Friday Open Thread
December 9, 2011 6:41 AM - BoerumHillScott

500 comments
December 9, 2011 7:52 AM - DeadCatBounce
Goodwill to mankind and peace to all.

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#1
December 9, 2011 7:57 AM - dibs
Alternatively, and probably more useful: Love, peace and STFU
Edited at December 9, 2011 7:57 AM
#2
December 9, 2011 8:02 AM - dibs
How do you like this market, DCB??? Bull markets are fueled by doubt!
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:02 AM
#3
December 9, 2011 8:13 AM - dibs
I guess we have to send some special forces to Iran to destroy that drone before they start to dissassemble it and sell the technology to Russia or China. It seems they may have hacked into the controls and disabled the self destruct and landed it themselves!!!!!!!
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#4
December 9, 2011 8:24 AM - lechacal
Good morning hue-mons.
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#5
December 9, 2011 8:38 AM - dibs
AN INTERESTING BIT OF MEDICAL
INFORMATION: The following statement by Dr.
William Byrum, a Professor Emeritus of the History of
Medicine at the University of Colorado recently caught
our attention. Discussing the costs of medical care here
in the US, Dr. Bynum said

"For a country that spends more than any
other nation on health, it is chilling to learn
that 27% of its costs are administrative
[while] the figures for Canada and the UK are
3% and less than 10% respectively."

This is only going to get worse, rather than
better, next year under the impact of Obama Care, for
more administrators will be required to make more and
more and yet more reports to government. 27% of all
costs are administrative!!

Incredible, really, isn’t it?... and
sad.

[conjuring up Legion and other sensible Republican thinkers]
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:38 AM
#6
December 9, 2011 8:49 AM - dibs
Here's an interesting op-ed piece about class warfare:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-09/when-obama-s-music-stops-class-warfare-starts-michael-kinsley.html

there are a lot of double edged swords with this sort of philosophy:

"For every group Obama takes to task, he also has a “to be sure” passage in which he tries to make clear that he’s not talking about you. But if you listen to the music, not the words, you might well think otherwise. A wish to raise taxes on top-bracket taxpayers doesn’t prove that you “hate the rich” or that you’re trying to stoke the fires of class warfare. It doesn’t mean you define an income of $250,000 as “rich.” It simply means that you believe that the people who’ve been most fortunate in this country are in the best position to contribute more to solving its financial problems. But this distinction is hard to maintain if you’re simultaneously suggesting that there is something ill-gotten about most rich people’s gains.
People really resent this. I have a friend, a banker, who voted for Obama in 2008 but senses that he is being picked on unfairly. Which he is. And he is not pacified by reminders that Obama’s grandmother was a banker, as charming and surprising to some as that may be."



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#7
December 9, 2011 8:49 AM - Arkady
How is it, then, that Medicare operates so well?
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#8
December 9, 2011 8:50 AM - dibs
Ummm, if any of you prefer non political discussions, please feel free to post kitten pictures. After all, everyone loves kittens
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#9
December 9, 2011 8:51 AM - dibs
I don't know, because Medicaid certainly doesn't. Is it the mentality behind those who administer the more entitled programs??? Welfare is fraught with fraud too.
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#10
December 9, 2011 8:51 AM - dibs
Arkady, I'm counting on you to keep an eye out to watch for Oshima reopening, OK?
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#11
December 9, 2011 8:53 AM - dibs
"Fairness to bankers may not seem like the most pressing issue on the justice agenda. But in addition to being unfair, conflating actual crooks and the innocent affluent makes it hard to claim that raising their taxes isn’t punishment for some form of misbehavior. Taxes are not a punishment; they are a source of necessary revenue. But if you tie them to the financial scandal, they sound pretty punitive.
A second big problem with Obama’s philosophy, as revealed in this speech, is really the biggest economic problem facing the U.S. in general. That is, the middle-class sense of entitlement. This is an odd moment in the history of the American economy. We need more government spending (or tax cuts) to spur us out of the doldrums, but we also need less government spending (or tax increases) to prevent national bankruptcy or at best a long period of stagnation."

Right????!!!!!!

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#12
December 9, 2011 8:53 AM - CGar
***PSA***

The Crown Heights Bimbos are working the Crafts Fair at the Brooklyn Historical Society (Clinton & Pierrepont) today through Sunday. I stopped by to see the working girls last night.
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#13
December 9, 2011 8:57 AM - BoerumHillScott
I'll try to stop by the Crafts Fair on Sunday, since it is across the street from my church.
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#14
December 9, 2011 8:59 AM - CGar
Kittens. Blech.
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#15
December 9, 2011 9:01 AM - dibs
"Manhattan and Brooklyn remain the areas with the country’s highest cost of living, and Queens ranks fifth, as Greater New York continues to top the Council for Community and Economic Research’s quarterly index."

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/12/08/manhattan-brooklyn-and-queens-tops-in-cost-of-living/?mod=WSJBlog
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#16
December 9, 2011 9:03 AM - Slopefarm
OK, dibs, I will stay out of the political and policy fray and let you republicans explain to us dullards why evidence of far lower administrative costs in the UK and Canadian health systems than in US is an argument for less government involvement in health care.

Some cat photos would be nice. Maybe even a pun.
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#17
December 9, 2011 9:09 AM - lechacal
"I will stay out of the political and policy fray and let you republicans explain to us dullards why evidence of far lower administrative costs in the UK and Canadian health systems than in US is an argument for less government involvement in health care."

yeah dibs you kind of walked into that one....
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#18
December 9, 2011 9:14 AM - dibs
Lower administrative costs speak for themselves. Only a moron can't understand.
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#19
December 9, 2011 9:18 AM - Slopefarm
"Lower administrative costs speak for themselves."

They sure do. Is the Friday RMLC on? Maybe jackal can clue you in on who runs health care in the UK and Canada. I would tell you, but I'm a liberal, so you wouldn't believe it coming from me.
#20
December 9, 2011 9:18 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM. Did someone say kittens!?
#21
December 9, 2011 9:20 AM - Slopefarm
Yes, Kittens!! Right on cue. Very cute, DPark (I don't think I can call you DP anymore after yesterday's thread).
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#22
December 9, 2011 9:20 AM - dibs
They are both publicly funded. The point of the original article was that the costs here in the US WILL GET WORSE with more beauracratic reporting.
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#23
December 9, 2011 9:21 AM - bxgrl
Lovely seeing you, cgar :) I must, however, ask you to refrain from flirting so outrageously with the e-sil. What are these handcuffs she is talking about?

Hope you stop by, BHS. It's a really nice show. But exhausting.

It's free admission, by the way.
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#24
December 9, 2011 9:26 AM - DeLepp
Brooklyn is getting more expensive. Housing is 74% cheaper in Denver. And city keeps asking more for property taxes from coops/condos. If I lived in a 1-3 family in hood my taxes would be comparable to a house in Denver, but since city/state sees me as cash cow it's 3Xs.
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#25
December 9, 2011 9:27 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh crud, I thought the Holiday Sale/Show was next week! DUH! Will try to make it, bxgrl, but a cold is setting in right now. : (
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#26
December 9, 2011 9:28 AM - Arkady
Hope springs eternal.
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#27
December 9, 2011 9:29 AM - Arkady
Whoops! Too small. (But it's really cute.)
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#28
December 9, 2011 9:33 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Equal time for cute puppehs!


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#29
December 9, 2011 9:34 AM - bxgrl
Try the weekend (hope you feel better cobble!)- they have more vendors come in then so both floors of the Historical Society should be full.

Have to run- show opens at 11.

And in the interest of kitties, another picture.
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#30
December 9, 2011 9:35 AM - rf
Bxgrl, I posted about the sale on Tuesday or Wednesday. Just sayin'!
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#31
December 9, 2011 9:35 AM - bxgrl
And world peace ;-)
#32
December 9, 2011 9:36 AM - bxgrl
thanx, RF!! Been too busy and too tired to catch up on most of the OT. Hope you stop by.
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#33
December 9, 2011 9:37 AM - lechacal
OK I'm weak, I just Lol'd a bit at bxgrl's evil cat.
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#34
December 9, 2011 9:38 AM - Slopefarm
"The point of the original article was that the costs here in the US WILL GET WORSE with more beauracratic reporting."

Probably true. I'd be much happier getting the insurance companies out of the business, get everyone under one roof, with one set of forms and claim procedures, and eliminate all the cherry picking, adverse selection and all the administrative effort to comb through files to deny claims and knock people off the rolls. It makes so much more sense from an actuarial perspective.
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#35
December 9, 2011 9:40 AM - rf
DCB, take a look at this article about Bronx Science:
http://nymag.com/news/features/bronx-high-school-of-science-2011-12/

But two assistant principals left Brooklyn Tech this fall to become principals elsewhere, including the High School of Math, Science and Engineering at City College (one of the new schools that admits via the SHSAT test).

I was very disappointed by Chancellor Walcott at the Town Hall meeting I went to last night. Not one word out of his mouth that wasn't the unadulterated party line.
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#36
December 9, 2011 9:41 AM - Slopefarm
Yeah, that does look like a cat you could love, jackal.

Well, if dibs and I keep this health care admin discussion going, I would say we can expect a "panhandle" in 5 ..... 4......3.......
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#37
December 9, 2011 9:44 AM - Arkady
More likely you'll be smacked upside the head w/ the entire frying pan.
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#38
December 9, 2011 9:47 AM - dibs
I enjoy having you stew in my political discussions
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#39
December 9, 2011 9:50 AM - bxgrl
Lech- I think of you everytime I look at the picture. Posted in your honor ;)

Off to the show- have a great day, everyone.
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#40
December 9, 2011 9:50 AM - Deleted
Well, I'm glad to see that Vito Lopez's patronage mill, aka the Bushwick-Ridgewood Senior Citizen's Center (run by his girlfriend with a $350K salary) received an additional grant in "Economic Development" funds from the state.

Yeah, "Il piccolo Mario" is really reforming things around here. Medicaid costs? $50B and rising.
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#41
December 9, 2011 9:51 AM - Slopefarm
Yes, but some people are tagine it a little too seriously.
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#42
December 9, 2011 9:52 AM - Arkady
Just the usual melange.
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#43
December 9, 2011 9:53 AM - dibs
Occupy Wall Street protesters crashed the set of "Law and Order: SVU" in Foley Square overnight, accusing the long-running TV series of exploiting the movement in an OWS-inspired episode scheduled to be filmed in the park.

TV crews had turned Foley Square into a makeshift set resembling Zuccotti Park, setting up tables, tents and signs that bore messages like "Greed No" and "War Profiteers," ahead of a shoot scheduled for Friday.

Protesters got wind of the planned filming and stormed the set at about midnight, chanting and wielding signs of their own.

