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Oh, No I’m Not!

All right. I guess I have to admit it – I have no choice. I’m getting old. I can’t relate. The boys are wearing those jackets that look like they’re for girls. Pants hanging down past the plumber’s line. Baseball caps have price-tags on them – wth? Girls wearing pajamas in public. The music – oh, the music. Sometimes I get embarrassed – in my car by myself – listening to it. I’m horrified to think that 10 year-olds everywhere are downloading their own music. Yikes.

Bad Was Good

Have you heard them talking to each other lately? When I was young bad was good. So was rad. I wore shorts and knee socks – which my mother still laughs at – but parents could basically understand what we were saying – couldn’t they?

Keeping Up

The only way I can keep up now is to look it up. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, the internet rocks. I had to look up OMG and LOL – which now apparently are outdated. What replaced them? Don’t know. Ask your kid. I figured out WTF. IMHO – I got that one too after awhile. How to keep up? Urban Dictionary.

Warning: Take off your prude hat. It ain’t gonna fit over there.

As a lifelong resident and local Realtor, Vicki has established herself as a respected member of the San Mateo County real estate community. She’s known for her wit, sarcasm, and her personality that shows through in her posts. You can find her spouting off at Twitter, here at ag, and her personal blog, San Mateo Real Estate

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  1. Paula Henry

    June 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Seen – Gotcha – I heard that! I only had to keep up because my children are 21-33 and if I don’t they laugh at me:) All in fun! My son, whose 26, told me about Urban Dictionary. Some of that stuff makes me blush 😉

  2. Vance Shutes

    June 27, 2008 at 7:53 pm


    Having two teens in the house, as I do, keeps me fresh on the language and the music. Some of the music is fantastic, as it was in our generation. Some of the music is just noise – again, as it was in our generation.

    But keep this in mind:

    At our high school (and college) graduations, that was the last time we likely ever saw most of our “friends” from school. Todays grads have cell phones, text messaging, IM, and every social media network imaginable – all to keep them connected with their friends. We all know that there’s power in the network, and the larger the network, the more powerful. Our kids’ networks will give them power to change their worlds which we cannot fathom. And all of this has come about in the past 10-20 years. When I think about the changes to come in the next 10-20 years, I get downright excited! We’re living in a great era. Let’s have fun with it!

  3. Jennifer in Louisville

    June 28, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Fun stuff. I think having an understanding of the terms is potentially useful. However, I would hesitate to use some of them myself – simply because it would appear like a dinosaur trying to fit in.

  4. Ken Smith

    June 28, 2008 at 9:26 am

    @ Vance – Funny you mention the ways kids will be able to keep in touch. My sister is starting to plan her 10 year reunion. They were having a heck of a time putting together the invite list. After a little thought they are using MySpace, Friendster, and a couple other social sites to help track down people. So far it has helped as each person on these sites knows at least a few that aren’t.

    @ Vicki – As long as you can stop yourself from judging the kids they really aren’t any different then when you were growing up (don’t care how old you are). They are just trying to figure out who they are, how to fit in, what their boundaries are, and how to have a little fun.

  5. Vicki Moore

    June 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Paula – I get that from my niece – that duh! look.

    Vance – Yep. Great points.

    Jennifer – Got to agree with the dinosaur thing. 🙂

    Ken – Seems to me the lives that today’s kids lead is completely different from my childhood – as mine was from my parents’. That’s all I’m sayin.

  6. Ken Smith

    June 29, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Vicki I think that the lives aren’t as different as most think, but perspectives change over time and with experience.

  7. Chris Shouse

    July 2, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Very cute…I recently heard someplace in the south I believe had to recall a bunch of license plates because they had WTF on them I thought that was pretty humorous. I have had to ask by dm on twitter on more than one occasion what something was. You think your getting old I am old(er):)

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“House has spark” – burning up the MLS with typos and other bloopers



The year is starting a march toward its natural ending, friends…and it seems a few real estate careers may be also. This week I found some real head-scratchers in local real estate ads and the MLS.  However, I get submissions from all over the U.S., so no one is safe from the eyes of  the Blooper Scooper. Check out these blunders:

Do You Smell Smoke?

“House has spark” (Apparently your real estate career isn’t the only thing going up in smoke.)

“Big pep area in kitchen” (Is that the cookie jar where Mommy Dearest stashes her uppers?) 

“Dull Viking ovens” (Methinks there’s something in the cookie jar that will perk up those dull Vikings.)

