Daily Archives: June 4, 2013

Next time you read that 25% of the population suffers from mental illness, remember this

 

Does coffee cause depression?

Does coffee cause depression?

Caffeine withdrawal now officially a mental disorder.

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Sale and, finally, an accepted offer on 24 Marks Road

99 Stonehedge, an “as is” listing in King Merritt Acres  sold for full asking price, $875,000, in something like six days.

24 Marks Road

24 Marks Road

And over in Riverside, 773 days after starting out at $3.999 million, 24 Marks Road lowered its price to $3.225 and found a buyer. I’m just speculating, but if this house had started out in the mid threes, I think it would have sold sooner, for more. We’ll never know.

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Manhattan prices

8Sale reported: 8 Roosevelt Avenue, kitchen, living room, 1/2 bath down, 2 bedrooms (with a closet serving as a third) sharing one bath,upstairs. Full price sale, $1.295 million. Couldn’t get $1.5 in 2005, or even $995,000 in ’09, but that was then, this is now. All we realtors can do these days is tell buyers what price is required to take a particular house, right now – opinions on long term value are probably worthless.

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Good: kill both bills

 

Lejerslatin's thirsty work

Lejerslatin’s thirsty work

Dick Blumenthal wants to add gun control provisions to immigration law debate. “Illegal aliens can have cars and drivers licenses,” the man from Greenwich declared, “but guns? Never! You can outrun a low rider, but a bullet’s much faster – I learned that in Viet Nam; did I ever tell you about my service in Viet Nam?”

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Sales

Two reported, 14 Bailiwick Circle, 516 North Street

14 Baliwick Circle

14 Baliwick Circle

 

 

14 Bailiwick sold for $1.150 million, which seems to be what houses  over there sell for these days.

 

516 North Street

516 North Street

516 North Street is a magnificent house, great location, yet fetched “just” $7,500,000. The owner, who can afford to take the hit, paid $9.630 for it in 2002 and put some real money into it after he bought. The market for huge houses in mid-country still breathes, but not as deeply as before.

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England becomes France

bathsThey’ve stopped bathing. Or they’re just aping those rascally Colonials, who never bathed either.

It does seem that increasingly we’re being driven back into the stone age by our faddists. Just as the fork was considered a tool of the devil  (“Food was a gift from God, and to use an artificial means of conveying it to the mouth implied that this heavenly gift was unfit to be touched by human hands,”), the use of anesthesia during childbirth interfered with God’s divine plan to punish Eve for her disobedience, and earthquakes were blamed on the use of lightning rods, we’re rushing into a new religion that employs the same thinking. Ironic that the same set that ridicules the Catholic church for condemning abortion and condoms creates its own theology and calls it science.

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Riverside contract reported

11 Owenoke11 Owenoke, $3.450 million. 18 days to full contract, accepted offer came even sooner. This house couldn’t sell at this price in 2010 and was withdrawn. The market’s improved since.

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Open house Tuesday!

Slim pickings. I did note one “new” listing that’s labelled “first open house!” I know the house well, having seen it several times over the years, so I looked up its history. It’s been on and off the market since 1994, seen 11 prices adjustments – up as well as down, often moving up after failing to sell low, and 8 different brokers. Today it’s back with yet another broker, and yet another price: $200,000 higher than it couldn’t fetch four months ago.

I’m not wasting the gas.

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Well yeah, but the North Koreans are on our “outreach list” along with Hamas

At the same time the Obama administration was wiretapping journalists to find out who leaked secret details of a deal with North Korea, it was openly disclosing the location of a top-secret Israeli missile base. “A crazy megalomaniac armed with nukes is just a friend we haven’t met”, Obama explained, “while the Israelis look.. . well they look Jewish, to me – don’t you agree?”

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Dang, I’d hoped our national decline would stop at the border

Calgary, Canada: 13-year-old who tackled knife-wielding bully sent home in disgrace.

A seventh grader from Calgary who stopped a bully from stabbing a classmate was reprimanded by the school for his act of bravery and sent home.

Briar MacLean told the National Post he was sitting in study class last Tuesday, when the bully began “poking and prodding” his victim.

Briar recalled seeing the bully putting his classmate in a headlock, and hearing the unmistakable “flick” of a pocket knife.

“I heard them say there was a knife,” said the 13-year-old, who instinctively tackled the bully, prompting the teacher, who was on the opposite side of the room at the time, to take notice.

Briar thought he had done the right thing until three periods later when he was called into the vice principal’s office to be reprimanded.

The boy’s mother, Leah O’Donnell, was called and told that her son had been involved in an incident and was trying to “play hero.”

She was further informed that Sir John A. Macdonald junior high school does not “condone heroics,” and her son should have sought out a teacher instead.

“In the time it would have taken him to go get a teacher, could that kid’s throat have been slit?”O’Donnell recalled asking the vice principal. “She said yes, but that’s beside the point. That we ‘don’t condone heroics in this school.'”

It’s all as one: indoctrinate our children that they must depend on others for their safety and they’ll grow up to be docile wards of the state. Which, of course, is the goal.

Calgary was once a frontier town. Then again, so was our own country.

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A point to remember at tomorrow night’s redistricting meeting of the BOE (at GHS, 7:00 PM)

I hold in my hand a list of every white child in Greenwich, and I want them moved

I hold in my hand a list of every white child in Greenwich;  I want them moved

The BOE is bound to raise overcrowding as an impetus for redistricting, and no doubt it is. But the rush to come up with a plan is because of race, and the redistricting decisions will be based on race. No one wants overcrowded schools when there are other schools with excess capacity. Only the school board and the state (and the editors of Greenwich Time) however, want to use a student’s race (as defined by each school’s secretary, apparently) as a basis for assigning him to a particular school.

Again, this is not about disparate achievement levels at the school. The new superintendent admitted as much last night.

McKersie emphasized that education officials’ scrutiny of New Lebanon and Hamilton Avenue did not reflect inferior academics.

“Your schools are excellent,” he said. “The question is how the district is organized to have the students in your school.”

They’ll dress it up tomorrow night, bring in their landscape architectural experts (I kid you not) to talk about population trends in various districts, wave their arms and blow some smoke, but it’s all about race, and that’s illegal. Remind them of that. Forcefully.

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