Video:

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Occupy-Wall-Street-Protest-Law-and-Order-SVU-Set-Foley-Square-135312258.html
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#44
December 9, 2011 9:53 AM - Deleted
Not only was Jon Corzine a liar in front of congress, the man should have taken some time to wash and trim his hair before testifying. He looked like a humanities professor from some 2nd-rate liberal arts college.
#45
December 9, 2011 9:54 AM - Arkady
Nothing to ragu about.
#46
December 9, 2011 9:55 AM - Arkady
Random salamagundi of topics.
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#47
December 9, 2011 9:56 AM - Slopefarm
I was unhappy to see that, too, benson. Also, even though you are a republican, I know you know enough BK history and politics to know that our little neck of the woods is often a "reform" v. "regular" factional battleground within NYC dem politics. Last year for the dem primary, Lopez tried to replace the "reform" wing state committee people with his minions and had the gall to have them present themselves as "reformers." They came to my door canvassing and tried to be coy about their Lopez assocation but I would have none of it. They got a very benson-like verbal thrashing from me on my stoop.
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#48
December 9, 2011 9:59 AM - Arkady
Salmi from thrashing!
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#49
December 9, 2011 10:03 AM - CGar
Maine most definitely has a panhandle. Arguably 3 panhandles.
#50
December 9, 2011 10:08 AM - CGar
A. Am I the only one detecting an unusual amount of sarcasm in Slopey's posts today?

2. Slopey, I couldn't agree more with your 9:38 post about the insurance companies, so much so that it's worth re-posting:

Probably true. I'd be much happier getting the insurance companies out of the business, get everyone under one roof, with one set of forms and claim procedures, and eliminate all the cherry picking, adverse selection and all the administrative effort to comb through files to deny claims and knock people off the rolls."
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#51
December 9, 2011 10:08 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Massachusetts has a panhandle, suitable for hanging from a pot rack!
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#52
December 9, 2011 10:10 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Slopey is a voice of reason.
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#53
December 9, 2011 10:12 AM - lechacal
"Slopey is a voice of reason."

No, he's just providing the obvious response to DIBS, who really set himself up for it. I'm too focused on other things to provide a conservative defense.
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#54
December 9, 2011 10:14 AM - Arkady
lech is a voice of razin'.
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#55
December 9, 2011 10:14 AM - dibs
Massachusetts DOES NOT have a panhandle. that's a Cape. That said, is it still a cape if they dug a canal that separates it from the mainland, which they did during the WPA.
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#56
December 9, 2011 10:15 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Doesn't detract from the truth inherent in his statement, lech.
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#57
December 9, 2011 10:15 AM - BoerumHillScott
I think some of you are confusing peninsula with panhandle
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#58
December 9, 2011 10:16 AM - Slopefarm
A. Maybe. But that's not sarcasm @9:56 to benson. I actually think he might appreciate my comments.

2. Thanks.

(iii) Have we covered NJ yet? Cape May, if you squint hard enough, sort of looks like, you know . . .

FOURTH I responded to your email yesterday.

P.S. Sorry if I borrowed your format. I just had new doc management software installed at SSCJ&L, and I'm testing out templates.



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#59
December 9, 2011 10:17 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
By CGar's apparent standards, the term panhandle seems to be being used somewhat liberally! If North Dakota has a panhandle, which CGar says he believes it does (I do not agree), then the Cape can be a panhandle, too, jackass!
Edited at December 9, 2011 10:18 AM
#60
December 9, 2011 10:18 AM - BoerumHillScott
DIBS, it is my understanding that canals or even rivers separating 2 large landmasses do not turn one of them into an island.

Otherwise, much of the country would be considered an island.
I'm not sure what the size cut off or ratio of river/canal width to land width is make the distinction.
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#61
December 9, 2011 10:19 AM - dibs
Cobble, who made CGar the arbiter of what is and isn't a panhadle????? Since I'm a resident up there I get to decide.
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#62
December 9, 2011 10:20 AM - Arkady
Florida has & is a panhandle.
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#63
December 9, 2011 10:21 AM - CGar
Anything I can pick up has a panhandle as far as I'm concerned. Though my list of panhandle states is not yet complete, I have, thus far, only ruled out Wyoming and Colorado. Any of you who don't like my criteria can STFU.
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#64
December 9, 2011 10:21 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
" Since I'm a resident up there I get to decide."

I was born in Massachusetts, I believe that trumps your residency! : P
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#65
December 9, 2011 10:22 AM - Slopefarm
really? You guys are getting serious about debating this panhandle thing? Why not just reopen the question of the airspeed velocity of a coconut-laden sparrow?
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#66
December 9, 2011 10:22 AM - BoerumHillScott
But you are also a Democrat, so your vote does not count.
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#67
December 9, 2011 10:23 AM - CGar
Sloppy, I got your reply, thanks, but haven't yet had a chance to sur-reply, for the reasons that we discussed, plus which I've been sick and passing out on the sofa by 8:00 every night this week.
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#68
December 9, 2011 10:23 AM - dibs
I pay taxes there. Screw your birthright.
#69
December 9, 2011 10:23 AM - BoerumHillScott
Slopy, African or European?
#70
December 9, 2011 10:23 AM - DeLepp
I wouldn't hold up the canadian or UK system of healthcare as a panacea to our problems. Many americans are spoiled with their choices with healthcare here. With lots of choice/timleiness there will be inefficencies. I don't think free healthcare will promote personal responsibility about people's habits either.
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#71
December 9, 2011 10:23 AM - Arkady
Britain is 2 islands. Manhattan is an island. Australia is a continent. Baja California is a peninsula (paene insula - almost an island.)
Edited at December 9, 2011 10:23 AM
#72
December 9, 2011 10:23 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"who made CGar the arbiter of what is and isn't a panhadle?"

I have no idea...but he seems to have started this game, so I'm saying he makes the rules!
Edited at December 9, 2011 10:23 AM
#73
December 9, 2011 10:24 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Madagascar is a two-fer, it is an island, and I believe it has a panhandle as well. : P
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#74
December 9, 2011 10:25 AM - Slopefarm
"Slopy, African or European?"

You ask the right question, scott. Actually, I've been to the very spot where that discussion was initially held.

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#75
December 9, 2011 10:25 AM - CGar
I am only an arbiter of what I consider to have a panhandle. Next week, I'll move on fully to countries with panhandles.
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#76
December 9, 2011 10:26 AM - CGar
And in an effort to annoy *rob*, I'm going to see how many of my things I can rename with the prefix "C-".
#77
December 9, 2011 10:27 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"I pay taxes there. Screw your birthright."

I have many generations and a bizillion ancestors buried there. Screw your taxes! : P
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#80
December 9, 2011 10:27 AM - CGar
Slopey, as for my lettering/numbering convention, to give credit where it's due, it's actually Paul Reiser's (aka Paul Buchmann's) format from "Mad About You".
#78
December 9, 2011 10:27 AM - Slopefarm
DeLepp -- not to open this whole thing up, but I think there are many ways to structure a system to minimize those problems and make the tradeoffs worthwhile. I do think the administrative costs would be far lower.
#79
December 9, 2011 10:29 AM - dibs
My license plate and drivers license say MA. Screw your rotting, decaying buried ancestors. :P
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#83
December 9, 2011 10:29 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Here, I'll help!

CGar
CDog
CCar
CTent
CApt
CKeys
CWallet
CMetrocard
CBooks
CPapers
CGroceries...

I could go on.... : P

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#81
December 9, 2011 10:29 AM - Arkady
Taxes & Massachusetts have a long-standing relationship vis a vis what constitutes a voice.
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#82
December 9, 2011 10:30 AM - DeLepp
slope, no doubt there can be quite a bit realized in savings, but I don't think the swamp has the stomach to explain to the public any of the tradeoffs without it becomming a 3000 page document.
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#84
December 9, 2011 10:30 AM - Arkady
C-bar
C-beer
C-drink
C-cab
C-bus (no, scratch that.)
#85
December 9, 2011 10:31 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Screw your rotting, decaying buried ancestors. :P"

Ooh, that's a little HARSH! : P
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#86
December 9, 2011 10:31 AM - CGar
"Why not just reopen the question of the airspeed velocity of a coconut-laden sparrow?"

OK, this really made me laugh.
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#87
December 9, 2011 10:33 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CPassport
CToy Car Collection
CSister
CBrother
CShoes
CHangover (snort...couldn't help myself...SORRY!)

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#88
December 9, 2011 10:34 AM - dibs
CDitmas Park trash
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#89
December 9, 2011 10:34 AM - Slopefarm
Agreed, delepp.
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#90
December 9, 2011 10:35 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Taxes & Massachusetts have a long-standing relationship vis a vis what constitutes a voice."

Oh you shush, Arkady! Don't help him!!
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#91
December 9, 2011 10:35 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CBedstuy ghetto trash!
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#92
December 9, 2011 10:36 AM - ij
Ctext from the Cphone
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#93
December 9, 2011 10:36 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
OMG, this is cracking me up!
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#94
December 9, 2011 10:39 AM - DeLepp
"Screw your rotting, decaying buried ancestors. :P"

Would that be "Walking Wasps" or "Wasps r Walking" And would one grunt mean blood, booze or the definition of "yar".

Ref:Walking dead.
#95
December 9, 2011 10:40 AM - CGar
"I don't think free healthcare will promote personal responsibility about people's habits either."

Says the lush whose avatar is a martini!!!!!
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#96
December 9, 2011 10:40 AM - dibs
OK...leaving for the dentist shortly.
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#97
December 9, 2011 10:40 AM - CGar
CFood
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#98
December 9, 2011 10:40 AM - Arkady
CHiller - I was advocating for your side: real citizens of MA have refused to pay taxes for hundreds of years so tax paying is not a criterion.
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#99
December 9, 2011 10:42 AM - CGar
CBed
Edited at December 9, 2011 10:42 AM
December 9, 2011 10:42 AM - lechacal
I pay taxes in Massachusetts, though much less than DIBS I would imagine. The taxes on my property are about $650 per year.

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December 9, 2011 10:42 AM - dibs
CTown
Edited at December 9, 2011 10:42 AM
December 9, 2011 10:43 AM - dibs
My taxes aren't that bad actually...about $5,000

The town assesses an asinine tax on the personal property inside the house...about $17.00 on what I told them was the value (LOL)
Edited at December 9, 2011 10:44 AM
December 9, 2011 10:43 AM - DeLepp
martinis are medicinal
Edited at December 9, 2011 10:43 AM
December 9, 2011 10:45 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
So then my ancestors (and living relatives) have paid WAY more in taxes than you! YAY! I win! : P
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December 9, 2011 10:46 AM - dibs
So then my ancestors (and living relatives) have paid WAY more in taxes than you! YAY! I win! : P

Democratic thinking at its finest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Edited at December 9, 2011 10:46 AM
December 9, 2011 10:46 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CChina Cabinet
CVideo collection
CSofa
CCuisinart
December 9, 2011 10:47 AM - ij
CDate with a CHottie, ending in a CKiss
December 9, 2011 10:47 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ah, thanks for clarifying, Arkady!
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December 9, 2011 10:48 AM - lechacal
Thanksgiving weekend on the land...


