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Thailand: Americans Are Scared – Want To Come Home



This is not typical Ag but I hope you’ll allow me. I did get a hall pass, you know. But I don’t think this will excuse me from writing my regular post.

This is Michele. One of my dearest friends. She was supposed to be home from Thailand yesterday. At this point we have no idea when she’ll be home but we could sure use your help.

The Austrialians, Chinese, Japanese are all getting their citizens out while the Americans are seemingly – seeming to me anyway – to do nothing.

I’m asking for 5 minutes of your time today. Just 5. That’s all it takes to make a couple of phone calls. And I know you can do it because you can market anything.  All we’re doing is marketing an idea: Get them home.

Call your Senators  It’s a drop-down list.  Click on your state and dial.  Get a live person.  Just hit 3 or whatever.  An extremely helpful aid will answer.  Tell him/her that we must do something to get the Americans stranded in Thailand home.  That’s it.  It’s fast and painless. 

Still got 4 minutes left.

Email the US Embassy in Thailand:
Subject:  Americans In Thailand
Message:  Get our American families home.

This will probably take the last 4 minutes:
Contact your representative.  This site will get you to their site and contact infoYou’ll need your zip code plus the 4 numbers that follow it.

Got a few more minutes?

The White House

Twit Obama

If you have time to do one or all of these things you will make a difference.  All our voices will make a difference.  If you don’t have time to do any of it Lani will mail you a bag of flaming Cracker poo.

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. Benn Rosales

    December 1, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Okay, done. Thanks for putting this together… There really isn’t much press at all about this.

  2. Lesley

    December 1, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I did what I could…hope it helps!

  3. Elaine Hanson

    December 1, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I had no idea. Prayers and ACTION for your friend on the way!

  4. Vicki Moore

    December 1, 2008 at 11:53 am

    You guys are awesome! Thanks. And Michele thanks you too!

  5. Maureen Francis

    December 1, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I had no idea until you started tweeting about it. I know Michele will be fine. I will make a call now.

  6. Jim Gatos

    December 1, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I am making a call as I type. May I ask, what was your friend doing there, anyway?

  7. Vicki Moore

    December 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks Maureen and Jim. She was on vacation.

  8. George McCumiskey

    December 1, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I would like to help but wasn’t able to get through. Busy then no answer then a recording. I really hope your friend is home by now or on her way.

  9. Vicki Moore

    December 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks George. Net yet. But keep hoping.

  10. Mary

    December 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I have called and e-mailed. My prayers are with Michelle

  11. Brad Coy

    December 3, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Hey Vicki, just saw this. I’m on it first thing in the morning.

  12. Vicki Moore

    December 3, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Brad – Thanks a ton. I got an email yesterday from the US Embassy in Thailand that they’re evaluating whether to send a charter plane. Maybe all those phone calls/emails we’ve been sending have had an effect!

    Sure makes me even more leery about leaving the US. Now I know that the govt won’t do anything to help me if I’m in trouble.

    The Bangkok airport has opened which gives them hope but also scares them because of the chaos involved in trying to get thousands and thousands of people out.

    She has a tentative flight on the 9th and hopes that the protesters won’t go crazy again since the King’s birthday is on the 5th – for some reason that’s a concern. Six days to get a flight out – I can’t imagine how I would feel.

    It’s a total mess!

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Lie To Me? I Saw You Twitch…



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The show points out that facial expressions are universal, and frequently places photos of the show’s characters, frozen in emotion, next to cultural references making the same gesture or expression to illustrate the point. (The last show pointed out a ‘self comforting gesture’ of holding one’s own hand, with photos of Princess Diana and Michelle Obama.)  Darwin was the first to publish on the topic, in 1872, and Ekman’s work expands on that. The show also points out how expressions can ‘leak out’ without the subject realizing they’ve done it. I’ve spoken with a few different people who thought the observations in the show were so dead on (liars actually maintain eye contact, to watch and see if you believe their lies) that they were uncomfortable watching and turned it off.

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Although I don’t think that the focus on sniffing out lies is necessarily the most important use of the skill for agents, being able to read microexpressions could probably help you interact and communicate with your clients more effectively. Test out the demo and let me know how you did!

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“Only borrow money to pay for things that increase in value” – Seth

People often say “Debt is bad.” It’s not quite this clear cut. Bad debt is very bad; Good debt can be very good.

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