Did the Crawfish See His Shadow?

Here in north-west Louisiana, we have had more than our share of rain in February which only proved how wrong I was in saying that January would be the most dismal weather month of 2018. It’s been grey, dreary, wet and cold. I can’t remember the last time where the three major  Mardi Gras parades were affected by the weather in one season, but Centaur and Gemini both persevered through the drizzle and the downpours. Highland still had a great turnout despite everyone’s hands being too frozen to catch the throws. But now that the season of Lent is here, spring is just around the corner. Soon we will exchange our cabin fever for spring fever. For Realtors, spring is extra special.  Without a doubt, it’s the busiest time of year for us to help our clients buy and sell houses. Properties look prettier, the temperature is perfect for home shopping and people just feel happier and excited to make a change.

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6525 Line Ave. Shreveport, LA 71106

While Punxsutawney Phil may the prognosticator of prognosticators when it comes to Groundhog’s Day and predicting the end of winter,

 

in Louisiana, we have another way of knowing that spring has arrived, CRAWFISH SEASON!!! That’s right, those sassy red crustaceans boiled up with just enough spice can cure even the most severe case of winter blues! We love them. We celebrate them

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Here in the Shreveport, the first celebration will take place on Saturday, March 24 in Betty Virginia Park at Crawfest 2018 and at Mudbug Madness in May 2018. Learn more at

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And finally, for your chance to win $50 worth of crawfish from Shane’s Seafood or a chance at a $50 gift certificate to the Shreveport Aquarium or Tinsel Town why not be a part of our Spring Favorites Contest on Facebook.

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People really win!

The mean real estate lady and the tribe of Barbies.

When my clients are ready to list their home, it is normal for me to come by for a visit to discuss prepping for photos and to give staging tips.  I enjoy helping them get into “selling” mode.  Last Saturday, I was asked to come by one of my long-time loyal client’s house to start the process. It was a pleasant meeting…….until it wasn’t.  In the past, I’ve had to delicately explain to clients that their collections, political posters, and overflowing hobby rooms need to be stored away while selling. I am usually victorious in these endeavors because let’s face it… these are adults, reasonable adults in whom I have a shared goal… selling a home.

Back to Saturday.

Enter the scene where we meet  – “S”  a beautiful 9 year old girl and her equally beautiful younger sister of  5,  “N”

*Note* I am not using their real names as they both seem to be the litigious type.

The tour was going fine until we made our way to the sun room where I discovered a mountain of toys spilling onto the floor. It was the kind of pile that would make Santa’s elves envious. In it contained every manner of play thing imaginable from dress-up clothes to art supplies to what looked like giant ipads. It was pretty awesome. For a split second, I got so caught up by the sparkle that I almost started arranging furniture in Barbie’s Malibu dream home. And the Barbies! A literal sea of Barbies. So, so many Barbies.

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“S” and “N”s  mom and I began to strategize on how to de-clutter Toy Mountain. We agreed that some things could be put in storage while selling the house and how to arrange the items that remained.  As we talked, it became apparent that “S” and “N” were becoming extremely anxious and the tension in the sun room became, well, tense. Both girls stared at me with expressions of disbelief if not disgust.

-“S” :  “Mommy, what are you going to do with our toys?”

-Mom : “We are going to go through them and store some of  them in the place where we keep our Christmas decorations.”

The little one frantically started putting on a princess dress over the princess dress she was already wearing.

-Mean real estate lady : “S” and “N” we can store some of your toys now and we can move them to a new house. Do you think you can help mommy and daddy keep your rooms clean and beds made while we sell your home?”

Yeah, I realized how that sounded,  but only after I had said it. No wonder they didn’t acknowledge my presence much less my question. Desperate to ease the tension I added, “If you can help us, Ms. Dawna will buy you some Disney Dollars for your trip to Disney World next fall.

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             Actual photo of “N”

Disdain, utter disdain. That’s the look I got. They didn’t want any stinking Disney Dollars, especially from the mean real estate lady. Heck, they already have all the Disney toys they could ever want right there…in Toy Mountain.

Official Score

Kids = 1000

Mean real estate lady = 0

 

Super Bowl Sunday

It’s the 52nd Super Bowl today and one of the most anticipated televised events of the year.  The Super Bowl has wide appeal to not only sports fans, but to food lovers and pop culture enthusiast as well.

For me, I will be cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles.  Why?  I’m not a Tom Brady fan and the Patriots have had their share of bowl wins. Most importantly, I am rooting for Philly because Silver Linings Playbook is one of my all-time favorite movies!

And,  if it’s me reading the signs ;)… I am pretty sure I will be watching it on my laptop while the actual Super Bowl plays on the TV in the background.

I will definitely pause my movie watching in time to catch Justin Timberlake perform in the halftime show.  I love him.  He never disappoints. Did you know he doesn’t get paid? Let’s all give it on up for Homelessville!

Because my real estate brain never turns off and I was curious about what kind of house he owned… I googled it.  Did you know that Justin has a full size outdoor basketball court at his home? It’s painted blue.

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Well I hope everyone enjoys Super Bowl 52 no matter your favorite part. Go Philly!

Here are some fun facts from http://www.kidzworld.com

Fun Facts

  • 8 million pounds of guacamole is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday
  • 14,500 tons of chips are eaten along with that guacamole
  • Of the top 10 most watched American television programs of all time, nine of them are Super Bowls
  • The Super Bowl is measured in Roman numerals because a football season runs over two calendar years

  • Over 700,000 footballs are produced annually for official NFL use and 72 of them are used for the Super Bowl
  • It is the 2nd most watched sporting event in the world. More than 100 million people worldwide watch the Super Bowl every year. In fact, Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 unseated M*A*S*H’s series finale as the most watched show in television history with over 106.5 million watchers.
  • The average cost of a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl has ranged from $37,500 at Super Bowl I, to around $2.2 million at Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, and by Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, had doubled to around $4.5 million.
  • In 2017 a 30-second commercial reportedly cost between $5 million and $5.5 million.

  • The NFL has a policy against holding Super Bowl games in stadiums that have a climate of less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, unless it is an enclosed stadium
  • Super Bowl LI (50) – Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots was the most-watched sporting event in the U.S. history.

 

Until next time,

-Dawna Bledsoe, Broker/Owner