As I begin Deatherage & Associates again after more than decade of letting the real estate business fallow, I hold no allusions that I will have any immediate "associates", and to be totally honest, I don't want any unless they join me and my mission with total commitment to purpose and principal, with a devoted level of practicable enthusiasm.

Since my favorite soul guy, the Godfather himself, Mr. Brown, wrote that great song years ago, I have always wanted to use that line. And after what I have done, and endured over the last few years, or was it decades(?), I generally say whatever I want ... when appropriate.

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