Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Someone around the hood keyed our car. Again. For the third time. I am trying very very hard not to get angry here, but really, it's a challenge. While I am trying equally hard not to point fingers at anyone or anything, you have to wonder what gives. Is it an individual? Is it the system? I am open to suggestions and opinions before I really tell you what I won't like it. 

It's a seven year old 2007 German car and maybe that's it. Some ill willed french unemployed welfare collecting alcoholic loser hates everything the Germans stand for? Of course I am aware that this is reaching, but seriously. 
Even if I dig in the crevices of my own mischievous mind, I'd never resort to that kind of action. Who else but the perp himself will get a hard on from such a limp dick power trip?  If no one observes your anonymous act of hate, what weak, spineless scum does that make you? Oh how angry I am right now....




Nadege said...

I am sure it hurts, a lot! Low class morons are everywhere, even in the US.

melinda said...

so frustrating.....

H.Peter said...

While I agree that there are Schmucks everywhere Nadege, it happened here. Seven years in the States, two much nicer cars, never anything.
Two years here......obviously it is a subjective rant.

H.Peter said...

very much so, Melinda

Nadege said...

I do not under estimate your frustration by trying to diffuse it. I do know that personally, I could never live in France. Visit for few months… certainly, but never to live. A gentleman who is from England and lives in Lyon, posted how it was wise not to wear expensive clothes, shoes, bags, watches… when in France because you would be a target for theft. I think some recent the fact that some people have money, a beautiful home, luxury cars… Very sad to be jealous or angry to the point of ruining someone's property.

H.Peter said...

Interesting comment about Lyon, Nadege.
When I inquired with our listing realtor about an Open House, their refusal was based on a (undeserved) generalization of people stealing things.....I was blown away by that negativity.

Nadege said...

I meant to write resent, not recent.
It is a pretty sad state of affairs when you have to be careful of theft during an open house but it has happened to a friend of mine who is a realtor (in the US). If it happens here, I know it happens in France, probably a lot. That is why realtors love it when the places they have for sale are staged. Nothing to steal.

Leafy Satori Risk said...

Oh man, so sorry to hear that, Peter. It's so frustrating and so unnecessary.
It happened to me in Vienna twice. It seems to be more of a European thing. It doesn't happen here in LA to my knowledge, not matter which are one's in. Property in some ways is more respected in the US than in Europe.

I've liven in Berlin for 3 years (not too long ago) in an area where there's a 'demonstration' staged every weekend - mostly so called anarchos. And every, seriously every weekend cars were put on fire there and only nice expensive ones, Mercedes and Porsches.

There were actual official signs warning to park expensive cars over the weekend on 'Lausitzer Platz' in Kreuzberg.

But great area besides that. These guys think it's part of the culture and just 'fun'. They live off of generous welfare and have no understanding or appreciation of 'accomplishment'.

Regarding open houses: you know I've bought and sold quite a few houses along the years and as a seller I do prefer open houses, no question. If there's not too much knick-knack lying around and if there's a few people helping out there should be no issue regarding 'missing items'. We always opened for a 'limited time' so that as many people as possible would come at the same time and this strategy works well.

Right now we own a loft in Downtown LA and there is a lot of selling activity going on since property values took off again starting a good year ago. I always check the places in our building just out of curiosity and I can feel it if the place will sell well and quickly or not, with very few exceptions, by how the sale is organized. Open houses that run days to 'accommodate' people are only drawing people that have no urgency to buy i.e. 'Staging' kinda seems to work well here in the US for folks who actually will move in, investors though don't care. Good photos, exceptional photos even but without being too euphemistic, and good copy for me are the most important things to do as it will really wet the appetite.
When we sold our apartment in Berlin we had lines in front of the door - Berliners only know the most annoying and bored real estate agents, we put an awesome show on for them. Also, something we learned from living here in the US, we started with a low asking price and encouraged people to bid higher. Though this is something Europeans are not used to and might frustrate a few, that worked very very well.

When we sold our house in France (20 years ago) we targeted specifically non-french potential customers. Partially because we were not using a Real estate agent (besides the local Notary) and partially because we hoped to get a better price from the Ausländer - and we were happy with the outcome.

I'd recommend your whole family visiting for a few weeks because it's so much more fun doing that together ;)

The besets of luck ~!

H.Peter said...

Guten Morgen Karl,

Thanks for the feedback. After one good night's sleep I am over it, mostly.
DT LA!! in 1999 and 2000 I worked at the LA Mart on S. Broadway and as with everywhere I go, I drove around the neighborhood and said to Victoria that this would be so cool to convert one of those old buildings into living lofts.
Back then it was obviously still Hobo Central, though Staples was already built.
I'd park usually a few Blocks away, just to get the chance to walk (daylight I admit) the garment district around the Mart.

Not much has changed since you sold 20 years ago, La France Profonde prevails to this day.
My argument was/is "if they want to pocket that picture frame, be my guest"
I shall keep you posted.