Tuesday Open Thread
September 6, 2011 7:08 AM - BoerumHillScott
Back to Work....

182 comments
September 6, 2011 7:08 AM - wendybear1
Back to work after a summer off for me, too. I'm sleepy being up this early!
#1
September 6, 2011 8:28 AM - More4Less
good to be back in NYC.

btw, when did jeans get so freaking expensive?? $50+ for a pair of jeans just was revolting but I had no choice as I've already pushed the "below the belly" angle to the limit on the current pair and it was still too tight. I better not gain weight again cause I can't mentally tolerate another $50+ jeans anytime soon.
#2
September 6, 2011 8:33 AM - Arkady
m4l - They probably won't fit any more once you've been home for a while & trim down on northern victuals. Then, w/ the money you save on not eating pig ear snacks, you'll be able to afford a smaller pair.
#3
September 6, 2011 8:45 AM - More4Less
Arkady, if I could lose weight, there is a closet of stuff I can squeeze back into but I don't have much faith in my conviction to shed much weight - sweet sweet tooth
#4
September 6, 2011 8:49 AM - BoerumHill
BREAKING NEWS

Of the 46 people shot in NYC over the weekend, it is believed at least 40 were over iProducts.
Edited at September 6, 2011 8:49 AM
#5
September 6, 2011 8:58 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i'll pay $100 to the person willing to stage a kidnapping of me from my office this morning. drag me out, take me home. i'll deny knowing who you are and your motives. i wanna go back to bed. the emotional strain of suffering a kidnapping is good enough reason to take the day off, right? who's game?
#6
September 6, 2011 8:58 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
M4l, get jeans at old navy. about half the price you paid.
#7
September 6, 2011 9:09 AM - CGar
"drag me out, take me home"

Damn, Snappy, you know how hot roleplay makes me! You ready for me to drag you out and take you home now???
Edited at September 6, 2011 9:09 AM
#8
September 6, 2011 9:10 AM - CGar
Well, if someone wasn't such a brownie whore...
#9
September 6, 2011 9:11 AM - CGar
BoHill, very funny!
Edited at September 6, 2011 9:11 AM
#10
September 6, 2011 9:14 AM - More4Less
CGar, so you recommending I take up smoking to offset impact of brownies??
Edited at September 6, 2011 9:14 AM
#11
September 6, 2011 9:24 AM - Donatella
It would be so easy to stay in this fog for the whole day, but can't afford to. Welcome back to NY, M4L.
#12
September 6, 2011 9:25 AM - Kensingtonian
M4L, does the Jew have to teach the Chinaman where to bargain shop? Hit up Burlington or TJMaxx/Marshalls. Both have plenty of brand name jeans (Nautica, Calvin Klein, etc) for 30-35 bucks.
Edited at September 6, 2011 9:25 AM
#13
September 6, 2011 9:29 AM - Kensingtonian
I started gaining weight in the past year as well and belly is growing. I am going back to the gym regimen but not about to give up good food.

Red Hook Lobster Pound Lobster rolls were VERY good. Their cold one with mayo was much better than the warm one with butter IMHO.
Edited at September 6, 2011 9:29 AM
#14
September 6, 2011 9:30 AM - More4Less
Kens, I dropped by those places before I went to GAP. surprisingly, the racks at those places were pretty bare.
#15
September 6, 2011 9:44 AM - CGar
m4l, smoking had nothing to do with my losing weight. I ate (and eat) a ton of fruit (nh) and cottage cheese during the day, and then have a normal, albeit healthy, dinner. And I walk over the Bridge every day.
#16
September 6, 2011 9:44 AM - dibs
Lobster rolls should NEVER be served warm
Edited at September 6, 2011 9:44 AM
#17
September 6, 2011 9:45 AM - CGar
Puma, I'm freezing today! I may have to do something drastic and turn off the A/C!
Edited at September 6, 2011 9:45 AM
#18
September 6, 2011 9:48 AM - Deleted
I think one of the casualties of this weekend's shooting rampage is Mr. B.'s new business model.
#19
September 6, 2011 10:00 AM - CGar
Why do you say that?
#20
September 6, 2011 10:04 AM - Kensingtonian
That sketch of suspected rapist on Bstoner kinda sorta looks like me if I wore a hat :o/
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:03 AM
#21
September 6, 2011 10:08 AM - CGar
It's bizarre. No idea what sketch you're talking about, Kens. I keep refreshing and the latest link I see is Tuesday threads. Only when I go into Tuesday threads do I see there are 4 more stories posted. I can't believe how long it's been, and they've done absolutely nothing to fix the site's tech problems. But, yep, it's all our fault. Good thing he got rid of us.
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:08 AM
#22
September 6, 2011 10:13 AM - Kensingtonian
Cgar, there are 2 more posts after Tuesday's Links that I can see.

Whatever, let's just quit with the sour grapes. As most of us are suspecting, this will hit Mr. B's pocket book sooner or later. his biz decision, his life, his deal.
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:13 AM
#23
September 6, 2011 10:14 AM - Kensingtonian
Hey Rob, I think it's time for another one of your advice columns to go up :o)
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:14 AM
#24
September 6, 2011 10:14 AM - ij
Kens, you don't look the least bit like the Park Slope Rapist.
#25
September 6, 2011 10:16 AM - CGar
Tyson, no sour grapes on my part at all. I honestly couldn't care less. I just marvel at the incompetence is all.
#26
September 6, 2011 10:19 AM - Deleted
Cgar;

I guess you missed my whole spiel about this issue last week. I think Mr. B.'s new business model is to have his site serve as an "advertorial" for emerging brownstone areas. I don't think brokers need Brownstoner to pump up top-tier areas like Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope. Selling other areas, however, is "helpful", both for the brokers focusing their efforts there, and owners/readers who are drooling over the prospect of newly-found wealth.

