Monthly Archives: January 2016

If it were landscaping equipment, this wouldn’t surprise me. But $55,000 in jewelry and designer shoes? Winter’s hardly started and already the Cos Cobbers are spending like wild men.

snowplow shoes

Splurging on fashion in Cos Cob

Maid manages to find $55,000 in jewels and shoes to steal from a house on Cos Cob’s Valley Road.

Of course, I suppose it could have been a cache of all the neighbors’ valuables, perhaps to pay for a community above-ground pool. Still, color me surprised.


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We’re still in the retread division of open house season, but perhaps the snow stalled things

24 field point

24 Field Road, nee Colonial

Nothing of particular note or new listed so far on the open house circuit, but I see that on Thursday, 24 Field Road in Riverside will be holding another viewing for brokers, the first since its price was reduced from September’s ask of $5.295 to $4.795. This was the property on Colonial Lane that was purchased and converted to a Field Road address. Doran Sabaag and Jim Hoffman built a custom house for a couple, who resold it to the present owners in 2011 for $5.350. It seems that even a Sabaag house depreciates.


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I keep forgetting he’s in the race, but he’s still Christie, bless him

Wildwood NJ

Sandy beach, not Sandy hurricane

The New Jersey governor was unsympathetic to the Mayor of Wildwood’s whining that his town was suffering worse than they’d suffered from Sandy by pointing out that Wildwood wasn’t hit by Sandy, and the boo hoos and tears flowed.

“I heard one crazy mayor down in South Jersey say this is worse flooding than Sandy. Here’s the one thing you need to know about that mayor. His town didn’t get hit by Sandy. So of course it’s worse than Sandy for him!” Christie said.

Christie continued:

He’s down in North Wildwood, which is south of Atlantic City, for those of you who do not have a master’s in New Jersey geography, as I do. He’s south of Atlantic City, the storm comes in on Atlantic City, and the hurricane tail is whipping north. So if you’re south of where it came on shore, you’re in good shape. So he makes the incredible statement, ‘It’s worse than Sandy!’ Well, d—, man. You didn’t get any flooding in Sandy! So if you got a foot of flooding, it would be worse than Sandy.

That mayor, Patrick Rosenello of North Wildwood, New Jersey, told NBC 10 Philadelphiabefore Christie’s rant that his town experienced a half-foot increase in flooding last weekend compared to what it faced after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Rosenello said he was stunned after hearing Christie’s remarks.

He told Fox 29:

My children have met the man, I’ve met his wife and his children. I’ve spent a lot of hours with him over the years during his runs for governor, his visits to town, during Hurricane Sandy when he was here. So it’s just disappointing that a man who is the governor of New Jersey, a man who is running for president of the United States would lower the discourse in a situation such as this just as he did last night.

He continued: “There was no reason for it. The situation was moving along. We were working with the state to resolve this and, for whatever reason, whatever calculation he made, he decided to start name-calling.”


Here’s the thing: notice that the Mayor of Wildwood don’t deny that his town escaped Sandy, but instead focuses on his own hurt feelings. Since that’s a politician’s way of admitting the truth, I just looked it up and by gosh, Christie’s correct: Sandy bypassed Wildwood. “Hurricane Sandy spared the Wildwoods, save for some minor bay-side flooding.”

I suppose this is less a post about a dead-in-the-water presidential campaign as it is about how politicians shuck and jive, and how to spot their tells.


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8 years and counting

24 Khakum Wood Road is listed as “new” today, which in this case means yet another new price. Today, it’s asking $6.995 million; David Ogilvy got the long, sad parade started in 2008 at $14,500,000.

I’ve written about this place before, off-and-on, but the most recent post, put up last October, has the most thorough discussion of its prospects from readers.

I’m sure the owner is discouraged by now, but cheer up, Bucko – your time will come, and you – or more accurately, your house, will be able to join Sally Fields in her exuberant moment of triumph.


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Greenwich foreclosure sales

The latest list from our Superior Court. Be aware that often these scheduled auctions are postponed, but here’s the list as of now.

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7 Turner Drive back in the (GMLS) news

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7 Turner Drive

The quonset hut on Turner is reported pending once again. It was asking $1.650 back when it was first reported pending in December (and I wrote about it then), but pulled back, raised its price to $2.150 in January and is reporting a pending sale again. The property has been in foreclosure since 2013, and bankruptcy since February, 2015, so I assume this means that a creditor rejected the first offer and told them to come back at this new price, which they did.

I had clients tempted by the property, but not the house, but no way were they prepared to pay $1.650 for it, nor did I advise them to. Obviously, someone disagrees with our assessment, which is his look out.


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After 6o years of Democrat rule, CT still hasn’t achieved its goal, but it’s close


We’ve got it, we’re going to use it

CT is now the third-worst state in the nation for retirees 

In other words, if residents no longer have to be here for work, there’s no reason to stay.

“We’re getting there,” Malloy spokesman Francis Fudrucker told FWIW, “but we’ll have to jack up the estate tax again, to make sure that we finally achieve our goal of equal poverty for all – the middle class has been skewing the numbers and really dragging us up; we’re gonna fix that.”


