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My landlord is the nicest guy ever—there’s something you don’t hear every day. But it’s true! In my case, at least. This guy and his stepson are wonderful. Very responsive, very fair. The thing is, you’d never guess it from his name: Javad. Sounds like Jafar, the evil villain from Aladdin.

Related: Last month I visited Temecula with my girlfriend. The hotel concierge recommended that we visit The Gambling Cowboy for dinner. Apparently that’s the nicest restaurant in town. But you’d never guess it by its incredibly corny/cheap-sounding name. Sounds like a reject from the Reno Circus Circus.

Also related: My friend just saw a magician perform a card trick preceded by the line, “You are going to remember this moment until the moment after you die.” And then the trick wasn’t that good.

Moral of the story: Never let them see you coming.

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