Belle Haven loss

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101 Otter Rock Drive has closed at $3.950 million. The sellers paid $5.245 for it in November, 2014, and started off on this reselling adventure in January, 2017, at $5.475. I’m surprised that they got even this much, because pseudo-French Provincials aren’t in demand much here in Greenwich, and the land this one sits on is heavily compromised by its hilly topography and extensive wetlands. Its land is valued by the town at $2.7 million, and that’s about what I would have expected it to sell for.

But someone obviously liked the house, too.

When the sole exterior shot of a house is the 26th out of 27 pictures, you have a problem

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444 Old Church Road, located at the busiest intersection north of the most Road, has cut its price to $2.745 million, wichh is an improvement over 2016’s $3.249, but will it prove sufficient? To my taste, the location and the design work against this house, but taste is so personal that I wouldn’t dare pronounce judgment. After all, these owners bought it.

This is how our high end inventory shrinks — price cuts

How low can you go?

How low can you go?

20 Andrews Farm has dropped out of the $5 million bracket and is now asking $4.8750. In the last four years, it’s left the $7 million category behind (at $7.850, it was almost in the $8s back then), fallen through the $6s, then the $5s and now it’s in the 4s. There are a lot of houses in Greenwich locked in the same downward trajectory, so take our GAR reduction in inventory numbers with a grain of salt.

I have a feeling FWIW’s designated architectural critic Formerly 06830 might have an opinion on this design, but I’ll stay mum.

I have a feeling FWIW’s designated architectural critic Formerly 06830 might have an opinion on this design, but I’ll stay mum.



They say this as though it were a good thing

Leaving Manhattan

Leaving Manhattan

Rich New Yorkers flee high taxes

Codina estimates as many as 1 in 4 of the residential units for sale in his community of 60,000 will be purchased by New Yorkers, expanding the permanent ex-New Yorker population by another 5,000

Having despoiled their city with demands for bountiful social services, excessive regulations and the dissolution of the police force, the wealthy move on to other states to repeat the process. These people, and their counterparts fleeing California and the Pacific Northwest are no more sophisticated and far more dangerous than the primitives practicing slash and burn agriculture in Third World cultures.

At least there was a forklift handy

(I couldn’t find a picture of an actual cow on a forklift that wasn’t too gross to post on a Sunday morning)

(I couldn’t find a picture of an actual cow on a forklift that wasn’t too gross to post on a Sunday morning)

After the archer missed, CT. meat store trio slits cow’s throat in Home Depot parking lot

Officers said Saturday a young cow at the Saba meat store got loose and ran across the street to Home Depot, followed by Saba employee Badr Musaed and Andy Morrison, a contractor doing renovation work there armed with a bow and arrow.

[T]he police report said, “…as the cow ran towards the employees Morrison shot at the cow however he missed and the arrow struck the wall of the Home Depot.”

Moments later, in the back of the Home Depot, Musaed was observed pulling out a foot long knife, and then police said, “Three of the employees grabbed onto the cow…one employee… pulled out a knife and proceeded to cut the cow’s throat.”

It prompted a police officer to raise his arms in disbelief. He then had this exchange with one of the store employees who tackled the cow:

“Officer: you know this is a big, this is a problem. This is not something that can be done.”

Saba employee: “We try to do our best, you know.”

Officer: “Okay, but you guys get, like, you get a leash, you got something, like, like this kid here just watched you slit a cow’s throat.”

Saba employee: “They come in our store all the time.”

Officer: “Okay, but we’re not in your store right now, you’re in the back of Home Depot.”

Bloomfield police gave Musaed a ticket for creating a public disturbance, noting in the incident report that Musaed and his coworkers appeared unremorseful.

You can’t make an omelette without breaking kneecaps.

"This is just the beginning". Yes, it is

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Wowed by a convincing demonstration of a yummy fondue of chocolate-dipped strawberries prepared on an induction plate, Berkeley City Council unanimously votes to ban natural gas in new construction and go 100% electric.

California Energy Commission Chairman David Hochschild, who has lived in Berkeley for nearly a decade, told officials he was very much in favor of the ordinance. He said it would be yet another chance for Berkeley to lead the way, as it had done with laws banning smoking and supporting marriage equality, curb cuts and recycling, among other policies.

“You see those changes go to other cities, then go up to the state level and then go to the national level,” Hochschild said. “That’s how change happens.”

Hochschild said California has a state mandate in place to get to 100% clean energy by 2045. Electrification is the next step in that endeavor, he said. Fifty other cities in the state are “actively considering” legislation related to phasing out natural gas, he told council, “but Berkeley’s the first, thanks to you.”

Mayor Jesse Arreguín picked up on that theme during his comments in support of the new law: “Ideas start here and movements are born here,” he said, of Berkeley. Phasing out natural gas is a necessary action, he added, “not some radical pie-in-the-sky idea.”

Arreguín credited Councilwoman Davila for her resolution in 2018 to declare a climate emergency * in Berkeley. He said that helped set the stage for Tuesday night’s electrification ordinance.

In her remarks, Davila said it was her son who motivated her to put forward last year’s climate emergency resolution: “This is exactly what we wanted and dreamed and hoped for,” she said. “This is just the beginning.”

* nee global warming, nee climate change

Connecticut has already joined New York, New Hampshire and Maine in banning all new construction of natural gas pipelines and power facilities, but don’t worry, because windmills. Uh huh. (Asked if the cancellation of these natural gas pipeline proposals in Connecticut would result in higher energy costs for state consumers, [Connecticut D.P.U. Commissioner] Dykes replied: "I don't have a crystal ball." Uh huh again.)

