I'd like to find a good topless bar

Real Estate Agent with Albuquerque Homes Realty 16572

I had a really awkward yet funny situation arise just the other day.  I was working with a very pleasant couple who are moving to Albuquerque from Texas.  We were looking at about 15 homes this day alone so we were enjoying some good conversation between properties. My clients mentioned as we passed a particular Church that they were of that sameSign for Topless Bar denomination and so we conversed about this subject a bit more. After brief pause and just a few moments later the husband states  “I’d like to find a good topless bar”. I hesitated a moment then said something like as a man of faith myself I really don't know anything about them but I'm sure there are a few around.  That was pretty much the end of that conversation as we approached the next property and I pondered what his wife was thinking, she never spoke a peep.

So we finish up the tour and I drop them off at their Hotel with several homes of serious consideration, I promise to follow up next day.  I drive off and about 5 minutes later I get a call from the husband.  John he says when I was talking to you earlier about wanting to find a Tapa BarTapas Bar my wife thought I said a Topless Bar and she thinks you did as well, he explains further and with emphasis I am not at all looking for a topless bar!  

For those who know me realize I am a bit hearing impaired and wear aids to help with the defect but I can assure you it has failed me on more than one instance and this was certainly one of them.  At least in this situation his wife thought she heard the same thing but she was in the back seat.  I bet he got an earful right after I left.   We have laughed about it several times since and realize how close some words sound yet with complete different meanings.

If your looking for a home in and around Albuquerque I would love to help you discover it.  I may not know where the topless bars are at but I have found a good Tapa Bar to share with you. 

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Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

OMG, You've made me laugh which, after the day I've had, is just a blessing!  Thank you so much!!

Sep 01, 2011 04:00 PM #97
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Hmm, if I said that and my wife thought I said the wrong thing she would either ask me to clarify it or smack me and then ask! After looking it up, I would have asked if there were any restaurants that served Tapas food. 

Sep 01, 2011 04:08 PM #98
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear John,

Could not say where any topless bars are either, but know of a couple of tapas bars, since I kinda like them.

Very funny story!

Sep 01, 2011 04:20 PM #99
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Like your funny story!  lol!  In my volunteer time I manage a homeless shelter.  One night our board of directors were meeting after hours in the office.  The part of the building where the bathrooms are located was locked and no one in the meeting had keys.  One of our directors a 70+ year old woman needed to use the bathroom.  I whispered to her to go to Jimmey's restuarant next door and use theirs.  I did not know it was a topless bar.  Had some of the others heard me they would have prepared her for the encounter.  When she returned, the look on her face spoke a thousand words.  She just said she never thought she would have ever experienced in her lifetime that kind of adventure in route to finding a bathroom!

Sep 01, 2011 04:42 PM #100
Steven Turetsky
Comprehensive Building Inspections & Consultants - Staten Island, NY
Building Moisture Analyst

Good story. I wasn't sure what a Tapas bar is, so I Googled it. Now I am hungry. Perhaps I'll go visit one for dinner. Since I live in New York City, it may make sense to take a cab. So now I wonder where I will end up if I ask the driver to take me to the best Tapas Bar he knows of? Hmmmm?

Sep 01, 2011 04:58 PM #101
Paddy Deighan JD PhD
TimeshareLawyers.pro - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

great story...it really made me smile and it appears that a misunderstanding in this case was actually a good thing!!!

Sep 01, 2011 09:46 PM #102
Daniel Z Stoltzfus
Lancaster, PA

It that why it says members only at the top of this post?

Sep 01, 2011 10:43 PM #103
Chanda Barrick
Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast - Indianapolis, IN
in referral

LOLOLOL!  Can't believe the wife made it all the way through the car ride without at least clarifying what he said...Didn't even know there were "Tapas bars" so I probably would've guess he said "topless bar" too, LOL!

Sep 02, 2011 02:13 AM #104
Sylvia Jonathan
Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties - Irvine, CA
Broker Associate, SFR

Too funny!

Sep 02, 2011 05:40 AM #105
Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423

Thanks for the laugh John, glad everything was cleared up!

Sep 02, 2011 05:52 AM #106
Steven Zimmerman
Belloise Realty Tropical - New Port Richey, FL
Husband & Father, @Gulf_Harbors Resident Realtor


Good afternoon. Very cute ... I'm sure both have a great all you can eat buffet ;)

Have an enjoyable & safe Labor Day weekend,


Sep 02, 2011 09:58 AM #107
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Go topless in Albequerque! Then have lunch, too funny. At least the wife wasn't hard of hearing.

Sep 02, 2011 01:29 PM #108
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hi Everyone!  Thanks again for all the great responses you have left on this crazy post.  Wish I could respond appropriately to each of you.  Time isn't on my side the last few days!  Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!

All My Best From The Q

Sep 02, 2011 05:12 PM #109
Geoff Grist
Mosman Neutral Bay Realty, Sydney Australia - Sydney, AU
Author of Sold Above Market book

Great story John, my wife says I have selective hearing but I only hera her say so occassionally.

Sep 02, 2011 06:18 PM #110
Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
Your agent under the sun

Too funny! English is not my first language & it happens that sometimes I misunderstand a word. The same thing would probably happen to me too & I don't know if I would have handled as well as you did! Aloha,

Sep 03, 2011 04:01 PM #111
Patty Clark
Morningside Homes, LLC - Aurora, CO
Helping Families Move with Care

Seems like everyone knows what a Tapas bar is except me.  What is it?  Very funny story and good thing you didn't react in a crazy way

Sep 05, 2011 08:08 AM #112
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Oh my gosh, I laughed out loud when I read this.  Chris & Patty - a tapas bar is a place that serves small appetizers called "tapas" with drinks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapas

Sep 05, 2011 03:39 PM #113
Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684 - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

OMG! What a great story! Can you imagine if you would have taken to the topless bar in town! What a hoot!

Sep 12, 2011 02:08 AM #114
Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL

Wow, John, that is absolutely hilarious!  When you're in this business long enough, you are bound to come across some crazy situations...so I'm not surprised that's what you thought he said.  I'm glad it got cleared up though, as it would have been real weird when you showed up with brochures for "Babes", "Lookers" & "Albuquerque Angels".

Feb 19, 2012 01:29 AM #115
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Funny story. And a great title. Worthy of the star.

Oct 04, 2012 02:47 PM #116
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