I think that this latter fact was the reason for his showing the PLUSA's the door. Without getting into it again (it's a contentious topic) suffice it to say that (I believe) there was a crowd who was happy to see it happen. No pesty posters to rebut their shilling.

BTW: I've been banned from the site.
#27
September 6, 2011 10:21 AM - Deleted
site over there is boring now. as benson said, the only people who give a shit about brooklyn realestate nowadays are the ones who overpaid in fringe neigborhoods and need to constantly boost their 1 million dollar museum a block down the street from "hot" corners.
#28
September 6, 2011 10:22 AM - Deleted
Also BTW: I think that BoerumHill was implying what I just wrote, but in a much more witty way.
#29
September 6, 2011 10:25 AM - Kensingtonian
Thanks IJ. Just making sure. The sketch is kinda vague and many can be mistaken for him.
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:25 AM
#30
September 6, 2011 10:30 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i never really understood crime sketches... i mean i get it, but i dont see how one can just describe someone and then someone sketches this person. is there ever any real accuracy?

today just feels SO off

this morning walking to the subway i noticed stickers in various spots on fourth avenue that say "The Brooklyn What" hahahha, i wonder if it;'s him

*rob*

#31
September 6, 2011 10:33 AM - Deleted
I am really surprised that The What has not shown up. Between the weekend shootings and the stock market tanking again, I would have thought he'd be estatic today!
#32
September 6, 2011 10:36 AM - Donatella
I have said that I thought the brownstoner site is now perfectly positioned for 2004. But I agree with Kens. It is Jon B's decision, business etc. I don't particularly care now. I have blabbed enough about it.

Re the South Slope rapist, wow, it sounds like everyone is mobilized but that is really scary. There was one rapist on the loose a while back and I remember how it affected me. One night I was walking through the subway WFC to Park Place, 2/3 train sort of late. Someone was walking fast behind me; other than him (?) not a soul around. I was unbelievably wound up by the time I got home. I was doing my wash in the basement and my neighbor suddenly came down there and I screamed, scaring the crap out of him. It really works on your nerves. I hope they find that guy. Ken, don't wear the hat.
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:36 AM
#33
September 6, 2011 10:36 AM - More4Less
It would've been fun to see Lech post from his BB about his recent train rides to work
#34
September 6, 2011 10:40 AM - Deleted
Has anyone heard from Lech? I wonder how he and his folks fared wrt Irene.
#35
September 6, 2011 10:41 AM - More4Less
Just looked at mkt post Benson mentioning it, wow it's real shitty again. someone pass me a brownie
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:41 AM
#36
September 6, 2011 10:43 AM - Donatella
Kens, j/k about the hat. It really does NOT look like you.
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:43 AM
#37
September 6, 2011 10:46 AM - Kensingtonian
I used to rock baseball hats all the time but haven't done it in years and prolly will avoid doing so for a while :o).
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:46 AM
#38
September 6, 2011 10:51 AM - More4Less
it's been tough to rock my hats as they were Mets and Knicks hats - both embarassments in the last couple of yrs.
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:51 AM
#39
September 6, 2011 11:01 AM - Arkady
m4l - Just for the hell of it I Googled John Sterling & Suzyn Waldman to see what they look like - not at all what I thought.
#40
September 6, 2011 11:06 AM - More4Less
Arkady, they're the Yankee radio crew. The Mets crew is more like what you would expect
#41
September 6, 2011 11:12 AM - Donatella
Arkady, they are sort of an unlikely pair, aren't they? At first I didn't like Susan, but I really do now. She had jobs in the theater, but she truly loves baseball and has a lot of knowledge. John Sterling says and does assaholic things like giving all those dopey nicknames and branding him self all the time (It's an ABOMB from AROD!!! or the YANKEES WIN, tha-a-a-a-a-a-a YANKEES WIN!!!!) It is stupid, but I like him anyway. He captures the excitement of the game. The TV guys put you to sleep.
Edited at September 6, 2011 11:12 AM
#42
September 6, 2011 11:20 AM - Donatella
Suzyn...
#43
September 6, 2011 11:30 AM - MontroseMorris
Benson, if Mr. B and his site are so awful, why do you constantly go over there to check up on him? You are worse than an ex-boyfriend stalker. You just can't let go.

You were banned for making a very personal attack on a poster who was just expressing her opinion on a property in her neighborhood. You sailed in and landed on her like a hawk on a rabbit, and said a lot of stuff based on conjecture, not fact. I would have deleted it too. If positive comments on one's neighborhood is shilling, then the site has been one giant shill since day one, as it grew and became successful because of its attention and celebration of neighborhoods.

If you don't like it or Jon, leave them alone. He's crying all the way to the bank. You're over here still making an issue of it. Guess who looks worse.
Edited at September 6, 2011 11:30 AM
#44
September 6, 2011 11:32 AM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: What just posted on the parade thread...
#45
September 6, 2011 11:33 AM - Deleted
Montrose;

Peace! Let's move on.
#46
September 6, 2011 11:36 AM - DeadCatBounce
Well said, Benson. Pax.
#47
September 6, 2011 11:37 AM - More4Less
Football Regular Season about to start, am excited. very excited
#48
September 6, 2011 11:43 AM - BoerumHillScott
L.S.U. won this weekend, although I'm not sure that I really care about college sports anymore.
#49
September 6, 2011 11:45 AM - More4Less
Scott, you want me to delete your post??? you're from SEC country and that kind of comment is not acceptable. if you were home, I would ask Wendy to slap some sense into you.
#50
September 6, 2011 11:50 AM - Slopefarm
Howdy, all,

I can only stop by for a few minutes today, but I wanted to say hello. What did I miss over the last week or so?


