Bella Vista, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  In my next life I want to be a “bonvivant”. Yes ladies and gentlemen I would like to do this when I return but if it was offered to me now I would drop real estate and take my place with this profession.  I say profession but I really am torn to call this a profession.  Without further adieu the meaning of (ban vi vant’) a person who enjoys good food and drink and other luxuries.  Good food and drink the first person that comes to mind would (other than me) be Roger Mucci.  From his writings I believe me and him would be the perfect candidates for the job, what say you?
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  I had no idea they have a word for this. Yep I called it something totally different but comes to find out there is a word for this.  I wonder how many of you knew this word and what it meant.  The word is “cocotte” and it makes me wonder who in the world thought of this one.  Anyway the meaning of (ko kat’) is a small casserole for a single portion of food.  Who would have thunk it? 
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  If you’re in real estate you practice “jural” don’t you? Had a small problem with the wording of the heading today.  Don’t know why maybe because it’s 03:50 AM.  I’m up waiting until the store opens so I can get a tire fixed and off to the office so I can write a contract.  Well regardless the meaning of (joor’el) of law; legal, relating to natural right and duties.  We have certain duties regardless if they relate to natural rights.  Anyway I’m going to try and lie back down and get another 30 minute some rest.  Have a good day
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  Do you know someone who is “blovicate”? Well thank you Joshua Pino who gave me this word.  Frankly I never heard it and I looked in my Webster’s® and could not find it there.  So I went on the WWW and there it was.  The reason for this post is I wonder if Webster’s ® missed this one how many more are there out there?  Sorry got off the subject line.  I’ve had friends and clients that do this.  The meaning of (bloh vee yet) is to talk aimlessly and boastingly; to indulge in high falutin.  So how many friends or clients do you have that is blovicate?
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  Ever had dealings with a “marplot”? I know I have and sometimes they are my clients.  I bet when you find the meaning you’ll know someone who has done this to you.  As time goes marching on I know I just know I’ll meet another one of these and I won’t like it.  So without further hesitation the meaning of (mar’ plat) is a person who mars or spoils some plan by officious interference.  So now when writing a contract or listings have you ran into one of these?  What say you?   
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  No it’s not a quake like you would think but an actual earthquake.  Happened last night around 10:00PM I was in the bedroom pulling down the sheets and heard something like someone knocking on the door.  Then the whole home began to shake and continued to do so for several seconds.  I’m sure glad I have quake insurance.  It did not seem anything was damaged but it was my first experience with one and all that would come out of my mouth was “NEAT” end quote.  I’ll do a close inspection of the home later today.  Have a good day
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  Thoughts 4 I've anxiously awaited the publishing of Mark Twain's autobiography. I'm so disappointed. It weighs not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 very heavy pounds. 500,000 words and this is only volume 1 of 3. Needless to say I can't snuggle up in bed or sit in a cozy chair by the fire with it. I practically need help just to lift it. I'm thinking this thing needed some serious editing
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  Some thoughts… Wouldn’t it be ironic for someone to choke to death on a Lifesaver?  I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail yesterday. Women are having sex with their husbands because they can't afford batteries. CEO's are now playing MINIATURE golf. Oil companies had to lay off 25 Congressmen. A stripper was injured when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies  I saw a Mormon today with only ONE wife. If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you should call them and ask if they meant you, or them? I have been using Listerine Total Care for about a week and yes, I do believe my teeth are whiter. It is also good for removing paint, cleaning tires and getting up oil stains from concrete. Geez, when they say "Intense" they're not kidding! A group of kids i...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  Paco come home… As the story goes apparently in Spain Paco is a common boy’s name.  It seems the father and Paco had a strained relationship.  Nothing the father said or did could mend the tear in the relationship.  As soon as Paco was old enough he left and for a long time the father never heard from him.  Finally out of despair the father placed an ad in all the newspapers in Spain.  It simply said “Paco I miss you, I love you all is forgiven.  Please meet me in front of the newspaper”.  The rest of the ad gave the newspaper address and the time was Saturday at 09:00 AM.  At the time and place given the father walked out in front of the paper and there were 800 boys named Paco there.  It’s so easy to utter words of hate in these times but difficult to say all is forgiven and let’s m...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
SUNDAY Groups of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Holland... As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat's milk was used. She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing. 'These' she explained, 'are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce.' She then asked, 'What do you do in America with your old goats?' A spry old gentleman answered, 'They send us on bus tours!
