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January 01, 2007

New Year's Resolution

Personal_goal For the last 10 or 12 years, I’ve been writing up a New Year’s Plan every December, and this year is no different.

My “Plan” is usually broken down into eight or nine categories:

The Big Picture
Work-related goals
Financial goals
Physical & health-related goals
Social goals
Spiritual & psychological goals
Love & family-related goals
Creative goals, etc.

Recently I’ve been adding goals related to travel & retirement plans. It usually takes me 3-4 pages of very specific, detailed commitments, describing every aspect of the life I want to see during the coming year. These resolutions are realistic, optimistic, measurable, explicit and are written in the present tense.

The process of thinking & writing such proposals has helped me achieve many of the things I’ve done. By setting precise goals, I steer my life in a direction I wish to take. Some years the results are better than others. When that happens, it’s usually because I go back during the year to re-evaluate and re-direct myself toward the goals I set.

Looking back, I often measure 50% attainment of goals as success. The last few years have gone that way. 2005 was an excellent year and I felt that I achieved so much more then.

2006 however was a tougher year, and as I re-read last year’s resolutions one more time, I see where I failed to follow through on my objectives. But some of ‘06 “Win”s were unexpected & wonderful to have.

I am fully committed to focus & excel in 2007.

What is your New Year's resolution ?

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November 15, 2006

Today is my father's 80th birthday

Here is a little video I made for him. Please leave a message for him in the comments. Thank you!

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August 04, 2006

My grandfather

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My aunt posted a newly discovered photograph of my grandfather, Isaac Levin, on the internet. It was taken in 1931, a year after he immigrated to Palestine from Poland. He died when my father was a young teen, and previously I only saw one or two other pictures of him. He was impoverished and survived there by digging water wells & paving roads.

This is what Palestine looked like around that time

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May 21, 2006

From My Sisters' visit

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By the way, here are my two sisters & my two nieces at a visit to my office, during their last month’s California trip

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May 17, 2006

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Every night before I fall asleep, I think of you

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May 07, 2006

It’s sunny Sunday and I’m back from New York.

I had the most extraordinary trip, meeting with my first girlfriend after 37 years of no contact between us. She hasn’t changed a bit, and time/space disappeared the moment we saw each other again. We re-discovered the wonder & innocence of our first love, and danced on a beam of light for three days.

I am so overwhelmed, that I am just going to close my eyes and dream some more.

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April 02, 2006

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My nieces Gal & Inbal at the airport, right after a 20 hours flight.
(Click to enlarge)