Edited at September 6, 2011 11:50 AM
#51
September 6, 2011 11:52 AM - MontroseMorris
"Well said", DCB?? He brought it up (again), not me.

Whatever.


Edited at September 6, 2011 11:51 AM
#52
September 6, 2011 11:57 AM - BoerumHillScott
The growing cases of cheating, rules violations, and criminal activity surrounding SEC football is steadily eroding any loyalties I have left from my upbringing.

#53
September 6, 2011 12:02 PM - More4Less
Scott, so where's the clean innocent big conf??
#54
September 6, 2011 12:04 PM - BoerumHillScott
I don't think anyone in big college sports is clean, although the SEC appears dirtier than most.
I'm not shifting my loyalties to some other team, I'm just not caring much about any of them.

#55
September 6, 2011 12:11 PM - Deleted
I went to visit my brother's summer home near Point Pleasant, New Jersey over the weekend. Incredibly, folks were still pumping water out of their basements in some spots. Except for a torn awning, my brother (and his immediate neighborhood) dodged the Irene bullet, as he is facing the bay, not the ocean.
#56
September 6, 2011 12:12 PM - Slopefarm
Wow. I feel like I just walked into the Return of Martin Guerre. Hello? It's me, Slopey!! Don't you recognize me?
Anyway, I have to run in a few minutes and prolly won't be able to chat again until Thursday due to work obligations.
#57
September 6, 2011 12:13 PM - Deleted
Hello Slopey!
#58
September 6, 2011 12:15 PM - dibs
Benson, my house flooded in Bucks..about a foot of water on the first floor. Incredibly, I've been able to get people to clean it all and they are saying that you wouldn't know there was water in there now.

Dealing with potentially moving the oil tank above ground instead of in the basement.
#59
September 6, 2011 12:16 PM - More4Less
anyone building an Ark??? forget the animals, just build more shelves for the brownies.
#60
September 6, 2011 12:16 PM - Slopefarm
Hi, benson.
Edited at September 6, 2011 12:16 PM
#61
September 6, 2011 12:18 PM - More4Less
DIBS, so no warping of the wood flrs or furniture sat in the water too long and has to be tossed???
#62
September 6, 2011 12:19 PM - dibs
No, incredibly not. The floors are very old growth wood and were also face nailed. Furniture is dry and no smell apparently.

Really lucked out.
Edited at September 6, 2011 12:19 PM
#63
September 6, 2011 12:20 PM - More4Less
Slopey, an avatar would've helped getting some attention. I thought you were Pete or some anon we should ignore
Edited at September 6, 2011 12:20 PM
#64
September 6, 2011 12:20 PM - bxgrl
Hi Slopey! Welcome back and bye (so soon?) :(

Dave- Hope none of your antiques were damaged in Bucks Co.
#65
September 6, 2011 12:24 PM - Deleted
DIBS;

Good luck. Flooding is a bummer.

BTW: I have recently come to realize that the mainline insurers are pulling out of the Brooklyn property insurance market. State Farm is pulling out, as is Allstate. A broker told me that it is due to the high level of claims here.
#66
September 6, 2011 12:27 PM - Donatella
Hi Slopie! How are you doing?

I finished with the work of the August 14th deluge (8 inches of rain in 12 hours). The roof is fixed, should last till I get the thing replaced next spring. The adjuster FINALLY came and workers spent three days pulling down ceiling, walls, removing stinky insulation. They repaired it all, painted yesterday. Today a cleaning lady is helping the tenant clean/ organize the apartment. Next is mine. I am just waiting to see how much money I get from the insurance company. This turned out to be a pretty big job. I am sick of this shit. I am convinced that it will be excellent to get a new hatch on my roof so I can get up there easily. Now I have a wooden lid, which expands with humidity. I have to hang on a ladder and punch my way up there, by banging on the lid. No wonder I don't go up there to check the roof. Next spring, a new hatch, repaired skylights, and a new roof. Thank God the hurricane was a dud.
#67
September 6, 2011 12:29 PM - dibs
bxgrl...table legs got wet but not long enough to worry about. Water rose and fell very quickly. All I really lost were a few hooked rugs.
Edited at September 6, 2011 12:29 PM
#68
September 6, 2011 12:30 PM - dibs
Oddly, despite being above the bottom of the kitchen cabinets, the water did not enter them.

