"CAN I GO BACK IN, GRANDPA?” This is grandson Gilligan speaking through chattering teeth and slightly blue lips. Gilly and his big sister Freddie (Winifred) are already braving the cold pool water in full regalia: Masks, snorkels and fins. I tell them stories of my plans to SCUBA dive in Bali next month. “The pool is fun, kids, but in the open water you’ll see SO MUCH MORE…” I’m already planning to get them to warm waters (Maui?) so they can experience the joys of the sea. Life is good. God is good.

OPEN TODAY 10 TO 12:30! NEW PRICE, TOO! 1823 Mimosa Drive is a charming and spacious home located in Lodi’s desirable Whispering Oaks subdivision. Three bedrooms, two and half baths, 2127 square feet. Charming lighted covered patio! Tasteful landscaping front and back. Open kitchen with granite countertops! New price: $419,950! Your host today: John DuBois! Come by and say Hello.

CONGRATULATIONS to Stan and Krystyna on the successful SALE of their Lodi upscale rental home. I never had the pleasure of meeting these folks, who live in southern California. They were referred to me by a great Realtor in their home town. Our entire transaction was conducted via phone, email and electronic signatures. I do my best to maintain the “personal touch” even when (especially when) I have a long-distance client. We can get on the phone and scroll through the paperwork together just as we’d do if they were across the desk from me. Another happy ending/beginning.

MY NETWORK of high-integrity, top-drawer Realtors stretches from coast to coast and into Canada. If you or a loved one needs a great Realtor in another area of the country, just call me! I’ll connect you with someone I’m comfortable putting my name to.