Take the Money and Run

A60FF4C9-6A2D-42A6-9DF7-8123A07AD178I now have an answer to the age old question: is a bird in the hand really worth two in the bush?

You may remember that yesterday I wrote about how our realtor had scheduled to accept offers from prospective buyers for the house we’re selling in San Francisco at 9:00 this morning. But on Monday we received a “preemptive offer,” and it was a great offer — all cash, no contingencies, quick close date, and above asking price. My wife and I agonized over the offer. Should we take the money and run or should we wait until today, when formal offers were to be submitted, to see if an even better offer would materialize? We ultimately decided to wait.

When I woke up this morning I thought to myself, we had a bird in the hand; we must be crazy for holding out in the hope of getting a bigger, better bird from the bush. My wife thought we had made a huge mistake by not accepting that preemptive offer and that we would regret not taking it.

At around 10:30 this morning, after spending three hours on pins and needles and second guessing ourselves, our realtor emailed to us a spreadsheet detailing each of the eight formal offers she received, including a resubmission of that preemptive offer we received on Monday.

So, was the bird in the hand (as of Monday) worth more than the seven others that were in the bush? Well, in this particular case, no, it was not. Two of the offers we received this morning were even better offers. And one was all cash, no contingencies, a quick close (seven days from today), and five percent higher than the offer we received on Monday! Woo hoo!

In this instance, anyway, “good things come to those who wait” trumped “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”467EBAFD-8F74-450C-A067-95CAFA6FEA9E


As I commented on Marilyn’s post this morning, “You stole my thunder. When I went to bed last night at about 11 pm Pacific time, I was planning to write a post this morning titled “Two Old White Men.” But you have a 3-hour advantage over me, since 7 am my time is 10 am your time. But my post would have pretty much said exactly what you wrote anyway. Well, hopefully the Democratic ticket will get at least some level of diversity with the VP choices.”

So, in case you missed it, here’s Marilyn’s post.

“Everyone wants change,” said Garry, “until they get to the polls and then it’s the same old game all over again.” We were both bummed at how poorly …


Fandango’s Provocative Question #59

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Politicians are talking a lot about education these days. Free college tuition, free pre-kindergarten, student loan forgiveness, charter schools, higher teachers’ salaries, etc.

So in this atmosphere where education is at the forefront, my provocative question this week is:

What does it mean to you in the 21st century to be well educated?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Gambit

FOWCWelcome to March 4, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “gambit.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

  1. And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.