Daily Archives: May 1, 2014

Ron Howard’s listed his Conyers Farm home for sale

 

Chez Howard

Chez Howard

$27. 5 million.

WSJ: For more than 20 years, the Oscar-winning director and his wife, Cheryl, have made this roughly 32-acre lakefront estate their home base, building over the years a compound that includes a “sports barn,” facilities for horses and an observatory. Now they’re putting the estate, which sits on the shores of Converse Lake an hour outside New York City, on the market for $27.5 million.

The property is on three lots in a gated community called Conyers Farm, which straddles the border of Greenwich, Conn. and Armonk, NY. The main house, which was designed to take advantage of the lake views, is more than 17,000 square feet and has six bedrooms, five full and four half baths. A two-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot guesthouse also overlooks the lake, and the sports barn contains a full-size tennis court, a half basketball court and a hot tub.

The property also has a greenhouse, flower and vegetable gardens, livestock and horse barns, paddocks and riding rings, and hiking trails. The Howards also have a menagerie of animals on the property: miniature horses, donkeys, sheep, alpacas, chickens, ducks, five dogs, some 13 rescue cats, fish, a bird named Rover and a big 15-year-old tortoise named Ralph. (Some of the animals may be available for adoption by the new owner.)

This will be Greenwich’s loss  – Shopkeepers on Greenwich Avenue – back when there were shop keepers, always told me what an extremely pleasant, down-to-earth guy he was, and half of Greenwich seems to have something nice to say about his wife, Cheryl.  The Journal reports that, with their children grown and their own constant travel, the Howards no longer need the house. That certainly makes sense but as I said, the town will miss them (even if, technically, they’re New York residents).

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Pay back day for the unions

 

The Jubilee arrives

The Jubilee arrives

Billions in retroactive pay raises for the teachers, plus 18% pay hike. NYC municipal unions refused to sign contracts while Bloomberg was mayor, hoping that a union patsy would replace them. Their patience has been rewarded.

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A reminder

 

Iron worker, Empire State Building

Iron worker, Empire State Building

The Empire State Building was completed on May 2, in 1931. It took one year to build. Today, if it could be built at all, it would take ten years of feasibility and environmental impact studies, ten more for resolution of law suits, and another decade to construct.

China will surpass the USA as the world’s largest economy this year, in case you were wondering. It’s not that communism is more efficient than capitalism, it’s because it’s better than the muddled form of socialism we’ve adopted.

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Contract

 

It was a dark and stormy day...

It was a dark and stormy day…

245 N. Maple, Randy Keleher listing, reports a pending deal. Asking price, $4.4 million. I’ve rarely seen darker, more gloomy pictures, but great location and an excellent builder will overcome that every time. Quick (three months) sale.

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Poetry lesson

1944 Yellow Rose of Texas bhMy play on “The Purple Prose of Texas” yesterday reminded me of an observation made (or passed on) by my brother Anthony, long ago: All of Emily Dickinson’s poems can be recited to “The Yellow Rose of Texas”. Try it and see:

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –

Or rather – He passed us –
The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –

Since then – ’tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads
Were toward Eternity –

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More settled science from the experts

Oops!

Oops!

Global warmists, backed by “experts”, pushed the government to subsidize diesel cars in Europe because diesels produce less CO2 than gasoline engines. Now new experts are claiming that, while diesels do produce less CO2, they also produce far more toxic pollutants than gasoline-powered cars and are killing tens of thousands of people.

I suspect it’s all bunk, either way, but it is amusing to watch this farce play out.

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The First Family of sacrifice

 

Mobamadumpy and the divine right of queens

Mobamadumpy and the divine right of queens

Obama vacations rack up $40 million in airfare alone.

The travel costs for vacations taken by the first family and the Bidens have reached over $40 million with the Air Force’s revelation that two golf outings by President Obama this year cost $2.9 million, according to the taxpayer watchdog group Judicial Watch.

The group said that the Air Force provided documents and records that put the price of the first family’s trip to Key Largo, Fla., in March at $885,683 just for flying Air Force One. The travel costs to golf in Palm Springs, Calif., in February, where the president also met with King Abdullah II of Jordan [who was in California only because Obama insisted our “ally” fly across the country to meet him there – Ed], was $2,066,594, said the Air Force documents, according to Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch has been filing repeated Freedom of Information Act requests for travel costs and the Air Force has provided many documents during the administration.

So far, Judicial Watch said that it has tabulated vacation travel costs, mostly just Air Force jet time, at over $40 million. Far more money is spent on accommodations, communications, rooms and cars for staff, security and U.S. Secret Service protection, Navy and Coast Guard ships offshore and the prepositioning of cars and helicopters, but those costs are not usually revealed.

“The President does this only to demonstrate the huge income inequality in this country,” White House spokesman Jay Carney explained to FWIW, “he’d much prefer to stay home. And besides, his caddy always carries the president’s Blackberry with him, so our Commander in Chief is available, at least as far as the first nine – after that, reception can be iffy.”

 

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Malloy: “then we’ll just try harder.”

 

 

You go home

You go home

Poll: 49% of Connecticut residents would like to leave the state, placing us second only to Massachusetts Illinois, with 50%.  Montana and Wyoming are around 21%, which makes perfect sense to me. North Dakota and even Peg’s Minnesota score well too, which is less self-explanatory.

RELATED: Democrats’ $500 million budget surplus is now calculated at $44 million (and still falling), and talk of more gambling games is resurrected. “We can’t do basic math up here in Hartford,” Governor Malloy explained to FWIW, “but fortunately, neither can the poor and the illiterate – we’ll get them to help us out.”

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