I had the most glorious Fourth of July weekend. I took the entire three-day weekend off and lounged poolside at a beautiful golf community not far from home. Of course, as a Realtor it is really hard to take time "off," as demonstrated by my self-imposed silence when an out-of-state vacationer at the pool began giving the rest of us a lesson in Oregon real estate. Oh, I wanted to butt in -- I really did. But I didn't. I dug my fingernails into my People magazine and took another swig of Diet Coke. Anyway, I was having a lot more fun watching an awkward melodrama unfold in the pool. A blossoming 14-year-old girl and her best friend were trying to stay atop a large inflatable whale while a hyperventilating 13-year-old boy bobbed alongside in the deep end, desperate to start a conversation somehow. He had very thoughtful advice. "I think you should get out and try to get on from the side of the pool," he said to the girls, who were not listening. "You g...
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