Daily Archives: July 3, 2011

I was going to let this story go past but if it’s good enough for InstaPundit….

Chaos on Christopher Street. I had a good friend, now moved away, who was (and is still, I assume) gay, and we’d occasionally do the Greenwich Village scene – me, the straight nerd, he, the rather more flamboyant one, but we enjoyed the coffee shops and the street theatre. Christopher Street was always a bit rowdy but it sounds like, these days, it’s downright dangerous. How sad.

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What’s green and sleeps five?

A town Parks Department truck.

Too good to be buried in the comments, here’s a fresh contribution from Peeps.

SPQNR – I had the same thing happen when I was in college and had a summer job working for a city maintenance department. I took my big Gravely mower and mowed quickly because I wanted to prove I could work as well as the men did. I’d been dropped off at an area and then found I’d have to wait a long time for the truck to come back and pick me up. I called my job from a deli and said they could come get me and drop me somewhere else and all the men got mad at me for having said something. My immediate supervisor told me I had to understand that I only did this job for two months and then I’d be back at school, but these men had to do the jobs all year and it looked bad if I did it too quickly because then they wouldn’t get to rest enough. I was an 18 year-old girl and was accidentally putting these men to shame.

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Where’s Rene Anselmo when we need him?

The Junior League and the town are teaming up to get a new pool in Byram - sounds like an excellent idea to me. It’s awfully easy to tease the Junior League – I certainly succumb to the temptation all the time – but these are good people, doing good things for our town. But heck, if Rene were still around, he’d just cut a check and the pool would be done.

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Will Sean Penn be next?

Noam Chomsky denounces Chavez. Easier to do when the son of a bitch is dying, I suppose.

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Connecticut state workers lose the loving

Even the Democrats are finding it hard to defend them. I suggest that we rid ourselves of the Democrats first and then deal with the unions.

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A defense of Manhattan’s District Attorney

Perfectly reasonable article - the DA, Cyrus Vance,  took immediate steps to keep the French  SOB  DSK here in the country and yet, when it became apparent that the complainant was a fraud, moved quickly to right the wrong. I don’t disagree at all but I still think there’s something rotten here – the State Department put the screws on the DA to discredit the “victim”, is my guess. Otherwise, this case would have gone on for months and months.  DSK is still a dick, by the way.

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Mallard attrition

Here on the creek we get to see our mallards breed (Pal Nancy calls it “twitterpating”, which I think sums it up nicely) and then set forth with their brood a few weeks later. But it’s sad to see the numbers dwindle as the summer goes on – the mamas start with perhaps 5-6 babies but they’re soon down to 1,2 or maybe 3. I don’t know what takes these kids, although one year I rowed out and removed an oyster clamped on the foot (paw? paddle?) of a duckling – an oyster! Who knew?

Whatever, life, and death goes on, and the ducks seem to keep enough of themselves going to keep the water populated. It’s a fascinating thing to observe.

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Must be election time

Last year: Obummer criticizes trips to Vegas.

Friday: Biden in Vegas, drumming up support at Teamster’s convention.

 

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I’m hoppin’ mad

Last year we lost Henry, the best cat ever – EVER!- to a flea-treatment poisoning, ADVANTAGE. Yesterday afternoon, against my own advice, his replacement had a flea collar affixed and within just a few hours I found the poor guy literally foaming from the mouth – huge gobs of frothy, bubbling saliva. Not a good sign, I figured, so collar was yanked off and, as of this morning, everything seems okay.

(UPDATE, 1:45 PM: he ate breakfast this morning and as I write this, he’s sleeping at my feet, so all is good)

I assume that the manufacturers of these things don’t intend to poison our pets but even if they kill off just one in a million, if your pet’s that one, it doesn’t really matter what the safety statistics are. I’ll put up with the occasional flea, thank you, and stay off Hartz Mountain.

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Wow, really?

This news story says that literally billions of dollars of treasure have been found in an Indian temple. Pretty cool, if true. I don’t know if you were ever a ten-year-old but these were the sort of tales that fired up young boys’ (and girls’, for all I know) imaginations.

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Dang, I wish I had a mortgage!

Banks cutting debt for at-risk borrowers.

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