Some years ago I was enjoying another visit to Japan when I noticed ordinary people wearing face masks. It wasn’t everyone. And it wasn’t all the time. But it was common enough that no one seemed to notice or care. It was a normal thing in Japanese culture. And it was primarily about protecting the … Continue reading # Face Panties
In order to avoid becoming any fatter than I already am during the Big Cooties I take long walks. My usual trek is a few miles and I take different routes to keep it interesting. With mask on and sanitizing gel at hand I’m enjoying my city along with a lot of other people. If … Continue reading Curfew
My interpretation of national and world events is filtered through my experiences growing up in a dysfunctional household. My parents were poorly matched for a life together. They fought all day, every day, over everything and nothing. Meanwhile the house physically devolved year after year. The roof leaked and over time rotted out the walls. … Continue reading A Burned Down House
For many observers Covid-19 has vindicating the view that cities are unhealthy doomed places. Dense urban centers, they insist, will be abandoned for sensible suburban and rural alternatives. Downtown office towers have already depopulated as companies switch – permanently – to telecommuting. Restaurants, bars, hotels, and public accommodations of all kinds will continue to founder … Continue reading What if You’re Right?
I’m fascinated by how quickly some folks adapt to shifting circumstances and how others fail. There’s nothing like a planet-wide quarantine to wreak havoc on entire segments of the economy and society. Meanwhile, others are directly gaining from the turbulence as new opportunities present themselves. Back in October I had an old friend over for … Continue reading Cheetah
Some years ago I helped a friend plant a cherry tree in her back garden and we had a conversation about it. She specifically selected a tree that was bred to produce beautiful spring blossoms and gorgeous autumn foliage, but no actual cherries. She didn’t want cherries falling off the tree and staining the pavement. … Continue reading The Other Pitchforks
“The Word of the Day today children is Contango. Everyone take out your worksheets and your Number 2 pencils.” People of a certain age will remember those instructions from grammar school. Those same people will no doubt also remember the oil shocks of the 1970s. What does it mean when the options price of a … Continue reading Contango
Flying over Phoenix, Arizona I looked down at the two options Americans have for property development. There are large scale high rise towers in dense urban clusters. And there are low density peripheral subdivisions out along the highways. The Phoenix metroplex gradually breaks apart as cul-de-sacs give way to irrigated farmland and then the desolate … Continue reading The People Aquarium
¿Plomo o plata? Lead or silver? Your money or your life? That’s what the world is mulling these days. Do we preserve our health and trash the global economy? Or do we trash our collective health to preserve our finances? I know, I know. It’s a false narrative. The dead are a tiny sliver of … Continue reading ¿Plomo o Plata?
I was fortunate to have the best tenants on the planet for a while. I loved them. (Still do.) But as time went on their family grew and with the birth of their third child it became clear they would be leaving. I was pretty aggressive in trying to find creative ways to keep them … Continue reading Confessions of a California Landlord