Daily Archives: August 3, 2011

Attention, Cobra

I  dropped off my copy of the history of the AK-47 at what I think is your address, with a note asking the recipient, if I had the address wrong, to either deliver it to you or to set the book and himself on fire. I haven’t heard of any self-immolation stories today so if you didn’t get the book, lock and load and go interview your neighbors. The bastard!

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Am I missing something here?

I just checked my email and someone is offering me one hundred pounds if I’ll directly link to their site, rather than just mention it, as I did a few weeks ago. That’s not how I run this blog, but geeze, with the real estate market being what it is, I’m beginning to wonder if a change in business plan isn’t in order. In the meantime, no link.

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It’s not really finger pointing, it’s how did we end up here?

Greenwich High School pollution mess deepens. Build a school on a swamp, fill it with toxic materials, cover it with artificial turf and you get problems. Who knew?

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Old Greenwich’s Clearview Capital gets nicked by $85,000 theft

Not their fault, of course. Your hire people you think you can trust and sometimes, they betray you. It happens.

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Kids, we keep telling you: don’t try this at home!

Swede arrested for trying to split atoms in his kitchen.

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But we insist that they sell it to the Chinese

New process for extracting oil from Alberta’s tar sands. The United States, of course, is barring a pipeline to get this oil, so China will buy it instead. What, we worry?

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On the other hand, this guy is even scarier than Rick Perry

Obama to run a campaign bus tour through the country, touting “job growth”. Perry thinks God can save this country, Obama thinks the federal government creates jobs. Take your pick: I think they’re both nuts.

Of the two, I’d prefer Perry because he’d help God out and buy a lottery ticket. Cut regulations and taxes and let private enterprise get back to work. Obummer? Forget it – he’s a pseudo academic so far in over his head that he doesn’t even know he’s drowning.

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Well he’s not much of a writer, so maybe he’s good at finance

Greenwich’s Barton Biggs says, “buy stocks”. I didn’t much like his book on hedge funds, but that doesn’t mean he’s clueless on the market. Still, I’m not buying.

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Local rip off service station

I once praised Soundview Service, a gas station/auto repair shop across from Food Mart on Arcadia. That was before the proprietor conned me into a “transmission flush” for my daughter Sarah’s car, playing on a father’s fear that his sweetie pie was about to drive across the country. After the fact, I went on line and discovered it was a total waste of money, but I simply just stopped patronizing them. Wasted a hundred twenty bucks, I moved on.

But now it turns out that they’re ripped off my Ma’s housecleaner and long time (40 years?) family friend. Charged her for that infamous transmission flush, charged her for two lube jobs (in two days!) charged her for a brake job that might well have befitted a Bentley and wanted to charge her $1,000 for four tires – this for a Subaru. I got her out of the tire deal, but she’d already paid over $1,5000 to retrieve her car from these people.

I’m not wild about the prices at Mackey’s Mobile, but I do know the people there (Peter, Paul and, just missing the Bible’s Trinity, Kenny)  and while again, they aren’t cheap, they’ll tell you the truth about what you need, and that’s incredibly valuable – honesty has a worth of its own. The owner Pete’s late father in law, John Mackey, established this business God knows how long ago, and it’s still in good hands.

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Sellers with nerves of steel

The DOW keeps dropping,  yet my phone’s not ringing with  sellers’ agents seeing if my clients’ bids are still good. Sellers and buyers are engaged in a grand game of chicken. Right now, I’m heavily weighted on the buy side and I feel comfortable with that. But, like any game, it’s never over til it’s over, so we’ll see.

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Blodgett: It’s only scary if Perry actually believes this

Rick Perry’s leading a prayer and fasting day August 6th. As Henry Blodgett points out, if he’s just playing to the crowd, no harm – politicians do that for a living – but of he truly believes that God is responsible for our country’s woes, then we’re in trouble. We’ve brought this on ourselves, beginning maybe in 1965, it’s just taken a long time for the chickens to come home to roost.

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States finally figure out that the EPA is killing them

Well that seems to have taken long enough.

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So who’s making money on our new recyling scheme?

I’m paying $11 extra per week for what I believe I wasn’t charged (separately) for before, while residents who had twice-a-week pickup, plus recycling, are getting their service cut in half. The haulers will presumably make more money, but how is the town benefitting? I’ve always been suspicious of residential recycling – it’s a feel-good program designed to make people feel virtuous while accomplishing nothing, but why the sudden change? And why all the extra cost?

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201 Otter Rock sells

$6.2 million, down from its original ask of $8.495. Not a bad price for Belle Haven, though this house was neither my nor my clients’ cup of tea.

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GHS Auditorium costs soar – next up : replacing the $4 million of artificial turf?

Things just keep getting better and better.

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Another auction gone bust

407 Round Hill Road (behind the church) is now for rent.

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Why are the Chinese attacking us?

Can’t we all get along? Massive cyber attack on corporations, governments, all evidence points to the Chinese.

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The new civility

Globe and Mail: Democrats shame themselves with talk of terrorism.

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“Chip” Skowron to cop a plea?

So it seems.

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