Daily Archives: March 7, 2013

Are you sitting down?

Chinese toietsReader Chris R provides this contribution to riveting bedtime reading, “The Outlook for Chinese Wooden Toilet Seat Production, 2009-2014.” $495, but is any price too high for this sort of drama? There’s even talk of a sequel, “Hong Kong Splinter Groups” but start here, for full character development.

As is always the case with beloved Amazon products, the gold is in the reviews:

This is so weird. My husband and I were just discussing the 2009-2014 outlook for wood toilet seats in greater China the other day. Now today, here I am surfing Amazon and wouldn’t you know it? The 2009-2014 outlook for wood toilet seats in greater China. I am so happy the price seems reasonable. I’m thinking Amazing Anniversary Present!!!!!!

And this:

[A]s hypnotic as the I Ching!

This extraordinary analysis, panoramic in scale and of far reaching magnitude, is now finally available to the reader in two significantly useful and highly desirable formats: PDF e-download and paperback, 141 pages (Both $495.00,in stock and available with one click ordering).

A current blockbuster best seller and a classic in the making, this analysis is beloved by children as well as adults, scholars as well as arm chair travelers, the constipated as well as those who are decidedly not, and even those who can move their bowels regularly.

In fact, like many great writings, “The 2009-2014 Outlook for Wood Toilet Seats in Greater China” can be appreciated on multiple levels….cultural, political, historic, dramatic, poetic, educational, satiric, humorous and even just plain goofy fun.

Starting with the eternal premise that “The concept of latent demand is rather subtle” the hypnotic story line evolves outward, captivating and fascinating the reader. Soon an overlay of the Eastern philosophical tenet “The average propensity to consume is constant” is introduced and as you can well imagine, all hell breaks loose!

In the end, despite coming to the ultimate and often life altering knowledge that “Product and service offerings, and the actual identity of the players involved, while important for certain issues, are relatively unimportant for estimates of latent demand”, and “….in the long run, households with no income eventually have no consumption”, the reader comes to fundamentally understand that the true nature, the very essence of humankind will, whatever the circumstance, choose a toilet seat over a hole in the ground nine times out of ten.

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And no thanks to them

ronald-reaganObama: we are fully capable of defending ourselves against a North Korean  nuclear attack. White House spokesman Jay Carney notes that we’ve got this really cool anti-missile-missile that will protect us, but forgets to mention the father of “Star Wars”, Ronald Reagan – in fact, he credits Obama for keeping us safe.

If, like Democrats and the dinosaur media, your memory can’t go back as far as 1983, you should know that President Reagan suggested the idea of keeping missiles from landing on our shores then, and was derided and ridiculed for his effort. 

The ambitious initiative was widely criticized as being unrealistic, even unscientific as well as for threatening to destabilize MAD and re-ignite “an offensive arms race”. In light of Reagan’s vocal criticism of the MAD doctrine (Mutually Assured Destruction) the SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) was an important part of his defense policy intended to offset MAD bias. It was soon derided, largely in the mainstream media, as “Star Wars,” after the popular 1977 film by George Lucas. In 1987, the American Physical Society concluded that a global shield such as “Star Wars” was not only impossible with existing technology, but that ten more years of research was needed to learn whether it might ever be feasible.

He went ahead anyway, persisting in the face of repeated failures – all dutifully noted by The New York Times on its front pages, and eventually attained success – dutifully ignored by the NYT. Indeed, the paper’s editors lost all interest in the program thereafter. Until now, of course, when a brave Messiah has emerged from the mean streets of Hawaii to save mankind. For the first time, I’m proud to be an American.

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Somehow I don’t think this is so

I was shopping for a small countertop microwave and noticed this incredible bargain at Amazon, promising a saving of $1,258.05 – who could resist?

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Let’s ignore the sequester and kick in for a double-wide

God Bless us Everyone

God Bless us Everyone

Publius alerts us to this story: Chavez’s corpse to be permanently displayed in glass coffin. Publius suggests that the Lincoln Bedroom would be an appropriate resting place for our own “I am not a dictator” but I’m of the school that believes birds of a feather should hang together, so I say, send him south. Soon.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s acting president says Hugo Chavez’s embalmed body will be permanently displayed in a glass casket so that “his people will always have him.”

Vice President Nicolas Maduro says the remains will be put on permanent display at the Museum of the Revolution, close to the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years

 

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Accepted offer, Old Greenwich

141 Sound Beach Ave

141 Sound Beach Ave

141 Sound Beach Avenue, asking $1.650 million, gone in five days. Good house, not a location I’d consider spending $1.650 million to live in, just because of the Sound Beach Avenue traffic, but that’s just a personal reaction. Can’t beat the convenience, with ice cream, a bar and the train station directly across the street. The kids can grow fat on Chubby Wubby Pecan Delight while Mom sees Hubby off to work and then retires to Mackenzie’s for a couple or three morning pick-me-ups. Not that a Greenwich family would do that, naturally, I’m just pointing out that they could.

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Malloy appoints task force to study closing coffee shops, hardware stores

 

Awaiting conclusions

Awaiting conclusions

Beserker armed with axe goes on rampage at Dunkin Donuts.

