Friday Open Thread
February 24, 2012 8:25 AM - CGar
TGIF

317 comments
February 24, 2012 8:35 AM - petebklyn
I say this one is corner of Montague and Pierrepont Place. not to be confused with Pierrepont Terrace or Pierrepont St.
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:35 AM
#1
February 24, 2012 8:36 AM - MontroseMorris
I'm first????? Woah!

Heading back to NYC from Troy soon. Snow showers up here, an inch or so in Hudson. Supposed to drive through it as we go south.

Check back in later.
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:36 AM
#2
February 24, 2012 8:37 AM - MontroseMorris
Damn Pete! Beat me to # 1.
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:37 AM
#3
February 24, 2012 8:39 AM - Arkady
But at least he gave you signs to find your way back!
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:39 AM
#4
February 24, 2012 8:42 AM - dibs
Chumming....

Why should Obama apologize for the burning of the Korans while no one has apologised for the killing and beheading of journalists or the thousands of lives lost on 9/11 and other acts of terror at the hands of the Islamists??

What about the bombing of our various embassies by the Islamists???? or the stoning of women at the hands of Islamists??? or the prosecution of women who are raped by men, Islamist men????


Edited at February 24, 2012 8:42 AM
#5
February 24, 2012 8:43 AM - More4Less
Pete, I would be more impressive if you told us what's said on the other sign which we see the back of it on that post. what you said just proofs your eyesight is still good enough to read it off the pic
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:43 AM
#6
February 24, 2012 8:45 AM - dibs
In more important news, I'm on the train to Philly. As I was walking through Penn Station I noticed they opened a Taco Bell!!!!!!! i bet there are no friggin taco bells in Afghanistan!!!!!!!!
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:46 AM
#7
February 24, 2012 8:47 AM - petebklyn
it doesn't say anything...just an arrow indicating you can go left or right.
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:47 AM
#8
February 24, 2012 8:48 AM - dibs
Why is it pronounced "peer point" here and not "pierre point"
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:48 AM
#9
February 24, 2012 8:48 AM - More4Less
DIBS, we have and are held to higher standards - which we happily remind the world of frequently. plus it our troops burning it vs some idiot civilian in the states exercising his rights.
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:48 AM
#10
February 24, 2012 8:49 AM - dibs
"it doesn't say anything...just an arrow indicating you can go left or right."

yeah but people like you and a few others here seem to have their directional stuck and are always going LEFT
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:49 AM
#11
February 24, 2012 8:50 AM - dibs
Come on, surely someone else will take the bait besides m4l.

rf??? rf??? rf????



Edited at February 24, 2012 8:49 AM
#12
February 24, 2012 8:51 AM - jessibaby
MM, safe journey. And don't move to Troy. Demand a raise from Mr. B. you should be paid far more than by the column as your pieces give legitimacy to a blog which would otherwise be pure shill. Not to mention the stuff that's not necessarily to monetize, bringing attention to neighborhoods for their architecture and history, and not crime statistics. I think people almost take that understanding for granted at this point, but for me, and I imagine many others, it was you, MM, who told me the story.
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:51 AM
#13
February 24, 2012 8:52 AM - petebklyn
i never heard anyone say 'point' just 'pont'
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:52 AM
#14
February 24, 2012 8:54 AM - jessibaby
Sorry for all the emotion. I think just reading about people ripping up interiors on the insider yesterday combined with MM thinking she can't stay, just makes me sad. Seems unfair
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:54 AM
#15
February 24, 2012 8:58 AM - petebklyn
later folks, can't waste my time here today. tidy up, go to Y, lunch with friend, oral surgeon appt, and then train upstate.
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:58 AM
#16
February 24, 2012 8:59 AM - dibs
jessi, oddly, despite my preference for architectural detail, I have no problem with what people do to the interiors of their homes. In that case, it looks like anything salvageable will benefit those who want it. I actually like the kitchen a lot.
Edited at February 24, 2012 8:59 AM
#17
February 24, 2012 9:01 AM - dibs
I won't be here much longer either. On the train to Philly...heading out to pick up a car, driving to Bucks and then back for dinner in Philly tonight. Dinner tomorrow night at the opening of the Vetri Group's new restaurant
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:01 AM
#18
February 24, 2012 9:02 AM - jessibaby
I agree Dave that at least the pieces will go to a good home but I can't imagine they couldn't have found another property with the architectural detail already stripped. Seems a bare house would've been cheaper, too. And those concrete parlor floors were scary!
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:02 AM
#19
February 24, 2012 9:05 AM - dibs
Yes, it might have been better if they had told us why they bought that one. It did need all new mechanicals.

