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 Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
Ahh…the holidays. A time for happiness and cheer. And shopping. And cooking. And wrapping. And decorating. And baking. Are you tired yet? I am…just from typing this list of things we all do during the holiday season. And chances are you haven’t even started yet! Don’t despair! It doesn’t have to be this way. You can experience the magic without exhausting yourself to the point that you can’t even enjoy it. Keep it simple this year and you will breathe a sigh of relief as you savor the joy of the season.Here are some tips to help:The Three Gift RuleIf maxing out your credit cards and spending hours wrapping gifts doesn’t sound like fun, you may want to consider the “Three Gift Rule”. With the Three Gift Rule each person gets one thing they need, one thing they want, and one surprise. Tur...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
The Henderson Condos700 Commerce StreetNew Orleans Warehouse DistrictNew Orleans, La. 70130      The Henderson was origionally a sugar warehouse in New Orleans for the Godchaux Sugar Refinery.The building is constructed of heavy timber and brick. The units were converted into apartments in 1987. The apartments were converted into condos about 10 years later. There were few updates done when they were sold as condos.       The Henderson Condos on Commerce was one of the first conversions of apartments into condos in 1996. The 60 units vary greatly in floor plan and size. Most of the units are one bedroom units with some tow bedroom units. The sizes range from 550 sq. ft. to about 1200 Sq. ft.       The condo fees are moderate as the only include a rooftop area and party room. There is ve...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Smile when no one is watching.   Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Kitsap & Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & Broker   If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it!  Attributed to Andy Rooney Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2022, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...  and courtesy of  Paul S. Henderson, Residential Real Estate Broker  Tacoma Washington  Realtor ® BPOR, CRS, GRI, CDPE Fathom Realty WA LLC Serving South Puget Sound in Washington State        ...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Tuesday December 6, 20221. How long have dogs been domesticated? 15,000 years2. Who was the first US president to die in office? William Harrison3. What is the name of the candy company that manufactures Peeps? Just Born4. What object is said to bring bad luck if it is broken? MirrorTrivia questions for Wednesday December 7, 20221. What was the first soft drink to be consumed in outer space?2. What mammal typically dies of starvation in the wild after its last set of teeth wear out?3. What's the shortest standard reply on a Magic 8-Ball?4. According to folklore, who could shed no more than three tears? Enjoy your day.
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Kitsap & Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & Broker If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it! Attributed to Andy RooneyThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2022, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
National Brownie Day on December 8 is the kind of a holiday that nearly everyone can sink their teeth into! Who doesn't enjoy eating a warm, fudgy brownie treat fresh from the oven? On this December 8, our Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS holds its annual Membership Appreciation party and Charity Christmas drive to benefit KAPFA, which blesses children in foster care. The 2020 event was a drive-through only event due to COVID, and the 2021 in-person event was a delight. It even featured yummy cookies and chocolate covered brownies. I sure hope they feature the yummy brownies again in 2022. For loved ones diagnosed with diabetes, there's an amazing Sugar-Free Brownie mix by Duncan Hinds to ensure all people can enjoy Brownie Day.  Three years ago, our family iced the brownies ...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
This Thai-Inspired Meatball Soup is flavor-packed and easy to make. A rich, umami-filled broth filled with perfectly flavored meatballs.  Ingredients1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce, divided1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon ground ginger1-1/2 pounds of ground chicken1/4 cup sesame oil3 cups chicken broth1 can (13.66 ounces) of coconut milk1-1/2 cups julienned carrots2 cups torn fresh kale4-1/2 teaspoons lime juice1 tablespoon brown sugarLime wedges, optional Directions1. In a large bowl, combine cilantro, coconut, 4-1/2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce, salt, and ginger. 2. Add chicken; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. 3. In a Dutch oven, brown meatballs in batches in sesame oil over medium-high heat; remov...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Wordless Wednesday…It’s About Time Every Fall I look forward to George Souto’s Progression of Fall Colors post as well as Ed Silva’s Litchfield County Fall Colors. And every year I wait. When we were in Delray Beach, I didn’t expect to see anything but here in Houston, it can be hit-and-miss. Our summer was extremely dry, so I did not have high hopes for any kind of Fall colors. However, Look what showed up the first week of December!!!  Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar. Delia Owens Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.Shira Tamir
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Hi Active Rainers.  This month Jeff Dowler, CRS and Brian England our blogging tips.  I am very happy to participate since I love sharing of best practices and exchanging ideas.I provide ideas in my consulting practice and I build trust through doing seminars, short talks and listening to others.  When someone asks me what I do I tell them that I help organizations get better results.  When asked how do you do that, the answer can not be straight forward. I know that there are many scenariosTip number 1 - your blogging should create a relationship of trust between you and your readers.I build trust by presenting scenarios, cases studies, and possible solutions.  Hence blogging for me is writing about things that are real cases and offering some possible solutions.When I started blogging...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
