Daily Archives: July 9, 2014

Color me dubious

 

Show me, the way to get home ...

Show me the way to get home …

New pill to help alcoholics curb their addiction. The trouble as I see it is that the drug works by depriving alcoholics of the pleasure of drinking, and where’s the fun in that? The active drunks I know would only be interested in a pill that let them get shit-faced without getting ill or in trouble, and this isn’t that.

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A meal to die for

 

Spare the rod and spoil the dinner

Spare the rod and spoil the dinner

The Wacky Paki in Brooklyn who beat his wife to death because she served him lentils instead of a tasty goat stew asks to be executed rather than subjected to prison food. The judge did not agree and he told him so, oh oh oh. Life sentence of bologna on white.

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As if Lyme disease and goring weren’t enough

 

Don't let this happen to you

Don’t let this happen to you

Pennsylvania woman attacked by rabid deer. I had no idea that deer could get rabies and neither, I suspect, did the two good Samaritans who tackled the deer and saved the woman, but they can – so can any mammal.

A reminder that bow hunting season for deer begins September 15th. Get those permission slips out to any bowhunters you might know (ahem) now!

Or this!

Or this!

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Maybe if he invited them up to the big house to go bowling?

 

Playing pocket pool while the country burns

Playing pocket pool while the country burns

Democrat Congressman: Obama aloof, detached, bizarre.

Daily News: President Obama may not be afraid to socialize, but he is actually losing friends faster than he is making them.

Obama’s list of detractors grew Wednesday after he was spotted the night before, during a visit to Denver, drinking at a local bar and playing pool.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), whose home state Obama was set to visit Wednesday, called the commander-in-chief’s behavior, amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis as the U.S.-Mexico border – which Obama has said he won’t visit on his upcoming visit – “bizarre.”

It seems to me that our president, frustrated by the realization that he’ll accomplish nothing in the remainder of his term, has checked out.

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Boy, are those polls fast! And powerful

Another gutter ball

Another gutter ball

This morning, the White House announced it would be rebuilding the bowling alley in the basement but, fear not, with “green” materials. This afternoon, after they discovered that the public reaction was negative, they cancelled the project. Would that the president were so sensitive to public opinion on his vacation schedule or, better, his immigration/amnesty policy.

The Obama administration posted a notice Wednesday of its intention to rebuild the White House bowling alley  with “green” materials, but cancelled the notice later in the day. The General Services Administration said in a notice posted online at 11:04 a.m. that it was looking to rebuild the two lanes located in the Eisenhower office building adjacent to the West Wing.

But the notice was abruptly canceled at 4:05 p.m., after the proposed renovations were the subject of several news articles.

As a candidate, Obama vowed to “rip out the bowling alley in the White House”. He also promised to close the one at Gitmo.

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I go back and forth on the question, but generally I come down on the side of evil

Humanahumannahummana

Humanahumannahummana

Andrew Klaven: Is Obama an instrument of the devil or a hapless putz?

I would predict that almost everything Obama has done in his time in office will vanish without a trace within a decade or two. Obamacare, the clown car foreign policy, the corruption…  I think it has caused some problems and will cause some more, but then I think we’ll shrug it all off and move on. Even some of the cleverer subterranean stuff, like favoring cities over suburbs, will only have a long-lasting effect if, in fact, the suburban era is over. If people still want their houses and lawns and cars, they’ll get them back, no matter what oppressive regulations this guy puts in place.

Many people on the right think Obama is an Evil Leftist Genius. Not me. I think he is a hapless putz. I think his ideas are all wrong, his application of his ideas is incompetent, and the chaos that he causes with his wrongness and incompetence will not lead in the direction he thinks it will.

I think when the history of the 21st century is written, Obama will not merit more than a single line. Even the fact that he was the first black president may come to seem irrelevant in a couple of decades. In which case, he will not merit any line at all.

The guy is just a sad little schmuck who played cynical politics well and got promoted way above his competence. His policies won’t change the face of the nation. They’ll just make a mess that those who come after him will have to clean up.

I don’t share Klavan’s optimism, but I certainly hope he’s right and I’m wrong.

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Random encounters of the best kind

Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan

Son John and friends performed on Little Cranberry Island in Maine last night and had a wonderful time before an appreciative, friendly audience. But the best part, he tells me, was meeting a local artist, 91-year-old Ashley Bryan, who invited them to his house for tea this morning and spent hours regaling them with tales of his art, his life (Cooper Union, D-Day, professorship) and his philosophy. I agreed with John that it’s these moments in life that make it so sweet, and I’m so glad he had the chance to have (another) one.

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Mead Point sale

 

526 Indian Field Rd

526 Indian Field Rd

526 Indian Field Road has sold, for $6.2 million.  That makes a lot more sense than its original 2008 price of $11.5 million, and seems a fair price for this much house – 10,450 sq.  ft. – on 2 acres in a place like Mead Point. Unfortunately for me, I have buyers who really want to live in Mead Point but very much don’t want this much house. I suggested they just plywood-up the undesired space, but they weren’t buying it, literally and figuratively.

