David Saks: Am I Being Stalked ? : Agent Doesn't Like My Hair !!! Matt, Bob, Rich and Brad Should Read This One

David Saks - Real Estate Broker - The Real Estate Mart of Tennessee, Inc. - 4040 North Watkins-Suite #4 - Memphis, Tennessee 38127 - Phone (901) 357-4663

Am I Being Stalked ? : Agent Doesn't Like My Hair !!! Matt, Bob, Rich and Brad Should Read This One



A disgruntled agent had been bombarding me with insults about the photographs on my biography pages.hair He's spent a great deal of time examining my life. He even spammed me with things I didn't know about myself, such as Wikipedia articles about my life.

This is the new 53 year old blonde. The girls at the hotel, where I played the piano, The French Quarter Inn, loved it. The old hotel shut down last month. Maybe it was because of my hair. I played there for seven years on Monday afternoons. They said the hair made me look like somewhere between Barry Manilow and Nicholas Cage.

He got miffed because I sent a reply to an email that he sent Sunday bawling me out for posting ten (which he referred to as twenty) blog posts last Sunday. He said I was knocking other agents out of the queue. I replied, and explained, that what he didn't understand was that I draft my posts during the week and post on Sundays up to the Blog limit. I called him a pest, that his email was rude and that I get a raw email from an agent about once every six weeks or so. Thus began the barrage of immature insults.

I recently began a series on real estate math for agents and real estate professionals. The ill-mannered, low bred agent said that if he wanted a math refresher he'd sign up for one, as though all Active Rain articles had to be posted according to his criteria and for his personal benefit, or they shouldn't be posted at all.

I suppose some of you have wondered what I look like as opposed to the black and white photo associated with my profile. Here are some of the images past and present.

And here's is my hair in all of it's glory. I hope you'll see that I'm a guy that can laugh with others when they're laughing at me. I've got a pretty good sense of humor, so I want to put to rest the state of sulky dissatisfaction that the stalker is contending with.

My hair's been evolving over the years with subtle nuances, highlights, shades of grey, brown, blonde and green. Guess it comes with film and music. I'm currentlly a 56 year old blonde with shades of gray. It hasn't affected my realtor board.

I thought it would be fun to show you how my hair's evolved over the last twenty years, and hear what you think. The creepy agent said that I looked like a crazy man and I'm just a has-been that has too much time on his hands. Isn't that rude?

It was a nice day and I was feeling pretty chipper. The sun was shining, gas prices weren't too high. The air was sweet and the birds were singing. I felt pretty good and the world seemed to be at peace, and not in pieces. We hadn't been trashed yet by credit crunches, subprime problems, failed investment banks, oil piracy or alopecia. I didn't have any grievances, grudges or complaints to rain on the parade.

Let's move backwards a few years to Rhodes College and my student disk jockey days. The music was great, the campus life was cool, and the hair was short.

hairI'm sitting at the console of the radio station during my radio show. Now this day was a little different because a back hoe, that was excavating behind the building, pulled the transmitting antenna through the wall when it ran over it. Luckily, my hair wasn't standing on end because of the high voltage danger.





The one of me at the piano (below right) was taken in 1994. I had more hair to pull then. I was 170 pounds and a bicycling maniac (which I still enjoy)


Maybe he just wanted to see the rest of me. :-)

The realtor board hasn't complained about my hair yet and neither have my friends, neighbors or the other agents in my office. The students at the real estate school I work for even said they liked it. Although I needed highlights for the gray :-) My barber (who only knows for sure) said that I need to join the club, get old, and be like the rest of the guys. I told him, of course, that blondes have more fun.

Below is another at the Steinway. I had just finished a cycling run and sat down to practice for three of four hours. Hence the scantily dressed long haired David. (I have cycle shorts on, by the way, in spite of the bare legs).


A ex-girlfriend also tried to convince me that I could have more fun as a blonde. I'm not certain that I agree.

