Ben, I owe you a public apology. Too bad… - Posted by Dr. Craig Whisler CA NV
Posted by Dr. Craig Whisler CA NV on October 22, 2003 at 20:52:52:
…I don’t always pay my debts.
I believe that I have you confused with another individual, a lawyer named Ben, that I encountered on the main board, when I did my infamous post titled “I Encourage My Children To Drop Out Of School”. I used to tweak his tail and call the vicious … Gentle Ben, after the bear.
I am sorry to have offended you. I’m twice as sorry, now that I’ve read your courteous and well thought out reply to my rude post. Yes, I know it can be a real insult to be called an attorney, for some people. As most long time readers know I often take tongue-in-cheek shots at lawyers and about 100 other unprofesional professionals, when I feel they deserve it. I was educated to be an attorney myself but never took the CA bar exam. I got distracted by my desire to make money. I read that the average lawyer (in 1979) when I graduated law, was only making about $25k per year. I made that much as a window washer, 20 years earlier, just after quiting high school two months before graduation, to show how I felt about the educational system that I had been subjected to. No Regrets. That’s where I get the Dr. in front of my name. We’ve had many a knock down, drag-out battle on CRE over my calling myself, doctor, with a Juris Doctor Degree, because most others with this degree practice law and get to wear a befitting title anyway. I don’t, so I just started a new trend (of one).
Ben, you missed one impportant benefit to being licensed. Lonnie and several other posters have pointed out that having a license exempted them from having to pay a sales tax when they buy mobile homes for resale. This can be worthwhile if the license doesn’t cost too much.
I think we should carefully weigh the costs vs the benefits of having or not having a license. If licenses are cheap and easy to obtain, why not get one and swim downstream, with the current aiding you. If they cost an impossibly high amount and impose other onerous burdens on you, like requiring a sales lot, public office, etc. then I personally would prefer to take my chances and go bare, Ben.
If I had to choose between a license and profits it would be an easy choice (Philip, please don’t ask).
It should be carefully noted that going bare isn’t for everyone. Some people couldn’t sleep at night if they didn’t put a penney in their last parking meter. Other’s, like me, couldn’t sleep any night if they didn’t steal their last parking meter.
To each, his own. I hope the board auditors benefited from hearing the various sides and opinions on this controversial subject. A lot of folks don’t have the courage to stand their ground when critiquing the opinions of established names on this board. Much to your credit, you do. Now I put you in a special, two-man category with Lyle. You’ve both got more balls than a bowling alley. Nice to have you onboard, Ben. I also thank you for the fact that you showed me more courtesy than I showed you. I am learning. I hope I am capable admitting my mistakes (if I ever make one) and of changing for the better.