Fun in the Rough Jewel of the Triangle

Durham has evolved from being a gritty mill and tobacco town to being a gritty performance and sports town. If you doubt that here’s two words for you DPAC and DBAP. And then there’s Duke athletics, where the women’s basketball team is a tough ticket and the men’s impossible. In 26 years here I’ve never sat in snow for a Duke Football game and seldom even have to wear a coat. And just watch NCCU as they move into the big leagues. Did I mention that we’re the foodie capital of the Triangle…shoot…we’re the foodie capital of the state and maybe the whole Southeast. If you run out of options here you’re having way too much fun.

Why Customer Service Sucks

January 10, 2012
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Back in the good old days before the savings and loan crisis and our recent financial difficulties,  I was gainfully employed in the banking industry just when deregulation was picking up steam and banks were freer to introduce new products.  For a time I worked as the retail deposit services product manager in Winston-Salem at […]

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Football – Another reason to love the Triangle

September 5, 2011
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The Independent Weekly’s August 31 issue tackles the question of “can college pigskin survive.” I kind of expected a whiny diatribe about academic integrity and the imminent fall of western civilization but it was actually pretty balanced with different articles showing different sides of the question. I do have a little bit of personal perspective […]

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Carbon/Silicon – The News

August 1, 2011

Here’s a feel good anthem to cheer you up after the dreary debt ceiling debate. Thanks to Brian Clark who posted this on Google + . Speaking of Google +, I’m experimenting with it. Like what I see so far especially the “circle” thing.   Here’s the other video from the Full Frame Summer Camp […]

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Homer moves to Appliances in Home Depot

February 12, 2011
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Recently a client asked me to help her pick out a new kitchen faucet. I was in the neighborhood so I visited my local Home Depot to see if I could get some help from my friend Homer. If you follow the blog you know that like a lot of other real estate agents Homer […]

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Alberta’s Favorite thing about Durham

July 31, 2010
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Making a Home is not Just about Buying a House. I recently asked Alberta what was her favorite thing about Durham. As often happens her answer surprised me. I mentioned that I hadn’t really written a post about the Bulls.  She volunteered to write one herself.  Here it is. Why I love the Bulls…another reason […]

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Top Ten Durham Websites

June 10, 2010
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My Picks for the Ten Best Websites to Learn about Durham If you believe that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location, it probably seems a little bit of a paradox that the descriptions most real estate agents write about their listings barely mention it. Part of this is just […]

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Eno Restaurant and Market Gets NYT Attention

April 29, 2010
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More foodie attention from the New York Times. Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine gave more credibility to the area and Durham as a great place for foodies. The spread tells the story of Coon Rock Farm near Hillsborough and the efforts of partners Richard Holcomb, Jamie DeMent and chef Marco Shaw to create a […]

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Interview with Homer

January 13, 2010
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Doing what you have to to get by – one agent’s strategy Recently I was in the local big box hardware store looking for some plumbing fittings when a friendly and familiar voice startled me, “Can I help you Sir?” I turned and there in the neon apron of the store employees was my friend […]

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December 13, 2009
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The Worst Christmas Gift I Ever Received and the Best A recent study tried to explain how our tradition of Christmas giving is only marginally good for the economy at best… and may actually harm it. The premise is that people buy stuff for themselves that they perceive will provide some value.  However, gifts  far […]

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Football is Over and the Boo birds Come Out

December 7, 2009
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College athletics will never be reformed because the would be reformers have it all wrong. I graduated from Notre Dame in the sixties with a degree in English Lit and some swag to remind me that I was a small part of a National Championship football team. Now that I live in Durham I follow […]

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