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Keeping My Eye On The Prize

Sometimes you do a good deed without even trying.  It is best to do a good deed daily.  Well, I did my good deed today.  Just keeping my eye on the prize.

It seems the sellers did not like the fireplace mantel that the builder left them.

They had another one made, but it is slightly too small for the area intended.

So this new one is just laying on the two stone shelf holders and not really into the slight cavity framed by the mortar.

Not realizing that, of course, I pushed the mantel slightly with my hand as I was getting up from looking up and into the fireplace flue.

This seller is quite a golfer.

He has trophies, certificates and photos all over the basement.

His prize trophy, a 30-year-old crystal trophy, was perched on the fireplace mantel, to show it off.

As I jiggled the shelf the trophy wobbled and fell over.

I did not notice until it hit me in the eye, but that gave me enough warning that I was able to catch it.  Centuries ago I was a soccer goalie, because of my quickness, including my hands.  Fortunately I still have some of that hand speed, and I saved the trophy from hitting the stone hearth below!

There is NO WAY that trophy could have been replaced had it broken!  My E&O insurance agent would have wished me good luck with that one!  I would have been persona mucho non-grata!

Rule Number One on a home inspection is, "Don't break anything!"  Rule Number Two follows, "Pay real close attention to Rule Number One."

You have all heard that in business, in education, in sports, and life in general, we should always stay focused on our goals, and keep our eye on the prize we seek.  I am here to tell you it works.

So stick to it!  Keep your eye on the ball, um, trophy!  And you will catch things you were previously unaware of!

Saaay, isn't that me on the back of the dollar bill?

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 43 commentsJay Markanich • May 24 2011 05:56AM

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Jay, Nice catch!  As a former goalie myself, those quick reflexes still come in handy!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 7 years ago

Thanks Bliz.  I felt very fortunate when I saw what it was I caught!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay. Nice shiner. Yeah, nice story, but what's the REAL story behind the shiner?

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Jay - indeed, nice shiner. Glad you still have quick reflects - but as Michael says, what's the REAL story??

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 7 years ago

Michael - someone at church suggested that I had a fight with my wife.  I said, "If I had, I would look far worse than this!"

Carol - see above.  If you believe the above, and you should, the real story is published!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Actually, this is not a very hard hit, although it is still swollen four days later.

When I was a goalie I took a shot to the face that left about half my face with a shiner for a couple of weeks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, great save, to say the least. However... the shiner should have been bigger ... you know... for shock value, LOL. (just kidding).

Actually, I am glad the only thing that happened is you got a nice looking shiner!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Jay, are you sure you wern't just checking key holes and some kid came barging in???

Nice catch on the trophy.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) over 7 years ago

I thought your eye looked pretty bad, but now that you tell the story of how it happened, it's not nearly as bad as I would have expected if you told me you caught a falling trophy with your eye socket :)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 7 years ago

Andrea - I was really fortunate, not only as regards saving the trophy, but also my eye!

I wasn't Bob!  Nor was I in a locker room beside another, um, locker room!

Valerie - it's fine, but still pretty sore.  My daughter is freaked by it and I went to rub it on her arm and she screamed and ran away!

Reuben - I was very lucky here because the golfer's head hit me.  It could have been the club right in the eye!  All's well that ends well.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, nice save, both with the trophy, and the warning to the sellers. Ole, ole ole ole, ole, ole ole!

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Glad to hear all almost all is OK. Good catch.  Pun intended.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 7 years ago

Good grief!!!  Thank Heaven you didn't do damage to your eye, whew!  I know you're relieved there was no catastrophe regarding the trophy, but I'm relieived there was no catastrophe to you.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 7 years ago

Nice shiner, nice catch, nice post. Hope today goes well for you Jay!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 7 years ago

And a little good fortune doesn't hurt either. But really, I suspect you ticked off a listing agent.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

I shouldn't be laughing... but, if you knew how many close calls I have been involved in... great catch Jay!

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Ed - I did go upstairs and tell the seller about it.  She should know how close that was!

Ken - all's well that ends well.  This was very lucky though.

Tish - I was too.  It really was a close call, all said.

Thanks Tom.  Now I have another story to tell.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jim - I was glad the golfer's head and not club hit my eye!  It was a lucky break in more ways than one.  It has grown bigger and darker!

