Wednesday Open Thread
January 25, 2012 8:02 AM - dibs
CGar...there are six new dog breeds now recognized for your choosing:

Six dogs will make history this year as the newest breeds eligible to compete at Westminster. If they have visions of winning, though, history is against them.

The names of some of these rookie breeds competing in this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 13-14 at Madison Square Garden are a mouthful: the Entlebucher (ent-lee-BOO'-kehr) mountain dog, the Norwegian Lundehund (LUHN'-dee-hund), the American English coonhound, the Finnish Lapphund (LAP'-hundh), the Cesky (CHESS'-key) terrier and the Xoloitzcuintli (show-low-itz-QUINT'-lee), previously known as the Mexican Hairless.

Pictured here is the Entelbucher which, unfortunately for you, sounds like the name of a German Kommandant.


316 comments
January 25, 2012 8:15 AM - Deleted
So I was hanging out with a friend at my company's bar waiting to go downstairs for an event last night and the CFO walks over and informs me that my boss just quit and I'm the new controller. Not sure if she's bluffing or not and she will be in when I arrive this morning - but really shocked.
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:15 AM
#1
January 25, 2012 8:17 AM - dibs
First, congratulations if it's true!!!! WOW

Second, what kind of place do you work for that has "my company's bar?????"

Thirdly, you're off to a bad start if "she will be in when I arrive this morning." You need to be there before her, dumbass.
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:19 AM
#2
January 25, 2012 8:18 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Congrats, dh!
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:18 AM
#3
January 25, 2012 8:20 AM - Arkady
Wow! dh!
#4
January 25, 2012 8:23 AM - dibs
So what exactly does a cuntroller do????
#5
January 25, 2012 8:35 AM - dibs
How old is TOO old to set up tents INSIDE?????

Occupy UMASS

http://cournteysaccophotography.blogspot.com/2012/01/occupy-umass-boston.html
#6
January 25, 2012 8:35 AM - DeadCatBounce
First, promotion to controller, next card carrying Republian.
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:35 AM
#7
January 25, 2012 8:42 AM - DeLepp
congrats dh!
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:42 AM
#8
January 25, 2012 8:43 AM - bfar
Yeah, and is your 'company with its own bar' hiring? I doubt I have any skills that would relevant outside the bar, but within the bar, I'm quite proficient.
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:43 AM
#9
January 25, 2012 8:48 AM - DeLepp
Read the state of the union. What bothers me is this concept of "fair". How is fair determined? Who determines what "fair" means"? Kinda loony if the fat cats in DC with mercedes-benz healthcare/pension/insider trading perks make the determination.

What kinda boss/leader would one like to have, one that is fair? Or one that gives you the opportunity to compete, fail, inspire, aspire, crashnburn or soar?

I know that deck is currently stacked against citizens, but I know it's DC/capitols doing the stacking.
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:48 AM
#10
January 25, 2012 8:49 AM - CGar
Thanks, dave. Some of those names sound very GER-man. Jussayin'.
#11
January 25, 2012 8:49 AM - CGar
Congrats, DH!

[Note to Self: Sell all stock in DH's company]
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:49 AM
#12
January 25, 2012 8:51 AM - dibs
DeLepp, you should know by now.....
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:51 AM
#13
January 25, 2012 9:02 AM - CGar
I can just see an Entlebucher barking and growling at me as I'm being mach schnelled to the gas chamber . . .
Edited at January 25, 2012 9:02 AM
#14
January 25, 2012 9:02 AM - dibs
So is it "Controller" or the more EUROTRASH "Comptroller?"

And, how will your girlfriend feel about you being more controlling????
#15
January 25, 2012 9:02 AM - dibs
...along with the geese.
Edited at January 25, 2012 9:02 AM
#16
January 25, 2012 9:04 AM - dibs
Gingrich exonerated.....



Gingrich Hired by Freddie Mac in 1999 to Achieve Business Goals

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Newt Gingrich’s former consulting firm released a second contract with Freddie Mac, the government-backed mortgage company, signed in July 1999 that required the former U.S. House speaker to help develop messages that would “contribute to the achievement of Freddie Mac business goals.”
The agreement, which guaranteed $520,000 in annual payment to the Gingrich Group, the previous name of his consulting arm, also called on the Republican presidential hopeful to advise on “strategic planning and public policy” and engage in discussions with Mitchell Delk, then the company’s head lobbyist, and other company officials.
The contract included a provision that said Gingrich and his firm would “not provide lobbying services of any kind.”

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#17
January 25, 2012 9:15 AM - lechacal
Uh, ok, $520k to a former speaker of the house to "not lobby." right.
#18
January 25, 2012 9:16 AM - bfar
"...this provision was followed by the standard 'wink wink' clause."
Edited at January 25, 2012 9:16 AM
#19
January 25, 2012 9:17 AM - lechacal
Stupid Nancy pelosi just screwed mitt by saying newt will never be president.
#20
January 25, 2012 9:18 AM - dibs
I'm chary of the hate on consultants here. Afterall, that's what I'll be doing after Jan 31st
Edited at January 25, 2012 9:18 AM
#21
January 25, 2012 9:22 AM - bfar
"What kinda boss/leader would one like to have, one that is fair? Or one that gives you the opportunity to compete, fail, inspire, aspire, crashnburn or soar?"

false dichotomy. you could be allowed to do all those things and still have a boss who acted in a way you found fair. f'rinstance, if you had a workplace which didn't have gender/racial bias, you could compete/inspire/aspire/fail/etc. without feeling like your effort was a waste of time because even if you won your competition, you wouldn't get the prize.


Edited at January 25, 2012 9:22 AM
#22
January 25, 2012 9:22 AM - bfar
sigh. okay, gotta go get ready for department meetings. And so it begins.
Edited at January 25, 2012 9:22 AM
#23
January 25, 2012 9:26 AM - Arkady
The operative syllable is "con".
Edited at January 25, 2012 9:26 AM
#24
January 25, 2012 9:28 AM - dibs
I guess dh could give a big "Neener, neener" to the people where he used to work!!!!!!!!


Edited at January 25, 2012 9:28 AM
#25
January 25, 2012 9:33 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
ugh moonface dogs infesting westminster!?!??! blasphemy!

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 9:33 AM
#26
January 25, 2012 9:39 AM - More4Less
DH, congrats man. that's how many of my buddies got their promotions - boss resigns unexpectedly and they take over. of course, the timing of yours is super quick relative to your hiring date. but who cares, you the man now. baller!!!!!!!!!
#27
January 25, 2012 9:40 AM - dibs
Just got an email that I need to renew my membership in the National Woodie Club.
Edited at January 25, 2012 9:41 AM
#28
January 25, 2012 9:40 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
congratz dh!!!

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 9:40 AM
#29
January 25, 2012 9:45 AM - Arkady
Is that club more closely associated w/ AAA or Silverdaddies?
#30
January 25, 2012 9:47 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
aren't people who have worked there longer gonna be mad at you?! watch your cornflakes!

*rob*
#31
January 25, 2012 10:01 AM - More4Less
Rob, DH was hired as Assistant Controller - ie next in line in the pecking order. If peeps there are going to NOT like him, it would be that he got hired as assistant controller - NOT that he took over after Controller resigned. DH can always take the crew out for drinks to bribe them
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:01 AM
#32
January 25, 2012 10:03 AM - dibs
LOL at dh being Ass troller
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:03 AM
#33
January 25, 2012 10:06 AM - Arkady
dibs - You've coined a new entry for Urban Dictionary!
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:06 AM
#34
January 25, 2012 10:07 AM - dibs
Here is the most pathetic commentary on the cliched hipster life I've ever read...

http://www.salon.com/2012/01/16/escape_to_the_red_states/singleton/
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:07 AM
#35
January 25, 2012 10:09 AM - More4Less
"Yeah, I know DH back in the pre-baller days. Back then, he was just a plain vanilla CPA doing controllership type work......"
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:09 AM
#36
January 25, 2012 10:10 AM - dibs
Where is dh anyway??? Is he getting coffee for the CFO??? Running errands for her or worse, her children??? Does she look like this????
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:10 AM
#37
January 25, 2012 10:11 AM - Deleted
thanks dudes. looks like its fo reels.


#38
January 25, 2012 10:12 AM - Deleted
Congratulations DH!!

