I'm At An Open House Without My Blackberry (a.k.a. Crackberry)!

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

I wrote this off and on during an Open earlier today!  I sort of got interrupted before I could post it!

If I thought I was addicted to Active Rain, that's nothing compared to my bond with my Blackberry!

I arrived at my Open House about 10 minutes early, went through the place turning on lights, and noticed that in the back sunroom, there were a bunch of spider webs and leaves in the small sunroom at the back of the house.  No problem, I thought, I'll just phone favorite colleague and blog buddy, Cati Bannier.  She lives a few blocks from here and can drop by with a broom and dustpan.

But Wait!  I'd forgotten my second-best friend and constant companion, that little navy blue and black miraculous piece of technology!  (Just for the record, Willie the hyperactive Labradoodle puppy comes in first)

Holy yikes!  Three hours of being unhooked and out of touch, at least by phone.  And I didn't have time to run home to get it.

I am into hour two of my Open and am noticing physical symptoms.

  • A rapid heart beat
  • An uneasiness in my stomach
  • Excessive perspiration, although the central air conditioning is performing beautifully

I do have my little laptop, so at least I can check email and blog between buyers and agents coming through. 

OK, Pat!  Take a deep breath!  A car just pulled up and people are getting out.

It's Showtime!

Get over it!

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Rainer
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Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders

It's amazing how we ever lived without all of these modern conveniences! Every once in a while it's nice to unplug and fake a battery meltdown :-)

August 24, 2008 11:18 PM
Rainmaker
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
The C Team
Keller Williams Legacy

That's funny, and I thought that Darcy was bad without her phone!

August 24, 2008 11:21 PM
Rainer
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Marlene Scheffer
Realtor to Kitsap County, WA
Realty Station

I think you need to give me lessons on staying connected!  That is tooo funny!

August 25, 2008 12:41 AM
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Randy Prothero
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Island Style Realty Inc.

I wrote a blog post during my open house today also.  I had my Palm phone so my heart rate stayed normal.  I know exactly how you felt.  My cell phone is an appendage.

August 25, 2008 03:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

Don't feel bad Pat, the wife doesn't recognize me with out my bluetooth hanging in my ear.

August 25, 2008 04:55 AM
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Lenn Harley
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Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate

Are we connected???  You bet we are.  In many ways, it's our security blanket. 

I rarely use my cell phone because they don't let me out much any more and I'm virtually chained to my computer desk.  However, from time to time, I have to go to the P.O. Box to collect money and to the bank to deposit the checks. 

From time to time, about 2 times a year, I get out without my cell phone.  I am like a cat on a hot tin roof until I can either go back home to collect my cell phone or complete my chores and get back home where I'm safely connected, to something.  I don't even use my cell phone when I'm out but, suppose I have a flat tire?  Or, suppose I need to check messages?? 

You just can't disconnect yourself from your base for too long. 

Unless, of course, it's a fishing journey. 

August 25, 2008 05:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Brian Block
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President

Pat, I'm almost shocked being the Mac Addict that you are that you haven't already scooped up one of those new IPhones!

August 25, 2008 07:11 AM
Rainmaker
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Charles McDonald
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions

I would be totally lost without my blackberry... thank goodness you survived!!!

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

August 25, 2008 07:13 AM
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It wasn't that long ago that we didn't even have cell phones! How quickly we become dependent and feel lost without them!

August 25, 2008 08:36 AM
Rainmaker
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner

I have had the same feeling and it is almost distracting to everything else that is going on we get so used to it. We may need to have an intervention.

August 25, 2008 10:21 AM
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Pat,

So far I have been able to live without the blackberry. I sure count on my computer and cell.

August 25, 2008 11:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Martha Brown
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403

Pat- Yikes, No phone (Blackberry or other) is like walking out the door without your panties pants on. The nakedness of it all is unnerving for sure. Glad you made it through.  

August 25, 2008 01:27 PM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
Charles Rutenberg Realty

It is indeed amazing how dependent we become on these modern conveniences...I can totally relate!

August 25, 2008 02:15 PM
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
RED Properties

Oh, Pat - that was so funny!  I get withdrawls, too!  Heck, I am now past week one without my laptop and things are getting downright nasty - you could even say bitchy!

August 25, 2008 05:54 PM
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Debbie DiFonzo
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri

I've been looking at the blackberry, thinking about taking the plunge. Not so sure it would be a good thing - I am addicted to my laptop and regular cell phone as it is. With a blackberry? Oh man!

August 25, 2008 09:39 PM
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Deb "Alayne" Brooks
940-500-4010 Wichita Falls Real Estate
Alayne Brooks, Re/Max Elite Group, Wichita Falls Texas

Pat, you are precious. You have just somehow written how I feel about it too...way to go!

Later in the rain~Deb

August 25, 2008 10:27 PM
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Johnathan Smith
Coldwell Banker DiTommaso Realty

your crazy! open house without a blackberry is like jumping off a roof

August 26, 2008 12:31 AM
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Todd Clark
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Keller Williams Realty

I can't count the times I have forgotten my phone or my power cord to my computer and made my wife bring them over to an open house so as I don't go crazy.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

August 26, 2008 11:59 AM
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Carol Culkin
Overland Park
Reece & Nichols

Pat - I'm getting use to my new gadget but can only take the learning curve in small doses. It did come in handy on vacation - sure beats lugging a laptop and walking a mile through a resort to use a business center, when all I really ever needed was to check voice mails and email once a day. I left most new developments and small details to my broker to handle but needed to be available when clarification was needed.  

August 27, 2008 04:06 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

How could you go without your phone!  I don't have a laptop but we went on vacation last year and the hotel didn't have internet connection at all!!  Talk about addiction!!  I was frantic.  I needed to check my email!!  Guess I need to start doing email on my Treo but so far didn't feel the need.

 

August 27, 2008 08:11 PM
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