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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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Did you have a busy weekend? I hope you had a busy fun-filled weekend because you probably needed it. We had a busy weekend. Oh, it was fun, but it was busy.

Patricia has been working with new clients from Ohio. They are moving here from Columbus (imagine that). They are staying with her father in Mt. Pleasant. Did I mention that they have five children under the age of 9? They arrived mid-week and Patricia has been showing them property since then. It must have been like a caravan. Patricia in the lead wagon followed by her band of house hunters. I joined the wagon train on Saturday. We took a late lunch with the family on Saturday at Jack’s Cosmic Dogs. Jack was there hard at work. You might have heard of Jack’s Cosmic Dogs from Alton Brown on the Food Network. The kids love it. The kids had been to this place before and when I suggested it, they were all in. It’s a fun place to have a hot dog and finalized a decision. Oh, but there is more.

This family is staying with Keith and Jill. Keith is her father, and Keith and Jill are good friends of ours. I can imagine what it must be like for Keith and Jill having a daughter, a son-in-law, along with 5 grandchildren staying for some indefinite time. The grandchildren are great kids and full of energy. Regardless of how good the grandchildren are, getting used to a house full of people can disrupt your schedule. I really appreciate what I see with Keith, Jill, Jon and Jami! Each family member cares for the other family members. There are sharing what they have to help each other. What a concept!

Patricia gat home late on Friday and I forgot to shop for dinner. Off to Five Loaves. What a comfortable place to relax. Good food and good service accompanied by a good wine. Not a bad end of the day. After we finished on Saturday we had a quite evening at home (I remembered to shop!) But on Sunday, after a very busy day of work, we decided to hit Los Arcos.  Tacos, salsa, burritos and drinks were the proper end of the weekend. I probably could have left out all the stuff about the places we eat, but I am glad that there are such places when you need them.

It was a busy weekend. But I came away from it with more appreciation for what a wonderful partner I have. Our slogan is “Team Up for Success.” We picked that slogan from what we have been through in our life together. We have always worked together as a team. Now we team up with our clients and like this family from Columbus, Ohio, we Team Up for Success!

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Real estate agents love being recognized for their hard work. There are times when agents are given awards for their work and they receive certificates or plaques to hang on their office walls. Recently, two agents from the Isle of Palms office of Dunes properties were recognized by Realtor.com for their “Online Marketing Excellence.” Barbara Walker and my wife, Patricia Fuchs are well-respected agents in East Cooper and deserve this award for finding clients that want to list properties with them.

Barbara, Patricia and Rebecca. A great team!

The interesting thing is that both Barbara and Patricia have an assistant, Rebecca Narkiewicz, who handles much of their administrative tasks, including posting their listings on Realtor.com and making them standout from the crowd of listings on Realtor.com. I started thinking about this when the awards were being handed out at a recent Realtor.com event. There were Barbara and Patricia receiving the award certificates, and Rebecca was sitting next to me smiling with pride that two agents that she supports were being recognized for their online marketing excellence knowing that she was responsible for a good part of the work that resulted in the award. Rebecca does her work behind the scenes. She is quiet and efficient in what she does. 

Realtors ideally should be out in their community putting a face on their brand, making sense of the stats and numbers, and educating themselves every day about their product.  We would not be able to do this without the Rebeccas of the real estate world.  Someone who is in the office daily familiarizing her/himself with the latest, ever changing online marketing strategies, typing, stuffing envelopes, making sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed on our paperwork. Our Rebecca has been given the nickname “RADAR” by many due to her ability to have information on hand before we know it’s needed.  Such support can be integral to our success (and sometimes our sanity). 

Behind every great person is another great person. Here’s to all of those who are behind the scenes making us look as good as we can look!

Thank you, Rebecca for all of the excellent work you do.

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Art and music surround Jackson Square.

I received this clip the other day  <http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2539741>. The clip is a collection of various musicians playing a single piece of music. It is a very skillful complication jumping from one musician/place, to another musician/place on the beat of the song. Very clever and inspiring in a certain way. I was inspired to write this post.

I started thinking about not only what I was seeing and hearing, but also how coincidence comes into play in the lives of all of us. All of these musicians were skilled. They all had great voices for this piece. Yet none of them are well-known outside of the place that they are in. Most aren’t even known by name as much as they are by the place. Several were in, or near Jackson Square in New Orleans. Others, in countries we might want to visit someday. We might even want to see the musician from that country that we saw in the clip. But here is the point: None of these musicians is famous outside of their little stage! Time, place and coincidence are at play.

