I certainly have a wide range of politically passionate friends. Below are some of the negative “Status Updates” on my Facebook page. To say the least, it got sort of awful…

“I’m moving to Germany.”

“I can’t wait till tomorrow. I’m quitting my job, sitting on my ass and having 3 kids…cause socialism has come!”

“Welcome to the new Europe.”

“I pray for our nation, our troops and the state of Israel.”

“is moving ASAP. This is bull. shit.”

“can’t wait! free everything. I don’t ever have to work again!”

“now it’s time to start praying.”

“just threw up in my mouth as NBC calls it for Obama.”

“can’t wait to quit my job, default on my mortgage…ah…easy street I come!”

Good grief!!!

I know that many of my friends can’t stand Sen. Obama. This is VERY evident. Having said this, I think it may be at very least, time to give the guy a chance.


Stand in Line, and Be Proud

It’s the Least You Can Do…
We’re all busy. We all have to cruise Target, hang at Starbucks or get a dog fluffed (or whatever…you get the idea). Forget all of that. We ALL need to get in a line on Tuesday.

Being in a line Tuesday means something. It means that you at least care. It means that you’ve done your part, on election day. Whether you hate both candidates, or favor one with all your heart, it’s your responsibility to vote.

If you’re not standing in line for one of the candidates, stand there for George Washington. Stand there for Abraham Lincoln, or a great uncle who hid in a foxhole. Stand in line for college football. Stand there for the dirt that you have, or the small business you own. Stand there for freedom of religion, or womens rights. If you can’t think of anything to stand in line for, stand there for your grandparents. They helped make the line possible.
Go get in line, and vote…
Reminder – Charge your cell phones!

Shakin’ Head, and LOL

County “Officials” Disagree w/ Local Headlines

Below are excerpts from an article in The State Newspaper, concerning complaints from taxpayers that their property tax bills are too high.

I’ve read headline after headline in The State, that home sales and property values have plummeted. Many times, the articles aren’t so damning, but the headlines are sensationally negative. Since property taxes are directly related to value, homeowners are citing the negative headlines as their best argument for a lower tax bill.

Interesting that the last line I pasted below, is pretty much what we’ve been saying all along.

What I’m getting at is…all the sudden now that it’s time to collect, “Home values in the midlands, have largely held steady” is the argument the counties are using to battle the residents arguments.

Hmmm…. I’m not blaming the counties at all, but maybe the counties could join together and ask The State to print in what “officials say” on the front page. FJ

Complaints soar that tax bills are too high

By CLIF LeBLANC – cleblanc@thestate.com

As this year’s property tax bills head to homeowners, taxpayers in metropolitan Columbia are starting to grumble that their taxes are too high because of depressed home values.

Tax bills in Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties are based on property values determined from 2003 to 2006, county assessors and treasurers said Friday.
David Whetsell, 64, of Lexington County has repeatedly complained to the county about taxes being too high.

“If house prices are dropping nationwide, doesn’t that mean the house is worth less, so it needs to be reassessed at a lower value?” he asked.
The Answer: Home values in the Midlands have largely held steady in the face of plummeting prices across the nation, officials say.
Shakin’ head, and LOL! FJ

FireFly Vodka Gets Competition

Impostor Sweet Tea Vodka Hits Shelves

White Rock Distilleries, Inc is now producing and distributing their version of the hot selling flavor. The company from Lewiston, Maine has named it, “Sweet Carolina.” I wonder if they even sell regular Sweet Tea up there. Hmmm…. Guess it doesn’t matter.

We’ll see if they can contend, or if FireFly can remain THE sweet tea vodka. I’m gonna predict that even though FireFly has been “liquid gold” for many restaurants and liquor stores, it’s only a matter of time before one of the big boys (Smirnoff) puts a blend together. When/if this happens, they’ll have it on every shelf in the world, in a matter of days.

We’ll see if FireFly got their brand out fast enough, or had enough time for it to develop in the mind of the consumer. I just don’t know if it’s enjoyed enough market time (perhaps like Red Bull), to fend off copycats.
I’ve tried the “first to market” thing, too. When we were making mailbox flags, we were in a frantic push to be the first to market. There’s no telling how far we could have taken the product. We didn’t make zillions of dollars or anything, but it was fun to take a new invention/design to market. However, when Jenna and I decided I should get into real estate, I never looked back.