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March 21, 2006

Subject lines of some 200 emails I’ve sent in the last 5 days

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Chris Dowell Re: [growabrain] Chris Dowell submitted a comment to 'Real Life Monopoly' 2k
michael aa st j.. re: david koresh & others like him 3k
dafna l... Gaudi 2k
michael aa st j.. Swiss car sightings 3k
michael aa st j.. The ferrarri Boys 3k
michael aa st j.. how to get what you need from others - - - - - 3k
Marlow Harris Re: Body Slam For God 3k
Alexandre Br... Re: sushi dinner 4k
MarEx@... 2 apartment buildings / 72 + 50 units available 2094k
a ani ad leads 78k
soyf..@ Apartment buildings available for purchase / From Hanan Levin - The Champion Com... 3631k
יעל לוין Re: Fw: RE: 6k
alex pa… 72 units in Riverside / Countrywood Apartments 1641k
a ani Apartment buildings available for purchase in the Inland Empire... 2066k
sean ra… Apartment buildings available for purchase / From Hanan Levin ... 2065k
jstephen@ Apartment buildings available for purchase / From Hanan Levin - The Champion Com... 2064k
isabel aa mar.. Fwd: Re:Castlewood Drive 6k
isabel aa mar.. Fwd: Alert: Payment Reminder 22k
Priscilla B… Re: countrywood rent increases 2k
michael aa st j.. Fwd: countrywood rent increases 3k
michael aa st j.. Re: March 20, 2006 3k
terra… from grow-a-brain 2k
robert aa c... Hell hole! 2k
Steel Tu.... Re: sitter job 4k
Alexandre Br... from hanan levin 3k
Caddis Re: MetaFilter 3k
John ~ Re: bouncey bounce / not for pub. 4k
dafna l... blog shel reviiya 2k
nylawyer Re: [growabrain] nylawyer submitted a comment to 'Real Estate / Mortgage blogs' 3k
duy…. Aprtment buildings available for purchase / For your call on the ad 3175k
Steel Tu.... Re: WTF are you still doing up amigo? 2k
Colin Re: blogger interview 1360k
angie aa cu.... in case you missed out - 2k
avner bar ilan shabat shalom 3k
Patrick Re: [growabrain] Patrick submitted a comment to 'Charlie Parker's Bird' 3k
Phoenix Re: [growabrain] Phoenix submitted a comment to 'Yahoo! Picks of the Year' 3k
Steel Tu.... Re: WTF are you still doing up amigo? 7k
salesman…. from grow-a-brain 3k
Steel Tu.... Re: help with site 4k
Phoenix Re: [growabrain] Phoenix submitted a comment to 'Charlie Parker's Bird' 2k
eitan cohen Going bald? 2k
Martin Wa… RE: from hanan levin 11k
Steel Tu.... Re: [growabrain] Steel Tu.... submitted a comment to 'Code Red' 3k
robert aa c... your new house 2k
michael aa st j.. Tranquilidade na lagoa do paraםso 2k
Karen Wise from hanan levin 3k
John ~ Re: bouncey bounce 3k
mika ap… Re: bubble bandits 3k
Dorrian.. Re: getacrib.blogspot.com 2k
Scaramouche Re: Hello there... 4k
robert aa c... Ladies and Gentlemen, the Governor of California 2k
Dolores… From Hanan Levin / Aprtment buildings available for purchase 3175k
dafna Re: Fw: כמה משפטי חוכמה .......... 2
robert aa c... A QUICK WAY TO DUMP YOUR GIRLFRIEND / funny clip 2k
Marlow Harris Re: My Eyeball Just Fell Out of Its Socket - What should I do? By Daniel Engber 3k
Alexandre Br... From Hanan Levin 3k
gerard Vlemmings from hanan levin / grow-a-brain 3k
Ron Morris Re: Weird Thai farm vehicles 3k
יעל לוין Re: Re: bayit 3k
Marlow Harris Re: Elvis in Toast 3k
Nava Koresh Re: (no subject) meeting in NYC next month 3k
archidose… from grow-a-brain 2k
robert aa c... body language 2k
dafna l... yuvali 2k
michael aa st j.. false alarm 3k
michael aa st j.. help! 3k
robert aa c... IRS 2006 2k
Phyllis Hu… Re: The Real Estate Rap Song 2k
amanda.ma… from grow-a-brain 2k
a ani Shed on montezuma 918k
Hanan Levin Re: 5k
miranda gaines phyllis sent me this link 2k
earl my new girlfriend 2k
chau Vuong my new girlfriend 2k
phillip lara my new girlfriend 2k
