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Almost Famous

OK, so not really. But for the first time ever, for one-thousandth of a second, I felt famous.

I was down at Riverstone Park waiting for our employee wellness running group so I could take pictures for their marketing materials, when some guy walked passed me and said, “Excuse me?”

I immediately had one of those mini panic attacks because I didn’t recognize him (Was it one of Kyle’s co-workers? One of my sisters’ friends?). Turns out he was just a really nice guy who’s wife READS MY BLOG! He recognized me and was nice enough to say hi (I’m really terrible at remembering names, but I think he said it was Ryan. If so: Hi Ryan and Wifey, thanks for reading!)

That definitely made my day. That, and these really cute ducks that let me take their picture.

Just a couple of ducks, sunbathing.

Just a couple of ducks, sunbathing.

I liked the lady duck. She was friendly (probably because she thought I had food).

I liked the lady duck. She was friendly (probably because she thought I had food).

Happy Wednesday!
Andy

Rainy Weekend To-Do

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I don’t know about you, but Friday couldn’t get here soon enough! TGIF, people! Not gonna lie, we already started celebrating by going to Moontime for dollar beer night yesterday.

I was looking forward to being outside this weekend, maybe get the yards and garage cleaned up, but then I saw the forecast. Rain, rain, rain. So instead of being outside this weekend, here are some fun, rain-free activities to look forward to:

The Great American Trailer Park, the Musical
Join the Lake City Playhouse cast for this comical look into all that is trailer park life.

Read the Cd’A Press review

Buy Tickets

Live Music: 

  • A TOUCH OF JAZZ
    Friday, 5-8 p.m. at the Pend d’Oreille Winery
    220 Cedar St., Sandpoint
  • BAD MONKEY
    Friday, 9 p.m. at the Iron Horse
    407 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene
  • BILL BOZLY
    Friday, 6-9 p.m. at 315 Martinis and Tapas
    315 Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene
  • DEVON WADE BAND
    Friday and Saturday, at the Country Club
    216 E Coeur d’Alene Ave., Coeur d’Alene
  • KOSH
    Friday, 7 p.m. at Fedora
    1726 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

XOXO
Andy

5 Tips for Renting Out Your House for Ironman

I think I’ve mentioned this in the past, but every year we rent out our home during the week of the Coeur d’Alene Ironman to earn some extra cash for home projects. Last year we built a pergola, did a raised garden bed and repainted the living room. This year we plan on painting the outside of our house and garage (eek! That’s going to be a ton of work) and looking into replacing a window in our bathroom.

It's important to capture the best aspects of your home. I love our natural light and new sectional sofa . Cozy, right?

It’s important to capture the best aspects of your home. I love our natural light and new sectional sofa . Cozy, right?

It’s amazing how much we benefit from doing this each year. Great for young couples, new home owners or families that want to get out of town but may not be able to afford it otherwise. Ironman is a great thing for our community.

On that note, here are a few things I’ve learned over the past three years of renting:

  1. Do some word-smithing: If you look on craigslist everyone is saying the same thing, “Downtown home close to race,” “Great renal opportunity!” Make your post stand out. We have a small home within a half-mile of the finish line so we say, “Cozy 2-bedroom bungalow  in the heart of Cd’A” and “within walking distance” because that’s what people are looking for. They want a home away from home and they don’t want to worry about how they’ll get around on race day. Also include written references from other renters when possible. That’s something we still need to do.
  2. Include great photos: People want to see what they’re getting into. It’s important to showcase your home’s best assets to get renters excited about staying there. This year I’m not including photos of outside because A) I don’t have any current ones, and B) It’s not pretty enough outside in March to take any. Our yard looks vastly different from March to June. As long as Juneau doesn’t dig anything up…
  3. Play host: You may not be staying with these people, but you are their local expert. I always leave a map of our favorite places around town, do a special blog post (like this one from last year) and leave them some special treats and business cards from Terra and Fleet Feet. Make them feel special and glad they chose you. They are most likely new to town and looking for things to do and resources; plus they’re paying you a bunch of money to crash at your place. Help them out a bit.
  4. Stash your stuff: If there’s something you don’t want them to see/use then store it somewhere. Also, be sure to leave room in your cabinets and fridge and clear out your closets/dressers. Allow them to move in. Anything in your house is fair game, so if you don’t want them to eat your food, drink your alcohol or use your computer – then move it. We use this as a good excuse to do some major spring cleaning. Also include a rental agreement – that way they are liable for any damage or lost/stolen goods. If they agree to it and sign it, you’re protected that much more.
  5. Trust them: Yes, I just told you to clear out your house, but you also have a lot of time to build report with these people. So far (knock on wood) we’ve had no problem allowing people to use our computer, Wii and they actually do us a favor by eating any food we leave behind. Build a relationship with your renters and gauge how much you trust them. They have to pay a ton of money to compete in these races – I highly doubt they’re going to start a career in petty theft. Just in case – make sure you have all valuables that you leave behind documented and all computer files backed up somewhere. Just because it’s not likely, doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.

So how many of you are planning to rent your house out? You can check out our rental ad on IronmanCDARentals.com for an example.

Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint top “10 Best Mountain Towns” list

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Congrats to good ‘ol Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint for ranking #1 and #4 in the World Property Channel’s Top 10 Mountain Towns in America. We were the only towns from the northwest other than Bend, Oregon to make the list.

I’m proud of our little mountain towns. Because Cd’A is getting so much bigger, I may have swapped the two – I think Sandpoint might fit the criteria a little better. Either way it’s great publicity for our area and I hope we continue to be recognized for our beautiful towns and friendly people.

Happy Friday!!!
Andy

Will Cd’A ever have it’s downtown back?

Yesterday at running group we had the privilege of detouring between Sherman, Lakeside and Front due to all the new downtown construction in front of the Resort and today I got a better look at it while taking Juneau for a walk.

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Now, I know what you’re thinking, “I thought all this is supposed to be wrapping up soon?” The answer is yes – in May allegedly.

In the meantime I guess they feel like they can tear up any part of the city they want and call it part of the McEuen project. Which is fine I guess as long as it’s done in time for Ironman.

There was an article in the Cd’A Press today about the construction. If you just want to know what it is they’re working on a few quick points of interest:

  • The Centennial Trail in front of the Resort is being widened to allow for more foot and bike traffic.
  • The area on Front Ave. between Second and Third will eventually be permanently closed to through traffic to become a pedestrian-only corridor.
  • This particular project has more to do with installing better sidewalks that are wheel-chair friendly than anything else. It will affect more areas downtown than what is currently being worked on.

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Is anyone else just ready to see the finished project? I swear, no one is going to want to come back and visit if they think we’re constantly under construction. Can’t wait till May!