Nevertheless, FireFly has done a great job. They turned a new flavor, into a phenomenon.

Columbia’s Newest Listings

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Another King’s Grant Home Closed

209 Tombee Lane – Closed

This good lookin’ King’s Grant home boasts 3,251 sq.ft, 4 beds and 3.1 baths. The kitchen is less than two years old, and features all new cabinets, granite, appliances and a huge island in the middle with a bar for the kids. The entire downstairs floorplan is pretty awesome.

As the master is over the garage, the house has one of the largest master bath (area’s) in King’s Grant.

Tombee Lane is one of the less traveled “cut through” streets of the neighborhood. All of the lots are “interior,” and always desireable.

The final price/ft. ended up being $167.33. We had to act fast on this one. Others are “sitting” on the market, while they watched us sell and close this one quickly.

Columbia, S.C. Ranks in Top 25

USC Not Ranked; Columbia Breaks Top 25.

Whether it’s in Starbucks, Mr. Friendly’s or over email, I’m regularly asked…”How’s the market?” I almost always respond (shaking my head slowly, and pulling my hands off of my hips), “We’re doing fine. We’re doing regular business.”
In it’s November ’08 issue, Smart Money Magazine (a Wall Street Journal Publication) focuses on 25 markets that are doing just fine, or ready to rebound.

The Headline reads; “HOME PRICES: NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS.” This is great news for Columbia residents. The chart above points out that our 5 yr. price change is up 27.9%, and that our YTD Price Change is 1.7%. Notice that neither number has a (-) in front of it, nor is either number red in color.

The captions above are hard to decipher, but in the far right it speaks to Columbia’s strong points. It reads; “Columbia, SC – Military, state government and university workers mix with an influx of retirees.” I’ve probably blogged about this subject no less than 5 times. I’ve even received the nice comment, “Boooring.” Nevertheless, if you’re a seller in today’s market, this is good stuff.

I realize that there are tons of FOR SALE signs out there. I also realize many Realtors are getting out of the business, because production is lacking. I also know some Realtors are having banner years, and that I am on pace to close 50 (+/-) homes this year.

Keep it up Columbia. “We don’t boom, but we don’t bust,” is not just a spin job cliche. It’s nice to see a national publication hand pick our market, as one that’s holding steady.

If anyone at The State Newspaper is reading this, and would like to discuss this positive opportunity, I can be reached at 758.1669 or fjones@cbunited.com

Winner; Joe the Plumber

McCain shifts Joe SixPack, to Hardworking Joe.

In tonights third and final yawner, Senator McCain tried to morph the mental picture of a “Joe SixPack,” into a hardworking Joe. It worked. It worked for ‘Joe the Plumber,’ who is now a household name.

Out of curiosity, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Below is the full conversation between Sen. Obama and the now immortalized ‘Joe the Plumber.’

>>Click Here; Joe the Plumber Video in Full

The five minute exchange is worth watching, which is more than I can say for tonights doze’a’thon.
I bet a ba’jillion people clicked GoDaddy.com tonight, and tried to buy JoeThePlumber.com. I have to admit, I thought about it. 🙂

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Clemson Loses; Fans Embarrassed

Clemson Fans Have Pride and Talent; Need Wins Now
Tiger fans are embarrassed. The blogs and chat rooms are going crazy. The status updates on Facebook are hilarious. In short, the latest losses at the hands of Maryland and Wake Forest, have Coach Bowden under serious fire.

I got this Text Message this morning; “Got a call this am. Bowden wants 2 kno if he can rake leaves this wknd. He good at gettn them in a pile but no idea what to do after that.”

Well, half of coaching in big time college football is recruiting. Apparently, he’s great at it as other coaches can’t relate to today’s high school athlete. Having said this, Clemson fans are now fed up with the inability to put it all together on game day. Clemson has some of the best talent in the country, but just can’t seem to get it done on Saturdays (or Thursday nights). Even “Thunder & Lightning” are now known as “Fizzle and Drizzle.”

As I’ve said before, I think Coach Bowden can do it. He just needs the “Step on their throat” attitude that the Jordan’s & Tiger’s of the world have. I recognize that he doesn’t have THAT kind of killer spirit, but he can at least let his athletes be athletes.

C’mon Coach Bowden. You have real horses up there. Take your pack mule reigns off or your thoroughbred offense, and get hungry. Get the 35 year old fire in the belly again, and smash the rest of the ACC by 35 a game.