Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz too. So maybe he’s really Klezmer Landlord.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



I lived in Cleveland for 23 years, then left.  It was a great place to raise a family, and it had wonderful cultural attractions, but I couldn’t take the weather anymore.  When I wrecked my knee, I couldn’t even ski anymore.

dont be mad at me 2Now I sit on my patio, listen to the birds, and look at the blue sky every single day of the year.  The temple out here is about the size of a CVS.  Nothing fancy.  I’m in Wandering Jews — a group at my temple.  We go into the mountains and pray once a month.  I never could stand the mega-temples back in Cleveland.

My friends in Cleveland expected me to die there, I think.  No thanks!  I have no roots in that town.  I moved to Cleveland for a job in 1992 . Before that, we lived in Columbus.  Before that, Philadelphia.  I was born in Albany.

Please don’t be mad at me for leaving.  Visit me here.  We’ll sit on the patio and listen to the birds.  By the way, what’s the temperature there?

This is a fake profile.  If I fooled you, sorry.  I didn’t move.

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1 Mark Schilling { 01.14.15 at 9:58 am }

“I couldn’t take the weather anymore.” I hear you. Tokyo feels like an ice box after four days in Taiwan — and Tokyo’s temps (43F) are like Atlanta’s (38F) this time of year.

2 Dave Rowe { 01.14.15 at 4:33 pm }

Well, I lived in reality in Cleveland for roughly 35 years, a few of them on a path to success. Now I live in western North Carolina where this weekend they’re predicting 60 degree highs. What do I miss about the old hometown? The beaches, a few good friends and insight into where and when the Three Stooges can be seen.

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