Daily Archives: February 8, 2013

From 30,000 feet up in a Gulfstream you miss the small details

Getting to know you ...

Getting to know you …

Al Gore says the polar bears are being extincted by global warming. Those on the ground say it ain’t so. Who you going to believe, Al or your own lying eyes?

I knew I was in trouble when the biologist from the Manitoba Conservation Department sat down next to me. “The bears look good,” he said. “I haven’t seen them this fat in years.” We’d both been hanging around the tiny town of Churchill, Manitoba, ground zero for everything having to do with polar bears. Every fall the town is overrun with bears waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze. The bears, in turn, are trailed by herds of tourists, tour guides, scientists, green-leaning types and B-list celebrities—all looking for communion with The Most Important Animal of Our Time.

What worried me wasn’t what the biologist had to say, but what the woman who had occupied that same seat three minutes earlier had said about the very same bears. A publicist for an environmental advocacy group, she shook her head ruefully. “It’s just so sad,” she exhaled. “They all look so skinny that it’s hard to look at them.”

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They closed schools, churches and businesses, shut down transportation and locked adult citizens in their homes, for this

Nomo Nemo. Maybe a full 3″ before the Great Fizzle of 13 is past us and not coming back. Even the wildest forecasts predicted the heavy snow starting this evening (it’s gone out to sea, looks like) so why did the closures start this morning?

7:30 - say hello to Greenland, would ya?

7:30 – say hello to Greenland, would ya?

5:00 PM told what wasn't coming

5:30 PM told what wasn’t coming

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Walt is right

He sent this along with the claim that it makes “So God Made a Farmer” look like something dreamed up by a band of Madison Avenue Nancy Boys and by gum, it does.

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This is beginning to tick me off

Governor Malloy has banned all travel on roads, effective 4:00 PM. I understand that many  people don’t know how to drive in snow, I understand that the morons crash into trees and slide into others, yahdahyadahyadh, but so what? It’s friggin’ New England for Crissake, get over it. We now need permission from central government to leave our rooms? We’ve gladly submitted to being told what to eat, how much soda to drink, what to wear, what to breath, who to give our earnings to and where to collect our allowances, and now we’re grounded.

We have become a nation of children.

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Just before the MLS shut down, some activity

Sales, accepted offers and new listings. 

39 Shore Road, Old Greenwich, new construction sold for $2.512 million after starting at $3.295 351 days before. I do recall suggesting privately to a reader that $2.5 was a number that should take this. Not a bad house at all, well built, but smallish and on a busy street. But for this price, not a bad deal.

44 North Stanwich

44 North Stanwich

44 North Stanwich also finally sold and for $6.3 million, close to what they paid for it: $6.000 in 1994, so that wasn’t a home run. Asked $8.9 at the start of this run 530 days ago.

26 Bramble Lane, on the other hand, asked $3.395, went to a bidding war and accepted an offer of $3,497,419. This was a great house and I praised it here (after first recommending it to my own clients). The owners bought it for $3.725 back at the top of the market in 2007, so I thought they were really smart to start at a significant discount from that number. As is evident, the market rewarded them for being so realistic.

610 Lake Biomass

610 Lake Biomass

And Swamp Vue Hollow, 610 Lake Avenue asking $975,000 has an accepted offer. This is a difficult piece of land, as you might guess from its price, so I’ll be curious to see what someone can make of it. Can’t beat the location, just a little bit north of the Round Hill Road intersection.

9 Dingletown is one of three listings showing up today, and it’s priced at $4.975, down a bit from yesterday’s price of $5.850. That first price couldn’t move it; perhaps this one will. Sold new in 2004 for $4.3, it’s probably safe to assume that improvements were made since then. I remember it as a decent house without much yard.

18 Pinecroft

18 Pinecroft

18 Pinecroft wants you to pay $7.250 million, a substantial increase over the $6.5 paid for it when it was new in 2004. Again, improvements made since that purchase have pushed up the price. Good interior but, to me, the exterior brings to mind Davey Crockett battling to the end at the Alamo. Could appeal to movie buffs, I suppose.

And returning to Riverside, 8 Bradbury is once again for sale, now asking $2.850. Sold for $2.875 in 2008. Your call.

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Greenwich Time headline says it all “Could have been worse”

After hyping it up for days, media’s beginning to lose interest in The Great Fizzle of ’13

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Whiff?

For the blizzard of the century, Nemo’s looking pretty whimpy . Maybe there’s more good stuff to come but judging from this radar of 11:10, there doesn’t seem to be more where the current bit of fluff came from.

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