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It's A "Good Friday" to Wish YOU A "Happy Easter!"

Today I am in San Luis Obispo, CA. visiting my oldest son who will be graduating this year from Cal Poly.  Last night, we packed up the car, loaded up the boys, and headed down to Southern California to see Big Brother.  What an exciting time it has been.  Our first stop was for a steak dinner at the Madonna Inn.  Man, what a place.  It was like being in some kind of fantasy land, almost like we had fallen into the rabbit hole.  The food was awesome, the place is spectacular, and the company was the absolute BEST!

                

This morning we decided to head downtown to do some window shopping and see what kinda trouble we could get into when we saw Chuck Lidell from the UFC, just walking down the street with a couple of his buddies.  We think he was headed to Firestone for some dinner.  Chuck is one of the greatest fighters in the UFC.  He actually waved to us, and said hi. What a great guy.

It sure is great hangin out with my boys!  That was almost the highlight of the day...

That is until we came to the "Gum Wall!"  Now I know that sounds gross, but it was definitely a kodak moment.  My mom bought everyone a gumball so we could take part in the great tradition of putting our gum on the "Nastiest Wall on Earth!"  Oh, the hidden joys of life!

So now that I'm back at our Hotel, I just wanted to share all this with all our AR friends and family, and most importantly, we wanted to wish everyone a safe and Happy Easter.  I hope you'll find and take the time to create and share some special memories with your family and friends just like we have today. 

I'm looking forward to reading all about your Easter Celebrations this weekend.  Be Blessed and Enjoy!

Click on the car for an "Eggstra" Special Easter Video!!  :-)

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 48 commentsBrad Andersohn • April 10 2009 10:01PM

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Congratulations!  Gum wall...amazing.  Sounds like you had a great time!

Happy Easter to you and yours as well.

Karen

Posted by Karen Monsour, REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert! (Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach) about 11 years ago

Wow, that gum wall is DISGUSTING!!!!!!  I never knew it existed.  Glad you had a great time with your family.  That's what life is all about!

Posted by Bridget Cella, e-Pro, Realtor (Re/Max Connection) about 11 years ago

I love San Louis Obispo!  My uncle Remi and Aunt Joanie live there and we used to go clam digging at the beach....many happy memories there...Enjoy!!!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 11 years ago

My take-away from this is the g-ross gum wall...Have a great Easter!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) about 11 years ago

Hey Brad!  Isn't it so much fun hanging with your boys?!  I actually had a little outing with one of mine this afternoon as he came home from college for Easter!  We had LOTS of catching up to do and did a little eating and shopping to do too!

And, the gum wall--YUK!  Definitely colorful but, GROSS!

 

PS:  See you in Charlotte?????  :-)

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 11 years ago

Brad, how proud you must be of your college graduating son and what a great time hanging with your sons! Disgusting gum wall...bet the boys loved it! Happy Easter to you and your family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 11 years ago

Hey Brad,

Good to see you all having so much fun. At times seems like we're all working to hard and not having enough fun. For me, it's got to be fun.

As for the Madonna Inn, yep quite a place...yet the gum wall, somehow I missed that. Happy Easter back at you and yours!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 11 years ago

Howdy there Brad

It sure is a good to make time for ones family. Glad your are having such a good time with yours. I don't that there gum wall is Gross at all. Y'all sure were having a fun time at it.

Happy Easter, to you and your fine looking family!

God Bless America

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 11 years ago

Hi Brad

Happy Easter to you and your family. I bet that gum wall is pretty spectacular in the middle of August when it is in the 90's.

Tom

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

OK so the gum wall really grossed me out *bleh* But I'm glad to see a Good Friday/Easter post here. Thank you for even mentioning it. We need to give God more honor.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) about 11 years ago

Extremely gross, but all in all, it looks like everyone had a great time. :)

Happy Easter to you and yours.

Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 11 years ago

Hi Brad, what a great family and here is wishing all of you a beautiful weekend and blessed holiday. All the best and enjoy your son's accomplishment. 1st of many I trust.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 11 years ago

Hey Brad Looks like you Had a Great day, Thanks for the Easter Wishes..HAPPY EASTER TO YOU and Your Family

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Hi Brad!
Okay...most may not know this...and if you did visit it, you may be avoiding the obvious follow-up conversations, but....did you visit the men's room at the Madonna Inn?  Ladies...just so you know...it is famous and tours are given!  The urinal is not a urinal...it is huge a brass trough large enough to "handle" 10 guys!  I am not kidding...Brad, back me up here!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) about 11 years ago

Yuk.....what a nasty wall!  Happy Easter Brad!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 11 years ago

Hi Brad... it looks like the start of a GREAT holiday weekend for your family!  Enjoy your time together and have a Happy Easter!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 11 years ago

Paula - is it true?!  I'll have to go back there and check it out, maybe get you a photo or video or something! 

My internet connection here is horrible, so I'll be back later.....    :-)

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Brad, A huge congratulations to your son!  What w thrilling time.  I've never heard of the Gum wall but I loved it, it sounds like you're having a wonderful trip and visit. I wish you and your family a wonderful Easter as well.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 11 years ago

Brad, There's nothing like spending quality time with you  family. Hope you have a great Easter!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 11 years ago

Brad, it looks like you all had a wonderful family experience. Congratulations to you son! Love the gum wall, must be very colorful!!!

Happy Easter to you and yours!!!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) about 11 years ago

Hi Brad, looks like a lovely time....GUM WALL...eeewww, the expression on the youngest one says it all.  A Blessed Easter to you and yours.

Posted by Gail MacMillan about 11 years ago

Hi Brad, I never knew such a thing as the gum wall existed.  I'm glad you all had fun.

Happy Easter to you and your beautiful family!

Posted by Marzena Melby, Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty) about 11 years ago

Love the gum wall! Happy Easter to you and yours, and thanks for your time on the phone last week. Working on OB this weekend.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 11 years ago

Brad...sounds like you are having a great time with your family. I think the AR community agrees that gum wall is ... what can I say...awesome and yucky...Wishing you and your family a happy and peaceful Easter.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 11 years ago

BTW...I believe the link is broken  for the "Eggstra" Special Easter Video..

When I clicked on the car, a message came up that the link seems to be broken.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 11 years ago

Love the post Brad! I had friends do the gum wall thing - gross but necessary. Congratulations to your family. Darling video! Blessings for a Hoppy Easter! Cheers,

Amy's Sweet Signature

 

Posted by Amy Zender about 11 years ago

I LOVE your website banner, Brad....the phrase you have up there accurately coveys who you are and how you live.......

Right down to the "kid" contemplating Gods workmanship through nature!!!

Childlikeness ....... an awe of who God is........ WOW!!!

I hope you keep this displayed for a while......... it shows everyone who You are!!

I LOVE IT!!!

=-)

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) about 11 years ago

Brad that gum wall looks pretty cool! I hope you and your family have a great Easter.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 11 years ago

Brad,

Happy Easter to you and your good looking family!!! Gum wall...??? Only in California...!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Hi Brad!  Gum wall sounds very interesting.  Congrats to your son and to YOU!  Great Easter funny!

Check this site out http://www.openmyeyeslord.net/ultimatefreedom.htm

Enjoy it and happy Easter

Al and Peggy

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 11 years ago

Hi Brad,

The gum wall is... it didn't look that bad on the TwitPic viewed on my iPhone.

I was very happy to see you found your place - "Brad's" - posted on Twitpic as well.

Hope you and your family have a very joyous Easter.

Catherine in NY

Posted by Catherine C Capasso, Cottage or Castle, What's Your Dream! (Catherine Cornelia Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Brad and Deborah, HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!!

