Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

Leatrice Gilbert Fountain, September 6, 1924 – January 20, 2015

Leatrice_Joy_GilbertMy mother Lea passed away in her sleep earlier today, peacefully and in her own home in her own bed, just as she’d wished. We’ve been expecting this since she suffered a stroke three years ago Thanksgiving, but finality is always jarring,especially for her grandchildren, who adored her.

There are many pictures of her as an adult, but I like this one, taken in 1938 when she was 13 and appearing in “Of Human Hearts”. It’s got her smile,which she always kept, and the face she passed on to her granddaughter, my daughter Kate.



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And the rest of us won’t just because we can’t stand him

Paid by the DNC

Paid by the DNC

53% of Americans say they’ll skip the State of the Union address because it conflicts with their TV viewing schedule.


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Land sale, Old Greenwich

12 Ballwood

12 Ballwood

12 Ballwood Drive, 0.44 acre, 6,100 FAR allowance, $1.6 million (sold in December, just reported today, hence the delay). Existing house was described as being sold “as is”, but even if someone wanted to renovate it they probably can’t due to the property’s location in the AE flood zone. Raise high the roof beam.


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How many belong to global warming advocates?

1,700 private jets expected at Davos conference. The shindig is attended by all the celebrities who matter, including Leonardo, “Save the World” DiCaprio. We know Leo has a private, carbon-spewing-jet (and a mega-yacht) but it will be fun to watch for other warmists who will preach doom from the ski slopes.


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Apropos of nothing, but I was reminded of this sweet video today, from 2003

Maurice Cheeks, (then) coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, helps out a 13-year-old when she forgets the words to the National Anthem.


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More stats




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Greenwich Association of Realtors releases sales and price data


There were 598 single-family residential closings for the year, a 4% decrease from 2013 when there were 620 closings. The median price for single-family closings in 2014 was $1,849,000; an 8% increase from 2013 where the median price was $1,698,000. There are fewer houses on the market compared to previous years and thus, demand is greater, Riverside and Old Greenwich continue to out-perform other areas in town with median price increase of 31% increase in Old Greenwich ($1,470,000 in 2013 compared to $2,145,000 in 2014) and a 17% increase in median price in Riverside ($2,042,000 in 2014 compared to $1,704,000 in 2013),”


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The (very) small lives of the demented

What do you want I should put in the window? (old joke)

What do you want I should put in the window?
(old joke)

Estranged couple fight over their boy’s circumcision 

Couples fight over all sorts of things, so no news here, but I was amazed that there are groups out there who have made circumcision the focus of their world.

“I couldn’t speak when I was cut, but I can speak now,” said Thomas Frederiksen, a 39-year-old machinist who traveled from Orlando to protest, wearing a red beret and “I (Heart) My Foreskin” T-shirt and speaking breathlessly about the issue.

Meantime, a bubbling anti-circumcision movement has grown.

They have made the boy at the center of this case their cause celebre, as evidenced by one of several small sidewalk protests here featuring signs including “Let Chase Keep His Foreskin,” ”Don’t Cut Chase’s Penis,” ”Don’t You Dare Circumcise Chase!” and “Ethics 101: No Disease, No Consent, No Circumcision.” Some passing motorists honked or gave gestures of support; some looked puzzled or shouted “Who’s Chase?”

Jonathan Friedman, 27, who organized the demonstration as part of his “Saving Chase” campaign, traveled from Chicago for the event and makes anti-circumcision advocacy the focus of his life. He wore a “Children Never Forget Trauma” T-shirt and said he became vocal on the issue when he realized the harm of his own circumcision, which he blames for bleeding, chafing and painful erections.


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Food police

Georgia man ticketed for eating while driving. “You can’t just eat a hamburger while driving down the road”, angry cop explains.

Sounds like a case of revenue enhancement and ticket quota day to me, but it’s all part of the ever-expanding nanny state. First they came for my cellphone, but I didn’t have a cellphone, so I didn’t speak out. Then they came for my Big Mac, but I don’t eat chain hamburgers, so I remained silent. Then they came for my coffee ….

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