The NYT nails it: Affordability in Danbury, and just over the border

(What's left of) the Amphenol factory - Danbury: Ready to rock and roll!

(What’s left of) the Amphenol factory – Danbury: Ready to rock and roll!

Good God in heaven – Danbury? Over the border from what, Pawling? No jobs, 30% of the homes underwater, and I’m not referring to Candlewood Lake, and at least 40 minutes from Stamford, assuming no traffic. Even the Times can’t find anything real to support its claim that this is a fine place to live, citing 10 Dunkin Donuts, a Main Street “that time’s left behind” and this:

Danbury is something of a hub for upper Fairfield County, where people go for work, shopping and cultural events and to visit inmates at the low-security federal correctional institution on Route 37. (Piper Kerman, whose memoir was the basis for the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” served her sentence at a satellite camp adjacent to the prison.)

People flock to that prison, I’ll bet, and it must be those visitors who are keeping all those Dunkin Donut shops busy; prosperity!

Nice place to visit, perhaps, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

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A little more news on minimum wage jobs, and it’s more ominous than Wacky Hillary might think

Your burger is ready

Your burger is ready

McDonald’s, which suffered a 30% drop in profits this past quarter, is looking for ways to improve profitability and boost sales. One of those ways, the company says, will be to allow customers to place orders via computer tablets, rather than deal with (minimum wage) counter staff. While that in itself is a tad threatening, of more significance, perhaps, is that McDonald’s CEO, Don Johnson, is an electrical engineer by training with experience designing robotic food preparation machinery.

I suspect we can guess where Mr. Johnson might put his skills to work in his search to restore profits.

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Breaking news from Bizzarroland

Senile dementia

Senile dementia

Hillary Clinton: “Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs; that has been tried, and it’s failed spectacularly.” You know, Yale Law grads keep speaking like this and I’m going to start questioning whether the school actually teaches its students anything .

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Fear not, Homeland Security is on the streets, protecting all of us from evil

Putting terror behind us

Putting terror behind us

They just confiscated a dozen pairs of Kansas City Royals underpants, for instance. “We may have missed the last underwear bomber,” HSA spokesman Adam Yahiye Gadahn told FWIW, “but not the next one. We’re the bomb, so to speak.”

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Slow week

Back in town, and I missed nothing, it seems. There were six new pending deals reported this week, compared to 9 the same week last year and 11 the year before that (2012). This is always a slow time of year for real estate sales, but this year is exceptionally slow.

We also saw 7 “contingent contracts” reported, which I can’t compare with previous years because of GML’s record keeping, but of those 7, 2 were for more than $2 million, one was for a house asking $1.185, and the remaining four were under $1 million.

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Cobb Island price cut

27 Cobb Island

27 Cobb Island Drive

27 Cobb Island Drive (Exit 4, I-95), is back with a new broker, Shore & Country, and priced at $3.295 million, dauntingly close to the $3 million its owner paid for it in 2001. It started off in 2013 at $4.199, with the result you see today.

I’m sort of ambivalent about both the house and this development, but the ever-dropping price does increase my enthusiasm.

Oh, to sale away ...

Oh, to sale away …

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I’d be more impressed if he travelled to Bellevue and hugged Craig Spencer

Gimme some love

Gimme some love

Obama brings Nina  Pham, the Dallas nurse who has recovered from Ebola and is no longer contagious, into the Oval Office for a hug.

Obama spokesman Mary Mallon claims that her boss extended the invitation for a hugging so he could “thank her for her service” – he has not yet hugged Amber Vinson, the other nurse from Dallas, presumably because she hasn’t yet been certified 100% safe to touch.

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