At Last!

At LastWhat started out as quite a chilly morning evolved into a most beautiful day thanks to the sun and warming temperatures.  I was again surprised by the number of visitors I had today at my public open house located at 935 – 8th St. SE here in Mason City.  If there’s any given home on the market in the 60ish price range and not sold, I’d say this one is at the top of the list of being under the radar.  In between the coming and going of buyers,  I looked it over really good again and thought, “If I didn’t have so much on my plate right now, I’d buy this, fix it up and re-sell it for a profit.”  Perhaps I’m sounding pompous by saying there are too many young buyers now whose parents have enabled them since they came down their chutes to the point of their not knowing and subsequently not wanting to do any home repairs or improvements.  It’s a rare sight to find young people willing to buy something at a discount and making it better.  What’s even more unfortunate, a number of them who take on projects of repair and/or improvement, don’t perform as good a job as I would expect of myself.  As some of the old ones said years ago, “If you’re going to do something, do it well or don’t do it at all.”  I’ve shared this statement with a number over the years and while some listen, others don’t.  I have a familiar who lives out of State whom I’ve known for a number of years.  She is one of the most particular people I know when it comes to having repairs made in a professional manner.  She’s had a successful career in her field but along the way she learned much about how lasting home improvements are to be made.  She once said, “I decided early on that I had to learn all I could about structure when I soon learned how so many in the general public believe women to know nothing about jobs mostly associated with men, and finding it comical when I’d challenge a contractor’s bid price and/or the quality of his work. Their looks were always classic!”  I’m in great hopes there’ll be an acceptable offer on 935 – 8th St. SE very soon as the seller’s are wanting it sold–yesterday.

While driving down State Street on my way to my open house,  I was reminded of a conversation I had with an attorney about 8 years ago regarding people who enter our lives either on a business or personal level.  We were speaking about a woman who doesn’t live here anymore who from the first time I met her, I thought, “She’s one who’ll be a problem of mine.”  It wasn’t long after that her split personality began manifesting itself.  For whatever reason, I was a persona non grata and no matter how much I attempted to reconcile, she would have nothing of it.  I said to the attorney, “Did you know there’ve been studies done where it’s believed there are around 5% of the populous who’ll not like you at all and actually have no real reason for it?”  He was surprised to hear about the study.  “But.”  I said, “No matter how happy we are when those people finally step out of our spheres, there’ll always be another on his/her way into our lives.”  There’ve not been many in both my personal or business life who’ve brought me to the point of staying my distance and waiting for their exit.  Years ago I sadly learned there’ll be yet another either sooner or later.  In between those times we all can at least say, “At last!” It sounds like a revolving door doesn’t it?

Joe Chodur

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