barb pell… my new girlfriend 2k
robert aa c... my new girlfriend 3k
robert aa c... Fwd: africa splitting 3k
robert aa c... loompanics 2k
robert aa c... $$$$ 2k
יעל לוין Re: bayit 5k
earl S… Re: Emailing: 8019633 3k
angie aa cu.... newly discovered charlie parker! 2k
Scaramouche Re: [growabrain] Scaramouche submitted a comment to 'Most expensive private isla... 3k
Teresa a Z.. from hanan levin 3152k
Isabel m.... Re: my home purchase 2k
michael aa st j.. visions - - - - 2k
Isabel m.... Re: my home purchase 2k
Hanan Levin Re: my home purchase 2k
Isabel m.... Re: my home purchase 6k
david billings Re: Sand/Snow Sculptures and Pumpkin Carvings 3k
Alexandre Br... Re: From Hanan Levin 3k
dafna Re: טיול 4k
cbubny@ …. Re: Check out this site 3k
michael aa st j.. africa splitting 2k
robert aa c... Fwd: $300 for this? - oooops - link included 3k
Hanan Levin Re: $300 for this? - oooops - link included 3k
Matt Huband Re: [growabrain] Matt Huband submitted a comment to 'Directories of real estate ... 3k
a ani [none] 66k
DANIEL AFSH.. investor Fwd: From Hanan Levin / Apartment buildings available for purchase 3174k
robert aa c... terry in adelanto 2k
angie aa cu.... Fwd: Wells Fargo Interest Rates 38k
equityproperties@ Fwd: From Hanan Levin / Aprtment buildings available for purchase <<<< Re-sent 3177k
barbara pell re: isabel 5k
darren investor Fwd: From Hanan Levin / Aprtment buildings available for purchase <<<< Re-sent 3175k
barb pelland re: Palmdale loan 3k
michael aa st j.. New escrow info 10k
robert aa c... no longer w/ dad 2k
Hanan Levin Re: 8k
robert aa c... [none] 2k
Messiah J * Re: Photograph enquiry 3k
angie aa cu.... wow 2k
micki zu… from grow-a-brain 3k
Nathan from grow-a-brain 2k
cbubny@ Re: Check out this article on RealtyBlogging.com 3k
Michelle M… Re: From Grow a brain 3k
David Sweet Re: [growabrain] David Sweet submitted a comment to 'Time Capsules' 3k
Kiril, The Mad Macedonian Re: [growabrain] Kiril, The Mad Macedonian submitted a comment to 'Most expensiv... 2k
crooksandliars Re: C&L 3k
isabel aa mar.. yo 2k
aa aba ve ima bayit 10458k
angie aa cu.... china trip in november 2k
Julie Re: [growabrain] Julie submitted a comment to 'Letters to God' 2k
phillip lara Muslim Rave Party Sensation 3k
The Continental Op Re: Elvis Officiates at Wedding of Bat-Boy to 1845 lb. Woman 2k
aa aba ve ima haircut 2k
a ani ad leads 63k
Donald Batiste Fwd: From Hanan Levin / Comps of the 10 units >>>>>>>>>>> resent 198k
michael aa st j.. re: Acacia sale 2k
bwhite@ … 10U in San Berbardino 270k
Michelle Ma… From Grow a brain 3k
angie aa cu.... the new FICO scores 2k
brian nath… Taxes 2005 / From Hanan Levin 2k
michael aa st j. Re: Pao de queijo 3k
robert aa c... CW / sell 33k
Danielk… Fwd: From Hanan Levin / Comps of the 10 units >>>>>>>>>>> resent 198k
bruceh… 10U in San Berbardino 270k
Hanan Levin http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/50071 4k
charlotte white… it finally hit the NYT, a WEEK later 3k
Jim Coudal from hanan levin / grow-a-brain 2k
dafna l... is this any good? 2k
a ani [none] 57k
Alexandre Br... From Hanan Levin 4k
earl $1b 3k
The Chocolate Guy Re: [growabrain] The Chocolate Guy submitted a comment to 'Chocolate dreams' 3k
angie aa cu.... will ferrell not dead 3k
Hanan Levin fax wednesday 3k
isabel aa mar.. re: Cibola 3k
Alexandre Br... from hanan levin 4k
michael aa st j.. Comps for 2.37 Acres on Mission 72k
Teresa a Ze.. greek-like 2k
angie aa cu.... http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0314061sign1.html?link=rssfeed 2k
isabel aa mar.. Capital Development office / Apple Valley 1567k
a ani [none] 5k
michael aa st j.. here's the sherman amendment / per elliott 104k
Hanan Levin Re: googbye 3453k

