Looking for a date and a moving company – similar?

Herculean Task: Finding a Great Date….and Find a Reputable Moving Company –

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What not to do

Dating and moving both require tenacity, research, and a sense of humor.

Without those three things, think Dead End.

Moving to a new address is a challenge.

And, so is Dating 101.

Finding a Mover – you ask friends for a referral and scour Google Reviews.

You interview three companies make a decision.

Dating – in the beginning-  can be so much fun and such a novelty.

Or a nightmare.

Be careful, ask questions, Google the Girl/Guy, talk on the phone.

Mere texting pre-first date is a recipe for disaster.


Take a chance, make a call, due diligence is a must.

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Making A Move 

And, Be Careful!

Find a Moving Company is a lot like Internet Dating…take it easy

In Love and Life: Know whom you’re dealing with. Check them out.

The more you can do to verify whether a mover is legitimate –  the better.

Consumers who end up victims of con artists usually fail to take even the most basic steps to make sure they’re using a real mover.

Google the Guy! Pre Date it is called: due diligence.

PreMove: Get three written in-home estimates. Don’t leap before you look and compare. Google each company. Read Reviews.

~ Know your rights. Obtain and read the three “pre-move” required documents from your carrier.

~ Choose the ‘valuation option’ you are comfortable with.

~ Avoid large ‘down payments.’

~ Be Aware – some movers may ask for a small “good faith” deposit to hold a date (especially during the busy summer season.) ~ Ask questions. Just like dating – ask who, what when, where.





San Francisco: tough place to live?

It takes more than drive and determination to live in San Francisco



Living in the City -it’s not just the 40+ hills one must master…there is the Rent problem…Rents are higher than any hill in the City…the density -whoa! when did it get so crowded? Condos and apartments are mushrooming all over San Francisco, the city by the bay. (B-A-Y)

My former landlord, Daisy, lives in a mansion in Hillsborough with a very long drive way  and vast, pristine, gardens. How do I know? She insisted I drive – rush hour Friday- to give her a full month’s rent. No, Saturday would not do.

The Olympic Club Member sticker on her black Mercedes shone in the sun.

She was an unhappy woman. Brittle. Cold.  Who, with her husband, bought numerous building in San Francisco. Googling them was easy…understanding the rude and dismissive behavior wasn’t.  I was just another rent check.13151714_1337383099611585_2931419872141676298_n

No garage – parking in San Francisco

No Garage  grew old, month number two. My heavy-set neighbor upstairs rolled her desk chair all over the wooden floors and had a hyena laugh. The springs on her metal  bed keened under the weight of her and beau-dujour.

The paper thin walls, 1960 aluminum widows leaking cold foggy winds and rent increases were the all  needed to move South, young woman, move South

I had the drive and determination to get outa dodge…



Do this and never do that: condo crazy


All my life, I have been getting “Good advice.”  My friends and family are very free with tips, advice and insights.

When it came time to purchase my first condo, I listened to a cacophony of amateurs. Who knew some many people knew so little about real estate? I found out the hard way.

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Call it serendipity a fluke, chance or fate, I met the best real estate agent crossing the street.

I knew I wanted live in downtown San Jose. One Saturday morning,  I was highly caffeinated and ready to start looking at various condos. An attractive blonde woman and I were both leaving Whole Foods and crossing the Alameda.  In unison, we said “Good morning.” She noticed fliers in my hand and asked if I was looking at real estate


Long story short, Catherine was going to a building where she represented several sellers and was hosting an open house. She gave me a glossy flier and invited me to come by to look at a one bedroom loft


I’m a skeptic, I’m a cynic, I’m afraid

Buying another condo in a new town a really big deal. I’ve made a few mistakes in my time and I wanted to avoid them the second time around.

I sat in my car for 15 minutes –and  Googled  Catherine, read her multiple, sterling Yelp reviews. Very impressive.  I walked over to the open house.

I’ll never be able to play poker

It’s very hard for me to have a “Poker face.” Catherine greeted me at the door, advised me to slip on some booties and suggested I  explore. Within 60 seconds. I was in love with the loft. It was everything I ever dreamed of… seriously. After my tiny place in San Francisco, I was looking for: cathedral ceilings, closets galore, parking, washer and dryer in unit, gym…did I mention parking?


Best advice? 

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.”  Grantland Rice

I was signed, sealed and delivered within no time.

Best decision.


See: Catherine Gortner

A Piece of Advice

The day it snowed in San Francisco?

King Tut At Golden Gate Park  in San Francisco



The eight girls were hired by the big downtown ad agency.

They were told it was a very sophisticated photo shoot at the new museum. Wigs and costumes would be provided.

Never in a million years did they expect this: snow flurries, skimpy costumes, bad wigs and bizarre poses. They were not happy.

“We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest.”



Guilty pleasures? A bird, a buggy and a balloon


Guilty pleasures…

All the socialite wanted was to traipse around Union Square in her buggy. Her regal bearing, the stateliness of the vehicle, and the ostentation of the fine feathered spectacle garnered just what she craved.

Her husband, the famous lumber baron, eradicated boredom by posing for quirky photos in controversial costumes.


“Things forbidden have a secret charm.”