Daily Archives: April 29, 2013

Why don’t these brave souls try this in front of a mosque?

Carnegie Mellon student protests Catholic religion by dressing as the pope and parading bottomless with her pubic hair shaved into a cross.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Students at Carnegie Mellon say it’s freedom of expression, but the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh calls it inappropriate and disrespectful.

At an annual art school parade, a female student dressed up as the pope, and was naked from the waist down while she passed out condoms.

Even more, witnesses say the woman had shaved her pubic hair in the shape of a cross.

“I think we all know that when we’re growing up we do stupid things but to cross over the line in this instance shouldn’t happen with anybody,” Bishop David Zubik said.

CMU issued a statement, saying “We are continuing our review of the incident. If our community standards or laws were violated, we will take appropriate action.”

The only way this idiot girl would be deemed to have offended CMU’s “community standards” [sic] would have been if she’d dressed as Mohammad and gnawed on a pork chop, but young, courageous activists don’t do that. Not in this country, certainly. Bishop Zubik is the only one involved here who displays any dignity.

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Lower the freak flag to half-staff.

further240Albert Hoffman dead at 102.

Albert Hofmann, the pioneering Swiss chemist and advocate of psychedelics who discovered the hallucinogenic properties of LSD, died Tuesday. He was 102.

No relation to Abbie, but kindred spirits, surely.

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Swamp Vue sells

49 Pecksland Rd

49 Pecksland Rd

49 Pecksland, $1,458,500. Owners paid $1.650 for it in ’04, put in well over a million dollars into renovations (mortgage debt looks like something around $2.775?) and clearly, didn’t get their money out. Moral of the story: don’t sink money into a 1955 home in a swamp. On the other hand, this is a very nice house, and the new buyer has done well.

20 Meadow Rd

20 Meadow Rd

20 Meadow Road, Riverside, reports an accepted offer after 90 days and one price cut, to $2.195 million.

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I had that same feeling back in 1972 and never bought another copy

Ziller: “I wish I hadn’t bought Newsweek; it was a mistake.”

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Well it probably doesn’t flood

High Street16 High Street, Byram, has an accepted offer. Asking $525,000, purchased for $600,000 in 2004. Not every area of town has rebounded from the great crash of ’09.

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This is interesting

Old Greenwich, summer, 2013

Old Greenwich, summer, 2013

From a reader:

Friends of ours living on Palmer Island * just got the bad news from FEMA.
Raise your first floor 7 feet higher than it is now
Fill your basement with cement, and move all the utility room mechanicals to at least the height of your first floor….or else…
Your annual flood insurance will go from 1200 bucks/year, up to $20,000.00
Estimated cost to raise their home, fill the basement, move the mechanicals and build a mechanical room, north of 250k.

*Ole’s Creek, on the lower, Old Greenwich side, I’m glad to note – Ed

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Too much information

Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 1.00.51 PMNBA player comes out of the closet, Business Insider has one word to describe it: “huge”.  That’s a mouthful.

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If your house in OG or Riverside hasn’t sold yet, you are way too high

47 Arcadia47 Arcadia, $2.395 million, sold in five days. Pretty house, very nice renovation dating back to 2006 (when it sold for $2.150), so nothing particularly surprising here but its quick sale, along with so many others this spring, ought to drive home to you owners still sitting in unsold houses that you are missing the most active spring market in years. If buyers have repeatedly rejected your home in favor of others (and every house that sells in your general price range is a direct rejection of what you’re offering) then it’s past time you dropped your price. It’s possible that a disappointed buyer will circle back and grab yours at your inflated dream price but it’s more likely that spring will pass and you’ll have missed the tide.

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Too much time, too much money

Brawl erupts on Everest as Sherpas, western climbers clash. I don’t know from Nepal, but here in the US I’m grateful for the urge so prevalent among hikers to “bag” the highest mountain in any given area, leaving the rest of the neighborhood in piece. Northeast of Taos, for instance, New Mexico’s highest prominence Wheeler Peak stands 13,161 feet above sea level and draws almost every hiker around. Climb the same trail but head east at the fork and you’ll find “Gold Hill”, 12,711 feet high, standing by itself, aloof and private. I climb for solitude and find (most) people annoying, so I’m delighted to let the peak baggers have at it, and settle for a mere “hill”. Here’s a photo that would certainly put me off from the Everest experience, even if I could still accomplish it (ha!)

Ah, wilderness! Line of climbers snaking down Mount Everest conditions

Ah, wilderness! Line of climbers snaking down Mount Everest 

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Accepted offers

Two reported this morning, 41 Angus Lane and 13 Mortimer Drive.

41 Angus

41 Angus

41 Angus, asking $1.695 million, lasted just 3 weeks.

13 Mortimer

13 Mortimer

13 Mortimer, on an 0.12 acre lot in Old Greenwich and priced at $1.050 million, sold in five days. With that kind of speed there clearly were multiple parties interested in this house and God bless them. My own clients seem to be as taken aback by what’s happening in Old Greenwich and Riverside this spring as I am and are holding off, waiting to see if things don’t cool off. If we’re wrong and prices keep soaring well, then that’s what happens. I do know that, unlike 2009-2012, I’m not seeing anything in this area of town that looks like a solid place to dump a lot of cash.

I don’t know what specific flood zone Mortimer is in, by the way, but it’s obvious that I’ve already been proved wrong in one prediction: Hurricane Sandy, which might have served to remind people of the close proximity of water to Old Greenwich neighborhoods, has had no effect in damping sales, so to speak. Probably a good time to go long on rubber raft manufacturers.

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