Dona, use a pry bar to pry it open at the edges.
#69
September 6, 2011 12:30 PM - Donatella
Good news on the PA place, dibs.
#70
September 6, 2011 12:32 PM - Donatella
Dibs, that might work better for the time being. I am going to get a hatch next spring which is hydraulically driven. You just have to turn a handle and it slowly springs open. I think this makes sense and is a good investment.
#71
September 6, 2011 12:33 PM - More4Less
DIBS, did you lose any quality rent boys that you kept in the basement?
#72
September 6, 2011 12:35 PM - DeadCatBounce
LOL, M4L. They were probably all past their expiration date.
#73
September 6, 2011 12:57 PM - dibs
Rent boys not as plentiful in the country as in the city. Unmet market demand.
Edited at September 6, 2011 12:57 PM
#74
September 6, 2011 1:06 PM - dibs
Going to walk into town. Need to run the boat to make sure battery is fully charged so the bilge pump doesn't run it down. We had over 2" of rain last night.
Edited at September 6, 2011 1:06 PM
#75
September 6, 2011 1:07 PM - bxgrl
That's good, dave. Hope the hooked rugs weren't antique ones. I used to do textile conservation and restoration. Stephen Brecht had a wonderful collection of antique hooked rugs that I did work on for him.
Edited at September 6, 2011 1:21 PM
#76
September 6, 2011 1:26 PM - Kensingtonian
What did The What say on Bstoner that it got removed so quickly?
Edited at September 6, 2011 1:26 PM
#77
September 6, 2011 1:33 PM - More4Less
just got a new job today.
#78
September 6, 2011 1:34 PM - Donatella
Great, M4L. Congratulations.
#79
September 6, 2011 1:34 PM - Deleted
M4L;

Congrats! In the same industry?
#80
September 6, 2011 1:37 PM - Donatella
Kens, Scott said that he posted bestiality pictures. Scott has been dealing with multiple postings from the What (one day 400 postings of the same message, different IP addresses). So after that, Scott made it that you have to register. Scott could tell you more.
#81
September 6, 2011 1:39 PM - petebklyn
hello from big moose....we drove to local firehouse where can pick up wifi. parked in front. no cell phones.
later folks.
#82
September 6, 2011 1:40 PM - denton
congrats m4l. I recall you were thinking you wouldn't last much longer at the old job.
#83
September 6, 2011 1:41 PM - denton
My BIL in the Poconos offered to have us 'take shelter' from Irene. He just got his electric back yesterday. lol.


#84
September 6, 2011 1:42 PM - More4Less
exact opposite of congrats is warranted. another person resigned and once again I'm the luck chap to pick up that person's work. so this is the 5th person who resigned or got terminated that I have to take over their work. This sucks big time - especially since I know another person will be resigning within a week or two. 6 jobs is pushing my limit
Edited at September 6, 2011 1:42 PM
#85
September 6, 2011 1:42 PM - denton
Hey all, this AM I was in a building overlooking the Trade Center site. The reflecting pools are up and running! Got a quick pic for y'all, also one of the site in general, which is now really humming.

http://www.pbase.com/dentontay/sept_2011


#86
September 6, 2011 1:44 PM - More4Less
Denton, I'm on best behavior till I get my mortgage. after that, I might be tempted to resign just out of spite - with or without a job in hand
#87
September 6, 2011 1:49 PM - More4Less
is this rain attributed to hurricane Lee?
Edited at September 6, 2011 1:49 PM
#88
September 6, 2011 1:55 PM - Donatella
Oh, one of THOSE jobs. Sorry M4L. Yeah, you seem to be accumulating them.
#89
September 6, 2011 1:57 PM - Donatella
Denton, great shot. I'm glad that they got this done anyway. I went to sign up for the 9-11 Memorial a few weeks ago and it was booked for months.
Edited at September 6, 2011 1:57 PM
#90
September 6, 2011 2:00 PM - denton
I had two interesting experiences with the welfare system recently.

The first, I had to go to the Bronx homeless family intake center for something. A new purpose-built facility. So many beautiful young girls towing so many children. But the funny thing was I met up with a sub-contractor, another middle-aged white guy like me. We walk in the lobby and there you go, long lines, metal detectors. I'm like fuuuuck, do I have to go thru this shit, especially having some sharp-edged items? Soon as we walk in we musta stuck out like sore thumbs, some security guys came right out, asked what we wanted, and we didn't even have to show ID, we were whisked thru like VIPs.

My second experience, I developed a heel spur or whatever that was resistant to cortisone shots, so I was referred for physical therapy. After a coupla sessions, I was getting this vibe that medicaid patients were getting different treatment than private patients. I asked, and here's what I found out: A PT can start you on a series of exercises, then move on to another patient and get them going, and so on. Logical and efficient, right? Well, that's how it is if you have private insurance or pay out of pocket. Not for Medicaid tho. If you walk in with Medicaid, the PT is required by law to spend the _entire_ session with the patient. Now I don't have a problem with Medicaid patients getting the same treatment I am getting. But better treatment? Something is wrong with that picture.




#91
September 6, 2011 2:01 PM - Donatella
M4L, after you get your mortgage, you can get "strategic" with your company. Obviously, you are a valued employee. If you can start looking around to see how hard it will be to get a similar job and you get a sense of your alternatives, you can start negotiating with them. I don't know how it is in your job, but many places cannot afford to lose all their employees before the end and you may be able to get a retention bonus in addition to a severance package. In the meantime, document.
#92
September 6, 2011 2:04 PM - Donatella
Denton, with my PT (had a serious foot injury), I would see the PT and he would spend time with me but certain part of the treatment was the electrical machine (TINS) and icing. And the assistant would do that. That's wierd about the Medicaid system.

Well, gotta go. Have a good day, folks.
#93
September 6, 2011 2:11 PM - bfar
denton- nice pic! I admit I have fairly ambiguous feelings about the whole 9/11 memorial thing, but that looks pretty great.
dibs, really sorry to hear about the flooding. Hope the recovery is as good as it sounds.

Also, speaking of water, this damn elkins house is just sitting here with its windows all open getting rained into. makes me so mad... is that a 311 issue? Can they make whoever the bastards are board it up, at least?

b


#94
September 6, 2011 2:11 PM - Kensingtonian
Donna, I know what What did to get kicked off this site. I meant his comment on Bstoner.