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“I will not rest” …

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia ObamaUntil every American has a job, until no veteran is homeless, until Bo finds his bone ….

Obama starts planning for his three-week Vineyard vacation.

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Who knew we were unqualified to be policemen?

Cop or politician, he's ready for a career

Cop or politician, he’s ready for a career

OG Reader dredged up and sent along this 2000 news article from New London about a court ruling that held it to be constitutional to discriminate against bright people who wanted to join the cops.  Some poor sap with an IQ of 125 – barely able to wipe spittle from his lips, in other words, was rejected because cops like’em dumb: a 104 IQ or thereabouts. The court said that was fine.

At least we can be confident that the constabulary are smarter than our politicians. Someone has to keep an eye on those yokels.

RELATED: Cop assigned to protect high school accidentally fires his pistol.

ALSO RELATED: Policeman searching for gunman on Manchester campus shoots himself in foot.

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Sale and a price cut

5 Dawn Harbor

5 Dawn Harbor

5 Dawn Harbor, Riverside, sold for $2.650 million. That’s not all that far from $3.195 million, where it started two years ago in March 2011 but apparently that 3 in front was enough to keep buyers away. It doesn’t take too much to scare off buyers, so pay attention: if you’re not getting offers, drop the price quickly. Unless you want to wait around two years and sell it for what you could have got for the joint in the first place. Your choice.

44 Hunting Ridge

44 Hunting Ridge

And maybe the owners of 44 Hunting Ridge have figured that out, because they dropped their price today to $5.795 from last month’s $6.195 million. Of course, they started down this road way back in 2006, at $7.995, and that listing, or another one just like it expired, house unsold and asking $5.695, in May, 2012. I wouldn’t have tried to get $6.195 so soon after being unable to sell it for $5.6, but that’s just me, and today’s price cut indicates that they’re learning.

But the high-five range is tough these days. A lot of inventory, few buyers willing to part with that much money.

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Whack!

82 Glenville Rd

82 Glenville Rd

. 82 Glenville Road. Owners paid $3 million for it in 2002 and started off this time at $3.875. They didn’t get it. Just sold for $2.350.

Our market has improved over the dismal days of 2008-2011, but don’t mistake local hot spots for the entire Greenwich area. Like everything in life, “it depends’.

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Accepted offer on (the other) River Road

525 River Road

525 River Road

525 River Road, the River Road that leaves across from North Mianus School on Sheephill and runs north on the east side of the Mianus to Stamford, has an accepted offer, last asking price $1.845 million, after sitting around since last July at $2.1. Looks like an okay house – maybe a modular, but there’s nothing at all wrong with modulars if they’re built right (which makes them no different from stick-built homes).

This River Road’s a bit tricky, because it has dodgy houses at its entrance and then continues into a stretch of wilderness that affords no real neighborhood. That doesn’t bother some people, including me, who appreciate the beauty of the Mianus River so close by, and the quiet solitude to be found here. For others, it’s different.

But a builder I know will be encouraged by this sale, because he’s been planning three houses which he’d like to list at $1.9 apiece. I’d been dubious of his achieving that level, but apparently he can.

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The war on guns continues

I am stupid, I am proudState Senator Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville

I am stupid, I am proud
State Senator Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville

AJ sends this along: Florida legislator demands proof of completion of an “anger management course” before being permitted to buy ammunition. How about an IQ test before anyone is allowed to run for public office?

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Out with the old

Drudge points out that, while young Tea Party senators were in the chamber defending Rand Paul’s filibuster, the old guard Republicans were schmoozing over fine food and wine with the Obama.  They don’t get it, and they never will. Get rid of them – they’re Jack Moffley, Greenwich Magazine Republicans, writ large on a national scale. Irrelevant, obsolete and doing far more damage than good.

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No open houses today

Fear of snow must have caused them to cancel. In the meantime, what little real estate news there is to report are two contracts, 20 Midbrook Lane, Old Greenwich, $1.045 ask, and 20 Winthrop, Riverside, $1.450 ask.

20 Midbrook Lane

20 Midbrook Lane

There’s not much to Midbrook but then, there’s not much to the $1 million inventory in Old Greenwich, so you take what you can get.

20 Winthrop DriveWood was reported as having an accepted offer back in late October and I don’t know the reason for the holdup between then and now, but the parties have entered into contract now, regardless of the reason for that time gap. Interesting to note that this same house sold for $1.525 back in 2002. It’s lower price now probably reflects that it was sold as a house back then and is valued only as land now. Or that’s my stab at an explanation.

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Worried about gun violence?

Maybe Mayor Mike should consider this: 80% of NYC high school graduates who attend City University show up unable to read, write or mathamaticize. Those who don’t go on to higher education are, presumably, even worse off in these skills. Since 80% of gun homicides are committed by young African-American and Hispanic males, a school system that produced graduates able to participate in the economy might go a long way.

Longer, at least, than fretting about Slurpees and loud music in their ears. But harder, and reform runs the risk of offending the teachers union.

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