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December 9, 2011 10:51 AM - CGar
Massive rationalization, Mr. Gobel.
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December 9, 2011 10:52 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CParking Garage
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December 9, 2011 10:53 AM - Deleted
that looks like a nice place to bury someone
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December 9, 2011 10:53 AM - Slopefarm
CCSenor
Cnoevilhearnoevilspeaknoevil
CCRider,
Cwhatyoudonedone

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December 9, 2011 10:54 AM - Arkady
C-Through
C-Rations
C-Si
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December 9, 2011 10:54 AM - CGar
CBird
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December 9, 2011 10:54 AM - ij
CGuitar solo at a CConcert
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December 9, 2011 10:54 AM - Arkady
Jinx, Slopes!
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December 9, 2011 10:55 AM - CGar
CMonster
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December 9, 2011 10:55 AM - CGar
CPort
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December 9, 2011 10:57 AM - CGar
DH, for you . . .

CWeed
December 9, 2011 10:57 AM - Arkady
C-here!
C no evil.
C-note.
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December 9, 2011 10:58 AM - ij
CSandwich in the PLUSA fridge
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December 9, 2011 10:59 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cscape
CBoard
CWorthy
CShore
CLegs
CShells
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December 9, 2011 11:00 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CManship
CSick
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December 9, 2011 11:00 AM - Slopefarm
Cvousplait
(Tappan)CBridge
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December 9, 2011 11:01 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CFarer
CHorse
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December 9, 2011 11:01 AM - Arkady
Czure.
December 9, 2011 11:01 AM - CGar
CMen

(Sorry, couldn't resist)
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December 9, 2011 11:01 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CGull
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December 9, 2011 11:02 AM - Arkady
C-my friend.
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December 9, 2011 11:02 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
C'est CBon!
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December 9, 2011 11:02 AM - Arkady
C-thing.
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December 9, 2011 11:02 AM - Slopefarm
Cnofthecrime

December 9, 2011 11:03 AM - Arkady
Ciege.
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December 9, 2011 11:03 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CThing
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December 9, 2011 11:03 AM - Slopefarm
CLing
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December 9, 2011 11:03 AM - Arkady
Ceat.
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December 9, 2011 11:04 AM - Arkady
Cilly
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December 9, 2011 11:04 AM - CGar
Anyone want a CBreeze at Montero's later?
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December 9, 2011 11:04 AM - Arkady
nonCents.
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December 9, 2011 11:04 AM - petebklyn
It sounds to me that dibs opening quote is a call for socialized medicine if ever I heard one.
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December 9, 2011 11:05 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CSaw
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December 9, 2011 11:05 AM - petebklyn
how about cex on the beach?
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December 9, 2011 11:05 AM - Arkady
Csons.
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December 9, 2011 11:06 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CSium
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December 9, 2011 11:07 AM - Slopefarm
"Ceat."

You are missing the point a bit, arkady. That would be pronounced See--eat. If you want it to sound like "seat" you would spell it Ct. Ciege should really be spelled Cge.

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December 9, 2011 11:07 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CsFire
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December 9, 2011 11:07 AM - Arkady
Ceek!
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December 9, 2011 11:08 AM - Arkady
Slopey - You're right about Ceat but I was afraid no one would get Cge
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December 9, 2011 11:09 AM - Slopefarm
"how about cex on the beach?"

Well that would be Csex, at least when the tide rolled in.
December 9, 2011 11:09 AM - Arkady
Cease! (That's for rob.)
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December 9, 2011 11:09 AM - CGar
Cthrough
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December 9, 2011 11:10 AM - Arkady
Czer.
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December 9, 2011 11:10 AM - CGar
CMe
CMy
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December 9, 2011 11:10 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cme
December 9, 2011 11:10 AM - Arkady
I already did that, CGeee.
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December 9, 2011 11:11 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
JINX, CGar!
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December 9, 2011 11:11 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Clenium
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December 9, 2011 11:12 AM - Arkady
unCmly.
December 9, 2011 11:13 AM - Arkady
Cp
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December 9, 2011 11:13 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cder

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December 9, 2011 11:14 AM - CGar
Ceedling
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December 9, 2011 11:14 AM - Arkady
Cpal.
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December 9, 2011 11:15 AM - Arkady
According to Slopey, it should be Cdling.
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December 9, 2011 11:15 AM - CGar
I C it's retard hour in the OT.

*rob*
December 9, 2011 11:15 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CViche
Cramic

(Ok, these two are CDebatable.)
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December 9, 2011 11:16 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cquester
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December 9, 2011 11:16 AM - Arkady
C-you & raise you.
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December 9, 2011 11:16 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cdiest
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December 9, 2011 11:16 AM - CGar
CDling
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December 9, 2011 11:17 AM - CGar
^^^Slopey's quite right, Puma.
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December 9, 2011 11:18 AM - Arkady
C-mantics.
December 9, 2011 11:19 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cquoia
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December 9, 2011 11:19 AM - Deleted
CWTF?
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December 9, 2011 11:19 AM - Arkady
Creal.
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December 9, 2011 11:20 AM - Arkady
mao C deng
Lao C
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December 9, 2011 11:21 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cpia
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December 9, 2011 11:21 AM - Arkady
Cdation.
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December 9, 2011 11:23 AM - Arkady
C-vee
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December 9, 2011 11:24 AM - Arkady
Ccret
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December 9, 2011 11:24 AM - Slopefarm
Oy, forget rob. Even I'm getting tired of this.
December 9, 2011 11:25 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ok, let's move on...back to panhandles? : P
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December 9, 2011 11:26 AM - CGar
I will say I'm NOT unhappy it's Friday.
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December 9, 2011 11:27 AM - rf
I was at Target early this morning to buy my gifts for next week's party. Didn't see Snappy.
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December 9, 2011 11:29 AM - Deleted
Every year we receive a list of companies and organizations to whom we cannot sell any high-technology products. The underlying rationale for the list is to identify organizations that are somehow associated with terrorism and/or weapons of mass destruction.

Many of the organizations have "front names" that make them sound OK. Here's one organization listed, however, that believes in "truth-in-advertising":

"The World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders"

Gee, I wonder what their "MIssion Statement" looks like?
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December 9, 2011 11:30 AM - CGar
South Dakota has a panhandle much easier to grab onto than that of its neighbour to the north.
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December 9, 2011 11:32 AM - Deleted
""The World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders""

i bet their holiday party is da bomb
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December 9, 2011 11:37 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oregon sort of has a panhandle, and Idaho definitely has a panhandle.
December 9, 2011 11:37 AM - BoerumHillScott
Think they have an open bar?
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December 9, 2011 11:38 AM - Deleted
Chicks who come in a burkha get free admission to the party.
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December 9, 2011 11:40 AM - Deleted
did you see the eyes on that one benson!! hubba hubba!
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December 9, 2011 11:40 AM - dibs
I got a panhandle you can all grab onto

Back from the dentist. have to get a crown
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December 9, 2011 11:41 AM - CGar
How does one get a job as a crusader?
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December 9, 2011 11:41 AM - dibs
If anyone needs a Brooklyn dentist, this guy has an office on Court St and I like him
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December 9, 2011 11:42 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Did you guys miss this one last night?
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December 9, 2011 11:42 AM - petebklyn
crown or do mean tiara?
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December 9, 2011 11:42 AM - CGar
dave, whom did you see on Court?
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December 9, 2011 11:43 AM - dibs
Crown, bitch.
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December 9, 2011 11:43 AM - Slopefarm
"i bet their holiday party is da bomb"

Now that's funny. Lots of attendance at their holiday party. All the men show up on the promise of meeting 72 virgins. Unfortunately, well, they're not exactly waiting in the ballroom.

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December 9, 2011 11:43 AM - Deleted
wow, just read that Bar Fight Brewing thread over on brownstoner

is CB8 retarded? "wwaaaaaaah we want flower shops and bookstores!!!"
December 9, 2011 11:44 AM - dibs
Dr Steve Wong, 158 Court St. he has an office in manhattan just down the street from us but giving that office up in a few weeks
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December 9, 2011 11:44 AM - Deleted
"Now that's funny. Lots of attendance at their holiday party. All the men show up on the promise of meeting 72 virgins. Unfortunately, well, they're not exactly waiting in the ballroom."

heyyyyooo!

http://instantrimshot.com/classic/?sound=rimshot


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December 9, 2011 11:44 AM - CGar
Do I have to wear a cape if I'm a crusader?
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December 9, 2011 11:46 AM - Arkady
"How does one get a job as a crusader?"
I chador to think...
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December 9, 2011 11:46 AM - CGar
How did I guess he's Asian . . .

Court between Pacific & Amity, dave? I think he's the guy who just moved there from Henry & Atlantic (where BoCoCa Dental just opened).
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December 9, 2011 11:48 AM - dibs
m4l, ordering the garlic pork from Grand Szechuan
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December 9, 2011 11:48 AM - Deleted
I wonder if members of the "The World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders" have to buy their boss a gift for the holidays?
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December 9, 2011 11:49 AM - dibs
Don't know which block. he's been in brooklyn for quite some time I believe

He's not cute


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December 9, 2011 11:49 AM - Deleted
i remember now why i stopped using a french press to make coffee. you go through a TON of coffee very quickly. how often do you guys go through a pound of coffee?
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December 9, 2011 11:49 AM - Slopefarm
"Do I have to wear a cape if I'm a crusader?" -- Apparently, if you did you'd have a panhandle.
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December 9, 2011 11:50 AM - CGar
Speaking of crusaders, my alter ego's creator, Jerry Robinson, died yesterday.

http://www.obitoftheday.com/post/13932613386/jerryrobinson
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December 9, 2011 11:50 AM - dibs
Crusaders come in all forms
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December 9, 2011 11:51 AM - dibs
dh, why would a French press go through more coffee than any other method????
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December 9, 2011 11:52 AM - Arkady
I blend 3 beans out of different bags & mix them in an old coffee can so it's hard to estimate but I think I do about a lb. a week.
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December 9, 2011 11:52 AM - Deleted
seems like you use more coffee. i dunno. i'm starting to develop caffeine withdrawl headache since i have none in the house!!
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December 9, 2011 11:52 AM - dibs
I only make coffee on weekends so no idea. I typically make 6-8 cups then another 4.
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December 9, 2011 11:53 AM - Arkady
Really magnetic personalities, dibs.
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December 9, 2011 11:53 AM - Deleted
ok - pound a week. then i'm on target then. i seem to remember consuming less. i just need to buy cheaper coffee
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December 9, 2011 11:53 AM - Deleted
you still got that cat piss coffee arkady?
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December 9, 2011 11:55 AM - Arkady
dh - If it really is a caffeine-dependent headache, nothing's going to help except caffeine. I had one last year in the hospital & it lingered through all analgesics until I was allowed a cup of coffee. It can be very weak but it had to be caffeine. You might want to wean off a bit. (Although I wouldn't've done so had I not been forced by circumstance.)
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December 9, 2011 11:55 AM - dibs
Brooklyn Fare has my favorite coffee, oftentimes on sale. It's this one
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December 9, 2011 11:56 AM - Arkady
Yes, dibs. Saved some to do over xmas for friends.
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December 9, 2011 11:57 AM - CGar
Touche', your Slopeness!
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December 9, 2011 12:01 PM - Arkady
How much is that, dibs?
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December 9, 2011 12:02 PM - Deleted
yeah arkady, usually if i don't have a cup by noon i start to get a dull lingering headache. goes away once i have some.

i've been drinking way less than i was at the old job, but will be hard to stop completely considering the new job has a fully staffed gratis cafe.
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December 9, 2011 12:04 PM - CGar
Nevada has a panhandle.
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December 9, 2011 12:04 PM - Deleted
speaking of coffee, how awesomely manly is this coffee mug?
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December 9, 2011 12:05 PM - dibs
Can't remember exactly, Arkady but maybe $4-5 on sale, usually $8 maybe.