Morning all.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:12 AM
#39
January 25, 2012 10:15 AM - More4Less
DH, title-wise, think you have the most senior title among the plusas now.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:15 AM
#40
January 25, 2012 10:15 AM - dibs
Will you have to wear a suit & tie now??
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:15 AM
#41
January 25, 2012 10:15 AM - Deleted
Going back to DIBS' question: what exactly does a comptroller do, as opposed to accounting? We had an accountant in my office who once made a big deal that he was the comptroller in his previous position, and felt that accounting was below him.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:15 AM
#42
January 25, 2012 10:16 AM - Deleted
"think you have the most senior title among the plusas now"

Um, sorry to pull rank, but not so. Senior VP.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:16 AM
#43
January 25, 2012 10:17 AM - More4Less
DH, if you need to hire an agent to negotiate you comp pkg, I hear this Scott Boras dude in baseball is pretty good.
#44
January 25, 2012 10:17 AM - dibs
benson, I think they are traditionally more concerned with the balance sheet and where money is invested.
#45
January 25, 2012 10:18 AM - More4Less
Benson, Controllers are 2 layers from CEO. are you 2 layers from CEO?
#46
January 25, 2012 10:18 AM - dibs
Screw you, benson, I WAS Managing Director at US Trust before my first retirement.
#47
January 25, 2012 10:19 AM - More4Less
DH is controller - ie the top ranking pure accountant. comptroller is what dibs described above - ie more like a money manager vs KEEPER of the books
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:19 AM
#48
January 25, 2012 10:20 AM - dibs
Layers are different from breeders.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:20 AM
#49
January 25, 2012 10:21 AM - More4Less
DIBS, WAS doesnt count. I was trim, fast, and monster endurance - that means jack shit to my current fat, slow, out-of-shape current self. this is a convo of NOW
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:21 AM
#50
January 25, 2012 10:21 AM - Deleted
M4L;

I'm not getting into a dick-swinging contest. And I'm not going to compare a position in a $100 billion dollar corporation with a small company in Manhattan.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:21 AM
#51
January 25, 2012 10:23 AM - dibs
Well, I'm not surprised that you are focused on titular matters, mm4l.
#52
January 25, 2012 10:25 AM - Arkady
I'm the owner, CEO, chief cook & bottle washer.
#53
January 25, 2012 10:26 AM - dibs
Don't forget "pool boy," Arkady
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:26 AM
#54
January 25, 2012 10:27 AM - More4Less
Benson, you engaged so don't make it sound like someone is shoving you into the debate. if you want off on the debate, a parting shot is not how you disengage quietly. Controller title is big fucking deal. there's only the CFO separating that role and the CEO.
#55
January 25, 2012 10:31 AM - dibs
"DIBS, WAS doesnt count."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMUxvDBFQYs
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:32 AM
#56
January 25, 2012 10:31 AM - Deleted
M4L;

Alright, you want a parting shot? Your original point was about TITLES, not authority. When I pointed out that your point concerning titles was not correct, you switched the game to a matter of line authority. On that latter point, there simply is no way to compare a position in a small company with that in a $100 billion company.


Edited at January 25, 2012 10:31 AM
#57
January 25, 2012 10:36 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
there are money comptrollers and there are physical plant comptrollers. sometimes they overlap. im assuming dh is a money comptroller?

*rob*

#58
January 25, 2012 10:38 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
im sorta our comptroller's bitch lol.

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 10:38 AM
#59
January 25, 2012 10:38 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
****Fantastic news, DH! Congratulations!****
#60
January 25, 2012 10:39 AM - MontroseMorris
Congratulations, DH!
#61
January 25, 2012 10:41 AM - dibs
I don't have any comptrol over my sexual urges.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:41 AM
#62
January 25, 2012 10:42 AM - MontroseMorris
We know, DIBS, you remind us every third post.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:42 AM
#63
January 25, 2012 10:43 AM - dibs
Good morning to you too, MM
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:43 AM
#64
January 25, 2012 10:44 AM - Deleted
Donatella is probably going through her interview right now. Let's hope to hear good news on that front too.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:44 AM
#65
January 25, 2012 10:49 AM - rf
I think she has 2 days worth of stuff to do in Houston with the potential employer. It's not just an interview.
#66
January 25, 2012 10:50 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Wow, Bruce Springsteen looks so YOUNG in that video!

Ah, I see, that's because it's 1985!
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:51 AM
#67
January 25, 2012 10:51 AM - dibs
Dona sent a pic of her last night....
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:51 AM
#68
January 25, 2012 10:51 AM - Deleted
I generally don't like Bruce Springsteen's songs, but I do like "Glory Days".
#69
January 25, 2012 10:55 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
im in a very UN-grumpy mood today, despite being totally broke. that NEVER happens. im thinking i may have been walking around with a crazy brain infection for years or something and the antibiotics is clearing it up. they are not however helping very much with my tooth pain, but it's only one day in. i woke up this morning like a bird. it must be the omoxicillan. what a wonder-drug!

Edited at January 25, 2012 10:55 AM
#70
January 25, 2012 10:56 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I never liked Bruce Springsteen when I was younger — mostly because I didn't like the people I met who were into him, but I've grown to like him.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:56 AM
#71
January 25, 2012 10:56 AM - Deleted
to answer bensons question from earlier, a controller roll should be more analytical as opposed to accounting which is more nuts and bolts posting entries and stuff.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:56 AM
#72
January 25, 2012 10:57 AM - More4Less
Benson, I took issue with your "small company vs 100B diss" - wasn't necessary / uncalled for. we wont agree and we wont change each other's mind. and that's fine. it's trivial item anyway. Point is DH got the gig and we'll all happy for him.
Edited at January 25, 2012 10:57 AM
#73
January 25, 2012 10:59 AM - dibs
I still think an ex-Managing Director deserves more respect than any of you slobs.
#74
January 25, 2012 11:00 AM - Deleted
M4L;

I wasn't trying to diss anybody, I was trying to point out that your question (how many layers from the CEO) has no relevance when talking about a small company versus a $100B company. It is simply comparing apples and oranges.
#75
January 25, 2012 11:01 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'll give you something, DIBS....LA DI DA! : P
#76
January 25, 2012 11:01 AM - BoerumHillScott
Congrats. Lets hope this is part of a good job news trend that is sweeping the OT.
#77
January 25, 2012 11:02 AM - dibs
Cobble, hush...
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:02 AM
#78
January 25, 2012 11:03 AM - bxgrl
That's great, dh. All the best. Of course this means you're on the hook for everyone's drinks at the next PLusa gathering. :-D
#79
January 25, 2012 11:04 AM - dibs
I'm glad all of you are getting new, presumably higher paying positions, so that you'll be paying into Social Security which i will soon be withdrawing just as fast!!!!

Keep up the good work, chaps.
#80
January 25, 2012 11:05 AM - Deleted
Screw you, ex-Managing Director!!
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:05 AM
#81
January 25, 2012 11:05 AM - Arkady
Some tortures are physical / And some are mental, / But the one that is both / Is dental. -Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)

rob - how's your tooth?
#82
January 25, 2012 11:07 AM - Deleted
OH DIBS, I forgot: Have a nice day ;-)
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:07 AM
#83
January 25, 2012 11:08 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
arkady, i posted about it above. my tooth still sorta hurts on and off, but my brain doesnt hurt today!

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 11:08 AM
#84
January 25, 2012 11:10 AM - DeadCatBounce
I can't manage my "ex:" at all.
#85
January 25, 2012 11:15 AM - More4Less
Benson, if you didn't want to engage further, just end the post at "I'm not getting into a dick-swinging contest." the small company piece came across as a diss - intentional or not.
#86
January 25, 2012 11:16 AM - DeadCatBounce
dh - we desperately need to know: are you the controller or the comptroller?
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:16 AM
#87
January 25, 2012 11:17 AM - dibs
Do you get a nice big corner office with a conference table, carpeting and mahogany desk LIKE I HAD WHEN I WAS MANAGING DIRECTOR???
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:17 AM
#88
January 25, 2012 11:19 AM - Arkady
My office has an antique rolltop & overlooks a scenic garden & spa of which I am a member (nh).
#89
January 25, 2012 11:20 AM - Deleted
DIBS;

What types of "conferences" did you have on the table, Mr. Managing Director?
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:20 AM
#90
January 25, 2012 11:21 AM - More4Less
DIBS, you forgot to include, in your list, the hottie admin and the big ass comp pkg
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:21 AM
#91
January 25, 2012 11:22 AM - dibs
Yeah, Arkady but it's rather cluttered and it doesn't look like you're actually working....
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:22 AM
#92
January 25, 2012 11:24 AM - Arkady
It's a purrfect environment...
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:24 AM
#93
January 25, 2012 11:25 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
My office is about 900 sq. feet, has 6 windows, several antiques, an ensuite bathroom, a full kitchen, and looks out onto a park! I also have a maid, a butler, a fulltime cook, a bookkeeper, a laundress, and an executive assistant! : P
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:25 AM
#94
January 25, 2012 11:27 AM - More4Less
Cobble, that sounds like my Friday office.
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:27 AM
#95
January 25, 2012 11:28 AM - dibs
I had an Asian male analyst who worked for me, an ABC named Kenrick who was referred to me by another Chinese guy whom I used to work with, he himself being hot and he knew I thought so. he asked me about kenrick after he started working for me as to whether or not I was attracted to him and I just said "Too short, too fat, too white"
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:29 AM
#96
January 25, 2012 11:29 AM - BoerumHillScott
My best office was my first job out of college.
It's been downhill since then.
#97
January 25, 2012 11:30 AM - More4Less
DIBS, guess the dude is pretty good as you clearly didn't hire him for his looks
#98
January 25, 2012 11:31 AM - dibs
yes, he was, m4l. We are still good friends. He works in Hong Kong now, married with 2 kids.
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:31 AM
#99
January 25, 2012 11:32 AM - More4Less
our NJ office is now so so empty, I can take the CEO's corner office if I wanted to. Hope they bring the sale folks into this office or act on the rumor of moving to Jersey City (bitch to everyone else in the office but great for me)
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:32 AM
January 25, 2012 11:33 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Excuse me for a moment, I have to go give the laundress some instruction on how I want the laundry done this week. She can't seem to get/keep the whites 'white', and it's driving me nuts. I may fire her. : P
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:34 AM
January 25, 2012 11:33 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
my office overlooks broadway and directly across is a dance studio or something that has people dancing in leotards all day and night.

