Pick Your Poison

If it were only that easy. As I promised. Here is a stab at an old Hank classic: Also as promised (don’t stop me now, I’m on a roll), here is the short story Restraint: Restraint It was a sunny Saturday afternoon and I was taking advantage of the bank’s extended weekend hours to transferContinue reading “Pick Your Poison”


As we prepare to enter our new home, the subject of fencing has been an ongoing concern. In Arizona, we had cinder block walls to keep the dogs at bay, but out here, wood and vinyl are seen everywhere. I like the looks of western wooden posts and fences, except that they wear down soContinue reading “Fencing”

The Man in the Mirror

Finally. The inspection has been done, and we’re getting closer…. I got all our papers signed, sealed, and delivered to quote a badass Stevie Wonder song from my childhood. I go to a national office supply store to fax in our mortgage app. Five times. I shit you not, I was that stoned. I goContinue reading “The Man in the Mirror”

Road Trip

After much chagrin and frustration, I have finally convinced Domestic Despot Osama bin KAREN to let me put together a mid-week trip up in the High Sierras of California and then over to the coast for a stop at my big brother Ed’s in Ventura for a few days. I have fond memories of Ventura,Continue reading “Road Trip”


Does anybody use pencils anymore except maybe for kids in poor school districts? If you are old enough, think back to our old trusty Ticonderoga #2 lead pencils. Lead. Think back to how many times you licked the tip of your pencil and it is a wonder any of us got through elementary school withoutContinue reading “Pencils”

Selling the House Day 2

We met with a third realtor this morning and it was a slam dunk. The guy works my neighborhood and I have seen his newsletters for at least 15 years circulating through it. His figures were high, but not too high, according to this 35-year veteran of the real estate game. He’s not as high-poweredContinue reading “Selling the House Day 2”

Selling the House Day 1

We interviewed two realtors today. The first young woman we spoke with is going to be tough to beat. She was smart, efficient and ready for any questions of which I had several. Now I knew the housing market was strong, but to say the current climate is beneficial for sellers is the understatement ofContinue reading “Selling the House Day 1”

The Art of Selling

I am a great salesman. Up to a point. I just don’t have that one over-the-top-closing pitch to clinch a sale. I think there is a great divide between good salespeople and great sales closers. I know I sound like a bite from Glengarry Glen Ross (awesome movie) but its true. There is a placeContinue reading “The Art of Selling”