Ode To A Snake Oil Salesman...!!!

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Title Insurance with Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.

I grew up on TV westerns...black and white, of course...perhaps that is why to this day I still see issues in black and white...for you younguns, color TV had not yet been invented when I was a kid...my remarks have nothing to do with race at all...  

Now that we've proven that anyone, regardless of color, age, religion, or political ethic, can aspire to the highest office in the land, let's get on with our lives and forget playing the race card and move our great country forward...we are a nation in need of serious healing...no band aids, no snake oil, no mind games, no secret ointments will heal the wounds of our economy and our real estate market!  

I remember in those westerns the snake oil salesman would ride his wagon into town, usually parking it in an obscure but accessible place where he could work his spin, gather a nice crowd around his wagon, and begin talking the crowd into purchasing his fabulous 'snake oil' or other concocted remedies guaranteed to 'cure' all that ails society!  

Now, most of his wares were probably ointments designed to be used on horses, cows, and other farm animals with a little perfume added to appeal to the human nose!!!  

Of course, he needed to work his magic quickly before customers caught on to the sham ointments, and get out of town about as quickly as he arrived...  

God only knows how long between visits it would take for his customer base to forgive him for being a 'hack' and gather around his wagon once more to listen to his 'new spiel' on how his fabulous 'cure all' snake oil must be purchased...often the focus wasn't on the product(s) being touted and sold, but the comedy and magic acts designed to entertain his gullible audience between sales!!! The rabbit in the hat!!!  

And so today, we still have the ancestors of the snake oil salesmen in our midst...!!!  

No, they don't ride in on brightly decorated wagons, nor do they even own horses, nor do they even offer snake oil anymore, but nevertheless they exist, and they are alive and well...  

Oh, to be sure, they have evolved slickly, and have polished up their act so they are hardly recognizable, and they even have licenses and government authorizations to market their wares! But the smoke and mirrors are still their MO...and...  

They can still be heard spinning their lines, but with great sophistication, spreading their greed and tapping into any money source they can find...  

No, they are not the true professionals who work as if their careers and reputations depended on it, going from consumer to consumer with assistance, often without even counting the cost...  

They are still the scoundrels of the wild, wild west, and east, and north, and south...trying to appeal to the consumer as kind of 'ONE MAN BANDS'...  

That's right, they can still be recognized and identified, not by their transparency, but by those brightly colored catchy facades they still sport and have not been able to shed and disguise...!!! They lurk not in the prominence of the TOWN SQUARE but behind the bushes, in the back rooms, and in the nooks and crannies of 'good old boy' networks...  

You'll know them by their fruits...and their reputations...and their pitches...and their greed...and their spin...if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is...!!!

                                             

 

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Rainmaker
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Kat,

Many Americans are nervous these days, but we need to hold out until the Cavalry arrives or the good guy on the white horse...!!! :) Thanks,   Fran

Nov 08, 2008 09:26 AM #2
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Fran, so true about knowing people by their fruits. Watch those actions and their results in their wake and stop listening to the flapping lips. Good point. I lived in that black and white / color TV transition time and I remember when just NBC had color.

Nov 08, 2008 09:37 AM #3
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Gary,

Whatever happened to that old NBC peacock??? Thanks,   Fran

Nov 08, 2008 09:39 AM #4
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Kat DeLong
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 Peacock   I THINK he died, Fran

Nov 08, 2008 10:49 AM #5
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Kat,

That's the wrong peacock...NBCs was multi colored!!!  LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Nov 08, 2008 11:33 AM #6
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Kat DeLong
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Ah, Fran, it's the only dang Peacock I could find--it has a couple of colors, though. LOL

Nov 08, 2008 11:55 AM #7
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Kat,

At least it's a working peacock...maybe its trying to earn its colors!!! Thanks,   Fran

Nov 08, 2008 12:17 PM #8
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Susan Haughton
Alexandria, VA
Helping You Buy or Sell Alexandria Real Estate

When I read "snake oil salesman," I thought this was going to be a political post!  LOL

Nov 08, 2008 03:11 PM #9
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
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Susan,

You live way too close to D.C...!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Nov 08, 2008 09:27 PM #10
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Todd Clark
Keller Williams Realty - Beaverton, OR
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Hey Fran,

For only $19.95 I got some oil that will make you the best title officer in three counties. Buy today and I'll give you two bottles.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Nov 09, 2008 01:00 AM #11
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

TC,

Humbly, I'm already the best title officer in three counties...but can it grow hair...??? Will you take AR points in lieu of cash??? LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Nov 09, 2008 07:07 AM #12
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Fran - the first TV I remember watching was one of the round 10" screens set inside one of those old huge radio cabinets. And there are too many snake oil salespeople around today, you can catch them on TV, on radio and, apparantly, in government.

Nov 09, 2008 07:24 AM #13
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Mike,

We had a big old GE, same size...got 3 stations...cost over $500.00 dollars! Thanks,   Fran

Nov 09, 2008 07:57 AM #14
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Todd Clark
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No to taken AR points, I seem to already have enough of those and no it doesn't grow hair. (SORRY - LOL)

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Nov 10, 2008 09:11 AM #15
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

TC,

Spoken like a true Snake Oil salesman!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Nov 10, 2008 09:52 AM #16
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Fran -- Great blog, my man.  Im still sad that there are some of these guys that now have a stangle hold on ActiveRain...using the corporate level peeps to help peddle thier wares to the community.  Seems to taint the waterhole, if you ask me. 

Nov 10, 2008 09:56 AM #17
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Clint,

Your observation does not go unnoticed!!! You got the message here! Thanks,   Fran

Nov 10, 2008 10:16 AM #18
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Ive been reading you a long time, my man...I usually smell what your steppin in...lol

Nov 10, 2008 10:19 AM #19
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Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate

Fran, was led here by a tweet, but I'm oblivious to any message.  I sure wish that blog skin of yours was animated!  I feel like I'm in an appt overlooking the ball field!

Nov 10, 2008 10:28 AM #20
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Clint: I hear YA...!!! :^)

Natalie: Welcome to my blog...you have to hang around here a while to get it!!! But you will feel refreshed and ANIMATED when you do...!!! Be patient, and enjoy the scenery!!!

Thanks,   Fran

Nov 10, 2008 10:41 AM #21
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