Cos Cob contract

169 Valley Rd

169 Valley Rd

169 Valley Road reports a contingent contract. A really nice 1850 home, it no longer fronts the Mianus, but does retain a deeded access. Sold for $1.550 in 2012 and this seller tried for that again, but couldn't get it and had to drop her price to here. I don't know if that's a reflection on the market or the house, to be honest, but I'm guessing it's the market, because the house is still a fine one.

Two good friends gone

Leaving town

Leaving town

Dick Roberts, Riverside, and Jerry Dumas, Greenwich, have died, each at 86.

Together, they represented what I, at least, always treasured about Greenwich: they were artists, Dick  a filmmaker and musician, Jerry a  famous cartoonist, modest and unpretentious, funny as hell, and truly kind people. With all respect to our investment banker crowd (and lawyer / real estate agents like myself), it was the quirky artist/writer types who added such character to an otherwise fairly whitebread town.

Generally, the quirky ones aren't rich; I like to think that's because they aren't as consumed with making money as some of us, and spend their time pursuing other things, and as the result, people like Dick and Jerry aren't being replaced, as our real estate values have soared. That's a good thing for property owners who want to sell out and move, but it's a loss for those of us left behind.

Trump and the rest of us have our work cut out for us, starting at our universities

Thomas Jefferson laid his life on the line when he signed the Declaration of Independence - this brave soul uses Post-It notes Students and faculty of the University of Virginia petition its president to stop quoting the founder, Thomas Jefferson.

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan is being asked to refrain from quoting Thomas Jefferson because of his racist beliefs, according to The Cavalier Daily.

A letter, signed by 469 faculty members and students, was sent to Sullivan on Nov. 11 protesting the use of a Jefferson quotation in her email calling for unity after the presidential election, the student newspaper reported.

“We would like for our administration to understand that although some members of this community may have come to this university because of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, others of us came here in spite of it,” the letter read. “For many of us, the inclusion of Jefferson quotations in these e-mails undermines the message of unity, equality and civility that you are attempting to convey.”

A good start on cleaning up this mess is to end federally guaranteed student loans.

So much for peace love and understanding

Symone Sanders caught in a brazen act of cultural appropriation Bernie Sanders' - remember him? - former press secretary mocks beating victim.

Former press secretary to Bernie Sanders and Democratic strategist Symone Sanders mocked and dismissed a Donald Trump supporter who was beat up by a Chicago mob on CNN Monday because he was white.

Speaking to Trump' s call for Bernie's supporters to stop their violence, Symone Sanders said, “the audacity of privileged white people to sit on national television and question if hate crimes are happening, to just flippantly say ‘stop it, it’s not okay,’ and not put any action behind those words, it’s appalling to me. It’s actually appalling.”

Trump supporter Carl Higbie retorted that there was violence on both sides, and that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama hadn’t bothered to denounce the violence at anti-Trump rallies. “I’m sorry, hate crimes and protesting are not the same things…” Sanders responded. “A hate crime is a crime that is committed against somebody because of their religion, because of what they look like, because of their sexual orientation. That’s not the same thing as protesting.”

“What do you say to the people who dragged a poor white guy out of a car and beat him?” asked Higbie.

“Oh my goodness, poor white people! Please!” she responded. “Oh my– stop. Stop, Carl.”

“That’s not protesting!” Higbie said. “Dragging someone out of their car are beating them is not protesting.”

Sanders didn’t seem so sure of that. “There has never been an acceptable form of protest…” she responded. “We can’t call for people to be peaceful when the rhetoric that has been used is not peaceful, when people don’t feel peaceful in their home.”

Vicious little Brown Shirts. Many of us saw this all along; if this goes on much longer, maybe the rest of the country will too.

UPDATE: IT security firm places its CEO on leave after he threatens to kill Trump with a sniper rifle.

"I'm going to kill the president. Elect," Harrigan declared on Facebook. When someone cautioned him about making comments that could attract the attention of the FBI or Secret Service, Harrigan said, "Bring it secret service." When one of his buddies said "you just need to get high," he went into disturbing detail about his plans.

"Nope, getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the White House that suits you, motherf*cker. I'll find you." Later on that night, he wrote in all caps, "IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS F*CK YOU AMERICA. SERIOUSLY. F*CK OFF."

That can't be good for business, can it? These days, maybe it is.

Well there is life in the upper range after all

10 Barnstable Lane 10 Barnstable Lane, asking $4.125 million, reports a contract. It probably won't have broken the $4 barrier when it closes, but even high $3 sales have been mostly absent this fall, so this should offer owners of houses in this range some encouragement. Of course, it started at $5.350 million so don't take that much encouragement.

There was a discussion here of this property when it dropped to this price back in September, and just about every comment was favorable. Nice house, it was just at the wrong price for awhile.


Look for Trump to plow through the opposition and start making inroads in Sweden

The sun sets, slowly, on the Swedish Experiment Stockholm's "gender equal" snow plowing policy, which is in fact not neutral but prioritizes the perceived needs of women over men, results in chaos.

Politicians blame a new “gender equal” snow plowing policy for the Swedish capital of Stockholm’s failure to clear roads during the season’s first snow fall.

Stockholm’s center-left government introduced a new “gender equal” approach to clearing the roads of snow last year. The policy states that sidewalks, public transport and bicycle lanes should be cleared before turning attention to the roads. The reason is that women are more likely to use sidewalks while men are overrepresented among commuters driving to work.

When the first major snow storm swept the capital last week, traffic went into a standstill as no one cleared the streets. People couldn’t get to work, schools had to close and commuters were stuck in traffic for hours without moving.

“Some parts haven’t been touched at all, and it’s equally bad for everyone,” conservative opposition member Cecilia Brinck told public broadcaster SVT.

I read a story like this and my joy at Trump's victory just soars.


What's the starting salary for a freshman Congressional influence peddler?

$750? $500? Would you just let me speak to your junior staff? Stung by their sudden irrelevancy, the senior Clintons are preparing to run Chelsea for Congress. It's possible that some buyers will gamble that she's got a future in higher office, but that's a long shot, and long shots come pretty cheap. No $600,000 speaking fees for her. Not yet.

Of course, if she'd add a handler, that fee could go up.

Chelsea Handler