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 tried Spanish to reach a human at AT&T. Oprima el uno for Spanish. That didn’t work; I got no human, just a Spanish robot. I went through the whole Spanish programa, yelling for a human, and ultimately got an adios from the machine. I’m trying to get my landline to work. It’s been out a couple days. The AT&T online repair site says the phone will be working by Friday. That’s too long.

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I used to be a phone-repair guy, back in the 1970s. I’d hook up extra phones in the house I rented. I didn’t own the phones. Ohio Bell owned the phones. Ohio Bell came in one day and took one of my phones. That hurt. The Ohio Bell tech was a young woman who sweet-talked my roommate into my bedroom, where my illegal phone was (but I wasn’t).

I’m OK waiting for my landline. I’m not ranting. You think I’m ranting? I’m cool. But hey, I have a “for lease” sign up with that landline number in a vacant storefront. This is costing me dinero.

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1 Charlie B { 05.16.18 at 10:31 am }

Per Snopp Dogg the byword is “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”
AT&T no longer supports or installs traditional landlines in Michigan. They want to “retire” that business. Yet, in every (and frequent) electrical-power-killing storm we have, the old fashioned 12 volt copper landline keeps on keeping on.

2 Ted { 05.16.18 at 10:47 am }

When I was in Argentina I had to do the “Press 2 for English” option a number of times. That was interesting, being on the other side.

3 Bert Stratton { 05.16.18 at 10:49 am }

1. From commenter Don Friedman:
“I can help you with this” is the go-to phrase they say on their chat line. Then they transfer you to another person who says, guess what ?, “I can help you with this!”. I could write a book about AT&T. I wish I had some TNT for the frustration they caused me! At least when you call them they could change the intro music once a year to like Miles’ tune ‘All Blues’!

2. AT&T showed up today, Wed. Yippee. Short in the line, going to the house. I said to the repairman, “I have a hard time reaching a person at AT&T.” He said, “I’ve heard that once or twice.”

4 don friedman { 05.23.18 at 11:18 am }

He’s a good risk if his credit score is high enough.

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