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How Does It Feel to Be a Rolling Stone?

As a Sacramento short sale agent, I am all about selling short sales. I know how it feels to be a rolling stone. I'm not talking about Mick Jagger. I'm talking about Bob Dylan. I am watching the Martin Scorsese 2005 documentary No Direction Home because it's a new release for the Netflix Instant Queue. The film is mostly about Dylan's life in the 1960s. I've seen the miniseries before, but watching it a second time gives me a different perspective.

I had a mad crush on Dylan as a teenager. One of the first songs I learned how to play on the guitar was Mr. Tambourine Man. I was not a very good guitarist and an even worse singer. No matter how hard I practiced, no matter how tough the calluses on my left hand, playing guitar was for my own enjoyment and nobody else's. I never got any better at it.

I took guitar lessons for a while and was forced to learn to play horrible songs like Old Black Joe or Red River Valley. It was a relief to play Bob Dylan songs. It was music I could relate to, feel and believe in. My teacher said if I could play a song six times in a row without a mistake, I would be the master of that song. But my teacher was wrong, and I never mastered anything. But it wasn't for lack of effort.

One thing I have mastered is how to sell real estate, more importantly, how to list and close a short sale. It comes to me naturally. And I think that's because I have a rebellious streak. Spunk, some people call it. I am a rectangle that does not fit into a round hole, which makes me a perfect candidate to do short sales. I am a rolling stone. I don't need a direction home. Wherever I happen to be is my home.

Bob Dylan was in the right place at the right time, and he said the right things. We should all be so lucky.

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All I know is I have gathered no moss, so I must be a rolling stone. I loved Dylan, too. His Masters of War is a classic in its bitter denunciation of the profiteers from war who show no compassion. I think the same indictment might be true of the foreclosure law firm that just threw a Halloween party themed on homelessness. And for your benefit, I was never a good guitar player, either.

Posted by Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty) almost 7 years ago

Count me in the "not a good guitar player" group.  My husband is fantastic!  We can't be good at everything, who really needs a guitar-pickin', singin' short sale agent anyway?  but I always liked comparing my singing to Dylan's - in that light, I'm not that bad :-)  Dylan's a terrific songwriter- a legend for our times, Elizabeth, I'll have to check out Scocese's film.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 7 years ago


I saw Bob Dylan at Konocti about 4 years ago and it was great. He has been my idol since the 60's. I call tell you about the summer I was at the University Virginia and all me and my roommate listened to was Dylan and Flatt & Scruggs. Of course he was a country boy.

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) almost 7 years ago

Elizabeth, I am a big Dylan fan too. No voice like that around.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hey Dave: foreclosure law firm that just threw a Halloween party themed on homelessness. . . .

I had to google that because it sounded so, so, so . . . Wall Street! And yet, there it was in New York! A law firm that represents Bank of America and Wells Fargo, JP Morgan and Citi -- throwing a Halloween party in which employees dressed as and mocked homeless people!

Hi Mary: Dylan's music never grows old, and it never loses its message.

Hi Curtis: Dylan has had many incarnations. Minnesota so desperately wanted Dylan to acknowledge the state as being meaningful to him, but he was just glad to be out of Dodge.

Hi Gary: I listen to his new stuff, too. But I do have to admit that when he switched from acoustic to electric I had a tough time adjusting. Yeah, I was one of those griping about it. Like I had any say. Like anybody had any say.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I was in 6th grade in 1963 when my father played a Dylan album for me for the first time. i remember saying he had a weird voice. It took a long time for my father to respect me again, but not too long for me to fall in love with his music.

Posted by Marcy Moyer, Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist (eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales) almost 7 years ago

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