This is my attempt to create some interesting musings, uberservations and, perhaps, insights on both my personal and professional life.


Thursday, January 27, 2005

Real Estate Freak Out - California Style

Things continue to go nuts in Bay Area real estate. I received a quarterly update from a local, Pennisula realtor today. This statistics for Atherton, in particular, are astonishing. The average price of a home in Q3 2004 was $3.1 million. The average price of an Atherton home in Q4 2004 jumped $1.7 million to $4.8 million. Every home buyer in Atherton had one thing in common....Google. Every new home owner in Atherton worked at Google. Incredible. Massive price inflation is sure to continue through the Spring as the next round of Google options come due in February 2005.

Is this irrational exuberance or simply a change of mind set? Manhatten saw a similar run up in real estate prices in the 80's and while apartment and condo prices on the island dipped a bit for a few years, an investment in a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment on the Westside would have netted you a healthy triple digit return if you held it today.

A friend of mine is in the market for a house. She and her husband found a cute 1400 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath house in Palo Alto on a 4500 square foot lot. It was small, but nice enough, and turn key enough, to put in a bid for the $1 million structure. Too bad...they weren't even close on their bid. The house sold for 20% over asking for $1.2 million and there were a whopping 26 offers on the cottage.

Ridiculouly high real estate prices in the Bay Area are here to stay.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Pappy Veale's Soda Mint Hang Over Cure

Here's the ultimate hang-over cure (aka "Pappy Veale's Soda Mints"), from my buddy Bill Hudak. Bill got this recipe from his Army buddy who went to West Point and is a lifer - so he must know how to toss 'em back, thus this cure is the real deal.

1. Potassium: Comes as potassium or "potassium gluconate." It's almost always 3% daily allowance per tablet. Go with three, so 9% of RDA's worth of potassium.

2. Vitamin C: Same number of pills as you take in potassium

3. Multivitamin: One (any kind-- Flintstones chewables or the dinosaur ones from Costco work fine too)

4. Aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil Liqui-Gels are my favorite) , unless you already think you're gonna hurl--then don't take the pills--because it's rough on the stomach

5. Tall glass of water (or five). Warm water metabolizes faster. Gatorade is cool, too.

Follow the above after a hard night of boozing and you should be ready to run a marathon the next morning - no problem.