The Insanity of San Francisco Real Estate

Curbed – San Francisco: ” Eventually, someone saw the potential for change in the modest two-bedroom home and bought it for $850,000. Flippers have completely transformed the house into a four-bedroom luxury abode listed for $5.25 million, asking more than six times the previous price and ushering it right into the Sextuple Club, a thing we just invented.”

Now that’s a flip.

Compare that to what $140k gets you in Detroit. With some time and a bit of money this Detroit home could look just as nice, if not nicer, than the San Francisco home.


Cavs Owner on “The King”

Cleveland Cavaliers: “This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.”

Wow, that pretty much sums it up. The man could’ve just said “Hey, I’m going to Miami”, and I would have had zero to say about it. I’m sure a lot of folks feel that way.

There were a few choice paragraphs from the article, but this one is pure gold.


I hope Cleveland is able to pull that off. Go collect some talent and get to work.


I ❤ Carvel Ice Cream

Paul Kafasis: “The matter came to a head June 16th, when Dina Lohan attempted to use the card while picking up an ice cream cake. Upon being asked for ID, and having the card confiscated, the elder Ms. Lohan called the police. There’s a good use of taxpayer dollars.”

I feel sorry for the Lohan’s, I really do. They believe they are special and deserve special treatment. Unfortunately they’re about as screwed up one family can get. I love Dina Lohan’s comment after the “Special free ice cream for life for a select few” card was revoked.

“It just shows how we [Lohans] get treated so much worse than regular people.”

Regular people? Paul’s footnote is priceless.

Some people.


The great California Marijuana problem

Fresno Bee: “FRESNO, Calif. — The operator of Fresno marijuana dispensary is pledging to continue selling marijuana even after a being found guilty of violating a court order banning him from selling the drug.” – Personally I don’t use drugs, and yes, I include Marijuana as a drug. We have a strange system here in California that allows it to be sold for medicinal purposes, but some are obviously questioning that. I’m of two minds on this subject, here are two options to “fix” the problem.

Better control

Why are pot businesses allowed to exist? In California I can’t even buy pseudoephedrine over the counter, that’s right, it’s controlled because it’s used by knuckleheads to create meth. Why is it Medical Marijuana isn’t controlled like any other prescription drug? Look. If I go out and break an arm and the doctor decides to prescribe some sort of pain medication I have to have that prescription fill by a pharmacist, someone that’s spent many years learning about the effects, and interactions, of drugs on the mind and body. Why is it medical marijuana isn’t sold by pharmacies? If it’s such an important drug in the treatment of certain medical conditions why isn’t it better controlled? It should be, just like all other mind altering medications. That’s one way to solve the issue. Shut down the private pot distribution facilities and distribute through qualified pharmacies.

Just legalize it

I want my Cheesy Poofs!I’d imagine the first, and best option, isn’t all that popular with a certain crowd. Lets face it, most of the folks visiting the medical marijuana shops probably don’t need it for legitimate purposes. I’d bet there just addicted and like to get high. The second option is for them. Let’s just legalize it and sell it through Government controlled distribution facilities. In California we have liquor stores, but in states like Washington you have to purchase liquor through a state run facility. Why not create a state run pot store, or how about the dope store, yeah, I like that name. So if you wanted to get high you’d go to “The California Dope Store” and purchase your legal pack of marijuana cigarettes. They could tax the crap outta these things because it’s addictive and the folks that use them are desperate enough to pay for their high. Lets say a pack has five cigarettes in it and it’s, I dunno, $40.00? How much would it cost the State of California to grow and distribute this stuff versus what they could make selling it? This could be a great way to get the state out of trouble in the short term, because in the long term we’d be in trouble because all the doped up folks would quit working and spend all their food stamp money on Cheesy Poofs and more weed, but I digress. I’m not sure if the state is actually considering legislation to make the stuff legal, but it might be worth a try if it’s tightly controlled via state run farms and distribution centers. Food for thought.