Weekend Open Thread
October 15, 2011 8:02 AM - CGar

118 comments
October 15, 2011 8:05 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
GOOOOOOD MORNING VIETNAM!

oh, wait...

GOOD MORNING BROOKLYN!
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#1
October 15, 2011 8:10 AM - CGar
All I have to say to you is Grrrrrr.
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#2
October 15, 2011 8:22 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Shouldn't that be "meow"???

:-)

tee hee hee!
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#3
October 15, 2011 8:27 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I liked the open field pic better. Jussayin' :-)
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#4
October 15, 2011 8:28 AM - dibs
Yesterday in a Manhattan McDonald's, when 2 girls were told that their $50 bill had to be scanned, they got violent, went over the counter and attacked.

The kid who hit them with the rod has been charged with felony assault and I don't think he should be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pecONNgVxgA
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#5
October 15, 2011 8:32 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Dave, just watched the video and the employee went too far. He hit them while they were obviously down. The first swing or two was clearly in self defense, but beyond that, he was just whoopin' their asses - which they might have deserved, but was not his right legally to do (that's their parents' job).
Edited at October 15, 2011 8:33 AM
#6
October 15, 2011 8:35 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
The sad thing is that, because the employee took it too far, this incident will likely fuel those little bastards' idea that they can do whatever they wanna do sans repercussions. The lesson would have gotten through and they'd be in more trouble instead had the employee restricted his swings self defensive ones. Now, let's cue the countdown to the lawsuit against McDonalds.

(though respondeat superior shouldn't be applicable for intentional torts)
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#7
October 15, 2011 8:36 AM - dibs
It would seem that their parents never disciplined them or taught them anything for that matter
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#8
October 15, 2011 8:37 AM - dibs
Queing up CGar looking into his briefs again
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#9
October 15, 2011 8:42 AM - CGar
"Queing up CGar looking into his briefs again"
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#10
October 15, 2011 8:43 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
They are likely the type of kids who beat on their mothers. And no, discipline is not something they likely ever encountered. Shit like that disgusts me. You don't actually have to whoop your kid's ass to teach the discipline and respect, but I stand by the proposition that some kids need that. These two HITs (hoodlums in training) are a case in point.
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#11
October 15, 2011 8:46 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Well, I'm all riled up now! Gonna put this energy to use and get some stuff done. Later losers!
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#12
October 15, 2011 8:47 AM - CGar
I watched that video and Googled the incident. That was in the Village, at the McDonald's on 6th Avenue & West 4th Street. One of the girls suffered a broken arm and fractured skull. As for the employee:

"Mcintosh apparently had a criminal record when hired by the chain, having spent a ten-year stretch in prison after shooting to death a classmate at a Bronx high school.

Clearly, McDonald's doesn't do much of a background check on its employees."
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#13
October 15, 2011 8:51 AM - dibs
10-year stretch????? How old was the kid???
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#14
October 15, 2011 8:53 AM - CGar
Didn't say, dave. But, if the guy was in high school, he was probably tried as an adult.
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#15
October 15, 2011 9:00 AM - dibs
Sometimes PLUSAs are trying as adults
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#16
October 15, 2011 9:02 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
A crim record? Well then, respondeat superior may be back on the table.
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#17
October 15, 2011 9:02 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Ok...now I'm really gonna get to work...
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#18
October 15, 2011 9:04 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
As soon as I get this purring furball off me
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#19
October 15, 2011 9:05 AM - dibs
Finished cleaning up the house for the Bed Stuy House tour which lasts from 11-5:30 or so. This is time that could be better spent drinking
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#20
October 15, 2011 9:05 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
meant to post this one...
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#21
October 15, 2011 9:28 AM - dibs
Where's Pia???
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#22
October 15, 2011 9:41 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
The Silver Diva...
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#23
October 15, 2011 9:43 AM - CGar
"Where's Pia???"

