Thursday, April 23, 2009

Real Estate Bar Camp Portland #REBCPDX

So many choices of sessions to attend!

There I am in the crowd waiting for the next speaker!

Twitter was just becoming recognized as we turned the corner into 2009. I had a few followers including a real estate agent in Olympia. She sent a tweet about BarCamp in Portland and how it was free. I signed up in February not having a clue what I was going to. But, since it was free I figured that I didn't have much to lose. As the date closed in on me I emailed the coordinator and found out that it was a conference that focused on Social Networking for real estate agents. That one day did have such a profound impact on my business. I learned how much I knew and how much I don't know. But, what was so important is that I realized how the clockhour class I had pending approval at the Dept of Licensing would be so important for agents to take. I met some incredible people that taught me and continue to teach me how to be connected online. I am so thankful for all those that spoke at the conference, those that I am still in touch with, and to Sarah who sent me a "tweet" about it.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Saturday on Whidbey Island

Kathleen and I spent the day driving the length of Whidbey Island in search of photo opportunities and wineries. It was a perfect day that went by so fast.

We arrived in Langley just in time for the Whale Watch festival. There was a cute parade led by a large hand made whale. Though we looked out over Puget Sound, we did not catch a glimpse of the elusive creatures of the sea.

On the main street of Langley, this sculpture of ... ok... I was raised in the suburbs... is it a chicken? a rooster? ... it made for a photo opportunity.

It was fun to go to the wineries even though it really isn't the tourist season. It is just early spring. We did get to taste a few wines and visit with some locals.

I love to take photos of old barns.

This springI discovered Crab Cakes. The first time I ate crab was the week I moved out to Seattle in 1979. A friend ordered a whole dungeness crab and I was completely taken aback. I couldn't believe it was edible. But, a short time later with some instructions I managed to polish it off. Ever since I have loved crab. But, I have never had crab cakes. This summer I found out about the tasty morsels and how creative people are that make them. So, Kathleen and I dined on crab cakes for lunch and dinner at different restaurants. What a treat!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kirkland Rental ready for next Tenant

The rental house was completely remodeled during the spring of 2008.  I have been fortunate to have some tenants that treat it with respect.