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.



I lost my Brooks running hat. I owned two and lost them both. They were from a running store in Ann Arbor. I don’t usually lose things (except hats, gloves and caps). I went to Dick’s in Cleveland for a replacement hat and bought an Adidas, but it was constricting. I got headaches from the Adidas. (Granted, I didn’t give my head enough time to adjust to the new hat.)

hats five capsAmazon — I tried that. Nothing I liked there. I wanted a long-bill white cap with not much writing on it. eBay had four. I bought them all. That’s excessive, I know, but it’s only overkill if I die tomorrow. (Yiddishe Cup’s former drummer, Don Friedman, has 10 pairs of black jeans. Steve Jobs had at least 50 black turtleneck shirts.)

I went on eBay a couple days after my hat buys to see how the world of caps was holding up. There were no old-style Brooks hats left. I had cornered the market.

My Brooks hats arrived from Mississippi. Then my wife found one of my old ones.

I have some caps.

Here’s my latest essay from City Journal, “Locking My Bedroom Door,” about Airbnb, my wife and me.

The hostess

The hostess


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1 Ken Goldberg { 08.29.18 at 12:42 pm }

Bert, first of all I appreciate those ultra-cool, ultra-understated endings. Second, I suggest you drop Brooks and go Brooks Brothers instead – to bring some class into your persona. As you should know, I’m a hat guy. In fact, the very first purchase I made at a BB was in 1985, when they were in the Eaton Bldg. – what they called a “coconut” straw hat. It eventually deteriorated but many years later I found and bought a similar one at the two-floor antique shop in Oberlin (recently gone). Also, if you want to go more high end, which you should, there are those baseball caps all over the men’s department at Saks Beachwood. That brand calls their product “the luxury baseball cap.”

2 Dave Rowe { 08.30.18 at 8:23 pm }

For next summer a Chief Wahoo cap would be in order.

3 Mark Schilling { 08.31.18 at 1:00 am }

I like to wear my GOBA cycling buff on all possible occasions: Makes me look like a pirate or Willy Nelson, take your pick.

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