Merlino & Gonzalez November 2017

November 2017





Thank You to Our Team and Clients

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I have a confession to make. Some of you may be offended when I say this, but I’d much rather have a nice steak than some turkey, whether it’s the fourth Thursday in November or not. Maybe because of this, or maybe because we’ve just been too busy to cook over the last few years, our family tradition involves going into Manhattan for dinner. It may not be everyone’s idea of a classic Thanksgiving meal, but it’s become a special and highly anticipated event for my family. We don’t always go to the same restaurant, but there is one that we visit more often than not: Del Frisco’s on 6th Avenue. It’s a wonderful experience to get dressed up as a family, head into the city, and sit down to a massive steak. Even better, Del Frisco’s is right near Rockefeller Center, so it’s a perfect place to take in the wonder of Manhattan during the holidays. However, I do have to set a calendar reminder to make a reservation. You might think a restaurant wouldn’t be too busy on Thanksgiving, but I guess we’re not the only family that’s figured out the magic of Thanksgiving steak. Take that, turkey lovers!

securely in place. The ornaments and lighting are best left to the experts. Though if I’m needed to stand on a ladder, I’m happy to oblige. “A little to the left, John,” is an instruction I can understand. Food, football, and scenery are all great, but Thanksgiving is nothing without the expression of gratitude at the heart of the holiday. This year, I have more than enough to be thankful for. First, I’m grateful for the health and happiness of my wife and our children. With my son applying to colleges right now, the importance of spending the holidays together has become clearer than ever. I’ll be putting the pressure on him to come home for Thanksgiving next year, but, in the meantime, I’ll be sure to cherish this one. I’m also thankful for the extraordinary team at Merlino & Gonzalez. We work in an industry where turnover is a fact of life, and yet, our staff remains some of the most loyal in the business. I’d like to think that means we’re doing something right, but it’s mostly because we’ve hired a special collection of people who have grown into a family. Equally special are the clients we are lucky enough to guide through the real estate and estate planning processes. It’s you who make our firm what it is, and there are no words that could adequately express my gratitude. We know that moving offices may have made things a little hectic this year, but we think we can provide better service than ever from our new home. I received a piece of sage advice recently: If you worry about the four walls of your home and the four walls of your office, everything else will take care of itself. I hope you’ll be able to spend time with the loved ones within your four walls this Thanksgiving. We’ll be waiting within our four walls at the office when you get back.

More important than securing a prime reservation, though, is the simple pleasure of having a weekend to relax with the people I love. From watching football and taking a nap to exploring a park and enjoying the weather, Thanksgiving weekend always serves as a welcome refresher. The final family tradition of the weekend is putting up our Christmas tree. I mostly focus on making sure the tree is

John R. Merlino Jr. Esq.



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