Daily Archives: July 20, 2010

I hate to see this buried in the comments

Old Coot mentioned her father dismissing peckerheads and, as there is no one I admired more than my own, I answered her.

Old Coot, my dad, also long passed, made me most proud when he showed up, sometime in the mid-sixties, with my mother at a neighbor’s house for some party when, not long into it, the host made some unforgivably stupid remark. My father grabbed my mother by the arm and said, within earshot of the host, “I spend my workweek with idiots – I don’t have to waste my weekends with them – get your coat: we’re leaving,” And they walked home. I believe my mother was mortified at the time, but over the decades, we all decided it was the Commander’s finest moment as a civilian.


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41 years to this day, the moon landing fraud was perpetrated

Forty-one years ago, Cheney and Bush prepared for the 9/11 hoax by selling America on a fake landing on the moon. Oh, the perfidy!


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Raises for everyone!

Greenwich Time Editor Gerardo Lombardi

Greenwich has passed out bon bons to everyone on the payroll because, after all, they went a whole year without getting a raise. Firemen, meter maids and cafeteria workers – everyone’s snout in the food trough!  Greenwich Time reporter Neil Kneads Viagra admitted to FWIW’s Scusie that he never considered asking taxpayer representatives for their side of this story. “Hey, that Fountain character does nothing but lob softball questions and have you seen his readership? It’s twice mine, so why should I stick my neck out?”


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Yeah, but if we can do it, so can the bad guys

Navy brings down predator drones with lasers. Doesn’t sound like good news to me.


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Message to anonymous

Look  – I can’t, or won’t post your comment without evidence. But if you have evidence of this official’s corruption, bring it on, and I’ll post it and hit the topic every day until we bring the man down. But without the evidence your refer to, it’s just unfair, and I won’t do that.


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Readers’ comments

My angry Lake Avenue reader is not the only homeowner to get ticked off by readers’ comments and blame me for them. Fair enough – I do post them, after all. But as a home seller, you might want to read them and learn, rather than fume.

When we realtors show a house, it’s pretty rare for us to give an unvarnished report to the listing agent. I did just that today, but only because the listing agent is a good friend of mine and had perviously told me of an offer her clients had rejected. As a favor, I called her and told her that her clients should crawl on their bellies to the bidders and see if they couldn’t revive the offer because, based on my clients’ reaction, that offer was a gift from God.

But mostly, we agents don’t do that. We offer bland platitudes, say we’re still looking and go on, with no intention of ever coming back. Why? It’s a mixture of factors: if we don’t know the other agent well, we don’t want to insult them, but also, I, at least, see no need to educate them. If they’ve screwed up the pricing, why is that my business, and why do I want to learn ’em? It’s a competitive world out here.

But readers’ comments, unvarnished and offensive as they may seem, are the raw truth. Most of them (not all) are posted by actual buyers, looking at houses in your price range. They’re posted anonymously, so they don’t have to worry about hurt feelings and ruined business relationships, and they feel free to say what they think. As a seller, you may hate what they have to say, but you’re getting actual market-feedback, rather than polite crap from us realtors. Read them.


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Perry Ridge – what gives?

I just received a call from someone I know quite well but who wishes to remain anonymous, complaining about some new construction on Perry Ridge Road, near the hospital. I didn’t see the place – family matters seem to be taking up a bunch of time these days, but my caller couldn’t believe it was ever approved and points out that, of the 168 communities in Connecticut, only in Greenwich does the planning and zoning enforcement officer not report to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Is this true? I shall ask Fucdrucker tomorrow. If it is, maybe we should fix that. Casting no aspersions on the Perry Ridge project – as noted, I didn’t see it – I have wondered at a number of homes put up recently and wondered who was paying off whom.


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