Now we come to the mane. I was really in my club stomping, wild musician, serenading bard, psuedo-intellectual phase of living. This rare pic was taken about twenty years ago, or so. My hair kind-of looks like that now, just blonde.

I spent so much time with the piano back then that I rarely if ever thought about a haircut. Besides, one of my best friends at the time was a girl who managed a salon at the Peabody Hotel here in Memphis. She routinely cut hair for musicians like Billy Joel, Steve Miller, Paul McCartney, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and many others, when they stayed at the Peabody. She never wanted me to cut my shaggy mane.

Although she did manage to get a hold on me back in 1997 and you can see what happened on the right. She didn't want David Saks....she wanted Michael Bolton.

If my hair makes me a crazy man, I suppose my toenails make me sane. hair










This one (on the left) was taken about six years ago while I was having a pensive moment on a patio at a friends home. I was thinking about all of the great food on the patio under the awning.





  Finally, Mommy and me with the hair the Lord gave me when I was one year old.


So there you have it. The evolution of my hair and what I really look like. I suppose I've looked the rock musician role. I've had a couple of film appearances, including a science fiction film that required my hair to be a little different. I played a ufo investigator, can you believe that ?

I wonder if the agent has an inferiority complex. Perhaps he's infatuated with me, has now become a stalker, or has too much time on his hands ? I've asked him to stop emailing me or I'd contact his realtor board. He finally crawled up, slinked away and went back into his hole.

Any suggestions ?

I'd like to hear from you. Which hair do you like ? :-)


David Saks

Time&Temp Memphis

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Comment balloon 26 commentsDavid Saks • September 16 2008 05:51AM


Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - City by the LakeI like the hair on the next to the last photo (Above Mom & Me).  Don't know what to say about rude AR's I haven't experienced any.  I am so sorry you have a "stalker"

Posted by Pam Jank, Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro (Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Pam. Great to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

David, Try staggering your posts. I often have wondered why you post them all at once. It barrages me with too much of your work to read at once. I am sorry you had such a ill bill on AR.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Thanks Laura. Will do. I really didn't think about it because I draft the blogs during the week and try to post on Sunday. This is kind of an exception. Nice to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

If this wasn't serious it would almost be laughable.  Your hair?  Goodness, people have too much time on their hands sometimes..


Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 11 years ago

Good thought, Kris. It's a hairy situation.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

David - I too would suggest posting as you write.  That way the folks that subscribe to you will see something new from you every day, as opposed to once a week.  I'm afraid I don't usually have time to read more than one or two posts from each person.  Plus, I heard somewhere that it helps SEO to have things spread out a bit more!  Interesting hair evolution there! 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) over 11 years ago

Good advice, Penny. Glad to hear from you. Think I'll have coffee over the coiffure. :-)

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

David-I'd send copies of the email to the folks at AR.  I think it was Rich who recently penned in a post that "stalking" would not be tolerated.  This is the type of behavior that needs to stop in the AR community and if we want it to stop we have to report the offenders.  I too would suggest that you spread out your posts and let the other agents on AR and Google have a time to digest them before the next one appears.  There is NO rule that says you can't post 10 posts in 30 seconds if you want. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Cindy. Good advice. I'm a fair person and I'd like to give the agent a chance to think it over before I resort to punitive action. His reputation depends on it. I don't want to damage him.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

I can really understand your pain but have to say I stopped reading about one paragraph in.  That icon with your website address is VERY distracting.

Posted by Gary McAdams (GMAC Schwartz Property Sales) over 11 years ago

I'm not in any pain, Gary, although I regret yours over the icon. No obligation to read anything I've written, ever. Have a good day in spite of the obstacle in your way in my blogs path.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

I'm only suprised that you choose a career in real estate rather than hairdressing.

While I don't quite agree with Gary, I like the icon but it is distracting and annoying that it goes anti-clockwise. Is that a northern/southern hemisphere thing?