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  MONDAY The mother of a 17-year-old girl was concerned that her daughter was having sex... Worried the girl might become pregnant and adversely impact the family's status, she consulted the family doctor. The doctor told her that teenagers today were very willful and any attempt to stop the girl would probably result in rebellion. He then told her to arrange for her daughter to be put on birth control and until then, talk to her and give her a box of condoms. Later that evening, as her daughter was preparing for a date, the mother told her about the situation and handed her a box of condoms. The girl burst out laughing and reached over to hug her mother, saying, 'Oh Mom! You don't have to worry about that! I'm dating Susan!' Thought I was going to post something else didn’t you…  Shame...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  OK people don’t read anything into this.  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a word on wordsmith and I figured for one day at least I should.  Now I will be the first to admit I do this and have done this often.  The meaning of (frig’ ed) to spend time idly, foolishly, etc.  Just thing about how much more you could accomplish if you didn’t do this.  My mind is at light speed all the time and I wonder if I could just slow down and examine what I’m doing and where I need to be how much more successful I could be.  What are your thoughts on this? Sorry got to run mind is off again with another adventure….
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
                *The Green Thing*    In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.    The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."  The clerk responded, "*That's our problem today.  Your  generation did not care enough to save our environment."*   He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.  Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.   But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.    We walked up stairs, be...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  Investment Advice If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today! If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you would have $33.00 today. If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have $0.00 today. But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for the recycling refund, you would have received $214.00. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.  It is called the 401-Keg plan. And as a bonus...  A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that on average Americans drink 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that the aver...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  A TOUGH OLD COWBOY FROM  SOUTH TEXAS   COUNSELED HIS GRANDSON THAT IF HE WANTED TO LIVE A LONG LIFE, THE SECRET WAS TO SPRINKLE A PINCH OF GUN POWDER ON HIS OATMEAL EVERY MORNING. THE GRANDSON DID THIS RELIGIOUSLY TO THE AGE OF 103 WHEN HE DIED. HE LEFT BEHIND 14 CHILDREN, 30 GRANDCHILDREN, 45 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, 25 GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, AND A 15-FOOT HOLE WHERE THE CREMATORIUM USED TO BE.        Sorta brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
An old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch. The old German Shepherd thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep trouble now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder if there are any more around here?" Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. "Whew!" says the panther, "That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!" Meanwhile, a squirrel who ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  A woman goes to the doctor all black and blue ...    Doctor: "What happened?" Woman: "Doctor, I don't know what to do. Every time my husband comes   home drunk he beats me to a pulp." Doctor: "I have a real good remedy for that. When your husband comes home   drunk, just take a glass of sweet tea and start swishing it in   your mouth but don't swallow.  Just keep swishing and swishing until he goes   to bed in his drunken stupor." Two weeks later the woman comes back to the doctor looking fresh and   reborn. Woman: "Doctor, that was a brilliant idea. Every time my husband   came home drunk, I swished with sweet tea.. I swished and   swished, and he didn't touch me!" Doctor: "You see how much keeping your mouth shut helps?"   
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  In 1972, Joe Miller was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Tulsa Junior College . On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air.  The elephant seemed distressed, so Joe approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Joe worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to Joe, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments.  Joe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled.   Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.  Joe never forgot that elephant or the ev...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
THE BAT: The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
  OK people as you know I posted an article about a politician and was just crucified.  So to all who commented on that one this one is on me.  You may not like the man but you have got to love his humor.  I make no comment other than what I’ve already said.  Click on the link and enjoy.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK3Eo9cScEQ&feature=share
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