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I am an Associate Broker, Realtor® with Long Realty West Valley, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.
I specialize in real estate sales in Arizona West Valley Golf Retirement Communities.
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A Penny for your Thoughts

April 2016

When I was a kid, I always had my nose to the ground, looking for pennies.  I found my share of them too, and on rare occasions I’d hit it big, spotting a discarded nickel, a dropped dime, and once even a quarter.  Now as an old man, I still search out and save little treasures along my path.  But now the excited “Ah-ha, there’s one!” come not from coins but from little nuggets of wisdom, insight, or humor, people drop unnoticed in their conversations.  Some are priceless.

A friend of mine, a retired college professor, told me that at the end of each course she taught she’d ask the students to rate her class.  She got a good chuckle out of this critique: “This course was very thorough. What you didn’t cover in class you covered in the final exam.”  She asked for his two cents worth, and in two sentences got a good dime’s worth.

A few years ago, I did a stint as a “cart boy” on the beverage wagon at the Cimarron Golf Course, I was concocting a Bloody Mary for a fellow.  Making small talk as I mixed his drink, I asked him how his game was going? “Mirrors my life,” he said. “Oh?”  I replied.  “Yep… as soon as I’m out of one hole I’m headed for another.”  Again, a two-cent question, a loaded reply.  Another was this question and answer I overheard between two golfers waiting to tee off on #7 of that same course:

“You know Bill, my wife and I toured all over China, but I can’t recall seeing a single golf course there. I wonder why that is?”

“Maybe it is because Chinese read from right to left.”

“What does that have to do with it?”

“Well, who would want to play a game called ‘flog’?”

Seems the “dating game” also has its reversals. A friend of mine admits to eavesdropping on a conversation between 4 ladies at a table adjacent to his at a SCG Singles Club event. He swears the conversation went like this:

Lady # 1:“The way I see it when God wants to bless you he puts a person in your life.”

Lady #2: Well, the way I see it, when the devil wants to curse you, he puts a person in your life.”

Lady #3:  “And I think they are sometimes one and the same person.”

Lady #4: “Don’t tell me you are dating John too!”

John, red-faced, quietly got up and discretely slipped away to another table.

Grownups can act like kids. Kids don’t have to act. Most are shiny pennies, though not all from heaven. Some seem minted elsewhere. Such a little monster was letting it rip at Wal-Mart in a no holds barred temper tantrum. She had a really REALLY shrill scream, and her very, VERY harried mother (with a wild look in her eyes, both of which were rolling) hissed to me as I passed her: “Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your children.”  

“Amen,” I replied, not sure what else to say.  Scooting past her little brat I forced myself to project kindly vibes, reminding myself that “Kids are people too, only shorter.”

Speaking of short, I overheard this shiny “thought-penny“at the Abobe Center gym today. One old timer greeted another with:

“Harold, you still around?”

“Yep. I intend to live forever… So far, so good…”

What a great reply, right up there with what George Burns once said at 99: “I figure if I can make it to 100, I’ll live forever.  I’ve never known anyone yet who died after they reached 100.”  Me neither, for that matter.

So, as the wonderful gent and late great Yankee catcher Yogi Berra once reflected, “It’s not over till it’s over. And even then it’s not over,” said folksy wisdom humorously proven out when a Washington State newspaper sent a note to a Mr. Bill Jenkins, advising him that his subscription had run out. The note was returned with the scrawl, “So has Bill.”

         Till the next penny…

Sun City Grand Resident,

Anthony De La Torre

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