One of the biggest changes in real estate that I have noticed over the past 34 years of being a real estate agent, is the advent of social media. Back in the 1980's, realtors who would conduct their business in the back room of a bar seemed commonplace. Smoking and drinking with clients was a socially accepted practice and contracts were written only in English. Today, realtors live in a "purgatory" whereby any misstep captured by a handy Iphone can live forever and damage not only their business, but their credibility as well. How apt was the quote attributed to his late father, Peter Toigo, who said "You only have one name and it takes a lifetime to build it, and one mistake to ruin it" . I was very intrigued by this quote as it is similar to my own philosophy about life. Born to Italian immigrant parents in Powell River, Peter Toigo and his family purchased a grocery store when he was just 17, and Peter acted as butcher for many years at the store. As he became a successful businessman, Toigo purchased the White Spot franchise in 1982 from General Foods (who had purchased it when Nat Bailey retired in 1968). Things were not all rosy in life for Toigo. In fact, only 4 years after acquiring White Spot, the company was sued by 2 patrons who claimed damages for botulism poisoning relating to a beef dip. The court ruling made it easier for diners to sue restaurants for "breach of contract".