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Jason Allen-Rouman

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When ads entertain, are they still ads? And what if they are also brilliant?

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How does a brand so pervasive as Coke manage in one of the last places on earth where most people haven't tasted the sweet beverage?

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Read this. I t could help you save a life this summer.

Oh, and follow the link to watch the video; it is very instructive.
Must-Know Tips on Recognizing a Drowning Child

Swimming pools are the number two killer of children in the US. Vehicle accidents are the number one killer. In fact, it's more likely my children will die in a swimming pool than by a gun kept in my home. Or my driving.

Yet we fuss about and fear guns in home. We shouldn't. We should fuss about and fear pools (and my driving). Let me show you what I mean. 

In 2010, the last year data was available from CDC, only one child (six years old) died from a gunshot wound (source:

For all children under 10, 36 died. Two-thirds of those deaths involved criminal deaths. Drownings alone claimed 609. Fires, 262. Poisonings, 54. Car accidents claimed 923.

Why this discrepancy with drowning? Because drowning simply doesn't look like drowning.

In other words, if you think a child is doing okay ... he or she actually may not be okay. This is the point made in this Slate article:

And if not suspecting someone is drowning isn't worrisome enough, consider this: "drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs."

That's frighteningly quick. 

Read the article attached for the tips on recognizing a drowning child if you spend any time at a pool ... whether you have children or not.  

#swimming   #pools   #drowning  

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There is still time to register to for Arlington County's premiere bicycling race. 

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This home buying post is as relavant in Arlington Virginia as anywhere in the United State. Recognizing value is different than "liking" or "hating" a prospective home. Unchecked emotions can blind you from identifying hopelessly baked-in problems and reasonably fixable inconveniences. 

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Home Buyers have lots of questions. Some want to know about things as varied as schools, shopping, transportation, and property values in any number of areas before plunking down their hard-earned money on a future home.

Ironically, it is their real estate agent that should have the most questions, because without a solid sense of what those buyers want and need in a home, truly helping them is all just guesswork. 

Experience has given me the opportunity to put the questions I like to ask on paper. A copy of it is free for the asking.

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Fascinating report by +Todd Carpenter. It is Real Estate industry specific in a my kind of geeky way. If you're an agent, broker, or want to be either, then it is a must read. Why? Because the times are changing. Are you? Or better, is your MLS?

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In the 21st Century, virtually everyone who wants to buy or sell a home in any market starts online. And both Trulia and Zillow have statistics showing the increase in the use of mobile devices skyrocketing. 

Here in Arlington Virginia, I've built a mobile responsive site to address this trend and provide personal insights the behemoths can't. 

Have a look and tell me what you think.
Arlington County Property Search
Arlington County Property Search

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Going out to my San Francisco pals. Another mind-boggling shot from +Daniel Sundahl. Before you click through to Daniel's profile, can you name the hotel?
I wish I could remember the name of this hotel, it was in Union Square in San Francisco. I love old hotels...or new hotels that look old.

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Hal Sparks comes across as a great guy, and you know what, he is! 

Catch his stand-up act here in Arlington Virginia just outside Washington DC tonight or tomorrow.
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