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  • Have You Picked Your Halloween Costume Yet?

    It’s September 6 and I still don’t have a Halloween costume. I’m entering panic mode. You see, I really enjoy dressing up each year, and put a great deal of time, effort, and money into pulling off the perfect costume. Unfortunately, this means I’ve set the bar very high. Last year, for example, I had two costumes. For the first—unveiled in New York City the weekend of Halloween—I was the...
  • L.B. + J.T.T. = 4EVER

    The most exciting part about getting a school locker was decorating the inside. It was your chance to say, “Hey world—this is me.” In middle school, “me” was someone who loved Jonathan Taylor Thomas. J.T.T. was adorable, but he also had an edge. He was the only intelligent son on “Home Improvement” and had the voice of an angel on “The Lion King” soundtrack. Homeboy’s got pipes. J.T.T. was, in...
  • Email Lead Exhaustion: Do we really need them all?

    Three percent of anything isn't much. If you handed me a pizza, and only let me have 3% of it, I'd be upset and still hungry. If I only allowed you to read 3% of this post, you would've finished it a sentence ago. Yet, considering that less than 3 percent of emailers sign a lease, leasing agents have to spend countless hours wasting 97% of their time working them. I suppose, before I boo-hoo ...
  • Dipping My Toes—and Phone—In the 21st Century

    I went kayaking with a few friends the day it reached 106 degrees in Washington, D.C. (mistake No. 1). As I awkwardly climbed into my boat with the grace of a baby fawn learning how to use its legs, the 12-year-old boy by the docks assured me my possessions would be safe—and dry—in a spot in back of the kayak. He seemed wise and weathered beyond his years, so I trusted him (mistake No. 2)....

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