A Poem that I thought worth posting

This was sent to me and I thought it to be worth posting….

We may not always realize
That every thing we do,
Affects not only our lives
But touches others, too.

For a little bit of thoughtfulness
That shows someone you care,
Creates a ray of sunshine
For both of you to share.

Yes, every time you offer
Someone a helping hand-
Every time you show a friend
You care and understand…

Every time you have
A kind and gentle word to give
You help someone find beauty
In this precious life we live.

For happiness brings happiness
And loving ways bring love;
And giving is the treasure
That contentment is made of.

Author Unknown

Realtor Christmas Cheer

A Bit of Christmas Cheer:

‘Twas an hour before closing and the agents were tense,

to close Christmas Eve just didn’t make sense.

But the seller was booked on the 6 o’clock flight

and had warned, “THERE WILL BE A CLOSING TONIGHT!”

The agents agreed because business was dead,

and visions of commission checks danced in their heads.

The loan was approved by the lender’s good grace,

Everyone knew ’twas a borderline case.

The buyers divorced, remarried again,

Divorced once more, and now were just friends.

The loan package complete to the closer was carried,

With instructions to close before they remarried.

The title policy arrived via UPS,

From page One through Sixteen, a terrible MESS!

An improper legal, 3 judgments, a lien,

But a few lines on page seven, looked pretty clean.

The title was cleared and the closing was set,

But to finish today was not a sure bet.

The closer dashed in waving her HUD,

It was covered with whiteout, coffee and crud.

But down in the corner you barely could see,

that the buyer still owed a buck thirty-three.

So the closer extracted a bill from her compact,

And the agents agreed to the rest on the contract.

To add some interest, the seller revealed,

to everyone’s horror – the well wasn’t sealed.

And, oh yes, he wanted to change the disclosure,

His mother just died of RADON EXPOSURE!

Everything else in his house was O.K.

(his cracked floors and walls were always that way)

About that time the buyer chimed in,

“we’d like to continue, but before we begin,

I noticed these papers – I’m likely to blame,

But I gave my agents the wrong legal name,

And one more thing I had hoped to avoid,

Does it really matter if I’m self-employed?”
About this time the closer exploded.

She pulled out a gun and said it was loaded.

Everyone froze and sat there amazed,

She frothed at the mouth and her eyes were both glazed.

More rapid than eagles, her curses they came;

she bristled and spouted and called them BAD names.

“THE CLOSING IS OFF, DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR??

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL – NOW GET OUT OF HERE!”

THE CHRISTMAS CLOSING

Author unknown
— “Live, Laugh, Love”

A Sailor’s Christmas

Hi all,
This was sent to me , not sure of the author, but wanted to share:

A Sailor’s Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, the ship was out steaming, Sailors stood watch while others were dreaming.

They lived in a crowd with racks tight and small, In a 80-man berthing, cramped one and all.

I had come down the stack with presents to give, And to see inside just who might perhaps live.

I looked all about, a strange sight did I see, No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stockings were hung, shined boots close at hand, On the bulkhead hung pictures of a far distant land.

They had medals and badges and awards of all kind, And a sober thought came into my mind.

For this place was different, so dark and so dreary, I had found the house of a Sailor, once I saw clearly.

A Sailor lay sleeping, silent and alone, Curled up in a rack and dreaming of home.

The face was so gentle, the room squared away, This was the United States Sailor today.

This was the hero I saw on TV,

Defending our country so we could be free.

I realized the families that I would visit this night, Owed their lives to these Sailors lay willing to fight.

Soon round the world, the children would play, And grownups would celebrate on Christmas Day.

They all enjoyed freedom each day of the year, Because of the Sailor, like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone, On a cold Christmas Eve on a sea, far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The Sailor awakened and I heard a calm voice, “Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice.”

“Defending the seas all days of the year, So others may live and be free with no fear.”

I thought for a moment, what a difficult road, To live a life guided by honor and code.

After all it’s Christmas Eve and the ship’s underway!

But freedom isn’t free and it’s sailors who pay.

The Sailor say’s to our country “be free and sleep tight, No harm will come, not on my watch and not on this night.

The Sailor rolled over and drifted to sleep, I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours, so silent, so still, I watched as the Sailor shivered from the night’s cold chill.

I didn’t want to leave on that cold dark night, This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

The Sailor rolled over and with a voice strong and sure, Commanded, “Carry on Santa, It’s Christmas, and All is Secure!”

HONOR, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT

PC MAintenance starting the year with good computer habits…

These are some of the things that I NOW automatically do becuase of lessons dearly learned and items lost forever.

Daily:

  • Update virus and spyware programs (if they don’t do it on their own)
  • Back up any work that you have done onto a usb key

When a program crashes ( which in my case outlook does on a regular basis, stillhave not figured it out) close and restart your computer this clears it out.