591 Indian Field Rd

591 Indian Field Rd

The sale is probably bad news for the would-be sellers of 591 Indian Field Road, now asking $4.995 for an old house in desperate need of renovation (replacement, more likely), on a FAR-restricted, undersized lot of 0.9 acres, that started off in 2009 at $8.9 million. As land value, I’d put it at around $3 but unfortunately, the foreclosing bank wants far more than that.

Buy it at auction.

UPDATE: Oops!  I had a reference here to the owners of 591’s legal troubles but I’ve been corrected by a reader. Different couple – same name, but not these people. I apologize.

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And thought’s not doing so well either

 

When trends collide

When trends collide

Study: Earth’s magnetic field declining ten times faster than thought in western hemisphere

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Sale price disclosed

 

23 Pierce Rd

23 Pierce Rd

23 Pierce Road, asked $2.150, sold for $2.147 million. Excellent house, but it failed to sell in 2012 when it was priced at $2.095 million. This time, in an improved market, it went quickly.

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Pending sale

Occupy Bruce Park!

Occupy Bruce Park!

Our favorite liberal’s home at 44 Bruce Park Avenue, asking $1.375, is reported as a pending sale. He paid $1.525 million for it in 2007, so I’m impressed that his disdain for profit extends even to his personal life. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is!

Or perhaps the lower price is attributable to the survey he had done, which placed the property on the Greenwich side of the Greenwich – Cos Cob border, thus forcing him to remove his above-ground pool.

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Patterson Avenue sale

 

65 Patterson Avenue

65 Patterson Avenue

65 Patterson, $3.250 million. It last sold in 2009 for $2.5. The new owners did some (unspecified) improvements, changed it from yellow to white and off it went. Interestingly, the 2009 listing showed 4,695 sq.ft. while this time around it was said to be 3,807, with “over 800 sq.ft. of FAR”. They must have had an architect remeasure which, in this case, paid dividends.

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Back for another try

7 Nawthorne

7 Nawthorne

7 Nawthorne’s back, this time asking $3.395 million instead of its original starting price back in 2012 of $3.750. I’m pleased to see that the new agent has dropped “pre-war” from the description of this 1942 house because most buyers still interpret that term to refer to pre-WW II, not Operation Desert Storm, but it’s still being called a “Georgian Colonial”. I don’t think that word means what they think it means.

Georgian Colonial homes usually have these features:

  • Square, symmetrical shape
  • Paneled front door at center
  • Decorative crown over front door
  • Flattened columns on each side of door
  • Five windows across front
  • Paired chimneys
  • Medium pitched roof
  • Minimal roof overhang

Many Georgian Colonial homes also have:

  • Nine or twelve small window panes in each window sash
  • Dentil molding (square, tooth-like cuts) along the eaves
  • Georgian Colonial

    Georgian Colonial

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Dingleberry sale reported

 

85 Dingletown Rd

85 Dingletown Rd

85 Dingletown sold 7/3/14 for $2.145 million and was reported today. I thought the house could be easily renovated and appreciated as is, and that may happen, but it pretty much went for land value (I’d estimated its value somewhere between $1.750 and $1.875, but that was 18 months ago – values are creeping up).

Thanks to the GAR, we no longer have full access to property histories so, although the current record shows 1,155 days on the market and a starting price of $2.550, I remember this first hitting the market in 2002 or 2003 at a price somewhere around $3.5. That didn’t work, obviously, so it was rented out for a number of years, and the house reflected that.

The land is rocky and there’s not much lawn area, but an interesting house can be built here, and it’s close to town: Doubling Road is directly across the street and from there, it’s a straight run to town.

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I’ve heard of husbands doing the same thing with their wives; they never noticed

 

Mommy Dearest

Mommy Dearest

Cops: Woman slept beside her dead mother for three years without complaint.

A Brooklyn woman spent three years living in a cramped apartment with her dead mom — propping her up at the dinner table and sleeping next to her skeleton every night, The Post has learned.

Chava Stirn, 28, even dressed like her mother — wearing the same black outfit and shoes that Susie Rosenthal had on when she died.

“This is one of the weirdest cases I’ve ever seen,” a law-enforcement source said.

Well, yes.

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But only if they’ll provide them with free birth control

 

MS-13 gang members "[A]gents who recognize the gang-affiliated tattoos of minors crossing the border must treat them the same as anybody else. He says these people are afforded the same rights provided to anyone crossing the border."

MS-13 gang members “[A]gents who recognize the gang-affiliated tattoos of minors crossing the border must treat them the same as anybody else. [T]hese people are afforded the same rights provided to anyone crossing the border.”

Temporarily suspending its loathing for the institution, the Obama administration has appealed to the Catholic Church to ask their parishioners to shelter illegal aliens, “and not tell the media”. 

“Somebody has to love these children,” White House spokesman Joshin Earnest told FWIW”. After all, they’re Americans, just like us.

“Of particular concern are the young members of MS-13, who were recruited into the gang at ages as young as 10, and who’ve been kidnapping, torturing and murdering people ever since. These are troubled individuals, and although we’ve instructed the border patrol that it must allow them admittance into the United States,  just handing them a lollipop and releasing them to roam the streets won’t help their spiritual development, and some of them may get into trouble. So we hope that putting them up in nice Catholic homes will turn them back into altar boys. And what could possibly go wrong, when our intentions are so good? Praise Jesus.”

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