[photopress:sopranos.jpg,full,alignright]Agents usually list the Top Ten Questions buyers and sellers ask them on their website or in their blog. While they certainly ask me plenty of real estate questions, I have to say that the number one question that is not about real estate that people ask me is: “Is the Sopranos ‘Authentic’?” I was asked the question so much that I had to watch the show. Even at the recent MIT Forum, I found myself answering this question to the guy on my right. Lord knows how the subject came up with Redfin, Zillow and House Values in the room.
Christopher is one of the only true Wiseguys. Paulie is what we would call a choochamend. You don’t hear about Philly much because, for all intents and purposes, Jersey doesn’t exist. North Jersey goes with NY and South Jersey goes with Philly. So when you are dealing with North Jersey, as in Tony, then you see NY and not Philly, except for the occasional assist. Gobbagool is Capicolla. Bobby Bacala’s name is spelled wrong. It’s Baccala or salted cod or a spanking. Unless someone else knows why my grandmother was always threatening to give us a baccala, and it clearly wasn’t fish.
Names like Joey-two-toes and such does not mean someone is in the Mafia. It is a Catholic thing, not a mafioso thing. When I was a kid, people were not allowed to name their children anything but a Saint’s name. So everyone was named Joe or John or Tony. So to distinguish all of the different Joe’s and Tony’s, you had to add something. My dad was Giuseppe Pasquale DellaLoggia aka “Joe-the-hat”. Trust me, he was not in the mafia. He got psoriasis of the scalp when he was 19 and went bald, so he never took off the jeff cap, hence “Joe-the-hat”.
OK, you can go back to 1031 Exchanges now…not my favorite topic 🙂 Can’t wait to see how Dustin tags this one.