The great thing about a French press is that you always know that the water is going to be hot enough...at least for the first few cups, and that makes better coffee.
December 9, 2011 12:07 PM - Arkady
The cat piss tastes best made in one of the little mocha express espresso pots. I tried perking, filtering & French press but none was as good. My big, electric espresso maker wasn't as good as the little stove-top one.
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December 9, 2011 12:07 PM - Deleted
damn - only 4-5 bucks?


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December 9, 2011 12:07 PM - dibs
I think the best are La Colombe and Olde City coffee (both originated in Philly)
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December 9, 2011 12:09 PM - Deleted
dibs has obviously never had blue bottle, ninth street espresso or gimmie coffee

la colombe is good though. i'm gonna miss that cafe on lafayette.
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December 9, 2011 12:09 PM - dibs
Arkady, that's how they brew it over there. There are mini brewers like these
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December 9, 2011 12:10 PM - Deleted
blue bottle are fuckin pretentious tho, they won't grind beans you buy in store and a half pound of their stuff is the same price as a pound of other good coffee.
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December 9, 2011 12:10 PM - Deleted
damn, that brewer looks cool
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December 9, 2011 12:11 PM - CGar
DH, I'm guessing there's not much else you'll miss about being in SoHo.

When do you start the new gig anyway?
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December 9, 2011 12:14 PM - dibs
DH, unfortunately they are aluminum and you get a bit of aluminum taste just with your mouth to the cup. But yes, they are cool. They can be bought here. I'll look.
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December 9, 2011 12:14 PM - Deleted
haha - pretty much cgar. i start a week from monday, but i have to go to a work party tonight in the meatpacking district. i was going to bail but the owner insisted i come as he wants to introduce me to some peeps (ugh). so i'll pretty much be standing around awkwardly not drinking.
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December 9, 2011 12:16 PM - dibs
Here they are:

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=vietnamese+coffee+maker&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=4031802761&ref=pd_sl_6pxdd6cgo3_b

They are stainless steel
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December 9, 2011 12:17 PM - CGar
DH, drink!!!!! It's a party. Great way to get to know some of your new colleagues.
December 9, 2011 12:18 PM - CGar
Ugh. I'm having a MAJOR chocolate craving right now . . . what I wouldn't do for a mini Hershey's with almonds.
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December 9, 2011 12:20 PM - Deleted
yeah - people are going to have to drink eventually. invite has the hours as "7pm - 4am" haha.
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December 9, 2011 12:22 PM - CGar
Til 4am? That's my kind of company . . .
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December 9, 2011 12:23 PM - CGar
Or a couple of Perugina's with hazelnuts.
December 9, 2011 12:24 PM - dibs
LOL...a company party that goes until 4 AM is just inviting HR trouble!!!!! Sounds like fun but I can't remember the last time I was up until 4AM...probably the early 90s when I lived in hong Kong
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December 9, 2011 12:25 PM - Deleted
dibs - when i start i will be HR!! haha lmao
December 9, 2011 12:25 PM - dibs
Not to annoy your craving further, CGAr, but how about a Toblerone. Roberta Goldberg introduced me to them in B School
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December 9, 2011 12:29 PM - CGar
Funny, dave! Toblerone with almonds was going to be my next post! I first discovered them when I was a kid skiing at Stratton.
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December 9, 2011 12:29 PM - CGar
Roberta Goldberg? Really? You associate with Jews, do you?
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December 9, 2011 12:30 PM - Deleted
toblerones rule
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December 9, 2011 12:31 PM - dibs
LOL, DH, my partner Martin in Philly has moved to HR as well. You know what I tell him about that...it may be called HR now but it's basically still "personnel"

Remember what Dirty Harry said about personnel....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvG3R-xOMzE
Edited at December 9, 2011 12:31 PM
December 9, 2011 12:36 PM - Deleted
lmao @ personnel is for assholes.

hr can be a pretty sweet gig in larger companies. one of the reasons i took this new gig is there's opportunity to get involved in other stuff besides the annoying accounting stuff i'll still be doing.

okay time to go get coffee. Cyoulater.
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December 9, 2011 12:40 PM - dibs
Yeah, he's already got three international trips planned...London, Brussels and Singapore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All for personnel shit.
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December 9, 2011 12:45 PM - CGar
david, did you see on the news that an American was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison in Thailand for insulting the Thai Royal Family???
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December 9, 2011 12:46 PM - dibs
Yes, CGar. he's part Thai and he wrote some book. They take the King very seriously over there.
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December 9, 2011 12:49 PM - CGar
Ahhh. They left that part out of the story I saw and made it sound like he made a verbal joke at the Royal Family's expense. Made a mental note to watch my tongue (sts) when I go to Thailand . . . which is going to be one of my next big trips.
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December 9, 2011 12:51 PM - dibs
My tongue gets a lot of use in Thailand.
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December 9, 2011 12:54 PM - CGar
Maybe I'll go to Thailand and Vietnam.
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December 9, 2011 12:56 PM - Slopefarm
You tongue-Thai'd, dibs?
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December 9, 2011 12:57 PM - CGar
I'm ready to Thai one on, Slopey. Anyone else want to Taiwan on?
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December 9, 2011 12:59 PM - dibs
I'd rather Bangkok.
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December 9, 2011 1:03 PM - CGar
You're like a bull in a China shop, dave.
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December 9, 2011 1:03 PM - Slopefarm
You know, I started to write up a post, regretting I'd started a southeast Asia punfest with dibs, because we know where all roads lead eventually, but I thought I'd better refresh first in case he beat me to it. I was right, of course, but not quick enough. I should never have started this Laosy punfest. Siam very sorry.
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December 9, 2011 1:05 PM - CGar
All Rhodes lead to Southeast Asia.
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December 9, 2011 1:06 PM - CGar
Phuket, Slopey. Pun away.
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December 9, 2011 1:06 PM - dibs
Hanoi ing as they are, they are here
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December 9, 2011 1:06 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
If anyone needs a Brooklyn dentist, this guy has an office on Court St and I like him

ew! that's like asking if you want a brooklyn hooker :-/ never trust things like dentistry and hookery in the the NYC metropolitan area other than anything but manhattan. yes, yes, everything thinks manhattan is lame, but when it comes to certain things it's 100 fold more professional and better. things like dentristry and prostitution and specialist doctors being some of them. yeah brooklyn outshines manhattan in overpriced moonface shit, but not the other things i mentioned.

ugh, i have more laundry than cobble does today. i have SEVEN loads of laundry. and WHY do i have seven loads of laundry? cuz the damn machines in my building are fucking TINY

*rob*
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:06 PM
December 9, 2011 1:07 PM - CGar
"I was . . . not quick enough."

TWSS.


Edited at December 9, 2011 1:07 PM
December 9, 2011 1:08 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i logged on and saw wow hundreds of comments by 1pm. wtf. 90% is all circle jerking autistic wannabe punfests. it makes it not very appealing to come here.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:08 PM
December 9, 2011 1:11 PM - CGar
By contrast to your posts, *rob*, which draw huge crowds.
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December 9, 2011 1:13 PM - dibs
rob, do you really have a lot of experience with hookers, either Manhattan or Brooklyn?????
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:13 PM
December 9, 2011 1:14 PM - CGar
I'm sure he's been to hookers on the Internet, dave.
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December 9, 2011 1:17 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
how often do you guys go through a pound of coffee?

one perk of living here is that roommate makes coffee every morning. the coffeepot is set to start at 5am everyday. when i wake up (he's already at work normally) there's coffee there. it stays heated until i think 10 or so. there's a note on the wall that says DO NOT UNPLUG COFFEE POT lol. i have this weirdo thing about unplugging coffee pots. one of my grandmother's brother's house burnt down cuz the coffee pot was plugged in

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:17 PM
December 9, 2011 1:18 PM - BoerumHillScott
I never knew a dentist lost all his skills when he crossed the East River.
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December 9, 2011 1:19 PM - dibs
My outdoor Christmas lights here are on a timer, as is the tree but I unplugged the tree for when I'm gone over the weekend.

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December 9, 2011 1:19 PM - ij
If it is unplugged, he would likely have to reprogram the timer.

I was trying to think of a Vietnam pun using "Agent Orange" and ended up reading about the fall of Saigon for the last 20 minutes. Punfests are educational!
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December 9, 2011 1:19 PM - dibs
BHS, you'd be surprised what happens once the East River is crossed. Most japanese restaurants can't seem to carry any Toro.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:19 PM
December 9, 2011 1:19 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
rob, do you really have a lot of experience with hookers, either Manhattan or Brooklyn?????

nope. but i read a lot of novels, autobiographies, and internet posts from hookers. btw. have you ever lived in the white house? if not, then stfu about politics and presidents and the elections since you know, you're not directly involved.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:19 PM
December 9, 2011 1:20 PM - dibs
jester, I've been to the US Embassy in Saigon. last time I was there in 1995, it was still padlocked!!!!
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:20 PM
December 9, 2011 1:21 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
By contrast to your posts, *rob*, which draw huge crowds.

im sure, at least, WAY more lurkers than the typical circle jerking that goes on around here.... and puns

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:21 PM
December 9, 2011 1:24 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I never knew a dentist lost all his skills when he crossed the East River.

such a dumb thing to say. you KNOW it's true. cream of the crop doctors and dentists reside in manhattan. that's not a bad thing, but you have to expect that the lower tier doctors and dentists will be elsewhere. that's just how it is. now yes, brooklyn DOES have the edge on stupid consumer-based moonface garbage ill give you that.