But the chorus telling them they should have bought a condo or a loft were just absurd. There's nothing to compare having your own home with your own yard, your own basement, etc, etc, ect
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:05 AM
#20
February 24, 2012 9:20 AM - jessibaby
Yeah, and Cara admitted the photo of the guys carting out the old mantels was bait. I guess if it was only the mantels they swapped out, it's not that big of a deal.
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:20 AM
#21
February 24, 2012 9:21 AM - dibs
I think some of those commenters need to be carted out.
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:21 AM
#22
February 24, 2012 9:21 AM - dibs
Besides, I couldn't tell if any of the guys carrying the mantle were cute. I was hoping but...
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:21 AM
#23
February 24, 2012 9:24 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Most of that house wasn't my taste, but, it's their house and their money so more power to them. Curious though about the uproar. If the details are removed and then placed in another house that was missing its detail, isn't that like trading one for one? Better than just trashing/destroying the details, no?
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:24 AM
#24
February 24, 2012 9:24 AM - More4Less
JB, there's a poster here who often said if he won lotto, he would buy a big ass house and rip out all the details so he can convert it to an open loft feel with modern look. Beware of that poster as I dont think he is kidding. hehe
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:24 AM
#25
February 24, 2012 9:29 AM - dibs
Exactly, Snappy. Welcome back. Try and be civil for a change. :-P
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:28 AM
#26
February 24, 2012 9:29 AM - jessibaby
That one house will never be able to be in its original condition again. It's nice that the "organs" can be transplanted but if the original house wasnt dead, why do it? Or something like that, but less dramatic.

Haha, M4L, good thing that poster doesn't bother to play lotto anymore.
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:29 AM
#27
February 24, 2012 9:29 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Ha! Me? Be civil? Never!!!!
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:29 AM
#28
February 24, 2012 9:32 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Presumably though, the next owner can purchase those details and have them reinstated. I mean, on some level I do get it - I personally would never buy such a home and strip it. I'd rather buy something closer to what I wanted in the first place (which is not anything close to what a brownstone is). But, short of landmarking interiors (which I don't advocate) or trying to make sure you only sell to someone who loves the detail, it's a lost cause.
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:32 AM
#29
February 24, 2012 9:32 AM - dibs
jessi, enough with the anthropomorphism



Edited at February 24, 2012 9:32 AM
#30
February 24, 2012 9:34 AM - dibs
OK, train pulling in to 30th St station.

Adios.

Play nice today. it's Lent and Friday so...NO MEAT
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:34 AM
#31
February 24, 2012 9:34 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I can't play nice...it's not in my nature :-) Off to the doc. Later losers.
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:34 AM
#32
February 24, 2012 9:39 AM - jessibaby
Yeah, my reaction to it isn't logical, but emotional. Gloomy today. I think I'll visit someplace with sunshine on the Internet.

Bye, all. GL at the doctor Snappy (big meech)
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:39 AM
#33
February 24, 2012 9:48 AM - More4Less
JB, the issue is rich peeps like these primo hood locations and unfortunately there isn't enough houses with the more plain, modern, etc feel in the locations they like - hence reason I think we see the nice modern looking townhouses sell fast and sell for big ASK (ie low supply makes fly off the shelve).
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:48 AM
#34
February 24, 2012 9:52 AM - jessibaby
Right, like the ones on state street - though we'll see what happens to resales with the jail open again.
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:52 AM
#35
February 24, 2012 9:52 AM - CGar
"Why is it pronounced "peer point" here"

It's pronounced "peer PONT" not "point", MORON. If you're going to be trolling the nabe, you have to learn these things.
Edited at February 24, 2012 9:52 AM
#36
February 24, 2012 10:02 AM - lechacal
I'm sick. Nasty chest cold. Didn't even run yesterday. Wife and kids are out of town. Should have been out till 3 am getting myself into all kinds of trubs but instead I was in bed by 11. Pathetic.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:02 AM
#37
February 24, 2012 10:04 AM - Deleted
jackal, check ur email
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:04 AM
#38
February 24, 2012 10:04 AM - lechacal
So I don't really drink any more, I don't mentally undress every woman I see, and I am in bed at 11 on a night when my wife and kids are out of town.

I think this is one of this changey times, like when I went from hippie to preppie, just because. If you don't change your personality once every few years you're dead already.
#39
February 24, 2012 10:05 AM - jessibaby
So what are you becoming now?
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:05 AM
#40
February 24, 2012 10:06 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i have no problem with what people do to the insides of their own homes, or the outside for that matter. newsflash not everyone finds the 1890's (or the 1980's) attractive or liveable.

*rob*



#41
February 24, 2012 10:06 AM - Donatella
I bought fireplace mantels from Eddie hibbert and installed them where the originals were in my house. I ripped out the rotten old floors and had new floors installed copying the old strip designs. But my place isn't a period house. It is bright for one.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:06 AM
#42
February 24, 2012 10:06 AM - lechacal
Some sort of serious, sober, competitive executive, jb.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:06 AM
#43
February 24, 2012 10:09 AM - jessibaby
Makes sense, Jackal. Sounds like you're altering your personality to fit the financial needs of your family. Once college is wrapped up, I'm sure you'll go lumberjack.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:09 AM
#44
February 24, 2012 10:10 AM - lechacal
I was going to go out last night with an old buddy of mine who works for major league baseball. He has a great job. We usually go out, do shots, challenge each other to an arm wrestling contest, and then end up at a strip club somewhere.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:10 AM
#45
February 24, 2012 10:10 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
If you don't change your personality once every few years you're dead already.

