The stories I could tell

The stories I could tell

My battalion arrived in Iraq in early 2004 after convoying north from Kuwait. My company was assigned to a “route clearance” mission. Essentially, our job was to search for and detonate improvised explosive devices (IED’s). Our goal was to clear the way for supply convoys, civilians, and others using the roads. We detonated bombs by shooting them with the .50 cal and destroyed large caches of mortar rounds with C-4 plastic explosive. It was exhilarating work for a 21 year-old…

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Authenticity always wins

Authenticity always wins

You can’t pretend to be someone you’re not or even exaggerate who you are – false hype is just as harmful as being inauthentic – Dean Graziosi Like the jackalope, I am tempted to portray myself as something I am not. To act like a “REALTOR” acts. To buy a car a successful salesman would drive. The list goes on. The underlying belief (although false) is that potential clients will trust me more if they believe I am the big dog…

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It’s not the putters fault

It’s not the putters fault

Professional golfers are notoriously fickle about their putters, sometimes changing brands between weekends. Constantly on the prowl for the “right feel” and a lucky flatstick, they are quick to leave their current putter on the green. Someone should develop Tinder for putters. The rest of us hackers are no different. We are all looking for an edge. Better tools to get the job done. A quick fix on the course and in life. Not unlike golfers, real estate agents are…

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Going going, back back, to Ely

Going going, back back, to Ely

The summer after I graduated high school I moved 5+ hours away from home and settled in Ely, MN. It was the end of the road, literally. I had no car and didn’t know a soul. The college sits on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and I was enrolled in the Wilderness Management program. It was a perfect fit. The morning after move-in day, I awoke to find a pair of black bears moseying through the tree…

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The “If your home doesn’t sell, I’ll buy it” BS

The “If your home doesn’t sell, I’ll buy it” BS

When an agent offers a “Guaranteed Sale Program” please proceed with extreme caution. You could be losing out on a ton of equity, cash, and lost time by agreeing to one of these pseudo scams. The gist of the program: The agent agrees to purchase your home for X percentage (or X dollar amount) if it doesn’t sell before a predetermined date. On its face, the deal sounds great! You can rest assured you will be able to move and…

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Ticked Off

Ticked Off

I took the three eldest boys to the Deer Shack over Memorial Day weekend to hang out, shoot BB guns, and scout a little bit. The ticks were out in force. The boys were a little freaked out at first but I made a game of it.The person with the most ticks won the Tick Award. During deer season we hand out several awards (First Deer, Big Buck, and Hard Luck) so it was fitting to add another informal award…

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