Tag Archives: Golf

You have, you have asked me. . .

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Sorry, been a little awol lately, blame it on lots of work (which is a very good thing), getting that tv project off and running (which, maybe a few months down the road, right now, it’s one giant pile of “to-do”) and a kind of late breaking, too-good an offer to turn down that has me hunkered down turning my brain to pudding nightly which, hopefully will result in a handy dandy, dare I say almost amazing announcement in the near future, so keep posted.  In the meantime, share some fairy dust with me, massive piles of reading and to-do lists galore.

Howaboutwe.com is a handy dandy website with a great personality and I dug it until I got a scalding email from a friend today. . .calling me out as both a victim and a perpetrator.  Noted.  The link is being cranky but visit the site to read “The Five Signs You’re a Filler Girlfriend” . . .  (wish the good old ellipses had dramatic music here).  It’s a disease, apparently, and I have it.  I have filler boyfriends too which further complicates things.  Yes, I have been to countless Marine Corps Balls (I have a brigade of spare gowns, matching shoes, purses and wraps and my Ball Gown article on here, most hits of any of my blog posts), weddings. . .and even a holiday dinner with a guy friend who’s main squeeze at the time was too atrocious to meet the parents so I was drug in as a stand-in.

I have standing lunch, dinner, golf dates, movie nights, range afternoons (ok, admittedly, you do have way more fun toys) with fellas I guess I’d describe (and ditto in return) as a friend.  I’d say I was feeling used if I didn’t do it in return.  Work functions, occasional holiday party stand-ins, moving sofas, hanging curtains. . .you fellas are the greatest.  I love that you know how I like my steak, send food back that I am allergic to, remember my birthday, ask about my family. . .however. . .thinking it’s time that I throw myself to the wolves instead of using you or letting you use me as a security blanket.

I have a wedding in the near future.  As a guest.  You can exhale now.  I know my pals want me to be there to share their special day, but also know that for a golf resort wedding, I am being brought in as “fun single friend.”  Which means I’m not bringing another date who will attend to me all night, pose for silly pictures, humor me with a dance or two, pull out chairs, open doors and refill wine with out being asked.  Wouldn’t it be nice to share a fun, lavish weekend with a pal, yup, however, that doesn’t get you near a groomsman. . .or anyone else for that matter.

Apparently, the best part of being single is occasionally showing folks that you are, indeed, single.  So I’ll work on that.  Right after dinner tonight.

In the meantime, enjoy a treasure I found.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EOSDOA0tCs&feature=player_embedded#at=65   Yes, this is at the close of a blog post with a magic wand at the intro, please don’t color yourself surprised.

“Beyond Golf Communities”

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I thought I would share a recent article from one of my trade journals, http://realtor.org , REALTOR Magazine’s December 2007 issue, that talks about the boom in “specialty” neighborhoods, I just so happen to have a GREAT listing in just such a neighborhood, listed below the neighborhood average price and ready for move in!  Check out both the article and my listing!  http://www.EscobaBay.org is the home of this great residence, close to the water, tennis, horse and boat facilities and very close to the back gate of Camp Lejeune for a snap of a commute to work if you are military or a contractor.

“Remember the ad: “it’s not your father’s Olds anymore”?  Well, it’s not your father’s housing community, either.

Move over, golf communities:  There are new kids on the block.  There’s Pla d’Adet, a Greenville, S.C., http://www.pladadet.com development backed by professional cyclist George Hincapie that features a training center and outdoor biking trails in the blue ridge mountains.  Add Rocinante to the list http://www.thefarm.org .  It’s a tiny Summertown, Tenn., community-named after Don Quixote’s horse-where aging hippies can build a cabin for themselves on shared property.

Speaking of horses, Equestrian Services LLC http://www.eqsv.com in Charlottesville, VA., is currently designing 10 equestrian-themed communities and has another 10 in the pipeline.  The number of such communities in the United States has doubled over the past three years to at least 200, says Jennifer Donovan, a principle with the company.  “Golf was about Dad ditching the family all day.  In an equestrian community, the whole family can ride together, or mom and dad can drop the kids at a barn for a riding program,” she says. 

“Developers are anticipating that baby boomers aren’t going to all want the housing models that their parents wanted, so they’re really trying to figure out what baby boomers do want,” says Maria Dwight, cheif executive of Gerontological Services, a Santa Monica, Calif., company that does housing feasibility studies for the 55 and older demographic.

Dwight is seeing an increase in gay- and lesbian-oriented developments, as well as communities where residents can focus on intellectual pursuits through local colleges.  For instance, Sonoma State University in California’s wine country is supporting the development of a range of housing on or near campus and offering residents the ability to audit courses and attend campus educational and cultural events.

Expect to see even moreunique developments.  Dwight says she’s hearing early discussions about how to set up communities with disabled adults, who are living longer as a result of medical advances, and for elderly imigrants, particularly in the Asian and Indian communities.” REALTOR Magazine, December 2007.