Here’s an interesting point: Russia counts on oil and gas for 60% of its exports and 30% of its GDP. When prices drop, Russia gets clobbered.

The effect of the 2014 oil price collapse on Russia's economy was fast and devastating. Between June and December 2014, the Russian ruble declined in value by 59% relative to the U.S. dollar. At the beginning of 2015, Russia, along with neighboring Ukraine, had the lowest purchasing power parity (PPP) relative to the U.S. of any country in the world. Declining PPP lowers living standards, as goods purchased using the home currency become more expensive than they should be. Moreover, Russia receives less economic benefit from lower pump prices than the U.S. does, as Russians consume much less oil and gas than Americans. Less than 30% of Russia's oil production is retained for domestic use, while the remainder is exported.

Oil prices also affect imports for Russia, as was seen in 2014. Because the country is a net importer of goods like soybeans and rubber, the sharp increase in import prices caused by a falling ruble touched off major inflation, which the Russian government attempted to tamp down by raising interest rates as high as 17%.

The Leftists claim to be convinced that Russia interfered with our recent election by spending $175,000 on Facebook ads, yet angrily dismiss the very idea that that same country would seek to preserve its economy and Putin’s rule by encouraging, even leading, movements to protect the price of oil. Stopping fracking and pipeline projects are excellent ways to do that, especially when there’s a huge, ready supply of useful idiots populating the U.S. and Western Europe.

But no, Russia would never conspire against us with anyone but Orange Man.

Uh huh.

Let those among us who have ever taught young co-eds cast the first stoned

University professor fired for demanding sex, moose and lobster from failing student

A faculty member at Cape Breton University has been terminated for demanding sex, moose meat and lobster from a student who was struggling in his course in exchange for better grades.

In an emailed response, university spokeswoman Lenore Parsley didn’t answer questions about the firing, the nature of the offence, details about the employee’s position and whether there had been other complaints about the employee.

“Cape Breton University is committed to a safe and respectful campus for all of our community members,” Parsley said. “Any and all complaints follow a formal process, as indicated in our respectful campus policy.”

Mind you, this may all have been a simple misunderstanding:

Moose and Lobsta is very rare 70% Sativa strain of cannabis. The original breeder of Moose & Lobsta is currently unknown. However, a 2nd breeder named Professor P/Dynasty Genetics has bred a version of Moose & Lobsta using a cross between Kapi Snapple & Oregon Huckleberry. Moose & Lobsta has been known to relieve stress and depression while greatly enhancing creativity.

Moose and Lobsta is very rare 70% Sativa strain of cannabis. The original breeder of Moose & Lobsta is currently unknown. However, a 2nd breeder named Professor P/Dynasty Genetics has bred a version of Moose & Lobsta using a cross between Kapi Snapple & Oregon Huckleberry. Moose & Lobsta has been known to relieve stress and depression while greatly enhancing creativity.

Nothing wrong with stirring up a little creativity in the cloak room, is there?



Another reason to abolish liberal arts teaching courses, as if we needed one

“It’s more likely the sword is meant to pair with the shield, for one complete military metaphor. Military coats of arms often include a sword above the shield — and that does not symbolize a sword threatening the family's crest on the shield. …. Critics of this seal and flag have no understanding of heraldry.”

“It’s more likely the sword is meant to pair with the shield, for one complete military metaphor. Military coats of arms often include a sword above the shield — and that does not symbolize a sword threatening the family's crest on the shield. …. Critics of this seal and flag have no understanding of heraldry.”

Massachusetts sixth-graders get woke, demand new state flag that won’t offend redskins

On Thursday, the Amherst, Mass., school system announced that it had been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for sixth-grade activism projects. In particular, the SPLC rewarded class projects protesting the state flag for being "violent" to Native Americans, supporting reforestation, and advocating for the Green New Deal.

The $10,000 grant will build on an earlier grant for the previous school year, which enabled Fort River Elementary School to expand "the scope of student work, moving beyond writing and advocacy into a third phase when students worked with Organizers in Residence to organize for change on various issues."

Students worked on three projects: "Change the imagery on the state flag they considered violent and denigrating to Native Americans; Prevent deforestation in Massachusetts, and increase local planting through the Trillion Tree Initiative; and Support the Green New Deal."

"Massachusetts is a peaceful state, and the Commonwealth’s current flag is not allowing us to put our best foot forward. The 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower is coming in 2020, and we want this flag change to reflect our history by honoring Native Americans," [the students] wrote.

Massachusetts is “a peaceful state”? Tell it to Lexington.

I don’t particularly care if the remnants of our woodland Indian tribes are still sulking over their lost pumpkin fields and lima beans; my ancestors did the bulk of the necessary work to ensure we didn’t have to go back to where we’d come from, and if there’s more still to be done, then today’s generation can attend to it. What I do object to is the brainwashing of school children as is going on in public schools across the country. And that process to form little activists begins as soon as the state gets its hands on the unsuspecting kids, as early as First Grade, where we’re seeing the introduction of the concept of “micro-aggressions”, so that the young sponges can start understanding and feeling guilty of or put-upon, depending, by racism, sexism, and “structural inequality”.

It’s probably too soon to ask that we shut down the liberal arts divisions of our colleges and universities entirely, but a good start could be made toward restoring the nation if we stopped siccing earnest young proselytizers on our children.

That’d be just one small step for a teachers college, but a giant leap for mankind.