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When we buy a fixer upper house, “we are what we are”

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I was watching the movie Australia last night, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. It was such a classic tale that it sent chills down my back.

A man starts up a small cattle empire in the outback of Australia. He is killed and his inexperienced wife has to take over the operation. She’s in way over her head, but in order to save the ranch she has to drive the herd thousands of miles to the market. She asks her ranch hand to lead to trail drive.

The tough ranch hand assembles a rag tag group, which include of a drunk, two aboriginal women, a young boy, and the wife, to herd the cattle.  Despite stampedes, poisoned watering holes, and other travails, they keep moving on.

We are what we are

Before the trip begins,the ranch hand addresses his team and goes over the “dos and don’ts” of working a cattle drive.

At the end of his speech he says, “Well, we are what we are.”

He said it with some degree of exasperation at having to use vastly unqualified people on the drive.

But, I also thought that he said it with a sense optimistic determination. As if he is saying, “This is all I have to work with. Its not as good as it could be, but I’m going to make it work and we’ll get these cattle to market.”

I am what I am

When you buy your first fixer upper house, it also requires that you take the attitude that “Well, I am what I am.”

You don’t have all the experience that you might want to begin, but you don’t let that stop you. There’s a lot to learn and you learn as you go. Your determination gets you over a lot of obstacles.

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August 20, 8:30 am, I will be on David Sutton’s show, KSRN 1490 am, Los Alamos, New Mexico.

August 25 at 8:08 am,  I will be on Jeff Anderson’s show, KSDR 1480 am, Watertown, South Dakota.

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