Tell Ralph

By
Real Estate Agent with Preferred Properties Key West

Living on a small island at the end of America has its advantages in so many ways. But there are some disadvantages like keeping private matters private. I was reminded of this point yesterday as I was leaving home for my office. "Ralph" my tree trimmer, was cutting down a volunteer tree next door. A volunteer is a plant or tree that springs up out of nowhere. I was told birds poop and deposit seeds from various sources and nature takes it course. Nature created a monster tree that grew to huge proportions and then lost a limb in the wind and damaged my neighbor's roof. Good riddance. Ralph took a break to talk to me. "What about this real estate market?" and then proceeded to tell me gossip about several house deals including a big house nearby that he claimed to have the inside knowledge on. 

He has done this for years. I learned a long time ago not to tell Ralph anything because he is the town gossip. You know the saying "Telegram, Telegraph, Tell-a-Ralph!". In the days before Facebook you only needed to tell Ralph or one of several other gossip girls - either sex, same result. Sharing is caring - or Karen. 

Top photo is not the tree and not Ralph.

 

 

 

Comments (3)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Gary. A friend of mine who worked in Key West for years said that Key West had the "Coconut telegraph" long before social media. Enjoy your day. 

Feb 26, 2021 04:37 AM
Gary Thomas

Absolutrly correct. And Ralph's the guy who collected the coconuts and spread the word across the island.

Feb 26, 2021 05:09 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

The only things to tell a town gossip are the things it's okay for everyone to know!

Feb 26, 2021 04:58 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gary - despite those who say fake news is a recent phenomenon, people like Ralph have existed.   Any information is subject to interpretation.    

Feb 26, 2021 05:28 AM

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