Useful Tips That Will Convince Your Children to Help with Household Chores

Asking your children to do household chores could be challenging. They will say no, even if you ask them several times to help. They will come up with all sorts of excuses to avoid responsibility. However, you shouldn’t give up. It’s good for them! They need to help out if they’re old enough to do the job. These tips will make it easier for you to teach important chores. 

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Cleaning the bathroom may seem like common sense but helping your children build a strong work ethic will serve them well for years to come.
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Types and Uses of Water Flow Meters

A flowmeter is a device engineered to gauge the rate of flow of a liquid or gas passing through a particular point within a specific system. For example, water traversing through a pipeline. Water utilities generally utilize water meters. However, they also have been used in manufacturing and industrial capacities. They can even be part of your home’s plumbing system.

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Water meters are, for the most part, used in all areas of society. There are relatively four kinds of meters gauging water in its various forms. And these are hygrometers, ice meters, moisture meters, and water meters. We will walk you through what these four classes of water meters measure and where and how they are used. Read on!

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Picking March Madness Brackets: Choker’s Index 2018

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Iowa State will not be in this year’s NCAA tournament (dead last in the Big 12) but if they were, you’d be wise to not pick them in your brackets.

It started out as a simple experiment. Which NCAA men’s basketball teams historically choked the most. It has now become a yearly obsession. Picking March Madness brackets is now an annual ritual—one that comes with fierce emotions. These emotions strongly pull most fans to move their team forward in the tournament while X’ing off the teams they hate.

Don’t let emotions rule you. You’re better than that! Use data instead.

With that in mind, I present the 2018 Edition of the Choker’s Index. What is the Choker’s Index you say? Well, I’m glad you asked.

The Choker’s Index began in 2013. Each year after I added a bit more.  Last year I published this piece right here on TrePryor.com, even though college basketball is a far cry from Louisville real estate. I say, “Adios!” to convention.

This year, I’ve updated all the data that stretches back to the beginning of the expanded NCAA field in 1985. Here are the criteria:

  • I’m only looking at schools who’ve made the tournament at least 15 years. Here are the 11 teams I added this year: Georgia Tech, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Marquette, N. Carolina State, Stanford, Utah, Virginia, W. Virginia and Wake Forest.
  • The Index is weighted. Opening rounds games count the most, and as the tournament progresses, the factor is reduced slightly each round.
  • When you are a higher seed and lose that’s the only thing that matters. Losing to a better team doesn’t affect the team’s Choker’s Index.
  • The bigger the defeat, the more it costs you! If you’re the #1 seed and you fall to the #2 in the fourth round, that only costs you a half-point. No biggie. But when the #15 knocks out the #2 in the opening round, that’s 13 points!

Biggest Upsets in NCAA Tournament History

Speaking of which, here are the biggest upsets (choke jobs) in the history of the NCAA Tournament! I’ve linked up some video highlights on those game scores. Enjoy!

YearChokerUnderdogGame
1991SyracuseRichmond69-73
1993ArizonaSanta Clara61-64
1997South CarolinaCoppin State78-65
2001Iowa StateHampton57-58
2012MissouriNorfolk State84-96
2012DukeLehigh70-75
2013GeorgetownFlorida Gulf Coast68-78
2016Michigan StateMiddle Tennessee State81-90

Choker’s in the 2017 NCAA Tournament

So before we get to the updated index, let’s see who laid down last year. Who wet the bed? Which teams simply laid an egg?

As it turns out, 2017 wasn’t a big year for upsets with just 7. Seeds held strong, even though all the experts thought the tournament was wide open. Go figure.

But here’s who did choke last year:

  1. Arizona (2) lost to Xavier (11) in the third round: -6
  2. Villanova (1) lost to Wisconsin (8) in the second round: -5.9
  3. Maryland (6) lost to Xavier (11) in the first round: -5
  4. Duke (2) lost to S. Carolina (7) in the second round: -4.2
  5. Louisville (2) lost to Michigan (7) in the second round: -4.2
  6. Florida (4) lost to Wisconsin (8) in the third round: -2
  7. Kansas (1) lost to Oregon (3) in the fourth round: -1

Putting all those together only results in a Choker Index of 28.3 for the year. Lame! It’s just a little better than the lowest year on record—a -19.2 index points in 2007.

We want more upsets. How about this year we see another year like 2001 where the index sky-rocketed up to 78.12! Let’s go underdogs.

The 2018 Choker’s Index

Ok, enough of the preliminaries, let’s get the chart so you can know who not to select when you pick March Madness brackets this year. This year I kept the negative sign so that we can better see that it’s a problem a large number next to your favorite team’s name. The Choker’s Index is the average

2018 Choker's Index
Here’s the updated Choker’s Index for 2018 so you can pick your March Madness brackets with confidence.