Protesting...
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#24
October 15, 2011 9:45 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
...
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#25
October 15, 2011 9:46 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Her disobedience is never civil!
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#26
October 15, 2011 9:46 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
ok...back to work!
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#27
October 15, 2011 9:46 AM - Donatella

Visitor cat, long black cat named Sharon (wearing little heart tag) has been hanging around in the rain. I am wondering about this cat. I think the owners are forgetful or think that Sharon should fend for herself in the wild (my backyard). She was laying on the patio furniture in the drizzle yesterday and was sitting like a sentinel outside my kitchen door this am.
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#28
October 15, 2011 9:49 AM - CGar
"Her disobedience is never civil!"

Like mother, like daughter...
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#29
October 15, 2011 9:49 AM - Donatella
It looks like Pia is quite the imperious dame. Let's you live there.... very nice of her.

Hey, what's with these lunatics in Park Slope? More gropers, somebody with a knife. Why is this continuing? Seems like they got one of the guys, but what is this now? Pervert Central? There are a couple of these jerks. Damn.

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#30
October 15, 2011 9:54 AM - dibs
dona, as a caring human being, have you gone out and bought treats?????????
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#31
October 15, 2011 9:55 AM - BoerumHillScott
It was nice to sleep in my own bed last night.

Now I am starting a busy day that includes a middle school tour and two parties.
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#32
October 15, 2011 9:57 AM - dibs
Anyone been to Brennan and Carr Restaurant in Gravesend??? Being featured on Man vs. Food now for their hot roast beef sandwich, which looks incredible.

I bet benson's been there
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#33
October 15, 2011 10:01 AM - rf
Welcome home, Scott. Did you make it back in time to see the play?
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#34
October 15, 2011 10:06 AM - Donatella
dibs, yes. I gave Sharon a can of Starkist white chunk water-packed tuna. People's food. I think if I am going to have a relationship with this creature, I need to get some cat food.
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#35
October 15, 2011 10:08 AM - Donatella
Hi Scott, how was Miami? Where was the conference? Was it boring? Did you get to have a few mojitos down in South Beach??? I am going down there for Art Basel, the first weekend of Dec.
#36
October 15, 2011 10:08 AM - dibs
" I think if I am going to have a relationship with this creature, I need to get some cat food."

Funny, I said the same thing the first time I met Cobble.
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#37
October 15, 2011 10:08 AM - rf
No wonder Sharon doesn't want to go home! Donatella, you are spoiling that cat for life!
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#38
October 15, 2011 10:17 AM - Donatella
Sharon chased off another cat, who I liked better, frankly. It was a cute tabby, very shy and I was trying to get her to let me pet her, but then Sharon cruised in and there was a gigantic cat fight one night. Sharon is pretty tough. The thing is the cats like my patio couch. They hang out and chilax back there. Sharon left a big dent filled with black cat hair. My nightmare is that she stops going home and winter comes and then I am in trouble. I don't want that black scuzz on my couch.
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#39
October 15, 2011 10:18 AM - Donatella
My living room couch. ^^^^
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#40
October 15, 2011 10:19 AM - BoerumHillScott
I made it in last night with about 45 minutes to spare before heading out to a play.

The conference was mostly boring, with a few good bits thrown in. It was put on by IBM and was all about their high-end Power processors and the operating systems and applications that run on them.
The best part was getting to spend time co-workers and business partners that I rarely see due to the distributed nature of the company I work for.

The hotel we were at was the Fountainbleau, which is the Grand Dame of Miami Beach hotels. It was quite nice, but not my style at all. I just don't care for super expensive super full service type places.

I did not spend too much time at the pool or beach, although I did go swimming in the twice once and one afternoon skipped out of a session to hang out by the pools with a coworker.

We got out several nights to have food like Cuban and Peruvian in South Beach. Mostly we walked the 3 or so miles each way between the hotel and South beach - both along the boardwalk and along the main streets. I think walking is almost the best way to experience an area.

One think I did notice was a lot of half-finished construction and renovation projects that had obviously been stalled a couple of years. You can tell that the real estate market there got hit much worse than here.

