In tribute to baseball great Yogi Berra, who passed away last evening, D Real Estate Daily is reposting a column by contributing editor Chuck Dannis. It originally ran in April 2012.
The 2012 baseball season officially gets under way in Arlington tomorrow, and North Texans have high hopes for their oh-so-close, almost-world-champion Texas Rangers. Given the timing of my D Real Estate Daily blog this month, I thought I would borrow a little wit from one of baseball’s wisest, most-quoted pundits—Yogi Berra—and apply it, with a large dose of self-dealing editorial freedom, to our world today.
• “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Something overheard at the 2008-11 Mortgage Bankers America conferences.
• “A nickel ain’t worth a dime today.” Pretend the dime is what you paid for a nice house in Las Vegas in early-2007; it’s worth a nickel now.
• “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” Hopefully, what they are saying about downtown Dallas in 2020!
• “I made a wrong mistake.” Now more commonly referred to as the “Bernie Madoff” defense.
• “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” My top pick for the GOP Presidential campaign slogan for 2012.
• “If you don’t know where you are going, you will end up somewhere else.” I proffer this as the new slogan for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. (meaning, with all that we have here, why would you ever want to go anywhere else?)
• “I know I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.” It may be a bit of a stretch, but could describe those investors that bolted from the real estate market in 2009-2010, only to look back and find the market in many areas making bold comebacks.
• “The future ain’t what it used to be.” What happens when eight million Americans unexpectedly lose their jobs.
• “I didn’t really say everything I said.” Thanks, Yogi, that sums up my feelings about my blog today.