agreeance. tho it sounds like you morphed into something awful

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 10:10 AM
#46
February 24, 2012 10:11 AM - jessibaby
Yeah, those arent really things that a kid wants their dad to be doing. Makes sense that you're not really feeling it right now.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:11 AM
#47
February 24, 2012 10:14 AM - lechacal
Yeah, I guess I'm done with nihilist hedonist unfrozen cave man lawyer, on to the next guy, who I'll be for maybe the next 10 years or so.
#48
February 24, 2012 10:15 AM - jessibaby
No longer a nihilist? Don't tell me you've found religion.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:15 AM
#49
February 24, 2012 10:15 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i used to pray for schizophrenia lol. it never came :(

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 10:15 AM
#50
February 24, 2012 10:16 AM - lechacal
Nihilism is a philosophy, not a religion. I remain agnostic as always.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:16 AM
#51
February 24, 2012 10:18 AM - jessibaby
So basically life no longer is without purpose but that isnt a result of religion.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:18 AM
#52
February 24, 2012 10:20 AM - lechacal
I don't know if it has a purpose or not, but at least it has a direction that I'm not completely ambivalent about.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:20 AM
#53
February 24, 2012 10:22 AM - jessibaby
Could this have happened without kids? Having children would be a great motivation for me.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:22 AM
#54
February 24, 2012 10:22 AM - lechacal
Sort of like the difference between 1. Not caring in which direction you're sailing, whether the wind is blowing, or frankly whether the boat is above or below the water, right side up or upside down and 2. Sailing towards something and being perfectly content doing so.
#55
February 24, 2012 10:24 AM - Deleted
uhhhhhhhhhhhh
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:24 AM
#56
February 24, 2012 10:25 AM - lechacal
Lol
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#57
February 24, 2012 10:26 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
yeah really.. it's reeking like clove cigarettes all up in here this morning

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 10:26 AM
#58
February 24, 2012 10:27 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Good morning, asshat philosophers.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:27 AM
#59
February 24, 2012 10:28 AM - jessibaby
I like talking with (former) nihilists. Taking it too far is not good for sanity, but a small dose of it is very good for getting through the day.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:28 AM
#60
February 24, 2012 10:28 AM - lechacal
Oh I'm sorry rob, was that all too sophomore year coffee shop philosophizing and smoking instead of studying for you?
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:28 AM
#61
February 24, 2012 10:32 AM - sixyearsandcounting
I love Star Credit and tax abatements for co-op owners. Not a single damn cent to pay in maintenance this month, and I pay $20.95 less next month.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:32 AM
#62
February 24, 2012 10:41 AM - Donatella
People from the Midwest tend to speak in monotones. I think I've had enough of this conference. BTW the railroads are hiring.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:41 AM
#63
February 24, 2012 10:43 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
more like moonatones

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 10:42 AM
#64
February 24, 2012 10:46 AM - DeLepp
Layoff report, boss is gone.
6yrs, how did you manage that? Our abatement ended but star credit not worth much.
#65
February 24, 2012 10:46 AM - jessibaby
Dona, are the Houston people there? Are you hanging with them? When do you decide on your next gig?
#66
February 24, 2012 10:48 AM - lechacal
Are you still standing in the killing fields delepp?
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#67
February 24, 2012 10:49 AM - sixyearsandcounting
DeLepp, not really sure. I suspect I'll get a letter in a few weeks about "mistakes in the accounting process" or some such.

So you survived this round of layoffs, or did I miss something?
#68
February 24, 2012 10:49 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

Dinner/evening with MIL went very well. Long heart to heart this morning over tea and coffee, telling tales of life. Rather heartwarming even if some of the stories were heart wrenching. She's off to museums, and I am sitting here digesting.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:49 AM
#69
February 24, 2012 10:50 AM - DeLepp
lech, yep deep in the muck. Getting farewell emails from fcolleagues all morning.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:50 AM
#70
February 24, 2012 10:50 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Layoff report, boss is gone."

Holy cow, delepp. How much longer for you?
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:50 AM
#71
February 24, 2012 10:59 AM - DeLepp
dp, who can say.
Edited at February 24, 2012 10:59 AM
#72
February 24, 2012 11:00 AM - Donatella
Wow, DeLepp. I hope all this works out for you.

Jessi, no the Houston people are not here. I am doing reconnaissance for consulting in this industry; I can use it for them or two other companies who I am talking to. Jessi, I hope you get this job you are interviewing for, if you want it, that is.

Lol, *rob* re moonatones. Really, I forgot that. I used to sit in meetings in Kansas City when I worked there and wondered WHY they have so little variation in the cadences of speech. It's like if voice is like the geography of the plains. FLAT.


Edited at February 24, 2012 11:00 AM
#73
February 24, 2012 11:05 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
delepp, It's a tough situation, you have my sympathy.
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:05 AM
#74
February 24, 2012 11:05 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
It's like if voice is like the geography of the plains. FLAT.

and their faces, asses, and ankles as well!

