Monthly Archives: July 2008

Here’s a depressing opinion piece

The Wall Street Journal asks, Is John McCain Stupid?. The author concludes that he is. I’m sorry to say I agree. It probably doesn’t matter, now that Obama is already fitting himself out for the dollar bill but it does seem a shame that we’ve ended up with a choice between a moron and a megalomaniac. of course, I have many friends in town who would respond, ‘we’ve done the dolt, let’s try the preening ward heeler.” Fair enough, but I think we’re heading for (more) trouble.

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Here’s a good value


8 Mansion Place is in the King Merit development off of King Street in western Greenwich. Not one of our most expensive neighborhoods but that means you can still get over an acre of land (1.19, in this case) and a nice house for far less than the average run-down Riverside house will cost you. This house, added to and renovated in 2005, has a ton of bedrooms, a really nice yard and a knock-you-dead solarium/family room all for just $1,499,000, down from its original June asking price of $1,699,000. Disclosure: it’s a Raveis listing but long-term readers know I’ve never let that sort of thing affect my calling a house a good (or a bad) buy and I’m not doing that now. In a better market, I think the original price would have moved this place. Its current price is better still and, if the alacrity with which the seller has adjusted her price is any indication, i think you might be able to nibble away at the price even more. Unprepossessing from the front – it looks like the plain old ranch that it once was, this is one worth seeing, if you can adjust to or want to live out west. No highway noise, either, which is not the case in some houses over here. A very nice house, and one I liked a lot.

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Cheesey or sleazy?


The 12 hour parking slots at Town Hall give you 2 hours for a quarter – a nice price if you need to park for awhile. But take a look at these meters and see whether you can tell how much time is left on the meter. I usually can’t, which means that, even if I find an unexpired meter, I still have to slip in a quarter to ensure I don’t get a $15.00 ticket. I don’t know whether the scratches and condensation that prevent a reading are deliberate or just the result of poor maintenance, but it’s annoying either way.

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Going Down?


A few months ago I would have gagged at this price but now it’s an encouraging signal, I hope, of where the gasoline market is heading – 20¢ less than yesterday! (Taken in Cos Cob at 6:56 this morning)

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Hamilton Avenue Mess

I’ve refrained from delving into the fiasco involving our two schools (Ham Ave and Glenville) in our west because (a) I don’t know much about what’s going on and (b) http://www.Greenwichroundup.blogspot.com is already doing a fine job of coverage. I do know that, when the town and the YMCA, faced with huge cost overruns on their projects being run by Worth, denied any knowledge that there was even a whiff of impropriety concerning the firm, that a simple Google search turned up plenty. Try the link in the title and see for yourself.

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Why wait ’til November? Let the coronation begin!

I don’t think it’s news that Obama supports the wacky bill that would grant native Hawaiians (defined as anyone who is, once was or would like to be known as Hawaiian) rights to most of the state, free education and a Smart car – that’s pretty much a standard democrat platform. No, what I find disturbing is that the press – remember them? The hard-bitten, skeptical crowd of truth seekers who exposed fraud and pomposity without fear or favor has suspended even the faintest pretense of objectivity. I’m sure they’ll recover once the man is ensconced in the White House, but by then it will be too late. Here’s the money quote from the article linked above:

When Obama walked on stage at the McCormick Center, many journalists in the
audience leapt to their feet and applauded enthusiastically after being told not
to do so. During a two-minute break halfway through the event, which was
broadcast live on CNN, journalists ran to the stage to snap photos of
Obama.

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Where’s the Sitemeter?
The little Sitemeter that’s usually posted on the right is missing today, not because I’m ashamed of my modest readership (which in fact is building very nicely) but because the service that provides it is preparing to upgrade things. Their official explanation:

“For the next 30 – 45 days we will be testing our servers and databases in preparation for the launch of our new SiteMeter platform. If you are currently using our NoScript tag (plain HTML) the little SiteMeter icon that appears on the pages where you have pasted our tag may disappear. Please rest … ” [. - you get the picture - ed]

When it’s available, the Sitemeter is fascinating, at least to me. I have one reader who logs on from Germany every day – don’t know why, don’t know who – and another from Peking. The Internet’s a thing of wonder. The meter is public, so when it reappears, click on it if you’re interested.

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