This turtle run was inspired by my girlfriends Elizabeth Weintraub, (NY Times, About.com) a Sacramento Real Estate Broker for Lyon Real Estate and Poppy Dinsey of Zoomf, London, UK. It is dedicated to a very talented gentleman, Gary Woltal, a Dallas Ft. Worth Realtor at Keller Williams Realty and my dear friend Melody Botting of Melody Botting RE/MAX Empire Realty. Mel gives us a taste of her vacation in the U.K. with her blog entitled, "Subaru Family Bragging Rights."
In "It All Counts," Gary presents some excellent talking points about how we influence people with our words. My favorite thought includes this partial quote from Leo Buscaglia: "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt." He does an excellent job of this, and so do my friends and I love their blogs.
Kudos and congrats to Elizabeth, who will be featured on HGTV's House Hunters! If you haven't read her blog, you need to make it your business to take a peek. She provides some wonderful eye candy regarding the behind the scenes day to day renovation of a marvelous rehab job of her kitchen. Her commentary had me tickled pink. Too bad you aren't privy to her phone calls... you'd be smiling for days.
Poppy D takes us on a new tour of the United Kingdom and provides some very delicious eye candy of historic buildings and landmarks with her latest blog entitled "A Walk About Chester, England." BTW, did you know that "according to new figures from the Bank of England, in some parts of the UK as many as four in ten home-buyers pull out before they complete?" Check out her 40% of British Buyers blog here. If you haven't checked out her company, you should. Zoomf is a genuine vertical search engine. Agents can list their properties for free (and seriously increase their Google juice). If you do list there, she also gives great advice with her blog entitled, "The Importance of Listing Photographs." I've been playing with its features and I have to say it has been a lot of fun peeking at available properties in the United Kingdom. If I had to choose three words to describe it, I would say "complete, unbiased and swanky." It's a shame they don't cover the United States, but maybe we can work on that together. It would certainly influence Craiglist to up its game and would probably make Trulia scramble to compete for content. Oops, sorry, Active Rain has already managed to do that... but I digress.
This turtle run is all about historical buildings. After checking out Chester, England, and Tower Bridge, how could I not? Today's eye candy features City Hall, which is located in the borough of Manhattan situated at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. According to the official website of the City of New York (NYC.gov NYCTV-OP page), "New York City's City Hall is the oldest city hall in the nation still used today as a center for city government. For 200 years this building has been at the center of politics, protests and civic celebrations."
Did you know that there are reportedly more than 100 paintings by some of the leading late-18th to mid-19th century American artists housed inside? The published list includes such notables as Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale and John Trumbull. According to Wikipedia, Samuel Finley Breese Morse not only painted portraits and historic scenes like the ones on display in City Hall, he also "created" the single wire telegraph system and was the "co-inventor, with Alfred Vail, of the Morse Code."
Stay tuned for Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza. Here is some eye candy from my turtle run. Enjoy!
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