Posted by Alan Langstone over 11 years ago

This is like "Evolution of Hair" Very fun to see the different looks. As for the stalker, that Realtor must have an awful lot of time on their hands; wonder what that says about their business. I have never understood what compels someone to put so much time and effort into such a fruitless task as stalking. I too would recommend forwarding the e-mails to the AR gods and letting them deal with it. Don't give that foolish stalker anymore of your time or energy. BTW, I think your icon is cool.

Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) over 11 years ago

David, I would give the guy the benfit of your energy and efforts. Triviality does not deserve attention. That only make it bigger than it is. If it deos not go away, then let the AR folks handle it, which I am certain they will.

Cool photos


Posted by Bo Hussung (Bell Title /Triserv LLC) over 11 years ago

Personally, I kinda like the one on the far right....the early Gene Wilder look. There are a number of members who post all of their articles at one time. Some may find it annoying, but I certainly don't see what the big issue is. Keep doing what your doing, David. I've enjoyed lurking around your blog for quite a while now....  And if anyone does continue to annoy you, let me know.

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 11 years ago

It would have been worse if it went up and down, Alan, although it's nice to hear from you. Thanks for your comment.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

Hi David...Seems I tuned back in at the right time! Love the pictures! I especially like your John Lennon look! That guy is probably totally bald...hence the obsession!

I personally would totally ignore him...don't "feed the beast"

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Rich D.. Your a pal. And thanks for the nice comments. The dude's also stationed in Iraq. I told him that if he kept it up, he might have to start selling camels or rugs for a living after I contact his realtor board.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

Hi Bo. Just another day in the life of a normal guy with blonde, green hair. I've got a sales meeting /dinner tonight at my brokerage and the PB's probably going to want to shave my head. The artlcle's been flagged by my pals here in Memphis and I should wear a football helmet to the meeting. I'm wearing dark sunglasses and a cowboy hat to avoid recognition. :-) Always glad to hear from you. Hope your having a fine week.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

david: thanks for blogging...your such a hoot! be well. steve

Posted by Steve Harless (Resolution Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Rich J. It's always an honor to hear from you, my friend. Gene Wilder is one of my favorites. He was a very lucky guy to have been married to the late, great Gilda Radner. I saw 'Young Frankenstein' again the other night and fell off of my couch laughing. Let's lurk together...I hear a song in the works. :-)

                                           young frankenstein


Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

Joan, your such a sweetheart. You won't believe it, but I was just thinking about you and wondering how you've been in beautiful N.H. I've missed you. Hope these days are wonderful for you. I was listening to Lotte Lenya singing 'September Song' earlier. There's no place in the world that that beautiful song could represent any more than N.H.

I didn't intend to make an enemy out of Mr. Fetid, the disgruntled agent. Just have some fun with him. He doesn't like me any more. :-( ...but ask me if I'm losing any sleep over it and my answer is heck no.

I'm always very happy to hear from you, Joan.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

Steve, you made my day, and my hair, feel better. Can you believe it ? I'm sitting in the Starbucks at the Naval Air Station with enlisted personnel with short military haircuts, all around, ordering lattes and treating me like a normal guy with blonde / green shoulder length hair. Life's a wonderful thing !!! Hope your having a great week, my friend.

                              the boy with the green hair


Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

I like the one six years ago....I just turned 51 but I really doubt I'd look good with blonde....men seem to look more distinguished with their gray. :)


BTW....I'm a little crazy at times....but then...who isn't :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Celeste. The ex-girlfriend wanted to 'get the gray out'. I've always had streaks of blonde in my hair, but never lived my life as someone who 'only had a hairdresser who knew for sure' until a couple of years ago. Middle-age crazies here, too. The office likes it. Makes for some nice chuckles. One of the girls in the office got me a copy of the novel, 'Dirty Blonde'. :-) Guess Jerry Lee Lewis and I have something in common now. Hope you have a great weekend.

                          jerry lee lewis


Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

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