October Connection

There are some things in this life that you just can’t win at, or at least the odds of winning are so infinitesimally small as to be considered impossible.  Winning the lottery is one of those things.  The same goes for winning the BIG prize at any given carnival game of skill or chance.  And just try to lose weight over Christmas –impossible!

 

Here’s another thing you can’t win at:  play-fighting with a 4-year old.  The rules are stacked against you to begin with.  You can’t make him cry.  Continual enjoyment on his part is a must.  You can’t actually hit him, but he has to think you’re pounding him with all your might and that he is simply impervious to your blows, as his heroes Spiderman, Iron Man or Wolverine would be.  And you have to let him hit you.  Dodging or deflecting all his punches will bring cries of “No fair!” But make no mistake, a 4-year old’s punch can inflict serious damage when it finds the right, vulnerable spot.  Despite these impossible odds, despite the knowledge that either you’ll get hurt or you may hurt your son and thereby incur the wrath of Mommy, you take up the challenge to fight.  Why?  For the same reason I always try to knock down the weighted milk bottles at the fair – because it’s fun!

 

“Come on Daddy, let’s wussle and tussle,” son James challenges.  He has stripped off his shirt like the players in the boxing video game he played at a friend’s home and beckons to me from atop his bed where he can look (and punch) me straight in the eye…  It’s go time!

 

I close in for a wrestling-style clinch and he screams like a wounded coyote, bringing his mother into the room to see if I’ve severed one of his limbs.  As I turn to tell Carolyn I haven’t even touched him yet, James lands an open hand slap to my ear and I’m rocked backward, ears ringing. Bellowing my own righteous rage (all for show, I explain to my wife) I clasp James in a bear hug, sling him over my shoulder and spin around with my patented airplane takedown.  Slamming him onto his bed (not really slamming I tell Carolyn, I’m putting him down fast but gently) I start to work on his legs; twisting them together and making James turn over in bed.  One foot works itself loose, lashes out and catches me under the chin.  I take a large bite of my tongue and taste my own blood.  James is back standing on his bed now, adopting a Bruce Lee Kung Fu fighting stance with a malevolent grin on his face that belies his youthful innocence.  Another ear-piercing scream as James unleashes a flurry of punches and slaps.  Mommy calls out, “He’s only four years old!” but he’s wearing me down much more than I him.  Another series of airplane spins and body slams to the bed.   James yells “Again!  Again!” and Mommy looks on, head shaking, wondering where her little baby boy, that perfect little ball of love and fluff, went.  He’s gone over to the dark side, a world of violence and aggression, of rough fathers, pointy sticks, scraped knees and double-dog dares. For my part, I’m more concerned with how to wind this kid down and escape more or less intact without either him or me crying in the process. 

Mommy calls out, “Dinner time!” 

“Aw, too bad, buddy, we’ll have to quit fighting for now.  Okay Honey!  We’ll be right there!  Alright James, let’s wash up and go to the…” 

I turn to look at James but see only fist.

The orbital bone around the eye is uniquely shaped to prevent serious injury to the eyeball from any object the size of, say, a tennis ball or larger.  However it affords precious little protection against a 4-year old’s tiny fist with the index knuckle protruding (who the hell taught him to hit like that?).  Okay, one ear ringing, tongue bleeding and now I can only see out of one eye.  Yeah, this is a good time to call it a day.  “Okay, okay.  I give up James.  You win,” I cry as he knee drops me in the ribs. 

But James will not accept my surrender.  “No Daddy.  It’s a tie.  You win and I win.”

 

Hmm… maybe there’s something left of Mommy’s darling ball of love and fluff after all…

 

James learned to play chess  2 months ago, at the age of 4 ½.  He’s pretty good at it and doesn’t  make too much fuss when I win occasionally.  I think we’ll concentrate on that game until we can work out some better rules for the wrestle and tussle – maybe some way for me to exit with some measure of pride and most of my body parts intact.

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REAL ESTATE NEWS

Vernon area sales increased in September to 95 homes.  Still a relatively low number but being a silver lining kind of guy, I see September sales as a big improvement over the summer monthly volumes!  I also like the percentage of homes sold over $500,000; comfortably back in the double digits at 19% and showing a much more homogeneous distribution of sales across the price range.  And 7% of sales were for homes over $900,000 - that’s some serious money changing hands.  

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of listings either expire or be withdrawn from the market.  Listings that were priced too high for the current market are going away, clearing the way for competitively priced homes to be bought.  The trend here would be away from the summer’s buyer’s market toward a more balanced market in the fall, which supports the BC Real Estate Association’s 3rd quarter forecast.

 

 

June

June %

July

July %

Aug

Aug %

Sep

Sep %

Under $100,000

3

4%

1

1%

4

5%

3

3%

$101 - $200,000

8

12%

19

27%

12

15%

16

17%

$201 - $300,000

12

18%

13

19%

22

28%

21

22%

$301 - $400,000

17

25%

17

24%

16

20%

21

22%

$401 - $500,000

8

12%

7

10%

17

22%

15

16%

$501 - $600,000

9

13%

3

4%

5

6%

8

8%

$601 - $700,000

5

7%

4

6%

1

1%

3

3%

$701 - $800,000

4

6%

1

1%

1

1%

1

1%

$801 - $900,000

1

1%

2

3%

1

1%

0

0%

$901,000 +

1

1%

3

4%

0

0%

7

7%

Totals

68

 

70

 

79

 

95

 

 

* Statistics are gathered from Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) and subject to verification.

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