Daily Archives: March 25, 2009

No free lunch and no free food

The Obama’s servants will be tending a vegetable garden on the White House grounds but this will not yield “free food”, as Alice Waters claims. You have a vegetable garden for the pleasure it brings, not to save money (the quality of those vegetables is of course a wonderful bonus but that’s another matter). I somehow hope that a servant tending the boss’s garden will derive the same pleasure a homeowner does tending his own, but its nice of the First Family to at least give them that chance.

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The Republicans’ best shot

Harry Reid wants to “fast track” nationalized medicine through the Senate, blocking Republican input and making the bill an entirely Democrat – designed plan.  Let ‘em go, I say, don’t let a Republican fingerprint anywhere near this disaster. Someone wants to charge off a cliff, stand back and wave them good bye.

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David Boies, 0 – Brooklyn Law Student, 1

Boies tried and failed to persuade a judge to freeze Walter Noels assets, leaving our Greenwich hero and his charming wife Monica free to redistribute their wealth in more hospitable climes. A Brooklyn law student had better luck today and convinced a judge to freeze Peter Madoff’s assets.  Maybe Boies can bring this kid on staff and try again, this time going after Mark and Andy’s loot, if, that is, they left anything to grab after having free rein with Dad’s jet all these months. My guess? Bernie didn’t raise no dummies.

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It’s a poor carpenter who blames his tools

A California real estate agent is trying to get a town’s ban on for sale signs rescinded. It is true, I think, that even in this age of the Internet, more inquiries about houses for sale come in from “for sale” signs than websites. That said, I’m told that Darien is currently supporting a crop of such signs, at least two on every block, while their sales are as dead as ours here in Greenwich, where we have no signs. When times were good, we didn’t need signs and the town looked better for it. In bad times, all the signs a front yard can hold won’t convince a reluctant buyer to bid. In fact, given the swollen size of our inventory, a relaxation on the ban would reveal the sorry state of our market even more than is presently visible and that, in turn, might further scare buyers off. Signs are great for real estate agents – I doubt they do much for homeowners.

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Error!

My bestest friend Jeremy Kaye has called to alert me that he represented the builder /seller  in that recent sale to a certain baseball player (which makes sense, since Mr. Saper is a long-time client of Jeremy’s) while another lawyer who wishes to remain anonymous because of his out-sized modesty but who is a senior, senior partner at the Greenwich firm, Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, had the athlete. This second attorney did consent to my using a recent picture of him being escorted to a real estate closing by some of his adoring former clients. I have that picture here somewhere, let me look ……. oh yes!

"So it was a couple of crummy errors on your HUD form. Lemme go!"

"So it was a couple of crummy errors on your HUD form. Lemme go!"

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One to watch

309 Stanwich Road

309 Stanwich Road

If its latest listing sheet is accurate, this Stanwich home is untouched in any major way since it was purchased for $1.735 million in 2000. The owner tried to get $3.1 for it in 2007 but that didn’t work and so today it’s back at $2.795. The ultimate selling price should be a good “apples to apples” indicator. We’ll see.

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I blame Bush

He should have strangled Jimmy Carter back in 1994 when the peanut farmer first ventured to North Korea.

North Korean long-range missile on launch pad.

let me show you where we are here on this globe. Drop in any time!

let me show you where we are here on this globe. Drop in any time!

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