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 11:33 AM
January 25, 2012 11:35 AM - Arkady
CHiller - Wear dark clothes; it's winter.
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:35 AM
January 25, 2012 11:35 AM - BoerumHillScott
This was the view from my first office
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:35 AM
January 25, 2012 11:37 AM - BoerumHillScott
Here is my second office, which was on the same floor and identical to my first
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:37 AM
January 25, 2012 11:39 AM - BoerumHillScott
Then my office when I moved to Houston.
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:39 AM
January 25, 2012 11:40 AM - BoerumHillScott
My last office in California
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:39 AM
January 25, 2012 11:40 AM - dibs
This is me at work in my current office...
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:40 AM
January 25, 2012 11:42 AM - dibs
I've since cleared off my desk.
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:42 AM
January 25, 2012 11:45 AM - More4Less
I went from cube to office to office to cube cube cube
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:45 AM
January 25, 2012 11:45 AM - Arkady
And you're editorializing about my desk!?!?
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:45 AM
January 25, 2012 11:46 AM - More4Less
DIBS, the bloomberg app on ipad apparently is pretty good - so my buddies say
January 25, 2012 11:50 AM - More4Less
DIBS, keep me posted on your exact exit date from BK so I can ensure I take your ass (& Xing's) to that szechuan place in flushing before hand.
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:50 AM
January 25, 2012 11:50 AM - BoerumHillScott
Wow, I had a lot of computers back then.
Looks like there were 4 in my Birmingham office.
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:50 AM
January 25, 2012 11:52 AM - More4Less
Others are welcomed to join but please bear in mind that this joint does not kid around and "Americanize" the degree of the authentic spicy level. good thing is there a bunch of places nearby where we can then get some desert to calm the flames
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:52 AM
January 25, 2012 11:53 AM - dibs
Any good looking talent there????
January 25, 2012 11:53 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I went: desk in middle of nowhere to shared office to cube to cube to shared office to super nice office to cube to desk in the middle of nowhere in my current office. ; )

And what a long strange trip it's been...
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:53 AM
January 25, 2012 11:54 AM - dibs
I didn't know you were a Dead fan, Cobble.
January 25, 2012 11:57 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"CHiller - Wear dark clothes; it's winter."

I do, I mostly wear black, but there are assorted other things like dinner napkins and kitchen towels and a few t-shirts that are white. It's just a small load. The two big loads are the darks. But it's always that one small whites load that PILLs me! I may just have to bleach the crap out of them. I mean, I've instructed the laundress to bleach the crap out of them. : P
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:58 AM
January 25, 2012 11:59 AM - dibs
I can confirm big loads with the darks.
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:59 AM
January 25, 2012 11:59 AM - bxgrl
My office in the luxurious surroundings of my home (sarcasm alert) is a beautiful old victorian desk. I can't wait to have a real office space again (if Troy happens...please..please...please.)
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:59 AM
January 25, 2012 12:02 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm not really a Dead fan, I just seem half dead. ; )

Remember the trust fund boyfriend I've talked about? Well, he is a HUGE dead fan — one of those loons that travel/followed the Dead. He tried and tried and tried to get me into them. Various people I have known over the years have dragged me to shows saying things like "You must not have gone to a good show." And I still never really get into them. I like a few songs though.
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:03 PM
January 25, 2012 12:03 PM - dibs
So that line WAS from "Truckin" then.
January 25, 2012 12:04 PM - etson
Titles thing is funny. I have done essentially the same thing for most of my career, usually responsible for small team of people but not leading an entire department and have been called Manager, Assistant Vice President, Vice President, Managing Director, Director (twice), Principal and had no title.
My office looks a bit like your second one above Scott but with only one computer, that I can't work properly half the time...
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:04 PM
January 25, 2012 12:04 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yes, of course! : )
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:04 PM
January 25, 2012 12:04 PM - More4Less
DIBS, not sure. but it's flushing so you'll be see enough talent afterwards.
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:04 PM
January 25, 2012 12:09 PM - More4Less
etson, long time no see you here. No title is easily overlooked when you see/feel the title in your comp
January 25, 2012 12:12 PM - etson
Combo of work and not having much to say, M4L!
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:12 PM
January 25, 2012 12:12 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
DIBS, Did you say something???? : P
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:12 PM
January 25, 2012 12:12 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Hi etson!
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:12 PM
January 25, 2012 12:13 PM - dibs
There's gonna be fun over there with this thread....

It seems like the tensions between Orthodox Jews and non-Orthodox neighborhood newcomers that are old hat at this point in Williamsburg are starting to simmer in Crown Heights. Gothamist links to a post on a Chabad Lubavitch website in which a local landlord implores other building owners to “reinforce the observant Jewish character of crown heights”:

Young, upwardly mobile professionals may seem to be pleasant tenants who bring in reliable income, but they also introduce a very different way of life: new nightclubs and bars, sun tanning on rooftops, bike lanes and an increasing amount of immodesty on our streets. Some of these changes are hard to ignore; for instance, one of the sun tanning parties are visible for our young children to see from the window of a local school. Rising rent compounds the problem and makes it even harder for our young couples and families to compete in the rental market. Friends, we pay a premium to live in this neighborhood, and we strive to create an atmosphere of holiness and kedusha for our children and teens. These yuppies bring pritzus to our neighborhood. They come out at night to our restaurants and act inappropriately while waiting on line etc. We would hope that landlords, especially the Crown Heights landlords, would put a priority on our values, but sadly the need to make money is taking precedence for them. Some young agents and landlords will specifically rent to these goyim instead of a fellow Jewish family. Sadly, some homeowners have gone as far as bringing these yuppies as tenants in their home in prime locations.



http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2012/01/have-the-yuppie-hasid-wars-come-to-crown-heights/#disqus_thread

As you might imagine I have already commented.
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:13 PM
January 25, 2012 12:16 PM - etson
Hi cobble!

"These yuppies bring pritzus to our neighborhood."
If they knew what pritzus was / were maybe they'd be offended.

A sun tanning party doesn't sound very interesting, at least not to a pasty Brit.
January 25, 2012 12:16 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
OY! That one is going to be a dooooozy!
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:16 PM
January 25, 2012 12:18 PM - dibs
Pritzus Honor???

Edited at January 25, 2012 12:19 PM
January 25, 2012 12:18 PM - etson
I can live with nightclubs, bars and immodesty but he's right about the bike lanes ;-)
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:18 PM
January 25, 2012 12:22 PM - Deleted
I was amazed that this story didn't cause more of a furor:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/back_of_bus_furor_FbzAfUvswGJHpPZgsi7YLO
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:22 PM
January 25, 2012 12:23 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Tangelos are really good right now.
January 25, 2012 12:26 PM - dibs
benson, I think it did. the story is about a month or so old.
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:26 PM
January 25, 2012 12:26 PM - dibs
"They come out at night to our restaurants and act inappropriately while waiting on line etc. "

To me, I'm not sure what's more offensive, the "our restaurants" part or the use of "on line."
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:26 PM
January 25, 2012 12:30 PM - dibs
I think the letter is frum a well meaning person.
January 25, 2012 12:30 PM - Donatella
Dh you rock.
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:30 PM
January 25, 2012 12:32 PM - dibs
Are Tangelos like cholos???
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:32 PM
January 25, 2012 12:36 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Young, upwardly mobile professionals

uh... moonfaces move to crown heights. NOT young "upwardly mobile professionals". more of just the typical flakey white kids with parental help, but not a LOT of parental help. i.e. they are bleeding their parents wallets from back home. however, i think the moonfaces and those crazy over religious types deserve each other. perhaps a Crown Heights riot 2.0 this summer is brewing?

*rob*



Edited at January 25, 2012 12:36 PM
January 25, 2012 12:45 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Tangelos are of mixed race origin. They are the illegitimate children from the unholy marriage of Pomelos and Tangerines. : P
January 25, 2012 12:46 PM - dibs
What every crown heights renter needs to buy...

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058O86ZE/ref=asc_df_B0058O86ZE1873315/?tag=prontocom92700-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B0058O86ZE&linkCode=asn
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:46 PM
January 25, 2012 12:50 PM - Kensingtonian
Speaking of interviews and new jobs, I never got a call to interview with the CFO and I spoke to their internal recruiter last Tuesday. I guess CFO wasn't impressed for one reason or another. What's a nice way of asking the recruiter for a feedback as to why. That's more important to me than the job itself as I wouldn't have taken it regardless most likely.
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:50 PM
January 25, 2012 12:51 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I wonder if there is an "Orthodox Judaism for Dummies", that would be useful, too.

