A comic who can make me laugh so hard my gut wants to bust is #1 my husband and #2 Eddie Izzard. The difference between the two is my husband doesn't always do it on purpose.
I loved Eddie Izzard in the short-lived television series The Riches, he was so perfect, paired with Minnie Driver, in the role of a con artist pretending to be wealthy. He was fabulous as the professor in another favorite and also canceled show the United States of Tara. But I have never seen him perform live on stage.
This morning I clicked through my gmail -- wading through through the alligators, stepping over decaying bones, slashing overgrown vegetation with my sword -- and I found a link to order tickets for Eddie Izzard's Stripped Tour coming to Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
As a Sacramento short sale agent, I don't get out of Sacramento much. Most of the time my nose is buried in my computer, matching offer worksheets to a HUD in Equator or creating listing documentation for my short sale listings. In fact, I don't even know where Mountain View is but I've heard it's somewhere around Sacramento.
Eddie Izzard will be there next Saturday. That would be a fun show to see. I clicked on seats. Found Row E seating available for $150 a ticket. That's worth it to me. It might not be worth it to you, especially if you have never heard of Eddie Izzard, but I was ready to splurge and buy two tickets.
And you know what? That website, Live Nation, would not let me buy two tickets. I could go over to another section and buy two tickets for $40 each but I couldn't buy the 2 premium seats I wanted. Why? Because there were 3 tickets available. The site insisted I buy all 3 and not leave one seat empty in the section. What a pile of crap. It might be worth it to spend $300 to see Eddie Izzard, and I might have even been willing to spend $450 if the tickets cost $225 a piece, but I am not willing to be coerced.
If you'd like to read about the buying behavior of the public, I suggest picking up a copy of The Price of Everything by Eduardo Porter from the library. This guy can hang a price tag on just about anything conceivable. Even our defunct space program. You know, I was ticked off when they did away with Pluto. Poor little Pluto who never did anything bad to anybody. Poof gone. No longer a planet. So sorry. But losing the space program is like losing hope in America.
What the hey, time marches on. And today I will probably receive 10 offers or more on a short sale listing in Rocklin. I have received 2 or 3 purchase offers already. The sellers were not ready to show when the home went on the market. They did not realize that buyers would want to come over to see their home when they found it advertised online. We asked agents to wait until this weekend to show. As a result, there is a bidding frenzy going on as I type.
The buyer who will win this short sale is the buyer who has hired the smartest Sacramento real estate agent. It probably won't be the buyer with the highest offer.
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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.
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