So we see some newcomers rise to the top of the list. Last year’s report went Missouri, Notre Dame and then UCLA. Now we’ve got Iowa State, Missouri, and West Virginia. It’s crazy because West Virginia doesn’t choke often, just 20% of the time but when they do… look out!

The inverse is Iowa State who only choked 3 games out of their 18 tournament appearances but 2 of those were massive choke jobs.

The average Choker’s Index for all the of teams in this report is -4.07, which is where the red line lives.

It’s really up to you whether to devalue teams that choke more often or those that perform the biggest chokes.

Fun Facts

  • Average Number of Upsets Per Year: 8.82
  • Biggest Upset Year: 2006 (17 Upsets)
  • Average Choker Index Total Per Year: 34.22
  • Largest Choker Index Total: 2001 (78.12 Choker Index Points)

So there you have it. Go forth and win your bracket contest!

2017 Choker’s Index: Teams That Will Wreck Your Brackets

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I’m not going to say the name of the NCAA’s biggest chokers but it rhymes with Boater Lame.

What began as a simple experiment three years ago has now become a yearly obsession! I must complete this year’s version of the Choker’s Index at all costs! You know why? Because I need to be able to identify the teams that will wreck your brackets.

If you’re not familiar with the Choker’s Index, it’s a deep-dive into the data that surrounds which NCAA men’s basketball teams have a historical record of choking the big game and thusly… destroying your bracket. It’s heady stuff.

I hear you cry, “But this isn’t real estate? What’s going on Tre?!?”

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Things to do in Louisville, AKA Why Louisville is awesome

Moving to Louisville? Looking for things to do in Louisville? Allow me a #humblebrag and I’ll share on why Louisville is awesome.

There are so many things to do in Louisville. Let’s hit the Top 10!

(Shhh, I snuck in 6 bonus things to do at the bottom. Don’t tell anyone.)

Louisville Is Home to the Greatest

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Who’s the greatest? Sure, people may call Wayne Gretzky, The Great One but Muhammad Ali is simply, The Greatest. Doesn’t get much better than that. Did you have he has his own museum? Yep, the Muhammed Ali Center, so now you do.

Louisville Owns the Largest Fireworks Show in the USA

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If you guessed New Year’s Eve in the NYC, then you’d be wrong. Straight from the great Wiki himself, “Currently, the largest annual pyrotechnic display in North America is Thunder Over Louisville which kicks off the Kentucky Derby Festival.” Yep, we’re that cool.

Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville Is Huge and Growing!

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The Forecastle 3-day festival is an annual event is really picking up steam that draws tens of thousands of fans from across the country. Looking for things to do in Louisville in July? Head to the riverfront! Forecastle loves Louisville and Louisville loves Forecastle!

Louisville Sluggers Are Made in Duh, Louisville

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They say everything is bigger in Texas. But have they seen Louisville’s giant bat?! I mean, it’s ginormous! The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is a National treasure and we’re proud they call Louisville home.

Things to do in Louisville? Duh, Kentucky Derby

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Churchill Downs needs no introduction. The Kentucky Derby is only called “the greatest 2 minutes in sports.” On that first Saturday in May, where are all the eyes of the world looking? Yep, Louisville, Kentucky. The Derby Museum holds all the history and is open to tours throughout the year.

The Cheeseburger, the Best Sandwich on Earth, Was Invented in Louisville

Photo of Kaelins Restaurant birthplace of the cheeseburger in Louisville KY

The cheeseburger was invented in 1934 at Kaelin’s Restaurant. Today, there’s not a corner of the globe that doesn’t know about this most glorious, taste sensation. Who invented the cheeseburger? Louisville invented the cheeseburger… the best sandwich on Earth.

Louisville Is the Bourbon Capital of the World, Ok Maybe It’s Bardstown

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The world is starting to take notice of just how great bourbon is. Japan totally gets it! Heck, they’re buying up some of the best bourbon distilleries in Kentucky but “Hey!” we invented it. Ok, maybe Bardstown invented it but they’re little, we can take it from them, right Louisville? Looking for things to do in Louisville, try taking the Bourbon Trail.

The Massive Park System in Louisville Puts other Cities to Shame

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Source: Wikipedia

Type in “city of parks” in Google. Go ahead… I dare you! See what you get? Louisville, Kentucky. We are the City of Parks. Building on some of most amazing, Olmstead-designed parks, we’re now building out a massive initiative that will be the envy of every other city once complete. Overstating? Check Louisville City of Parks.

