What does Moneyball, the book by Michael Lewis (about Baseball and Sabermetrics) and the movie based on it, have to do with us? In the movie, Billy Beane, A's general manager played by Brad Pitt, faced a severe situation of having a team with deep talent holes and no budget to fill them. It was during this severe trial that he met Peter Brand and adopted the radical idea of using sabermetrics to evaluate players. I think it's entirely possible that if he wasn't desperate then he might not have gone to the extreme of eliminating the traditional scouting methods. I am not trying to belittle his achievements. To the contrary, I think his ability to see the positives in ideas and individuals rejected by others and his perseverance despite immense opposition are truly admirable. When Danny and I first started working together in 2005, we were working on projects much larger in scale than Beethoven Four. Then for reasons unrelated to each other, all of the projects fell apart. It was during that time of uncertainty that we did some soul searching and embarked on the path that we are on now, which is to focus on small lot subdivision projects in the City of Los Angeles. In hindsight, not proceeding with those larger projects has been a real blessing given the severity and duration of the depressed real estate market. However, we probably would not have proceeded down this path had we not hit a wall. Therefore, we've come to appreciate that the curveballs in life are real opportunities for us to improve ourselves or our situations.