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Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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“I can’t figure out how to turn this thing off,” I told Andrew.

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Per our dear daughter’s request, my husband and I were tuned into a Google “Meet Up” (whatever the hell that is) for a live Q&A session about the new apartment complex where Jill will be living next Fall.


“The Hub” is under construction and Jill wanted me to find out when the move in date will be. Even though the event was happening in T-town, Jill said she was too busy studying at the library (hmmm) to attend and asked her dear ole’ parents to watch the event remotely instead.


Andrew and I were watching the replay of the Alabama-Mississippi State game from the weekend (sorry, Bulldogs) and of course we lost track of time and tuned in a few minutes late.


I’ve never been to a “Google Meet Up” before so I had no idea what I was doing except listen to questions posed by other parents also tuning in (where the hell were the students anyway?). Then watching the Hub salespeople (young Millenials—are 20 something’s still considered Millenials or are we onto the next generation?) answer the questions live.


I assumed my microphone was off.


Andrew kept talking, watching the game, occasionally making a smart ass comment about a question asked. We were laughing, lamenting about what bad parents we are because we don’t get involved too much in some of these details.


I mean, come on, someone asked how many stairwells there are in the building. Really?


Anyway, I heard someone ask when the target move in date would be. Once asked and answered, it was time to sign off and get back to the game.


Except that I could not figure out how to turn the damn video feed off.


The Hub staff members started laughing which of course prompted me to laugh even though I had no idea what they were laughing about.


“I can’t figure out how to turn this damn thing off.”


A Hub staff member replies, “I think there’s a hang up button.”


WTF? Andrew and I looked at each other, wide-eyed, mouths open, and after a second, started laughing hysterically.


They heard us this entire time? That’s what they are laughing about?


I looked back at my screen. The Hub folks are doubled over laughing, slapping their thighs.


Although mortified, I couldn’t stop laughing, tears streaming down my face.


I finally said, “I’m just gonna turn my iPad off. Bye.”


Good-bye, they replied.


Andrew said, “Well, at least they don’t know who we are.” Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I was logged into the meet-up with my name, My Pink Lawyer.


Although we didn’t know what the heck we were doing at the Google Meet-Up, Andrew and I sure had a lot of fun doing it.


Of course, there are some things you don’t want to fool around with. Like your estate planning. We can help you with that so you don’t make a fool of yourself.


Kristen “Making a Fool of Herself” Marks


P.S. If you have young kids, you may want to check out my latest video on naming the best guardians to raise your kids.


P.P.S. If you have retirement monies, you may want to tune into this Tuesday’s Facebook Live broadcast on how to protect your retirement money for your kids. I’ll try not to make a fool of myself on that live broadcast. But hey, you never know and you might get lucky!

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