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Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and the Modern Traveler

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm

January 29, 2011, felt to me like a date somewhere in the distant future. In reality, at the time of this story, it was less than a month away. January 29 is my mother’s birthday; this year she would be turning 90. My sister from Minneapolis had just phoned to inform me that there was a celebration being planned. My initial thought was that I would send my mom money. I reasoned that she could probably use it, and besides I hated to fly. Unfortunately my thoughts were actual words that had tumbled out of my mouth in the presence of my wife. I could see by the expression on her face that I was about to be questioned about my sanity.  After a brief discussion I decided to go.

For me, going someplace and completing arrangements to go someplace are two separate activities. And despite frequent “Did you make your reservations yet?” reminders, I somehow had let three weeks slip by unnoticed. I learned two important lessons when I forced myself to confront my travel plans. Airlines do not like procrastinators, and they also think you should be financially penalized for not living in a major city. The original fare my wife had graciously looked up the day of the phone call from my sister had now more than doubled.

Panic stricken and fearful of the deadly “I told you so,” I began to search frantically on Google. I felt like a gambler looking for a longshot. I keyed multiple start dates, multiple return dates, and multiple airports; roll the dice…no luck. Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity, roll the dice…no luck. Any time, any day, I will help load the luggage, roll the dice…no luck. With perspiration beading up on my forehead, I decided to go “all-in”-one last roll. And like magic, after several flashes from my computer screen, there it was, almost hidden at the bottom of a column of $600 plus fares. Air Tran Economy Fare $298 was shining like salvation. I had hit the Jackpot.

It did not matter that I had never heard of Air Tran or that the flight originated out of Atlanta, which is approximately 200 miles from my home I had to have that fare. I quickly scanned the small print. “Flight times would be assigned after purchase.”  I tried to calculate how early I would need to leave my home if it assigned a 5:00 a.m. flight. It was impossible; I could not think straight, I was out of options. I mashed the enter key to purchase and held my breath. Lady Luck smiled down on me that day as 3:45 p.m., non-stop from Atlanta to Minneapolis flashed up on the screen.

Four short days later I started the first leg of my journey by driving from Columbia, SC, to Atlanta on Interstate 20. I suspect that the scenery along the route was pretty unremarkable, since I found myself admiring the geometric symmetry of cell towers and imagining the various water towers that dot the horizon as alien spaceships with their support legs acting as tentacles destroying everything in their path. I also noticed a large percentage of billboards that were advertising for advertisers. It occurred to me that an economist might be able to predict a recovery by monitoring billboard activity.

I finally arrived at the airport and managed to navigate into the general vicinity of the Air Tran terminal. Of course keeping with the theme of my trip I chose economy parking. Within minutes I figured out why it was called economy parking. The airport could not afford any signs directing people toward the terminal. I grabbed my carry-on bag, locked the car and began to meander in the general direction of where I had entered the lot. After several minutes I changed strategies and decided to follow the fence line hoping for a break where I might be able to escape.

High above the parking lot a light-rail train rattled across its track. If only I could get to that train, I thought. I looked around for any means of ascending to that great height.  Not seeing anything that resembled stairs or an elevator, I began to wonder if economy parking people were somehow expected to scale the support piers manually. This productive thought process was interrupted by a break in the fence, where I was able to slip through and cross a road that led into a covered parking lot. This lot I assumed was non-economy parking. Still not seeing any signs about where a terminal might be, I peered across the dimly lit space and could just make out what looked like a set of double sliding doors at the far side of the lot. I took that as a positive sign and walked in that direction.

My hunch paid off and after passing through the doors and up an escalator I found myself in a grand ticketing hall, which to my surprise had very few travelers for such a large space. After finding the Air Tran section, I was directed to an e-ticket kiosk. After several attempts of swiping my credit card with the mag stripe facing multiple directions, the kiosk told me I was not recognized. I nodded my head in agreement knowing that it would have been too expensive to have had someone input an economy fare. I moved over several feet to interact with a real human, which turned out to be a pleasant experience. The human had no trouble finding me, and she was able to print my boarding pass and direct me toward the gates in less than a minute.

