Cry, our beloved country

New Math

New Math

So I’m in Starbucks this morning, and my tab came to $2.78. “Here”, says I, proffering three pennies, “I’ve got three cents, for the quarter.”

“Barrista”, baffled look on her face: “I’ve already rung it up on the computer, but I guess I can do the math.”

Not wishing to engage in an old-math training session at 6:45, I took pity on the girl, and accepted my $0.22 change.

From her diction, and because, after McDonalds, Starbucks probably hires more college graduates than any other large retailer in US (though McDonalds is switching to law grads – they’re cheaper), I assume this girl was the beneficiary of at least some post-high school education, yet she can’t add or subtract. Older readers will remember when the kids at McDonalds used to tally up orders on order pads manually and, with rare exceptions, come up with the right total. They even managed to make change.

The Asians are going to eat our lunch (and drink our coffee).

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I’d noticed the girls were getting a little long in the tooth

Junior League Cotillion

Junior League Cotillion

Greenwich Junior League seeking new members.

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Naked lunch

Sour grapes

Sour grapes

Feminists outraged that bar used topless women as serving trays.

An upmarket Sydney bar has caused outrage after hiring women to lie naked on the table with food on their bodies during a major event – with the models even made to hand feed guests.

People are threatening to boycott Cruise Bar, a popular venue at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney’s Circular Quay, following the spectacle at their relaunch party on Wednesday night.

Women’s advocate Melinda Tankard-Reist is one of the many objectors and she hopes people take a stand against the bar for ‘objectifying’ women.

‘I hope people decide to boycott Cruise Bar en masse for treating women like trays,’ Ms Tankard-Reist told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It is part of the ongoing objectification of women to use them as serving trays and just part of the buffet,’ said Ms Tankard-Reist. ‘It suggests they are part of the buffet really – saying “help yourself to the women’s bodies”.

Were the models paid? Then this is merely an act of capitalism between consenting adults, and that should be the end of the matter. Besides, Australia, birthplace of the dwarf-tossing game, has always celebrated the slightly outrageous. My kind of place (although I’d probably pass on eating a banana retrieved from the body of one of these ladies).

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And one more big ticket home, complete with big ticket loss

Buy this house or the dog gets it

Buy this house or the dog gets it

26 Mayfair Lane, a 1936 home on 5 acres asking $5.495 million, down from its original asking price of $7.2, has a contract. Sellers paid $6.250 for it in 2006 and claim to have renovated it in 2008, though the red formica kitchen counters undercut that claim, at least a little.

To me, it’s a “meh”. To some buyer, however, it has appeal. Old and in the way, to my taste.

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Almost no real estate activity today, but there’s this

16 Shoreham Club

16 Shoreham Club

16 Shoreham Club Road, Old Greenwich, reports a pending contract. Asking price, $5.595 million. Funky house, but I remember seeing it back in 2013 when it first came on, asking $7.995 million, and thinking, “no friggin’ way”. To be honest, I’m a little surprised it’s found a buyer now, even at this price.

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Elephant graveyard

170 Old Mill Rd

170 Old Mill Rd

170 Old Mill Road, purchased new for $8.850 million in 2006, has been for sale since 2012, without success. Today it’s dropped its price to $5.1 million.

Zillow estimates its worth at $7,869,872, which shows you what Zillow doesn’t know about the market for 13,000, 9-year-old homes in this part of Greenwich.

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“The candidate of the middle class”

Did I do that?

Did I do that?

Hillary Clinton pulling in contributions from twice as many lobbyists as nearest candidate.

In early March, lobbyists were fretting over whether Hillary Clinton would allow K Street contributions to flow into her campaign. Now, Hillary is leading the pack when it comes to money pouring in from Washington-based lobbyists.

Hillary tops not just her Democratic rivals, but also Republicans. In fact, her nearest threat to K Street donations received contributions from half as many lobbyists as she did thus far into the election cycle.

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