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About Looking on the Bright Side of Things This Thanksgiving

cash register drawerYou know what I'm thankful for today? I'm thankful I'm not working in retail. I'm happy to be a short sale agent in Sacramento. Out of all the sales jobs in the world, I think retail is one of the worst. It's like the roofing job of sales. I mean, look at the construction industry. You could be a carpenter, a tile setter, a brick layer, a drywaller, or you could be up on the roof in the hot sun risking life and limb. Which do you choose? Why would you ever want to be a roofer?

I had to make an emergency trip to OfficeMax last night. Yeah, I'm probably the only real estate agent who would feel the need to rush downtown Sacramento to OfficeMax on the night before Thanksgiving. But I hadn't planned on receiving my new MacBook Pro laptop yesterday. It was supposed to arrive on Monday, but FedEx showed up on my doorstep on Wednesday instead. That's when I realized that I could partition my hard drive and install Windows, except I didn't have a copy of Windows 7.

It's all the fault of Quicken. I hate Quicken. Quicken doesn't support Macs. Oh, they've got some cheesy software called Quicken Essentials for the Mac but it's virtually worthless because it doesn't download trades from Fidelity. You can't really track investments with it. It's a piece of junk. Why Quicken even bothers with Essentials is beyond me. Does it think all Mac users are idiots? I'll say it again: I hate you, Quicken. So, if I want to run Quicken to manage my financial affairs, I need to do it on a PC, which is why I have to partition my stinkin' hard drive.

So, there I was at OfficeMax, standing at the check-out counter, holding Windows 7. It's dark outside. Overhead in the lights are hanging cut-out figurines of OfficeMax workers dressed as silly elves and sporting astonished expressions on their faces. I said to the clerk, "I'm sorry you have to stare at those stupid looking elves for another 30 days." He said that's not the half of it. Office Max is making all of its employees wear stupid looking elf hats on Black Friday. Ah, retail, ya gotta love it.

I'm very thankful that I'm a Sacramento short sale agent, and I don't work at OfficeMax. I can always find the silver lining. If your mom was in a car accident, lying in a pool of blood on the freeway, I'd probably point to your car and say, "See, not a scratch; how lucky is that?" Happy turkey day, everybody!

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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