Sorry to hear about added duties M4L. I get new ones every day here but I don't mind a challenge as long as I am not sleeping in the office.
Edited at September 6, 2011 2:11 PM
#95
September 6, 2011 2:13 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Logical and efficient, right? Well, that's how it is if you have private insurance or pay out of pocket. Not for Medicaid tho. If you walk in with Medicaid, the PT is required by law to spend the _entire_ session with the patient. Now I don't have a problem with Medicaid patients getting the same treatment I am getting. But better treatment? Something is wrong with that picture.

one of the possible reasons for this is that it takes much more time to explain things to medicaid patients. people on medicaid, for the most part, not particularly bright when it comes to the human body and it's maladies. so the doctor probably has to explain things 10 times instead of once or twice to the person on private insurance. im SURE im gonna get reemed for saying that... but it's the truth. and obviously there are other reasons.



*rob*

#96
September 6, 2011 2:17 PM - bfar
*rob* - or, possibly, medicaid didn't want their patients just getting cursory treatment and then passed off to somebody who didn't know what they're doing while the PT tried to burn through the most folks.

Just to put another rationale out there.

#97
September 6, 2011 2:18 PM - Deleted
I recently helped someone fill out an application for Medicaid and Food Stamps. Can you imagine that? I, Benson, helped someone fill out these applications! I was amazed at how long and complicated the forms were. That is why the person asked for my help. I imagine most folks ask for a social worker to help them out with it.
#98
September 6, 2011 2:19 PM - More4Less
Kens, not a good feeling when one is "dumped on" but is left out when the goodies are handed out
Edited at September 6, 2011 2:19 PM
#99
September 6, 2011 2:22 PM - minard lafever
benson, you did an act of kindness, which is a good thing.
Do you think we can ever get Dave to do anything like that?

September 6, 2011 2:24 PM - More4Less
Minard, DIBS did rob's tax return 2 yrs in a row but dont think he'll extend streak to 3
Edited at September 6, 2011 2:24 PM
September 6, 2011 2:28 PM - Arkady
Random acts of kindness for people who aren't kin.
September 6, 2011 2:30 PM - Kensingtonian
Benson, funny you say that. My mom retired and obviously couldn't sit home so she took a part time job with a small local pharmacy to do guess what, HELP patients with their Medicaid form and all those secondary plans to see what best fits for their prescription and medications that they are taking as it's super complex and patients can't get a hold of anyone at the agencies to help them. The private pharmacies are increasingly doing this service for patients so that they give more personal attention than giants like Duane Reade or Walgreens so that they can compete. My mom's bosses have 4 pharmacies and she comes in for a day or 2 a week to help the patients with this stuff.
The only reason she knows all of the plans is that she spent 18 years as a pharmacy tech in a Bronx hospital in not so great neighborhood where 99% of patients were on Medicaid/Medicare so she had her experience with helping folks get their medications.
My mom is amazing when it comes to all these gov't programs. If she was younger and had more energy she could literally open a consulting business doing this full time with the amount of our friends and family members and neighbors that she helped with applications and other issues that others weren't able to.
Edited at September 6, 2011 2:30 PM
September 6, 2011 2:33 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
My mom is amazing when it comes to all these gov't programs.

do you think she can get me a food stamp hookup?


*rob*

September 6, 2011 2:33 PM - Kensingtonian
Sorry to hear that M4L. You really need to start searching for new jobs as everyone at your place seems to be jumping ship and sticking you with their work.
Edited at September 6, 2011 2:33 PM
September 6, 2011 2:35 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
that's happened almost everywhere.

*rob*

Edited at September 6, 2011 2:35 PM
September 6, 2011 2:35 PM - Kensingtonian
Rob, my mom doesn't defraud the gov't lol. With you salary, you're not exactly considered poor by US Standard and highly highly doubt you'll be eligible for food stamps.
Edited at September 6, 2011 2:35 PM
September 6, 2011 2:37 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
yeah im not elegible. i would be if i had a few children tho. grrrrr. why didnt god bless me with that pot of gold money maker known as a womb!!

*rob*

September 6, 2011 2:37 PM - Deleted
I just took a look at my portfolio. I'm depressed.
September 6, 2011 2:38 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i just looked in my wallet, im even MORE depressed

*rob*

September 6, 2011 2:42 PM - Kensingtonian
I refuse to look at my 401K portfolio. I'll be depressed as well. meanwhile, I keep on looking at houses at Buffalo and it makes me want to take a job up there more and more. I am gonna sit on my hands and wait and pray that I'll get an offer by the end of the year so I can make my decision but if this economy goes down the shitter any further, I might be sitting on my hands on the unemployment line.

The big cheeses here are rolling out this whole new "revamp" of our corp structure by the end of the year and no clue how it'll effect me or my office at all. We shall see. Can't be a good thing overall though. These things are never good.
Edited at September 6, 2011 2:42 PM
September 6, 2011 2:51 PM - bfar
lol, rob. yeah, my 401k is leather and made by jfold.

September 6, 2011 2:57 PM - MontroseMorris
Bfarwell, I guess another call to Landmarks is in order on the Elkins House. Will let you know what happens. These people make me sick.
September 6, 2011 3:00 PM - Deleted
Rob;

Have you considered moving to a more affordable part of town? I know someone who just rented a 1 bedroom apartment in a 3-family house in Gravesend for $850/month. Gravesend can't match Park Slope for amenities, but it's not that far away and it has two subway lines serving it. Even if you move to such an area for a couple of years, it would allow you to build up some cash.
Edited at September 6, 2011 3:00 PM
September 6, 2011 3:03 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
it's really up to my dog benson, he very much loves park slope. lol. i know that sounds weird. but his needs come before my own.