*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:24 PM
December 9, 2011 1:25 PM - CGar
I stand corrected, *rob*. So many lurkers are taking numbers to read your posts that we're going to have to hold a lottery to allot the limited slots available.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:25 PM
December 9, 2011 1:27 PM - dibs
Well, this guy cleans teeth himself and, if I might say, does a great job. you don't get pawned off to some Easter European dental hygeinist.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:27 PM
December 9, 2011 1:30 PM - CGar
"you don't get pawned off to some Easter European dental hygeinist"

My hygienist is a Passover Asian.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:30 PM
December 9, 2011 1:31 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
my dentist used to have wine in the waiting room! but they switched over to coffee. those lame kurig(sp?) machines. no smelly eastern european dental hygientists in there either. i would never let someone like that clean my teeth.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:31 PM
December 9, 2011 1:33 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Well, this guy cleans teeth himself

you mean the dentist!? :-/ sounds like he cant even afford a hygientist in his office and also sounds like he has no demand if he's cleaning teeth. again, i rest my case when it comes to manhattan versus brooklyn dentists and healthcare..

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:33 PM
December 9, 2011 1:35 PM - BoerumHillScott
I would tend to agree that the best are in Manhattan, but that how many people here go to the best doctor, dentist, or prostitute?
Also, how do you judge people like Dave's dentist, who have offices in both?

Personally, I go to a dentist in Brooklyn (on President @ 4th) who seems quite competent to do anything I would need done.
My son goes to an orthodontist in the Williamsburg Bank building, who once again seems quite competent.

On the other hand, when my son went through eye therapy last year for his dyslexia, we did go to a doctor in Manhattan after talking to a few in Brooklyn who did not seem as good.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:35 PM
December 9, 2011 1:38 PM - dibs
MY MD, dermatologist and eye doctor are all in Manhattan. I picked this dentist because of proximity to my office and was hoping he was cute, which he is not. i am very happy with him.

I LEFT my previous Manhattan dentist because he did a SHIT job on the porcelain filling which i later found out was not porcelain. He's a crook. Dr Woods.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:38 PM
December 9, 2011 1:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Personally, I go to a dentist in Brooklyn (on President @ 4th) who seems quite competent to do anything I would need done.

omg i pass that office everyday. it's gross in there. not like dirty gross, but it looks more like an abortion clinic really. and the admin people in there look like idiots.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:40 PM
December 9, 2011 1:41 PM - dibs
I wonder what rob's office looks like
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:41 PM
December 9, 2011 1:44 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I LEFT my previous Manhattan dentist because he did a SHIT job on the porcelain filling which i later found out was not porcelain. He's a crook.

they are all crooks. you have to do your research. they tried to pressure me a few times about things but i stood my ground and was like um, no, and they eventially dropped the topic. they weren't pushing for mad expensive implants or anything, but im supposed to get a crown on one of my molars, and honestly, i do not need the last part of the actual crown.. the procedure up until that was fine and has lasted me years. even with insurance this last part would cost well over 500 dollars and im like um sorry no. it's retarded to pay so much money for one tooth in the back of your mouth, especially if you dont kiss people or have oral sex why does it matter?

*rob*

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December 9, 2011 1:46 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
dave, i bet you would think my dentist is cute. he's hispanic in his late 20s or early 30s.. probably early 30s by now. i just remember being weirded out my dentist was younger than i was hahhha.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:46 PM
December 9, 2011 1:46 PM - Deleted
robs dentist office is actually really nice. it's next to a lampshade store
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:46 PM
December 9, 2011 1:46 PM - Slopefarm
"quote:
how often do you guys go through a pound of coffee?"

Rob: "one perk of living here is that roommate makes coffee every morning."

OK, you have lost your privilege of complaining about punfests. Pot-kettle.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:46 PM
December 9, 2011 1:46 PM - BoerumHillScott
The dentists I went to in LA was more upscale, and I hated it.
I knew I could not go in for a cleaning without him finding a couple thousand dollars worth of work to be done, and that was before the hard sell for the whiteners, straighteners, special toothbrushes, and other add-ons came out.

I know my teeth had problems, but I could never tell which ones were real and which were because he needed more money.
He did have a stylish office, all the latest gadgets, and a super hot staff.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:46 PM
December 9, 2011 1:47 PM - dibs
What do crowns have to do with oral sex?????
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:47 PM
December 9, 2011 1:47 PM - BoerumHillScott
And by staff, I mean the female admin and hygienists, you sickos.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:47 PM
December 9, 2011 1:48 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
tho when i had an emergency visit a few months ago he wasnt there and another dentist worked on me. he was actually kinda mean and i wasnt 100% impressed by him. he seemed annoyed the entire time and he insisted on shaking my hand. wtf? i do not shake anyones hands who work in healthcare. gack.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:48 PM
December 9, 2011 1:48 PM - CGar
"What do crowns have to do with oral sex?????"

Did you not see *rob*'s snaggletooth after he bit into a roll of quarters???
December 9, 2011 1:48 PM - CGar
"What do crowns have to do with oral sex?????"

Did you not see *rob*'s snaggletooth after he bit into a roll of quarters???
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:48 PM
December 9, 2011 1:48 PM - dibs
Useless, overpriced gifts for Christmas...

www.shophorne.com
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:48 PM
December 9, 2011 1:49 PM - ij
I was last at a dentist's in 1998, I believe.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:49 PM
December 9, 2011 1:50 PM - dibs
Note to self: No matter how drunk jester gets, don't let him kiss me.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:50 PM
December 9, 2011 1:50 PM - CGar
Scott, why did you post a Forum topic in Russian???
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:50 PM
December 9, 2011 1:51 PM - BoerumHillScott
I have not had a routine medical exam since 2003.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:51 PM
December 9, 2011 1:51 PM - Deleted
damn! 1998!
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:51 PM
December 9, 2011 1:51 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
robs dentist office is actually really nice. it's next to a lampshade store

a HIGH END lampshade store, bitch! lol
and dibs, my office is pretty nice. it's a soho loft and all the architectural details are there (if you can refer to lofts like that). most of the other offices in my building went all modern and high end, but they have drop ceilings and shit. wtf?

my view out the window is across the street to another loft where a bunch of beanpole homos dance in leotards all day (seriously)


*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:51 PM
December 9, 2011 1:51 PM - dibs
Scott, how old are you?? Did you get a full cardio workup ever????
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:51 PM
December 9, 2011 1:52 PM - BoerumHillScott
Damn russian spammers.
For a while they were posting every night, and I would delete every morning.
They stopped a month or so ago, but I guess a new group found us.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:52 PM
December 9, 2011 1:53 PM - Deleted
someone ask kens if there is a special russian repellant or something we can use
December 9, 2011 1:53 PM - BoerumHillScott
I'm 38.
I had some cardio tests in 1997 or so when I had chest pains that ended up just being heartburn.
I know I am putting my life at risk, but I really dislike doctor visits.
I've been promising myself and my family for the last 3 years that I will make an appointment, but have not gotten around to it yet.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:53 PM
December 9, 2011 1:54 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
slopey, that coffee pun was seriously NOT intentional. gross. i hope im subconsciously learning how to pun just cuz of this board :-/

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:54 PM
December 9, 2011 1:54 PM - CGar
"Note to self: No matter how drunk jester gets, don't let him kiss me."

I literally laughed very loud out load to this post, dave.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:54 PM
December 9, 2011 1:54 PM - CGar
Blame Kens.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:54 PM
December 9, 2011 1:56 PM - CGar
Jinx, DH!
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:56 PM
December 9, 2011 1:57 PM - ij
As did I. Who can hate Dave? Dave rules.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:57 PM
December 9, 2011 1:58 PM - dibs
I detect sarcasm there, Jester.
Edited at December 9, 2011 1:58 PM
December 9, 2011 1:59 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I was last at a dentist's in 1998, I believe.

chile... that aint good. i didnt go to a dentist for like MANY years prior to 2003 or so and they were DAYUM... you might not have toothaches or even cavities, but plaque and tarter builds up and if you get a cleaning (they are going to take FOREVER if it's really been that long) youll walk out of there feeling you have brand new teeth. honest IJ, that is a LONG time. of course if you take care of your teeth perfectly i guess one doesnt really have to go...

ooooh you know, maybe i take it back about manhattan versus brooklyn! my dogs vets in manhattan SUCKED and even said he needed a root canal. um okay whaaaaa? the vet he has no in brooklyn is f'ing amazing and they were like he definitely does NOT need any kind of root canal. they are on 5th avenue in park slope, maybe 6th or 7th street, forgot the name, but i highly recommend them.

but when it comes to my own body, i would still go the manhattan route.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 1:59 PM
December 9, 2011 2:02 PM - dibs
You don't give dogs root canals for god's sake. you just pull the tooth.

My Akita needed a liver transplant after years on epilepsy meds. I had him put down.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:02 PM
December 9, 2011 2:03 PM - dibs
but when it comes to my own body, i would still go the manhattan route.

*rob*


Because, as we all know, it is a temple and the repository for only the finest bodega offerings
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:03 PM
December 9, 2011 2:04 PM - Arkady
My dds in Bklyn is terrific - 6th Av @ 9th St. I go to an oral surgeon in town because he took care of me in the hospital. My eye guy is in Manhattan as is my gyn. My g.p. is in Ft. Greene. Dermo in the Heights. I've found decent practitioners in Bklyn but for specialists I go into town - mainly affiliated w/ NYU.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:04 PM
December 9, 2011 2:05 PM - CGar
"for specialists I go into town"

I go into the City. What town do you go to?
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:05 PM
December 9, 2011 2:06 PM - dibs
Hey my Jewish bretheren, when are the Hanukkah (sp?) holidays this year???
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:06 PM
December 9, 2011 2:07 PM - Arkady
Starts the 21st.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:07 PM
December 9, 2011 2:08 PM - dibs
"for specialists I go into town"

You've painted up your lips and rolled and curled your tinted hair
Ruby are you contemplating going out somewhere?
The shadow on the wall tells me the sun is going down
Oh Ruby, don't take your love to town


Edited at December 9, 2011 2:08 PM
December 9, 2011 2:08 PM - CGar
Well-spelled, dave. Or Chanukah. First night is Tuesday, 12/20. The Jewlidays overlap with Christmas this year. Speaking of, it's time to make latkes and apple sauce.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:08 PM
December 9, 2011 2:09 PM - dibs
How long will the lawyers be unavailable???
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:08 PM
December 9, 2011 2:10 PM - Slopefarm
YEs, evening of Tues. 12/20. I highly recommend "whenis.com" Just google when is [name of holiday] and it's got you covered for any holiday for decades.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:10 PM
December 9, 2011 2:11 PM - CGar
For Hanukkah? Not at all. A very unimportant Jewliday, which was elevated - by the National Association of Retailers, no doubt - only so the Christmas-deprived Jews would have a holiday of their own.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:11 PM
December 9, 2011 2:12 PM - CGar
Every Jewliday starts at sundown the night before the first day of. We're a very confused people. Comes from wandering aimlessly in the desert.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:12 PM
December 9, 2011 2:12 PM - Slopefarm
"How long will the lawyers be unavailable???"

