He Who Dares Not

I have to keep reminding myself that we’re on the down-hill slide of November with my continued wishing for pleasant days, and thus far, we’ve been pretty lucky in not having a major snowstorm. In spite of it being a biting cold morning, it really wasn’t so bad after the sun climbed high into the sky.

My acreage sale did take place without a hitch, and glad for it because that was one perfect match-up with buyer and seller. Just in these recent days, the buyer filled me in on his building plans for the site, which has me all the more interested in seeing it when finished. I’m sure all the neighbors in that area are going to be doing some major rubber-necking as they’re driving by when seeing all the clearing-out of volunteer trees and those dilapidated buildings that are still barely standing. It would be fun to go back in time and see what that original farmstead looked like, because whomever built those buildings, spent extra time and money to create them. In spite there only being remnants of them remaining, you can tell it was a big spread. For sure, I’ll continue wishing him the very best. When I got back to my office, I finished up with that closed transaction by scanning and emailing the attorney involved just so he had a paper trail as well.

One of my calls today was to a buyer who’ll be moving here after the first of the year, and my reason for calling again, was to keep him up to speed with available listings along with possibilities of others coming on the market in the near future. I did tell him I’d be calling an agent to go out and look at a home he has listed and then report back to him with my findings. While visiting with him, I did discover that Google Earth isn’t updated as much as people think because he was looking at a home that’d been torn down for over six years. After I got off the phone with him, I searched for it myself, and wouldn’t you know, he was right.

I did manage to speak with the attorney representing the estate listing I have at 114 – 11th St. NE, and not the happiest of campers due to how slow the mortgage company has been in getting back to us. Every time I have any dealings with those so-called “boutique” mortgage companies offering no-hassle loans to ignorant buyers, I just want to go out and spit when seeing how high their interest rates are, and those people still signing on dotted lines. I don’t even want to think about how many have lost their homes because of those toxic interest rates they allowed themselves to get plugged into.

While driving back to my office around noontime from an appointment I had, I decided to stop at Wok and Roll and buy a take-out serving of my favorite hot and sour soup. To my surprise, the owner wasn’t there to wait on me, which compelled me to ask where he was. Evidently I’ve not been there on a Monday because according to the waiter, Monday is his day off. After finishing up that large bowl of soup, I felt warmly filled to where I considered having a little nap. It was certainly well received on this chilly day.

I spent part of my afternoon working on another sale file which is closing in the first week of December. Before emailing my numbers to the closing agent, I made sure my entries were correct, and to my surprise, the closing agent emailed me back with my instructions as well as copy of her numbers which matched mine. Now that was what I called being well prepared for a closing well over a week away. Perhaps this impetuous buying is slowing to where we can get our closings accomplished on time.

Not to my surprise, I received a call from a buyer I’ve been working with these past months, and his reason for calling, was to tell me he’d pressured himself into calling on a new listing out of town, and wouldn’t you know it, he ended up buying it from the listing agent who “supposedly” had five other offers coming in on it. Since I’ve worked with him and his family for a very many years, he thought I’d be angry with him, but I wasn’t because he’s just another “maniacal buying” statistic. Likely after the first of the year, he’ll be listing his home with my office which is located here in the City. I didn’t even ask the address of his new home because I don’t even want to “go there” because there’s no question he paid a premium price for it. Before hanging up he said, “I’m just hoping I did the right thing.” All I could say was, “I’ll continue wishing you the very best.”

Since one of my older clients has recently mentioned more than once, a “vision” George Washington had while at Valley Forge, piqued my curiosity enough to where I went online today to find and read it. Not that I’m much of a history buff, I have to admit I’ve never heard or read anything about it. I did manage to find what was supposed to be a true account, and after reading his cryptic message, I was left believing and according to the “vision”, our Country will be involved in another world conflict which will have many countries involved. After thinking about what I read, I’ll have to go back and re-read it to see if I can glean something more out of it. The only question of validity I’m having, was it being written many years afterwards, while being told by someone who heard it from George Washington’s mouth. Whenever listening to hear-say, we must remember the oft-times additions and omissions to what’s been actually spoken at the time are incorrect. We must remember, the true makings of a real reporter, is the relaying of un-bias facts.

As much as I try to stay away from our political news, I couldn’t help reading some of it today which created another jaw-drop. If our news services with their surveys, truly stated how many Republican voters still feel our national elections were rigged, then I’d say we’ve got some real issues to deal with going forward in time. All I want is our government to come together and do its absolute best by working for a common good. It actually sickened me a little after reading it, so let’s hope it’s all fake news and beliefs.

Tonight’s One-liner is: He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.

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114 – 11th St. NE Mason City
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