THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO this month, I walked into Schaffer, Suess and Boyd Realtors to talk with Ivan Suess about joining his firm. I explained that I had sold my tire shop in Concord the year before. I told him I was ready for something a little less demanding than the life of a storekeeper. I wondered why he laughed out loud…

NOW I KNOW. As somebody observed, the real estate business is the highest paid hard work or the lowest paid easy work you can find. You choose which it’ll be for you. It continues to be a good run! I love my work. Messrs. Schaffer, Suess and Boyd played a crucial role in my success. Thanks, gentlemen!

SOMEBODY’S GOTTA DO IT…Friend and long-time client J.R. Metzger doesn’t ride in on a white horse, except in the eyes of his customers. His company is RAP Services (209-268-0156). “RAP” stands for Rodent Abatement and Prevention. Who ya gonna call? Call the Rat Line! Specialized equipment and skills. Bonus: J. R. does a great James Cagney imitation.

PRICE REDUCED! Great opportunity! Expensive upgrades! In-ground POOL! Newer ROOF! 1911 square feet of three bedroom, two and a half bath home. Over $30,000 in SOLAR paid in full by Sellers! Excellent floor plan. Close to schools and shopping! Popular Whispering Oaks subdivision. 1506 Amber Leaf Way. Covered patio area in back. Pool Party HERE! New price: $359,950! Snoozin’ is losin’ on this one.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kyle and Rachelle Kekic on the successful SALE of their Lodi home! Our own John DuBois helped this family purchase this home just a year ago. Now, a job opportunity takes them away, and John was there once again to make it happen! One chapter ends, another begins.

CLOSING IN on my Senior Partner’s birthday.