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We had just met and couldn't resist the photo op!

We had just met and couldn’t resist the photo op!

It has been sometime since Patricia and I got together. And there have been a lot of changes over the years. We have changed businesses at least a few times, but we have always been in sales or sales related jobs. We have lived in New Jersey a few times, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and now in Mount Pleasant, SC, just east of the Cooper River from Charleston, SC. Hair styles have come and gone, and so has facial hair…Mark’s!

We are still here!

We are still here!

After more than 25 personal real estate transactions we learned about the good, the bad and the ugly parts of real estate transactions! There are many stories to be told about some of the houses we bought, the ones we didn’t, and the ones we shouldn’t have. We learned about real estate agents from personal experience and what makes one better than another. And we learned why some agents always have loyal clients and others are always looking for new clients for their next transaction! When we made the decision to enter the business, we knew that we wanted to be the ones with loyal clients who would always refer their friends to us for their real estate needs.

Our business has done well and we are very thankful to our many clients who trusted us so much with their transaction that they trust that we will treat their family and friends with the same way. It is a great time in real estate and Mark and Patricia Fuchs Team Up for Success with our clients as we have for these many years!

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I know, I’m tardy again. Once you read this post you might understand that that could be my normal. Some house keeping first though. I received a comment from my cousin Phillip: “GREAT JOB– PLEASE TELL US MORE — I ONLY REMEMBER THINGS AFTER 1960—- WHAT DID BIG LOU DO WHEN HE 1ST CAME BACK FROM WWII AND WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT MY MOM AND DAD. I REMEMBER WHEN WE ALL GOT TOGETHER TO CLEAN ALL THE WOODS OUT OF THE BACK YARD WHEN YA’LL 1ST MOVED TO 540 JEFFERSON AND MY DAD SCRATCHED HIS EYE BALL!!” Phillip, you have a short memory, don’t you? (Kidding) I want to answer as much as I can about this for Phillip. So lets get that out of the way.

When Big Lou returned he found Gert (that’s one of his names for Carmel) and Little Lou were staying with the Mullens on Magazine Street. You should know

Louis, Jr, Me and Terry

that Big Lou only knew about Louis, Jr. from letters. One thing I know about his return is that I showed up in about 9 months after he showed up on Magazine St.

My first memories of your mom and dad were from our visits to their homes near Audubon Park and on Magazine St. We had fun when we visited, but Aunt Nina was always yelling: “Don’t leave things dragging!” As to the move to 540 and your Dad scratching his eyeball, well, weren’t we all great woodsmen, being city boys and all?!? I had a wonderful time back than and that leads me into Starting School.

It was a very traumatic experience, I think. I remember crying and begging to go home. That didn’t work and the nuns finally got me to go to class…I hated it and believe I was scarred for life by the experience…those of you who know me will agree, I’m sure. Seriously, though, that first year set the tone for many school years to come. I remember  only a few specifics about first grade. Within a few grading periods I made the Honor Roll for the first time. It was also the last time! I thought that it was easy to do, so I didn’t need to pay attention because it didn’t mean anything to me. I think I had ADD before it was popular. All of my report cards were checked with: “Waste Time and Annoys Others.” Some who know me now might say that in a lot of ways little has really changed in that area. I remember being in love with Mrs. Keifer who taught 6th grade. Her son was in my class for a number of years. Sis. Mary Jane Francis was one of the teachers who did take a special interest in me. She may have saved my life (at least figuratively) a time or two.

There was the time that Mom was teaching at a Jefferson Parish grade school on Jefferson Hwy and Dad was at work. Terrence and I were supposed to catch the school bus, but we missed it, so I decided we could walk to school. We arrived just as the school was emptying for a fire drill and I decided we that school must be over for the day and we should go home. The rest of this story needs its own post. There are more stories than I can fit into this post. I may need to do a part 2. Let me know what you think. If at least a few of you want to hear more I will add a few stories to a Part 2.

I will try to find a few more pictures to include in my blogs. I may have to get help from Brother Garry and maybe Terry. They seem to have all of the old prints. If the Crottys have any to add or if Phillip has a few, I would appreciate copies. See y’all next time!

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I promised to be regular with my posts and that is what I intend to be. This week has to be early since we (Patricia and me) are leaving town on Thursday.

Lions Street is where our family moved sometime after Big Lou returned from WWII, and things were getting crowded, me and Terrence appeared on the scene, on Magazine Street. The Mullen/Crotty compound on Magazine Street was in a section of New Orleans that had the tony Garden District on one side and the fringes of the Irish Channel on the other side. That house was in the heart of everything! At least, that’s what I thought as a little boy.

This is what we probably looked like when we moved to Lions Street.

I could walk a couple of blocks to the Happy Hour Theater, or to Berman’s Dry Goods Store. There were other little stores along Magazine Street that were full of wonder for me, candies, toys, odds and ends that always seemed important. In either direction there were little stores, some with groceries and sodas, others with a variety of goodies. I could walk to any of them without fret or bother. And if I had a nickel, a dime, or quarter I could get almost anything I wanted! Lions Street was different.

Lions Street was no Magazine Street! It was in an unincorporated area of Jefferson Parish. Lions Street was the country compared to Magazine Street, the heart of everything. It was new and not all the houses were built.There were vacant lots! There was no Happy Hour Theater or Berman’s Dry Goods Store. No candy stores or variety stores that I could walk to no matter how much money I had in my pocket. There was a Frost Top, a Drive – In Theater and Tucker’s Steakhouse. There was a roadside farmers’ market, a couple of drug stores, and a Firestone Tire Center. But these were on Jefferson Highway, a busy two lane highway!

