Just for Fun

The savvy, charming and hilarious members of ActiveRain like to let their hair down and have a little fun. Topics take on a whole new life when the creative minds of AR author fun posts. Wordless Wednesdays are a big contributor of this topic along with other posts written for fun. With each of our members' clever wit behind these blog posts, there should definitely be something for everyone to delight in.


Take a moment out from the daily grind to get lost in these entertaining pieces. If you have a funny story or photo you'd like to share with the wonderful world of AR, please do. Just for Fun posts are a great avenue to expressing yourself and sharing your funny bone.

Recent blogs on Just for Fun
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Wordless Wednesdays: Life of Holly in a pet friendly home... As a pet friendly Realtor in Los Angeles, I not only talk a good game, but I practice what I preach. Now with that said how many homes can show pictures of their dog being sandwiched by two cats one on each side. Now in all fairness she does not seem that thrilled but clearly does not mind. On a side note, they all end up in bed with us and I am glad we have a King Sized bed.  Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficu...
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By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
I'm Halfway There Because I BelieveI used to have a book where I would cut up pictures and glue them on the pages, things I wanted to have when growing up, and some things I wanted then. I always cut up pictures of families that looked happy, a father and daughter walking holding hands, or a father dancing with his bride daughter. Year after year, I cut up similar pictures and saved them, somehow, looking at them made me happy, and gave me hope but my parents never got back together and I never had a loving relationship with my dad.I had no idea what a vision board was back then, this was something I enjoyed doing. I know now, that some of our dreams should be realistic, yes, miracles do happen and we should never, ever give up hope but expecting the impossible is not healthy either.My ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I've been there many times as I am someone who loves to take short naps. My naps are usually 5 to 20 minutes long and I usually wake up refreshed. However there are those times when I wake up and wonder where I am and what time of day is it?I will also admit that there have been times where my napping became a bit of an embarrassment. For the last ten years of my career my office was in one fully staged model home after another. I only remember being woke up once by a shopper, I can assure you once was enough, never happened again.
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
.    A new Sandwich Shop opened around the corner.They specialize in High -quality, chef-driven salads &Sandwiches . Their Sandwiches are packed with premium ingredients and creative flavor exploration.In addition they have Loaded Fries and 2 interesting Cheesesteaks . All of their Sandwiches are specialties and have a name . They have 3 Full Meal Salads .      Pictured above is “the Brooklyn “ . It’s loaded with Pastrami,Gruyère ,coleslaw B&B pickles, topped with Russian Dressing . It was fantastic ! There are so many specialty Sandwiches I can’t wait to try. Will you join in this creative flavor exploration ?
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By Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
(Homesmart)
“I’m sorry, but the CCRs are very clear,” Lucinda informed her young client. “Daily rentals are not allowed in this community.”Dimitry stroked his thin black goatee as he paced, agitated.“Fine,” he sniffed, his black horn-rimmed glasses sliding down his nose as he stopped abruptly in front of his agent. “I’ll rent it out weekly.”Lucinda looked up from the paperwork in her hands, taking in the Gen Z programmer anew. His white t-shirt depicted a red nuclear explosion under black lettering that read Ctrl-Alt-Del.Whatever body spray he had drenched himself in this morning, the unmistakable notes of Rockstar Energy Drink and curry assaulted her sinuses. She assumed the scent had a name like Alpha Disco Party or Purple Daze. She made a mental note to use a little more sage than she normally d...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Exploring the annals of history is always a fascinating journey, offering glimpses into the significance of various dates. Here are a few intriguing historical tidbits to dive into this week.   THIS WEEK IN HISTORY   u 2008: Fidel Castro resigns the presidency of Cuba on Feb. 19. u 2001: Stock car legend Dale Earnhardt dies Feb. 18, after crashing at the Daytona 500. u 1997: NBC airs “Schindler’s List” completely uncensored Feb.23. u 1997: Scottish scientists announce they have successfully cloned a sheep on Feb. 22. u 1968: Civil rights leader Malcolm X is assassinated Feb 21 in New York City. u 1962: On Feb. 20, John Glenn is the first American to orbit Earth aboard Friendship 7. u 1954: Mass polio inoculations for children begin Feb. 23 in Pittsburgh, PA. u 1953: The first 3-D movie,...