*rob*

September 6, 2011 3:04 PM - minard lafever
MM, sorry to hear about more trouble at the Elkins House. More work w/out permits?

Edited at September 6, 2011 3:04 PM
September 6, 2011 3:06 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
im not a fan of 3 family houses tho. much more into large apartment anonymous type living where people arent all up on your business if you know what i mean. i plan on picking up a second part time job this fall with the idea being that it might give me reason to quit smoking. i need a reason to want to quit and being broke all the time so isnt working! i wonder if all of a sudden i had no free, id be pissy about having no free time, might might make me wanna quit in order to drop the second part time job.


*rob*

September 6, 2011 3:15 PM - More4Less
this rain is depressing. reminds me of seattle.
September 6, 2011 3:19 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i like the smell of fresh rain. ew that sounded like a massengil commercial

*rob*

September 6, 2011 3:24 PM - MontroseMorris
Minard, BFarwell was saying that the windows are wide open and rain is coming in. They still don't have any permits, as far as I can see, and I walked by there just a couple of days ago.
September 6, 2011 3:30 PM - bfar
yeah, not boarded up, rain coming in, tarp shredded by the wind, so the roof is having problems, part of the cornice fell off the other week. it makes me so angry i could spit.

September 6, 2011 3:31 PM - bfar
(and thanks, mm!)
September 6, 2011 3:58 PM - minard lafever
we should all contact the LPC.
will do so right now.

Edited at September 6, 2011 3:58 PM
September 6, 2011 4:06 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
we should all contact the LPC.

definite first world problem there..

*rob*


September 6, 2011 4:09 PM - jessibaby
Yes, Rob - when houses are being damaged by the elements in developing countries, neighbors sit back and let them be destroyed.

FWIW, a “third-worlder” would laugh his ass off at you not saving money on rent because of a dog. That, my friend, is a first world problem.

September 6, 2011 4:12 PM - minard lafever
Jessi, lol! so true!

September 6, 2011 4:24 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
wait, do you seriously think i care what the third world thinks about my priorities!?!? at least i can feed my own damn dog, they shart out kids they can't even feed and try to gain sympathy by allowing flies to buzz around their head. jeez.
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.
-- Milan Kundera



My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.
-- Joe Weinstein

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
-- Samuel Butler





*rob*

September 6, 2011 4:26 PM - DeadCatBounce
M4L - When you get up to 7, I will hire you.
September 6, 2011 4:46 PM - denton
rob, why don't you take your dog for a walk in Gravesend then? Maybe he'll like it.
Edited at September 6, 2011 4:46 PM
September 6, 2011 4:49 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
but he likes prospect park.

*rob*

September 6, 2011 5:09 PM - Deleted
Rob;

Let's even suppose that your dog likes PP better than any available in Gravesend or other such areas. Is that delta in your dog's happiness worth your being broke all the time?
September 6, 2011 5:09 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Rob you can't honestly think the dog gives a shit. What a bunch of crap.
September 6, 2011 5:15 PM - MontroseMorris
"they shart out kids they can't even feed and try to gain sympathy by allowing flies to buzz around their head."

Ranks as one of the most insensitive and non-empathetic statements you've ever made, and there is a wealth of inventory there. Wow.
September 6, 2011 5:18 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Agreed mm but I'll give him kudos for the use of the word shart.
Edited at September 6, 2011 5:18 PM
September 6, 2011 5:19 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
it was a joke MM. please take a chill pill.

quote:
Rob you can't honestly think the dog gives a shit. What a bunch of crap.

as a matter of fact i do!


*rob*

September 6, 2011 5:19 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: And as for dogs not knowing "evil" would you describe this?

http://abcnews.go.com/US/cane-corso-mastiff-fatally-mauls-boy-brooklyn-home/t/story?id=13714746


Edited at September 6, 2011 5:19 PM
September 6, 2011 5:21 PM - jessibaby
“it was a joke MM. please take a chill pill.”

Sick joke, Rob. You really can’t appreciate this stuff over the internet either.

September 6, 2011 5:26 PM - More4Less
Rob is contrarian so if you want him to move, you have to keep saying how park slope is perfect for him and how stuff is currently perfect for him etc.
September 6, 2011 5:29 PM - More4Less
if Rob is going to move, I think he would move to Jersey City before anywhere else
September 6, 2011 5:33 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: I hear Lodi, nj is nice!
Edited at September 6, 2011 5:33 PM
September 6, 2011 5:35 PM - MontroseMorris
Rob, it's always a "joke" when you get called out on outrageous and inexcusable crap. If I hadn't said anything, then the statement would have stood as being indicative of what you actually feel, which I think it does anyway. You've said countless times, including today, that a woman's ability to have children allows her to get over, get money, get apartments, get sympathy. Why should anyone believe that now you're joking? Just because you've added flies?
September 6, 2011 6:30 PM - Donatella
Oh happiness. I invited my tenant over after our adventure with rainstorm and assorted disasters to her apartment., all of which are now fixed. She spent the day with my cleaning lady who helped her to get everything organized for the visit of her mother tomorrow. We had some wine and goodies and I gave her a little money. She told me how much she liked this apartment and living here. Things are now totally copecetic. The place looks good, everybody calmed down. She told me she really wants to stay here and I told her I wanted her here as long as she wants to stay. I feel so much better about life. The end. (I hope).
September 6, 2011 6:36 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
well i just find it sad that people choose to bring kids into the world only for those kids to suffer immensely. doesnt matter who it is, first world, third world, rich, poor, black, white, it's just awful. and i refuse to accept that people are ignorant of the situation. some things are beyond your control after you have a kid, but to choose to bring more suffering people into this world (flies or not) is just selfish and abusive.

