Ballard Avenue will be taking this week off to attend the Ring cycle operas in Seattle. For the non-Wagnerians amongst us, the Ring is four operas presented over six nights. It's the story of a real estate deal gone really bad. Wotan's scheme to get his castle built opens up a No. 10 size can of worms featuring greed, lust, hatred, spite, malice, and The Norns. And how different is that from most real estate deals, anyway?