Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Angie is a good friend and our conversation covered many topics, but we primarily focused on issues about and around marketing new home communities, particularly in the Wilmington and Leland, NC region. Pointe South Realty is the marketing and sales group for Waterford of the Carolinas, Compass Pointe, and Palmetto Pointe.
A topic of mutual interest was how to most effectively use blogs with real estate. Good stuff and we're going to explore it much more aggressively in 2009. My personal interest is creating and maintaining an updated database of all new home communities in and around Leland for easy comparison by folks interested in moving to southeastern North Carolina.
The reason I mentioned the particular PCJ we went to is that I got a parking ticket. I was in a legal spot, and the time had NOT run out when I went to my car, but I was parked in the wrong direction. I never knew that was not allowed. So if you, too, are used to Front Street being a one way street (it's now two-way) and think that just because the meters are all placed at the northern end of the parking spaces that you can park facing north even on the left side of the street - that would be a big NO. It cost me $15 to learn that lesson, so I hope you don't have to pay for the same lesson.
So, all in all, 2008 was another great year for us. I hope it was a good one for you, too. See you next year. Lots of plans and ideas.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Christmas Day started with Seamus running to see if Santa had come during the night. The time-worn test was to check the cookie plate and milk glass. It was obvious that Saint Nick had come by.
With that question answered the adults settled with cups of coffeee and tea. Not the kids, however. Annabel really wasn't into coffee; she saw the tree and gifts and wanted to get started.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I had some time with Annabel, too, but without antler I wasn't half the fun.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Annabel, however, starts laughing and swaying whenever she hears music. So, being a music fan myself, I decided to check out her preferences. I started with the Bee Gees and she was OK with that. BUT, when I started playing ABBA, the girl got down! She jumped and rocked her head to Waterloo, Honey Honey, and several other cuts. Now I'm really looking forward to family weddings because there's another natural dancer in the family!
Friday, December 19, 2008
I also often go to Steve Pagley's place with friends, clients, and co-workers. Antonios features authentic Italian cooking in a friendly atmosphere for good prices. Duh, what's not to like? Steve, the owner, or at least the principal of Antonio's, got his start learning to cook from his grandmother in his native Sicily and it seems like he, or someone anyway, never forgot a single one of her lessons.
[Time out - Steve introduced us to "breakfast pizza". How's that for a concept? He told me his grandmother used to serve him breakfast pizza every day with a glass of fresh milk with ice. Just to hang out for a few minutes with a guy who gives a good reason (or at least a story) for having pizza for breakfast is a big win in my book.]
Ok, so yesterday Marge and I were having lunch at Antonios with our buddy Klif Kinnamon and Steve came over to tell us about being interviewed that morning for WWAY. The TV station is doing month-long feature on Leland as a developing area and they wanted to interview Steve. Well the cool thing is, he wore his LA hat for the interview.
Our office had a bunch of LA hats made up to celebrate what some folks used to refer to as the "Leland Area" (hence L.A.) to what we now refer to as the "Land of Abundance". In fact on the back of the hat it reads, "Welcome to the Land of Abundance."
So anyway, Steve was telling us about his interview when the waitperson came to take our order. I asked about the Designer Slice of the Day, which is what I usually order because it's usually different and always good. When she mentioned the specials, however, I quickly changed my mind, because among the other specials she mentioned they had cheeseburgers.
What is up with that?
Once before I had been at Antonio's when burgers were on the specials lists and had reflexively ordered one. I was knocked out. I don't know what kind of beef they use exactly, but I don't care, because they are amazing.
I ordered one again and once again it was outtasight. Klif was swayed by my enthusiasm and he had one, too. The photo below shows his vote.
Marge didn't order a burger, she had Italian Wedding Soup (always good) and Caesar salad, but I cut her a small wedge of my burger and she concurred. Heartily.
Steve, I don't what your grandmother would say if she knew you were serving burgers. But please don't stop.
Here's one more photo of Steve in his LA hat. I'm not much of a photographer I'll be the first to admit, but once in a while I get some shots I like and I really like this one. (Of course it could be the burger.)
As did Erin Alderman of Nationwide Insurance and Daztech's Jon Spetrino,
jingle-writer, illustrator, and livewire Dean Powell,
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
It's expected that this neighborhood will be several years in development and will include approximately 500 homes total, including townhomes, patio homes, village homes (like the model below), and custom homes.
A good number of the Leland office staff and agents were at the Sea Brooke meeting, where we had a fine lunch and a short meeting before focusing on the Sea Brooke community and two existing model homes.
Robin Hackney and her husband Deans own Signature Homes. Other current neighborhoods include FieldStone near Jacksonville and Stones Edge and Henderson Parke in Wilmington.
To see the featured models, for more information about Sea Brooke or other Leland neighborhooods, please call me at (910) 297-8753 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be honored to assist you.