A leader is someone who influences others and helps them achieve a common goal. These individuals have natural leadership qualities and inspire people to follow their lead. Meeting new people, working with different people, and managing projects can all be tricky if you’re not used to being in charge of other people. Being a leader isn’t always easy, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Following this guide will help you understand what makes a good leader, how to become one yourself, and what you can do to improve.What makes a good leader? As there is no one-size-fits-all definition of what makes a good leader, there are some key qualities that good leaders almost always share. The first quality is a strong sense of self. A good leader knows who they are as an individual and is con...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
The holidays will be here before you know it, which means now’s the time to get your decorations in place. When you’re in a hurry to check off tasks on your holiday to-do list, it’s easy to cut corners, but don’t disregard your own safety to put on a Yuletide spectacle. Here’s how to avoid a disaster this Christmas.1. Don’t string yourself out with the lights.Nearly 6,000 people are injured during the holiday season each year due to falling off of a ladder. To keep you and your home protected, remember to: Enlist the help of at least one other person Choose a ladder of the appropriate height Secure and stabilize your ladder Work during the day and in calm weather Check your light strands for faulty bulbs and exposed wires Utilize a timing system for your displays 2. Make sure your tree ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
If you're like most people, you probably think real estate agents have it easy when it comes to staying in shape. But the reality is that many agents work very hard to stay fit and healthy, often with little time to spare. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the methods real estate agents use to stay in shape, as well as some of the benefits they enjoy. Stay tuned!Why Should a Real Estate Agent Care About Their Health?Keeping a slim and healthy body is not only beneficial to your body, but can help you earn more money in the real estate business. Real estate agents usually work long hours, and the income can fluctuate significantly from month to month. You can diversify your income to offset the fluctuations, but be careful about how much money you spend on advertising....
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
December 6th - National Gazpacho 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 Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Monday December 5, 20221. What was the world's first mass-produced car to feature an all-aluminum body? Honda NXS2. What is Dagwood Bumstead's dog's name? Daisy3. What is the active ingredient in smelling salts? Ammonia4. Where were the first Academy Awards held at? The Roosevelt HotelTrivia questions for Tuesday December 6, 20221. How long have dogs been domesticated?2. Who was the first US president to die in office?3. What is the name of the candy company that manufactures Peeps?4. What object is said to bring dad luck if it is broken?Enjoy your day.
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
Cotton Candy-also known as candy floss, fairy floss or spun sugar-is a whimsical sweet confection, reminiscent of carnivals, County Fairs and childhood. Even so, who knew cotton candy merited its own "national day" on December 7? It's a happy light-hearted bit of fluff which stands in stark contrast to the well-known somber "Day of Infamy" known as Pearl Harbor Day, which also occurs on Dec. 7. The delectable treat of cotton candy is melt-in-your-mouth magic that motivates a person keep eating more, just to see if that delicious sweet feeling continues with the next taste. Images courtesy of www.pixabay.com.  Thanks for reading "December 7 is National Cotton Candy Day".
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
Code For A Good Cause: Why You Should Learn To CodeWhether you're a new coder or a seasoned pro, writing code has so many uses beyond just getting your skills on track. When you understand how programming works, you can make a difference. The more you use your computer, speakers, and other electronic equipment for good causes, the happier you'll all be. Here are some great examples of why you should learn to code.Create Software That Good People Use Writing code is like a doorbell that only the universe can open. It rings for the people who know how to open the doorbell and pour its cork into the nearest cup. But you need to open the doorbell for everyone else so they can also open their heart, mind, and soul to technology. The way you do this is by creating software that does good work...
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Book Recommendation: No Plan B  by Lee Child and Andrew ChildBook Recommendation: No Plan B  (2022) by The New York Times Bestselling Authors Lee Child and Andrew Child. Click on the links to learn more about the authors and this novel. This is book number 27 of the series featuring Jack Reacher. Dolores and I have real all of them. In Gerrardsville, Colorado, two witnesses to the same tragedy give two different accounts. One guy sees a woman throw herself in front of a bus in what authorities will call a suicide. The other witness is Jack Reacher. And he sees what actually happened: A man in a gray hoodie and jeans, moving like a shadow, pushed the victim to her death—before swiftly grabbing the dead woman’s purse and strolling away.Reacher follows the killer on foot, not knowing that ...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
College is a huge commitment. It's often the first time students have to take care of themselves and their finances and the first time they're away from home for an extended period. But college is also an incredible opportunity. It's a chance to learn about new things, make new friends, and explore different parts of the country or world. For many people, college is also the first step on the path to a successful career.Why college is the best decisionThere are many reasons college is the best decision you can make, but here are just a few. College will allow you to learn more about what you would want to do with your life. The more you know about yourself, the better decisions you can make about your future. College will help you develop important skills that will benefit you throughou...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
Everyday AgencyLogic shares just for fun posts related to real estate, marketing, and technology.  Here are this weeks 'Just For Fun' posts: Are These The Very Worst Glamour Shots Ever? 10 Photos That Show Just How Crazy An Office Can Be! 10 More Photos That Show Just How Crazy An Office Can Be! 10 (Final) Photos That Show Just How Crazy An Office Can Be! Some Buildings Aren't What They Seem
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