Gee, you learn something new here all the time.........never seen or heard of a gum wall.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago

OMG - A gum wall - who would have thought - I would have put my gum there for sure (and taken a picture) - but washed my hands quickly after.  Happy Easter!  How nice to spend the time with your family (chewing gum) - just can't get away from that subject - definitely dominates your post LOL

Posted by Cathy Tishhouse, Royal Oak Real Estate (RE/MAX Showcase Homes) about 11 years ago

Cool Gum wall!  Brad, I've got to warn you - I think the person at the very back of the photo was TAKING gum - not putting it on the wall!  :-)

Happy Easter,

Mike

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) about 11 years ago

Happy Easter to you and your family too! What great looking kids.  And only in California would you find a "gum wall". Have a great time.

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) about 11 years ago

Finally, I have a wireless connection that works...  lol~ 

Today we went to Pismo Beach and to the Apple Farm.  Tonight it's dinner at my sons, and then Easter Sunday tomorrow. 

Looks like the "Gum Wall" wins the highlight of this post!! haha...

Seriously, Thanks everyone for the really nice comments, you've made this Easter "eggstra special!"

I'll be posting more photos on my Flickr account shortly. 

BTW - Paula was right about the loo at the Madonna Inn, here's the proof!

Have A Great Easter!

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Brad - that gum wall is pretty gross, but it does look like everyone does it.  As for Chuck... I am pretty sure you HAVE to say he is a great guy.  I would not want him looking for me.  LOL  Sounds like a great trip.  Congratulations to your son!

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) about 11 years ago

Happy Easter to the Andersohn Family!  :)  And congratulations to the soon-to-be Cal Poly graduate!  That's awesome!

Sounds like you had a very good Good Friday!  But, I'm afraid I would have to pass on that Gum Wall.  That just gives me the creeps!  Do they provide sterile hand wipes for when you're done touching that thing?  Ewwww.

Enjoy your holiday.  God bless!

 

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago

Brad - you have a lovely family and I don't know if I would have the courage to participate in the gum wall. 

Posted by Naoma Doriguzzi, New Media Director (Virginia Beach) about 11 years ago

Breaking the tradition of the normal Easter morning egg hunt, the boys have decided to take me and mom on a hike to the top of the Highest mountain in San Luis Obispo. We're going to take in the 360 degree views of the entire city from Cal Poly to the ocean. 

After this 1 1/2 hour hike to the top, I'm sure the views will be amazing and you can count on me taking some video and hopefully some great shots.  So we're off now, and hoping everyone has a spectacular Easter Sunday.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Have a blessed Easter with your family. Sounds like you have made some great memories.

Posted by Georgia Endiott, Sold on City Living - Working and Living in Saint Louis (PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignature.com) about 11 years ago

Too bad you didn't get the Iceman to do a little ground and pound on your steaks just to make them a little more tender.:)

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

Brad, looks like a great time was had by all.

Posted by Frank Rubi, Kenner LA Real Estate about 11 years ago

Hi Brad.  Thanks so much for sharing.  You helped me to realize I need to step back and take a little time off.  It just came to me that I am grouchy and hard to get along with because I need some R & R.  Thanks again.

Posted by Bob Murphy (Keller Williams Realty Consultants) about 11 years ago

Brad - It sounds like a great family time!  I'm not sure what to think about that Gum Wall...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 11 years ago

Thanks again to everyone for all your comments, I trust that you all had a great Easter weekend. 

Mine was most certainly one I'll remember for a long time. 

Our Easter Sunday hike to the top of Mt Bishop was absolutely incredible. 

Here's a 360 degree video view from my camera phone.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Hang out with the people at the Christian groups more, Brad...it will brighten your day a LOT!!!

You are a light in the AR company....keep it burning BRIGHTLY!!

"A bunch of logs burning together in a fireplace burn BRIGHT together... take one and leave it to burn alone and it eventually burns itself out..."

Your brothers and sisters in the Messiah love ya a LOT, Brad!!!

\O/

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) about 11 years ago

Alex - thanks, your analogy with the fireplace was an excellent one.   I hope I NEVER burn out!!!  :-))

Check out this song about keeping the candle burning, I think you'll enjoy it.

Go Light Your World - Kathy Troccoli

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

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