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#41
October 15, 2011 10:27 AM - CGar
"I think walking is almost the best way to experience an area."

I totally agree, Scott.
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#42
October 15, 2011 10:31 AM - rf
Dave, you'll like this. They are singing your song.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/business/in-private-conversation-wall-street-is-more-critical-of-protesters.html?_r=1&hp&pagewanted=all

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#43
October 15, 2011 10:35 AM - Donatella
The Fountainbleu is an old Miami beach hotel, as I remember it it is all white and aqua. I think they were renovating it a few years back so maybe it is a little better. It is crystally and "ritzy", right? Miami got absolutely hammered in the real estate meltdown, one of the worst. Which makes it a renters paradise.
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#44
October 15, 2011 10:40 AM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: just took the time to look over there >>>>>>> at yesterdays thread. this one got a surprising # of comments

http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2011/10/al-di-la-is-expanding-to-crown-heights/#disqus_thread

but as for creating a better community or group discussion, mr b is still way off. basically still rehashing the same old fights about neighborhood borders and whether al di la sucks or not.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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#45
October 15, 2011 10:48 AM - BoerumHillScott
The Fountainbleu did a major renovation a few years ago, and about the only way you could tell it was an older hotel was the relatively small rooms sizes in the original building (where I stayed).

The hotel is very glitzy, but in a contemporary and at times hip sort of way. There is a nightclub there that is apparently one of the better ranked ones in the world that spilled house/techno music out into the lobby at night.

The non-conference clientele there was largely youngish Europeans.
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#46
October 15, 2011 10:50 AM - DeadCatBounce
Randi - My kids and I always go to Teddy's for dinner when they visit every other weekend.
They are going to be sorely disappointed.
Mrs DCB is jumping up and down for joy. She won't have to go to Teddy's anymore.
As usual, I just want peace.

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#47
October 15, 2011 10:51 AM - DeadCatBounce
Scott - time to buy RE in Florida?
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#48
October 15, 2011 10:59 AM - MontroseMorris
Bxgrl and I went upstate to look at real estate yesterday. Found out first hand what misrepresentation in ads is like. Description of property said it needed work. Photos showed a Victorian house that had some great features, and obviously hadn't been taken care of. You could see a water stain on the wall in one room, and peeling wallpaper in another. That doesn't bother me.

They forgot to mention the crater in the roof that was still dripping when we were there that had led to, no lie....the piano in the dining room, two floors below, sinking into the basement through the rotted floor. Only the beam and a couple of joists were keeping it on the ground floor. One of several serious leaks and major problems that made the place uninhabitable.

That said, if you had a pile of money, perhaps several piles of money, the property, which included 3 other buildings, would be incredible. The property has been uninhabited for years, after the death of the last homeowner, and whoever owns it now has done nothing to secure the buildings. If they had only kept the roofs watertight, they probably would have sold it by now. Now all four buildings, which all have roof issues, are in awful shape. Plus the recent Catskill flooding took out the floor of one of the buildings, the floors were still covered in wet mud, with buckling floorboards, almost a month after the flood.

The Catskill foliage was beautiful, however.
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#49
October 15, 2011 11:09 AM - Donatella
That said, if you had a pile of money, perhaps several piles of money, the property, which included 3 other buildings, would be incredible.

haha. MM I see those things all around me here. Several on my block. I used to look at old buildings with an attitude of dreamy romance. Now I look at them with squinty eyes, searching out the ruin lurking within. I see ruin behind the prettified exteriors, I imagine the caving floors, the gouged joists, the patchy roof, the rusted water heaters, crumbling bathrooms, laminate kitchens with formica counters and the linoleum, the miles and miles of linoleum. Oh, the dripping stinking ruin. HAHAHAHA.......I am entertaining myself here.

