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.



Mickey grew up on the street over from me. He had seven siblings. His dad was a Sealtest milkman. Mickey scored touchdowns. Who can forget his touchdown run against Wiley Junior High? And there was one against Memorial Junior High, too, I seem to recall.

We didn’t hang out that much in high school. So be it. Mostly grade school and junior high.

After Bowling Green U., Mickey moved to Texas and then to Washington state, and I only saw him at funerals and reunions in Cleveland.

A few months ago, he texted me: “I’m back in Ohio.”

What did that mean exactly?

Lake County. He moved there. Mickey moved back to northeast Ohio to retire. Nobody moves to Ohio to retire! He said he moved back here to be closer to his siblings. Ohio has always felt like home, he said. We met for lunch and talked about old times. He asked if I had ever lived outside of Cleveland, and I told him about my three weeks in New York City and three months in Latin America. Pathetic, I know. We talked about Cub Scouts and which neighbors had died.

Mickey’s move to Ohio is a nice change of pace. (Some of my recently retired friends are moving out of Cleveland.)

I had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week about accosting random people and talking Spanish with them. “For a Language Lesson, Oprima el Dos.”


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1 paul { 04.04.23 at 5:47 am }

I enjoyed your WSJ Oprima column.
I appreciate
your entertaining writing style.
Also, Im trying to learn espanol, for free ,at Tri-C, if I can figure out this enrollment, which I think requires a floppy disc.
BTW, I worked at the VA with Harvey, but his crustiness was hard to crack, so I couldn’t get to know him well.
please Keep up the writing

2 Greg { 04.06.23 at 8:18 am }

I stumbled into your death not taxes column and loved it, then found the Oprima column on this blog. I wish you wrote regularly for the WSJ. That way they would make your byline into a link that listed everything you wrote for them. I found other articles of yours via Google. But the WSJ should provide that link for every writer, regardless of frequency. In any case, thanks for the entertaining wisdom.

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