I’m reminded of a passage that reads: “Time and unforseen occurrence befalls us all.” Often when I remember this passage, I think about the negative unforseen occurrences that can befall us. But the passage doesn’t say anything about the occurrences being positive or negative does it? Some musicians are in the right place at the right time and they become famous, even rich with material things. Is that a positive occurrence for them? But not all musicians have that experience. Is that a negative occurrence for them?

An unforseen occurrence happened to me when I received the video clip. I thought it to be a positive thing. After reading this you may see it differently even if you enjoyed the clip. Some might see the post as a positive unforseen occurrence for themselves if it causes them to think differently about the clip.

Whatever the case, art was created over time in a place and we coincidently got to share that art in our own time and our own place.

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Patricia and Chris made it a fun night!

Last week our friends Ed and Chris were down in Hilton Head at their condo for the week. They invited me and Patricia to visit for a couple of days. We have known Ed and Chris since before we were all married. In fact, Ed and I owned a house together in Morristown, NJ, but that is a story for another day!

We started our trip on Sunday afternoon arriving at their condo around 6PM. So on Sunday night we had dinner at the condo. Chris and Patricia put things together and Ed and I did the grilling. Turned out pretty good, I think.

We decided to go to Savannah and enjoy the River Walk late Monday afternoon. Savannah is a beautiful town and the way the city has renewed the area near the river makes it a very comfortable place to walk (there are cobblestones to consider, maybe flat shoes, ladies) and enjoy the sites. River boats ferry guests on short cruises, musicians playing their instruments all along the Walk, and artists working in several different media reminded me of the French Quarter of New Orleans, only smaller.

We walked past the Hyatt Hotel and there was the Rock Bohemian Hotel! The sign at the door invited us to the Top of the Rock. It was a lovely evening and sunset would soon make its appearance, so being on a roof top seemed to be the perfect choice to end our day in Savannah. The hotel is faced with river rocks of various sizes and the floors had a very interesting finish. The lights were eclectic and very attractive. Some had colorful lamp shades of glass, and the chandeliers reflected the local seafood business. They were made with oyster shells hanging at various lengths. How very Bohemian!

We enjoyed appetizers on the roof top as the sun was slowly setting. The food was tasty. The breeze was refreshing.  And the company was perfect.

It has been a while since we were with Chris and Ed and a lot of things have happened in our lives. How fitting that we spend an evening enjoying each others company as the river quietly flowed by with us sitting on the Top of The Rock!

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I am relatively new to the world of bloggers. I have 15/16 posts and 100 comments that people have made about them. There are days (maybe weeks) that no one reads my blogs. At first I was a bit down about that, but not now. I don’t blog everyday either.

What's on my mind?

When I started blogging I said that I would be posting random thoughts. Sometimes I blog about food. Sometimes about places I’ve seen, or some comment on a subject that was important to me for the moment. I am not making profound statements about life, or suggesting or recommending anything to anyone. I’m just blogging for no one…other than me!
I have found that it is somewhat relaxing to type on my laptop without concern for winning an argument, or making a sale. I never kept a journal and seldom used a Day-Timer or PDA to log activities. I guess blogging is as close as I have come to that.

It really doesn’t matter. I think about things like the red boat in the water and let my mind drift away. If you read it your mind might drift to something you enjoy. No big revelations. No profound statements. No problems solved. No arguments settled and sometimes no point at all…musings aren’t confined to points, or logic. If you want you can leave a comment…your musings about my musings, but you don’t have to.

Thanks for reading this one if you did!

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A view from the roof at Morgan Creek Grill.

I just love where I live! I’m guessing that you love where you live, but if you don’t, the Low Country is a place that you will fall in love with very quickly. I took this picture with a Blackberry from the roof top at Morgan Creek Grill one afternoon this past week.

We were having a nice visit with our friends, the Samuelsons, and enjoying the food at the Grill. It has been very hot for the past several weeks, but on this evening the breezes were cool and comforting. Great friends and good food!

Patricia and I have lived here since 2002. We moved from Morristown, NJ where we had lived on and off for over 25 years. That last winter in New Jersey was difficult in many respects, but the weather was really nasty. We left in a snow storm that followed us down I-95 for many, many miles. When we finally arrived very late at night, there were our friends, the Samuelsons, who greeted us and helped us to settle in for the night.

Living in the Low Country has always reminded me of New Orleans where I grew up. There is so much in common between the two. In New Orleans we had swamp. Here we have marsh. There the canals in New Orleans that were like the area around Shem Creek, in some cases. In New Orleans we had heat and here we have heat. On the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain there were places like Morgan Creek Grill. We always had fresh seafood, just like we have here. Great friends there, just like here.

All of these things are in common between here and there, so for me it was easy to fall in love with this place. After all, it was like I had come home! You can make this your home, It is an easy place to fall in love with, and as Mikey’s brother say: “Try it! You’ll like it!”

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