I, personally, only have the "Judaism for Dummies" and the "The Episcopal Church for Dummies". ; ) Actually, I think I really would like a copy of The Episcopal Church for Dummies, let me go see if it exists!
January 25, 2012 12:53 PM - dibs
Kens, i would just ask the recruiter what the feedback was. Recruiters, in general, are a slimey lot and rather spineless so you need to take the initiative.
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:53 PM
January 25, 2012 12:53 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh wow, there is a Comparative Religion for Dummies book. I may get that.

http://www.amazon.com/Comparative-Religion-Dummies-William-Lazarus/dp/0470230657
January 25, 2012 12:53 PM - dibs
I wonder what the Dowager Countess would have to say on this whole subject!!!!!
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:53 PM
January 25, 2012 12:55 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ooh, do not ask me how I feel about Recruiters. No, no, no, do not. It's NOT pretty.
January 25, 2012 12:55 PM - dibs
Cobble, does it compare any of them to Astrology???
January 25, 2012 12:55 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
DIBS, Speak up, dear, we can't hear you! : P
Edited at January 25, 2012 12:55 PM
January 25, 2012 12:56 PM - dibs
Cobble, does it compare any of them to Astrology???
January 25, 2012 12:57 PM - Kensingtonian
This recruiter works for the company (FD) directly. Not one of those recruiting companies. His is based at their corporate office and has their email address.

What's the nice way of asking? Just send an email saying "hey, haven't heard from you...if I am not goign to interview with CFO, can you please let me know the feedback as to why?...

Just wanted a proper phrasing to get him to respond.
January 25, 2012 12:59 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Cobble, does it compare any of them to Astrology?"

Snort! That would be hilarious!
January 25, 2012 1:00 PM - Donatella
It is pouring in Houston. It is biblical.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:00 PM
January 25, 2012 1:01 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Before you do that Kens, are you sure you're not getting called back to meet the CFO?
January 25, 2012 1:02 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Hope you brought your hip waders, dona.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:02 PM
January 25, 2012 1:02 PM - dibs
Gothamist comments:

Yuppies, hipsters and hot chicks in a Crown Heights neighborhood, BAD... puerto rican crack whores offering $5 dollar blow jobs, GOOD.

Aw, this Hasid is having a tough time oppressing his female relatives and spouse now that there are more non-oppressed people around making an example of themselves!

Hey you boychicks...off of my lawn.




January 25, 2012 1:03 PM - dibs
Yes, that would be fin but how many days has it been? I'd wait for at least a week passing
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:03 PM
January 25, 2012 1:05 PM - Kensingtonian
Cobble, not sure but it's been a week and a day already and no response so I am figuring they're not interested. What's the worst that can happen? He doesn't respond or tells me that they haven't made a decision yet? I am honestly not desperate so can afford to be wrong.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:05 PM
January 25, 2012 1:06 PM - MontroseMorris
"perhaps a Crown Heights riot 2.0 this summer is brewing?"

That's not even remotely funny. People died.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:06 PM
January 25, 2012 1:09 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
the entire upper right quadrant of my mouth is KILLLLLING me, it's not that located above that tooth anymore!

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 1:09 PM
January 25, 2012 1:10 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
kens, I would first ask if there is any chance left of meeting with CFO. If you ask for feedback first, it sends the wrong message. At this point, you are still interested (at least in theory, and in your communication with recruiter). Only once you are sure that you aren't "in" for the meeting with CFO, would I ask for feedback. Things can take a while at that level. I've had weeks go by, once months, in the process of being hired/interviewing.

You can be pretty relaxed about asking for feedback. Just saying, It would be helpful to know if there is any feedback you can give me regarding why I wasn't considered further for the position. Or something like that. Use your own words.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:11 PM
January 25, 2012 1:10 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i didn't say it was funny, or even insinuate it being funny!

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 1:10 PM
January 25, 2012 1:10 PM - MontroseMorris
Kens, write the guy and thank him for the interview. Tell him it was good to meet him, the job looked very interesting, blah, blah. Short and sweet. If he never responds, you know. If he's halfway decent, he'll let you know where you stand. If he actually writes back to tell you that you didn't make the cut, you would then be perfectly positioned to ask why.
January 25, 2012 1:13 PM - bxgrl
Yuppies vs rebbes? It should be hilarious. The beard pulling, the payess yanking. The shin kicking.

The Lubavtich are usually more reasonable then, say, the Satmars. But on this they are completely and totally wrong. It's very disturbing. But then, this is the face of religious extremism. No different from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc.



Edited at January 25, 2012 1:13 PM
January 25, 2012 1:13 PM - MontroseMorris
"i didn't say it was funny, or even insinuate it being funny!"

Well, there was certainly a lot of anticipatory glee at the thought of it, in your post. If that was not your intent, then that's great.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:13 PM
January 25, 2012 1:13 PM - dibs
A combination of what MM and cobble said....write the thank you note for the interview and then ask if there will be a meeting with the CFO. Then see what happens.


One should always write a thank you note (or email these days) the day after the intial and any subsequent interviews.


Edited at January 25, 2012 1:13 PM
January 25, 2012 1:14 PM - Kensingtonian
Tanks MM. I think that's what I'll do. A Thank you email a week later just seems awkward though. If I met with him in person or with the CFO, I would obviously write one the next day but I never wrote one so doing it so now is just weird.

We never had a real interview really. Just a 15 minute chat where I told him honestly where I stand. Maybe he didn't like what I told him (which was that it'll take a lot for me to consider switching spots) but usually being brutally honestly worked in my favor. My boss and VP and all of my past bosses seemed to like that about me that I was a straight shooter and told them how it was without all the political BS. Who knows.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:14 PM
January 25, 2012 1:16 PM - dibs
Yeah, bxgrl. First, i suspect they are not yuppies but the universally despised hipsters which, as you so rightly point out, are indistinguishable from the rebbes (hadn't heard that word before) except for the length of the beards and the different headware.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:16 PM
January 25, 2012 1:16 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
thank you notes are so phoney tho!!!

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 1:16 PM
January 25, 2012 1:17 PM - dibs
I think if it was a phone chat and nothing more then there's probably not even any feedback, especially if he was getting "pushback" in the form of you being honest about where you stand.
January 25, 2012 1:18 PM - dibs
thank you notes are so phoney tho!!!

*rob*


They are also very 1% and it's part of the dance you play as you progress into the 1%.
January 25, 2012 1:19 PM - Arkady
A week isn't too late for thank you. I'd do that & not do anything beyond it - as MM says.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:19 PM
January 25, 2012 1:19 PM - Kensingtonian
We ended a conversation with "i'll drop your resume to the CFO and if he likes it, he'll call you for an interview". That's why I want a feedback what he didn't like in the resume if he didn't call me. For all I know, the recruiter was just lying and dumped my resume in the trash can as soon as he clicked the phone. I honestly reallly don't care, just want a feedback on resume as I haven't touched it in almost 6 years and this situation made me update it (which was a good push).
January 25, 2012 1:20 PM - MontroseMorris
"thank you notes are so phoney tho!!!"

Would you rather be "real", or better employed? Or just employed?
January 25, 2012 1:23 PM - dibs
Well he is in Human resources, what used to be called "Personnel," and we all know what those people are like....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGCMyF-sA58
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:23 PM
January 25, 2012 1:23 PM - Kensingtonian
thank you notes are phoney and everyone knows that but if you don't get one, you automatically disqualify that person as not responsible and obliging to the "interview rules". That's like coming to an interview in shorts. Everyone knows that you don't enjoy wearing a funeral style suit but everyone still does it because it's the standard.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:23 PM
January 25, 2012 1:26 PM - bxgrl
Dibs, although we have to admit the hipsters do dress a tad better, what with the artfully ripped jeans and all.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:26 PM
January 25, 2012 1:29 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
well of course i WOULD send a thank you note, but i would try not to make it phoney; and more personal, like calligraphy-written on hello kitty stationary. i guess that's what i mean. too many people i assume use phoney stationary or faceless generic email


*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 1:28 PM
January 25, 2012 1:31 PM - dibs
I think a return to note writing along the lines of Downton Abbey is appropriate...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs5_E1J_9hY
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:31 PM
January 25, 2012 1:40 PM - etson
I haven't always bothered with a thank you note after interviews. Doesn't seem to bear much relation to when I have progressed or not. I am pretty indifferent to them when I have interviewed someone.

January 25, 2012 1:48 PM - bxgrl
Hey Etson! How are ya?
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:48 PM
January 25, 2012 1:52 PM - Donatella
I don't have hip waders.....the rain stopped for now.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:52 PM
January 25, 2012 1:52 PM - dibs
Etson's in Canada. Leave him be.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:52 PM
January 25, 2012 1:53 PM - dibs
Eison, I'm having dinner with Cecilia tonight...that curly haired lady that worked in the office with us at the Park Ave address.
January 25, 2012 1:54 PM - Deleted
I actually do enjoy wearing a suit, and wish we would return to the days when folks wore than on many occassions -not just work. Folks just looked so much better then.

I would also argue that if one wants to look good (and that's a big assumption these days), wearing a suit is actually the most economical way to dress.
January 25, 2012 1:55 PM - dibs
benson, I just wish people would wear something other than sweats when invited to dinner.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:55 PM
January 25, 2012 1:57 PM - dibs
I may let my hair down and start wearing just a jacket, no tie, once i retire.

