Daily Archives: August 11, 2011

Demmerkrats shifting to Hillary

That’s what this former Obama supporter says. No one could be worse than Obummer, so good luck to the Democrats trying to depose him, but I wouldn’t have supported her four years ago and certainly wouldn’t today. Still, I hope the Dems stick with the clean, articulate black guy – an easier target.

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Dang, nothing like this happens in our office!

Lesbian claims sex abuse at Brooklyn real estate office. Brooklyn real estate is obviously more eventful than staid Greenwich. Too bad (although, to be honest, I do hear rumors of some astonishing, to this naif, acts between consenting agents).

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Not quite the crime of the century

Zabar’s outed for its “lobster” salad. The label clearly states that it’s made from crawfish so I don’t see the big deal. The real offense is charging $16 a pound for the stuff , but if customers don’t care, why should I or the New York Times? I make my own lobster salad, so I know what’s in there.

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Worst kept secret in politics

Rick Perry is going to run for president. I like his economics, hate his social policies. I won’t vote for him, and, since I won’t vote for Obama, if it’s a choice between the two, it will be yet another election where I throw away my vote. But I’m used to that, having done the same thing since 1972.

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This could be as big as Reagan firing the FAA strikers

Post Office seeks approval to fire 120,000 workers and move everyone out of the federal health plan. Reagan broke the back of the union movement when he fired the striking air traffic controllers. If the USPS can dump its over-paid malingerers, the unions are gone. Watch for this one to play out after 2012 – should be interesting.

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Could they really be this stupid?

 Yes, they can. Britain asks U.S. for advice on how to deal with criminal gangs of looters. The first thing you do is restore the Common Law rights to bear arms and defend yourself. America got these from its former Colonial master – we kept them, England did not. In today’s England, an individual protecting his property and his life is far more likely to go to jail than the perpetrator. That seems crazy to me, but perhaps I haven’t sipped enough tea.

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Another crazy day on Wall Street

Up 400 + points. On even days, it drops 400, odd days, it goes up – an interesting market theory. I spent much of the late afternoon with a client and his wife (they’re both my clients, of course, but I can’t quite figure out how to make this sentence work otherwise) and I asked him how he, as  a hedge funder, kept his sanity during this craziness. He smiled and said something like, “if you’ve positioned yourself properly ahead of time, it all works out”. And I must say, he was serene, his usual cheerful self and we were looking at some very, very expensive properties, so I absolutely believe him.

So some folks are losing their shirts during all this, but not all. That’s good news for home sellers and dumb Realtors.

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Speaking of education

Connecticut small manufacturers want the state to strengthen vocational tech schools. This seems like a no-brainer to me. Not every kid is college material and, given the crazy cost of college these days and the dismal job market for college grads, maybe most kids shouldn’t go.

On the other hand, there’s a huge market for skilled workers – I represented a terrific guy, originally from Byram, who was making well over $100,000 a year as head mechanic for a NYC dealership, overseeing 85 mechanics, and he told me his biggest problem was finding workers. He’d attended GHS, learned at its auto shop and then went on to Wright Tech. GHS has closed its auto program and Wright Tech has been starved for funds [CLOSED, a reader informs me!] While I fume about wasteful state spending, targeted, smart spending makes plenty of sense, and building up our tech schools doesn’t strike me as wasteful at all.

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Test scores for Greenwich elementary schools released

No real surprises here. Riverside and Old Greenwich did very well, New Lebanon, Hamilton Avenue not so well. Other schools in between (Dundee, our “IB” school, is still under-performing).

I believe I just read that under the “No Child Left Behind” law all schools are supposed to score 100% by 2014 and I wonder how that can happen? When I attended Riverside I learned to read in first grade and it turned out that I happened to be very good at it – I’d exhausted the school’s library long before sixth grade and moved on to the Perrot’s adult collection (no, not Penthouse). But one of my classmates clearly had more difficulty – same teacher, same material, but he couldn’t get it and as we progressed through the school, he never really did.