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 11:05 AM
#75
February 24, 2012 11:10 AM - CGar
Wow, apparently there was an avalanche at Lech, jackal's Austrian ski resort, that injured a Dutch prince, though apparently he had to give up any claim to the throne for marrying a commoner, who may never recover from the massive brain injuries he suffered. Sure beats my cold.
#76
February 24, 2012 11:16 AM - CGar
cobble.
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:16 AM
#77
February 24, 2012 11:21 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CGar.
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:21 AM
#78
February 24, 2012 11:26 AM - CGar
I just can't believe they didn't fire DeLepp!! It's like everyone at WJM being fired EXCEPT Ted Baxter!!!!!
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:27 AM
#79
February 24, 2012 11:28 AM - rf
good morning.
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:28 AM
#80
February 24, 2012 11:29 AM - DeLepp
cgar, it's because I'm a nice person!
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:29 AM
#81
February 24, 2012 11:34 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Need....more....cat....pics!
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:33 AM
#82
February 24, 2012 11:34 AM - sixyearsandcounting
North Korea Party Rock Anthem - DonaT, this should enliven your conference:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zprL0KmvNM
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:34 AM
#83
February 24, 2012 11:35 AM - Donatella
Food vs fuel debate going on re biofuel production.
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:35 AM
#84
February 24, 2012 11:37 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Family of downstairs neighbor who passed away must be moving her furniture out. Lots of shouting, giving directions, things crashing around, etc.
#85
February 24, 2012 11:38 AM - CGar
"cgar, it's because I'm a nice person!"

"Bullshit, Ron. I know you a lot better than you think I do." --Tootsie

"Look, you, maybe you've got everyone around here fooled with this saint act you have going, but do not ever speak to me again like we don't know what really happened, you got me?" --Working Girl

"Did you fall down and smack your little head on the pavement?" --The Devil Wears Prada
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:38 AM
#86
February 24, 2012 11:48 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
But...but...but...delepp IS a nice person!!
#87
February 24, 2012 11:49 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Unlike myself, who has a pre-reserved special place in hell! ; )
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:49 AM
#88
February 24, 2012 11:49 AM - CGar
et tu, cobble???

Remove that bottle of St. Germain he's hiding behind, and you'll see just how nice DeLepp really is!!
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:49 AM
#89
February 24, 2012 11:50 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"et tu, cobble?"

see above...11:49!
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:50 AM
#90
February 24, 2012 11:51 AM - DeLepp
I don't think "green" suits you.
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:51 AM
#91
February 24, 2012 11:51 AM - CGar
I'm going to hell, too, cobble, but I take comfort in knowing that all my closest relatives and friends will be there, too.
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:51 AM
#92
February 24, 2012 11:52 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
LOL! Oui, I rest assured every day that I won't be lonely! I just hope they serve liquor! : P
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:53 AM
#93
February 24, 2012 11:52 AM - CGar
^^^ And my good and great friend DeLepp will be holding court at the bar!!
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:52 AM
#94
February 24, 2012 11:53 AM - CGar
^^^11:52, cobble . . . We'll call the bar "Montero's South".
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:53 AM
#95
February 24, 2012 11:53 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"And my good and great friend DeLepp will be holding court at the bar!!"

It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it!
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:53 AM
#96
February 24, 2012 11:54 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"We'll call the bar "Montero's South"

Snort! Will we have Karaoke night, too???
Edited at February 24, 2012 11:54 AM
#97
February 24, 2012 12:00 PM - Donatella
I am now listening to a session on ethanol as an octane booster and engines. My mind is starting to drift to images of screaming wound up mousekeeters at the Orlando airport. The go through rate there is D O U B L E other airports.
Edited at February 24, 2012 12:00 PM
#98
February 24, 2012 12:06 PM - jessibaby
Not to mention people there for the All Star game!!
Edited at February 24, 2012 12:06 PM
#99
February 24, 2012 12:13 PM - Donatella
Oh no jessi. I guess they are coming in now. Just googled that and supposedly there was a riot of people trying to buy some kind of NBA style sneakers.
Edited at February 24, 2012 12:13 PM
February 24, 2012 12:13 PM - CGar
"Not to mention people there for the All Star game!!"

There was apparently a melee at a mall involving people waiting in line to buy a special pair of Nikes being rolled out for the game.
Edited at February 24, 2012 12:13 PM
February 24, 2012 12:15 PM - CGar
Jinx, dona.
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February 24, 2012 12:27 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
iCrap and shitty third world sneakers. this country is so ass backwards

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 12:27 PM
February 24, 2012 12:40 PM - Kensingtonian
The Nike peeps are geniuses. It's some kind of very rare Nike Jordans that are coming out that you have to camp out a whole week for. They are coming out tonight but people have been sleeping in front of footlockers for a week long as of last Friday (no moonfaces rob, mostly asian kids). Nike knows this and make it come out not really for All Star game but because it's presidents week and school is off.
Edited at February 24, 2012 12:40 PM
February 24, 2012 12:43 PM - sixyearsandcounting
School is off for the whole week only in NYC, not in the rest of the country - but that's probably a big enough market to justify the date.
Edited at February 24, 2012 12:43 PM
February 24, 2012 12:55 PM - rf
Many other school districts throughout the state and country have this week off, Six. Private schools in NYC just got Monday and Tuesday.
Edited at February 24, 2012 12:55 PM
February 24, 2012 1:08 PM - Donatella
This is why Orlando costs double right now. Everything - flights, hotels, cars and why going back on Sunday will be torture. I am going home now.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:08 PM
February 24, 2012 1:10 PM - Slopefarm
kens, every year, a few days before Christmas, I think Nike comes out with some rare edition. I always see a line of folks at the So. Slo. Athlete's Foot early in the morning before the store opens. Usually about December 22 or 23. None of the folks on that line look like they should be blowing $160+ on a pair of sneakers.

