Daily Archives: January 8, 2013

This way no one will ever know

Lance Armstrong will confess to Oprah that he’s a lying, cheating, drug addled snake.  Since no one even knows where to find Oprah these days, his secret will be safe with her.

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Putting the car before the horse

Proper English style demonstrated

Proper English style demonstrated

From our Irish correspondent, this tale of old Ireland, still flourishing: Irish family cited for towing horse behind their car

A MOTHER-OF-FOUR has been convicted of driving without due consideration after she was caught on the road with her husband in the car-boot, leading a horse.

Heather Josiah (29) pleaded guilty to the offence before Judge Desmond Zaidan, who was so astounded by the evidence, he asked Inspector Jim Doyle to repeat it.

Gardai found Ms Josiah at the head of a long stream of slow-moving traffic on Farrington Road, Athy at 4.30pm on March 20 last year, and were surprised to see her husband sitting in the open boot of the green Peugeot 406, leading a horse on a rope.

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Save the children

California loses its young

In 1970, California averaged 21 seniors for every 100 working-age adults. By 2030, that ratio is expected to rise to 36 seniors per 100 working-age adults, according to the report. That retirement wave will place “massive pressure on institutions and programs for an aging population,” the report said.

Today’s children will be the workers who pay for those programs and who take jobs vacated by boomers in the state’s high-technology hub in Silicon Valley, its entertainment industry in Los Angeles and its farm belt in the Central Valley.

“Unless the birthrate picks up, we are going to need more immigrants. If neither happens, we are going to have less growth,” said Mr. Levy. The report wasn’t optimistic, saying that “with migration greatly reduced…outsiders are much less likely to come to the rescue.”

Investments in the state’s education system will be vital to meet labor-force needs and prevent the economy from contracting, said Mr. Levy. With less migration to the state, the skills and human capital necessary to keep California’s economy afloat will need to be homegrown, both Mr. Levy and Mr. Myers said.

Many of those future workers, however, will have grown up in poverty. More than 20% of children in California now live below the federal poverty level.

Somehow I don’t think this will end well.

 

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But he gave us free birth control pills!

God you're easy

God you’re easy

NYT: Obama’s war on women.

….Mr. Obama has put together a national security team dominated by men, with Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts nominated to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as the secretary of state, Chuck Hagel chosen to be the defense secretary and John O. Brennan nominated as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Given the leading contenders for other top jobs, including chief of staff and Treasury secretary, Mr. Obama’s second-term inner circle appears likely to be dominated by men.

 

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Here’s a sale that slipped past my notice New Year’s eve.

 

Dumpster Duck

Dumpster Duck

30 Rapids Lane asked $2.450 million 600+ days ago, sold for $1.375. 2.88 acres of rocks and wet stuff, but close to town, off Winding Lane.

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Shave and a haircut, two bits

15 North Street

15 North Street

15 North Street sold for $3.9 million. Owners paid $4.550 for it in 2006, and though they started at $5.1 in May, 2011, $3.9 isn’t too bad a drubbing on a 2006 price.

421 Indian Field

421 Indian Field

And 421 Field Point Road has reemerged from the recycling bin and is once again ready for the marketplace. This grand old home, located on Belle Haven peninsula if not in Belle Haven itself (I can’t keep track of the exact boundaries of the association), has been for sale since 2007, when it started at $10.995 million. Today it can be yours for just $6.995. I showed this to clients some years back and, while they appreciated its beauty, thought that it felt “too old” for them. They’re a young couple with small children and I agreed (in fact I’d warned them ahead of time but they still wanted to see it).  But it is a nice house, especially for someone with a  more formal living style than is usual today. Upstairs, Downstairs, perhaps, if not quite Downton Abbey.

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Counting your chickens before they hatch, department of

 

We're in!

We’re in!

Muslim Brotherhood claims six of its members have infiltrated Obama administration. So far, it’s only five: Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearings haven’t even begun yet.

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Market signs?

22 Brownhouse

22 Brownhouse

22 Brownhouse Road in Old Greenwich has just been listed for $1.995 million. That may or may not be the right price but I find it interesting to use its price history as a rough guide to what’s happened to houses over on our Stamford border. The place sold for $1.250 in 2002 and when it was put back up for sale three years later in 2005 for $1.725 it sold in a bidding war for $1.905. Eight years later, it’s asking that same amount, roughly. Whether or not they get what they’re looking for, it’s a safe bet that no bidding war’s going to break out this time.

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Sotheby’s knows its market

 

If you lived here, you'd be home by now!

If you lived here, you’d be home by now!

$49 million California gentleman’s hobby farm for sale. Friends of Barry, here’s your chance. (You’d think for that much money the firm could afford a spell checker but I guess they haven’t had time to aqcyre one.)

Yes $49,500,000 is a lot of money, but if you are a Master of the Universe and a horse aficionado, HNR is a once in a lifetime aqcisition worth serious consideration.Let me know if you’d like to arrange a personal tour (it’s only 30 minutes from Beverly Hills).

Cheers to a fantastic year for us all in 2013!

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Virtual filicide

 

Die, you slug!

Die, you slug!

Father hires gamers to kill his son’s avatar. Worried that his unemployed 23-year-old son was spending too much time playing computer games, a father in China hired virtual hitmen to end it all.

“It’s not going to do much for family relations,” Prof Mark Griffiths, a gambling and addictions expert at Nottingham Trent University told the BBC.

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Magic beans in India

No electricity, no highways, no infrastructure at all to support new factories, India wants to ban all high tech imports if they aren’t manufactured there, starting in April. You’d think they have imported our own politicians to run their country  : pass a law, it will happen. Wind power, anyone?

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Tear downs

Say goodbye to 545 Indian Field

Say goodbye to 545 Indian Field

Two old waterfront homes purchased last year are up for razing tonight before the P&Z. One will be missed (by me), the other won’t, but both are headed for Dumpster Valhalla either way.

55 Binney Lane, Old Greenwich is hardly a surprise because it’s pretty much a wreck and restoring it would cost more than building new. It sold for $9.250 last summer, in case you’re wondering what an acre of waterfront in Old Greenwich is going for.

545 Indian Field Road, Mead Point, is an older home that I thought might be saved but it’s not to be. This one, 1.6 acres, sold for $10.6 million last year.

Not everyone is broke. Friends of Obama?

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