Weekly:

  • Perform a full computer virus scan and spyware scan ( schedule it to be done automatically)
  • Back up anything you’ve worked on and updated that you forgot to back up daily.

Monthly:

Personally I am still behind on this but it is a good idea to check up on all updates for the most used programs.

Yearly:

Which is around now that I start going through all the files I have made during the year, see which ones I absoulutely must have, trash can those I really don’t need and file away the rest.

Alos it’s bewen advised to vacuum the computer and air blow out for dust. I have several cats and really need to do this more often than once a year.

These and many more tips I have gotten from pcworld.com one of the first places I go to check out for any information on computers.

Housing Forecast 2007

Most housing markets experiencing slowdowns aren’t facing fundamental economic problems like job losses and out migration and will see prices correct, rather than collapse, in 2007.

Barring an unforeseen jolt to consumer confidence or a sudden rise in interest rates, the volume of home sales nationwide in 2007 will be similar to or slightly below 2006 levels. In order for this to happen, prices will have to come down in areas that saw rapid appreciation during the boom years.

A “good solid price correction will bring buyers back into the market.” said Lereah, National Association of Realtors economist.

Don’t expect mortgage rates to go up or down more than 1/2 % in the year ahead because of “a huge flood of Global capital looking for places to invest.

“Sales activity may hold up pretty well, but I think we should prepare for a long extended period” with little price appreciation, Sklarz, head of global research for New City Technology said.

Boom markets headed for a prolonged correction include regions on both coasts that saw rapid price appreciation, plus Las Vegas and Phoenix, Lereah said.

“Job growth is steady, we have low unemployment at 4.4 percent nationwide, and stable, long-term interest rates. These are all solid indicators holding up the economy.”

In areas of south Florida where prices rose rapidly during the boom, there’s a large supply of inventory, especially condos, Lereah said. Rising insurance costs in the state’s coastal areas are prompting others to put their homes up for sale.

Baby boomers looking to retire to a sunny climate will begin settling in northern Florida, which is viewed as less risky to natural disasters and price swings.

Some baby boomers are choosing to leave the Sunshine State behind — although it’s taking them awhile to unload their homes, and they’re not getting what they used to for them.

A Raleigh, N.C., broker saidthere has been a “trickle down” effect among buyers relocating to the area from Florida. The homes they leave behind stay on the market longer, and they show up in North Carolina with less cash, the broker said.

Such buyers are nicknamed “half backs” — people who moved to Florida from the Northeast and now want to move halfway back, stopping in places like the Smoky Mountains and North Carolina.

Drawn by rising property values in their own countries and a weakening of the dollar, foreign investors from Latin America and Europe continue to buy property in Florida, Lereah said. Some 15 percent of homes sold in Florida are purchased by non-U.S. residents, he said.

If you’ve ever lived in Jersey or known someone from Jersey ..you’ll appreciate this!!!

If you’ve ever lived in Jersey or known someone from Jersey ..you’ll appreciate this!!!

· New Jersey is a peninsula.

· Highlands, New Jersey has the highest elevation along the entire eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida .

· New Jersey is the only state where all of its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.

· New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky

· New Jersey has more Cubans in Union City (1 sq mi.) than Havana , Cuba .

· New Jersey has the densest system of highways and railroads in the US .

· New Jersey has the highest cost of living.

· New Jersey has the highest cost of auto insurance.

· New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.

· New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the “Diner Capital of the World.”

· New Jersey is home to the original Mystery Pork Parts Club (no, not Spam): Taylor Ham or Pork Roll.

· Home to the less mysterious but the best Italian hot dogs and Italian sausage w/peppers and onions.

· North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.

· New Jersey is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

· The Passaic River was the site of the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland

· New Jersey has 50+ resort cities & towns; some of the nation’s most famous: Asbury Park , Wildwood, Atlantic City , Seaside Heights , Long Branch , Cape May.

· New Jersey has the most stringent testing along our coastline for water quality control than any other seaboard state in the entire country.

· New Jersey is a leading technology & industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation when you include pharmaceuticals.

· Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy.

· New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production (and here you thought Massachusetts ? Thanks to those Ocean Spray commercials!)

· Here’s to New Jersey – the toast of the country! In 1642, the first brewery in America , opened in Hoboken

· New Jersey rocks! The famous Les Paul invented the first solid body electric guitar in Mahwah, in 1940.

· New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US , located in Elizabeth . Nearly 80 percent of what our nation imports comes through Elizabeth Seaport first.

· New Jersey is home to one of the nation’s busiest airports (in Newark ), Liberty International.

