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.


 
 

STANDING IN LINE AT THE BMV

Do I get new plates or keep my 2003 Ohio bicentennial plates?

Whichever is easiest.

Entering the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, I had Harvey Pekar-level anxiety. But I lucked out; I was a plate transfer, not a new driver’s license, so I got to skip to the head of the line.

I had bought a Subaru Legacy and sold my Ford Fusion. Both cars are red, so nobody knows I have a new car. A disappointment. I wanted a blue car, but the Subaru Legacy doesn’t come in blue. I refuse to drive gray, silver, black or white. I miss the purple on the Plymouth Duster.

I was in and out of the BMV in 15 minutes. Can you beat that? I¬†accidentally left one of my plates on the counter and a clerk ran out, yelled “sir” at me, and handed me the plate. I said to her, “At least I got you outside! Thanks.”¬†It was 20 degrees and snowing. She said, “I don’t want to be outside.” The BMV. I miss Harvey Pekar.

klezmer plate

Not my plate, btw.

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3 comments

1 don friedman { 03.13.19 at 10:50 am }

Really? Did you buy a Sube? I leased a Legacy in 2016. Best car I ever owned. Recently made #1 in Consumer Reports. Mine IS Silver. I will talk to you about the difference between buying and leasing . That fusion of yours was a sharp looking car. My lease is up this July.

2 Don { 03.13.19 at 2:18 pm }

I’ve bought five Subarus and my offspring have bought a few more. Our dealer used to sell Triumphs and gave me a free used water pump 52 years ago for my TR-3 when I couldn’t afford a new one. His kindness made an impression on me and made some money for the dealer’s son who later took over the dealership.

3 Arnie Berger { 03.14.19 at 1:48 pm }

I got new plates too. For years I had AHB1, but I asked the BMV clerk if just “AHB” was available. It was so I grabbed it. I figured that at my age it was one less thing to remember.

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