Slick-talking Defense

Oh my goodness. What a change in weather we had today with the steep drop in our temperatures and a brisk northerly wind to boot. I was awakened in the night by a welcome rain, but certainly didn’t expect to find it so cold, but I did make sure to pull out my winter wools again, just so I wouldn’t be chilled the entire day.

Most of my morning was filled with getting all the needed numbers on a closing coming up the end of this week, along with contacting several public entities for itemizations of billing on a particular property I have listed which is getting a great deal of activity on it.  When there are more than the normal amount of financial “hooks” on a given property, the more careful I am to make sure all bases are covered when visiting with a seller.

I did finally get thru to a customer service representative of the phone provider I’d used for well over 10 years, just to formally alert them I’d switched my office phones over to another. You can be sure I was quick to give him all the reasons why I made the change, and the main being, my saving at least $100 per month on my future billing. After hearing a bona-fide average billing amount from my new provider, I was reminded again how some companies will slowly and methodically begin adding fees to your bills. Yes, I got duped into paying far too much each month for well over seven years. It’s my fault for dismissing those gradual hikes as just being our ever-increasing costs for services, and knowing better because I’ve had to switch insurance companies for doing similarly. I finally found a good insurance agent who knows I’ll bolt if my premiums start spiking, and thus far, she’s done a good job at keeping them manageable.

Oh did I have a live one on the line today, and for whatever reason, that gentleman was really trying to get me stirred when making blind assumptions about one of my listings. At one point I interrupted him by saying, “I didn’t return your call to argue with you, as that’s all I’m doing is answering your questions.” He didn’t like it by responding, “I’m not arguing with you because I consider this a normal conversation.” Hmm. I wonder who personally tutored him on social skills. Since he’d not even inspected the property, I finally said, “Now if you have so many reservations about it, my advice to you, is to simply move on.” Our conversation did end, and hopefully on a note we were he didn’t consider me dismissive. Thank goodness phone calls like that don’t come in very often,  but a good reminder how emboldened some people can be while hiding behind a phone.

My only showing today, was back down at 1707 S. Federal, and as chance would have it, there’ll be another tomorrow morning. Since that building’s deep price reduction was posted, there’s been a great deal of interest in it. I’m still hoping yesterday’s prospective buyers end up purchasing it, and if they do, I’m hoping they’ll give me permission to tell what their plans with it are, as I’ll be turning into a magpie on a live wire with our general public, as we do need more start-ups of the like in our community.

Before heading home, I stopped at a groceteria to pick up a few things, and wouldn’t you know, I ended up getting button-holed by several past clients. The one gentleman happens to live in a grand old home which would sell for many thousands of dollars more than he paid for it. I insisted if he’s considering a move to something smaller, he give me a call because he’d definitely get a good price for it in today’s market. In spite of him living there for well over 30 years, I was still within $2K of what he paid for it when saying, “I think you only paid somewhere around $45K for it.” He slyly whispered, “It was $42K.” Yes, I’d say that home’s been a very good investment for him, as even on a bad day, it would sell for well over $175K. His long-term ownership would be one more classic example of how good real estate investments can be.

Late this afternoon, I had a soulful chat with a dear one regarding how tribal smaller communities like ours can be to where in the long-run, it affects the whole City in one way or another. People in power seem to quickly forget that they’re positions were created to work for the best interest of the majority, rather than bending to the demands of special interest groups who’ve managed to gain inroads in the near-daily decision making processes in our City Hall. We also talked about how much of the information we find in our newspaper being clouded to the point where you wonder who’s standing in the shadows pulling the strings on the mis-management and willful dissemination of skewed facts. We both agreed that talk is cheap, while actions speak.

Just yesterday someone said something about a given person’s mentality being “regrettable”, which created a knee-jerk response from me being, “It isn’t regrettable. It’s plain and simply shameful.” This sugar-coating of those willful wrongs that have been intentionally committed unto others, has no room for compromise in my book. It’s sort of like some slick-talking defense attorney trying to turn a pre-meditated murder into a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

While paging thru that 40+ year old cookbook yesterday, I happened upon tonight’s curious recipe for kolaches. Having been familiar with the making, baking, and eating of them, I was a little shocked when reading one of the ingredients, which would give even the most curious of baker’s cause to give it a try, so here you are.


  • 1 (4 oz.) package vanilla pudding mix (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling

Cook pudding with milk according to package directions. Remove from heat. Stir in margarine. Stir until margarine dissolves. Cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in warm water, and then stir into pudding. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add salt and flour. Mix well to form soft dough. Turn out onto lightly-floured board and knead for about 10 minutes. Place into lightly greased bowl. Cover, and let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size. Form into walnut-sized balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Make a thumb print depression in the center and fill with a spoonful of cherry pie filling. When finished, cover lightly and let rise until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool on rack. If to your liking, sprinkle with a little powdered sugar.

As my personal footnote, I’ve seen them filled with the “Solo” brand of fillings which also offer poppyseed, apricot, and prune. I’ve always liked the prune-filled ones best.

Tonight’s One-liner is: The truth needs so little rehearsal.

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