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 Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.



Plantar fasciitis. Your heel feels like there’s a spike in it. I fear plantar fasciitis. My wife has had it. My friend Danny has had it. Nobody knows how you get it or how you cure it. Just walk around with a spike in your hell – uh, heel.

I did a lot of walking during the day, and then played a gig that night at Stone Gardens assisted living facility, and during “Tsena, Tsena,” I did some groovy hora dance steps, and I walked out of the gig with plantar fasciitis. I immediately knew I had it. I can’t spell it but I felt it. I popped a couple ibu and used Volteran and did some stretches. Went to bed. I read that plantar fasciitis is worse in the morning.

Got up. No pain. So I started worrying about something else, like why was my computer acting like a fool. Then the plantar fasciitis came back when I played tennis a couple days later. My opponent, Jimmy, told me about his cure for plantar fascistic. Jimmy said I should do some stairway stretches. My wife suggested a foot roller. I’m working on the cure. I don’t want plantar whatever.

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1 Brad German { 02.01.23 at 10:01 am }

I sympathize. I’ve had it since last summer. I got it while portaging a kayak in upstate NY. I do everything you said but when its really bad I also drop my foot onto a soft, squishy ice pack.

2 Ken Goldberg { 02.01.23 at 11:01 am }

My last Podiatrist retired the wrong way and I have a new one, who seems pretty good so far. So in case you’re interested…. (I realize your “plantar-thing” [think Planter Peanuts and Mr. Peanut) isn’t something a cheapskate would likely bother a doc with).

3 Steve Mumford { 02.01.23 at 11:39 am }

I’ve had it in the past and I chalk it up to one of the myriad chronic pains which come from stress and the brain – the mind/body connection.
They appear; they fade; they reappear on the opposite side. Doctors cannot explain what’s going on physiologically, but they usually have an operation for it.
Don’t have the operation!

4 David Katz { 02.01.23 at 12:10 pm }

I would recommend you don’t start playing pickleball if you want to avoid “plantar whatever”.

5 Charlie B { 02.01.23 at 12:26 pm }

Don’t even say the words: “Achilles tendinitis”.

6 Keith M. { 02.08.23 at 10:03 am }

Try custom orthotics-they’ve helped my plantar whatever immeasurably.

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