better you are right.

Missy: Macs would seem more stable I would say, yet more incompatible in the business world.

Kris: So you are not an early adopter?: ) A late adopter? That's ok too. Whatever works for you.

Julie: We all need a "refresh" break in many areas. SO true.

April 03, 2008 09:58 AM
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Rosario Lewis
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
DDR Realty
I agree we need to keep current and productive with our technology, but we also need to be prudent with our expenditures. Some of us are better than others at making purchases within our budgets.
April 03, 2008 10:23 AM
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Marchel Peterson
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Results Realty
GARY, Your Vista experience must have started out better than my Vista experience has.  I'm adjusting and trying to find things I like about it and I have actually found some.  I keep thinking my TREO 650 will bite the dust as I bought insurance but it just keep ticking.  There's really nothing that I need it to do that it doesn't so I'm just going to wait it out.
April 03, 2008 10:37 PM
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Gary Woltal
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Rosario: Nothing wrong at all with watching the expenses. I am all for it. But sometimes, just sometimes, it is nice to have the latest toy, and be the first on the block to have it. I think I am regressing to Christmas morn, age 7. Sorry  : )

Marchel: My Vista experience started out with the darn operating system crashing with regularity with some kind of blue screen of death until it automatically loaded two new updates. It's behaved better lately. With cell phones they seem like they get outdated after two to three years. But they have so many features BESIDES just being a phone or phone/PDA. Wait till we all get to the next gen 3G cellular on the phones. Then the browsers will go much faster, similar to Wi-Fi. I've seen the speeds and technology for 4G and then the world's going to really take off in the mobile device category.

April 03, 2008 10:45 PM
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