[Oh, and that's not my rant of the day. That's coming up in a minute or two.]
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:10 PM
February 24, 2012 1:11 PM - More4Less
this long call over-running and preventing me from having my lunch is annoying me big time. someone please throw me a brownie before I go into bitching mode on this call
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:11 PM
February 24, 2012 1:19 PM - Donatella
If I was starving and had no other way to eat, I'd line up and wait for a meal. Otherwise I ain't waiting on any stinking line.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:19 PM
February 24, 2012 1:21 PM - More4Less
Donatella, lines will be bad so pack fig newtons or something to supplement. brownies would be suitable too
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:21 PM
February 24, 2012 1:24 PM - Slopefarm
RantOTD:

So, every year about this time I get a phone call from someone telling me it is "time to schedule my annual boiler chimney cleaning." This call always irritates me because it is a cold call from a vendor and they make it sound like I am a regular customer. Each year I tell them that i am not a customer, I do not want to be called, and to take me off the list. I also tell them that I have registered my phone # with the national do not call list and they are not supposed to be calling. The caller usually apologizes, "soprry to bother you" etc. and hangs up.

Well, this year the call went a bit differently. The caller started arguing with me. He said he is entitled to call me because I am on a list provided by the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association -- a code-drafting and standard-setting oprganization) and that NFPA makes sure that everyone with gas or oil heat gets a call once a year to ensure fire safety. I reiterated that I did not appreciate (a) getting cold calls seeking my business and (b) that he was now arguing with me after I gave him two reasons why he should not have called in the first place. At which point he yelled: "I AM TRYING TO SAVE YOUR LIFE. WHY ARE YOU BEING SUCH AN ASSHOLE???!!!" He repeated variations of this a few more times.

Nice business model there, pal. Oh, and NFPA does not maintain or provide lists of gas or oil burner owners and is not in any way involved in calls to remind people to get their chimneys cleaned. I checked.

Next year I will start out really nice, get them to give me business name, caller's name, bus. phone #, website info etc, as if I were interested, before I pull the rug out. My failure here is I don't know who it is I am complaining about.
February 24, 2012 1:25 PM - Deleted
haha slopey. hahahhahaha lmao hahahahahaha
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:25 PM
February 24, 2012 1:29 PM - Kensingtonian
Slopey, those lines are usually for a limited edition but you have to wait for like one night or maybe show up early morning and get them. A lot of people do that and resell on ebay the next day for about 50-70 bucks of profit. Those sneakers are usually $175. They have a few of those a year (mostly all in winter time - no idea why not do it in the summer so the kids dont' have to freeze to death waiting for them). This week is the super duper special ones that will be like $250 and from what I understand they'll go for like a grand on ebay and that's why people are camping out for a week.
February 24, 2012 1:36 PM - jessibaby
Yeah, Slope. That story is pretty amazing. Nothing beats the nicest guy I know being called an asshole.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:36 PM
February 24, 2012 1:38 PM - Slopefarm
That makes sense, kens. I have really hated Nike's basketball shoes and marketing of same for a long time. The shoes are absurdly overpriced and they come out with so many editions and market them to kids with overinflated hoop dreams. And they now take up about 80% of the shelf space for basketball shoes at AF and Modell's. It's even gotten pretty bad at paragon A good basketball shoe by other brands costs in the $50-90 range. But now I have to buy them through Zappos.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:38 PM
February 24, 2012 1:39 PM - Slopefarm
Thanks, dh & jb. Dh, that comment looks great coming from your avatar, btw.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:39 PM
February 24, 2012 1:40 PM - lechacal
Slopey, you really are an out of control asshole most of the time. You need to keep your rage in check.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:40 PM
February 24, 2012 1:41 PM - rf
My daughter had a friend in elementary school in Chinatown who went with her mother and brother to the Nintendo Store at Rockefeller Center every morning at 6 a.m. before Christmas, each to buy a Nintendo Wii, and then they sold them on ebay. They made a lot of money--there was a gigantic shortage that year.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:41 PM
February 24, 2012 1:42 PM - Slopefarm
LOL, jackal, I expected to hear that from you (and I have been baiting you a bit as of late).

