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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Motown, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, And Aretha

Dig it all you lovers of good soul music. Got turned on to some serious Motown the other week. - Sure we all know the hits, but delving a little deeper into Marvin Gaye's deep cuts have left me with a whole new direction to explore. I did an itunes playlist with Gaye, Charles and Franklin and even Jake the lab is getting groovy with it.

You tell me- is there anything better than riding around in the middle of a hot summer day with the windows down listening to some easy tunes with Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet it Is"?- I mean, I'm telling you, you don't even need a honey to get a real kick out of your heart while listening to that song. He's got "What's Going On', 'Got to Give it Up', and a personal favorite "Let's Get it On', where he lets his groove hang real low for all to see.

I'm not telling you anything new by relaying how much shit we got going on. A lot of homes, a lot of customers, a lot of transactional action, construction action, sales action, marketing action and a lot of administrative action. We are busy.

There are a lot things and events that can distract an entrepreneur from his task at hand - and very few of the distractions have much to do with what you are trying to accomplish. Time is money - time is not only money, time is opportunity. Waste your time on distractions and hurdles, be looking one way while the action is the other, and before you know it - waste your time, and waste your opportunities - and since opportunities are never timed perfect - waste your opportunities and you will find yourself losing the edge that got you there in the first place.

An opportunity is a precious thing - and those who waste and miss them end up with results merely a shadow of what was possible. I keep my eye on the ball, regardless of the personal and business distractions that occur - with a laser focus - that's always been our secret. Through sad and happy events, momentous and disastrous occurrences, very high highs and pretty low lows - keeping it all rolling, pushing ahead, turning the corner has always been one of secrets. No time to wallow too low or celebrate too long, for the disappointment will surely be supplanted by another shortly, and the victory's size is surely to be outdone momentarily.

We have a NY Times story coming out some time this week, and then a blurb in the NY Observer. We have a hard-working NYC-based, ex-Rubenstein employee real estate PR rep seemingly kicking some pretty quick ass for us. I mean, it's an easy story at this point, but christ it's been hard to get it told. Sure, it's not really necessary, but like a bank loan offer when you don't need it, some great metro press ain't gonna hurt matters, for sure. And why not have a 2 yr waiting list - I think that is pretty much the definition of 'being the man'.

Joe and Katie's Farm 16 just getting started on 8 acres.

And Eamonn and Mimi's Farm 11 going up, literally going up up the driveway.

On 12 acres.
From the 2nd floor.

And Matthew and Sarah's Cottage 36 on 15 acres.

And the Shack, which is for sale.

And the Barn, which is looking a lot like a winner.

And Heather's Micro 4, on 7 acres which we will be painting on the inside next week.

And the Ranch V coming along nicely.

Plus the 2 homes (1 pre-sold) that we got going on in Saugerties. Plus the 2 more we are starting in July.

Lots of design and construction for sure. It's definitely getting easier being 'the man' - I think it really fits me well. And while it was a reluctant title for awhile, I'm starting to really feel it - or, like the funk master Mr Gaye might say (before his dad shot him for being such a desperate scary drug addict - back when the highs were still high),

"No more standin' there beside the walls
I have got myself together, baby
I'm havin' a ball

Long as you're groovin'
There's always a chance
Somebody watchin' might wanna make romance

You can love me when you want to babe
This is such a groovy party baby
We're here face to face
Everybody's swingin'
This is such a groovy place

Keep on dancin'
You got to get it
Got to give it up"

Ever wonder how many people don't buy my homes from us because of my blog? I can hear the conversation around the dinner table - "We're not buying a home from that crazy guy at Catskill Farms. Are you kidding me?" It's always been an interesting point to wonder on during idle moments, one whose answer is impossible to know.

You got to keep it fresh - after all, what else is there in life?

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