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By Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
(Homesmart)
Scottsdale, AZ  Local Real Estate agent, "Big" Bob DuPree is fed up with his paycheck going down. Originally licensed in 1982, DuPree has seen just about everything there is to see in the Scottsdale Real Estate market. From the double digit inflation of the late 80s to the Great Recession of 2008-2009, he has managed to carve out a comfortable living in an ever-shifting industry. Until now, that is. The steady rise in home prices over the past decade, coupled with the explosion in Real Estate licensees, has resulted in downward pressure on commission rates."I used to charge seven percent to list a home, and people didn't bat an eye," DuPree lamented. "I didn't have to worry about my competitors undercutting my fee because we all charged the same amount. That was back when the NAR had a ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
After seeing Timmothy's cartoon strip today I thought I'd see if there was anything interesting about pepper and/or sneezing. There is. I knew sneezing could  force your breath out at a high rate, up to 100 miles per hour?My information and the picture above comes from The Library of Congress. Click on the picture to go to the article I received my information from.The chemical present in all pepper that causes us to sneeze is piperine. The medical term for sneezing is sternutation. According to the Flonase websiteA sneeze can travel up to 5 feet.A sneeze can produce 40,000 droplets.My Real Estate tie-in is that when you purchase a home you may want to wash the walls... especially if the previous occupant died of an illness. 
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The Power of PositivityCultivating Optimism in Challenging TimesThe power of positivity extends beyond mere optimism; it is a mindset, a way of life that can transform how we perceive and navigate daily challenges. Understanding the Power of PositivityPositivity is more than just a fleeting feeling of happiness; it is a mindset rooted in resilience, hope, and gratitude.Research in the field of positive psychology has shown that maintaining a positive outlook can lead to numerous benefits, including improved mental and physical health, enhanced relationships, and greater overall well-being. Embracing Optimism in Challenging TimesDuring challenging times, such as the global pandemic or personal setbacks, maintaining a positive outlook may seem daunting. However, it is precisely during the...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
For a little under $20 million is this a home for you, Jumanji, or Tarzan?                For more ‘Real Estate Fun’ posts click here.
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By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393
 Thursday Food for Thought. . .  It was about fifteen years ago (before joining ActiveRain) when I became a Facebook member.  I wasn’t sure how I would fit in.  After all, telling tales and talking about myself was not exactly in my wheelhouse. I chose a different path.  Not by sharing my deepest thoughts or lots of photos but quotes from others.  Although I haven’t done so in a number of years, I am reminded of those days as FB memories show up daily on the site.   Here are some words of wisdom from February over the years.  The quotes made me think then and they still do, today.  While I'm no longer as active as before, looking back can offer some memorable feelings. Plus, FB continues to offer value as a birthday reminder when my memory bank defaults: If I were two-faced, would I be ...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Wordless Wednesday…Play-It’s a Good Thing! Larry and I love walking at Meyer Park on Sunday mornings. If we time it just right, we are serenaded by the Carillon music coming from a nearby church.  The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.  Carl JungSpring soccer season just started so we also enjoy watching the many teams playing on one of their 26 fields. Family and friends are lined up on both sides of the field, eagerly cheering on the teams.  Last Sunday, we got a kick out of these young boys “wrestling” on the sidewalk. We weren’t sure if there were two or three of them until we got closer. They were laughing and having the time of their lives.   Ahhhh…the joys of childhood and playing!!! Man is most nearly himself when he achieves...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
.       My favorite Christmas present this year was a pareof Socks (lol) . But as you can see these weren’t ordinary old socks . As a young boy I became a hugefan of the 1966 Baltimore Orioles and my favorite player Frank Robinson . Anchoring 3B was future Hall of Famer and the most beloved Oriole ever ,Brooks Robinson . Finally there was a 3rd future Hall of Famer , 20 year old Jim “ Cakes “ Palmer, whoshowed up big in his World Series win. In addition,larger than life Boog “BQ” Powell hit a ton of HR’s playing 1B. At SS was veteran Luis Aparicio one of the best Shortstops for over 10 years and a very dangerous baserunner ( SB Leader ) .   The O’s won the American League Championship and were huge underdogs against the reigning Champs the LA Dodgers . Everyone ( but the O’s) knew it wa...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
February 20th - National Love Your Pet Day:Enjoy your day!Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal.
