Daily Archives: August 15, 2009

Mel Gibson’s house

Pictures posted here, if you’re interested. They missed the guinea fowl and sheep, which were of the most interest to me when I toured the place. That and the 6′ claymore from “Brave Heart” hanging above the walk-in fireplace in the great hall. Neato.

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Still no Antares sighting but Scusie’s back with whatever the hell it is

Scusie demonstrating affect of too many doggie bags from Valbellas
Scusie demonstrating affect of too many doggie bags from Valbellas

Yup, our local paper once again throws caution to the winds and brings us Scusie the Gossip, with stories entirely devoted to who eats where in town. Frank Gifford is there, of course, as is Regis, Michael Bolton and the child of any celebrity Scusie, if no one else, has ever heard of. If there is a point to her column, it eludes me.

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Is the Mexican Flu vaccine more deadly than the disease itself?

A face mask couldn't save Jacko
A face mask couldn’t save Jacko

If history is any guide, sure. Now they’re worried about it causing a deadly nerve disease. I remember when Swine Flu I, in the 70s, killed and paralyzed far more people via vaccine than the flu, which turned out to be quite a dud. So I am skeptical when the media starts up on the panic of the day – today’s scary stories about Mexican Flu will be bumped off the front page as soon as the next celebrity dies or gains weight. 

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Hurricane watch (for Florida)

Not here in jolly old Greenwich but lots of you (some of you?) have property in Florida so I thought I’d comment on Ana forming today and Bill coming behind her. Besides, I’m a hurricane voyeur -I can’t help myself, I was born that way. The best discussions of tropical storms, in my opinion, are Seablogger.com and The Living Room Times, by Brendan Loy.

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Partner kills food, kids to eat tonight

Frankie Fudrcuker (left) holding fish he claims is 25 lbs but looks like maybe 5

Frankie Fudrucker (in orange shorts)with fish he claims is 25 lbs but looks like maybe 5

 

 

 

 

I myself am holding out for some ‘cuda fishing.

 

 

Catherine Hooper with pal

Catherine Hooper with pal

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A ninth bank for Cos Cob?

Why not? If the demand is there, they’ll prosper; if not they’ll disappear, just as so many gas stations did. That old commie, Peter Berg, is against the idea, of course; he’d prefer that the town dictate what commercial business set up shop in Cos Cob but, absent subsidies, what force is better than the market place for determining who comes, who goes and who stays?

I’d prefer free market forces to determine my shopping options rather than a committee of Peter Bergs. That entails not getting what I want sometimes, like a fifth CVS in town instead of a Trader ‘, but I’ll pay that cost to avoid letting Berg or any other well-intentioned group run my life.

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Hey lady, it’s just an expression.

No doubt after misunderstanding a PTA aphorism, a Torrington mother has been arrested for beating her child with a stick. “Who says you can’t beat Torrington kids with a stick?” the arrestee was heard yelling. “What do you call this? And this! And this!”

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Shocker – real estate agents tell the truth about the market

Or at least that’s the theory behind this survey of agents. Responders were offered anonymity in the hope that, thus freed from worry about what their peers and customers would think, they’d be honest. I like the theory but I wonder how many of those polled  were able to overcome years of training and practice. Still, it looks interesting (I’ve skimmed the highlights but haven’t read the 4,000 pages of the survey itself).

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Sellers cutting prices – who’d a thunk?

Price cuts by sellers nation wide, according to Trulia.

The combined value of reductions was $27.1 billion in the year through July 1, Trulia said in its previous monthly report.

Sellers of higher-priced properties in states that haven’t been hard-hit during the housing recession may be “catching up with the rest of the country,” Flint said.

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Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Illinois had the highest share of homes with price reductions at 33 percent, followed by six states at 29 percent: Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Maryland.

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Help Wanted

U.S. Marshal’s Service seeking brokers to sell off Bernie Madoff’s New York (Manhattan, Long Island) and Florida (Palm Beach) properties. It’s an intriguing opportunity, but I’m holding out for Walt’s cottage at 175 Round Hill. When you’re operating with a limited supply of talent, it doesn’t pay to spread it too thin.

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