Daily Archives: September 29, 2014

The more frightening thing is that the idiot resident of the place believes the same thing

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm a zero"

“On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m a zero”

White House intruder scaled fence and ran deep into the White House before being finally subdued, but “he did not express any wish to harm the president instead claiming he just wanted to tell him that the ‘atmosphere was collapsing’.


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The Jets should fire whoever they’ve got now and hire this guy as offensive coordinator

Junior high football at its finest 

The play, called “The Ugly Kardashian,” consist of the young quarterback taking the snap before passing the line of scrimmage to act as if he’s pointing to a referee.

The defense is clearly confused and believes that the play hasn’t started. Before the defense can realize what has happened and get back in position, the quarterback makes his way into the end zone.


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Cos Cob contract reported

15 Lia Fail Way

15 Lia Fail Way

15 Lia Fail Way, asking $2.295 million. While (the exterior of) this house isn’t to my taste, the street itself is a beautiful little enclave off Valley Road and is in fact my favorite neighborhood  in Cos Cob. Certainly there’s no other neighborhood with its own marble amphitheater.

The listing describes the house as a “classic Colonial”. Give that agent a prize.


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Sad, cautionary tale

From trader to "trading coach" = probably a different pay scale

From trader to “trading coach” = probably a different pay scale

Former high-flying (literally) SAC trader Kenny Lassik  loses it all to Oxycontin addiction.

Since then, his wife has left him. He doesn’t get to see his four kids as much as he would like.

“Now being here, you know, the house is for sale because we are getting a divorce. We are basically liquidating. I guess we are liquidating our life. The hardest part for me is that I destroyed it myself.”

I know far more people than I wish I did who could tell the same tale. Addiction – booze or other drugs, honors no class or income barriers, but unfortunately, often help is sought only after the wealth that shields an abuser from his reality is gone. It doesn’t have to be that way (if you’re curious, write me, confidentially).

Here’s his house on Candlewood Lake – asking $6 million, which I doubt he’ll be seeing.


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I don’t see how this makes economic sense

14 Cat Rok Rd

14 Cat Rok Rd

14 Cat Rock Road is on the market today asking $965,000. A local entrepreneur paid $796,000 for it this past April, refinished the floors, repainted the walls, and “replaced” – an undefined term – two bathrooms. Even assuming all that was done on the cheap, is the mark up here worth the risk? After commissions and taxes there isn’t that much to go around, and if he’s overestimated the value of his efforts (which he may well have done), he’s pocketing even less.

Whatever – I suppose if he can do a dozen or so of these a year he’ll make a decent living, but I’m not sure there’s enough low end inventory to support that business model.


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And you certainly couldn’t find these in Alpine

11 Joshua Lane - "Le Petite Masonne

11 Joshua Lane – “Le Petite Maison dans la Prairie”

11 Joshua Lane has hit the market, 3,400 sq. feet, an acre of land, asking $3.095, after selling for $2.550 in 2009. I’m always wary of the term “recently refreshed” where “renovated” usually goes – brings to mind sweeping dust bunnies from under the beds and a quick flush and a spritz of Glade in the powder room – but I was particularly attracted to its claim to “separately situated staff quarters”.

It’s a friggin’ run of the mill suburban pseudo-colonial on an acre of land, for Chrissake – you wanna stick your Filipino baby sitter in a windowless cubical in the basement, fine, but that’s not “staff quarters”, and you still won’t live in a manor, no matter what you call it. Get a grip.


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Somehow, I don’t think this will affect Greenwich’s prestige among those who care about such matters

Mind you, Alpine houses and Greenwich's are now almost indistinguishable

Mind you, Alpine houses and Greenwich’s are now almost indistinguishable

Alpine, NJ is declared nation’s richest zip code.

With houses well over the price point of $2.5 million, and celebrities living there like: Sean Combs, LL Cool J, and Jay Z, this area of New Jersey is shaping up to be the place to live for people with money.

New Jersey may be a nice place – I’ve never noticed – but it seems to be loaded with non-clubable denizens. That may be a very good thing, attractive to many people, but it’s not Greenwich.



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Another politician dodging blame

Tragic day at the zoo

Tragic day at the zoo

Mayor de Blasio is still refusing to take responsibility for the tragic death of “Charlotte”, the groundhog he dashed to the ground in a fit of pique last February. Echoing Obama’s usual defense in these types of matters, Hizzonor said,

“I found out as all of you found out,” de Blasio said Monday. “I had no idea previously.”

It’s true the mayor didn’t kill the poor beastie on the GW Bridge and tie up traffic for days – at least he didn’t do that – but his denials and evasiveness set a poor example for the city’s schoolchildren.



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New Listing in God’s armpit

25 Richmond Hill Rd  (photo by Barbeiri Productions)

25 Richmond Hill Rd
(photo by Barbieri Productions)

Oh now, that’s just mean, but 25 Richmond Hill Road has come on, asking $7.195 million. There’s no public listing online, yet, but Joe Barbieri’s got it, so ask him.

If anyone can sell a house on this street it will be Joe, but recent sales histories up here are discouraging for would-be new construction buyers.

95 Richmond sold for $8 million in 2005, but resold in 2009 for $5.9.

85 Richmond sold for $7.1 that same year, 2005, and just sold last year for $4.825, after years of trying.

Bloom’s off the rose on the northwest border.

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New broker, another price cut

24 Khakum Wood Road

24 Khakum Wood Road

24 Khakum Wood Road is back on the market, this time with Steve Archino and now priced at $8.650 million. That may or may not be the right price, finally,* but time did tell us that David Ogilvy’s original price of $14.5 million in 2008, and the other prices he tried in the ensuing six years, eventually down to $9.6 million in 2014, did not do the trick.

*Given what’s out there currently in this price range, this house, in Khakum Wood, seems very competitive.


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Real estate activity

11 Flower Lane

11 Flower Lane

11 Flower Lane (April contract) closed at $1,631,250. This property was originally listed as one of those “expand or renovate” estate deals in 2008 for $2.7 million, and stayed on the market through 2012 at various prices until it was pulled in 2013 nd renovated. Once that was done, it came back on at the beginning of this year priced at $1.7, and  contract followed soon after.


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A daughter to make any father proud

Sarah sends along this photo, taken this morning, of her truck parked in a “fuel efficient vehicle” space.



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Obama: our spies let me down

I didn't do it

I didn’t do it

The smartest guy in the room, the fellow who boasted just a short time ago that he was “the most sophisticated consumer of intelligence on the planet” and thus had no need of daily security briefings, blamed those same people on 60 Seconds last night for not alerting him to the strength of ISIS. Trouble is, as usual, that he’s lying.

Nearly eight months ago, some of President Obama’s senior intelligence officials were already warning that ISIS was on the move. In the beginning of 2014, ISIS fighters had defeated Iraqi forces in Fallujah, leading much of the U.S. intelligence community to assess they would try to take more of Iraq.

But in an interview that aired Sunday evening, the president told 60 Minutes that the rise of the group now proclaiming itself a caliphate in territory between Syria and Iraq caught the U.S. intelligence community off guard. Obama specifically blamed James Clapper, the current director of national intelligence: “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” he said.

Reached by The Daily Beast after Obama’s interview aired, one former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq was flabbergasted. “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” the former official said.

Well both, actually.


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