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.

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.



A musician broke a vase at a wedding. He walked right into the vase before the ceremony, before anybody arrived. Many vases lined the wedding aisle. The musician said to the florist, “I’ll pay,” and the florist went to her warehouse and got another vase.

Two days later, the florist called me and asked for $50. She said, “Your musician didn’t pay.”

I gave the florist the musician’s number and said, “I think the host — the bride’s family — should pay for it. That was one fancy wedding.”

“Really, who do you want to pay for it?” she said. “He walked into it. There were 300 people at that wedding and he was the one who walked into a vase. It’s $50 — my cost.”

The musician called me: “I said I’d pay for it, but what do you think I should do?”

“You said you’d pay for it, so I guess you should pay for it. Or better yet, call the mom of the bride. She loved us. She’ll probably pay.”

The next day I  checked in with the musician. “Did you call the mom?”


She would have paid!

vase smasher


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1 Steven Greenman { 06.29.16 at 9:02 am }

I think I ended up paying it and you paid me back if u remember correctly. That was an awkward experience!

2 don friedman { 06.29.16 at 1:19 pm }

What?! You paid him back. Lucky you, Steve. Vase Meer!

3 Ted { 06.29.16 at 1:55 pm }

I seem to remember a similar experience with glassware…not at a wedding but at someone else’s house. Awkward!

When are we going to see the “Bert Your Enthusiasm” TV show?

4 Dave Rowe { 06.30.16 at 3:03 am }

Good thing the guy didn’t sit on someone’s smart phone.

5 Seth B. Marks { 06.30.16 at 12:39 pm }

By what flawed logic or legal theory did you think that the mom should pay? The deep pocket one? I’ll remember that as “Back Pocket” soars up the charts.

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