Daily Archives: December 11, 2014

Two papers in one

Different stories, duplicate picture. Hooray for recycling!

Different stories, duplicate picture. Hooray for recycling!

“Women brokers a rarity in commercial real estate”.  Greenwich Time, Dec. 10, 2014

“Women closing gap in commercial real estate market”. Greenwich Time, Dec. 10, 2014

I was at a party this evening where someone told me that Greenwich Time is now down to about four pages, and the only thing keeping it afloat are the real estate ads. Doesn’t surprise me.

 

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Not on your light

I think it's kind of cozier this way, anyway

I think it’s kind of cozier this way, anyway

Greenwich Avenue merchants refuse to pay for Christmas lights and the street grows dark. Everyone’s favorite dispenser of other people’s money, Third Selectman Drew Marzullo (D.) thinks taxpayers should help out the store owners. Peter Tesei, for once, thinks not: “we could use the money to provide extra lights in the Byram pool,” he tells FWIW.

The corporate chains that have profited so handsomely from their conversion of Greenwich Avenue to Rodeo Drive East could pay up, and recoup their money by attracting more Westchesterites to come view the scene and buy their overpriced designer items. If they don’t want to do it, I say we curse the darkness rather than light a single candle at our own expense.

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Eco-terrorists

Many small steps for man, one giant billboard for Greenpeace

Many small footsteps for man, one giant billboard for Greenpeace

Greenpeace vandalizes ancient site.

Peru says it will sue activists from the environmental pressure group Greenpeace after they placed a banner next to the Nazca Lines heritage site. …

He said the Nazca Lines, which are an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 years old, were “absolutely fragile”.

“You walk there and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years,” he said.

The lines, depicting animals, stylised plants and imaginary figures were declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1994.

“They haven’t touched the hummingbird figure but now we have an additional figure created by the footsteps of these people,” Mr Castillo told local radio.

 

The group said it was sorry if the protest at the historical site on Monday caused any “moral offense” to the people of Peru.

“Moral offense.” My guess about their thinking is that, because Greenpeace is anti-human, even ancient sites made by wicked man are valueless. Sounds like the Taliban, to me.

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More sale prices reported

30 Vineyard Lane

30 Vineyard Lane

30 Vineyard Lane, $4.550 million. Nice house, but it’s frustrating when a property comes on grossly overpriced, as this one was ($6.495) because when other agents are working with clients in the “real” price range, there’s no point showing it when it’s new – the owners aren’t ready to accept reality – and it’s toilet too late (I swear, auto-correct has got to go) by the time it comes to earth.

41 Tomac Ave

41 Tomac Ave

41 Tomac Avenue, Old Greenwich, $2.690 million. Not sure what happened to this one; it sold in 2005 for $2.970, and I thought it was a good use then, and now.

34 Pleasant St

34 Pleasant St

34 Pleasant Street, Cos Cob, $1.025. Just as the name suggests, a pleasant street. Million bucks for a house like this, though – and it sold very quickly – does give one pause.

 

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Here’s a surefire way to stop a toilet-paper-eating habit

Girlfriend from hell sprays boyfriend’s TP with pepper spray.

And also the ice cubes she gives him to ease his pain. Run for the hills, fella.

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I’ll bet someone warned this would happen

We're feeling the love, alright

We’re feeling the love, alright

ISIS leader: If there hadn’t been such a nice prison in Iraq, we’d never have organized.

Martin Chulov wrote an in-depth article for The Guardian that explores how al-Baghdadi and others used Camp Bucca as a planning ground for terrorism.

Abu Ahmed, who is now reportedly a senior official within IS (aka ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), said he was taken to Camp Bucca in the summer of 2004. He told The Guardian that he had feared the prison before he arrived.

“But when I got there,” he said, “it was much better than I thought. In every way.”

Camp Bucca has previously been credited with providing the perfect environment for a terrorist group to form, but Ahmed’s comments describe in more detail just how integral the prison was in allowing jihadists to organize.

Bucca held jihadists from all corners of Iraq, and it seems that they were all given enough freedom within the prison to collude with one another.

“We could never have all got together like this in Baghdad, or anywhere else,” Ahmed told The Guardian. “It would have been impossibly dangerous. Here, we were not only safe, but we were only a few hundred meters away from the entire Al Qaeda leadership.”

They couldn’t have done that if they’d been kept in isolation having Barry Manilow blasting 24 hours  day.

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And here’s a woman who’s reversed the high-colonic treatment

CIA tries new interrogation technique

CIA tries new interrogation technique

British woman eats a roll of toilet paper a day. No mention of whether it’s fresh.

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Sales reported

5 Hawkwood Lane

5 Hawkwood Lane

5 Hawkwood Lane, $1.885 million, on an asking price of $1.995. I liked this house, both for its location, layout and condition (and price). Took less than 60 days to sell, so hats off to the sensible owner and her agent, Janet Milligan.

Home Depot, Center Drive division of

Home Depot, Center Drive division of

On the other hand, I was far less impressed with 13 Center Drive, in Old Greenwich, a quick-and-dirty rehab that has sold for $1.125 million. Not “dirty”, I suppose, but cheap; I showed it to clients back in September, 2012, and we all really wanted to like it because at its then-price of $1.245, it was affordable. We didn’t; now, someone does, and good for them. As comparative prices go, this wasn’t a bad deal, just not one my clients were willing to make.

 

13 Center Drive

13 Center Drive

 

 

 

5 Wallasay Way

5 Wallasay Way

8 Wallasay Drive, Riverside, just sold for $842,000, asking $879,000. Six weeks from listing to contract. I thought it was decent value.

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Terrorist attack by the Senate’s only Indian

How dare someone riding a howdah tell us how to run our country?!

How dare someone riding a howdah tell us how to run our country?!

Elizabeth Warren and her allies demand a government shut down over spending bill.

Democrats are outraged:

“We aren’t negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest” – White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer declared.

“These people are legislative arsonists.” Nancy Pelosi.

“Anarchists.” – Harry Reid.

Oops! Those were quotes about Ted Cruz, when he threatened a government shutdown.

Well then, “never mind”.

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A cautionary tale for Greenwich ladies (no, not related to the post below)

(Did you) know this man?

(Did you) know this man?

When your husband turns into a MAMIL – Middle Aged Man in Lycra.

Starts off innocuously, ends in ignominy and shame for the family.

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