Three Different Stories and One Dead Deer.

September 26, 2011

A funny thing happened on the way home one day. I was riding shotgun in a friend’s car back to Fort Stewart Georgia where I was stationed the last 9 months of my time in the US Army.

My friend had just bought a “new to him” BMW and he was very proud of his new ride. It was early in the morning, I was sleeping and was shaken out of my slumber by the sight and sound of a large mass crashing into the windshield and tumbling up and over the car.

My first instinct was that we had hit someone, and immediately my medical training kicked in. As I was waiting for him to come to a complete stop so I could exit the vehicle and assess the patient, my friend started yelling repeatedly, “We hit a deer!”

He pulled over and there was no doubt that the deer was dead and so was his new car. The engine was displaced and every fluid the car had was spilling onto the side of the road.

As I was trying to console my friend who was grieving the loss of his new car, a man in a small truck drove up to see if we needed help. We told him what happened and he offered to drive us to his place of business where he operated a small trucking company and could get us a ride home in one of his trucks.

I mentioned in the beginning that a funny thing happened, and this is where it all began. Of course if you were my friend who lost his new BMW, then there was no humor anywhere in this experience.

Our new friend motioned for us to jump in the back of his truck and as we were climbing in, he asked, “So where is the deer you hit?” We motioned back to the point of impact and he drove back to inspect the animal. When we arrived, we were amazed to see a beautiful 9 point buck. With the exception that the animal was as dead as dead could be, you could hardly tell that he had a run in with a fine Bavarian automobile.

Our new friend then asked us to help him load the deer into the back of the truck, where the three of us rode back to his dispatch office. The whole way there my friend was crying inside and had to stare at the dead deer that had totaled his car.

Once we made it back to the dispatch office, our new friend found us a warm place to sit while we waited for our ride. In the meantime, he started calling his friends on the phone, and we could overhear him telling one after another how he woke up early that morning and decided to go hunting, and how he bagged himself a beautiful 9 point buck.

It was hard not to laugh, and I can assure you, my friend who lost his car was not laughing at all.

To this day, I often wonder if that trucking company halfway between Hinesville and Savannah Georgia still exists, and if it does, is that 9 point buck mounted on the office wall.

This memory of a lifetime is probably a story that gets told on a regular basis by at least three individuals. Me, my friend who lost his car, and the trucking company owner who bagged a 9 point buck one early morning. I would wager that we all tell it just a little different.

This story reminds me of how important it is to remember that we all look at things from our own perspective, and also, if some guy in Georgia shows you a beautiful mount on his wall, he might not be as good of shot as he claims.


Living Healthy and New Goals

September 6, 2011

Those who know me well know that I have strugled with weight most of my adult life. When I was a medic in the US Army I managed to maintain a healthy weight, not neccesarily because I was eating right, but because my activity level allowed me to be less disciplined with my eating habits.

In my twenties I went through periods of athletic activity and worked in jobs that required aerobic activity, again allowing me to be less disciplined with my eating habits. When I was in my thirties, my work environment changed and the combination of poor eating habits and less activity put me on a crash course for a very unhealthy weight.

It took me many years to realize what I know now. Eating healthy in combination with regular exercise is vital to living healthy. It took 4 months to lose the 50 plus pounds that I have been carrying around for far too long, and I am determined to learn from this experience. I picked my 4 year old son up the other day, who weighs just about what I lost, and can’t believe how I was able to carry that weight every day.

Since reaching a healthy weight, I have been searching for a significant exercise goal to pursue while building the habit of regular exercise. I flirted with the idea of training to run a marathon, but remembered how I never really enjoyed distance running of any kind.

A few weeks ago I dusted off my mountain bike and clocked a few miles here and there. As I started to clear my head with a few 2 or 3 mile short rides around the neighborhood, I remembered how much I enjoyed riding. With this rediscovery of a healthy pursuit, I have set my new goal.

In my prime I had successfully completed 50 to 60 miles rides on numerous occasions but have never reached the milestone of riding a century (100 miles).

One of the great things about this blog is that I can use it to publish my intentions to the world and hold myself accountable. I am adding a new category to this site for regular updates in my pursuit of achieving my goal. This new category will be titled Riding a Century, and I hope it will help me document my pursuit of this goal.


10 Myths Of Real Estate Auctions – Myth 8

August 23, 2011

Myth 8 – If I sell my property at auction I will have to give it away.

This is a very common myth and leads to some great discussion regarding market value as well as the different types of real estate auctions.

First let’s talk about market value. There are many ways to talk about the value of something. We have book value, appraised value, replacement value, etc.

My definition of market value is, “Something is worth what someone is willing to pay for it on a given day.”

As a professional auctioneer, it’s my job to market property and bring all potential buyers to the auction event on that given day. In the end, the competitive bidding process will ensure that the buyer who was willing to pay the most is given the opportunity to do so.

If we line up 10 people and ask them the value of the stapler sitting on the desk in front of you, we are going to get ten different answers. At the end of the day, the value of that stapler is whatever buyer number 9 made buyer number 10 bid in order to secure the purchase.

Now let’s talk about the different ways to sell. There are many variations, but the 3 basic ways to sell are;

Absolute: The property sells regardless of price.

Minimum Published Bid: The property sells at or above a published minimum amount.

Undisclosed Reserve: The property sells subject to owner confirmation and the reserve is not known.

There is a lot more we can talk about here, but it is safe to say that when you sell your property at auction, you are not giving it away.


10 Myths of Real Estate Auctions – Myth 7

August 1, 2011

Myth 7 – I Won’t Know If I am The Winning Bidder on Auction Day.

Typically the results of an auction are known on the day of the auction. In some cases there might need to be confirmation from the seller who is not available at the time of the auction. In this case a professional auction company will disclose to the bidders that notification of acceptance will be given within a specific time period.

If the property is being sold at absolute auction then the high bidder will know that they are the winning bidder immediately.

An absolute auction is an auction where property is sold to the highest bidder regardless price. With an absolute auction there is no minimum or reserve price, so there is no need for the seller to confirm the winning bid. Not all real estate auctions are absolute, so it is important to understand the terms and conditions of the auction.


10 Myths of Real Estate Auctions – Myth 6

July 4, 2011

Myth 6 – An Auctioneer needs to be a licensed real estate agent to sell real estate at auction.

This is one myth that is quite an eye opener. In the State of Kansas, a real estate license is required to conduct a real estate auction. In the State of Missouri, all you need is $52 and a pulse to be a licensed auctioneer and be able to offer real estate at auction.

Other State laws vary, and in fact some States have very strict laws and guidelines, while others do not. It is important to know this if you are interviewing a real estate auction company.

Following are a few questions that you should ask in regards to licensing and professional standards when speaking with a real estate auction company.

1. Are you a licensed broker or agent? If you are an agent, who holds your license?
2. Are you a member of the local real estate board?
3. Are you a member of the local MLS?
4. Do you post your auctions on the MLS?
5. Are you required to attend continuing education courses in real estate to keep your license active?

A professional real estate auctioneer will be able to answer all of these questions properly.

It is important to know who you are doing business with.



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