There were good things about Lions Street. There were those empty lots and houses under construction. To a boy these were really private little playgrounds. I could sneak through the lots to get to Jefferson Playground, a huge recreation center with a shop that sold chocolate malts! I could walk to school or to the Winn-Dixie Supermarket. As I grew older Lions Street started to look better to me. New families were moving in and I met Mary Ellen H. I went to grade school with Mary Ellen H. What memories!

Big Lou had a few cars that I remember. One on Lions Street had a rumble seat, I think. Dad was mostly a GM man when it came to cars, but he occasionally would buy a Ford and even a Chrysler. Big Lou would let me think I was helping work on the cars. I was probably causing him more work, but he would never say anything…although, he did run me off a few times!

The boys, Louis, Jr., Terrence and me, learned about a new world on Lions Street! No longer in the heart of everything like on Magazine Street. No more Happy Hour Theater or Berman’s. But Lions Street offered so many things. The empty lots, the homes under construction, the short cut through the empty lots to get to the playground where I could buy chocolate malts! Oh, did I mention meeting new people? To quote Joey: “How you doin’?!?”

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Creating business connections is one of the best ways to build your business. For years business owners and sales people have looked for ways to make business connections that turn into lead generators. The Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce came into existence as a way to create business connection. Even fraternal groups offer a means for business to connect with one another to generate sales. More recently, lead generation groups have become popular. Meeting once a month or once a week, these groups are interested in sharing leads with each other to stimulate commerce.

Times are changing and the pace of business is faster than ever. People hardly have time to get to client meetings, much less Rotary Club or Chamber meetings. We are attached by cellphones and are using Social Media in ways that are changing the way business is done and introduces a new way for creating business connections. Ellen Stebbins and Glenn Sojourner are re-imagining how to use Social Media in creating business connections with The Lowcountry Business Network (LBN). LBN is an adaptation of the old business connections model using the meeting places of today, those Social Media sites on the internet, in place of the conference rooms and diners of the past.

Ellen and Glenn started LBN in September, 2010. The network is growing and developing new strategies for the benefit of its members. Once monthly gatherings serve in place of weekly meetings. These gatherings include training and social networking, so they offer a bridge between the old model and what is evolving as the new model. Rather than focus on lead generation, members are encouraged to promote their fellow member’s businesses to their own social network. A tweet, a few well placed words on Facebook, or a connection in LinkedIn can go a long way to generate interest that turns into sales.

My business is being helped through affiliation with LBN. Exposing Dunes Properties Vacation Rental on IOP and Folly Beach to a wider audience will increase the number of vacation rentals at a very small cost to Dunes Properties. It can do the same for your business. Check out their new website http://www.thelowcountrybusinessnetwork.com/idevaffiliate/index.php to get more information about memberships an getting started with LBN. You might create the business connection that will move you to a new plateau!

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Do You Know Where You Are Going?

“You Don’t Become an Expert by…” sitting on the fence might be one answer. You can probably think of many other things you could insert to complete that sentence. One radio commercial I heard recently said: “You don’t become and expert by doing 4,000 things. You become and expert by doing 12 things 4,000 times.” It is on the right track, but focussing on 12 things 4,000 times might be more than most of us can deal with. We need to become masters of one thing before we can become experts at 12 things.

Becoming an expert at anything requires mastery of the basics first. No matter what you want to master, identifying the one fundamentally important thing to start with is KEY. Think of all the people you consider to be masters or experts at something. Whether in business, music, the arts, or sports, those who have excelled have invested thousands of hours training and practicing to become experts. They focused on one fundamentally important goal to start with. Have you identified your fundamentally important first goal? Once you have you can discipline yourself to practice the steps needed to meet that goal. Practice them until you become and expert. Master them so that they are a part of you. Until it is your habit.

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Every once in a while, a Saturday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant is just perfect. That’s a Saturday when a lot of mundane things can be put to the side because the weather is perfect and you want to spend time with your best friend exploring places nearby. This past Saturday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant was perfect. I asked Patricia if she could spend a little time with me at Waterfront Park beneath the Ravenel Bridge.

I hadn’t been to Waterfront Park and it had been a while since Patricia had been there. I wasn’t expecting much more than a pleasant afternoon with my wife, but I got a whole lot more. The weather was perfect. Bright sunshine, cool temperatures and soft breezes. We park under the bridge and walked through the Memorial Plaza on to the fishing pier. Not the kind of fishing pier I remember by a long shot. This is a wide pier that extends a long way into the Wando River. There are plenty of covered areas with swinging benches that I’m sure are welcomed sights during the summer. Some families were enjoying swinging on this day and it was so nice to hear happy families enjoying time together. There were people fishing, and some actually catching fish! Some were carrying picnic baskets to the pier-head where there are beautiful teak tables and chairs, or ample space to sit on the concrete if you’d like. People were riding bikes, others in wheelchairs, and some, like us, ambling along enjoying the day.

I took this picture at the end of the pier. We all can find things to complain about without really trying. But on a Saturday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant, walking with my girlfriend, all I could think about was how nice it is to be able to enjoy a walk on the fishing pier at Waterfront Park.

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