It was a good catch Chris, all said.  But a lucky one as well!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay,

I saw your shiner in some comments and I had hoped that your wife had not been pounding on you. Boy, I have had some close calls but your rule is right. There are times when, out of fear of wrecking something, I just flat do not remove an access door, twist a faucet, tramp around in at attic, open a furnace, test auto-reverse. If, when I visualize the job, I see myself trying to explain why the garage door no longer will close, then I just write it as not tested and explain why and tell them to do so in the interim, when nobody is living in the place, between moving out and someone moving in. There are way too many risks as intrusive as we are to begin with, let alone seller booby traps.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

I think the pun has been over worked. I was going to use it but lots of others already did. But you could say you used your head.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 7 years ago

Ouch sorry to see you all beat up!  Glad you caught the trophy though.  Ouch again.

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) over 7 years ago

Steve - someone at church accused me of having a fight with my wife and I said that if that was true I would look far worse!  The shiner is much worse today.  That picture was taken two days ago!

But you really are right about seller booby traps.  It is unfortunate that we have to be so wary of things.  In this case I don't think the sellers realized just how wobbly that mantel is.  I don't think this was a booby trap, but I was REALLY fortunate not to break that thing.

That I did Robert!  And it was a great catch!  I am EXTREMELY glad the hearth did not catch that trophy!

Coral - me too!  And the more I think about it, I was really fortunate not to lose my eye.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, I would for sure take the shiner over breaking someones prized possession.  All this kind of crap all over a house can sure make one nervous.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

Especially when it is placed so precariously Charlie!  But I was happy in the end to have done my good deed for the day.

The trophy was saved, but I was very, very lucky overall.  I could have lost an eye if that thing hit me wrong.  Bad inspection when that happens!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay,

I almost joined you in the shiner brigade, was at a home yesterday and was backing up to look at something on a roof turned and just missed hanging  my eye out to dry on the revolving clothes line, conveniently my eye high.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I had to come find the story of the black eye when I noticed your new avatar on a comment. I am glad you have quick hands... that would have been a very unfortunate accident.  

Black eyes make me queasy..

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 7 years ago

Been there Donald!  My mother never had a dryer, and as kids we were always dodging the clothes line!

Maureen - sorry for the queasiness!  It was worse a couple of days later!  That would have been a VERY unfortunate accident, and my eye barely escaped too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Ouch!  Had to come over to see what happened to you when I saw your new picture.  Glad that you will recover.  I thought some disgruntled flipper may have gotten to you!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) over 7 years ago

That might be the obvious conclusion Kathryn!  But alas, no.  Not so interesting as that!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Mr Jay,

Pardon me for interupting when you is getting sympathy. But I really needs to piratize your blog here to get out a very charitable word. Hopes you can deals with it. Bending the rules for the goods of others.

Nutsy, privateer of information

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Hmmm...how could I have guessed that quick hands would be one of your trademarks ?

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

Nutsy - I did not have much to say on that other post, but Croakster did. 

S&D - yep, and they still are!  Of course, taking karate and judo as a kid didn't hurt either.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Glad nothing broke, including your eye socket!

Nice catch!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) over 7 years ago

Not that serious really Jeremy.  Would have been had that club poked my eye!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Glad to hear that, and that would not have been good!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) over 7 years ago

I would never again had laughed at that line, "You'll put your eye out kid!"

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

You could only have topped that if it was with a BB gun.

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) over 7 years ago

That would be the, "shoot your eye out..." line instead!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Even more classic!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) over 7 years ago

Noticed the new pic and had to come see who'd been beating up on you.  Now I find you were heroically injured in the line of duty!  Hope the clients appreciated the save and you taking one for the team.  Ouch!  Worst I've done so far is drop a storm cellar door on my foot.  Thought I'd broken it!

Posted by Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits (Realty World Alliance) over 7 years ago

Jeremy - yes, but I wouldn't be laughing at it!

Sheree - most people aren't buying my story!  But they should.  Good that your foot is better!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Holly molly! That is a nice shiner!

Have you ever consider to have your own "Reality show"? With this eye you could compete with "The deadliest catch"!

Stay safe this week-end! Better yet, stay home!

Posted by Lydie Ouellet Dickinson, Realtor (Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA) over 7 years ago

Thanks Lydie!  It was worse a couple of days later!  And I am already booked this weekend, so no staying home!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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