For a Rock and Roll fanatic, it's hard to believe that Eddie Van Halen has died – especially when he was not much older than me and perhaps had not done many more uninsurable activities. Here is a fantastic solo, later in his career:
I, The Changing Appraisal Landscape: Developing Trends of Appraisal Throughout the Country – Tune in For Tirdays at 2 With Chip Merlin, on Facebook Livestream I noted a bit that some are getting older and are no longer with us:
The assessment process is very different today than in 1983, when I first started as a lawyer in this property insurance claim. I can hear most people reading this blog either thinking or saying, “No kidding, Chip. I was not even born or went to high school in 1983. “But if you do not know where the evaluation came from, how can you tell if a trend is meaningful in what you do to support yourself?
These Facebook Live Stream discussions have been of great help to me and hopefully to those of you who watch them – I often say that the person with an open and curious mind will learn a lot when you try to teach someone else what you know. It gets a little harder when much of what a person knows has been forgotten or seemingly irrelevant to new participants. I'm in that place for tomorrow's afternoon discussion, but Larry Bache will help me stay on track as we work through this maze of honesty and transformation that has taken place over the past 38 years.
Still, this has been a very trying year. I tested positive for Covid six times in a row. Fifty-five days of waiting.
For those who know me, I have always been the child who stood up and called everyone to do something every day. Life really has not been that different until this year. And then,
“STOP! Chip Merlin. You can not go outside.
So I have learned to stay and still stand up and call my friends, many of you, to come out and play with me. Indeed, this insurance work that helps people is to "play" for me and I thank each and every one of you for helping to make it fun for me.
I suggest that we listen and think carefully about a song when this year ends, which evokes the most important and valuable aspect of human existence – LOVE.
Can we not give ourselves another chance?
Why can we not give love another chance?  Why can we not give love, give love, give love, give love
Give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?
] Because love is such an old-fashioned word
And love dares you to take care of
The people on the edge of the night
And love (people on the streets) dare you change our way of doing  Caring for ourselves
This is our last dance
This is ourselves under pressure