Friday, May 25, 2012

The Good Word

In a year of dead Whitney, dead MCA, and dead Earl Scruggs, let's take a moment to be thankful that Bobby Womack is now cancer free and back in the studio. L'Chaim!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Memorial Day - Let's Park and Picnic!

Family, if you're around on Monday, we should park and picnic. Ash, Sol and I will be heading to the park on Monday - let us know if you're in and what you'd like to bring to celebrate a day off from work and summertime!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

fuck 'em both

From the NY Times:

A mystery buyer has agreed to pay a record price in New York of more than $90 million for the duplex penthouse [the 10,923-square-foot penthouse on the 89th and 90th floors] at a Midtown tower, the building’s developer said Thursday.

Despite setting a record, the One57 penthouse did not crack the elusive $100 million barrier for a residence, which has not been broken either in New York or in Los Angeles. Mr. Barnett said he nearly broke it with a different apartment at One57.  “I am hopeful we will break it one day,” he said of the $100 million barrier, “in this building or another one.”

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

better late than never (or, today's fleeting encounter with a psycho real estate lady) (or, yikes)

9am - look through riverdale real-estate listings
9:15 - find attractive listing
9:20 - call agent's cell phone: "hi you've reached kama, i'm always available for bookings as well as yoga instruction. and check out my website, my 2 CDs are for sale, and also check out [some other website] where my yoga DVD is available for only $10!................ (beep)."
9:21 - leave kama a message.
11:30 - call back from kama, give her our wish list for an apartment.
12:43 - (txt from kama) i have a tentative appt for is 3:30? 2 bed kama
1:55 - (txt from me) can you meet a bit earlier? we are seeing a craigslist place at 4
2:06 - (kama) 3 is all i can push
2:06 - (me) that works!
2:07 - (kama) also just a thought, your "craigslist place" is just another agent doing what i do
2:13 - (kama) ok the other one is fri 3p. but like i said if you keep running around with every ad each agent does the same thing
2:13 - (kama) and most craigslist ads are bait to sign with another agent. so i guess decide who you want to work with. i have a 2nd apt for you fri at 3pm
2:13 - (kama) and i was going to show more than one place if you gave me the 2 hours
2:16 - (voicemail from kama) "hey jonathan it's kama, well i did make you a 3 oclock for tomorrow, but here's the thing. it's just, if you're working with me, and another agent, and another agent....i don't think you understand what craigslist is.  every time you see an ad,  that apartment may or not be real. and basically every ad like craigslist is a bait, as an agent. so what you're seeing is, i'm an agent and i'll show you a bunch of places, and then you meet another agent at 4 oclock, half the time you may be seeing the same places, which you're not allowed to do because only one agent can get payment and credit for it. so, um, if you wanna work with me, let me know, i'll secure you the 3 oclock and we'll meet at 3. if you wanna work with the other guy, work with him. i don't want to run over there and also have you running around with another agent, too, there's no point, so just let me know either way, i'll cancel your appointment, just let me know either way, okay, bye."
2:45 - leave kama a voicemail saying thanks but we're not interested.
7:45 - delete listings kama sent to my e-mail
7:48 - surf over to
7:58 - Been There Done That [click]
7:59 - oy
8:00 - blog