· George Washington slept here, he slept many places it seems.

· Several important Revolutionary War battles were fought on New Jersey soil, led by General George Washington.

· The light bulb, phonograph (record player), and motion picture projector, were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park , NJ , laboratory. We also boast the first town ever lit by incandescent bulbs.

· The first seaplane was built in Keyport , NJ .

· The first airmail (to Chicago ) was started from Keyport , NJ .

· The first phonograph records were made in Camden , NJ .

· New Jersey was home to the Miss America Pageant held in Atlantic City .

· The game Monopoly, played all over the world, named the streets on its playing board after the actual streets in Atlantic City .

· And, Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world, not to mention salt water taffy.

· New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.

· The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey , in the Watchung Mountains

· New Jersey has the tallest water-tower in the world. ( Union , NJ !!!)

· New Jersey had the first medical center, in Jersey City .

· The Pulaski SkyWay, from Jersey City to Newark , was the first skyway highway.

· NJ built the first tunnel under a river, the Hudson ( Holland Tunnel) see above for the name.

· The first baseball game was played in Hoboken , NJ , which is also the birthplace of Frank Sinatra.

· The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick in 1889 ( Rutgers College played Princeton ).

· The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden , NJ , (but they’re all gone now!).

· New Jersey is home to 2 out of 3 of ” NEW YORK ‘S” pro football teams!

· The first radio station and broadcast was in Paterson, NJ.

· The first FM radio broadcast was made from Alpine, NJ, by Maj. Thomas Armstrong.

· All New Jersey natives: Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifah, Susan Sarandon, Connie Francis, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Joan Robertson, Ken Kross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo, Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Linda McElroy, Eileen Donnelly, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Ovi Garcia, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Joe DePasquale, Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman, Gorden McCrae, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Phyllis Newman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Eva Marie Saint, Elisabeth Shue, Zebulon Pike, James Fennimore Cooper, Admiral Wm.Halsey,Jr., Dave Thomas (Wendy’s), William Carlos Williams, Ray Liotta, Ron Vigneri, Robert Wuhl, Bob Reyers, Paul Robeson, Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia, Kelly Ripa, and, of course, Francis Albert Sinatra and “Uncle Floyd” Vivino.

· Bob Meade adds: The Great Falls in Paterson, on the Passaic River, is the second highest waterfall on the East Coast of the US

You know you’re from Jersey when . . .

· You don’t think of fruit when people mention “The Oranges.”

· You know that it’s called Great Adventure, not Six Flags.

· A good, quick breakfast is a hard roll with butter.

· You’ve known the way to Seaside Heights since you were seven.

· You’ve eaten at a diner, when you were stoned or drunk, at 3 A.M.

· You know that the state isn’t one big oil refinery.

· At least three people in your family still love Bruce Springsteen, and you know the town Jon Bon Jovi is from.

· You know what a “jug handle” is.

· You know that WaWa is a convenience store; if you’re from the shore, us Northerns know Quick Checks!

· You know that the state isn’t all farmland.

· You know that there are no “beaches” in New Jersey –there’s the shore–and you don’t go “to the shore,” you go “down the shore.” And when you are there, you’re not “at the shore”; you are “down the shore.”

· You know how to properly negotiate a circle.

· You knew that the last sentence had to do with driving.

· You know that this is the only “New” state that doesn’t require “New” to identify it (try . . . Mexico . . York ..! . . Hampshire– doesn’t work, does it?).

· You know that a ” White Castle ” is the name of BOTH a fast food chain AND a fast food sandwich.

· You consider putting mayo on a corned beef sandwich a sacrilege.

· You don’t think “What exit?” is very funny.

· You know that people from the 609 area code are “a little different.”
· Yes they are!

· You know that no respectable New Jerseyan goes to Princeton–that’s for out-of-staters.

· The Jets-Giants game has started fights at your school or local bar.

· You live within 20 minutes of at least three different malls.

· You refer to all highways and interstates by their numbers.

· Every year you have at least one kid in your class named Tony.

· You know the location of every clip shown in the Sopranos opening credits.

· You’ve gotten on the wrong highway trying to get out of the mall.

· You know that people from North Jersey go to Seaside Heights , and people from Central Jersey go to Belmar, and people from South Jersey go to Wildwood. It can be no other way.

· You weren’t raised in New Jersey –you were raised in either North Jersey, Central Jersey or South Jersey .

· You don’t consider Newark or Camden to actually be part of the state.

· You remember the stores Korvette’s, Two Guys, Rickel’s, Channel, Bamberger’s and Orbach’s.

· You also remember Palisades Amusement Park

· You’ve had a boardwalk cheese steak and vinegar fries.

· You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February.

And finally …

· You’ve NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER pumped your own gas.

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