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ActiveRain burned my oatmeal!

     At today's inspection I had a mental picture of a typical ActiveRain Addict,


half-smile on his face,


frantically typing away,


attempting to keep caught up with the comments to his most recent featured blog----ignoring the incessant screaming of the smoke alarm in the back ground---ignoring the tears in his eyes, when suddenly he remembers----OATMEAL! 

     Running through the smoke to the kitchen he finds the oatmeal pan in flames. 


      He has the presence of mind to NOT set the pan on the Formica counter-tops---(smart idea in a rental property).   But then he stops thinking and runs out of the apartment with the pan smoking like a locomotive (well the loco part is right anyway).  He sets the pan down outside the door, quickly closes the door and runs to turn all the vent fans on.















     ----hope the landlord doesn't notice the melted carpet!sunsile

Charles Buell 

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Comment balloon 55 commentsCharles Buell • March 27 2008 11:43AM


LOL...Maybe you or he should buy a little rug and cover that burn mark up.
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, NH Real Estate Broker (Prudential Verani Realty) over 10 years ago
Why have you been following me around?  ROTFLOL
Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago
Hi Charlie--looks like it is time for someone to buy a planted pot.  They do have to disclose this though.
Posted by Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional over 10 years ago
So Charlie, I have told you over and over again to have breakfast at home before the inspection. While we test the appliances you are getting too personal with the stove.
Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Monika, yup a good wide door mat:)  Don't let the stagers hear us though!

Don, so that was your place?

LeslieI am sure a pot would fit perfectly---or maybe a spittoon?

But Steve, this way I get to test the smoke detector/alarms as well----how can you beat that?



Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago

Yep, I've seen that before. I had a tenant put a hot iron down on the carpet in one of my apartments. Renters couple care less, it isn't their property.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) over 10 years ago
hahahahhaa - That is funny.  Sounds like something I would do...
Posted by Derek Bauer's, Door to Dreams Home Selling Team (Real Estate One) over 10 years ago

Sean, Hibachi's out on the vinyl covered decks is another common one.

Derek, you mean eat oatmeal?:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
HAHAHA  that is a funny little story.  You just keep them coming, and mix things up a bit as well.  Very Good.
Posted by David Holden, DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit (DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit County Home Inspector) over 10 years ago
Charles, you've beyond clever.....I can just see you spotting this "spot" and the wheels beginning to turn!
Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) over 10 years ago

Thanks David,

Colleen, you are the clever one----that is exactly what happened:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
Put a potted plant over the scorch mark! No body will ever know.
Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago
LOL!  Definitely sounds like something I would do.  Great title...couldn't pass it up!
Posted by Greg Steffens (Mountain Country Realty) over 10 years ago
OMG!  That is too funny!!!!  
Posted by Vickie Arcuri, South Florida Luxury Real Estate (EWM Realty International) over 10 years ago
Poor carpet that must have burned..
Posted by Michael Wayne Jackson, Realtor - Senior Real Estate Specialist (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

The King has this to say:

Charlie, it is obvious to me that you will beg, borrow, steal and plead to hog the featured blogs. I think my sentiments are best summed up below, by clicking on my custom designed logo (designed and posted by you in case the other king's estate wishes to sue someone for infringement-- So long Charlie.)

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago
That's funny! Great post.
Posted by Jimmy Collins, Knoxville Area Real Estate (Century 21 Select Properties) over 10 years ago
I must confess, I eat oatmeal in the morning and try to get some commenting in on A/R.  And yes, I have burned my pot before in my blogging trance:-)
Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) over 10 years ago
Very funny -- but oh so true.  I have to use my whistling kettle so I don't forget to pour the water over my freshly ground coffee beans!
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago
Too bad my tenant decided that the counter WAS A GOOD place to put his pan! :(
Posted by Matt Yogerst, Metro Milwaukee Real Estate (RE/MAX Realty 100) over 10 years ago
Been there, done that.
Posted by Rob Graham, Rob Graham (Windermere Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Lol.... I needed that today.
Posted by Christina Moock, REALTOR - Cutler Real Estate (Cutler Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Anything with Oatmeal in the Title deserves a look... and a comment.
Posted by Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.) over 10 years ago
That made me chuckle
Posted by Dane Briggs, GRI, ABR, CNE, MRE (Firebird Realty) over 10 years ago

I have a timer that I set on my computer desk when I'm cooking.  Otherwise, I'd forget all the time.

This was funny.  Thanks.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Wow, why does AR have to be so addicting?
Posted by Joseph Lang, Home Inspector, Southern California (Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection) over 10 years ago



Posted by TENNESSEE HOME TEAM, LUXURY HOMES & SUPERIOR SERVICE (Adaro Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago
lol...AR almost burned my eggs this morning too. Thanks for sharing!!!
Posted by Sean Carroll, Real Estate Speaker and "Expert" Coach (The Get Off Your A$$ Academy) over 10 years ago
Thanks for the laugh today!  Who has time to blog AND eat? :)
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 10 years ago

Michael, no spittoon?