BTW, serious question, what do you think accounts for the mellowing you described above? Age, move to burbs, new job, etc.?
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:42 PM
February 24, 2012 1:42 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Slopey, That's hilarious! Yes, please get the info next time and post it here, so we can call them and harrass them back! ; )
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:42 PM
February 24, 2012 1:44 PM - Slopefarm
"Slopey, you really are an out of control asshole most of the time. You need to keep your rage in check."

Guess I'll need to get back to a regular yoga practice.
February 24, 2012 1:45 PM - jessibaby
Cobble, what's on MILs agenda for this evening?
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:44 PM
February 24, 2012 1:48 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
We're taking MIL out for a nice dinner at a schmancy-ish place. We won't have her much to ourselves after this evening. Apparently, MIL has both lunch and dinner/evening plans tomorrow. Then leaves 9am Sunday.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:48 PM
February 24, 2012 1:49 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
My daughter had a friend in elementary school in Chinatown who went with her mother and brother to the Nintendo Store at Rockefeller Center every morning at 6 a.m. before Christmas, each to buy a Nintendo Wii, and then they sold them on ebay. They made a lot of money--there was a gigantic shortage that year.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR that's why i didnt get my Wii on christmas that year and to wait til my frickin' birthday to finally get one, because of ebay scrubs like that. they are just as vile as ticket scalpers and middle school drug pushers.


*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 1:49 PM
February 24, 2012 1:52 PM - jessibaby
Sounds like a perfect visit, Cobble.

Is she taking the train upstate on Sunday morning? I hear people party in the aisles on Amtrak so she might enjoy that.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:52 PM
February 24, 2012 1:52 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
It's cracking me up that LECH is telling SLOPEY to keep the rage in check! LOL!

Although, I do see you as having mellowed out quite a bit, lech. I think it's the combo of running & less alcohol.
February 24, 2012 1:53 PM - More4Less
Maybe Lin should get a pair of them new fancy kicks cause Chalmers shut him down and basically told him to go pick up his Chicken Fried Rice & Eggroll takeout order (ie what you doing on the court; go get me Chinese food). a couple more of these duds and I'll have to prepare to say he's Taiwanese (not Chinese)
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:53 PM
February 24, 2012 1:55 PM - Slopefarm
"I think it's the combo of running & less alcohol."

Actually, it is probably the serene beauty of the commute. He'd still be all piss and vinegar if he were still riding the F to work each day. I'd like to think the haiku were helpful in this regard.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:55 PM
February 24, 2012 1:57 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yeah, it's just right, jessi. Our convo this morning was interesting. It's the first time she and I have ever been alone together, and she just started pouring out these stories about her life, her kids, her husbands. I wanted to just hug her at one point. She's a really strong person, she's dealt with a lot, and keeps on, keeping on. And...she looks AMAZING for 80!

Yep, MIL'll be on Amtrak to Hudson at 10 something. If there is partying to partake in...she'll be there! ; )
February 24, 2012 1:57 PM - rf
Rob, you could have gone to the Nintendo store at 6 a.m. just as easily as they did.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:57 PM
February 24, 2012 1:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I stand corrected, Slopey. You're right, it's the commute & the haiku. Gotta be. Hands down!
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:58 PM
February 24, 2012 1:59 PM - More4Less
slopey, don't forget the impact of the forest (ie when the beaver aint causing trouble for/to Lech). He can shoot stuff there. meditate. Chase the beaver for the heck of it. do mini-trail running. very calming.
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:59 PM
February 24, 2012 2:00 PM - Arkady
Slopey - Don't you have caller i.d.? Tell us the number & we'll harass the hell out of them. Also Google the number for name of company so you can ring them & to complain to Do Not Call Registry
Edited at February 24, 2012 1:59 PM
February 24, 2012 2:00 PM - jessibaby
That's very cool that you had such a quality convo with her. What's she doing up in Hudson?
February 24, 2012 2:02 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Dunno, exactly, jessi. I just know she's visiting an old friend overnight. MIL used to be very involved in arts administration and has all sorts of arty friends all over. I'll ask her at dinner.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:02 PM
February 24, 2012 2:07 PM - jessibaby
I know some people up there, some of whom are oldsters, so that's why I asked.


Edited at February 24, 2012 2:07 PM
February 24, 2012 2:08 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob, you could have gone to the Nintendo store at 6 a.m. just as easily as they did.

actually my ex camped out at least 10 nights to be first in the door at the nintendo world store to get me the wii for christmas and still never was able to get one. unless he was lying to me about camping out overnight at the nintendo store :-/ which is probably the case.

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:08 PM
February 24, 2012 2:09 PM - Slopefarm
No, arkady --we never bothered with caller ID.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:08 PM
February 24, 2012 2:10 PM - CGar
"[Runs for conver]"

Are you running for Converse?

Or are you running to convert?
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:10 PM
February 24, 2012 2:13 PM - CGar
Slopfarm, your life would be infinitely simpler if you just do NOT answer the phone for any number you don't recognize. That's my MO.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:13 PM
February 24, 2012 2:14 PM - Slopefarm
Good luck, delepp!!

"^^^11:52, cobble . . . We'll call the bar "Montero's South"."

No one will notice the change in the temperature of the beer, either. [Runs for conver.]

