Daily Archives: January 5, 2016

Gee – some price

105 Shore road

105 Shore Road

105 Shore Road, Old Greenwich, new construction, asked $4.950 million and has just reported a contract. 6,000 sq.feet above grade (it’s on a half-acre in the R-12 zone), it still looks, to my eye, a bit squashed and very, very busy, but that’s probably just me.

Close to neighbors, and within bicycle distance to the beach or train. I’m a tad surprised someone’s going for this house, at this price, but then, I’m often surprised by what buyers will do.



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When Yeltsin saw his first American supermarket, he knew the Soviet Union was doomed

In 1989, Boris Yeltsin took a side trip from the Space Center to tour a run-of-the-mill American supermarket, and was stunned.

Yeltsin, then 58, “roamed the aisles of Randall’s nodding his head in amazement,” wrote Asin. He told his fellow Russians in his entourage that if their people, who often must wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. supermarkets, “there would be a revolution.”

… In the Chronicle photos, you can see him marveling at the produce section, the fresh fish market, and the checkout counter. He looked especially excited about frozen pudding pops.

“Even the Politburo doesn’t have this choice. Not even Mr. Gorbachev,” he said.

About a year after the Russian leader left office, a Yeltsin biographer later wrote that on the plane ride to Yeltsin’s next destination, Miami, he was despondent. He couldn’t stop thinking about the plentiful food at the grocery store and what his countrymen had to subsist on in Russia.

In Yeltsin’s own autobiography, he wrote about the experience at Randall’s, which shattered his view of communism, according to pundits. Two years later, he left the Communist Party and began making reforms to turn the economic tide in Russia. You can blame those frozen Jell-O Pudding pops.

“When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people,” Yeltsin wrote. “That such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it.”

Here’s what a USSR supermarket looked like – identical to those in every communist country today, yet a model urged on us by Bernie Sanders and his fellow idiots at Yale.






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Either Business Insider’s wrong, or the Democrats are in trouble

Business Insider: Obama just put gun control at the center of the 2016 campaign  

That’s not what American public’s worried about. If Hillary bases her campaign on her vagina and Barry’s fear of guns, she’ll lose.


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A couple of transactions reported, otherwise, still slow

29 Winthrop

29 Winthrop Drive

29 Winthrop Drive in Riverside, new construction asking $4.195, reports a contract. This started at $4.449 back in May, before shovel had hit ground, but I imagine the builders are still doing handsomely.

2 Grimes Road

2 Grimes Road

2 Grimes Road, in Shorelands, sold for $1.850 million. Owners paid $1.904 for it back in 2004 and tried to sell it for $2.795 between 2007 and 2009. I showed it during that period to a couple that really, really wanted to live in Shorelands, but the house was priced so far above what it was worth that we didn’t even try.

I understand some renovations were finally made, so this price probably made sense. I wonder how the flood zone issue was handled?


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I’m surprised Walt would stoop this low

“Virgin” finally gets lucky, claiming he has a bionic penis. We all know of Walt’s fondness for the “finger pull” trick, but telling young women that he’s a six-million-dollar man “down there” is just pathetic.

Even if she was a Japanese school girl.


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Malloy: best U – Haul salesman in the country

Leaving for Las Vegas

Leaving for Las Vegas

Connecticut ranks 4th among states’ outbound residents. We’re still behind New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, but reader Inagua points out that, adjusted for population, we’re Number One!

Reached for comment, Governor Malloy responded, “yeah, but look at our welfare rolls: those are growing, and we’re attracting more folks like them than ever before.”


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Obama: best gun salesman in the world

Well, except for Muslim immigrants to Europe, I suppose.

Gunsales boom!

Business at the gunmaker Smith & Wesson is going gangbusters.

On Monday evening, management announced that it was raising its guidance because sales had been unexpectedly strong.

For the three months ending January 31, it estimates that it will have $175 million to $180 million in sales, up from its earlier guidance of $150 million to $155 million. This is much higher than the $155 million expected by analysts.

Earnings per share is estimated to come in at $0.39 to $0.41, which is way above the previous estimate of $0.27 to $0.29. Analysts were expecting only $0.29.



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