*rob*

Edited at September 6, 2011 6:36 PM
September 6, 2011 6:38 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
She spent the day with my cleaning lady who helped her to get everything organized for the visit of her mother tomorrow. We had some wine and goodies and I gave her a little money. She told me how much she liked this apartment and living here.

uh, who wouldnt? a landlord who provides a cleaning lady, wine, and money!? SIGN ME UP!

*rob*

September 6, 2011 6:39 PM - Donatella
*rob* I want my tenants to be happy. I want good vibes here. I want stability, respect, order, peace.
September 6, 2011 6:41 PM - dibs
Back from a long liquid lunch in town...raining all day and cool...have our first fire in the fireplace of the onset of fall tonight
Edited at September 6, 2011 6:41 PM
September 6, 2011 6:52 PM - DeadCatBounce
Astonishing amount of hate directed at Rob today.
Edited at September 6, 2011 6:52 PM
September 6, 2011 6:52 PM - jessibaby
Rob, it is sad, and there are systematic problems, and not that this is justification, but it is at least a reason: people have lots of kids over there because you don’t know how many are going to survive. The more people have access to health care and education, the less children you see.
September 6, 2011 7:01 PM - dibs
26 out of the top 30 largest shopping malls in the world are in emerging markets!!!!
September 6, 2011 7:04 PM - denton
"We had some wine and goodies and I gave her a little money."

Works for some hookers I've hired too.
September 6, 2011 7:06 PM - denton
"well i just find it sad that people choose to bring kids into the world only for those kids to suffer immensely"

Actually, see my earlier comment about the Bronx homeless family intake center. Pretty heartbreaking to see them. Condoms sure woulda helped.
Edited at September 6, 2011 7:06 PM
September 6, 2011 7:07 PM - denton
What makes me nuts is that MM and Arkady's avatars look alike! Then you have to actually look to see who wrote it.
Edited at September 6, 2011 7:07 PM
September 6, 2011 7:09 PM - jessibaby
Hi Denton, I miss you.
September 6, 2011 7:10 PM - rf
Denton, I had that problem with Arkady's and MM's icons until I started paying more attention! Both cats but very different!
September 6, 2011 7:10 PM - denton
why Jessi, here I am!
Edited at September 6, 2011 7:10 PM
September 6, 2011 7:10 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
people have lots of kids over there because you don’t know how many are going to survive.

that should be reason enough NOT to have them. so a bunch of them die? wtf? ugh. ive heard that rationale from early immigrants to this country. my great grandmother had 13 children. wtf? that's just wrong. i think some of them died, and most of them grew up to be awful people who did lots of mooching from society. i mean i understand people living in adobe huts probably get bored which probably leads to horniness and unprotected sex. maybe introducing pornography to the third world would be a better solution? masturbate the poverty away instead of breeding more of it? i dont have the answers, but i do know Earth is a real fucked up place.


*rob*



Edited at September 6, 2011 7:10 PM
September 6, 2011 7:12 PM - jessibaby
Dave, how many of those malls actually have people shopping in them though? When I was in Bangkok in 2007, this one huge mall with all the fancy shops was empty but for Middle Eastern tourists escaping the heat. I wonder how those shops stay in business? Govt subsidy to get those fancy stores in there? The grungier mall with all of the counterfeit stuff was actually crowded.
Edited at September 6, 2011 7:12 PM
September 6, 2011 7:13 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
jessi, u worked in africa for peace corp right? did the women you worked with know how to masturbate? did they know it's a viable option in life? what about the men? teaching autosexuality in impoverished areas could be a very good thing. unfortunately it seems frowned upon in most societies. send me over to the third world, pay me lots of monies and ill be the american amabassador for autosexual practice and sexual sustainability.


*rob*

September 6, 2011 7:15 PM - jessibaby
“maybe introducing pornography to the third world would be a better solution?”

That’s not a bad idea, but a major issue is that the men equate the number of children they have to their “strength.” You are seen as healthy and virile if you father a lot of kids. Often the women don’t have a choice and some do sneak family planning….

September 6, 2011 7:15 PM - Arkady
WTF?!?!? MM's avatar & mine look about as similar as MM & I do.
Edited at September 6, 2011 7:15 PM
September 6, 2011 7:19 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
well that's just awful and very base. tho i guess it's mighty first world to thrust ones own mores and social norms on other cultures. i guess there's always been suffering in life and always will be. *knock on wood* my own "problems" are so beyond trivial and for the most part self-inflicted.
*rob*

September 6, 2011 7:20 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
WTF?!?!? MM's avatar & mine look about as similar as MM & I do.

lol. that's what i thought. denton is a felineist. they all look the same to him apparently :-/

*rob*

September 6, 2011 7:21 PM - DeadCatBounce
I have to agree with Arkady. No problem telling the Avatars apart.
September 6, 2011 7:23 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i like arkady's cat avatar. it has a black head and a white body, sorta like me.

*rob*

Edited at September 6, 2011 7:23 PM
September 6, 2011 7:24 PM - DeadCatBounce
"my own "problems" are so beyond trivial and for the most part self-inflicted."

Rob, that is a brilliant, statement. One that applies to everyone, myself included.
September 6, 2011 7:25 PM - minard lafever
-Works for some hookers I've hired too.-

denton, fyi, with hookers, you don't really have to sweat the whole seduction thing.