Not a major holiday in the sense of requiring a day off. RH, YK and Passover are the ones you goyische clients need to plan around.

Edited at December 9, 2011 2:12 PM
December 9, 2011 2:12 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Because, as we all know, it is a temple and the repository for only the finest bodega offerings

ew i *never* said my body is a temple, and in fact, the quicker i expire, the BETTER. im just saying that if i broke and arm or lost sanity or something i would go to a doctor in manhattan versus brooklyn!

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 2:12 PM
December 9, 2011 2:14 PM - CGar
"if i . . . lost sanity"

Lost? Really, *rob*?

:-)
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:14 PM
December 9, 2011 2:15 PM - dibs
CGAr, it must be doubly hard for you being both jewish and an elf.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:15 PM
December 9, 2011 2:16 PM - CGar
All I can say, dave, is that I'm relieved I get a 6-week break before St. Patrick's Day.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:16 PM
December 9, 2011 2:17 PM - Arkady
12th Night (5th of Jan) is actually on the 11th day for the same kind of reason - it's the eve of 12th day (6th)
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:17 PM
December 9, 2011 2:18 PM - dibs
Arkady, my tree will stay up until Jan 8
December 9, 2011 2:19 PM - dibs
Maybe even the 15th!!!!!
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:19 PM
December 9, 2011 2:20 PM - dibs
Arkady, be a good little girl and run over to see if Oshima has reopened yet, will you.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:20 PM
December 9, 2011 2:21 PM - CGar
I'm CTree-deprived.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:21 PM
December 9, 2011 2:22 PM - dibs
15% of ALL orders and free shipping at LL Bean today.
December 9, 2011 2:22 PM - dibs
Probably 20% off next week.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:22 PM
December 9, 2011 2:24 PM - CGar
I have to order blades for my Rival Stripper and expedite shipping.
December 9, 2011 2:24 PM - dibs
There was an LL Bean ad on TV last night featuring the American hand made quality of their boots (they are the best boots in the world). I was ribbing Xing that they were the best because they ARE NOT MADE IN CHINA (yes, I did YELL that to him).

Turns out that they are not available for shipping until February. Can't they add more workers up there i n Maine???????
December 9, 2011 2:29 PM - Deleted
Here's an interesting story that ties into the discussion a few days ago about household budgets:

Living on $50K per year

http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/07/9282101-we-are-the-median-carefully-budgeting-for-food-health-care-costs
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:29 PM
December 9, 2011 2:29 PM - CGar
The duck boats, dave?
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:29 PM
December 9, 2011 2:30 PM - Deleted
I thin Rob may have a cow, however, when he reads this part:

"We’re pretty lucky in (that) we’re able to cover our necessities, and if there’s something we couldn’t get we’re pretty fortunate that we can go to our families,” Jamie said."


Edited at December 9, 2011 2:30 PM
December 9, 2011 2:32 PM - dibs
Benson, I think many people can and should be able to live quite comfortably in many places throughout the US on $50,000. it all depends upon where you are for the most part and what your rent is. Most retirees live on $50,000 or less and many of them quite well. Granted, they have paid for their houses.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:32 PM
December 9, 2011 2:34 PM - Deleted
DIBS;

Agree. In NYC, however, $50K will probably only provide for a threadbare standard of living.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:34 PM
December 9, 2011 2:35 PM - dibs
All forms of these boots, for men. Women's seem available.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:35 PM
December 9, 2011 2:36 PM - dibs
benson, those stories are run by liberals that have a lot of money so they can still feel good about themselves
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:36 PM
December 9, 2011 2:39 PM - dibs
WOW, dh, Martha Stewart is 70!!!! that's not a MILF but a GILF.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:39 PM
December 9, 2011 2:40 PM - CGar
I have those Bean boots. They were standard issue in Prep School.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:40 PM
December 9, 2011 2:42 PM - dibs
This is what Arkady wore in prep school.....
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:42 PM
December 9, 2011 2:42 PM - Deleted
DIBS;

Next time Rf tries to give you $hit about Paladino, refer her to this editorial:

http://www.nysun.com/editorials/paladinos-point/87597/

You know, come to think of it, I need to talk to Rf myself about the ground rules for future political debates. I wonder if, by her rueles, I need to also account for the sins of the Roman Empire. I think my Italian ancestry makes it so.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:42 PM
December 9, 2011 2:42 PM - CGar
^^^ God'll get you for that, Walter.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:42 PM
December 9, 2011 2:45 PM - dibs
I know. I suspect she won't let me know if oshima reopens
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:45 PM
December 9, 2011 2:51 PM - BoerumHillScott
When we bought our first house, I was making around $34K a year and Wendy was still in College.
This was 1996 in suburban Birmingham.
The next few years were pretty tough on us, and looking back we should have rented a few more years.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:51 PM
December 9, 2011 2:56 PM - sixyearsandcounting
http://ditmasparkblog.com/community-event/steamy-dance-night-at-the-russian-baths

I think that's Biff in front with the Asian girl. Surprised not to see Kens though.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:56 PM
December 9, 2011 2:57 PM - dibs
^^^^My idea of hell.
Edited at December 9, 2011 2:57 PM
December 9, 2011 2:59 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
HOLY SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT! (i swear on EVERYTHING i am not making this up.)

just was at associated supermarket on 5th avenue, guy behind me has a bottle of water and asked if he could pay for it quickly in front of me. i was like sure. then balloons fell from the ceiling, a loud siren and like 30 people out of no where circled around with cameras and some woman brought out a giant check for 50,000 dollars. i thought i was going to shit my pants and i was like wtf i let him in front of me and had a total hissyfit! then they said it was a joke and it's for a commercial for a bank. they took my info down and said they will call me if they use it in the commercial and gave me FIFTY BUCKS IN CASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that ws most the fucked up thing that has ever happened to me (well until it was a joke). awesome


*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 2:59 PM
December 9, 2011 3:01 PM - dibs
Cruel joke to play on someone. i would boycot the bank.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:01 PM
December 9, 2011 3:02 PM - BoerumHillScott
That's pretty fucked up.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:02 PM
December 9, 2011 3:03 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i didnt ask what bank it was. cruel yeah im not sure how my day would have been right now had it not been a joke and it was real. 50 dollars tho, you have no idea. i was in housing works just before the supermarket grumbling under my breath at how much the raised the prices for things. they had boxed sets of the golden girls on dvd for seasons 1 - 4 but i was like not paying that much.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 3:03 PM
December 9, 2011 3:06 PM - dibs
they had boxed sets of the golden girls on dvd for seasons 1 - 4 but i was like not paying that much.

*rob*

GOTD
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:06 PM
December 9, 2011 3:08 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
okay im having panic attack symptoms right now even tho there is nothing to panic about. that incident seriously shook me up.

*rob*

December 9, 2011 3:10 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Agree. In NYC, however, $50K will probably only provide for a threadbare standard of living.

i make way less and seem to eek by okay. well. im broke half the time, but still.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 3:10 PM
December 9, 2011 3:15 PM - Deleted
*Rob*

You need an agent to negotiate on your behalf. Renegotiate! Demand royalties!
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:15 PM
December 9, 2011 3:18 PM - dibs
benson, step back.

I handle all of rob's financial affairs.

If there are any royalties I'll be getting the 10%
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:19 PM
December 9, 2011 3:18 PM - Deleted
50k is an okay amount to live on in NYC if you're able to find stable housing for 1k a month
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:18 PM
December 9, 2011 3:23 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"50k is an okay amount to live on in NYC if you're able to find stable housing for 1k a month"

and if you don't have kids, you'll be doing just fine
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:23 PM
December 9, 2011 3:23 PM - BoerumHillScott
On big advantage NYC has is no need for car expenses.
With cars, the monthly expenses are bad enough, but the worst part is the random repair needs, combined with the scramble to find alternate transportation.

It still does not make up for the housing costs for most cities, but can make things a bit better than Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay area (outside of SF itself)
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:23 PM
December 9, 2011 3:23 PM - Deleted
"50k is an okay amount to live on in NYC if you're able to find stable housing for 1k a month"

That's the key: housing. The old rule of thumb was that you should spend 25% of your salary on housing, which comes to roughly $1K/month. If you're this couple with a kid, you'd want a 2-bedroom. Can you get a 2 bedroom in a decent area for $1K/month?
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:23 PM
December 9, 2011 3:24 PM - Deleted
The biggest problem a lot of my friends had right after college graduation living in NYC was racking up massive credit card debt. It's way too easy to live beyond ones means nowadays, and the liberating feeling of graduating college and starting a job can be dangerous.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:24 PM
December 9, 2011 3:25 PM - dibs
Catching an earlier train today...headed to Penn Station now.

rob, don't sign anything in my absence. benson's not here to look out for your well-being. You know those Italians (pronounced with the long i)


Edited at December 9, 2011 3:25 PM
December 9, 2011 3:26 PM - Deleted
Rob;

What has DIBS done for you lately? I'm your man!
December 9, 2011 3:27 PM - Deleted
Benson. They could probably get a 2 bedroom in a decent, not trendy area for not much more than 1000 bux. Lots of people aren't willing to compromise with housing though, and I can't really blame some people.

Luckily when I graduated and was making 50kish rents weren't that high.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:27 PM
December 9, 2011 3:28 PM - Arkady
Just looked, dibs. Still closed.
Those aren't the shoes I wore in school: those were put on only for special occasions for kicking the crap out of wiseacres.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:28 PM
December 9, 2011 3:28 PM - Deleted
I'm approaching my decade NYC anniversary. How long does one have to live here before they aren't considered a transplant anymore?
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:28 PM
December 9, 2011 3:29 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"Luckily when I graduated and was making 50kish rents weren't that high."

The Rent is 2 Damn High!
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:29 PM
December 9, 2011 3:30 PM - Deleted
Amen six!
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:30 PM
December 9, 2011 3:31 PM - lechacal
Mark Zuckerberg's dad is my dentist.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:31 PM
December 9, 2011 3:33 PM - Deleted
DH;

I think the problem comes down to schools. As you say, there are a bunch of affordable areas, but when you've got kids, you've got to consider the schools too. I don't envy the choice that young couples face these days.

Of course, per Brownstoner, it's certainly worth getting in way over your head to live in dreamy PLG.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:33 PM
December 9, 2011 3:38 PM - sixyearsandcounting
These days the school system is a lot more flexible in terms of school choice. I know a couple in Carroll Gardens whose son goes to a great program in an elementary school in Bensonhurst. Of course playing the admissions game takes a lot of time and research and not all parents are that savvy.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:38 PM
December 9, 2011 3:39 PM - Deleted
True Benson. Hahahaha.

I'm not going to opine on where parents choose to live and send their kids to school - but a lot of the complaints I hear over there would seem to be rectified if one just gave up on fashionable urban living and moved to the burbs.


December 9, 2011 3:41 PM - BoerumHillScott
Some of the school choice thing would also be easier if parents realized that there are good schools that have a small number of white kids.