The worst look is when men in suits and ties loosen the tie when they go out after work. Even worse is when they wear the tie draped around their neck on the way into work.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:57 PM
January 25, 2012 1:58 PM - BoerumHillScott
I remember how bad the raid could be in Houston. Once a month there would be a story about the fire department having to rescue motorists caught by flooding.
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:58 PM
January 25, 2012 1:59 PM - dibs
What kind of raid?? gay bars????
January 25, 2012 1:59 PM - dibs
And the d isn't even close to the "n" on the keyboard!!!!!!
Edited at January 25, 2012 1:59 PM
January 25, 2012 2:02 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Mrs. Crawley to Violet/The Dowager Countess: "It's a nut cracker. We'd thought you'd like it, to crack your nuts."
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:02 PM
January 25, 2012 2:02 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I would also argue that if one wants to look good (and that's a big assumption these days), wearing a suit is actually the most economical way to dress.

i dont think that can be true. it's too easy for a lot of people to spot a cheap and ill fitted suit, no? i would look like a complete moron in a suit and i know it. it would be ill-fitted and either bargain basement cheap or moth holes all over it. i am also too short to wear a suit. people under 5'11" wind up looking like gnombes and leprechauns in suits, unless it's a skin tight eurotrash suit, but who wants to wear that either without looking like a dickhead




*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 2:02 PM
January 25, 2012 2:05 PM - dibs
"people under 5'11" wind up looking like gnombes and leprechauns in suits,"

EXCUSE ME????
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:05 PM
January 25, 2012 2:08 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
oops sorry lol. i didnt exactly mean you. i meant like people under 5'11 who wear CHEAP suits look like gnomes and leprechauns i guess


*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 2:08 PM
January 25, 2012 2:09 PM - More4Less
office just got emptier yet again. HR did some more terminations. Must really suck being in that HR role. Terminating someone for cause is easy compared to this.
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:09 PM
January 25, 2012 2:16 PM - More4Less
DIBS, aren't you 6' 1"??
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:16 PM
January 25, 2012 2:17 PM - dibs
Hardly, m4l.
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:17 PM
January 25, 2012 2:25 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Wow, the comments in the Hasid thread on Gothamist are really something.
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:25 PM
January 25, 2012 2:27 PM - Legion
Congrats to DH on the promotion!

tehehe,
It won't be long now before he's cursing the Dems for increasing taxes and onerous regulations.
Not to mention the underlings looking to sneak one past the higher-ups.


Edited at January 25, 2012 2:27 PM
January 25, 2012 2:31 PM - Legion
"...people under 5'11" wind up looking like gnombes and leprechauns in suits."

Not true. Most billionaires are like 5 foot nothing and they look the part in a suit.
The secret is getting it well tailored and the "power" tie of course.
The right suit and the right tie will make any man stand out. Too tall and they start to look like Lurch.
The taller do have the advantage with the double breasted suit however or those who are portly.

Easy trick to look "well tailored": buy a suit a size smaller than you are used to. If you are a 42R, weear a 40R.
Then have the tailor correct for leg length or arm length.

Edited at January 25, 2012 2:31 PM
January 25, 2012 2:31 PM - dibs
Apple Restores S&P 500 Earnings With Enough Cash to Cover Greece

116 percent profit growth helped push its total cash to $97.6 billion -- enough to cover Greece’s debt payments due in the next two years

Edited at January 25, 2012 2:31 PM
January 25, 2012 2:35 PM - More4Less
Apple = "Juicy Fruit"

rumors of Apple TV is what is keeping me from spending too much on the new TV - have to save some for that gadget coming next yr
January 25, 2012 2:35 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
"power tie"

:-/

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 2:35 PM
January 25, 2012 2:35 PM - Deleted
Apple should help out Greece. It's only "fair".
January 25, 2012 2:44 PM - Deleted
Rob;

Regarding my comment about suits being more economical: in previous times, 2 suits, 6 white shirts and a couple fo ties would be all that folks would need for work and other occassions. A decent suit will last a person a few years with proper care. If you compare that basic wardrobe to what folks spend today, when they feel a need to have a wider variety and more wardrobe changes, it comes out cheaper.

Yes, I am a product of parochial schools.
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:44 PM
January 25, 2012 2:44 PM - Legion
Power Tie: No flowers, No paisley, No slogans, No polyester, No clip-on, No bullshit.
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:44 PM
January 25, 2012 2:48 PM - dibs
When I retire I will be giving away many of my "power" ties if any of you want one. And yes, pink can be a power tie color.

Sorry, no french cuff shirts or cufflinks especially my new "cock" and "pussy" cufflinks
January 25, 2012 2:53 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
And yes, pink can be a power tie color.

sure it can. but it also screams power bottom

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 2:53 PM
January 25, 2012 2:55 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
speaking of clothes. GRRRRR fucking post office. my grandmother mailed me six shirts and a sweater and a special surprise article of clothing in the mail OVER A WEEK AGO and i still havent gotten it yet!!!! she always sends stuff to my job address cuz it's more reliable and ive never had a problem. (there is a thief in my building apparently who steals peoples packages). big nasty note in the hall a while back saying "HEY YOU JERK, WHO THE HELL STEALS DIAPERS!?!?" lol

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 2:55 PM
January 25, 2012 2:55 PM - Donatella
Scott, this was a summer style rain here. Sheets. It went on for hours. I have been on with these very nice people since 7:30 am. Taking a break.
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:55 PM
January 25, 2012 2:56 PM - dibs
After it having sat uncollected for two weeks, i just got a call from my friend in Peru who was deported there about not being able to pick up the $$$ I sent by Western Union. Seems I needed to put his maternal name as well, which I never did the previous times I sent $$$. All a big bruhaha about this and blah, blah, blah, 75% of which i couldn't understand. I was able to call WU and have them change it. Damned if i was going to walk over to the Food Emporium again

The lengths that we Republicans go to make things fairer for everyone around the world are just unknowable to you Democrats.
Edited at January 25, 2012 2:56 PM
January 25, 2012 2:58 PM - Legion
That sucks *rob*,
When I used to get CD's from that BMG CD club, there would always be some jackass at the post office pilfering some of the music.
The last straw was when I ordered an Elvis Christmas CD and it was taken out of a box with other CD's and then re-sealed.
I kept sending the post master nasty letters and eventually it stopped.
January 25, 2012 3:02 PM - Legion
dibs,
One of the things I found out when going through my mother's papers after she passed away,
was just how much she sent overseas to South America.
Over the years, she was basically supporting a small community.
I have no doubt it's what she wanted to do with her money but I also know that a good deal of the
"envios" were for perfectly healthy and capable extended family that could do fine on their own without having to
constantly ask for stuff from the "wealthy" Americanos.

Many foreigners have an extremely well developed ability to mooch. It's very true and I've read many such letters.
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:02 PM
January 25, 2012 3:03 PM - MontroseMorris
"The lengths that we Republicans go to make things fairer for everyone around the world are just unknowable to you Democrats."

Sure, Dave.
January 25, 2012 3:03 PM - dibs
An intrepid reader sent in this horrible violation of tznius rules at Rockland Kosher in Monsey. This is the same place with a sign prohibiting anyone from shopping if they are not wearing socks.

It seems that either the censor forgot to cover this pornographic display of female anatomy or a lustful man was unable to control himself and ripped off the tznius coverup in testosterone fueled curiosity.


Great satirical blog....

http://www.frumsatire.net/2012/01/22/pritzus-in-monsey/
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:03 PM
January 25, 2012 3:05 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
The lengths that we Republicans go to make things fairer for everyone around the world

there's a western union in park slope and a couple in soho... just in case you wanna wire some monies and spread the wealth.

lol legion, i remember BMG and columbia music house. i used to sign up for all the free cd's with multiple names when i was young. i guess it's no more dishonest than people these days who steal music in electronic form.

*rob*

January 25, 2012 3:05 PM - dibs
Legion, some day I'll tell you this guy's story. it's truly incredible but he has at least 9 lives, 4 or 5 of which he's already gone through.
January 25, 2012 3:12 PM - Legion
Why was he deported dibs? Expired visa?
I hear the State Dept. is getting pretty hardline on deporting people.
There was a story in the Daily News a couple of weeks ago about an Israeli guy who is being deported from Brooklyn although he's built an entire life here for 20 years, including an American wife.
January 25, 2012 3:13 PM - Slopefarm
lol, dibs. The "pornographic display" being, of course, the woman's leg from the knee down.

FWIW, I got your frum pun right away.
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:13 PM
January 25, 2012 3:15 PM - CGar
Damn you, Legion! You KNOW clowns scare the bejesus out of me!
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:15 PM
January 25, 2012 3:17 PM - dibs
Legion, he was a hustler (illegal alien) I met many years ago who was clearly already "sick." he was a real hustler in all senses of the word. He kept getting arrested and he was finally deported. But I was surprised that he was. i thought there were some rules that we didn't deport anyone who was HIV +

He literally came back from the dead after being in a coma for over a year and made his way to may apartment and left a note for me with the doorman. He was staying in the hospital on Roosevelt island and I went over to see him afte he returend there. They threw himout after that for leaving but also he had let others there know that i had given him $$$

He was sent to live in some home in the west village with a bunch of indain nuns of some sort and I knew that wasn't going to last. Shortly thereafter that he went to jail for some fight and then deported.
January 25, 2012 3:18 PM - Legion
How to annoy CGar and Benson with one post:
;o)
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:18 PM
January 25, 2012 3:18 PM - dibs
Deporting people when the have an American wife or US born kids is just ridiculous
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:18 PM
January 25, 2012 3:21 PM - etson
Hi bxgrl,
Sorry, just got back from a meeting so didn't see your post above until now.

