Friday, August 26, 2011


Three after works activities to be a part of today:

1. Stop by Downtown Newark and visit the Farmer's Market and pick up locally grown produce for this weekend's dinners. Open from 4-7pm.

2. Walk around the square and visit the shops during the Final Friday celebration with a Western Cowboy theme from 5-8pm.

3. Attend the COTC Nursing School's pinning ceremony and listen to PNB's Cheryl Snyder's commencement address at 6:00pm.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The only Rolex you'll ever regret paying for



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Good Habits Come from Bad Times

Take today's rough seas as the best lesson you could possibly have in sailing through to prosperous times. On days when it seems that nothing works and times are lean, remember that today's adversity is teaching you what a boom market can never teach. Invest in yourself and form good habits now.

Read the complete article by clicking here. Thank you Scott Levitt once again for your Tuesday Tactics.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


To be young again.....

I was visiting a friend at Licking Memorial Hospital and as I walked down the hallway of the fifth floor, I overheard some giggling and the very low hum of singing from the sun room at the end of the hall. When I investigated the sun room I found six COTC nursing students. I asked if I could take a photo for my blog. Everyone was all smiles because today was the last day of their clinicals and at the end of three more quarters, they will become an important part of health care. When questioning about their experience and what they have done, they were talking a different language which tells me they have learned a lot and are getting close to being kicked out of the nest.

Shortly after the photo, a lady walked into my friend's room and asked if I was the one who had photographed the students. My first thought was that I was in big trouble, I responded positively. Melissa Lowe was their instructor and wanted me to retake another photo with her in the picture. This indicates to me she was proud of her students and also feels like an important part of their lives.

The two year nursing program along with many other COTC areas of study has played an important part in our community.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Pack the Perfect School Lunch
Send your children off with the fuel they need to learn–and play.

Homework? Check. Backpack? Check. A nutritious, delicious, energy-packed, obesity-fighting lunch? Whoops. Take control. Follow this advice and your kid will be happy, healthy, and the envy of the lunch table.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


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Monday, August 8, 2011


Directed by famed Broadway Director Jen Bender

with afternoon and evening performances, special discounts for U.S. Vetrans!

One night only with special Broadway Actress Lisa Vroman benefiting

Weathervane Playhouse in the memory of her friend Matthew for the Matthew Trombetta Theatre Arts Building at Weathervane.


Spending over three hours last week in Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park summed up an entire career for Paul McCartney and brought to my mind many memories. The Youtube video is one of many publish from Thursday's concert.

As I listened he brought back memories from Junior High School, High School, College, young adulthood, mid-adulthood and surely will be taken into my senior years. Paul was on stage for three hours, half way through I kept thinking he would run out of music. Sure enough, the next song continued to be a champion on his long list of winners, some I had forgotten about. No one in the stadium sat, but stood, sang and danced. After two encores, all 42,000 of us spending between $99 and $650 for a seat walked out of the stadium not in a rush, but glowing due to knowing that you were entertained by a star that has effected so many life's and changed the music industry years ago overnight.

At age 69 Paul McCartney still has the boyish look that he brought to the USA in 1964 for the Ed Sullivan show. Click to watch Ed's introduction and The Beatles' first USA appearance.

LESSON LEARNED: Paul is a good example of how one should guide their real estate career. Change with the times, market yourself properly, keeping yourself in the back of every one's mind and keep your customers constantly coming back for more.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bob + Joan Kent's wonderful desert

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Friday, August 5, 2011


As posted by Esquire and read via Valet:

I was in Sweden this past weekend, where my first order of business after stepping off the plane was plonking down 108 kronas, or $18, for a bottle of water, a cappuccino, and a muffin. What? How could this be possible? All was made clear later in the day when I came upon The Economist's Big Mac Index, in which the smartest guys in the room attempt to make fancy economic principles like purchasing-power parity and currency valuations tangible to your average math-allergic burger-lover like me. Success!

Ladies and gents, we can learn much by simply looking at Big Mac prices around the globe. For instance, we should all think twice before planning a vacation to Sweden, where you'll pay almost twice as much for your fast-food burger (the Swedes are quick to point out that Norway's prices are even worse). Taking the analysis one step further, by adjusting those global prices to account for varying labor costs in different countries, we can learn something about exchange rates. Namely that pretty much every world currency is overvalued against the dollar, the worst of which is the Brazilian real. The takeaway: For your next vacation, it's a great time to rediscover America's scenic roadways. [The Economist]

I should have eaten more last March in China.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


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Thinking About Joint Home Ownership?

A good friend of mine several years ago, purchased a home with his fiance. The proposed marriage was called off just before the wedding. They had already purchased a home together and spent many dollars decorating and rehabbing.

