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The Silver Lining of Driving Over Your Camera



If you know me, Mariana Wagner, for any length of time, you will chalk the following story up as yet another Marianaism (not to be confused with Ines’ Miamism … I am not that cool … yet.)

The other day I went to my car, tossed my camera bag and purse into the passenger side, walked around to the drivers’ side, got in, started my car, put on my seat belt, turned up my stereo (Puddle of Mudd? The Doors? Joan Jett? Justin Timberlake? Tchaikovsky? Kenny Chesney? I don’t remember …) and drove away.

Well, apparently I had not zipped my camera bag all the way so when I “tossed” it into my car, the camera strategically fell under the car where I promptly drove it over, and you-guessed-it, demolished it into about 12.5 pieces. (Thank goodness the memory card escaped unscathed…)

I am a firm believer of not replacing anything until I absolutely have to. And THIS would constitute “absolute having-to” – seeing as I am a relatively competent real estate agent … I NEED a camera. And a GOOD camera is the foundation of a great real estate business.

For the past 4-ish years I have used my trusty Nikon Cool Pix 4100. It was a relatively inexpensive camera that took good pictures. However, even in my amateur-picture-taking-status, I had outgrown its functionality … about 2 years ago. But, because of my waste-not-want-not attitude I have made-do with my little Nikon.

However … Now I need a camera. And one that can take great pictures and one that I can “grow” with and one that will accept add-ons and offer cool accessories, like different lenses and flashes and battery options … and it is almost my birthday, so a new camera is even MORE justified. (Birthday presents can be sent to Lani, in hopes to bribe her to be nice to me this week when I visit her and Benn…)

(In case you were wondering … No. I did not drive over my Nikon on purpose, but there is a silver lining to every cloud…)

Next week I am going to Shewmakers Camera shop – a local camera shop in Colorado Springs to pick up a brand new Canon Powershot G9 with Wide Angle and Telephoto Lens adapter. The camera, itself will cost about $499. On top of that, since I am purchasing it from Shewmakers, I get free camera classes and THEY are my tech-support … not some guy in Pakistan. (No offense Pakistan.)

I do not think I have been this excited about a purchase since … um, since I was invited to write on Agent Genius. (10 points for sucking up. Lani, you can send me my 10 points in the mail … or just give them to me over dinner.)

P.S. Ines … You can have your attorney contact me over the blatant copyright infringement on your logo. 😉

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  1. Sarah Cooper

    January 11, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    First Jeff’s iPhone, now your camera — I fear for my gadgets!! Don’t these things always come in threes?

  2. Mariana Wagner

    January 11, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Monika ~ Your camera was also on my list as I LOVE what I have heard about it, but Derek recommended that I find something more expandable. The downside being that I will not be able to have the wide-angle lens immediately. I think I will ask for it for Mother’s Day …

    Sarah ~ Yes. They DO come in threes … stay inside and lock your doors!

  3. Ines

    January 11, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Mariana! How could you??? I am contacting my attorney right now!

    I laughed so hard my stomach hurts! Look at it this way, better your camera than your cat. How would you explain that to your kids?

  4. Athol Kay

    January 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I might try that replacement plan one day…

  5. Mariana

    January 11, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Ines ~ I actually remember driving over it and hearing it crunch. At that time I thought it was a chunk of ice that I had demolished. It wasn’t until I pulled back up to my house later that day that I realized that it was NOT just a chunk of ice … I had to laugh, too. (And yes. Thank goodness it wasn’t my cat!)

  6. Mariana

    January 11, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Athol ~ The guy at the camera store laughed at me. Apparently leaving a camera on the roof and driving off is almost commonplace, but flat out driving over it is not that common at all.

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“House on coroner” and other deadly marketing typos

Realtors that don’t proof read their property descriptions in the MLS inevitably end up in the hall of shame here at AGBeat. We hand pick these bloopers in hope that you will be inspired to check yourself before you go and wreck yourself.



