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Views on the week's events plus some of mine.

Les Berman Weekly #473 Routines. Revolutionary. Storm Chasers? Lions and so much more…


I was wondering how my routines started. I know that I can put my pants on one leg at a time because I’ve tried several times over the years to jump into them – and I could never make it work. I guess I could do it if I was to lie on my back and do it that way, but that’s cheating. Think about it – change your routine. See how strange you’ll feel and laugh.

The next routine to change is the way you brush your teeth. Start at the other side of your mouth and don’t give up. Start laughing. What an amazing way to start your day. Changing your routine and laughing. And what else can you do… and because it’s routine, you don’t even think about it. Going for a walk – start with the other foot. When you step off the curb, use the other foot. Use the other hand when you’re holding your water glass, or beer. At your favorite restaurant, you know, the one where you order the same thing every time – order something different.

All of this sounds totally revolutionary. But think about it. You’ve been doing the same thing, the same way for as long as you can remember. And odds are that your kids learned their habits from you. That’s scary ! You cloned someone ! (And they said it couldn’t be done.)

And consider all of the other routines that we ignore. Watch mama duck with ducklings – they all follow diligently, whether it’s in the water, or in single file, crossing the road, holding up traffic. Of course, then everyone with a camera jumps out of their cars to take a photo. How cute ! All those people jumping out of their cars. Routine. The better photo would have been of all those people taking the photo of the ducks.

Recently, I received an email with the obligatory photos attached – of four legged animals. A pride of lions basking in the sun – on an asphalt road with traffic backed up both ways. Interestingly, to me anyway, was that there weren’t any people outside their cars lining up to take photos. I wonder why the habit didn’t take over. Actually, I figured it out quickly. Get the photo and get eaten, but get the photo at any cost? Cowards 🙂

And then there are the storm chasers. What’s that about? How close can I get before I’m sucked up into the tornado? Duh.. I guess that was too close, he says, going in circles. Let a camera get sucked up, stick a homing device on it, and see what happens. You can find it after. Much more logical I think.

While we’re on death wishes vs fun, how about those people who jump off mountains and have winged suits on. They fly down the mountain at immense speed, and then land, if they can, in a serene valley, five minutes later. All of the people on their support team are really excited; the videos are really amazing; the occasional impact and bouncing off the rocks, well, they are never shown. I think they should be shown. That could be really cool. A modern day saga of Humpty Dumpty. Except now, all of the Kings Horses and All of the Kings Men would be ambulances, paramedics, surgical teams, and funeral directors. Now THAT would be an amazing reality show.

And to me, one of the best reality shows just ended. The Olympics. And NBC continues to abuse the American public by delaying events for twelve hours or more. And the public will watch to see the skiers tumble, the ice skaters fall, the bobsleds crash, and the American hockey teams get beaten, again, by the Canadians. But, the hockey games were shown in real time – I guess the public demanded it and got what they asked for. Twice.

Remember that there is a simple beginning step if you need money to expand or purchase a business; or to get a mortgage to refinance or acquire a new home. The magic number is, (musical fanfare please!)  818.305.4695 !!

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized that at my age I don’t really give a rat’s a** anymore.

..If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
.. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.
.. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while
.. A tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years.

And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so.

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Les Berman Weekly 11-30 Turkey Day Calories. Black Friday- Really? Saber Tooth. Loud Commercials… and so much more…


So you ate about 4500 calories worth on Thursday, but you may only have gained one pound. And then you went shopping after turkey dinner, and on Friday, and in so doing, lost three pounds because you were so aggravated that you had to walk from the far end of the parking lot, and lost two pounds working your way through the crowds. So far so good. And at the end of the shopping mania, you found that you had spent far more money than you intended, but you ‘saved’ so much more.

 

I do know that my daughter was excited about shopping today. To me, the most amazing thing about that is that her husband was going with her. The shopping gene hit him somehow. And that’s really noteworthy because he devours all sports. And I never knew that a sports fan could have the shopping gene too. But, I know she was doing well because when I texted her one word – “Winning?”, her response was ‘Yup”.

I did my own Black Friday shopping today. I bought some detergent. And saved almost $3.00. I contributed to the statistic. ! Did you?

 

Yesterday, I was listening to satellite radio and they were talking about a race among three people going from Manhattan (the real one in NY) to Washington DC by car, train or plane. My first thought was ‘why would anyone want to go to DC?’ and then I realized that the politicians are likely out on holiday so it might be ok. Now, I don’t know who won the race, and it really is irrelevant. The real news story would have been here on the west coast – car, plane or train from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

 

And then I remembered that there is no train from LA to Vegas, and there may never be. So my thoughts changed to Los Angeles to San Diego. That would have been much more fun, even with sigalerts.

 

Do you remember that last December, all television broadcast media was supposed to reduce the sound volume of commercials to the same sound level as the TV shows? When I was house bound while recovering from my knee surgery, I found that many commercials blasted louder. Maybe they do that to wake up the viewer who has fallen into a catatonic state of bliss while watching daytime TV.