Say hi to Cecilia, DIBS, even though she probably wouldn't remember me. I just remember her being very nice and drinking lots & lots of tea...
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:21 PM
January 25, 2012 3:22 PM - etson
Bxgrl,
How is everything going re Troy? We should grab dinner before you guys move!
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:22 PM
January 25, 2012 3:25 PM - Legion
You have a good heart dibs,
liberals just don't understand compassionate conservatism. :o(
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:25 PM
January 25, 2012 3:26 PM - Slopefarm
Legion, benson appreciates formal attire. Why would a bow tie annoy him?
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:26 PM
January 25, 2012 3:26 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
wow he sounds like quite the upstanding fellow. :-/

*rob*

January 25, 2012 3:26 PM - dibs
"liberals just don't understand compassionate conservatism."

Truer words have never been spoken on the internets.
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:26 PM
January 25, 2012 3:30 PM - dibs
Just saw this on craigslist..... The juxtaposition of the raunchiness with the excellent grammar and the polite closing is something I rarely see anymore!!!!


"21 year old college boy here who is very into the older successful professional type of guy. nice suits cool jobs and great apartments are all pluses.

im 5'9" vers Asian with a toned and smooth swimmer's build. Into gen older guys who love to spoil younger twink types. very open sexually and would love to meet someone. into getting on my knees and servicing a big daddy dick and letting you make my boyhole yours.

let me know. thanks for reading. "


Edited at January 25, 2012 3:30 PM
January 25, 2012 3:38 PM - Legion
Legion's advice for homeowners and landlords
Boiler/Furnace Edition:

If your heating system gives out in the middle of the night do not panic.
Such things happen all the time.
If you happen to have a service contract, that is the best option. Simply call and have them check it out right away.

If the system is older and there is no service contract, beware, that's when you get to enter the seedy world of New York City heating/plumbing contracters. This world exists much like others in this great city, behind the scenes with little accountability except for a Better Business Bureau rating or word of mouth.
The scam they try to pull is this:
When you read the adverstisement it will say "master plumber" with all these nice license numbers.
In reality, they send a guy from their local network of people to come in and decide how much they can fleece the homeowner for.
Ideally, they are looking for you to replace the entire heating system.

So this past weekend, I get the "master plumber's" minion to visit at one of my properties. Of course, he figures I'm the average sucker so he proceeds to check the thermostat, then the furnace, then the gas regulator valve and the water feeds. Finally, he says the system is old and needs to be replaced. To the tune of many thousands of dollars.
He proceeds to fuss around with the water feed system and that's when I knew this moron was a scam artist.
He tried draining water from the system while leaving the furnace ON!
When I point this out to him, he looks like I'm speaking Martian and mumbles something inaudable above the sound of pipes knocking so hard that I thought they would explode.
I tell him to SHUT THE WHOLE THING OFF AND GET OUT!

I refill the water in in the system and the next day I change the thermostat. I noticed that he unhooked one of the wires to it as well.
System begins to work perfectly with the new thermostat.

Moral of the story. Don't trust anyone when it comes to expensive home systems and watch over them like a hawk when they come in to "inspect".
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:38 PM
January 25, 2012 3:39 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ew
i think that's why i dont like gay men


Edited at January 25, 2012 3:39 PM
January 25, 2012 3:42 PM - More4Less
sounds like someone already responded to the ad
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January 25, 2012 3:42 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
rob, Are you a closet romantic?
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January 25, 2012 3:45 PM - dibs
rob, fret not. A "toned and smooth swimmers build" will only last so long and he'll get dumped sooner or later. You, on the other hand have your mind which will be with you forever and will always be attractive to someone.
Edited at January 25, 2012 3:45 PM
January 25, 2012 3:46 PM - dibs
No, m4l, he's in the West Village and that's just too far for me to bother, as attractive as this one sounds!!!
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January 25, 2012 3:48 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
of course i am! i also believe in only monogamous relationships. however i must say, i am SO much happier these days being an autosexual.

question about unlimited metrocards. i swiped mine in the meter to see when it expires. it says it expires on the 26th. which is tomorrow. does that mean it will still work tomorrow and expire at midnight TOMORROW or will it expire at midnight tonight? i ask cuz i have exactly like 5 bux in a sock (but it's all in nickels and dimes) and i if my card is going to be expired tomorrow morning when i get to the train station, i dont wanna be "that" person getting a metrocard with nickels in a crowded line for the machine lol. (ill go to the TD bank and get dollar bills..)

*rob*

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January 25, 2012 3:49 PM - More4Less
DIBS, don't they COME to/for you?
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January 25, 2012 3:50 PM - Slopefarm
legion, I'm surprised. Just because Mr. B cast the OT out into the wilderness doesn't mean you are at the mercy of the yellow pages or BBB for finding a plumbing/heating contractor. There are reputable folks out there with good recs, and you would have found them in a 5-minute search of the archives over there. I hope if you are ever my treating physician, you'll bring more to the diagnostic table than webmd on your iphone. Think, my good man, think!
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January 25, 2012 3:50 PM - dibs
Facebook listing may be imminent. Facebook's attorneys have stopped processing secondary market transactions in the share for 3 days.
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January 25, 2012 3:52 PM - dibs
m4l, that gets more difficult with a certain someone there all the time!!! I get all kind of problems when I want to have the Mexican bf over every two weeks...pouting and that sort of stuff.
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January 25, 2012 3:55 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
You, on the other hand have your mind which will be with you forever

ahahahahahahhhaaaaaaaaaaaoh thanks for the laugh

*rob*

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January 25, 2012 3:58 PM - Legion
slopefarm,
Normally, that is the right way to go. I've read a lot of posts from mstrplmr on brownstoner.
This was a Saturday night however with a sudden flood of calls from angry tenants who wanted heat.
Very few of these more reputable plumbers will be willing to make a treck out of their abodes to check on a
building in Bushwick.
It was the only reasonable option to jump on the problem immediately since it was in the low 20's that evening.

...anyway, I'm all the wiser for the experience. And my furnace is humming along without need for replacement.
All I needed was a $27 dollar thermostat which I installed myself. Wasn't about to call someone to do that and waste another full day of my time.
January 25, 2012 4:04 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"You, on the other hand have your mind which will be with you forever and will always be attractive to someone."

And what a mind it is! ; )

I never knew that about you, rob. You really should go join some groups doing things you like. It would get you out a bit more, and you never know who you might meet.
Edited at January 25, 2012 4:04 PM
January 25, 2012 4:07 PM - petebklyn
reminds me of one of my 1st crisis years ago.....waste main got clogged and I was young and naive. Called roto-rooter or something close from yellow pages. way overcharged and wanted to charge me by the foot for doing whole system.
then I knew I was being scammed
guy who installed my boiler is guy I call when I have problem with that these days. he's pretty good about coming...but says will be there in couple hours but ends up like 6hours later.
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January 25, 2012 4:07 PM - Legion
...what's that new avatar that ditmasparker is sporting?
Is that from the Age of Innocence or
Pride and Prejudice?

Speaking of films, I heard the Oscar Best Picture announcements.
Not sure why Midnight in Paris is on there.
Certainly not one of Woody Allen's best. Kind of forced and predictable. Even the dialogue was stiff.
Nice scenery though.

I thought he did a great job with Matchpoint a few years back however. Very good script and great acting. Imaginative although somewhat reminiscent of Crimes and Misdemeanors.
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January 25, 2012 4:08 PM - dibs
Any of you people use christianmingle.com?????
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January 25, 2012 4:08 PM - Legion
haha pete.
NUMBER 1 rule for homeowner's with plumbing issues:

NEVER call Roto Rooter.
It's like a franchise for overcharging.
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January 25, 2012 4:08 PM - dibs
Legion, try and keep up. Downton Abbey. Mine too.
January 25, 2012 4:10 PM - petebklyn
ah, swimmers build. I went to this pool complex in ft. laud this morning....Looks like some team from Italy was training for some competition. my lord, one after another.....at least 6' tall, narrow hips, V shape to the extreme.
Edited at January 25, 2012 4:10 PM
January 25, 2012 4:11 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
It's from Downton Abbey, legion.

I'm CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM!!

DIBS is ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM, my husband. ; )
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January 25, 2012 4:11 PM - Slopefarm
legion -- I simply cannot watch woody allen movies any more. I have not liked anything since the whole Soon-yi thing went public. I don't even bother any more. Everything that used to be funny about his persona and his obsessions turned icky for me after that. And I used to really love his films. My favorites remain Love and Death from his early silly phase and Broadway Danny Rose and Zelig from the mature pre-Soon-yi comedies.
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January 25, 2012 4:12 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Here, you can pick who you want to be:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/characters.html
January 25, 2012 4:13 PM - petebklyn
what did I know then. I was like 34 years old and knew nothing about plumbing systems. but at least I caught on quick when realized trying to scam me.
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January 25, 2012 4:14 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Christian Mingle . com? Are you kidding? Lightening would probably strike me if I even typed in the URL! : P
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January 25, 2012 4:15 PM - Legion
Ahhhh, Downton Abbey!