DCB, Miami and Florida is such a caved in cosmos of ruin, I wouldn't run to buy anything, although there are some pretty cheap properties out there, most of which you can buy from a bank.
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#50
October 15, 2011 11:17 AM - MontroseMorris
"I imagine the caving floors, the gouged joists, the patchy roof, the rusted water heaters, crumbling bathrooms, laminate kitchens with formica counters and the linoleum, the miles and miles of linoleum. Oh, the dripping stinking ruin."

Oh, you've seen the place, then.

It didn't have any linoleum, but did have a lot of carpeting. We lifted one of them, and the floors were perfect. On that side of the room, anyway, the other side had leakage.

It was really heartbreaking. At one point, this must have been the most beautiful house in town. A classic Queen Anne, complete with turret, curved glass windows, and a beautiful porch, now also rotted.
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#51
October 15, 2011 11:37 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
CALLING ALL PLUSAS WITH PETS!!!

On the north side of 9th Street between 5th and 6th Ave (just south of C-Town) is a guy selling pet supplies for cats and dogs. EXCELLENT PRICES! We are talking at least a 60% savings off of the prices in pet stores. Toys, treats, carriers, pet beds, cat scratchers, etc. He'll be there for a couple more hours, but will be back there every Saturday selling his wares. He told me that he used to have a pet shop in NJ and they closed their business. He's now liquidating his inventory. I bought a large size cozy cat carrier (saved $16 + tax based on the very same one I bought from Petco a month or so ago) and he gave me free catnip and toys for my wees.
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#52
October 15, 2011 11:44 AM - Donatella
Maybe I'll buy some food for Sharon, Snappy.


MM, ha!
Those sad ruins can break your heart and if you are mad enough to try to fight mother nature, this Queen Anne beauty could be a financial terrorist, threatening you with your own personal ruin. Oh, the troubles I've seen.

Keep the faith, MM, there is sure to be a nice one up there just for you.
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#53
October 15, 2011 11:57 AM - MontroseMorris
Thanks, Dona. Nope, that one was definitely not "the one." I already have financial ruin. Don't need more. The search goes on.

Snappy, thanks for the info!
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#54
October 15, 2011 12:05 PM - rf
Nice profile of modern-antique business on the block with Peaches Hothouse (and another antique-used furniture store, a very nice tiny little dress store, plus my laundromat:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/nyregion/casaban-in-bedford-stuyvesant-offers-sleek-antiques.html?ref=nyregion
Donatella, I think you would like this block. Even the dress shop.
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#55
October 15, 2011 12:12 PM - DeadCatBounce
Interesting report MM.
I have been looking into property in Sullivan County. There are some interesting places for sale, and something of a buyers market, but the property taxes are sky high.
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#56
October 15, 2011 12:12 PM - Donatella
Hey thanks, rf. I am a crazy antique person. I can't really buy stuff anymore. I have hit the limit of space in my house (and my budget). But I love going to antique stores. In Kansas City, there were 5 antique malls in the environs and some weekends, I would hit them all. Sometimes to buy but it is fun just looking too.
#57
October 15, 2011 1:37 PM - bxgrl
The only advantage to that house was we wouldn't have to steam off the horrible wallpaper. It was literally peeling off all by itself.
#58
October 15, 2011 1:43 PM - wendybear1
"The only advantage to that house was we wouldn't have to steam off the horrible wallpaper. It was literally peeling off all by itself."

I have bad memories of wallpaper removal. I hope I never again have to do that.
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#59
October 15, 2011 1:53 PM - bxgrl
It's such a messy, time consuming job- and i hate wallpaper anyway.
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#60
October 15, 2011 2:22 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Peeling wallpaper? Oy! I think I'd rather pluck out my arm hairs one by one. Something tells me it'd be a lot less painful.
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#61
October 15, 2011 2:25 PM - bxgrl
I agree, snaps. Stubbing your toe would be more fun. Meanwhile we never had that drink, so I'll talk to you later and we'll make plans :)
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#62
October 15, 2011 3:16 PM - cobblehiller
"Funny, I said the same thing the first time I met Cobble."

