Property Grunt

Friday, April 01, 2005

A salute to a Normal Life

The whole world is now on Pope watch after the Pontiff took a turn for the worst yesterday. As twisted as it may sound, the media world has been preparing for this for quite awhile. Around the Vatican deals were negotiated to rent out the hotel roofs for camera crews to get the best shots of the area. Obituaries were being prepared years in advance for this event because the media wanted to be ready at a moment’s notice.

The Grunt has been thinking about spirituality a lot particularly with real estate. Spirituality and real estate are two subjects that people usally do not associate with each other but I see a very strong connection to both. Real estate can be quite trying at times since you are dealing with a variety of factors that are out of your control. From angry buyers to sellers who are unwilling to budge on prices to the interest rates that are now beginning to climb up causing tension in the market.

I was recently interviewed by Brian Blum who is a writer for Classifed Intelligence that is a subscription based service that covers the interactive classified advertising market. Brian did an excellent job with the article. Unfortunately you have to subscribe to the service in order to read it. Come on. Its worth it.

His blog, This Normal Life, displays his fantastic writing skills and his unique take on life. I found an entry catching my eye titled Why Aren’t You a Winner? that starts out with a friend of his being asked this question when he was raising funds for a new company and discusses it with Brian who has a simple yet brilliant comeback to the questions which is:

Why aren’t you a winner, asked the VC to my friend? That’s the wrong attack. The real question is, why don’t you see that you already are?

Which is the reason why the Grunt is saluting Brian Blum. His blog is a sanctuary for great thought and insight. I think of him as a blogger rabbi and its nice place to go find some peace and meaning when things get La Vida Loca.

Recently his daughter Merav has become ill and has been hospitalized. Please join me in praying for a quick and speedy recovery for his daughter.