Somehow, I just know these two stories are related – or will be soon

 

Ooh! Ooh! Go, Lankrees!

Ohmygodohmygodohmygod! Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Go, Lankrees!

Bluetooth-enabled vibrators give long distance orgasms.

Floundering Korean baseball team installs robot fans in its stadium. 

Maybe the bluetooth thingie can get those robots hopping and squirming around and really add life to the otherwise-empty seats?

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How low can it go?

 

186 Lake Avenue.  "You might well think that snow banks in July exude the odor of a stale listing. I couldn't possibly comment. couldn't possibly say that."

186 Lake Avenue.
“You might well think that snow banks in July exude the stench of a stale listing. I couldn’t possibly comment.”

186 Lake Avenue, purchased new in 2004 for $6 million and relisted for $7.5 in 2012, is now down to $4.995, a million bucks less than it would have cost you on Saturday. If I recall this property’s history correctly, the owner missed out on a LoParco home just up the street and LoParco said, “I’ve got a lot on the other side of Lake, how about I build you the identical house there?” That offer was accepted (Ogilvy represented both buyer and seller), and that’s why you may experience deja vu all over again as you head north on Lake Avenue.

$6 million may have been the right price in 2004; obviously, it is no longer the right price in 2014. Maybe the fifth price and fourth broker will do the trick this time.

186 bath

dining room

186 Lake hotel

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Pending sale

 

One Fairfield Avenue

One Fairfield Avenue

One Fairfield Avenue, Old Greenwich, 11 days on market, $1.450 million. Just 0.12 of an acre, a FARport instead of a garage, it sold in 2010 for $899,000. The listing says it was renovated but so far as I can see it’s been repainted from yellow to grey, had some new appliances and a range vent installed, and that’s about it – the previous owner was a builder, and had this in excellent shape. Biggest difference, I suspect, is the market conditions in 2009-2010 and now.

2010 kitchen

2010 kitchen

New kitchen

New kitchen

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Sale reported

17 Rustic View

17 Rustic View

Not much activity right now, but 17 Rustic View, June contract, closed at $2.550, original asking price $2.695. Nice house, recently renovated, on a good street, North Street and Central schools. This seems like a good representative of what you should expect to get in this price range in mid-country these days.

Nice space, but I wouldn't want to clean those windows

Nice space, but I wouldn’t want to clean those windows

 

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Bambi killers

Prius victim

Dying Prius victim

In the past two weeks I’ve seen two does, one fawn and a wild turkey lying dead on the road (separate incidents). That got me wondering, who kills more of our deer, hunters or drivers? Not surprisingly, the drivers are more deadly.

In Connecticut, 18,000 deer are estimated to be killed by cars each year, and another 54,000 are struck, with results unknown (but given the lack of first-class veterinary services in the woods, it’s a fair guess that most die). Hunters, bow and rifle combined, killed 12,549.

Hunter’s eat what they kill – drivers usually don’t. I wonder how many PETA members drive cars?

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Pending sale, Old Greenwich

333 Sound Bech Avenue

333 Sound Bech Avenue

333 Sound Beach Avenue, $2.065 million (original price, $2.345). The Greenwich Association of Realtors has stripped all pictures and information for this house from the internet, no doubt to try to keep Zillow away, but here’s the original listing sheet.

This is the home of former Greenwich School superintendent Ernest Fleischman, who bought it in 1976.  Far as I’m concerned, our school system began its decline when Dr. Fleischman retired.

 

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Fund raiser for my son, John (bumped, again, on the advice of FWIW’s on-staff genius, Walt and now, other readers)

John Fountain

John Fountain

UPDATE: You guys are fantastic – $35,000 and climbing. I can’t adequately express my deep gratitude, but please know that, aside from raising my spirits and reaffirming my faith in people, you have sent John’s soaring, which is the real point of all this. He will now have the independence to rent a place of his own this fall (not that his parents would have left him on the street, but he feels in control now, thanks to all of you) and he’s busy checking off things to do on his list. He’s in Portland OR with his sister Kate now, off to a cancer patient vacation on Catalina for four days beginning Thursday. Camping, swimming and snorkeling in the kelp forests. Thank you from the entire family.

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As I’ve previously mentioned, my son John, 31, was diagnosed in late May with stage IV colon cancer that has spread to his liver and lymph nodes and indeed, throughout his body. There’s basically nothing to be done to cure it, and his prognosis is bleak.

While statistically, the average life expectancy for people with this form of cancer, at this stage, is 9 months, and, for some unknown reason it tends to spread even more quickly in younger patients, John is far more optimistic than those odds would allow, and his spirits are high. John’s little sister Sarah has started a fund raiser to help him with expenses and to fund a bucket list (funny, ha ha, that term, for things to do before one kicks the bucket, is usually used figuratively, or at least without a genuine belief in the need for speed), and to help him stay in his own place while he can.

Our family, of course is doing what we can, and beyond, but expenses accrue, and between that and Sarah’s own need to help her adored older brother, it seemed to me that I should not hide behind a false sense of pride and instead, ask my readers to, if they wish to, add to Sarah’s fund. Proceeds – Sarah’s and John’s friends have been generous – are already being used – John flew to Portland Oregon yesterday to spend a week with his sister Kate, then he’ll head for LA to be with his cousins, and then back home, where he will begin palliative chemo-therapy on August 11th. So that’s the status, here’s a link to his fundraiser - thank you.

UPDATE: Ha! Here’s a picture from Sarah’s Facebook, from happier days. Sarah, Katie, Casey the Wonder Dog and John. Sarah and friends

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