Categories for 2 Cents Worth

February 3, 2017

25 Year Pasta

On a recent Christmas car trip through the heart of the American rust belt, and the tip of the Bible belt, I indulged myself in some syndicated AM talk shows – of the right wing variety. When away from the comfortable surroundings of home, I like to listen in on what folks in other parts of the world are thinking. In Ireland its Hurley. In America, its right wing radio. For the uninitiated, this industry is not your run of... View Article

December 2, 2016

Welcome to Guelph…

The Gloucester Rangers Atom AA team must have been an excited group of kids and parents. The Canadian ritual of travelling to attend a hockey tournament, replete with noisy hotel rooms, noisy restaurants, and noisier arenas had finally arrived, and off they embarked on the 5 hour journey to Guelph. The same was no doubt true for their opponent on this Saturday morning, the Kent Cobras, albeit their commute was a mere 2 hours. The venue to host the showdown?... View Article

November 1, 2016

What’s The Lesson?

  Whats the Lesson? The 2015 World Cup of Rugby final match was contested by two teams averaging six feet two inches in height, and 250 pounds of fast twitch muscle, playing 80 minutes of what to the uninitiated can best be described as football without the equipment or stoppages in play. If you do not know what you are looking for, it looks very much like extremely aggressive and athletic men repeatedly tackling each other at full speed. If... View Article

October 4, 2016

Find Your Cardboard Box

Find Your Cardboard Box When our kids were little, like many North American millennial parents, my wife and I had a tendency to over provide our kids with the popular toys of the day. If Fisher Price made it, we bought it, albeit sometimes used. A eureka moment occurred for us when on one particular Christmas morning we noticed that our daughters, having opened all their gifts, lay on the living room floor playing – not with the toys –... View Article

April 18, 2016

Observations from My Life as a Real Estate Broker

Very very early in my career and many times since, my father, who preceded me in the family real estate brokerage, would say to me: take notes, someday you may want to write a book. Save for these articles, I have yet to heed his advice. Having had the fortunate opportunity to observe the habits of professionals for almost 30 years now, some recurring themes begin to emerge. And while my observations are generally of the real estate industry, they... View Article

March 16, 2016

Self Help or Help Yourself

As a self diagnosed sufferer of a mild form of attention deficit, I find that I very seldom take the time to sit down quietly with a book and read. Unfortunately, that leaves me on the wrong side of the Mark Twain truism: the man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. It is not that I dont like to read, I do. Rather, I seem to be easily distracted by virtually anything else.... View Article

February 17, 2016

A Hefty Premium

In the market for some high end real estate? In January, Hugh Hefner listed his home – better known as the Playboy Mansion- for the tidy sum of two hundred million dollars.(The impact, is better felt when expressed numerically as $200,000,000.00).As a luxury home in Guelph sells for considerably fewer zeros, I cannot claim to have any insight into what a $200,000,000.00 home might offer in the way of amenities.I can however, venture a good guess that a significant portion... View Article

January 18, 2016

Be Patient, Be Decisive, and Buy More Real Estate

My wife started a family tradition when the kids were quite young. Each New Years Eve, we would sit together, and jot down on our respective pieces of paper our personal goals -resolutions if you will- that we had for the coming year. Twelve months later we would repeat the process with the added amusement of reading what we had written the previous New Years Eve. The cramped jar has become a testament to my personal shortcomings, as a review... View Article

December 15, 2015

In Support of Travel

A friend of mine, recently purchased a vacation property in Florida. It is good to have such friends, willing to bare the burden of expense and provide an excuse for folks like me to pay them a visit. I havent visited his home in Guelph for years, but I jumped at the opportunity to fly south and spend a few days at his second home. It would be rude after all, to decline. Travel, has always been a love of... View Article

November 16, 2015

Nice Hair Though

As I write this, Canada seems to be on the verge of a political change of tack. As politics, like religion, is a subject best left undiscussed in social gatherings and SNAPd articles, I will avoid like the plague commenting on any of the actual political issues. In any case, I dont feel as though I really had a horse in the race as I find myself equally disappointed with all political parties – (I very much doubt that Im... View Article