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OPERATION HAPPY BOMB

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HI guys,

A favor to ask for a dear childhood friend of mine.  Maria has been ill
since the summer after our graduation and has yet to recover.  Treatment has
included a four organ transplant and this year, she is up for yet another
transplant.  Once a bright, college-bound athlete and the picture of health
and by far our friend with the sunniest personality, she’s been a prisoner
to basically, a mystery illness.

She has made it to the finals for an HGTV makeover/renovation of her home,
which would be her sanctuary for recovery after her surgery.

Voting is easy, you don’t have to log in, simply visit the link on my
facebook or :
http://my.hgtv.com/hgtvd/Multipurpose-Room/Historic-Loft-Renovation-Seeking-Dream-Makeover/detail.esi?oid=25137274&cObjId=25137285
and vote for her.  I’d really appreciate it and she’s so independent, this
is as close as she has come to asking for help in over ten years.

Help me make her life a tiny bit easier, help her win her “happy bomb.”. .
.and I wouldn’t be bummed if you forwarded this to any of your HGTV junkie
friends.  🙂

Please and thank you in advance, every vote helps.

~McKenzie

**** UPDATE-I have had folks ask HOW to vote.  Towards the top right there is a series of stars, when you pass your mouse over them, they turn red. . .click the far right star next to her “score” and it votes for you.  I believe you can only vote once but we are looking into the HGTV rules.  So, in case you can only vote once, spreading the word really helps since every vote for Maris is so precious.  Thanks for all your help!

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.

Crack down on Fake PCS and other news. . .

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I’m sure I don’t need to tell you there have been lots of changes in the real estate industry in the last few years.  Rumor patrol is part of my job.  We had an amazing series of meetings with base officials, state organizations, and peers.  The result?  A few updates.

-Rumors have swirled for years that E5 and below are required to stay on base.  Not the case.  No USMC order exists nor is one planned.

-North Carolina has had some changes in the way fees can be assessed and collected for property management and tenants.  If you have questions regarding your lease, property manager, your rights as a tenant or owner, feel free to call or email.  If you are a tenant and have a dispute with the property management firm or the property owner, do not simply move out of the property and abandon your lease.  Consult an attorney or even a competing firm for help on how to constructively sole your problem and keep you out of the court system.

-FALSE PCS ORDERS.  Enacted in 2003, the Soldiers and Sailors Relief act (http://usmilitary.about.com/od/sscra/l/blsscra.htm) was drafted to protect Active (and later amended to cover Reservists) Duty Service Members.  With a simple thirty notice and a copy of PCS  orders(Permanent Change of Station), a service member could break their lease with no penalty.  For a variety of reasons: found a home they’d like to buy, tired of the current living arrangements, divorce, etc. there has been a rise in folks drafting FALSE PCS ORDERS to help them break leases or terminate a real estate transaction, abusing the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act and creating financial turmoil for innocent builders, property owners and managers.  In the instance of the USMC, there has and will continue to be a crack down.  My firm verifies each and every copy of PCS orders breaking a lease or a contract by contacting the Command which has had mixed results.  In several instances the result was the active duty member being booted from their respective service.  If you’re reading this thinking about falsifying pcs orders, there are other, legal options (ask me if you have questions, regardless of where you’re located).  From this week forward, there will be a point of contact (POC) at Camp Lejeune who will research each and every inquiry and report back directly.  Don’t be that guy that gets caught.

If this info wasn’t helpful in answering your questions. . .or even created more, feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll get you some answers.

***I would type out a LONG disclaimer here, however, I have homes to show and clients to meet.  In SHORT: No, I’m not an attorney but I know a few so don’t take anything here as the gospel.  I’m a North Carolina licensed Real Estate Broker and REALTOR so if you’re not in NC, things might be a little different.  If you’re looking to move anywhere in the world and don’t want to throw a dart at the phone book to find a talented and experienced agent you wouldn’t mind being locked in a car or office with for a several day long house hunt, it’s a handy match-making service I provide free of charge.  Thinking of buying, selling or renting?  I can help you weigh the pros and cons and navigate the process.  Give me a holler!