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So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

Throwing Q’s Into the Privet Bush

For the last 18 months, I have thrown Q’s into the privet bush without any concern for young rabbits, foxes or even Ford Prefect for that matter. In fact, this marks the 99th time I’ve set fingers to keyboard here at Agent Genius since Benn and Lani were kind enough to extend an invitation back in 2007. Stopping just shy of the 100 mark seems strangely appropriate.

Odd tangent: Athol Kay said he would retire if I ever joined a multi-author blog. Score that Me 1, Wool Face 0. (And yes, some of us still miss the stupid sock puppet.)

As the real estate blogosphere zigs toward social media and the like, I find myself zagging back toward more simple solutions. Why? Because for all the discussion about Redfin and Trulia and Zillow, and for all Inman’s attempts to posit that agents make too much money, almost nothing has changed about the basic fundamentals of the real estate business the last couple of years. The trappings may be different and the packaging more flashy (pun intended) but it’s largely the same game.

Which means most of the bandwidth I’ve used here has been for naught. Or so it feels sometimes. I apologize for the inconvenience.

The Meaning of Life’s 42

I’ve reached a point where my business is on the verge of the quantum leap I’ve dreamed of for years. There’s nothing I’m doing that I haven’t shared ad nauseum; at this point, I’m tired of talking about it over and over again. Believe or don’t, implement or won’t … too many blank stares … it’s time to unplug. My feed reader overfloweth as it is, given most waking hours are spent building the business and not worrying about the latest internecine debate on the fate of real estate.

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At least, time to unplug at AG. will roll on, if for no other reason than to give my mother something to read in the morning now that the East Valley Tribune is gone.

And so I say to my gracious hosts, thank you for the soapbox. To those who have commented over the years, one day you’ll realize that I was right all along even if my logic was hidden in Yiddish. And to my loyal readers, thanks to both of you.

So long, friends, and thanks for all the fish.

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Written By

Jonathan Dalton is a Realtor with RE/MAX Desert Showcase in Peoria, Arizona and is the author of the All Phoenix Real Estate blog as well as a half-dozen neighborhood sites. His partner, Tobey, is a somewhat rotund beagle who sleeps 21 hours a day.



  1. Bill Lublin

    March 23, 2009 at 2:36 am

    It always ends up with what works for you in real life – But you know you made some real friends in the blogosphere – don’t be forgetting them just because you’re going all Quantum Leap and stuff – stay well and “Don’t Panic”

  2. Sarah Cooper

    March 23, 2009 at 3:32 am

    This is the coolest goodbye post I’ve ever read. Thank you for all the great posts.

    “You live and learn. At any rate, you live.”

  3. Paula Henry

    March 23, 2009 at 6:06 am

    So long Jonathan – I wish you the best! Thanks for all the wonderful posts!

  4. Ken Brand

    March 23, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Thanks for sharing Jonathan. I’m reminded of the saying, “Nothing ever disappears, it just changes forms.” Perhaps we’ll see you later…I hope so. Cheers and all the best.

  5. Thomas Johnson

    March 23, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Jonathan: I wish you many many cat skins on the wall.

  6. Jason Sandquist

    March 23, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I have put some good things to work, hint hint >>> neighborhood niche sites.

    So long and thanks for the good ramblings, best of luck!

  7. Austin Smith -

    March 23, 2009 at 9:04 am

    We enjoyed you while you were here Jon. I will miss clicking on your posts in the morning; you are among my few favorites here on AG. Thank you for all your contributions.

    Happy trails to you and Tobey.

  8. Bob

    March 23, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Take care and good luck JD.

  9. Vicki Moore

    March 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I’m disappointed. I enjoy your writing and I like reading your ramblings.

  10. Matt Stigliano

    March 23, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Jonathan – I’m a little behind in my AG reading and just came across this one. I have to say, I’m a little sad to read it. Your posts have always been a good read and you have taught me a lot especially in the believing-what-you-believe-in-and-not-bowing-down-to-those-that-disagree department.

    Thanks, I’m a better agent for having read your posts and I look forward to seeing you down the road somewhere. Of course, I will always remain a fan of Tobey.

    PS Tying this post into one of the greatest series of novels of all time is duly noted and enjoyed. My old picks used to have several numbers on them (8, 42, 47, and 57) – the 42 for obvious reasons.

  11. Missy Caulk

    March 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I will miss you, Jon. You are a great writer and I have learned a lot from you.

    “your business is about to take a quantum leap”


  12. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    March 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I’m definitely sad – but no way I’m saying goodbye – too many cupholders and laughs….so you better not dissapear Mr. or I’ll have to hunt you down (that’s a threat).

    You know how to reach me, and I know how to reach you – so KIT!!

  13. John Lauber

    March 24, 2009 at 3:44 am

    You can’t go! All the plants are gonna die!!

    All kidding aside, I looked forward to your posts Jon. I’ve learned quite a bit from you. Good luck, as you make your Quantum Leap.

    Thank you for your contributions.

  14. Russell Shaw

    March 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Jonathan, I am very very happy about the Quantum Leap. However, I don’t go for this leaving crap. 🙂

  15. BawldGuy

    March 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I’m with Russ. Take a long weekend and sack up big guy. 🙂 Also ecstatic to read about your quantum leap. You’ve certainly earned it.

  16. Jay Thompson

    March 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Jeepers people, it’s not like he’s dying. He’s still got the second best individual RE blog in Phoenix…

    You and I have laughed, shared, and figuratively jammed our heads through the wall in frustration before, during and after our stints at AG. I know that won’t stop and I look forward to what lies ahead.

  17. Danilo Bogdanovic

    March 25, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Good luck with your Quantum Leap – don’t forget to charge your Flux Capacitator and leave enough road in front of you to get up to speed!

    Thanks for all the great posts! See you around…

  18. Matthew Rathbun

    March 25, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Good riddance! Nah, just kidding – actually very much kidding.

    You’re one of the first (although not on AG) that I encountered on the ol’ blogsphere and I’m not saying good bye, ’cause you’ll still be floating around.

    It’s been great reading you both when I’ve agreed and on those rare occasions when I have haven’t.

    Read ya around!

  19. teresa boardman

    April 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    sorry it took me so long to see this. sad to see you go. I know I can read you in other places and I will.

  20. Jim Gatos

    April 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    So, when you hit the “big” time, you figure it’s not worth blogging?

  21. Jonathan Dalton

    April 23, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Not at all, Jim … I’m still blogging daily on my own site.

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