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I started bike riding about 45 days age. How things change in 40 days! When I started I would ride around my neighborhood for 20-30 minutes. I took the same route most days so that I felt comfortable (and wouldn’t get lost!)

I thought I was doing pretty well those first few weeks. I could complete the ride without feeling tired, by I wasn’t actually enjoying the ride. I was riding because I had made a commitment to ride the 30 days in September. I remember that Kristin B. Walker told me that I just needed to ride every day for 30 days as part of 30 Days of Biking. It didn’t matter how far I rode, around the block would count. I just needed to get on that bike every day for 30 days straight. That was the hook! Initially I thought I would ride around the block. But I found that I couldn’t just ride around the block! I had put on my clothes and shoes, got on the bike, and I wasn’t going to waste that energy just to take a spin around my block!

A pleasant place on my ride.

If you followed me on Facebook or Twitter you know that in the beginning my posts/Tweets weren’t much more than a log of rides. Then I might have said something about the scenery. But I seldom talked about how I felt. I didn’t feel bad, but I didn’t know if I felt good. I was happy when the ride was done because I had notch another day off the commitment to do 30 days. I wasn’t paying attention to how my body was feeling…except for that seat! Why can’t bicycle seats be more comfortable? I finished my 30 day commitment on 10/4/2010 and I am still riding every day. Why?!?

How things change in 40 days! I’m actually liking this bike riding thing. In the last week I’ve noticed changes in my daily ride. I’m having to ride farther to keep to my 30 minute ride. I also noticed that I don’t change gears as much as I did in the beginning. I’m paying attention to the things I’m seeing in a different way and I’m enjoying the 30 minutes with just me. I feel happy after the ride, not because I’m finished, but I feel good.

I have fibromyalgia and osteo arthritis. As a result, I was in a lot of pain most days even though I have been on medications that are supposed to help. I had trouble sleeping because I could never get comfortable in bed. I tried walking, but my body did not like that very much. I had gone to the gym, but weight training was painful in my joints. Bike riding has allowed me to get some exercise and that is so important to relieving the symptoms of my ailments. Patricia, my wife, tells me about the endorphin rush she gets from exercise. I never felt that. Or did I? Maybe the endorphins are responsible for some of my pain relief. Whatever, how things change in 40 days!

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The clouds were gathering and lightening flashing.

The weather forecast was for upper 90’s and a heat index over 115. Very little chance of rain according to the forecast. Of course if you grew up in the South you know what can happen on those hot , humid days.

I was on the Isle of Palms when I first noticed a few clouds gathering. Leaving the office, there were a few drops of rain on my car, but it wasn’t really raining. The skies were a mix of light gray and darker gray, No thunder, no lightning and as I crossed the connector to Mt. Pleasant, I thought I had seen as much rain as there would be. A few hours later I felt the air changing and saw the skies getting heavy with clouds.

The temperature dropped suddenly and I looked outside to see the picture on the left. It didn’t take long before these clouds turned from light gray to a deep charcoal with flashes of lightning back and forth. Then a few claps of thunder…still not rain, but not for long! The clouds opened and the heavy rains began to hit the hot road producing steam. Now the lightning was dancing across the skies and the clouds were as bright as the midday skies.

And then it was over. What an impressive display! Starting the morning in the 80’s, progressing through the day to the mid-90’s, and closing the evening with a 20 degree drop in temperature in just a few minutes, heavy rain thunder and lightning, and then temperatures reverting to the upper 80’s before bedtime.

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Some of the women in the Dune Properties IOP office.

There are days when things just seem to come together.  The weather was very hot. The office was busy. Then someone noticed that six of the women in the office were dressed in black and white outfits. It wasn’t like anyone planned it. It just happened! Then one of the women wanted a picture of all of them together and I had a camera.

The first idea was to move outside to the Adirondack chairs in front of the office. After all, the chairs are a part of the Dunes Properties logo and these hard-working women represent the spirit of Dunes Properties on IOP and in Mt. Pleasant. That almost worked, but a car side-swiped the post protecting the sidewalk just as we were about to take the picture. We thought we had better move inside to safety.

We settled on the conference room credenza as the perfect place and then the fun began. The end result is the picture above. Not bad for a group of realtors just having a little fun.

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There’s a flavor on every block.

I remember my first visit to a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream store when I was a child. There were more flavors than I had ever seen before! How could I decide which was best? I was used to vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, but now there was mango, peach, caramel and cream, and about 27 other flavors to choose from. What was I to do?

Today’s real estate market is kind of like that. There are so many homes and neighborhoods available at great prices. How can a person decide on what to choose? If you are in the market for a new home, how can you avoid being mesmerized by the 33 flavors of homes available to you? Before you start looking, know what you need! Answer some questions before you go. The first answer you need is to the question of what you can afford.

Here are a few others to consider:

  • How big of a home do we need?
    • Will three bedrooms and two bathrooms work? Or do we need more?
    • How many square feet of air conditioned space do we need?
  • What size lot do we need?
    • Do we want a large lot?
    • Are we interested in a small lot?
    • How much yard work am I willing to do?
  • Are we interested in a townhome or condominium?
  • What schools are nearby?

Once you’ve established your needs and balanced them with your wants, your Realtor® can focus the search on that target. Your Realtor® will preview a selected group of homes before spending your time in actually visiting everything in the mix. You should be able to find your home within 5 to 10 homes that you visit.

Remember Baskin – Robbins? I got sick sampling as many flavors as I could. My stomach hurt and I never bought one scoop. Avoid the stomachache in your search by knowing what you want before you go to market.

Patricia and Mark Fuchs can help you find the flavor you want most. Call 843-425-0953 for Patricia or 843-364-9509 for Mark.

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One of the relaxing places in Mt. Pleasant

Facebook and Twitter offer insights into what’s important to people RIGHT NOW! After reading a number of posts on both, I started to see a pattern that I hadn’t expected: Lots of us are expressing appreciation for what we have around Charleston, SC.

Many posts are about good meals at various local restaurants. There have been a few about the weather and some about what’s the economy doing. Others talk about various activities that people are enjoying and a number that express appreciation for friends, or share family moments and dishwashers that don’t work…lots of people offered suggestions on what to do about that one!

One post talked about driving to the Ravenel Bridge to walk across the bridge (a favorite pastime of many), but the rain there caused her to have to find sunshine on a walk on the beach instead. I thought that one was particularly interesting since it helped me to appreciate that there are options for something as simple as a daily walk!

Patricia and I were driving back from a trip to Hilton Head on Sunday. As we were driving on 17S, we both commented on natural beauty that surrounds us. We decided to move here to for business reasons, but fell in love with the area because of what it offers, the people, the food and the natural beauty that surrounds us everyday. When I read posts that show the appreciation that others have for what surrounds us it makes me smile. People from other areas want to be here. They buy second homes, or take vacations here because of what we get to enjoy everyday.

I have come to appreciate what we have and look forward to enjoying it for a very long time. I hope you do to!

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