I heard that, DIBS. : P

This is the first time I'm actually sitting up out of bed since yesterday morning. Rough night, not feeling at all well. BH just went out to get me a prescription for an antibiotic and soup. I'm not a happy camper. : (

That Man vs. Food show is too much. Did you see that double-sided pizza thing last night? Good lord. But I'm loving Ann(e?) Burrell, she's so cool. I wanna try some of her recipes this fall.
#63
October 15, 2011 3:31 PM - rf
Interview with a Chinese-American student and a Taiwanese-American alumna at Brooklyn Tech:
http://fort-greene.thelocal.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/imho-too-asian/
For what it's worth, although most of the "Asian" kids at Tech are Chinese, there are also many South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi) kids and kids from other Asian countries.
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#64
October 15, 2011 3:53 PM - Donatella
I steamed wallpaper in Kansas City; actually my friend from California flew there to help me. We got a machine. It was kind of fun. Getting rid of it, that st. There were too many decorative themes going on in that house when I bought it and steaming the paper off was a relief. It was flocked. YUCK.
#65
October 15, 2011 4:16 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Some of my teaching colleagues used to work a few shifts a week at Brennan and Carr's to earn some extra cash. It would get awkward some nights when students would show up.
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#66
October 15, 2011 5:40 PM - DeadCatBounce
According to Business Week, there is an urgent need for Coal Miners.
Companies such as Alpha Natural Resources are so anxious to hire and retain Coal Miners that they will pay a starting salary of $70,000.
After 3 years, miners can typically expect to earn six figures.
Of course these companies pay benefits as well.
The only requirement is that applicants must test free of controlled substances.
Moonfaces need not apply.
(OK, I made up that last one)

#67
October 15, 2011 6:56 PM - rf
I wonder if they have as much concern for their employees' safety as Massey Energy.
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#68
October 15, 2011 7:18 PM - DeadCatBounce
These salaries and benefits are found throughout the industry.
The article did not specifically mention Massey energy.
I am sure all coal mining jobs are dangerous and hard work.
For somebody who needs the job, this is an opportunity.
#69
October 15, 2011 10:38 PM - minard lafever
The Zuccotti Park protestors have hit a nerve. I know that their message is vague, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The bankers and speculators see them as the threat they are. I did not take them seriously myself until I read DIBS' over the top hate mongering posts about them. Then I thought, hmm...they may be hitting a nerve.
I know that bankers and financial service types provide essential services. I have investments and deal with several companies. But why are they paid huge bonuses in down years? Aren't they sucking the juice out of the system during a drought? Why would a person deserve 40 million dollar bonus a year after their company was bailed out with taxpayer money? The distribution of national wealth is not getting more egalitarian. Something has to change. What we may be seeing is a change in American's traditional acceptance and tolerance of huge income disparity. I hope so. It's about time.




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#70
October 16, 2011 1:06 AM - rf
Hear hear!
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#71
October 16, 2011 3:33 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
so. drunk.
hee heee heeee!
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#72
October 16, 2011 8:16 AM - dibs
Minard, whether or not a company loses money overall does not mean that people in certain parts of it don't deserve huge bonuses. Without them, losses might have been even higher.

But please, give us a bit more detail about this specific $40 MM bonus. Or, are you just making up a scenario without any facts,

Hate mongering??? Really??? Where????
#73
October 16, 2011 8:17 AM - dibs
"Why would a person deserve 40 million dollar bonus a year after their company was bailed out with taxpayer money?"

Details??? I suspect because they earned it.
#74
October 16, 2011 8:28 AM - Bedstuymaven
DIBS - love your creepy karaoke
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#75
October 16, 2011 8:30 AM - Bedstuymaven
Biff made me swoon
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#76
October 16, 2011 8:30 AM - dibs
Besides, Minard, whining about the bailouts is so 2009. Sure, they weren't handled as they should have been. But WHOSE FAULT IS THAT??? Teh government's because they gave them out and they had control over them. Maybe they learned for when they will be necessary again (Greece?) but I doubt it.

