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The FAR Father returns

Bicycling enthusiast and FAR champion, Franklin H. Bloomer, Riverside

Bicycling enthusiast and FAR champion, Franklin H. Bloomer, Riverside

Franklin Bloomer, the former RTM Land Use Chairman who deposited our FAR regulations on Greenwich homeowners and then fled, is back in town and advocating for a  hiking trail along the Merritt Parkway. This is a plan that would bring nature lovers and burglars together by providing easy access to homes along the Parkway, where, together, they can suck on gasoline fumes, break into houses and commune with nature on an unlighted asphalt path. Estimated cost: $250 million.

[Bloomer] described the trail as a boon for recreation and as a forward-thinking investment in infrastructure that would have other benefits such as promoting healthy living. “There is support for this; there’s a great deal of support,” [he] said. ” This is a town that is very much into cycling, very much into health, very much into all of the things that this trail will provide.”

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It’s something to look forward to after this gig in real estate is over, I suppose

January-December romance

January-December romance

Hollywood, California: Eighty-eight year old busted for prostitution.

88-year-old grandfather, Edwin Venn, was arrested Tuesday night for prostitution, along with his john Amanda Pearson, 23. Police had been watching Venn for several months and noticed a peculiar pattern.

“His johns were all young women. Twenties, thirties. Most quite beautiful. Never really seen anything like this dynamic, but strange things do happen.”

Mr. Venn stood most weekend nights with cardboard sign on Hollywood Blvd that read: “I’m for sale.”

Pearson admitted during her arraignment that when she found the 88-year-old Venn trying to turn tricks she and her friends decided it would be funny to sleep ‘with an old guy.’  Word spread and lots of girls paid Venn for sex. Pearson said he only charged five dollars and gave them lollipops afterward.

There’s bound to be a lucrative product endorsement in here. It’s Hollywood; he’s probably already got an agent.

UPDATE: Aw dang, it’s a hoax, a reader informs me. The picture of Mr. Venn was cribbed from an another article involving his violent murder of a roommate. I like this version better, naturally.

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Can you wrench a 2010 price back up to 2005 levels?

12 Horseshoe Rd

12 Horseshoe Rd

12 Horseshoe Road, Cos Cob, sold for $1.745 in 2005, but only $1.275 in 2010. Now it’s back, unchanged and unimproved, asking $1.8 million. 2010 may have been an aberration – the owners started at $1.995 in ’09, before throwing in the towel –  but I’m curious to see what buyer reaction to this new price will be.

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Pending sales

1200 lake Avenue

1200 lake Avenue

Former First Selectman Roger Pierson’s house at 1200 Lake Avenue, asking $3 million, has found a buyer, 2 + years after starting off at $3.850 million. That price remind unchanged for over a year, with neither the owner nor potential buyers budging. The market won.

18 Rocky Point, Old Greenwich, also reports a contract. Started at $8.750 a year ago, dropped to $7.850 and it sold.

 

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Obama’s Army

Can't we all just get along?

Can’t we all just get along?

President orders 3,000 troops to Africa to combat ebola.

The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration’s Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night.

‘U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,’ a statement from the White House press office said.

‘A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.’

Some of what America’s armed personnel will do in Liberia is unclear. The White House said ‘many’ of them will be stationed at an ‘intermediate staging base’ where they will supervise the movement of medical staff, supplies and heavy equipment.

Combat soldiers and Marines ‘will be on hand and ready for anything,’ said the official, who has knowledge of some, but not all, of the Ebola-related planning. ‘But hopefully it will be all logistics and hospital-building.’

‘The president has ordered us to help, and we’re eager to do it,’ [a Pentagon spokesman] said. ‘Now it looks like we’re going to be the lead dog, and that’s bound to make a lot of people nervous. It’s understandable.’

‘But no one wants U.S. personnel enforcing someone else’s martial law if things go south and the entire region is at risk.’

Obama fired the former head of AFRICOM when that man tried to send a rescue mission to the aid of our Libyan ambassador. He uses drones to assassinate terrorists rather than permit Special Forces teams to capture and interrogate them. His budget cuts will eliminate 500 majors and 1,500 captains with combat experience – how many of those officers, trained at huge expense, could be kept on with the money that’s now being diverted to this public relations stunt?

The purpose of an army is to use military force to defend the nation; Obama is using ours as an armed Boy Scout troop.

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Apparently I’m a little behind the curve on this one

So I thought I’d watch the Philadelphia Eagles play on Monday Night Football just now, and discovered that the games have moved from ABC to ESPN, which I don’t have on my cable. Curious when that switch was made, I Googled the topic and learned that the games moved in 2005.

Back to my book.

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This may prove to be the last straw

Time for replacement parts

Time for replacement parts

Shortage of breast implants in Venezuela. 

Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices that are the wrong size or made in China, with less rigorous quality standards.

Venezuelans once had easy access to implants approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. But doctors say they are now all but impossible to find because restrictive currency controls have deprived local businesses of the cash to import foreign goods. It may not be the gravest shortfall facing the socialist South American country, but surgeons say the issue cuts to the psyche of the image-conscious Venezuelan woman.

“The women are complaining,” said Ramon Zapata, president of the Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Venezuelan women are very concerned with their self-esteem.”

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