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I Think He's Writing About Me!

I have a couple of news feeds on my website.  An article came across one entitled, "Why Paint Your Porch Ceiling Blue?"  Intrigued, I read it!  You can see it here.  Read my comment also!

I think he's writing about me!  At least in part.

Why?  Because a couple of years ago I wrote a blog which I posted here entitled, "Why To Paint Your Porch Ceiling Light Blue."  It's also on my website here.  His title varies slightly from mine.  Well, you can't copy everything!

As you know, my blog was entirely tongue in cheek!  It was a joke, making fun of a circumstance I ran across at a home inspection.  I even included a thermal image of a "ghost" I ran across on the roof there, because the house had a white front porch ceiling.  The horror!

And look at him!  You can almost see into his cold, cold eyes and heart!

After making a number of undocumented, and incorrect, statements presented as facts, he says this:

"Others in states such as Virginia believe that the blue paint will ward off evil spirits.  I read about one home inspector down there who will advise his clients during their home inspection to paint their ceiling blue so as to rid the home of any evil spirits."

HA!  I think he's writing about me!  He made my day!

Rest assured, there may be FOLKLORE "in states such as Virginia" about blue porch ceilings, but not BELIEFS! 

And for sure, THIS HOME INSPECTOR doesn't "advise" his clients to paint their porch ceilings light blue to "rid the home of evil spirits"!!  Maybe I should!

I emailed the author privately, but he hasn't gotten back.  I'm not sure why.

But I have to say, he sure gave me a good laugh!  He probably had a good laugh too, thinking I was serious!  If he actually laughs.  Do you think he laughs?  They do laugh up there, right?

;>)

 

 

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 31 commentsJay Markanich • August 07 2011 05:54AM

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Jay: What an honor to know your posts have a very wide audience. Love the ghost. You do use that thermal camera for some interesting projects.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) about 9 years ago

Jay - at it again..  ...  Great post!    Someone out there "copying" your post?  Someone out there thinking the blue paint will ward off the spirits?   

I actually had never thought about why the ceiling on a porch should be light blue   ............

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Anne - it's funny, you don't know where this stuff on AR is going to go!  Who knows where he read it, and I think he probably read something written by me!

Dagny - so, are all you guys up there this stiff?    ;>)   Methinks he thought me serious!  I found that pretty darn funny.  Read my website post and you will understand just how dangerous a front porch ceiling can be!

Does banana nut bread ward off ghosts?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

The Sherwin Williams website actually has some GREAT reasons this this has been around for Generations.  My porch ceiling is blue

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 9 years ago

Good morning, Jay. Great ghost - er, I mean post. Blue paint? Spirits? How much spirits have they been consuming?

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) about 9 years ago

IT SHOULD BE WALLACE!  We are in Virginia!

Michael - the word spirit can be used in many contexts!  That's what makes translation so difficult.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Good morning Jay. I can see where if you drank enough Blue Motorcycles on the porch you might see spirits. Some people wouldn't know a joke if it broke their funny bone. Here in Michigan there are a lot of people with finely honed senses of humor. We have to have to live here. lol.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) about 9 years ago

LOL Jay.  that is hilarious.  What an honor...well sort of but not really.  Let us know if you get a response.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 9 years ago

I wonder about people sometimes Randy!  I don't know what a Blue Motorcycle is, but if it has to do with spirits, then, well, I get it!

Debbie - how cool is that!  What would you think - is it about me?  I think so!  If he contacts me I will let you know, but I'm doubting it!  It's been three days since he got my email.  Maybe he thinks I'm a nut!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, I do remember this post, and that spooky photo, but I had forgotten it was years ago. We don';t know what the full extent of the email may have been but words like copy-write infringement or plagiarism, and lawsuit could have been included?

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 9 years ago

Of course not Ed!  I just told him that he is making statements that he can't defend and that I don't advise my clients in any such regard!  I also told him he was too stiff.

One thing he mentions in his post is that in former times they mixed lye with paint.  That can't be true!  Lye is a paint remover!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay , I am always amazed what ends up where and then who talks about it as it has now become law.

You need to come up with an alias and see what you can do for world peace, hunger and a new banana bread recipes that use no banana lol

Enjoy the day

 

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) about 9 years ago

I am too!  I have an excellent free enterprise blog Don.  My kids talked me into finally doing one, which I started the other day.  It's kind of anonymous.

http://jaysfreeenterpriseblog.blogspot.com/

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, I just read both your original post, and his, so obvious, copy of your post.  I agree with you,  you are his "inspiration"

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Be careful...you know some of those folks just might have a bit of wisdom mixed in with their lore... some day soon...when it stops raining...I will take a picture of the Gargoyle's that take care of the less than desirable spirits at our house !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 9 years ago

Jay, I think he is talking about you. If nothing else it proofs one thing, people read your blog.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) about 9 years ago

Jay - Of course a blue ceiling wards off evil spirits.  I have friends who have had a blue porch ceiling for several years and they have never had an evil spirit enter their home.  It works.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 9 years ago

Jay,  I think the blue thing works and your just doing your customers a service by calling that out.  Of course, your always going to find the skeptics that will be sorry in the end.  I'm out to buy more blue paint.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 9 years ago

Who knows Chris.  But it is funny that he would think I was serious!

S&D - I have a gargoyle here in my office and am never, that is never, bothered by evil spirits.

Sue - well, maybe.  But he makes statements that simply aren't true, or at least defensible.  So he can read all he wants.  What good does it do?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Now that I think about it John, I have never had a cavity and have always used blue toothbrushes.  So obviously you shouldn't use anything but blue if you want healthy teeth.

Jack - I'd use it on that purchase you just made.  Oh, and can you paint the ceiling in my room blue too?  When can I come by to use it?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, I had a guy email me privately about a post I did tongue and cheek and after several emails back and forth where I finally convinced him it was all a joke he finally replied thanking me for wasting his time and he would be sure to never read my blog again :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

After all that trouble, Charlie, you'd think he's show a little gratitude and send you something!  Wasting his time?  Why all the hub bub, bub?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

So are you saying he too stiff as in he may be dead? You were speaking of spirits or is that speaking in tongues when taking with spirits, this all very confusing.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Sorry Jim.  Painting the ceiling light blue loosens the mood when you lick it and it puts you in a good spirit when you do.

But that's only when a bullet is in the roof.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

I back tracked that site to see where it was. The poor guy is in Maine (not part of Canada) and they go a long time without seeing blue sky. I think they paint their porch ceilings grey (sky blue + overcast).:)

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 9 years ago

Is there any evidence one way or the other that a blue porch ceiling helps repel wasps? I had heard that. I apologize for asking a serious question here.... Lol.

all the best,

Bill

Posted by Bill Saunders, Realtor®, www.BillSellsHotSprings.com (Meyers Realty) about 9 years ago

They probably do Robert.  You went further than I in investigating it.  I thought he was in Holliston Mass!

Bill - no evidence.  But that is part of the folklore.  Personally I have no experience with it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

No way, Jay.  Surely he's talking about another home inspector in Virginia... who blogs... and has blogged about why porch ceilings are painted blue... and has talked about giving his clients advice about painting their ceilings blue, but was not giving this advice tongue-in-cheek.  

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's it :D

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 9 years ago

Well, Reubs, at least now I know.  For a while there I wasn't sure it was me or not...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Main,,, Mass.... there but for the spelling....we Canucks don't spell right anyways.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 9 years ago

Well, it's probably the same weather!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

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