Terrible Texting

The next time you think of it when you are in a public place, look around you. Notice how many people have their heads down, texting someone or playing with their phone.

Yesterday when I picked my son up at school I made the hilarious observation of many parents with their heads down texting or messing around with their phones while waiting for their kids to come out. Almost every parent was typing something. I seriously should have taken a picture with my own phone.

Are our lives THAT busy? Do we all think we are THAT important? Do we really think anyone cares that we just finished doing the laundry? (Yep, I’ve posted that.)  Have a headache today? (Guilty.) Burped? (Not sure if I am guilty of this one. But my sister in law, love you, had stinky feet yesterday.) Ever take a picture of what you were eating and post it … ummmm … who cares? (Yes. Guilty of this, too.) Why do I think you even care to read my blog? Yes, I am that important!  ::Giggle::

It’s even more comical when you go to a restaurant and see 2 people sitting across from each other, texting. No conversation. I am guilty of this myself. My husband and son will play the DS and I will work from my phone until my dinner comes out. In a sense, it’s peaceful, quiet time. My son is busy and bonding with Dad and I get to eat, have a beer AND get caught up on some work.

Geesh… we are a sad generation, I must say. While the technology today is wonderful — everyone expects things to be responded to immediately….  In my best panicky voice … “What? Your phone isn’t hooked up to your Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/MySpace accounts? I emailed you a minute ago .. and you didn’t respond, did you get my email?” Sound familiar?

Maybe my parents have it right? They don’t have call waiting, they don’t have a computer and they just recently purchased a cell phone (for emergency use only) that does not accept text messages or take pictures, video or movies.

OMG! Personally …. I’d die.  So I am not knocking anyone, I am very guilty of all of this abuse myself. My career demands it; and many times, if I don’t respond quickly I lose the client, it’s the nature of the beast today.  Have you noticed social interaction today? Many people can’t look at you and have a decent conversation at the same time. It’s funny and sad at the same time.

Well .. I have to go now, my phone is blinking I have a message …..

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

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The Inhumanity of Our Society

Many people who know me, know that I am an avid dog lover. I have 2 labs who are like my kids. One of my labs is 10, I’ve had him since he was just a few months old, he’s been with me through many, many changes in my life and I don’t know what I am going to do when he moves on. Just the thought of him not being here brings tears to my eyes. My other lab is a little over 2 years old.  I had forgotten  how crazy lab puppies were and he definitely fits the name we gave him, Cracker.  Labs don’t realize they are no longer puppies until they are about … ummmm … 10?

Picture from the Northeast Times, JENNY SWIGODA / TIMES STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Gabriella and Moshe Ovadia hold a photo of their beloved Chico, a 3-year-old Siberian Husky who's remains were found in Somerton.

This is a completely non-real estate related blog post. I picked up my local newspaper this morning, The Northeast Times (read the article) and there on the first page was an article about a dog that was brutally murdered in my neighborhood not too long ago. When this story first broke, I, along with the entire Northeast community and quite possibly all of Philadelphia, found it to be extremely disturbing. As new details of the gruesome nature of this dog’s death come out, it’s even more disturbing. I found myself in tears this morning once again over this animal that I’ve never met.  Not just a few tears, I was sobbing.

The thought that someone, who I won’t dare call a human being, actually found it amusing to take a 3 year old defenseless animal, tie it to train tracks and find sport in watching this animal squirm to release itself, only to end up being cut in half by a train, all at the hands of a warped mind with no soul.

The animal’s remains were then removed from the railroad tracks and dumped on someone’s back patio deck where they were found by the homeowner the next morning.

I am sick to my stomach at the thought of the world in which my child is growing up in, what is wrong with people today, can anyone answer that? I know the economy sucks, but that’s no excuse for such brutality, only a very sick, demented inhuman would do such a thing.

Our laws are lenient when it comes to animal abusers, I would think because our jails are already so filled with inhumans who abuse and/or murder defenseless humans. Our penalties need to be stiffer for the criminals that harm other humans as well as defenseless animals, maybe then such brutality will end.

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

WANTED: Missing Short Sale Documents!

I often wonder what happens to the endless amount of documents I fax over to lenders for short sales.

Does the big, scary, purple paper eating monster come and steal them while we sleep?

Maybe someone hit control-alt-delete one too many times and they just don’t want to say they screwed up?

Today, for the third time, I’ve faxed over a complete short sale package (all 972,341,614,436,491,646 pages of it) to a lender. I won’t mention any names for fear they may send the purple monster after me!  GASP!

So … Where does it go? Paper heaven? Did the dog eat it? Where? Tell me please? A lot of trees are being murdered because you can’t get your <docs> together. I’d use a better choice of words, but I might get flagged.

Many banks, I know for a fact, scan these documents into their computers. So why do they want them over and over again? Truly, I am puzzled.  I’ve been told they need me to constantly resend these documents to “reactivate” the files — I have to wonder why it was deactivated in the first place! And even if it was deactivated, can’t they just push a button and bring it back to life? Afterall, they have 2 full copies of my client’s entire life story and this is 2010.

Truly puzzled.

NEXT: Here’s a thought I will leave you with:

Why is it the banks make you wait (sometimes months) for an answer; but yet when they finally give you an answer, they want you to respond in 24 hours or they will take your first born and your right arm? Hmmmm? Stay tuned ….

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149