Louisville Gets Down, Even Underground

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Do your kids need things to do in Louisville? Well, the world’s largest underground cave system, Mammoth Caves is just 1.5 hours South. Your kids will love it! Louisville’s Mega Cavern is right here! This awesome place holds several events, like Lights Under Louisville the Christmas display tour and the world’s longest underground zipline—Mega Zips. Geronimo!

Stately Charm or Modern Pizzazz, Louisville Hotels Lead the Pack

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Source: Southern Governors Association

Al Capone used to stay at The Seelbach. The world famous chef at The Brown hotel invented the delectable Hot Brown. Now, we even have the hip, must-visit modern hotel, 21c, Condé Nast Traveler named #1 Hotel in the South. The rich just keep getting richer.

Oldest Operating Steamboat, The Belle of Louisville, is a National Landmark

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Wanna travel the river in old-fashioned style? Yes, you can do that here. Twenty-first century Tom Sawyer and ride the Belle of Louisville—the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world. How great is Louisville?

Local Louisville Breweries Making a Name for Themselves

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Falls City Brewing Co. has been around for years but Cumberland Brewery, Bluegrass Brewing Company (BBC) and Against the Grain Brewery are building on the reputation of Louisville being a great place for local beers. Louisville has it all!

Of course, there are so many more things to do in Louisville but this article can only be so long. Just for fun, here’s 6 more:

Did we forget something? What are the things to do in Louisville that you love? Let us know!

Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Events

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With three days of Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Events, there’s something for everyone!

We used to have just a single Great Balloon Race as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Then they added the Balloon Glow.

Now we have Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon events that span three days. Here’s the official schedule of balloon events.

Thursday, April 24
5:00 PM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Crew Challenge [Waterfront]
8:30 PM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer [Waterfront]

Friday, April 25
7:00 AM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race [Bowman Field]
6:00 PM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow [Kentucky Exposition Center]

Saturday, April 26
7:00 AM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race [Bowman Field]

Plenty of Derby balloon fun for everyone. Maybe next year we’ll have four days?!?

For more official information, head over to the Kentucky Derby Festival website for balloon events.

It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You and *Likes* You

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Your friends are your biggest fans! They’re also the source of your best real estate referrals.

Being known isn’t enough. Not by a longshot!

How many people can you name who are famous but their notoriety is not helping them… it’s hurting them.

In the world of sales, and when I hear that word I cringe, the biggest goal is to build up a ginormous pool of people don’t just know you but like you! Even better? Make them love you!

How is this possible?

Well, it’s not easy. It’s a lot of hard work and it doesn’t happen overnight. You must be proactive and plan for the long term.

In real estate, my job is to simply to serve my clients by offering experienced real estate advice in a friendly, professional manner. Is that enough? Not bloody likely.

The most successful agents have boatloads of clients who think of them as friends, rather than merely specialized pros. Gaining that trust is step one, but building a bond of friendship is really the goal.

Free stuff always works too, right?

Today I Was Told I Look Like Darren Gersh

Darren Gersh
Darren Gersh

Real estate is ever entertaining. Why? Because you’re always meeting new people. New people mean more exposure to new things. All kind of things. There’s never a dull moment in real estate.

Take today for instance. I met a very nice man considering a move to Louisville. We sat at Starbucks and chatted for an hour or so. During our time, I asked him how he had found me. He mentioned that he did some Google searches and found my site that way. He appreciated the writing on my site, and almost as an aside, mentioned I reminded him of Darren Gersh from Nightly Business Report on PBS. How great is that?!?

My previous celebrity comparison was Brian Boitano. I’m so glad to have moved up!

The Internet’s 8,253,047th Blog

I have several blogs already. I have a personal one where I live under an alias and talk about anything and everything that pops into my mind. It’s a fun place! But it doesn’t contain much in the way of professional material.

Then there’s LouisvilleHomesBlog.com which I started back in 2006 to focus on real estate news and advice for home buyers and sellers. This website specifically targets Louisville, Kentucky and gives unbiased information about trends without self-promotion.

Of course, all active listings for Springhurst can be found on my personal site.

So with all this, why would I need yet another Web site?

What I’m thinking (and feel free to tell me I’m crazy) is that I need a place to tell my stories—my everyday dealings with clients. I’ve had some great clients who keep me up-to-date and appreciate all my hard work. And I’ve had my share of crazies. It’s these kinds of stories that I’ll put on this blog.

Plus! If you have any specific questions, I’ll try to entertain those here as well.

But it’s very informal so, please… take your shoes off, grab an ice cold beverage and sit back… we’re all friends here.