Holding my head high I walked past the bank of Kiosks on the way to the gate. I knew I had arrived at security when I saw multiple lines of people alternately facing each other. I wondered why theme parks and airports employ the same methods used for cattle to herd people through a narrow channel. I took my place in line and took note of all the people that were facing me in the adjacent line. Each time I rounded a corner into the next aisle I was fortunate enough to be able to see all of the same people again going the other direction.

It looked like all of the security procedures were the same as I had remembered, except for a large capsule-looking device that resembled a high tech, state fair ride. This must be the controversial full body scanner that peeks beneath a person’s clothes, I thought. I noticed people were being selected randomly to enter the chamber. I tried not to stare, knowing that someone was currently looking at them naked. I felt guilty by association. When my turn came, I was blandly waved through the normal metal detector. Apparently nobody wanted to see me naked, but it did leave me thinking about what the selection criteria might be.

I had my shoes back on and laced up, my ID back in my wallet, boarding pass back in my carry-on bag, phone, keys, voice recorder in my pockets, and I was ready for the next step.

 In the Atlanta airport subway trains whisk you between concourses. I descended a large flight of stairs to reach the trains. A female computer generated voice tells you valuable information like “Hold on, the train is about to depart,” and “Hold on, the train is about to stop.” Good information since it seemed like when it arrived at each new concourse 50 mph to a dead stop happened in about 100 feet.

I had now arrived at the concourse for my flight and the sign indicate gates 1 through 22 to the left. I checked my boarding pass and saw that I was assigned to Gate 3. Fantastic, I should be very close. As I began to walk down the corridor I realized the gates were in descending order. The economy fare strikes again.

 The long walk gave me an opportunity to experience an additional problem for air travelers. The men’s rooms are tricky places, because travelers are no longer supposed to be separated from their luggage. At some point in a restroom, setting down your luggage becomes imperative. I am suspicious about what might be on the floor in the general proximity of urinals. I would suggest that a shelf above the urinals would be a great solution. This would solve a sanitary issue for our luggage, except for the most errant aimer.

I arrived at my gate with one hour to spare before departure. Three hours of automobile travel, one and a half hours of parking, walking, ticketing, security, riding the train, going to the bathroom and I was ready for the main event- 908 miles in the air. I felt a real sense of accomplishment knowing all of the obstacles that I had overcome to get this far. I could now proudly call myself a modern traveler and enjoy all the benefits associated with that designation.

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West Columbia Agape Senior Employees Get Stuck for a Great Cause

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2010 at 1:48 am
August 25th, 2010 11:22 AM

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill

According to the American Red Cross, one blood donation can save up to three lives. On Aug 24, 2010, the employees, associates, and friends of Agape Senior teamed up to help replenish depleted blood supplies. The event took place on the West Columbia campus on Leaphart Road.

Agape Senior employees from the West Columbia campus came, along with other employees from across the Midlands. Employees from the Harbison campus in Irmo, the Kathwood campus in Forest Acres, and the Lexington campus gathered to give the gift of life. The volunteers rolled up their sleeves and within four hours had donated 44 units of blood. The total donation has the potential to save 132 lives.

Chuck Underhill-Lexington Administrator

Every person that donated seemed to have a different story for making the commitment to be there that day. Some donors had never given before. One donor had not donated in over fifteen years. It was truly an amazing team effort to meet and exceed the goal set for the event by the Red Cross.

Agape Senior is no stranger to supporting worthwhile causes. The company is committed to involvement in the local communities in which it has operations. Agape Senior has a fundamental philosophy to empower its employees to look for and become part of the solution for any problem. Read more about Agape Senior.

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West Columbia GMM Insurance Specializes in Long Term Care Insurance

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 4:31 am
August 7th, 2010 12:06 AM
GMM Insurance can assist with virtually any insurance need, but our affiliation with Agapé Senior has led us to specialize in the field of long-term care insurance. Medicare does not pay for most long-term care services, so having a long-term care policy is the best way to ensure that you make all the decisions about your care and well-being later in life. Please watch our informative Long-Term Care Insurance video and then call us to talk to the professionals who know long-term care better than anybody else in the Midlands.

