In what may be my favorite quote of the week (or maybe ever), I ran into a smart young man at last Sunday's Open who has occasionally called on me for Real Estate advice. When I began to describe why Sarah and I had unfortunately dropped a certain property from our listing roster, he waved a hand, politely stopped me, and graciously replied: "No need to explain; some juice just isn't worth the squeeze." (Wisdom comes from the most unexpected places.)
While Sarah, Jill, Kate, and I strive to meet the needs (and the demands) of all our Sellers and Buyers, the truth is, we can't always accommodate other people's questionable behavior, crazy antics, or conflicts of interest - nor do we want to . . .
Last Saturday, I had the honor of joining several of my COMPASS colleagues at the AIDS Memorial Grove for their volunteer work day, which takes place on the third Saturday of each month, March through October. While our small band of brothers numbered about a dozen or so, in all, 157 people took time from their busy schedules to participate, my 90-year-old mother included! (She rarely misses a date.)
I love, love LOVE watching "Top Chef," the reality series based on some of America's best young chefs competing in quick-fire and elimination challenges under nerve-wracking time restraints and incredibly difficult circumstances.
Now in its 20th season, I've watched literally countless episodes of not only "Top Chef," but "Iron Chef," "The Great British Baking Show," "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives," and recently "Top Chef Masters." For whatever reason, if people are cooking, I'm eager to watch.
Has my appreciation for other people's culinary expertise in the kitchen made me a better home cook?
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 18 years and has published more than 725 humorous but always informative, essays on life and real estate.