THE SECOND STORY | March 25th, 2010

The brain is like a drain….

Blog photo: Taken last June on an evening bike ride, looking through a chain link fence located at the western most public area at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, aka Alameda Point, aka AlPo.

Blog post title: The brain is like a drain. It either flows or it’s clogged.

As I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about, I’ve had an overwhelming sense of gratitude for so many simple yet profound things that have happened this week.

Gratitude forces my thought to flow. It automatically dilutes the clogs. It opens me up to pay more attention to what is going on around me, and how best to respond. The opportunities I’ve had in the past week to spend time one on one with friends old and new, former clients, potential new clients, new acquaintances, have been inspiring.

There is nothing inspirational about a clogged drain or clogged brain. Stuffing a bunch of crud into a small opening (my head) does nobody any good, especially me.

But when thought flows, I find I’m more patient with myself, take a bit more time to listen outwardly to others, then inwardly quietly wait for a sense of direction, regardless of what type of decision I am faced with and how loud the circumstances are that are attempting to insist I make a decision right at that moment.

Many years ago somebody told me that 80% of the things we worry about don’t even exist. 10% of the things we worry about we can’t do a thing about. So why not focus on the remaining 10% we can do something about? It makes sense to me!

That’s going with the flow.

Realty and reality news checks….
CA First-time home buyers get a state credit (don’t ask me how we are paying for it…ask Arnold)
Is it really tax-free? You’d better check with your attorney and financial experts

Alameda real estate this week…

Active listings 145, 137 last report
Pending listings 91, 86 last report

Highest and lowest priced new listings

Tuesday Tour 12 with 3 repeats

New 18

BOM (back on market) 2

Price changes 4

Pending 14

Sold 17

Withdrawn/canceled 1

Alameda real estate awards this week…
note that some nice properties have come on but they have not yet been on the broker tour….I will try to check them out over the weekend.
Cute, charming

That’s a wrap! Carry on! We’re slowly working our way into warmer days!

best, marilyn

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I arrived in Alameda in 1973, as a new bride...with husband Carl Schumacher, both of us from Newport Beach. He was embarking on his career as a Naval Architect (i.e. yacht designer) under Gary Mull. Please see the 'ABOUT ME' page in this website! to see how it has all turned out! I'm so blessed!