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West Columbia Home For Sale 812 Jefferson

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 3:54 am
July 15th, 2010 11:06 PM
Well maintained brick ranch on Quiet Street in West Columbia. Front porch overlooks mature plantings and shady lot. Back yard has raised cement patio, chain link fence, and plenty of room to garden, build a pool, or just relax. The Large formal living / dining room combination has lots of windows for plenty of natural light. Gleaming hardwoods lie under carpet.

There is a large den, family room just off kitchen with sliding doors to back yard. Kitchen has stainless steel sink, cook-top stove, and ample cabinets for storage. Side door leads to carport. All three bedrooms have exposed hardwood floors. Master bedroom has walk-in-closet. Guest bath and master bath have been completely renovated to include glass block privacy window, new floors, new glass shower in master, new toilets, and vanities. This home is move-in ready. Sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee while enjoying the view of your back yard. Call today to schedule a tour of this home. Or take virtual tour now.

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Rock Hill SC Agape Hospice Keeps Dream Alive

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2010 at 2:51 am

 In a small, dingy, subsidized apartment Ben Jacobs, an eighty year old man sat in a worn recliner. It took so much effort for him to stand and move from his chair that it was easier for him to sit and stare at the blank wall. The days passed slowly, with little or no human contact. Ben could feel himself getting weaker as day turned to night and back to day. He would drift in and out of sleep and dream of youthful days spent running through peach groves. It was hard for him to believe that he had once moved with so much energy and freedom. He had never had much in his life, and had less now. Any hope for a better future had long ago left his consciousness. Ben knew that he would probably die alone in his room.

Sometimes in life a crisis can be a catalyst for good. Ben’s declining condition caused him to be admitted to the local Rock Hill hospital in March of 2010. After observations and tests, the hospital quickly determined there was nothing they could do for him. Ben was discharged to Agapé Senior’s rehabilitation and nursing facility.

Twenty-five years earlier a Methodist minister was leading a small church near Smoaks, South Carolina. The pastor tried to help one elderly couple deal with the husband’s growing dementia condition. The sub-standard care that the husband received for his misunderstood condition made an impression on the young pastor. The pastor asked himself the question “Is there a better way?”

Today that minister, Scott Middleton, is the CEO of one of South Carolina’s largest providers of senior care services in the state. The philosophy of looking for better ways to serve the senior population is vital part of the Agapé Senior culture.

Ben was about to experience how that simple philosophy would change the course of his remaining life. Ben’s condition was diagnosed as terminal, and he was placed in Agapé Hospice of Rock Hill. After two weeks, Ben had regained enough strength to return home. The hospice diagnosis meant that a hospice nurse could visit Ben three days a week.

Ben’s Agapé Hospice nurse started making her visits immediately after he was discharged. The nurse was appalled by the condition of Ben’s roach-infested apartment, and wondered if there was anything that could be done to improve his situation.

The strength of the continuum of care model that Agapé Senior uses throughout the state allows for open lines of communication between each provider associated with the patient. The hospice nurse saw Ben’s situation and automatically started asking the question “Is there a better way?” She talked with several colleagues as well as the nursing home administrator, the assisted living administrator, and the Agapé Hospice social workers.

Two weeks later the answer came while attending a seminar on VA benefits. The nurse was listening to the presenter speak about the different ways that veterans could qualify for assistance. Suddenly she realized that she might have the solution for Ben. She recalled a story that Ben had shared with her on one of her visits.  The story involved a combat situation that Ben had experienced when he was in his twenties.

Excited and full of hope, the nurse took the new information and started making inquiries. On her next visit with Ben, she questioned him thoroughly about his service in the military. Ben was fuzzy on the exact years, but it was pretty apparent that he had seen combat in World War ll. The nurse was able to get the precise information from the veteran affairs office later that week.

The news was fantastic! Ben qualified for an Aid and Attendance benefit that would allow him to move out of his dreadful apartment and into Agapé Senior’s brand new assisted living facility. Ben now lives in a clean and comfortable room. Ben enjoys three meals a day in a beautiful dining room, where he has the opportunity to socialize with the other residents and staff.