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:20 PM
February 24, 2012 2:14 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"That's very cool that you had such a quality convo with her."

Yes, it was very cool. I like her, she has lived a very interesting, if not always easy, life, and that interests me about people. You know óhow people deal with the curve balls life throws at them. She's struggled, she's human, and she's not trying to hide it or pretend otherwise, but is very frank about how and why she has lived her life as she has. I found her self-awareness and perspective very refreshing.

And I feel fortunate that she seems to like me. I think she has some 'misguided notion' that I'm making her son happier than he had been some years ago. ; )
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:16 PM
February 24, 2012 2:15 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"I know some people up there, some of whom are oldsters, so that's why I asked."

Ah, well, I'll find out who and at the next drink-up we can swap names and see if any match up!
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:15 PM
February 24, 2012 2:16 PM - Slopefarm
Hey, Cgar, whatchootalkinboutwillis? You appear to have misquoted me (gotta love that edit function).
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:16 PM
February 24, 2012 2:17 PM - CGar
"Actually, it is probably the serene beauty of the commute."

Perhaps, but only because we've had no winter, and jackal hasn't had to deal with no train service due to frozen switches, wires down, trees on the tracks, etc.
February 24, 2012 2:19 PM - Slopefarm
Any Oscars talk on this last pre-Oscars OT?
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:19 PM
February 24, 2012 2:19 PM - CGar
"we never bothered with caller ID"

Could never be a member of your commune, Arnold.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:19 PM
February 24, 2012 2:19 PM - jessibaby
Did anyone see The Artist?
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:19 PM
February 24, 2012 2:21 PM - CGar
"appear to have misquoted me (gotta love that edit function)"

Look again, Sloppy.

[Dopefarm thinks he's the only one with edit privileges.]
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:22 PM
February 24, 2012 2:22 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
BH & I saw it last week, jessi. Have you? We liked it, I assume it's up for a few awards.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:22 PM
February 24, 2012 2:23 PM - lechacal
"BTW, serious question, what do you think accounts for the mellowing you described above? Age, move to burbs, new job, etc.?"

I have no idea. Does it matter?

I like m4l's suggestion of playing "catch the beaver." Sounds like a Fun game.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:23 PM
February 24, 2012 2:23 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i looked at the oscar ballot pool thingie here at work :-/ everything nominated is pure garbage and all the actors and actresses are awful!! who nominates all this shit?


*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:23 PM
February 24, 2012 2:24 PM - CGar
jb, Biff saw The Artist. He personally thought it was only ok, but said he understands why people loved it and it got all the nominations and could win Best Picture.
February 24, 2012 2:24 PM - Slopefarm
Yes, jb, went with Mrs. Slopey, farmhand and a friend of farmhand last night. We all enjoyed it, and it was great to get kids out of the zone of movies marketed to them, but definitely an off year if that's really the runaway best pic. The dog was amazing -- best animal performance in a year of good ones. I actually think there should be a child category and an animal category. Child acting is so much better than it used to be. The kids in The Descendants were great.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:24 PM
February 24, 2012 2:25 PM - lechacal
When I picture "catch the beaver" it's a Monty python-esque scene where a bunch of men and women are all running around in a circle after each other and the film has been sped up so they're all moving really fast.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:25 PM
February 24, 2012 2:26 PM - Slopefarm
[Dopefarm thinks he's the only one with edit privileges.]

You omnipotent sonofabitch!!!

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:25 PM
February 24, 2012 2:26 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i attribute most of his happiness to probably not having to deal with brooklyn's cheeseball demographic? it's easy for me to have basically no interaction with those types of people, but id imagine it's harder for someone with kids cuz you are sorta forced to interact with other parents? and most brooklyn parents (at least the upper middle class ones) are god awful.


*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:26 PM
February 24, 2012 2:27 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Child acting is so much better than it used to be.

um no, it isn't. they just get better make-up and nicer clothes.

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:27 PM
February 24, 2012 2:27 PM - Arkady
Slopey - Caller I.D. is free - you just have to sign on. I don't really use it but like having it anyway. Mainly I use it to see who rang while I was out but didn't leave a message - I sometimes phone back (which can freak out some people.) And I've used it to track spam calls on Google - enter an unknown number & see all the complaints about it.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:27 PM
February 24, 2012 2:27 PM - jessibaby
Thats true; the kids in The Descendants were far better than George Clooney.

I haven't seen The Artist. Not sure if I have the attention span for it.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:27 PM
February 24, 2012 2:29 PM - CGar
"most brooklyn parents (at least the upper middle class ones) are god awful"

[Insults 50% of the OT with one post.]
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:29 PM
February 24, 2012 2:29 PM - Arkady
I haven't seen any of the movies but am interested in Hugo.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:29 PM
February 24, 2012 2:30 PM - CGar
"I sometimes phone back (which can freak out some people.)"

Scares the bejesus out of me.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:30 PM
February 24, 2012 2:30 PM - lechacal
I'm probably chill because I like where I live, I like my job, and I'm in the best shape of my life.