“Large greenhose in back” (Large, naked Jolly Green Giant in yard.)

“Mush added to this house” (Was that the overflow from between your ears?)

I Think I See Flames

“Beautifully remolded guest” (Another cosmetically-altered Barbie hits the Hollywood party circuit.)

“Enjoy a drink poolslide” ( Hell, if the pool is sliding, I’ll need a whole pint of Jack.)

“Each bedroom has own bedrooom” (Hello-o-o, Alice, how are things down there in the rabbit hole?)

“Separate pod to build GH” (That should please my pea-sized buyers.)

“Play room for the kiss” (Something tells me this is the back seat of a ’67 Chevy.)

Still Smoldering…

“Ideal for gusts” (That’s great…if you want to live in a wind sock.)

“Impaccably detailed” (Incredibly challenged)

“Stylish pewder room” (Try burning a match.)

“Stone pillars flake driveway” (Flakey agent got stoned in driveway.)

Nothing But Embers (This Week’s Fave):

“From a bygone error” (You have just written your own epitaph.)



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“New bd pans inc” – Making a Splash on the MLS



I have two things to say this week: 1. When you drink, you can’t think. 2. When you drink you can’t- … uh, what was I saying? Oh, yes – the MLS.  It was so full of bloopers this week that I am led to conclude that happy hour started Monday and never stopped. Read these and tell me if it is any wonder I was driven to throw back a few martinis myself:

Booze ‘N’ Fools

“Free membership to gin inc” (It seems someone else beat us to it, Martini Mary.)

“Grab now use imagination” (That’s what Arnold said to his housekeeper.)

“House has new edition” (Agent lacks erudition.)

“Babblying broke runs in back” (Bumbling buffoon runs amuck.)

“Drop by for cocktail ho” (Oh, is the Sunset Strip for sale?)

Puff ‘N’ Stuff

“Near Sacramento airpot” (I believe his name is Jerry Brown.)

“Claw me for selling” (I’m too busy clawing my eyes out over your spelling.)

“Reduction on mid-century ner Holywod” (Another mid-sixties porn star is looking for work.)

“We can sake your home” (Can I get fried rice with my sake?)

Proof or Goof

“Nice streem” (Said Grandma to Grandpa after his diaper  exploded.)

“Nice for dog kids” (Uh, they’re called ‘puppies,” pal.)

“New bd pans included” (Thank you, Nurse Nancy – can you warm those first?)

“Good stable in neighborhood.” (Have you contacted Mary and Joseph?)

“Drawing for plasma” (Is this a blood-bank?)

And This Week’s Winner Is:

“Good school in areola” (Thanks for keeping me abreast of things.)


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“Scalped ceilings” and other MLS hair-raisers



Wait until you see the characters who showed up this week on the MLS…well, at least tangentially. It was a great week for laughs, and many were provided by Jane PetersJan Pastras, and Patrick Martin, all from right here in sunny L.A. Thanks to you all for helping me be virulent. Uh, I mean vigilant:

Neither ‘Hair” nor There

“Nice scalped ceilings” (Designed by Tonto Interiors)

“Larder than others in the area”  ( Roseanne Barr must be selling her house.)

“Fellow directions” (Since when do fellows ask for directions?)

‘I’ll work garder for you” (Thank you,  Blaze Starr.)

“Horse property w/ room for stills” (Uncle Paddy, get off your bar stool – I found the house of your dreams!)

You Say Potato, I Say Kato

“Drop by for coattail hour” (Hosted by coattail experts Larry Fortensky, Kato Kaelin and Kevin Federline.)

“Needs work but not a teard” (Don’t cry for me Argentina.)

“Nice home. Show cokd.” (That’s fairly obvious, Ms. McSnorty.)

“”Manure foliage” (Sh_t for brains agent)

“Gas ready” (Just like Uncle Paddy…)

Quaked and Half-Baked

“So sorry – no seismic ins” (This must be on the Not My Fault Line.)

“New fence gaye” (A fence with a lisp?)

“Famedia room” (Is this a room or an STD?)

“Master now don” (I’ll call him “The Donald,” but there’s no way I’ll call him “master”!

My Fave’ Rave

“Sellr movng away –  not going to fix anyting, not repairs, not pest, not cracks, not nothimng.” (Buyer walking away – not going  to offer a dollar, not a dime, not a farthing…not nothimng, nit-wit!)

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