 

I know this kid was not interested in our foibles of the day. Around 24,000 years ago, this toddler was playing, but we don’t know what he was playing. Maybe it was chase the saber-tooth tiger, or don’t step in the mammoth stuff. The burial of an Upper Palaeolithic Siberian boy was discovered along with numerous artifacts in the 1920s by Russian archaeologists near the village of Mal’ta, along the Belaya river. But it was recently that they were able to extract DNA that showed this kid had genomes found today in western Eurasians and some that are unique to Native Americans. One of the interesting discoveries was that this little boy did not share any DNA with any east Asians. The scientists offered hypotheses as to eventual mixing of genomes with East Asians, but those hypotheses might just be marginally better than the one I might give as to the outcome of next June’s Stanley Cup winner.

 

So while you’re contemplating that, I will remind you that I am available for your real estate financing needs – mortgages for your purchase or refinance of your home or commercial property. The magic number is, of course, 818.305.4695

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

More “South” stuff…

“Cut on the air conditioning” means, “Please turn on the air conditioning.”

Women carry “pocket books” not purses.

“That will cost 4 dollars and 12 cent.”  Not 12 “cents.”

“I’m bar-be-quing this weekend.” Oh, so you are cooking a pig?  Anything else is “grilling”.

 

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December 16, 2013 Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, real estate, sports, stuff, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Les Berman Weekly 12-1 Advance Planning. Powerball. Bird Spies. Restructure. Health CheckUp


It really has been bugging me lately but the great news is that we may only have to put up with this for another 15 days. After all, it has been this way for over 60 years. On December 15, television stations will have to adjust the sound levels of the commercials so that they are at the same level as the program that you are watching: no more blasting ads for the credit cards, soap, cars, or even worse, politicians!  How amazing will it be that a great hush comes over the country ! But, we all know that  some people will call their local station to complain that they can’t hear the commercials, or that something is wrong with the sound on their TVs. But I’m sure that you and I will be overjoyed !!

 

Have you done your advance planning? No – not buying a cemetery plot.  We are a mere three weeks away from the end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar. So, if you are counting on the end of the world, I want to buy your real estate now. You’re not going to need it – but I might. I’ll make a fair ‘end-of-the-world’ offer. There are many theories about the calendar, of course.

Some people say that the person who developed the calendar just ran out of room. Others think there were more calendar stones, while others surmise that the calendar maker used different languages knowing that they would mess up the translation specialists of the future (our present, now, today). Great sense of humor. And then I’ve seen the comparative photo of the Mayan end of the world calendar, an Aztec wheel, and an Oreo cookie. Maybe Mr. Oreo did this to help ease the way to the end of the world because cookies will not be consumed any more.

Like I said, I will buy your real estate. Call me. I’m already fielding calls at  818.305.4695 !

 

On the off chance that there might be naysayers in the audience, I heard today that we will finally get thePowerball lottery in California, but not until March or April of next year. The person from the CA. Lottery Commission said that tickets will be $2 each and that the prize money will start at $40MM. Just what I needed… another way to throw away my money and dream. At least I won’t have to call my son on the East Coast and ask him to make an investment for me. Yes, I know. He’s supposed to do it without my asking because he’ll end up with the spoils anyway. Another thing that he will have to remember. Unlikely !

 

Now I know that many of you will bet on football games, or basketball, soccer, (hockey won’t be around this season), or even the digits on the license plate of the next truck that rumbles by. The Powerball odds of winning the big one are 1 in 175,000,000. I found a list of things that are more likely to happen to you:

– being struck by lightning in your lifetime ( 1/10,000)

– getting attacked by a shark (1/11.5 million)

– being involved in a car-deer collision in Hawaii (1/6267)

– drowning in a bathtub (1/840,000)

– dying from a bee sting (1/6.1 million)

– being crushed by a vending machine (1/112 million)

– dying from using a right-handed product incorrectly if your are left handed (1/4.4 million)

– being canonized (1/20 milllion)

-being killed by falling aircraft parts ( 1/10 million)

– being killed by radiation from a nearby nuclear meltdown (1/10 million)

No, I didn’t verify any of these. Feel free to check into it and then let me know. Or don’t !

 

In other interesting animal news, it has now been proven that birds can rescue the international spy by using a tool. A study in Current Biology from researchers in Austria, specifically from the University of Oxnard, the University of Vienna, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology in Germany, found that a parrot could sculpture a tool out of shapeless wood. The reason I mentioned the institutions was to legitimize the inclusion of tool making parrots in the next James Bond or Jason Bourne movie. It was reported here first !!

 

Meanwhile, housing inventories are at record low levels in parts of Los Angeles and California. To have an advantage in getting your offer accepted, I will help to get you fully approved so you can make an offer without a financing contingency. Ask me how 818.305.4695 .

I’m working with a family right now to restructure their loans. They have a big equity line and a smallish first mortgage. I’m combining them together to give the family a fixed rate loan with a payment that will be as low as what they are paying now. The difference is that we have eliminated the interest rate risk that will come when rates go up – and they will. Call me today for your mortgage health check up with my compliments. 818.305.4695.

 

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

Q. Why do Xs at the end of a letter signify kisses?

A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

 

 

Q: Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?

A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain,
with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine,
that person is floating well above worldly cares.

 

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