September 6, 2011 7:33 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
im picturing the dirty old men in minard and DCB's avatars having a serious discussion about hooker etiquette now. ladies of the night i guess they used to be called.


*rob*

September 6, 2011 7:42 PM - denton
at an inch square, all cats look alike.
September 6, 2011 7:46 PM - Arkady
If you can tell that *rob* is lurking behind a dog, surely you can perceive the diff between 2 utterly different felines!
September 6, 2011 8:33 PM - sixyearsandcounting
*rob*, just saw your comment about the Brooklyn What stickers...that's a band. One of my former students is a member and my FB wall gets blasted with all their upcoming shows. Maybe he's The What, but I kinda doubt it.
September 6, 2011 9:19 PM - Donatella
Ugh, the spell is broken. I met a friend for dinner at Scopellos, where I had a drink several years ago but never dinner. We had bad food and they have a very tolerant attitude toward toddlers who like to entertain their parents by letting out recreational (not "I am hurt") blood-curdling screams.
Edited at September 6, 2011 9:19 PM
September 6, 2011 9:27 PM - Legion
lol donatella
@ "recreational" screams.
There is a new family that moved in behind me.
They have three little adorable girls ranging in ages between 2-5.
...The caterwauling that eminates from that house would put a gaggle of Macaque monkeys to shame.
September 6, 2011 9:27 PM - rf
I am sure you will all be pleased that there was a recent thread on parkslopeparents in which someone posted about how to bring a toddler to a restaurant and everyone responded "don't!"
September 6, 2011 9:35 PM - Donatella
I asked my friend if he wanted to move. After our salad, our waiter moved is to the section near the bar away from the SCREAMER. Better that than either one of us losing it. If these people thought this was cute, there was no negotiating the situation. We couldn't talk.
September 6, 2011 9:37 PM - Donatella
haha, Legion, funny. I can only imagine.
September 6, 2011 9:42 PM - Donatella
yes, I AM pleased, rf.
Edited at September 6, 2011 9:42 PM
September 6, 2011 9:55 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
if youre in a situation in a restaurant or bar with annoying loud baby and the parents are doing nothing about it, just start making scary faces at the baby. chances are it will scream even louder, forcing them out. ive never actually DONE this btw but id imagine it works. or ordering someone on the menu with peanuts and lick your fingers and make funny faces at the parents, chances are their CF's will have a peanuty allergy and will run out of the place.

*rob*



Edited at September 6, 2011 9:55 PM
September 6, 2011 10:01 PM - rf
Rob, you often give advice you've never tried!
September 6, 2011 10:02 PM - Legion
The Tao of *rob* Part II
(A series exploring the philosophical implications of *rob's* controversial postings)

In today's installment we consider the scientific basis of the idea that perhaps the human population is unsustainable at its current rate of growth. There is evidence to prove a heightened aggression associated with increasing population density.
Knowing how selfish the human gene is, would it not make sense that there is some sort of evolutionary trigger mechanism sensitive to exploding population density?
The question of how many humans should poplate the earth is a tricky one since it contains implications of population control and genetic manipulation not to mention overlap into religious belief.

This brings me to the Cormac McCarthy book : The Road
which I've often talked about on the OT. I watched the movie again this past weekend.
The film is not nearly as profound and detailed as the book and in my second viewing I realized what was missing from the film.
A lack of hope. (the film had hope, the book did not. In other words, the film took the easy route.)
What made the book such a distrubing and brilliant piece of literature was its unflinching look at our most basic and instinctual fear: the fear of complete annhiliation.
Knowing that he would not survive, could this man bring himself to end all humanity embodied in his own son?
The book basically poses the question of whether our fear of complete annihilation can be overcome by the hope we place in our progeny.

Edited at September 6, 2011 10:02 PM
September 6, 2011 10:06 PM - Arkady
I was flying back to NY from London once. I'd been hit by a taxi & my face was bruised & my front teeth were shattered & I was going to my D-word. A toddler in the next seat looked at me & started screaming. I smiled reassuringly at him - forgetting I had stitches & tubes hanging out of my mouth. The kid was catatonic for the rest of the flight.
Edited at September 6, 2011 10:06 PM
September 6, 2011 10:31 PM - Legion
ha ha arkady,
Speaking of "screamers"
I sent my two little ones on a "spider safari" to the basement yesterday evening when I was busy.
Started out simple enough, they put on their gloves, pulled out their flashlights and armed themselves with a hand held mini-vac.
All was going splendidly as I heard them jokingly talking about cobwebs and tiny spiders.
Then things got kind of quiet for a minute,
followed in sequence by:
-the vacuum running
-ear piercing shrieks from the two of them
-the sound of the vacuum and flashlight dropping
-little footsteps running up the stairs faster than the sounds of their screaming.

...littlegirllegion only managed a sobbing "daddddyyyyyy, spider! big spider" before running upstairs while littlelegion came up from the basement pale as a ghost.

...to say this creature they found lurking behind a crack in the basement stairs was a spider is to say a full grown Mountain Gorilla is a large monkey.
What's more, the thing seemed to taunt me as I tried to get it out of its lair. Alternately sticking its legs out then pulling them back in. I felt it mocking me with the minivac in my hand.
Finally, I was forced to bring out the big guns. The twelve gallong shop vac.
This thing pulled some of the paint off the wall with it. I didn't see if the spider came out with it, but I sealed the crack with caulking anyway.
September 6, 2011 10:52 PM - Arkady
Legion - You should go on line & try to i.d. it.