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March 10, 2005

Christopher P. Finney - Comedian?

Among other things, I happen to be a licensed real estate broker in the State of Ohio. The state requires licensed brokers and salespeople to take 30 hours of continuing education every 3 years. This is a very good thing. So today, I am in my last class of my 30 hours and the instructor reels me in hook, line, sinker and pole.

I was taking a class about the legal aspects of new construction taught by Christopher P. Finney, Esq. He is a partner in the firm Finney, Stagnaro, Saba & Klusmeier Co., L.P.A.

Early in the class Christopher starts talking about the difficulty of describing, in a legal contract, a house that has not yet been built. He says, "The first three dimensions you have to describe are the width, length and height of the house." He was referring broadly to the plans and specifications of a typical house. "What is the fourth dimension that needs to be addressed," Mr. Finney said.

I burst out, "Time!" "Correct," Chris says and quickly explains that a completion date should be in a contract.

Then he asks to the class, "What is the fifth dimension?" Feeling my oats I respond, "Quality issues!" Chris looks at me and says, "No, it was a vocal group popular way back when."

The class laughed as I was brought out of the bucket and up onto the stump to get filleted. All I can say is the mild amount of humiliation was death on a stick. But I deserved it.

NOTE TO SELF: Don't be so ambitious to answer questions posed by an attorney.

Posted by Tim Carter at March 10, 2005 1:02 PM

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