Remy’s Got a Big Ole Butt

“Remy’s Got A Big ‘Ole Gap” (Sung to the tune of LL Cool J, Big Ole Butt, 1989)


That is what one of my classmates would sing to me when I walked into my homeroom class in Junior High.  Ah… Bullies, the mean people who make fun of others to make themselves feel better.  I can’t say I was horribly traumatized by this because until recently, I’d forgotten all about it.

Imagine for a moment you are afraid to smile.


For many people with misaligned teeth that is exactly how they feel.


When my adult teeth came in I grew two extra teeth in the space for my right side front tooth.  I had the two extra teeth removed but the 3rd tooth when it finally came down, grew in crooked.  I ended up with a huge gap in front.

I was teased and I felt embarrassed to smile in front people.  That feeling lasted about 2 years until my teeth straightened out mostly on their own.

I had not thought about those memories in a long time.  But sitting down to talk with Dr. Sheldon Salins for our Union City Advice Givers Interview brought it all back.  

Dr. Salins talks about seeing his clients pictures on social media and noticing they are the only one in a group picture with a closed lip smile.  Those are his favorites.  Because he knows, one day, he will see them transformed, with a big beautiful grin that they will never hide again.

You can hear all about Dr. Salins stories in the most recent episode of Union City Advice Givers Podcast. He is a very fun and interesting guy to interview for sure! He answers important questions like: What is your best advice for someone just getting started with an Orthodontist?  and How do I know when is the right time for my kid to get braces?

People can feel shame and embarrassment about many things. 

Sometimes I find my real estate clients feel that way about their own homes.  They don’t have the extra cash on hand to fix it up the way they would like.  My own home is a project… A labor of love.  When people come over for the first time I sometimes find myself explaining what we plan to do to the house.  As if as it’s somehow better if our guests can envision what it will look like after.

One of the good things about all these high home prices we have now in the East Bay is it allows many of my clients to take care of those projects using a renovation loan.  If you would like to talk about options to finance a new kitchen or new windows or any other home improvement project, let me know, I can help you find a great program.

Just like fixing your teeth, fixing your home is an investment in an important asset!

Have you joined Impact Club Union City yet?

53 of you have.
Impact Club allows us to take our small donations and make a huge impact in our local community. It’s kind of like crowdfunding for good local causes, but we make it extra cool. Here is how:

We meet 4 times a year for 1 hour. We all bring a check for $100. We gather, get a drink, and then we hear from 3 non-profit organizations doing work in our community. These 3 charities get 5 minutes and a microphone (that’s it) to tell us their story.

Then we all vote for a favorite of the 3. The organization with the most votes wins the pot. That’s when we hand over our $100 checks.

At our last event, the winning charity won by a narrow vote. It was very exciting.

We had 54 members at the time, so the total we were able to hand over to the Daily Bowl was $5,4000 (54 members x $100). Cool huh?

*The Daily Bowl rescues food waste from local farms, stores, resturants, Kaiser, and then redistrubutes the food to our local shelters and food banks.

All members have the chance to nominate their favorite local non-profit prior to the event, so the 3 charities are picked from that pool of nominations.

Our next event is January 11th at 6:30 at The Gala Event Hall in Niles.

Anyone can join.

As a member, you’ll be able to be a part of giving an unforgettable gift to local organizations doing amazing work in our community. You don’t have to attend the events to be a part of the Impact Club, so there is zero time commitment. It’s just $100, 4 times a year.

Currently, we have 53 members. What if we had 100 members? That would mean handing over $10,000 in one hour. We would all be equally responsible for that gift. That amount is a serious game changer for these organizations.

I now tell charities that contact me for donations that instead of donating to them now, I will nominate them for Impact Club so that they’ll have a chance to receive something far greater than what could I do for them individually.

What do think?
Are you game?
If so, go here.

I know it’s a financial commitment. But I can tell you firsthand, (and I believe the other members would agree with this), being at those first two events, seeing our collective impact in action, was one of the best $100 investments I have ever made.

Because we hand over checks directly to the charity, there is ZERO overhead or fees taken out of our donations. 100% goes straight to charity. You get a receipt directly from them for your $100 donation.

If you join before the event, we will mail you a t-shirt and welcome packet for Impact Club. I bought t-shirts for all members for the fun of it.

Here is the link to join:

Have questions?

Email me or call and ask. You can also go to this website and scroll to the bottom to see our FAQs.

See Our Second Event Here

See Our First Event Here

The Post that started it all HERE

Impact Club Union City 3rd Event
Again, the next event is Jan 11th, 6:30-7:30 at the Gala Event Hall  37270 Niles Blvd, Fremont, Ca 94536

Free drinks for members, all ages event.
Come join our movement of awesomeness.
Mark your calendar.
Schedule the date with your best friend or spouse.

See you there!

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