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Hi Friends – it’s blooper day, and I found some hilarious gaffes on the MLS this week. I think I finally figured out why we consistently see such errors – agents are letting their pets write their listing remarks.  On the other hand, I suspect that my dog can spell better than some of these culprits, so I may be casting unfair aspersions. Thanks to Jane Peters of Los Angeles for the Blooper of the Week (she hit the mother lode with that one).

Is There A Pulse?

“2 beds uhg” (Me Tarzan, you dummy.)

“Big barths” (Yeah, that usually accompanies a bad hangover…)

“No balls after 9 pm” (My ex had the same problem.)

“House will shit all buyers” (Hence the corn particles in the front yard?)

“Sorry – already bought” (Sign taped to back of seats in the House Chamber.)

Can You Detect A Heartbeat?

“Stay toned for open house schedule” (Man, L.A. sure is a tough market!)

“View from top of hell” (Graffiti on the wall in the Oval office john. )

“Just needs lifts” (…said Tom Cruise’s agent to his producer.)

“Pool chub” (Caption under a photo of me in my bathing suit at the office BBQ.)

“House on coroner” (How convenient – he’s already there to pronounce himself dead.)

Pull The Plug

“Coop for sale” (Oh, is Foster Farms going out of business?)

“Drop in sot” (I see you’ve met the guys who play poker with Uncle Paddy.)

“Coy fish in big pond” (Where are the gregarious fish – in the kegger pond?)

“Big water fault in back” (That’s called a tsunami, and if I were you, I’d run like hell!)

Last Rites

“Bright, Quite garden condo. like home 3bads and 2 full bath, fire place3 tend-om parking, incloding refrigcrater” (Take the fork out of the socket and then remove your aluminum foil hat, because your hair is on fire…as is your career.)

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“Breakfast hook” – More MLS hoots and hang-ups



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Well friends, this is my last blooper post of the year, and I still have not run out of material. I don’t know whether to thank these hapless agents or to flog them. At the very least, Perhaps I should commend them for sending us off into 2012 with a lot of laughter. Enjoy these bloopers, and have a Happy New Year everyone!

For Those With Hang-Ups

“Kitch with breakfast hook” (Heehaw – hook ’em, book ’em and cook ’em!)

“Indescribable wildlift” (How are those diet pills workin’ out for ya, sweetie?)

“Bif gym fully equipped” (Who’s more fully equipped – Bif or the gym?)

“Brig bonus by New Year’s day” (Yay – a prison party – at last I’ll find a date!)

“Pets wilcome” (Ahhh, a veternarian’s Field of Dreams.)

From Those Who Should Be Hanged

“Christmas crab bag” (I think there’s an ointment for that.)

“Big troy drive” (Big Troy talk like Neanderthal.)

“Nice entertainment arena” (Proudly offered by Ringling Brothers Realty.)

“Fully rehabilitated upper level” (Let me guess – “Twelve Steps” to get there?)

“Breakfat room” (Lapband, anyone?)

“Come to holiday patty” (This is Hollywood, pal – if you pay Patty, she’ll come to you.)

“Enjoy the egg nod” (That explains how your head slammed into the keyboard.)

Can You Hang Somebody Twice?

“Celebrity hose” (Who did they belong to – J. Edgar Hoover?)

“You’ll like dip in pool” (I will if he’s cute and buys me dinner…)

“Ned addition” (Is Ned the dip floating in the pool?)

“Hug play area”  (Ned again?)

“Please ignore big hole in yard” (Should I also ignore the casket with the dead flowers?)

And The 2011 Dufis Award Goes To…

“Buyers will flock like bees to hiney” (Okay, let me first stop laughing long enough to pen a smart-mouth comment. …Oh hell, I can’t….this is killing me…seriously, this has me on the floor, folks.  Okay, let’s try again: “Buyers will flock like bees to hiney.” I’m sorry, I just can’t top that one other than to say:

 “They must  know an ass when they see one!” 

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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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