As he says today "it was the most expensive divorce anyone could have for not being married", don't allow this to happen to you.

The following was obtain via CBKTTWEET:

Whether you’re newlyweds, best friends or relatives, sharing a home purchase requires making many compromises. Decisions such as the location of the home and financial obligations by each party must be made through a joint effort. It is also helpful to involve an objective mediator when making crucial decisions.

“The idea of owning can seem overwhelming, especially for those who are new to the real estate process, but with a professional at your side it is very manageable,” said Jerry White, executive vice president of Coldwell Banker King Thompson. “Your Realtor can help by being that outside, third party who can direct you through the process of making the right decision.”

When making a collaborative purchase, here are a few things to keep in mind:

■Shared Costs. With two incomes, short-term and

long-term costs can be divided among each partner. Therefore, joint owners

do not have to spend as much time saving up for enough capital when

entering into a home purchase together.

■Shared Settings.
Whether it is a quiet neighborhood or a big kitchen, everyone has their own “must-haves” when it comes to the home of their dreams. Discuss the essentials before
beginning the search and be prepared to compromise.

■ Prepare for Future Funding.
The down payment on a new home is just one of the many financial aspects of home ownership. Maintenance costs, decorating materials, and insurance fees are all fundamentals of a home purchase that should be discussed by both parties.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Your smartphone likely contains a lot of personal and business information on it. But if you’re not careful, you can easily open up your smartphone to attacks from hackers. An article at RISMedia recently featured security smartphone tips from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Among the tips:

1. Lock your phone. Most people keep their phone unlocked for ease of use, but if your phone was ever misplaced or stolen, you’d give thieves an open ticket to access everything on your phone. Use a password-protected screen lock to keep your phone secure. Also, “if your phone has a SIM card, set a PIN code for the card—if the phone is ever lost, nobody can use the card,” the article notes.

2. Be cautious of apps that ask for too much extra information. Use common sense: If an app that you are downloading is for a calculator, for example, and it requests Internet and contacts permissions, you’ll want to avoid it. “Cyber-thieves often exploit smart phones by creating a good app with some extra code and overreaching permissions,” the article notes.

3. Be sure to log out of all Web services once you’re finished. By staying logged in on Web sites, you could open up your sensitive information to cyber-attacks from sites you visit, such as your banking or e-mail. While desktops tend to have a timeout period after you remain inactive for some time on a Web site, many devices granting mobile access do not. So make sure you log out after you’re finished on a Web site.

4. Check reviews of apps. Before you download a new app, be sure to read reviews. Be skeptical over any apps that don’t have many reviews yet and new ones recently added, which may have privacy and security problems.

Source: RISMedia via The Ohio Association of Realtors

Monday, August 1, 2011


During the past two months I was able to do as Sean Carpenter wants me to do: build a relationship, solved a problem and have fun.

Above you will find a photo of the powerful Ben Harden, no ordinary 15 year old.

I built a relationship: Due to a problem of tennis elbow from last March I had a problem. My yard needed to be straightened out big time. Besides my personal residence, Andrew Guanciale and I own a home that was in middle of a major rehab need.

Ben solved my problem: He came on June 1 and worked, I found him totalling amazing. He cut down shrubs almost twice as tall as he and then pounded out the root balls with a maddock, cleaned gutters, set up the patio furniture, waxed a car and too many other other things to remember. After the first three weeks, 1027 W. Church Street became Ben's new office. His initiative to do things before being asked is a large asset to have in an employee. As an example, he painted the rear deck railing one day, the next day I stopped by and he was painting the front porch railing that I had never thought about. When he saw me walking up the sidewalk, all he said was "this needed paint also". We were on a tight deadline to have the home completed for a new tenant and there was many things to do. A job I thought we should do together was to install a new window in the garage, it had been sitting at the home for two weeks. Thursday, I stopped by and once again he looked at me and said "I installed the garage window". With Ben knowing our deadline, he hired a friend to help clean, Savannah Hottinger. For the one day, Savannah came to the plate and did a terrific job. At 2:00pm, Ben had this home looking the best it had looked since it was a brand new home, 65 years ago or so. He solved a problem that Andrew and I could not have done to meet the deadline.

I had fun: Watching Ben work will go down as one of the best summers I have ever had. Brought back many memories of when I was the same age working a construction job and especially watching his father Kurt Harden nearly at the same age doing odd jobs for me.

My award: we had a great lunch at White Castle one Saturday after a Lowe's run, just the two of us. Making sure he did not consider me as an old guy my plan was to keep up with the number of burgers eaten, he only beat me by one slider. I was worried, but knew he would carry me to car if I had made myself too full or a fool.