One last wish for our Blackhawks


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Misc | Posted on 08-06-2010

We’re pulling for the Blackhawks tomorrow night! The entire city of Chicago is on pins and needles – just waiting to erupt – All we need is one more win!

So go Blackhawks – Bring us home the Cup!  It’s long overdue…..

Bubblin’ Crude


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Misc | Posted on 08-06-2010


A beach after an oil spill.
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Not sure how this is going to end, but it sure is one hot mess. The oil spill further solidifies our incessant finger-pointing stature in the eyes of the world – why can’t we just work towards fixing this? I know everyone and their sister is working on the spill, but every day that passes without a solution will affect us negatively for years to come. 

This is going to affect real estate in the coastal areas, employment is already being affected, wildlife, beaches, commerce – I mean this is not something we have ever seen before – this is so much worse than the Valdez spill.  I’m not sure what to say except this should be priority one for our government, BP and everyone that can possibly do something to quell the damage.

All we can do is hope for the best on this end. 

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How About Them Blackhawks!


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Misc | Posted on 03-06-2010

Not sure we should be talking about hockey in June, but we are so proud and happy for our Chicago Blackhawks making the Stanley Cup finals.  Last night’s game could have went either way, but it seems that most of the games could have gone either way – thankfully, we’re still up 2-1 on Philly.

We wish the Hawks the best of luck – Bring us home the Cup!

Vacation Time Approaches – Tips for Tropical Vacationers


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Misc | Posted on 19-05-2010

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Fotografía hecha en Playa del Carmen, México, ...
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Tropical Vacation Packing Tips and Checklist

  • When packing, place your passport, air tickets, travel insurance documents, contact numbers and any other important information in a pouch or bag that’s easily accessible, and carry it with you on your flights. Once you’ve arrived at the resort, place these important documents in the room safe, if one is available. Keep a photocopy of your passport in a different location, such as purse or briefcase, or scan it and carry a copy in a laptop.
  • If you expect to arrive at the resort before the designated check-in time, pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, flip-flops or sandals and other beach gear in a carry-on bag. If your room isn’t ready when you arrive, at least you can still hit the beach or pool. The front desk will store your suitcases for you until you can check in.
  • If your resort offers an upscale restaurant that you plan to visit, pack dressier clothes and shoes for a nice dinner.
  • Bring a light jacket or sweater — sometimes evening breezes off the water can be cool.
  • Sunscreen with a high SPF is a necessity in tropical climates. Consider bringing a hat or visor as well, and don’t forget the sunglasses. If you expect to do any hiking, you might also add insect repellent to the list.
  • Scuba divers must remember their diving certification cards.
  • A few resorts offer horseback riding along the beach. If you plan to do this, bring long pants.
  • Bring plenty of camera film or memory cards and extra camera batteries from home, as these items can be pricey if purchased at a resort.
  • Pack an extra pair of contacts or glasses.
  • Put prescription medicines in your carry-on bag, in case your checked luggage is delayed.
  • Pack a few of your favorite DVDs if your room has a DVD player. Many resorts include iPod docks among their in-room amenities, so bring that along too.
  • If you have a laptop computer and you want to stay connected to home or work, find out if your hotel has in-room or wireless Internet access. Always carry your laptop onboard your flights.

A few things you don’t need to worry about packing are towels, irons or hair dryers, as these items are generally available at the resort.

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If you don’t get what you want, hang up and call again


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Misc | Posted on 11-05-2010

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Recently, I’ve found a new way to get what I want from bigger companies – Hang up and call back.  Not sure about everyone else, but as soon as I start talking to someone from customer service, I can tell if this person is going to help me or going to give me grief.  And with that, I’ve found that I can end the call politely and call back and hope to get someone a little more “service” oriented.  And – It has worked! 

So next time you have a problem with a big company’s “service”, end the call and call right back – you may be surprised and get what you were calling for.  (This applies to mortgage companies as well)

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