Ben’s terminal diagnosis has not changed, but his outlook for the remainder of his life has drastically improved. The dedicated staff at Agapé Senior of Rock Hill was inspired to go the extra mile because of the dream of a minister who asked the question “Is there a better way?”

Joe Nester

Columbia SC Patio Home for Sale in Senior Adult Community Agape Village

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 8:40 am
June 27th, 2010 3:50 AM

Sharp two bedroom two bath patio home in age restricted Agape Village. Enjoy a virtually maintenance free environment at a reasonable price. Our all inclusive regime will simplify your life and give you more time to do the things you love. Beautiful community center with work out equipment, large meeting room with kitchen facilities for personal use or group functions. Sprinkler system, walk in closet in master, low curb shower, and gas fireplace are just a few of the amenities that make these homes special. Call today to arrange a tour.

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Contact the Team that understands Columbia SC (803) 454-3504.

 

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Columbia SC Real Estate Benefit

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 3:26 am
June 7th, 2010 4:36 PM

Real Estate Benefit Program Helps Another Agape Senior Employee

On Tuesday, June 1st, Lyndsey Plyler became the second person to take advantage of the real estate benefit program that is available to all Agape Senior employees. The program was designed to help the employee navigate through the home buying or selling process by providing professional guidance for each step along the way.

Lyndsey started her journey to become a homeowner with one simple email to the EXIT Agape Real Estate Services office about five weeks ago. The email said, “I need help.” This provided the team with a perfect opportunity to turn that simple request into a success story. Most Agape Senior employees spend every hour of every day helping our precious senior adults. The job is demanding and can be all consuming. To help and support the dedicated employees that provide that exceptional care is a privilege.

The benefit program provides experts in the professional services of real estate, insurance, legal, and finance. This team approach improves the process by providing clear channels of communication, quicker response time to problems, and, ultimately, a better experience for the client. The program also provides discounts and rebates that will save the employee over $1000.00 on a medium priced home.

The real estate benefits team, EXIT Agape Realty (real estate), Harrell & Martin (legal), GMM (insurance), and Crescent Moon Mortgage (finance) would like to congratulate Lyndsey on her new home and wish her great things for the future.

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Contact the Team that understands Columbia SC (803) 454-3504.

 

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Columbia SC Employee Real Estate Benefit Program

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm
May 26th, 2010 12:31 AM

 The road to achieving the American dream is often paved with hard work, knowledge, and professional guidance. Fortunately for Agape Senior employees a team of professionals has been assembled to help with that process.

The Legacy Care Real Estate Benefit program was introduced as an employee benefit several months ago. Legacy Care allows an Agape Senior employee the choice to use preferred providers in all or some of the professional services required to purchase, sell or refinance a home. The program includes service fee discounts and cash back rebates to the employee that is a principal in a real estate transaction.

We are proud to announce our first Legacy Care client, Sharon Davis, closed on her new home on Thursday, May 20. Sharon is a great example of today’s modern well-informed consumer in the housing market. Sharon took advantage of a down payment assistance program that is being offered by Richland County. A requirement of the program is that the recipient attends classes that teach the home buyer the ropes of purchasing a first home.

Sharon was now armed with the information from her classes and she took the next step by putting the Legacy Care team to work for her. Legacy Care mortgage specialist Bill Oliver, worked with Sharon to pre-qualify her for a mortgage. Being pre-qualified before looking for a home is a smart way to narrow your searches to the homes in your price range. It also provides for a much stronger offer to the seller when submitting a contract with a pre-approval letter from a lender.

Catherine Thornton a certified first-time buyer agent with Exit Agape, then began working with Sharon to find her the perfect home. The services of a good buyer’s agent are invaluable during this part of the process. The agent will evaluate potential properties for current value, submit and negotiate the purchase contract, coordinate the inspections, and negotiate the repairs from the inspections.

Once the purchase contract is accepted by all parties, it is then sent to our preferred real estate attorney, Jeremy Martin. Jeremy has been working with Exit Agape for over two years and was involved in the majority of Agape Village closings. Jeremy performs all of the necessary legal work to ensure the property is titled properly and that there are no liens or claims against the property. He also performs the closing, ensuring all documents are properly signed and recorded.