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Wild horses never cease to amaze me. This pair was seen in Switzerland. I've seen mountains and horses. I've run with the wind, and I climbed to tops of the Appalachian Mountains, Pleasant Mountain in Maine, Crawford Notch in New Hampshire, stood on Glacier Cliffs in Montana, and even peaks of the Alps. But wild horses intrigue me. They are free thinkers and steady on their feet. They can gallop with ease and without worries. Horses can get along, just fine, without depending on humans.  The horses I saw in Tuscany in 2010 also amazed me! As a child, my mother braided my hair for many school pictures. But as an adult, I never saw a horse with braided hair until I went on a retreat to Italy. On my bucket list is to ride horses. The interconnectedness between horses, places I've been, and...
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By Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
(Homesmart)
“So this is what this place looks like,” Howard noted, scanning the posh party room with approval. “No wonder the waiting list to use it hasn’t gotten any shorter.”The event he had in mind was gonna be legendary, if he could ever get management approval to reserve it. It had occurred to him that he might have been blackballed, but he tried not to dwell on his intrusive thoughts. His therapist always preached the importance of challenging the negative voice inside his head whenever it sought to drag him back into the muck.“Thank you for coming in today, Mr. Botkins,” an attractive blonde in a red blazer and miniskirt said, gesturing to a throng of empty chairs. “Please, have a seat.”“Thanks, but I think I’ll stand,” Howard declined. “Sitting for extended periods of time makes my sciatica...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Monday is a new day for a new week. Some of us may embrace this day with enthusiasm, others with not so much enthusiasm and some just glad the weekend guests have left.There is a song by Asoredee that is truly motivational. Maybe this is how we should approach each new day?Wake up it's a brand new dayMake a brand new wayIt's a really nice morningDon't stress chase the pain awayHear the little birds say it's a really nice morningThis the day that everything changeAnd u never gon say I hate it in the morningWake up it's a brand new day Wake up it's a brand new daySleepy head outta bed let's prayAin't no time to be lazy in the streetsJust keep pushing with the hard work then u get paidNo food in the belly but we movingCos we know we got a higher power who is watchingDirecting taking us thr...
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By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
"Whoever said practice makes perfect obviously never played golf."-Unknown This past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday was the annual Yuma (Arizona) Country Club Women's Invitational. Lola and Marilyn, whom I met up with last year, connected me with a woman named Joyce as a partner for the 3-day event. Joyce couldn't be there Thursday for the putting contest and the horse race, so I rode "shotgun" as Lola and Marilyn's cheering section. I wasn't sure we could (or should) put the 3 of us in one cart, but Lola said I have a tiny butt, so we'll fit nicely. We had a lot of fun with that, and they only forgot about me once, so I had to chase them down the fairway. Can't you just imagine me running down the fairway yelling, "Wait for me? Wait for me?" On Friday, Joyce and I connected, and we ha...
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By Bob Jablonsky, We're Tax Specialists for Real Estate Agents
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
The IRS has put collections on hold over the past few years.  Due to a combination of a budget that’s been slashed over the past 10 years as well as the challenges of COVID, the IRS had ceased taking aggressive actions against most taxpayers since 2020.  But with $80 billion in funding, that has come to a stop.  The IRS has started sending a new letter (LT38) to taxpayers. This letter is the start of IRS aggressively getting back into the collections business.The letter reminds taxpayers that they have a balance due and that they must begin dealing with their tax issue.  As noted above, many business owners with back taxes have noticed a substantial drop in IRS letters for the last couple of years. As long as it seemed the IRS had forgotten about them, they felt there was no reason for ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I'm not saying every smile is attractive but a bright smile certainly makes a good impression over no smile at all or a smile full of rotten teeth. One smile anyone over 50 may remember was this one:The Ultrabrite girl. Sorry about the poor picture quality.I have always thought that my smile was the biggest key to success in my life, especially in sales. You know that old saying: "Put your money where your mouth is". I've put a lot of money where my mouth is and I still have all my teeth today at the age of 69+. I still am being told I have a nice smile.BTW Ultrabrite is sticking with the same people they introduced their product to in the 80's. Like the fellow below I would say he and I were the same age when they introduced their product... now they should be selling us wrinkle cream. 
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