The Swartz Report: If This Isn’t March Madness, I Don’t Know What Is

Don SwartzPost written by Donald Swartz, President and Principal at Swartz + Associates, Inc. | Lover of Chiefs, Royals and golf | Avid “Cruiser” | Poker Enthusiast

March Madness is upon us. I know what you’re thinking: NCAA Basketball Tournament, crazy last second shots, office pools, extended lunch hours and superstitions galore.

And what about Spring Training, trips to the Grapefruit or Cactus League games, aluminum benches and sunburn while we watch the Boys of Summer prepare in a festive, lighthearted atmosphere (easy to say when you’re the World Champions!).

Hmmmmm, how about work? Filing deadlines in KS, MO, OK and other states throughout the country. Businesses and individuals receiving their real estate valuation notices and saying, “ My __________ went up HOW MUCH THIS YEAR?

While all of those things in one way or another are a part of March Madness, it’s not the madness I’m most focused on this year.

March Madness for me is that my youngest son just got his restricted Driver’s License. After long delays, it’s time to put the school motto to test, “Freedom with Responsibility”.  What can be truer than turning over the keys to your 16+ year old child and saying, “It’s your turn”?

Don sonThat day has arrived for our family. I believe a more accurate statement is “Parent’s Freedom with Child’s Responsibility” as in no more drives to school and no more picking up from after school activities. Basically, it’s time to put away the chauffeur’s cap. Yes, another milestone has been reached and another step in a child’s independence toward adulthood has been attained.

If this isn’t March Madness, I don’t know what is.

Good luck to your team in the NCAA Tournament. It’s always fun when you have a dog in the hunt, even if your dog is sleeping (fellow Iowa Hawkeyes can attest to that statement). ON IOWA!

REMINDER #1: If you happen to be in the Greater Kansas City area, keep an eye out for a 2003 Silver Saab with a young adult driving with, hopefully, two hands on the wheel.

REMINDER #2: As your real estate notices come in this year, contact us at (913) 766-8777 if you’d like our group to take a look at your value and see if we might be able to help you out.

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