I really have to check this series out. You folks are raving about it so much.


slopefarm,
I tend to agree, it's hard separating him from his personal life.
It's probably why he started making films in Europe for the past 10 years, to get out of the NY spotlight.

Broadway Danny Rose is one of my favorites as well.
I watch fewer and fewer of his films when they're on cable. I used to automatically stop flipping channels and watch.
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January 25, 2012 4:16 PM - dibs
Pete I was very lucky through life with contractors. the first one I ever used worked for my attorney who was my landlord previously. he and I went on the spec rehab a few houses together. Since then i had great contractors in P-Town, Philly and Bucks County, most all of whom I have become friends with. So far good luck in brooklyn, too.
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January 25, 2012 4:17 PM - Deleted
Legion;

Your story above about your mom basically explains why we lost contact with my mother's side of the family in the old country. My grandmother was the only one of her family who came over. Basically, after my grandmother's mom died, her new step mother put her on a boat to America and said "Good Luck".

She kept in touch with some members of her family through the years, but after a while their letters could be summarized as "Send money, rich American". At some point she got tired of the routine, and broke contact.
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January 25, 2012 4:18 PM - dibs
Christie says he will abide by the results of the NJ gay marriage ballot
January 25, 2012 4:18 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Hi Pete, How is your friend doing post-surgery? Are you able to get out for a little sun/relaxing in between caretaking?
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January 25, 2012 4:18 PM - petebklyn
now I have have good plumber and a contractor -- my contractor has key to house...and has come over to check when things wrong when I'm outa town.
Now -- if could find an honest lawyer. :)
January 25, 2012 4:20 PM - rf
quote:
Deporting people when the have an American wife or US born kids is just ridiculous

What? You're not worried about anchor babies?
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January 25, 2012 4:20 PM - Deleted
With regard to Legion's plumber story: I have found that service contracts are really worthwhile. Limits your exposure to this sort of thing.
January 25, 2012 4:20 PM - petebklyn
I'm sitting in his room now. went swimming (outdoor) this morning...and probably leaving in about an hour. He's doing fine--- when to rehab with him earlier.....Pain started acting up and they gave him some oxysomething awhile ago and obviously acting high/dopey now.
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January 25, 2012 4:21 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
BH's 1st step-mother didn't want BH around after she started having her own children, and shipped him off to live with his maternal grandmother while his natural mother was in NYC. And his natural father let this happen! What the hell is wrong with people? How the hell do they rationalize this kind of behavior??? I just cannot fathom it.
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January 25, 2012 4:21 PM - dibs
Isn't that what i said, rf???
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January 25, 2012 4:23 PM - dibs
Pete, grab a few of those oxysomething pills. they ahave $$$ street value. You can give them to twinks you meet out at the clubs tonight!!!!
January 25, 2012 4:25 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I remember when my Mom broke her hip, needed pins. They kept telling her that she had to get up and walk around. She cursed a blue streak for awhile but eventually gave in. So she and I walked and walked and walked until she could come home. It's really painful, but so important to get moving right away.
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January 25, 2012 4:27 PM - Donatella
That is exactly how I feel about Woody Allen films,Slopey.
January 25, 2012 4:27 PM - dibs
Leaving early. Practicing for retirement.
January 25, 2012 4:33 PM - Slopefarm
legion -- you can stream season 1 of Downton Abbey on netflix. You need to start from the beginning to have it make sense.

re: Broadway Danny Rose -- I love how, no matter how absurd and far afield the story gets, mob molls fleeing into the reeds of the meadowlands and hiding in the Macy's parade balloon garage, it is really just a bunch of old time NY agents in the back of the Carnegie Deli swapping war stories. About 2/3 into the movie, it cuts back to them just to have one agent tell the agent who's telling the story "this isn't a funny story, this is a terrible story." Just perfectly captures a certain slice of NY that is pretty much gone.


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January 25, 2012 4:35 PM - Slopefarm
"That is exactly how I feel about Woody Allen films,Slopey."

Difference is, it's heresy coming from me, a New York jew raised on Woody Allen films.

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January 25, 2012 4:39 PM - Deleted
Many Woody Allen do not hold up well over time.

I saw a few of them a couple of years ago (Manhattan, Annie Hall and Hannah are her sisters). The last is particularly awful.
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January 25, 2012 4:41 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i hear lots of success stores of people who used J-Date
lol

*rob*

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January 25, 2012 4:42 PM - Legion
benson,
It's a long and convoluted story about my mom,
I'm certain it would make a great script because it includes my maternal grandmother's story around WWII and the happenings in Europe, her death during childbirth leaving my mother to take care of her six other siblings as a young girl of 14 eventually to be sent away by a mean stepmother to a girl's school with very stern nuns and her eventual departure for the USA to leave it all behind.

She harbored a great deal of guilt for leaving her family as she was seen as the closest many of her brothers had to a mother.
Edited at January 25, 2012 4:42 PM
January 25, 2012 4:45 PM - Legion
Netflix has Downton Abbey slopefarm?
Good to know, I'll check it out.
Edited at January 25, 2012 4:45 PM
January 25, 2012 5:03 PM - rf
Netflix streaming has last year's Downton Abbey episodes.

And the pbs.org website has all the episodes that have already been shown, plus complete synopses.
Edited at January 25, 2012 5:03 PM
January 25, 2012 5:08 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ew, it's a PBS show? :-/
aka the Puerile BullShit network!?

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

*rob*

January 25, 2012 5:16 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
actually i kinda like PBS a bit, well i used to. i havent seen it in a while

*rob*

January 25, 2012 5:17 PM - rf
No commercials!
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January 25, 2012 5:20 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
How's your brother doing, rf? Have docs determined what to do about lung #2?
January 25, 2012 5:36 PM - rf
He is still in the hospital but hopes to get out tonight. He will see an oncologist in a week or so. The thoracic surgeon said that the oncologist may just prescribe chemo instead of surgery for the nodules in the other lung. (At least that's what my brother heard; he's still getting some serious pain meds.) The other nodules are not as accessible as the one they removed.

Thanks for asking, Cobble!
January 25, 2012 5:41 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I hope he recovers from the surgery quickly/easily, rf. So, he doesn't live here, right? Where will he stay while doing chemo, if that turns out to be the path they go?
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January 25, 2012 6:10 PM - dibs
Just what do these anti-Bloomberg ads by the UFT hope to accomplish????
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January 25, 2012 6:10 PM - rf
He lives in St. Croix. He hopes to be able to go home for the chemo.
Edited at January 25, 2012 6:10 PM
January 25, 2012 6:11 PM - dibs
Drunk kid gets hit by subway train when he was on the tracks and entitled mother files $50MM lawsuit.
Edited at January 25, 2012 6:11 PM
January 25, 2012 6:47 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm curious, how did he end up living in St. Croix?!




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January 25, 2012 7:08 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Just what do these anti-Bloomberg ads by the UFT hope to accomplish????

i saw that ad and was really confused. i thought it was a repeat or an accident from when he was running for mayor or something. so stupid.
while i dont like nanny bloomberg, it is not his fault kids have sucky parents who dont value education.

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 7:08 PM
January 25, 2012 7:10 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh a lady conducter completely flipped her wig tonight on the R train lol. good stuff... i was highly entertained.

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 7:10 PM
January 25, 2012 7:30 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
just read the thread on b'stoner about the hasids versus the moonfaces. zzzzz. political correctness run amok along with outright racism, so the only thing i want to comment on is dave's use of on line versus in line. he said ONLY in nyc is online used. that is complely false. it's always been on-line growing up in jersey. but maybe because it was the nyc metro area? ive heard of this debate before but never thought about it. does saying standing on line make someone sound stupid? im gonna drop on-line and in-line as much as possible as i can tomorrow, in fact when im online at the bank im gonna ask everyone if they say inline or online.

i dont know, inline involves an outward pressure going in, such as inline skating, etc. online denotes more of a holding onto something and entering a thing or an event.

makes sense to me.
*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 7:30 PM
January 25, 2012 7:32 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh and dave, i got the tax returns from you in the mail today! thanks, but why you be spelling my last name like the YoYo!?!? thank god i decided not to let you sign my tax returns and just send them in. my ass would have been audited because you somehow confuse donuts with yoyo's!