Move on.
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#77
October 16, 2011 9:04 AM - dibs
"Save the American Dream"

Ummm, correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that something you actually work for
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#78
October 16, 2011 9:08 AM - dibs
OWS protests got pretty violent in London.
#79
October 16, 2011 10:37 AM - Donatella
Preventing violence is a major concern of Bloomberg and the NYPD. I think that with a few exceptions, they have done a fantastic job. Bloomberg wisely chose not to kick them out to get the Park cleaned, I think. I am sure they are counting on Mother Nature to be the ultimate winner in all this. This street stuff won't last much longer. It seems like many of these people would like nothing better than to have a confrontation with the cops -- not that that would help anything for their cause. Notice how very few politicians have embraced this. It is too unformed. Notice how Obama has backed away from it.

I have to say that the level of dialogue is so low, so incredibly ignorant that I can't see what any of this accomplishes. That is it - incredibly ignorant of how business works, what Wall Street does, the value of the financial services industry to the health of this country and of THIS CITY.

I woke up this morning with a swollen eye. I feel like Job.
#80
October 16, 2011 10:40 AM - dibs
Did you get a tomato thrown at you for bad singing????
#81
October 16, 2011 10:47 AM - Donatella
says Bruce Springsteen......

It might have been worse if I stayed.
#82
October 16, 2011 10:50 AM - dibs
Watching Anthony Bourdain in Kyoto at ryokan. Would love to go back to one of those for an overnight stay. So calm and such incredible food. Even the ones in Hakone...taking the "Love Train!!!"
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#83
October 16, 2011 10:53 AM - Donatella
There is nothing like those places with the hot baths/ onsen to relax. Unbelievable but super low key service. Great food. Never went to Kyoto but Hakone a few times. $$$$$
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#84
October 16, 2011 11:02 AM - DeadCatBounce
I had an incredible evening with friends at Papillon on 54th St btwn 5th and Madison.
Every Saturday night, a bunch opera singers from Lincoln Center and the Met come and take turns singing during dinner.
Very spontaneous and fun. The audience all knows and responds to the famous Arias.
Mrs DCB and I had to leave at 10:45 and go to a business party (my company) and make an appearance. Mrs DCB was very bored by the business party but I always enjoy getting to meet the families of colleagues.

#85
October 16, 2011 11:12 AM - Donatella
There used to be a couple of those places where people sang opera. There was one around Columbia where I used to go (Manhattan School of Music students practiced their singing). Caffe Taci. Fun. But it is closed now. Also an institution in the Village, Asti, closed in 99. And Bianchi and Margharita. They all closed though (Asti after 75 years!). Nice to know the tradition lives on.
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#86
October 16, 2011 11:28 AM - Bedstuymaven
Good Morning,

#87
October 16, 2011 11:34 AM - dibs
Very productive day so far. Cut back two shrubs and pruned the apple tree. Spectacular day on the deck.

GM, BSM.


#88
October 16, 2011 11:57 AM - Bedstuymaven
Dave - you yard is gorgeous
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#89
October 16, 2011 12:03 PM - rf
Donatella, have you been there to express these opinions?
Edited at October 16, 2011 12:03 PM
#90
October 16, 2011 12:49 PM - Donatella
"there" meaning Zucotti Park? Yes, I was there, but it was not the venue for discussion. I saw a lot of attractive young people. some not so attractive not so young people and not a heck of a lot of coherent anything going on. Sorry.
#91
October 16, 2011 12:51 PM - Donatella
But then, "there" could have been a ryokan at Hakone or Kyoto. Or "there" could have been a restaurant where they sing opera. Not sure. But have to go now to take care of my eye and see if I can salvage the rest of this day. A friend is coming over and we are going down to Coney Island to walk along the boardwalk.