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Europeans discover the Obama solution to refugees and immigrants

In Europe, conditions at the refugee camps are so bad that many want to go home, and are urging their compatriots to stay away.

Here in the US, Obama is intent on destroying the economy, so that our darker cousins from south of the border will leave here and stay put there.

Both seem cruel, but at least the European model doesn’t also punish their own citizens.

chart II

Hope and Change


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Sent from a reader, who received this from a friend in Bombay, appropriately enough.



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I forget which reader asked what happened to hydrogen cars, but here’s the answer


In your dreams

Don’t hold your breath

Clenn Reynolds:

UNTIL WE HAVE HYDROGEN FROM NUCLEAR POWER OR ORBITAL SOLAR, HYDROGEN CARS ARE PRETTY MUCH A CROCK: The High Price of Hydrogen: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Will Sticker for Nearly $60K. Hydrogen now is made typically via steam reformation of natural gas, which is (maybe) cleaner than petroleum fuel but not by a lot. On the other hand, thanks to fracking, natural gas is plentiful and cheap. On the gripping hand, so is gasoline.


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Price cuts

11 Old Forge

11 Old Forge Rd

11 Old Forge Road (off of Dingletown), is down to $1.725, close to what the owners paid for it: $1.665 in 2006, before improvements. I think it’s a really pretty house, and if a ranch is within your style parameters, certainly worth a look.

7 wyckham

7 Wickham Hill Lane

11 Old Forge

11 Old Forge Rd

7 Wyckham Hill Lane has cut its price again, and is now asking $8.695 million.

Back in August, 2013, I had this to say about the house 

Over by the Merritt Parkway 7 Wyckham Hill Lane has come on the market at $12.950 million. Place your bets here for when it will sell and for how much. Just to start the game, I’ll suggest 2015, $5.795, but I’m always an optimist in these matters; it’s my sunny disposition, I suppose.

I ws wrong on the sell-by date; we’ll see about the final price.


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Daily activity report


10 Esther Place

Sale of new construction in Old Greenwich, 10 Esther Place, $3.825 million. (Hyperbole alert: link is to the builder’s website, because the picture are there.). Karp Associates builds a very solid house and, being in Old Greenwich, it affords cozy views of your neighbors from all windows.

10 Will Merry Lane

10 Will Merry Lane

10 Will Merry Lane, asking $4.495 million, reports a contingent contract. It sold new for $3.730 in 2005, tried for $5.490 and steadily-decreasing sums from 2010-2014, then came back on two weeks ago at this new price. Not necessarily my cup of tea, or my favorite location, but I’m absolutely positive that the buyer couldn’t care less what I think, nor should he.

35 Rockmere

35 Rockmere Avenue

35 Rockmere, under I-95 in Old Greenwich and asking $649,000, has moved from contingent contract (December 11) to “pending”.  Well it is affordable, and has good schools.


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Sometimes the DIY movement to save $ goes too far

Passengers on Turkish airlines told to search their own luggage for bombs.

In case they forgot what they packed? And can we really expect Abdulha to ‘fess up if he did happen to have brought one along?



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Eponymous, but probably historically incorect


Cossack insanity

Bored Russian in Brooklyn kills himself while playing Russian roulette in the snowstorm. 

A 37-year-old man fatally shot himself in the head in Brooklyn Saturday night during a drunken game of Russian roulette, a law enforcement source said.

The victim, Zdzislaw ­Golabek, and a pal were playing the deadly game at about 8 p.m. at the height of the blizzard.

That’s hilarious, but poor Zdzislaw would doubtless have been dismayed to learn that the game, or at least its name, was probably coined by a Swiss pulp writer Georges Artur Surdez (1900-1949)  Oh well.

Speaking of revolvers, have you heard the one about the Polack who, arriving home to discover his wife with with his best friend in the marital bed, pulls an enormous horse pistol from his pocket and points it at his own temple? When his wife and friend giggle, he warns, “don’t laugh – you’re next!”


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Sun’s out


Tea on the veranda



Now to find Sarah’s truck


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And how’s that gonna work?

hirdryer snow blower

Snow going

Town asks residents not to toss snow into the road ,while reminding them that it’s their legal obligation to keep sidewalks clear.

The public works department, in a statement issued by police, asked residents to not push snow from driveways into the road, as it makes it difficult to keep roads clear.

Residents have 24 hours after the last snowfall to clear the sidewalks in front of their homes, police said in a statement. Residents should also make sure access is clear to fire hydrants by their properties.

Maybe residents are supposed to use hairdryers? It’s been done before.


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Electric bus meets its match

Bus II


January 24, 2016 · 7:21 am

Blizzard transforms the North East into a socialist paradise

grocery store

Feels just like home to this D.C. Venezuelan


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I swear I heard this before, somewhere


red line in the sand

Oh, THAT’S what our Golfer in Chief meant!

Biden: U.S. prepared to use military force in Syria.


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This old clip is making the rounds today, for obvious reasons


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