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February 20, 2006

Escape to Romance

Romantic_atlanta_2 Are you a member of the Mile High Club? Would you like a free membership? Here is your chance to make your fantasy a reality with the amorous, single webmaster of Grow-a-Brain and the southern hospitality of the folks at Mile High Atlanta.

If chosen, you will win an all-expenses weekend trip to Atlanta, Georgia, a luxurious weekend at the romantic winery-resort Château Élan and the experience of a lifetime as you get initiated in the exclusive club, flying over 5,280 feet above the earth's surface.

Some of the other exciting activities possible during this relaxing weekend are sightseeing, wine-tasting, restaurants & bar-hopping, visits to some local attractions (To be decided later), or just leisurely hanging around and taking in the sights.

To apply, please send a private email to realhanan (at) yahoo (dot) com, and specify the time that will work for you, and any relevant information. Only one winner will be chosen. Must be a woman and over 18 years old.

The trip will be kept confidential and will not be blogged.

(This is not a joke. Other bloggers who care about my well-being are welcome to link to this post. Thank you). To find out a little bit about me dig inside the blog

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February 15, 2006

See Bill Maher Live

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I have two free tickets to give away for the season’s opening show of Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday evening. The show is being taped live at the CBS studios on Beverly & Fairfax in Hollywood and we have to be there at 6:30PM.

If you are interested to attend, email me at once to realhanan (at) yahoo (dot) com, or call me on my cell phone.

First come, first served.

It’s going to be a “blast”: We are going to be peppered with lots of fun...

Don’t know who Bill Maher is? Watch the Hardball video from the other day

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January 24, 2006

Peter Luther, born January 17, 2006

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Congratulations to Anna & Dustin Luther of Seattle’s Rain city guide
on the birth of their son Peter!

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July 04, 2005

The power of the mind

Mind_matter_1 This is a true story:

Ever since I moved to the States, over 20 years ago, I’ve been jogging on a regular basis. Usually I would run as much as 6 miles, and in 1999 I even trained for the Los Angeles Marathon with these guys but quit (for no reason) at 18 miles.

In the last couple of years though, I got very little, if any, exercise. So in January, following up on my “Annual plan”, I joined a gym again, and started keeping a jogging journal. But I had a hard time making the 3 miles non-stop sprint, even after 5 months of running 3-4 times a week.

Due to a little transcending experience that I had three weeks ago, I made a commitment to complete my first marathon by June of 2006. My stamina & the nature of my running changed immediately. And yesterday, for the first time in a while, I ran 5 miles in 49 minutes. Yea!

While I’m on personal matters, here are my travel plans for the next year:

August – Thailand
October – San Francisco
December – New Zealand
Spring 2006 – Vancouver, BC, Napa
Summer of 2006 – New England
Late 2006 – Galapagos

Also, I am still looking (Actually, I’m not “looking” at all, rather just “sitting and waiting”) for a gorgeous, eligible female of child-bearing age to join me on those trips and beyond. If you or someone you know would like to hook up with a rich, intelligent blogger, please call or refer any such candidates to me. Thank you.

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May 20, 2005

Happy birthday to my mom

Mom_2 Today is my mother’s 75th birthday. I know it’s not nice to tell a woman’s age, but what the heck -

It’s been over 35 years since I left my parents’ home (under less than happy circumstances), and 32 years since I left Israel for good. For my mom’s birthday I decided to come for a surprise visit without telling anybody beforehand. I will be here for a few days and celebrate with my parents & the rest of my family.

Please be kind & leave good wishes in the comments for my mom’s birthday. If she gets more than 30 comments, I will award the sender of the most original or unusual greetings a $35 gift certificate to an e-store or a charity of their choosing –

יום הולדת שמח, אמא

While here, I intent on having a massage

And here are a few photos from my own birthday a few weeks ago…

This posting was pre-blogged. I am not sure yet how this surprise visit will play itself out... Stay tuned. A few personal items about me Here

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November 15, 2004

Happy Birthday, Aba

Dad_with_grandkids_1 My dad is 78 years old today. Happy Birthday, Aba. I love you. Now that you have a new computer, we can communicate every day, or as soon as you want. I hope to spend more good times with you soon, like we did last month. Be happy, for God’s Sake: You’re about to survive everybody around you.

My favorite Geezer’s E-card from JibJab. (If the link takes you to the main page, click on "E-cards", and then on “Geezer Birthday”

Always starting a new life

Here he is, one street away from Piazza San Pietro in Rome, with his two favorite granddaughters, Gal & Inbal. Some Personal Stuff Here

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August 21, 2004

I am moving today to my new home in Riverside. Too tired to blog. Sorry

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