He had other talents, and grew up to be one of the best guitarists I ever heard and although I long ago lost touch with him last heard from, he was making a good living through his music. Clearly he had a problem with reading – dyslexia maybe? But I know he got extra help during those years yet couldn’t overcome whatever was causing the trouble. I completely support efforts to help children reach their best but 100% seems, to me, to be an unatainable goal and I don’t see why schools should be penalized for not achieving it.

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Does the tenant know that he may soon be evicted?

Just rented (asking price, $45,000 per month), 44 Close Road is, or was last time I looked, being foreclosed on. Banks often toss the tenants out when they take title, and I wonder if this possibility was mentioned to the happy renters?

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Okay, I’m sorry I did it, Brad

Brad Hvolbeck is not in London, he was not robbed and does not need money sent to his (my) bank account. ( I had a link to this, but it went to my own email account!). Anyway, the Board reports that Brad’s email account has been hacked and all of his contacts have been asked to help him out, stranded in London. None of us who know him would send him a dime, of course, but a cautionary tale for all, especially older folks. A variation of this fraud is to call grandparents and claim the grandchild needs bail money, usually in Canada. Don’t trust, verify!

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Walt Noel dodges a bullet

Appellate court tosses out the town of Fairfield’s suit against him. It was a bullshit claim to begin with – Fairfield never invested through Noel’s firm, they just said that Noel helped the fraud which he did, of course, but that doesn’t make him liable for Fairfield’s loss.

Plenty of other suits out there that allege direct losses caused by Walt to keep the old man entertained through his dotage.

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Maybe this is (one) answer

Texas bank to go give up its charter and go with private financing. It specialized in loans to small businesses (90% of its loans) and the feds didn’t approve. But who else is loaning to small businesses?

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Here’s an idea: sell your house

I’ve been reading and hearing recently of a number of homeowners who intend to either list their house or lower its price after Labor Day. Right now, dead August, there are buyers ready, able and still willing to buy a house. They want to buy a house. Imagine how your property would stand out if it were reasonably priced, today. By Labor Day, you’d be done, rather than just beginning, competing with lots of new listings.

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Adventurous dining

So, I was in the Stop & Shop yesterday and saw a sale on chicken feet. I resisted the impulse to buy them and today, checking out the Internet, I’m not at all sure I want to – they just look so weird. But does anyone out there have anything good to say about them? I do like trying new foods.

Fine dining?

UPDATE: I did find this recipe from the Philippeans , which sounds delicious.

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No, you can’t put up just anything on your blog

Blogger arrested after posting about Joe Lieberman, “this is one Jew who must have a bullet placed in his face”.  You might, I suppose, get away with a comment like this about Kadaffy, considering that Obummer himself is trying so hard to kill him ( a horribly misguided goal, in my humble opinion) but not U.S. citizens and certainly not politicians. I’m fine with that – I also happen to admire Senator Lieberman, but that’s irrelevant.

 

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Nothing going on in real estate

A handful of houses on the open house tour but none of interest. This sale in Lucas Point might be illustrative of something. Priced at $2.850 in 2004, in sold in a bidding war in 19 days for $3.160. The owners renovated it and put it back up  for sale in 2009 at $4.250. After 851 days on market, it sold for $3.6 million, so I’d guess the owners almost broke even,in which case, they were lucky.

18 West Way

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Caught and released

Ten-year-old Montana boy catches 19-year-old bass. He removed its tag and released it, to continue to grow older.

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Panic in Europe

Italy to ban short selling and France is rumored to soon follow. When governments try to deny reality, you know they’re doomed.

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Schadenfreude

NPR’s “On point” is having at Obummer from a liberal point of view and the poor people are frothing at the mouth. They are appalled to discover that, having voted for a “clean, articulate, good-looking black guy” , to quote Joe Biden, they elected an empty suit, Hah hah hah.

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