*rob*

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January 25, 2012 7:32 PM - rf
Cobble, my dad was a mechanic for Pan Am and he and my mom and younger brother (the patient) used to go to St. Croix for cheap 4-day weekends when bro. was in high school. He made friends with a kid from Chicago whose parents owned a hotel there. After 2 years at FIT, my bro. and his friend opened a clothing store in Christiansted with $5000. They opened before Thanksgiving and a week later they were replenishing stock for Christmas. The store stayed open for many years, he married a young teacher from St. Croix, raised 2 kids there, etc., etc. He's 56 now. Wife now works for a U.S. senator for the Virgin Islands, one daughter in L.A., one in NYC.
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January 25, 2012 8:02 PM - Kensingtonian
Hey Rob, I know you were looking for work shoes before and Zara has a ridiculous clearance sale now so work shoes (and sneakers) are like 20-30 bucks each. Can't be beat for new decent shoes. Doubt anything decent in housing works will be cheaper. I also have a bunch of shoes to donate to Housing Works but they r all 10 1/2 or 11 and some are in pretty decent shape so if you want first dibs (not Dave), email me at bkjester3@aol.com and we'll arrange something.
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January 25, 2012 8:11 PM - petebklyn
I thought you would have sympathized with the hasids ....not wanting moonfacey yuppies around. I understand their desires. I wish these people would take their bars and clubs and lifestyle somewhere else. Like NJ. But believe me, they are much better than what you see in Florida.
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January 25, 2012 8:19 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I thought you would have sympathized with the hasids ....not wanting moonfacey yuppies around. I understand their desires. I wish these people would take their bars and clubs and lifestyle somewhere else. Like NJ. But believe me, they are much better than what you see in Florida.

they dislike the same kind of people i kinda sorta dislike. i also dont see HOW it's discrimination hating on moonfaces and not wanting them around. however, it is discrimination tho only allowing certain religions to be around. most likely they wouldnt want me and my pitbull in their neighborhood either. but i wouldnt really live in that neighborhood anyway, not because it's a bad neighborhood, but because i dont want to live somewhere that im not wanted. not that im wanted per se in park slope, but it's very easy to blend in around here and go unnoticed for the most part. i dont to live somewhere where my neighbors are all up in my business, i dont want to live somewhere where people say hello from their stoop, i dont want people making stink eye to me or my pitbull (which oddly does not happen in park slope at all which is why i like it).

honestly, i dont blame the hasids for wanting middle america trash who grew up on Sunny D and soccer practice being around. who does!?

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 8:19 PM
January 25, 2012 8:20 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
sorry if im an east coast snob, i cant help myself.

*rob*

January 25, 2012 8:25 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Hey Rob, I know you were looking for work shoes before and Zara has a ridiculous clearance sale now so work shoes (and sneakers) are like 20-30 bucks each. Can't be beat for new decent shoes. Doubt anything decent in housing works will be cheaper. I also have a bunch of shoes to donate to Housing Works but they r all 10 1/2 or 11 and some are in pretty decent shape so if you want first dibs (not Dave), email me at bkjester3@aol.com and we'll arrange something

thanks, ken! i did find a decent pair at housing works (i believe for 25?) a few weeks ago. size 10.5 or 11 would be kinda floppy on me and wearing ill-fitted shoes is really bad for your feet... im a size 9 - 9.5 sometimes ill buy a size 10 but 10 feels a little big on me. but seriously, thanks for the offer!!!



*rob*

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January 25, 2012 8:37 PM - Kensingtonian
No problem, yeah don't wear shoes a size bigger than your foot. That stuff is not good at all. I buy a half a size bigger usually cause I like to have some room but a whole size bigger is no bueno. Guess all of it is going to housing works then.
Edited at January 25, 2012 8:37 PM
January 25, 2012 9:00 PM - petebklyn
you think it is safe to wear somebody else's old shoes. like with fungus and wart germs, stinky sweat and stuff? feet really aren't the nicest part of the body.
January 25, 2012 9:01 PM - petebklyn
I'm sure kens would be fine...but like anonymous sources?
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January 25, 2012 9:17 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
95% of everything i wear is used. the only thing i ever buy new are underwear and socks and undershirts. im just not big on having to buy clothes and stuff. my year clothing budget is probably like 50 bux, max.


*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 9:17 PM
January 25, 2012 9:20 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Guess all of it is going to housing works then.

i know when you donate to housing works you get those tax forms and stuff, but why not put the shoes out if they are in good condition somewhere that people will most likely take them? guaranteed someone might take them, who knows, maybe someone who really REALLY needs them and can't afford to even buy them at places like housing works. if no one takes them, then donate the rest to housing works. sometimes ill find things people put out on the street for the taking that they could have donated to charity, but have made my day and/or things i really REALLY needed. there are others like me out there, wandering around waiting for their next kiss from the Universe.

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 9:20 PM
January 25, 2012 9:23 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh yeah, and don't be a dick and put tacks in the toes of the shoes :-/

*rob*

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January 25, 2012 9:48 PM - Deleted
Well, exactly as I expected: I just received an alert from Princess Cruises. Prices on European Cruises have been slashed 45%!! Now is an excellent time to book a cruise.

I'm off to Minneapolis tomorrow. See you next week.
Edited at January 25, 2012 9:48 PM
January 25, 2012 9:48 PM - Kensingtonian
Yeah Pete. I am with you on that. I am fairly frugal and bargain shop for clothes but I never have bought used clothing. When I was younger, I got a lot of pass me down clothes and same when we came to America but not much after that. I usually buy things on sale and clearances and they come out cheaper than most stuff I saw in housing works. I bought like 3 dress shirts from 10-20 bucks each at Zara and a really nice pair of shoes for 30 bucks that were originally for 100. Not too shabby.

Rob, I can't really put shoes out in my hood by my building because the super will put them in the garbage bag right away and we have no crummy free to take section in our building. No way I am leaving shoes on someone's stoop too. If I want them to go to less fortunate, I figure i'll give them to housing works or salvation army and they'll just sell 'em and donate the proceeds to good cause.

What the heck is tacks?
Edited at January 25, 2012 9:48 PM
January 25, 2012 9:59 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
thumbtacks. youve never heard of thumbtacks? some people think they are funny by fucking with free stuff they put out on the street for the taking. i.e. thumbtacks in the toes at the bottoms of shoes is an example. cuz you know? who looks deep into the toe section before trying them on? while this has never happened to me, im sure it's happened once or twice in the world. (it was kind of a joke). i cant believe you dont know what a tack is.

*rob*

January 25, 2012 10:00 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
they are also called pushpins and stem poppers.

*rob*

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January 25, 2012 10:04 PM - Kensingtonian
oh pushpins I know. That's pretty fucked up to do. I would never do that.
January 25, 2012 10:09 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
a great coworker of mine who works from home in another state but comes into the office some weeks and picks me up cigarettes for helping out with some stuff had a brain fart and brought me parliaments instead of newports today. im not one to complain and was happy as a clam since im totally broke, but gack. omfg. ive never had parliaments before, they taste like... well, i dont know what they taste like. not like newports. newports are like the only cigs i can smoke (camel menthols can pass but i never see those really). they just taste like something completely different. i guess it's because they dont have menthol, which is funny cuz i find mint flavored anything GROSS.

someone bummed a cigarette today in soho (which if you smoke around there you will get like 10 people bumming in one length of a cigarette) and i usually will give someone one if i deem them truly worth or they are entertaining or just flat up poor, etc. i know what it's like) but today i had to say no no no no no, i was NOT taking out a pack of parliaments.

ive bummed cigs before and when someone gives you one and it's like some brand you dont like it's hard not to grimace. i find that when you give someone a newport who asks for one on the street they are like your new BFF.

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 10:09 PM
January 25, 2012 10:17 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I usually buy things on sale and clearances and they come out cheaper than most stuff I saw in housing works. I bought like 3 dress shirts from 10-20 bucks each at Zara and a really nice pair of shoes for 30 bucks that were originally for 100. Not too shabby.

housing works is not cheap at ALL. except for very random type things, and stuff they dont know how to price correctly. otherwise they overprice. i loved the one that opened up from me across the street here in park slope for many months, but in the last few months they jacked up the prices on EVERYTHING at least 2-300%. the place is jam packed ALL the time. it's actually really annoying to shop in there, but i stop in a lot because ive found some good stuff. the housing works in manhattan are MAD expensive.

i love salvation army and goodwill but too many midday moonface shoppers in there who own vintage boutiques and grab all the good stuff in the mornings cuz they dont have anything to do in the mornings cuz their stores dont open til well past noon. frustrating. tho honestly, for the most part i guess i dont want what they are scooping up, but they tend to scoop up a lot of halfway decent stuff. can still find good things in there if you spend time and look and it's not like anything id be wearing would be scooped up like i said so i guess i dont particularly have anything to complain about. i guess i was always good at going during the day on my lunch breaks and scooping up all the good vintage video game stuff on the cheap and the people who owned video game shops that would be open all day only shopped on weekends and at night so i was scooping them up.

of course the vintage clothing scoopers were making money by reselling their findings, i was just hoarding stupid video games that i barely ever played!

*rob*

January 25, 2012 11:11 PM - Donatella
Late comment on Houston job interview, it is going very well except that I am delirious. I just got back to the hotel. I spent 15 continuous hours with these people. With the propeller heads. I like nerdy quants. These guys are running a very good business and I like them -- they just aren't a relaxing group to go to dinner with.
Edited at January 25, 2012 11:10 PM
January 25, 2012 11:46 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I like nerdy quants

is that anything like a nigerian bicycle?

*rob*

Edited at January 25, 2012 11:46 PM