One of the issues with New York is the perception that you have to have the "best" of everything, be it wine, neighborhoods, sushi, schools, dentists, or prostitutes.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:41 PM
December 9, 2011 3:43 PM - Deleted
"One of the issues with New York is the perception that you have to have the "best" of everything, be it wine, neighborhoods, sushi, schools, dentists, or prostitutes."

There's a lot of truth in that statement.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:43 PM
December 9, 2011 3:43 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"One of the issues with New York is the perception that you have to have the "best" of everything"

"there are good schools that have a small number of white kids."

Scott, you are on a roll with that two-fer!!!
December 9, 2011 3:45 PM - Deleted
Nyers have to be the best at everything to justify the exhorbitant cost of living they pay.

Per Dave's link before. It costs more to live in Brooklyn than in hawaii. That just seems wrong to me
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:45 PM
December 9, 2011 3:49 PM - ij
10 years makes you a true New Yorker, I've always heard. My 10 year anniversary is next Oct.

My MF Global friend got a new job. I'm very happy for her.
Edited at December 9, 2011 3:49 PM
December 9, 2011 4:00 PM - BoerumHillScott
What jobs are there in Hawaii, other than the tourist business that pays crap?
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:00 PM
December 9, 2011 4:02 PM - Arkady
I have a friend who's a psychologist in Hawaii. She was born there. Went to SLC.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:02 PM
December 9, 2011 4:04 PM - Deleted
If I were a teacher, nurse , social worker or any other type of public service type employee I'd probably look into moving to Hawaii.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:04 PM
December 9, 2011 4:04 PM - dibs
Offer every tourist a free lei????
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:04 PM
December 9, 2011 4:04 PM - dibs
dh, as an accountant you can live anywhere
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:04 PM
December 9, 2011 4:05 PM - petebklyn
in hawaii you can just sleep on beach and eat free pineapples.
of course cost more here.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:05 PM
December 9, 2011 4:05 PM - BoerumHillScott
I'm sure that Hawaii has all the service jobs needed to support a population, including higher paying ones like medical professionals.
However, is there any basis to the economy there other than tourism and minimal agriculture?
I knew someone born in Hawaii who moved to LA because there were no jobs for her there.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:05 PM
December 9, 2011 4:06 PM - dibs
Leper colonies.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:06 PM
December 9, 2011 4:07 PM - petebklyn
I have friend who has been professor in hawaii for many years. not that easy. the college tells them should earn less for the pleasure of living in hawaii.
I've been several times to hawaii. everything is pricier. especially groceries. gasoline, etc. etc.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:07 PM
December 9, 2011 4:08 PM - Deleted
Eh. In accounting you get pigeon holed in a certain industry. I tried to get back into financial services but accounting for a private equity firm is way different than retail goods.

But yeah. I could always move wherever and open a storefront tax place or something
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:08 PM
December 9, 2011 4:08 PM - dibs
Hot Hawaiian surfers would be the draw for me.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:08 PM
December 9, 2011 4:11 PM - BoerumHillScott
Public school teacher salary for Masters and 8+ years experience: $48K in Hawaii, $69K in NYC.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:11 PM
December 9, 2011 4:13 PM - dibs
69 is so much better in so many ways
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:13 PM
December 9, 2011 4:15 PM - Deleted
Less meth heads in NYC too
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:15 PM
December 9, 2011 4:16 PM - dibs
I don't see either rob or benson here. Did benson take him to his social club for a "talking to" about the royalties????
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:16 PM
December 9, 2011 4:17 PM - dibs
Yes but NYC doesn't have McGarrett and Dano and the hot Korean chick, only Benson, Munch and Tutuolo.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:18 PM
December 9, 2011 4:17 PM - Deleted
Haha dibs. I bet they're on their 2nd Campari and soda as we speak
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:17 PM
December 9, 2011 4:17 PM - etson
"a lot of the complaints I hear over there would seem to be rectified if one just gave up on fashionable urban living and moved to the burbs."

This seems totally true. I met up with a friend last week who is sending three daughters to private school, which will cost him around $1mm at today's rates when all done.
Property taxes in most good school districts are well worth it to pay for the schools, not least because the amount is the same regardless of the number of kids you have. From what I have seen & heard some of the suburban NYC districts are very good.
December 9, 2011 4:17 PM - Deleted
DIBS;

I've got my share of the take up to 25%.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:17 PM
December 9, 2011 4:18 PM - BoerumHillScott
I'm not sure who I would feel more sorry for in that negotiation.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:18 PM
December 9, 2011 4:18 PM - BoerumHillScott
sorry rob and benson, could not resist.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:18 PM
December 9, 2011 4:18 PM - Deleted
Campari. Now there's an acquired taste
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:18 PM
December 9, 2011 4:19 PM - dibs
You better watch out benson. I can summon up the Triads and they are far worse than your Mafia buddies.

You're gonna get a horse head in your bed tonight.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:19 PM
December 9, 2011 4:20 PM - etson
ugh, not a Campari fan.
Apart from a good Barolo Italian booze sucks in general (ducks)
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:20 PM
December 9, 2011 4:21 PM - dibs
No taste for Amarone, etson???
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:21 PM
December 9, 2011 4:22 PM - Deleted
I'm taking notes. I suggest some of you hire food tasters for the next few weeks. Also someody to warm up your car in the morning.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:22 PM
December 9, 2011 4:22 PM - dibs
Unfortunately, without the Italians and their vermouths, there'd be no Manhattan
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:22 PM
December 9, 2011 4:23 PM - etson
No DIBS. I am but a simple man when it comes to alcohol.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:23 PM
December 9, 2011 4:24 PM - dibs
"Leave the gun, take the cannoli"

One of the top 10 movie lines ever; along with "Personnel is for assholes'

Annoying both dh and benson simultaneously.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:24 PM
December 9, 2011 4:24 PM - Deleted
You just reminded me: I have to also check with Rf if I need to answer for the Mafia in the next debate. Man, the list is getting long: Inquisition, the Roman Empire, the Mafia...
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:24 PM
December 9, 2011 4:25 PM - etson
Vermouth isn't too bad I guess.
Was thinking more of cheap white wine & those hideous beers like Peroni.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:25 PM
December 9, 2011 4:25 PM - Deleted
Damn Etson. 1 million is a hefty chunk of change!!


December 9, 2011 4:25 PM - Arkady
Suburban schools are often good but I've heard from parents that drugs are a big problem. Several friends of mine in good school catchments end up sending kids to private schools in the later grades.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:25 PM
December 9, 2011 4:26 PM - dibs
benson, don't forget Danny Bonaducci
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:26 PM
December 9, 2011 4:26 PM - etson
Don't worry benson, I nearly ended up having to answer for colonialism and slavery once.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:26 PM
December 9, 2011 4:26 PM - dibs
Hey, I like Peroni
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:26 PM
December 9, 2011 4:27 PM - Deleted
There's some nice Italian Amaros. Nonino and cynar come to mind

Campari is rough tho. So bitter.

Why does good vermouth only come in large bottles? That stuff spoils pretty quickly.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:27 PM
December 9, 2011 4:27 PM - BoerumHillScott
When I was growing up the big difference between the public and private schools (other than race) was which drugs the kids were taking.
Public school was all about pot and beer.
Privates schools were prescription drugs, liquor, and some coke.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:27 PM
December 9, 2011 4:28 PM - dibs
I actually drink Averna. Averna and Cynar are acquired tastes.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:28 PM
December 9, 2011 4:28 PM - etson
3 daughters * average $28000 p.a. * 12 years of schooling


December 9, 2011 4:29 PM - dibs
My landscaper in P-Town had a dog named Campari
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December 9, 2011 4:29 PM - Deleted
Oooh Averna is nice
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:29 PM
December 9, 2011 4:30 PM - dibs
benson, I thought it was the SPANISH inquisition?? You got a little Spanish in you (nh)???
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:30 PM
December 9, 2011 4:30 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I'm approaching my decade NYC anniversary. How long does one have to live here before they aren't considered a transplant anymore?

um, youre from long island. that doesnt count as a transplant. i feel the same way about being from Jersey's gold coast. lol

so seriously, i am SO glad this week wasnt a ghetto shopping week and i didnt have embarrassing grocery items on the counter when that happened. and thank GOD i wasn't in there stealing tomatoes with cameras everywhere!

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 4:30 PM
December 9, 2011 4:31 PM - dibs
Oh, OK...from the Catlic side.

Se how I worked cats back into the d=conversation
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December 9, 2011 4:31 PM - Deleted
Nassau county has some of the best public schools in the country in towns that are less than 40 minutes to midtown. If I had kids, give me a crappy cape in Manhasset over a limestone in plg anyday
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:31 PM
December 9, 2011 4:32 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
and i may or may not have bugged out at at my cashier when i kept being like um you SAW me let him go in front of me, but she was ignoring me the whole time. they must have told her not to say anything or interact? she looked annoyed as well.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 4:32 PM
December 9, 2011 4:32 PM - Arkady
The woman over the road from me has put all 3 of her kids through 12 years of private school at upwards of $28,000 to 42,000 each (& that was w/ quantity discount!) Eldest is in college now & 2nd will start next year. People wonder why she doesn't go out or buy clothes...
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:32 PM
December 9, 2011 4:33 PM - dibs
Newly revised map of New jersey, rob.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:33 PM
December 9, 2011 4:35 PM - dibs
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/philadelphia/jersey-map-goes-viral-175102166.html?bouchon=501,ny
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:34 PM
December 9, 2011 4:35 PM - etson
Agree dh, lots of nice towns in Nassau / western Suffolk with great schools. I got to know quite a bit about schools & districts through friends.
I like Manhasset anyway even before considering the schools. Think I could live there quite happily (be neighbors with Bill O'Reilly!)

Edited at December 9, 2011 4:35 PM
December 9, 2011 4:41 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
if you visit any of the citydata forms, the long island one is the funniest one. they bitch and moan about EVERYTHING.

oh dave, i picked up this book on the street today... "AMerica: Who really Pays the Taxes?" the book was written i think in the mid 90s so im not sure how this is gonna read...

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 4:41 PM
December 9, 2011 4:43 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i just told my roommate the supermarket story. i dont think he believes me

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 4:43 PM
December 9, 2011 4:45 PM - rf
I live on way less than $50k, I have a kid, and I pay more than $1k in rent for 1.5 bedrooms.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:45 PM
December 9, 2011 4:47 PM - Deleted
Haha Etson. Good old bill!

My parents were always in love with garden city. We would always go for drives when I was little thru there and just gawk at the beautiful old homes.

Haha Rob. People on long island can be strange. The reason I like Brooklyn and NYC as a whole is people are much more lowkey and understated about their wealth. People on long island who have it like to flaunt it.