Have a good day.
#92
October 16, 2011 12:58 PM - dibs
It was good to see a few PLUSAs on the Bed Stuy House Tour yesterday.
#93
October 16, 2011 1:45 PM - DeadCatBounce
Irony on a Sunday afternoon.
#94
October 16, 2011 2:53 PM - rf
Off to do some community gardening, then the laundry, then pick kid up from chorus performance at Miller Theater at Columbia. Not so interesting, I know.
#95
October 16, 2011 3:59 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Bacon. Food of the Gods.

carry on...
Edited at October 16, 2011 3:59 PM
#96
October 16, 2011 4:25 PM - Arkady
Bloody Mary w/ vodka - elixir.
#97
October 16, 2011 4:35 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Snappy:
Edited at October 16, 2011 4:35 PM
#98
October 16, 2011 6:56 PM - minard lafever
Johnny Walker Black Label + two rocks, elixir.

Edited at October 16, 2011 6:56 PM
#99
October 16, 2011 7:00 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Cute, Six!
October 16, 2011 7:30 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
im going out purse snatching bars in a few. i know it's all kinds of wrong, but whatever. i gotta go what i gotta do. my fucking toof!!!

*rob*

October 16, 2011 7:37 PM - Arkady
rob - Don't do it! You'll be too easily identified as the Snaggle Tooth Bandit.
October 16, 2011 8:23 PM - minard lafever
I don't like the new MLK memorial from what I see on TV and the papers. It seems like a totalitarian's statue. The opposite of what MLK stood for.
Major fail I think.


Edited at October 16, 2011 8:23 PM
October 16, 2011 8:25 PM - Arkady
I tend to agree, minard, but hope it's better in person or will soften over the years.
Edited at October 16, 2011 8:25 PM
October 16, 2011 8:35 PM - DeadCatBounce
There was a controversy about one of the quotes carved into it. The quote was edited and completely changed the meaning.
October 16, 2011 9:10 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
is it wrong that im not a fan of martin luther king? honestly, he came across as mad creep and a big old phoney. rosa parks did it better. plus he's a reverend and that's gross.


*rob*

October 16, 2011 9:13 PM - lechacal
Very sore. Ran the Hartford half marathon yesterday, then did another one today near home. Now I just have to put them together on the same day and not stop in between...
October 16, 2011 9:24 PM - petebklyn
that's impressive...2 half m's in 2 days. And still able to walk.
October 16, 2011 9:26 PM - petebklyn
anyone heard of any bidding wars at any open houses today?
October 16, 2011 9:31 PM - Arkady
Lech - This is for you - done by one of the kids I help.

Nostri decessus et flumen sic sunt;

Libidinosa cogitationis series

Ad leniendum curam nascientis et nili

October 16, 2011 10:00 PM - Donatella

Latin Haiku - thinking dirty thoughts on the train ride home to Westchester?
October 16, 2011 10:07 PM - Bedstuymaven
I don't like the new MLK memorial from what I see on TV and the papers. It seems like a totalitarian's statue. The opposite of what MLK stood for.
Major fail I think.

Hi, I agree with you. I see the statue and my first reference is Lenin
October 16, 2011 10:11 PM - Arkady
It's the Latin for Lech's OT motto:

Such is our ebb and flow;
a whimsical and capricious series of musings and bon mots
aimed at alleviating the anxiety of being and nothingness.

October 16, 2011 10:13 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
is tomorrow really monday? already?

'scuse me. i'm gonna go cry now.

nite folks.
Edited at October 16, 2011 10:13 PM
October 16, 2011 10:38 PM - Bedstuymaven
Yes, Snappy tomorrow is Monday. You have to start a 4 day work week movement.
October 16, 2011 11:03 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i have a 4 day workweek until january! woo woo. im depressed as fuck right now tho about having to go to the dentist to fix my toof.

*rob*

October 16, 2011 11:45 PM - Donatella
My Latin has obviously deteriorated.

One of my eyes looks like it belongs to Marty Feldman. It hurts too.
Edited at October 16, 2011 11:45 PM
October 16, 2011 11:46 PM - Donatella
*rob*, it sounds like you had a temporary on there anyway, right? You needed to get it fixed. So you'll do it now. Can you get a raise?
Edited at October 16, 2011 11:46 PM