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My First Blog

Observations on blogging, a little bit about me, living in the South and a request that could make your day

Blogging... an interesting phenomena.

It's where one pours out their thoughts, emotions, feelings, words, memories, etc... to an audience that may or may not read it and may or may not care.

I've always been partial to the written word.  I've always loved learning more about the history of language and for 10 years I wrote for a living.

That was then, this is now and now I sell houses for a living and do public speaking, but having this opportunity to blog is something that intrigues me.

I've done a lot of things in my life, but never blogged.

So, it's time to scratch the itch, time to check that box, walk in those shoes and say that I have.

I have a lot to say about real estate and life in general.

 

So.... first up... from someone who travels a lot... a comment on the South.

I was very apprehensive about moving to Georgia. Living in the South is not exactly what one aspires to do when one does not live in the South. 

The South has a lot of baggage.  The Civil War, the Rebel Flag zealots, slavery, plantations and let's not forget about Deliverance...  yeesh, that's enough to scare anybody away!

Before Georgia, I lived in Canada, the Caribbean and Miami (extension of the Caribbean).  But, after being here for 20 years, I can say Georgia is where my home is.  The people of Atlanta and the Southern hospitality have definitely won me over, despite the original laser light show at Stone Mountain.

The fact that I get called "honey", "baby", "darlin'", "sweetheart" and "shugah" every day by people I meet for the first time... is a simple pleasure for me... it's a positive stroke that comes with living here.  It's a soothing place to live.

That doesn't happen just anywhere.

I do a lot of traveling outside of Georgia and even though I can't get enough of life on the go... there's a part of me that's always happy to return to the Peach State. 

I know in Georgia, I won't deal with indifference from waitresses, store clerks, people in elevators and most folks who pass me by on the sidewalk.  A simple salutation, head nod or smile is surely part of the plan.  Heck, I can even get those things from fellow drivers on the road.  If I signal that I need to get in the next lane... chances are, someone will let me pull in front of them.

Whenever I speak, my salute to the South is always part of my speech... as if I'm trying to recruit folks.  But, then, about half of the time, I am speaking in the South!  I guess it's part pride and part wanting to remind folks of what is in front of their face.  Sometimes, it takes recognition by others to truly appreciate what it is we've already got.

So... when's the last time you appreciated all that you had and the people in your life?  You don't have to have a lot to appreciate it.  Heck... if I wake up in the morning... I can see...  I can breathe... it's already a great day!  There are plenty of people in this world that would love to do just that. 

If you've read my blog this far and you're still reading, I want to say Thanks. I appreciate you for doing that.  Now, do me a favor... at some point in the next 24 hours, tell someone you appreciate them.  It may be all that needs to happen to make their day and the experience could make yours!

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Lynn Hubbard April 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Welcome to patch! John Barker is great to work with. I wandered down from Michigan umpteen years ago to get warm. Looking forward to your next post.
John Barker (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Thanks Lynn, and Thanks Tony. I know with you're diverse background you will bring a lot to Patch!
Murray Jr April 17, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I appreciate myself since I'm so awesome.
Tami Johnston April 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Welcome Tony! What a 'breath of fresh air' to read first thing this morning. It is true, what you blogged about living in the south. I was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and have been here 12 years now. I hated it at first, but now, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else! I will be looking forward to your future blogs, have a great day! =)
Chris M April 17, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Nice read and congrats on your blog. I too am an aspiring writer. As for today's blog, I totally agree with you on all points. I am a transplant to the south as well. I absolutely love it here. I've lived in England (UK), New York and California and have travelled all over the place. Georgia is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, bar none. Kinda' hot in summer, but that goes with the territory. And I agree that the locals, although understandably proud Southerners, sometimes miss that they have a "peach" of a state (or a city or a county). Georgia is still almost "untouched" as far as comparing it to other, blighted cities and states in the U.S. That Georgia mindset is what keeps this a special place, so I hope they hang on to it and cherish their unique "southernness". I relish every day here - the history, the culture, the nature, the people. So, Georgia, consider yourself appreciated ;)
Marsi Thrash April 18, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Tony, I'll share my North vs. South articles with you!
Gary L. Warner April 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Hey Sugah!!! Welcome to Patchville. I really enjoyed your article Tony, I look forward to reading more of them.

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