"I don't mean to talk down to you," Dr. Anne Becker, DDS, patiently said, "this is the talk I give to all my new, incoming patients . . . but I need to show you how to correctly brush your teeth." (Say what?)
At which point, Dr. Anne pulled out a HUGE model of horse-sized teeth she keeps in her office for 5 year olds (and me evidently), and a Sonicare toothbrush, and showed me how to slowly drag the brush along the gum line for proper dental hygiene. (Thank you for the detailed demonstration.)
On Wednesday, I was invited to the McGuire offices in San Francisco to participate in their twice-yearly "Boot Camp," which is designed for new licensees and seasoned Realtors alike.
In a series of short seminars over the course of several days, Agents learn everything from best practices, to online marketing, to digitally transforming our CMAs (Comparative Market Analysis) into more current, visual presentations. (That's a smart idea.)
"Hey Julie," came the email from my System Paver's rep and new BFF, Beth Froelicher,"Would you like to be my guest at the Bay Area Renovation Awards on Wednesday evening? We have a good shot at winning!"
I spent last Saturday in the garden working out my frustrations over a transaction that had NOT been going well, despite everyone's best efforts. My front beds, in particular, were too schizophrenic and consequently, what started as a small project quickly grew into a larger one as I began moving plants from one bed to another in order to create a calmer landscape. Some struggling shrubs were eliminated altogether (I can be brutal like that) while others were moved to more fitting locations in hopes that they'll do better in the weeks ahead.
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 15 years and has published more than 500 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.