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It’s a warm breezy night under that bright hanging moon and hundred billion stars … you’d think it be desolate and alone. Instead…as I look up to infinity, feeling like a piece of the whole. A few thousand miles does not seem so far tonight. Get out there and breathe…



There’s a certain feeling about working inside all day–and then walking outside at dusk with the cool breeze blowing. Quite similar to that moment you take your shoes off after hiking around the mountains all day–in reverse!


More than a million women, men and kids marched all over the country yesterday, including right here in Austin. So, what did it accomplish exactly?

Well, for this guy, I’m in the midst of recasting my outlook on the Trump effect. Seems his supporters perceive the rest of the country as  bleeding heart, non-conformist liberals who just won’t give their hero a chance, while non-proponents  tend to cast Trumpians as  wide eyed ignorant bumpkins who’ve  been hoodwinked.

And then we have the so called silent majority. Those who think and feel—perhaps just as deep and with equal conviction, but choose not to participate in the rhetoric. Is it to avoid conflict? Or maybe said  citizen simply does not want to lose precious Facebook friends?

Let’s stop that stereotyping right now! We are all (well mostly) good people who love our country, right?

Now some would say, “Just speak up, cause I want to bash your opinion and call you names–it empowers my endorphins for a moment.”

Ha! I’d bet the farm that Facebook is setting records with “Blocks” and “Unfriending” these past months.

So bad and yet, so sad, yes?

Oh wait! What was that little ruckus that culminated in 1776? Silence or noise?

Fast forward to a lady named Susan B Anthony. I read somewhere that she encouraged a bit of conflict back in the day. And then some guy named Martin Luther King. He sure was a troublesome dude–getting all those people to march till their feet blistered. Especially since so much of white America thought the world was just fine as it stood and so many black people didn’t want to rock the boat.

Look where that got us…

So–to all those who criticize me–or any of my friends or anyone else who exercises their right to protest and demand better–well knock yourself out–cause it’s also your right to speak up and do the same.

Last time I checked, that’s how progress is made.

The divisiveness we see right now is not a new thing. Donald Trump did not cause it, rather  the democratic process has shoveled it front and center. Regardless of whether you are for or against him–it’s showtime! With open mikes!

Sure we often take a step back for every two steps forward (sorry for the cliche), but what the fuck—welcome to the United States. Where freedom rings, yes?

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CarrotsAndTomatoes-1024x683OK, so there’s a few ideas in this linked article, but take it from a dad of 4 very independent and iron willed veggie haters–none of this friggin’ works!
Except…one method that I used back in the day (not listed in this article). I would puree different greens, garlic, onion, carrots, zucchini, eggplant and other veggies and then lightly saute in olive oil. From there, I’d blend the mix in to their fave bottled pasta sauce and then proceed with spaghetti and meatballs (turkey meatballs – that was trick # 2) as normal. They loved my “secret recipes! And I don’t think they knew my tricks–until now, haha.


spider_and_the_fly3Hint to my non realtor friends–If you see a link that says, “Click Here to Instantly Find Out What Your Home’s  Worth,” here is the extended translation…

Leveraging curiosity to get you to my landing page, capture your email and phone number in attempt to gain permission to call, email and then stick you in a drip marketing campaign till you either break down and do business with me, unsubscribe or die. Oh yea, the ‘instant value‘ is based on inflexible algorithms that contain as many factors that do not apply as do. In effect, you will be confused by the result and perhaps be inspired to call me for further detail, cause I have the wisdom that the other thousands of realtors do not. You know that to be true, cause of this clever link in my email signature, yes?

OK, I’ll admit I have that type of link in my email signature. And all the rest is true too. “Why Mike?, you may ask….

Zillow, Trulia, stealth web sites and most every major real estate franchise on the planet has their own version of terribly inaccurate home value assessment. Millions utilize the “service” and are then siphoned to their select pool of realtors who pay mightily to grab those types of leads and then hope for a chance to sell your home. Well, I’d like to talk to you as well and unfortunately this is a necessary means to gain that initial access. There you go.

Seasoned buyers and sellers already know this, but now you have a seasoned real estate professional confirming the same. So, what to do if you need good real estate advice?

Well, if you are in Austin, call me of course, but otherwise contact a reputable realtor that has already helped someone you know. Trust me, nothing better than a reference. And I promise–if said referred realtor is worth her salt, she/he will be most happy to provide info, guidance and organic wisdom–whether you are in the market or not. And hopefully not refer to you as a Client For Life 10 minutes from the initial meet.






So the nice lady bartender has a familiar accent. I look at her and ask, “Australian?”braveheart

“No,” she said. “New Zealand.”


So I share the story where I once asked an accented bloke if he was English, after which he spent a great deal of fury defining how offended he was of my assumption. “Ever see Braveheart?” he asked.

Back to the bartender–“Is it like that?” I asked.

Yes….just like that,” she half whispered.