Last time I went out on the island some meathead in the parking lot was ragging on the car I was driving. He had a nice leased Acura and probably still lived at home with mommy and daddy. Big shot of the Dave and busters that night!
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:47 PM
December 9, 2011 4:48 PM - rf
Median household income in Kings County in 2011 is $43,172.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:48 PM
December 9, 2011 4:51 PM - rf
My aunt and uncle in Milford, CT sent their kids to private school. Once, recently, my uncle was telling people that they did it because of the drug problem in Milford public schools. His 2 graduates of Hamden Hall Country Day School had a good laugh about that.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:51 PM
December 9, 2011 4:54 PM - dibs
There were no drugs other than pot and a little hash when I was in high school. maybe that's why my mind is still so sharp.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:54 PM
December 9, 2011 4:57 PM - etson
Ecstasy was probably the biggest drug in my home city when I was 16-18.
It made people nice to be around.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:57 PM
December 9, 2011 4:57 PM - rf
Dave, my cousins are a lot younger than you (and me). There was pot in my high school (1962-66). The December before I graduated I went to a party at the home of a teacher and his wife where they supplied the reefer.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:57 PM
December 9, 2011 4:58 PM - etson
That wasn't really related to high schools though of course since people really only took it in / near clubs.
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:58 PM
December 9, 2011 4:59 PM - dibs
Hot asian guy just walked into the cafe car
Edited at December 9, 2011 4:59 PM
December 9, 2011 5:04 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i dont remember drugs being much of an issue in my high school either and it was an urban school. but i was not part of that crowd, so who knows. and other than the occassional cafateria fight and after a football or basketball game brawl with rivals from jersey city and stuff there wasn't much violence. the biggest demographic in my high school was hispanic but people of other races didnt run for the hills like they seem to do in nyc and other areas. i honestly feel like i lived thru diversity where it works. looking around in nyc it's blatantly glaring that diversity just means moonface ethnic restaurants and sheltering your kids, the whole time screaming how much you embrace diversity. bitch please, you do not. name one minority at any bar you go to.. uh huh.




*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 5:04 PM
December 9, 2011 5:09 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Very few drugs in my school, although a few teachers were rumored to show up to class high as a kite every so often.

Enough of drugs, though. How about DIBS and rf as gay penguins?

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/12/07/gay-penguin-pair-adopts-a-baby-chick-in-china/
Edited at December 9, 2011 5:08 PM
December 9, 2011 5:11 PM - rf
All of the best public high schools in NYC are approximately 60 percent Asian. The Asian population of the NYC school system is about 15 percent.
Edited at December 9, 2011 5:11 PM
December 9, 2011 5:13 PM - dibs
I don't forget things like that, six.
Edited at December 9, 2011 5:13 PM
December 9, 2011 5:14 PM - dibs
My bedroom is probably 60% Asian, 40% Latino
Edited at December 9, 2011 5:14 PM
December 9, 2011 5:26 PM - CGar
"All of the best public high schools in NYC are approximately 60 percent Asian."

Hmmm, maybe I'll go back to public school.
Edited at December 9, 2011 5:26 PM
December 9, 2011 5:29 PM - rf
You'd have to get in, Cgar!
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December 9, 2011 5:30 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
All of the best public high schools in NYC are approximately 60 percent Asian.

lots of asians in my high school too. GRRRRR they were so hard to compete with, but i loved studying with them and stuff. freshman year in bio me and an indian girl (we were like only 2 of the three freshman in our class) [our school did not have ANY AP classes, but they let people take classes earlier and had "honors" classes but it was just by name... anyway the first week of class we went up to the teacher and demanded we be lab partners. our teacher was like no, it doesnt work that way. i had a little hissy fit, and she threw down and was like well no, it SHOULD work this way and we both explained why we didnt want our assigned lab partners. mine was a JUNIOR! and hers was some hoodrat chick. we stood our ground and were allowed to be lab partners for the year. in chemistry class the next year we happened to be in the same class and we were allowed to pick who we wanted as lab partners so we picked each other and i nearly set her hair on fire hahahha. she had a pony tail that went below her ass!

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 5:30 PM
December 9, 2011 6:10 PM - CGar
Now serving a PLUSA at Montero's ...
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:09 PM
December 9, 2011 6:13 PM - dibs
What did he order???
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:13 PM
December 9, 2011 6:20 PM - Legion
My best friend in high school was Asian (Japanese).
His name was Joe and we used to hang out in Manhattan night clubs when they would let us in.
He loved house music and would wear one of those Kamakazee head bands while dancing at the Danceteria. He was always bragging about driving to Toronto and going to strip clubs there.
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:20 PM
December 9, 2011 6:22 PM - dibs
"He loved house music and would wear one of those Kamakazee head bands while dancing at the Danceteria."

Man, you really know know to wind me up, don't you.
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:22 PM
December 9, 2011 6:23 PM - Legion
haha dibs.
You would have loved Brooklyn Tech!
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:23 PM
December 9, 2011 6:25 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
oddly, that turned me on a bit as well! im doing loads and loads of laundry right now. the room is empty :) this IS my lucky day. 50 free bucks and a laundry room that one is in?! (i mean yeah it's a friday night, but im not the ONLY loser in this building)

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 6:25 PM
December 9, 2011 6:26 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
also if you had to pick out three posters you wish you knew in high school, who would they be? mine would be legion, lech, and bxgirl. (in no particular order) dave would be a slight running 4th, but something tells me his fro would be embarassing

*rob*

December 9, 2011 6:27 PM - dibs
Bitch
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:27 PM
December 9, 2011 6:28 PM - Deleted
Ugh. Party time. I never know what to wear to these things.
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:28 PM
December 9, 2011 6:28 PM - Deleted
Gotd?
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:28 PM
December 9, 2011 6:29 PM - dibs
"I never know what to wear to these things."

Dh snags GOTD in the late hour.
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:29 PM
December 9, 2011 6:30 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
lmfao. how did you EVER get laid!?!? weird tho how you look SO williamsburg in that picture :-/

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 6:30 PM
December 9, 2011 6:31 PM - Deleted
Haha rob. Dave looks like the bartender at Marlow and sons.


Edited at December 9, 2011 6:31 PM
December 9, 2011 6:31 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
dave, did you get buttchin implant surgery? i dont recall you having a butt chin in real life, but youre rocking one in that old school photo.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 6:31 PM
December 9, 2011 6:32 PM - dibs
It;'s called a dimple and yes, it's still there. it's what attracted my mexican bf to me!!!!!
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:32 PM
December 9, 2011 6:32 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
JINX!!!!!!!!!!

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 6:32 PM
December 9, 2011 6:35 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
do you know, today was one of the best days of my life. a little clicky thing happened. i wont go into it here, but the Universe, once again, stepped in. im not as afraid of things as i thought i was.


*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 6:35 PM
December 9, 2011 6:36 PM - rf
I'm sure the $50 bill helped. It would certainly cheer me up!
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:36 PM
December 9, 2011 6:39 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Ugh. Party time. I never know what to wear to these things.

as long as you dont dress like the slob you dressed like at your last job.... lol, jk. ugh, dont envy you, that's a hard situation, a party with alcohol with brand new people? hmmm. just drink til you get sick and then say someone slipped you a roofie. i've used that excuse before.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 6:38 PM
December 9, 2011 6:42 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I'm sure the $50 bill helped. It would certainly cheer me up!

it made a HUGE difference in my finances this week and next. im still in chary mode... like wtf is gonna be the catch to this? there always is one...

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 6:41 PM
December 9, 2011 6:50 PM - Legion
tehehe *rob*,

...in high school lab, I had this one favorite prank I would pull on unsuspecting lab partners.
I'd fill a beaker with water without them seeing. Then at the right time I would say that I'm about to transfer the "Hydrochloric Acid" to the test tube.
I would emphasize that this was a very dangerous part of the experiment as this was a kick-ass acid that would burn through skin in no time flat.
As they sat there mesmerized by my careful pouring of the "acid",
I would suddenly spill it all over the place.
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:50 PM
December 9, 2011 6:52 PM - Legion
good luck at the dinner DH,
just watch one of those funny 80's movies on the way there and you'll loosen up in no time.
Edited at December 9, 2011 6:52 PM
December 9, 2011 6:53 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
lol. i dont think we we had chemicals in our lab. it was mostly bunsen burners and not much cooking on them.

*rob*

Edited at December 9, 2011 6:53 PM
December 9, 2011 7:53 PM - rf
Legion, I think my daughter would consider your trick to be incredibly lame. On the other hand, any lab partner who set her hair on fire should prepare himself to die.
Edited at December 9, 2011 7:53 PM
December 9, 2011 8:09 PM - lechacal
Snoochie boochies
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:09 PM
December 9, 2011 8:20 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
LMFAO!!!!!!!!! a mad tv video about bush (junior) that could be the exact mirror image for obama this upcoming election year. parody does imitate art and politics!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsGvrKRrDYM&feature=related
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:20 PM
December 9, 2011 8:33 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Cat ladies, you're driving your cats to drink:
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:33 PM
December 9, 2011 8:35 PM - bxgrl
Haaaa, rob! If you think I'm strange now, you should have met me in high school :) With our hearing, all we'd be doing is running around, hands cupped to our ears, going "What? What? What???"

Are you stopping by the craft show this weekend? It's free admission.
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:35 PM
December 9, 2011 8:38 PM - bxgrl
six- have you been talking to my cats behind my back?
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:38 PM
December 9, 2011 8:39 PM - sixyearsandcounting
bxgrl, that is one scary-looking cat.
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:39 PM
December 9, 2011 8:40 PM - rf
Bxgrl, I am going to try to come tomorrow afternoon.
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:40 PM
December 9, 2011 8:47 PM - bxgrl
They do get enthusiastic, six.I learned the hard way- if you give kitty a ribbon to play with, make sure you have at least 2 feet between kitty and your hand. They go all honey badger on you.
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:47 PM
December 9, 2011 8:47 PM - bxgrl
Great! Rf- you'll get to meet my sister too.
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:47 PM
December 9, 2011 8:50 PM - etson
Hey bxgrl, I got your email. Sorry I forgot to reply yet. I am in town tomorrow and so will try to stop by & see what wonderful wares you & Montrose have this year!
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:50 PM
December 9, 2011 8:53 PM - bxgrl
Great, etson!
Edited at December 9, 2011 8:53 PM
December 9, 2011 9:30 PM - lechacal
Honey badger don't give a shit.
Edited at December 9, 2011 9:30 PM
December 9, 2011 9:31 PM - lechacal
Honey badger is a nihilist.
Edited at December 9, 2011 9:31 PM
December 9, 2011 9:54 PM - BoerumHillScott
I want to lodge a formal complaint against the friday afternoon Montero bartender.
He gave me way the fuck to much gin to drink.
Edited at December 9, 2011 9:54 PM
December 9, 2011 11:42 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Are you stopping by the craft show this weekend? It's free admission.

is there anything my grandmother might like? (seriously, im asking..)

*rob*
Edited at December 9, 2011 11:42 PM