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Tidbits® of Salina Wrigley Field (Continued): and an angered Sianis placed a curse on the Cubs that said they would never win a championship. The Cubs lost game four, the World Series and have not won a World Series since.

A WORLD OF ADVENTURE America obviously doesn’t corner the market on men and woman of courage and adventurous spirit. Here are a few of the more interesting recent examples of our fellow explorers across the globe. • Alastair Humphreys of the United Kingdom has ridden his bicycle over 46,000 miles in various locales around the world.

Humphreys did this

before he was 35 years old. He has also crossed Iceland’s glacial highlands entirely on foot and is planning what will be the longest journey to the South Pole ever attempted without support. • After travelling nearly everywhere on the globe, Humphreys decided to see more of the country of his birth. He spent all of 2011 in Great Britain. He completed an ambitious group of “microadventures,” beginning and ending these trips at the front door of his home outside London. • Among his explorations in 2011 was a hike up the M25, the well-known roadway that is notorious for having the worst traffic in the country. He also swam the Thames River, familiarized himself with the UK’s public transportation and spent several days living entirely off the land. • Humphreys used social media to encourage his fellow adventurers to record video diaries of their own “microadventures.” Through Twitter, he received a surprising number of responses, some from as far away as Japan. • Austrian mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner recently became the only woman to summit all 14 of the peaks worldwide that measure over 26,000 feet (8,000 m). She completed the staggering feat in 2011, besting the K2 near the border of China and Pakistan.

Start Online Before Buying, Selling Home Spring and summer are historically the biggest times of the year for buying and selling homes. At the same time, because of the economy, if you’re in the market to buy or sell, you need a little help. The first step to a successful purchase or sale is to learn as much as you can. Two online real-estate sites, Zillow and Trulia, are good places to get not only baseline information, but to learn tricks of the trade. Some features of Zillow []: “Zestimate” -- a property’s valuation based on comparables and database information, which you need to know whether you’re buying or selling. The value can come in handy when comparing to an appraisal or a market analysis by a real-estate agent. Inventory -- Whether there are more or less properties in your area available for sale impacts you as a buyer or a seller. More properties on the market make it easier for buyers to negotiate a price, but forces sellers to price more competitively. Make Me Move -- Potential buyers can make an offer via email. Listing -- Promote your property for free for 60 days either by yourself or through an agent.

Rental -- Zillow can help determine the correct rental price for your property if you decide not to sell. Some features of Trulia []: --Search for homes by price, features and open houses -- Get smartphone alerts when there is activity on properties you’re interested in. --Review school ratings, crime and business comments from those who live locally or participate in the Q&A forum. --Read articles by real-estate experts on topics ranging from avoiding surprises in the buying process, to how to making springtime changes to attract buyers. Whether you’re buying or selling this year, schedule an information-only talk with a local real-estate agent. Seek professional advice in advance of taking any steps toward buying or selling. If you’re a buyer: Check your credit scores. Send for your credit reports and review them for any errors. Get pre-qualified so you know your price range. If you’re a seller: Make all small repairs, and do a bit of landscaping. Get multiple opinions about whether the cost of a more major project (updated kitchen or baths) will likely be recouped in your sales price. In short, gather all the information you can before you move forward. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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