Communication between all the parties involved in getting a real estate transaction to closing is crucial. We believe that our team approach in providing professional services is a real advantage to the employee. It was gratifying to see how excited Sharon was on the day of closing at our office in West Columbia. The entire Legacy Care team would like to thank Sharon for giving us the opportunity to help.

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Columbia SC Real Estate for Sale – Homes for Sale in Columbia South Carolina. We also provide you with Advanced Market Segments such as Columbia Startup Homes, Columbia Median Homes, Columbia Upscale Homes, Columbia Luxury Homes, Columbia Million Dollar Homes, and Columbia Homesites and Land for Sale in Columbia SC. Surrounding Towns included are West Columbia, Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, Lexington County, Cayce, Gaston, Swansea as well as niche communities: Agape Village, Charwood, Churchill Heights, Edenwood, Forest Acres, Moss Creek, Quail Hollow, Saluda Gardens, Saluda River Club, Saluda Terrace, Shadblow, The Avenues, and Westover Acres. Exit Agapé Real Estate Services is your West Columbia SC and South Carolina Senior Real Estate Specialists.
Contact the Team that understands Columbia SC (803) 454-3504.

 

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West Columbia Land for Investment Opportunity

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm
May 24th, 2010 11:19 AM

Nice 4.2 Acres wooded parcel close in. Large brick home and out buldings included. This property would make a great investment. House and two mobile homes already on property. Also barn outbuilding to the rear of property. Call today for more information.

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Columbia SC Downsizing Advice for Seniors

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2010 at 2:41 am
April 29th, 2010 9:44 PM

A lot has changed in real estate in the last 50 years. For the senior client that has been in the same house for all of those years the thought of selling and moving can be overwhelming. A home is more than just a house; there are precious memories of family, friends, special occasions and more. There is an immense amount of stuff that can accumulate in a home that has been lived in for fifty years. It is very difficult for most people to sort through all of that accumulation and know what to keep and what to donate or put in the trash.

Here are 5 ideas that could help if you are contemplating selling your home in order to downsize into a more manageable space.

1. Talk to a realtor that has experience working with senior clients. A good realtor will offer valuable advice about the best way to present your home to a new generation of buyers. He/She should also walk you through what to expect while your home is listed, and everything that is involved in the process from purchase offer to the closing table.

2. Consider hiring a company that specializes in helping people downsize. It is not practical or wise to think you will be able to bring all of your possessions into your new home. Moving is the perfect opportunity to weed out the clutter from the jewels. There are also some innovative ways to save your memories without keeping the actual item associated with the memory.

3. Talk to someone that has already gone through the process. It is helpful to hear other people talk about how they solved and dealt with the same issues you are currently facing. You may feel more confident that you are on the right track.

4. Enlist the help of your family if possible. There are probably a lot of items in your home that belong to your grown kids. Ask them to go through the items and take the things that they want. They should make the decision whether it is something they want to save or not.

5. This can be a very stressful time. Try to keep a positive attitude. Nobody likes change, but usually with change comes new opportunities. Think about the advantages of downsizing and the reason you wanted to do it in the first place.

There are a lot of different housing options available to a senior that would like to downsize. Your realtor should be able to find the type of community that will best suit your new life style.

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

West Columbia SC Real Estate for Sale – Properties for Sale in West Columbia South Carolina. We also provide you with Advanced Market Segments such as West Columbia Startup Homes, West Columbia Median Homes, West Columbia Upscale Homes, West Columbia Luxury Homes, and West Columbia Homesites and Land for Sale in West Columbia SC. Surrounding Towns included are West Columbia, Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, Lexington County, Cayce, Gaston, Swansea as well as niche communities: Agape Village, Charwood, Churchill Heights, Edenwood, Forest Acres, Moss Creek, Quail Hollow, Saluda Gardens, Saluda River Club, Saluda Terrace, Shadblow, The Avenues, and Westover Acres. Exit Agapé Real Estate Services is your West Columbia SC and South Carolina Senior Real Estate Specialists. (803) 454-3504