Greg, beginning to sound like something a lot of AR addicts would do:)

Vickie, thanks for stopping by,

Mike, the carpet is now hard as piece of plastic


Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
yup addictive rain will do that to you.  I always ake up every morning and get my fix.... ohh yeahh
Posted by Stephanie Moen (Lazcano), Commercial Property Manager and Leasing Agent (Champions Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Steve, thanks in advance for NOT dropping bykingsmile

Jimmy, thanks for visiting and laughing

Rebecca, so that was YOUR apartment?

Joan, I find coffee especially problematic, because you have to be awake enough to remember before you have had your coffee?

Matt, I used that in the story because I see it often enough to know it would be true for someone out there in AR Land

Rob, anyone that has cooked has some version of this story

Christina, are you laughing too?

Benjamin, do you think I have happened upon the secret to getting featured?

Dane & Jacke, Happy Laughing!

Lenn, great idea----but don't you need two hands to type with?  How do you set the timer?

Joseph, I think I like AR better than Oatmeal

Daniel, yup, I think we can all do this----except for the putting it down on the plastic carpet though:)

Lisa, half the time I DO forget to eat

Thank you all for your great responses----I had no idea there were so many oatmeal eaters out there!sunsmile

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
Leo, you sneaked in there----your fix of oatmeal or AR?
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
Charles that is a classic! Since I only drink coffee in the morning, I just carry the ammonia and water to clean the carpets of the homes I am inspecting:)
Posted by Frank Schulte-Ladbeck (Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections) over 10 years ago
Good job Frank:) Is coffee an aquired taste or a required taste?
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
Hi Charles, LOL :-)
Forget about the carpet...It's a good thing you didn't burn down the building!
Posted by Mina V. Garrey, Commercial Capital Properties, Los Angeles, CA (Commercial Capital Properties - License #01768282) over 10 years ago
Hey Mina---who said it was me?sunsmileIt really wasn't me.  Really.  It really wasn't.
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
Oh no!!! Sorry to laugh, but at the same time, thank you for the laugh! Hope your place is all aired out by now!
Posted by Ravinder Pilson, Intero Real Estate in Santa Clarita, CA (Intero Real Estate Services) over 10 years ago
LOL...Thanks for the laugh!
Posted by abka defg over 10 years ago

Ravinda, may have to get the fire remediation guys in:)

Bonnie, you are welcome!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
Burning breakfast - all the time!  At least I keep the damage in check though :)
Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) over 10 years ago
Humor...We all need it...Thanks and have a nice day.
Posted by Ernie Steele, Call me, let's get started!!! 717-273-3774 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago
OMG Charlie! I sure can relate to this story. I get lost in my work and AR stuff like that all the time only I have not yet burned carpet. I think I have burned dinner though. Thanks for sharing. I liked this one!urbal
Posted by Sue Prins, Realtor- Greater Grand Rapids, MI (Five Star Real Estate) over 10 years ago
ha ha, that is funny you should consider putting a plant there to cover up the melted carpet.
Posted by Ryan Vivo, NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894 (Gateway Realty) over 10 years ago
Too funny.  You hooked me with your clever title.   I hear they make oatmeal bars you don't have to cook!  Trust me, when I think to check AR when boiling noodles, I put on the loudest timer I've got because I'll forget! 
Posted by Natalie Langford, Winchester, VA Real Estate (Realty Negotiations) over 10 years ago
At least you didn't burn the house down!
Posted by Joe Virnig, No Ordinary Joe (RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS, Ventura County, California) over 10 years ago

You will have to fess up if asked. Your landlord can do a google search and find all the proof he needs for court! :>) I guess I have to wonder why you are renting......

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 10 years ago
Cute story, Charles.  Congrats on the feature.
Posted by Shelby Morris (Realty Exchange) over 10 years ago


At least this time you did not burn your buns. I remember what a commotion you made the day that happened. It was not something you could just sit back and suffer in silence..... being you and all.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago
Oh my goodness. One must never set oatmeal onto a carpet... or a number of other things for that matter.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago
Well that is one insurance claim that would be interesting to read.  I thought the ring was from a heavy pot.
Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ (Real Estate One) over 10 years ago

Lisa, my wife knows when the toast is ready when the smoke alarm goes off:)

Ernie, thanks for stopping by

Sue, definitely burned dinner a few times myself

Ryan, a lot of people are voting for the plant idea

Natalie, AR should "market" themselves with timers----"Save your house, get your AR Timer Today!"

Joe, not my house, really:)

Wayne, great question----I have definitely exposed myself now----glad it wasn't my house:)

Shelby, thanks

Steve, hates it when I show pictures of his own rentals (by the way the "buns" are all healed:)

Bob & Carolin, very hot, and plastic carpets don't mix---for sure.  Lot of chemicals have the same effect too.

Russ,that is one pot mark that will never vacuum out:)


Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago

That is too funny. My cousin did something like that only a little worse. She was making grilled cheese and went to grab it off the stove. Well she dropped it. It scorched the vinyl, so she flipped it over onto the carpet. So she ended with a scorched circle and circle cut out in the carpet. 

I agree with the potted plant. It looks like it would be the perfect fit.  

Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) over 10 years ago
Christy, the area was hard as a rock---about a pet watering dish?
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
Funny, that is why they call it Addictive Rain!
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