Take a random sampling, say, two years ago - hated the law firm where I worked, hated Brooklyn, and had a very unhealthy lifestyle.
February 24, 2012 2:30 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
O...M...G...Did Slopey just use a CURSE WORD?!
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:30 PM
February 24, 2012 2:31 PM - CGar
Yes, cobble. Plus which he was really mean to me at the same time.
February 24, 2012 2:33 PM - jessibaby
"I'm probably chill because I like where I live, I like my job, and I'm in the best shape of my life."

I think it's because your kids are old enough to notice what you're doing.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:33 PM
February 24, 2012 2:34 PM - lechacal
Of course he was mean to you, penguin. He is notorious for his fits of rage.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:34 PM
February 24, 2012 2:35 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Yes, cobble. Plus which he was really mean to me at the same time."

I KNOW! Are we sure that's Slopey posting and not some imposter?!
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:35 PM
February 24, 2012 2:36 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ah, I just figured it out...lech is posting as Slopey and Slopey is posting as lech! : P
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:36 PM
February 24, 2012 2:37 PM - Slopefarm
jb -- Artist is not that challenging from an attention span perspective. Pretty lively flick and the story moves along nicely.

arkady -- Hugo is a bit saccharine but is beautiful to watch and an amazing achievement technologically.

rob -- I will take your comment as serious and not snark. I disagree. Screenwriters used to put all kinds of words in kid characters' mouths and kids were always directed as if they were plot contrivances rather than people (I realize you might actually agree that kids are not people, buit still). On TV and in movies, I am seeing more kid actors acting naturally as kids and not as movie versions of kids. The first time I really noticed this was with both Abigail Breslin and Paul Dano in Little Miss Sunshine. Dano's silence was contrived but he played it, and the anger behind it, as really real. Even when the role is contrived -- like Manny on Modern Family -- he inhabits the role fully. I think more directors have figured out how to direct kids.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:37 PM
February 24, 2012 2:38 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
well i didnt say anyone here :-/ i just said in general, and MOST

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:38 PM
February 24, 2012 2:39 PM - lechacal
Some kids aren't people. Russian kids, for example. But that's because they're Russian, not because they're kids.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:39 PM
February 24, 2012 2:42 PM - jessibaby
Suburban parents are sort of worse than Brooklyn parents because they're generally too dumb to even know about the things Brooklyn parents get all bent over.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:42 PM
February 24, 2012 2:45 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
hmm you could be right. i dont watch any serious movies so i can't say ive ever ever noticed it.


*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:45 PM
February 24, 2012 2:48 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Suburban parents are sort of worse than Brooklyn parents because they're generally too dumb to even know about the things Brooklyn parents get all bent over.

that's ridiculous. but you could be right, i dont know. the only kinds of parents i seem to tolerate personality-wise in general hate their kids on some level.

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:48 PM
February 24, 2012 2:48 PM - CGar
"i dont watch any serious movies"

You don't consider porn to be serious???
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:48 PM
February 24, 2012 2:49 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i think my last comment came out wrong... im not sure how to word it.

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:49 PM
February 24, 2012 2:52 PM - jessibaby
For example, my friends who are suburban moms give their kids milk that isnít organic. They donít even know that a kid really shouldnít be ingesting bovine hormones.

But I know what you mean, Rob. You only like a parent who can be open about thinking his kid sorta sucks sometimes.

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:52 PM
February 24, 2012 2:52 PM - Arkady
Dona - Just heard on the radio that flight arrivals are delayed 2 & a half hours at NWK & 90 minutes at JFK. Only going to get worse as high wind is added to rain & fog. You might want to book for tomorrow instead.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:52 PM
February 24, 2012 2:53 PM - Slopefarm
Hmm, a Hobsons choice:

A. Love my kid and therefore be intolerable to rob; or
B. Hate my kid so rob will tolerate me.

Hmmm.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:53 PM
February 24, 2012 2:54 PM - CGar
Lol, Slop.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:54 PM
February 24, 2012 2:57 PM - More4Less
man, chinaman getting educated the hard way (nh) how pricey renov stuff is. I transitioned from fancy mdf doors to plain masonite doors and got it to 80-100 per door and was content then sales dude tells me what hardware do I want with the doors and I have jokingly said "doesn't that include it?" prices are mad big spread. reg hinge $1.80. fancy ball bearing hinge $11. reg door handle $18. slightly fancier $70. the nice looking were were $250. is the damn thing made of some precious metal or something. It's just a freaking handle and it's freaking plain.
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:57 PM
February 24, 2012 2:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ok, gotta scoot...Have a good weekend, everyone!
Edited at February 24, 2012 2:58 PM
February 24, 2012 2:59 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
For example, my friends who are suburban moms give their kids milk that isnít organic.

:-/ omfg, someone quick called the division of youth and family services!!! think of those poor chirrun!!

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 2:59 PM
February 24, 2012 3:03 PM - jessibaby
OK, they let their kids watch tons of TV instead of trying to engage them with blocks or whatever else kids are supposed to do to make their brains more creative.

But yeah, none of this is earth shattering and I certainly didn't suggest it was abuse, just saying that at least brooklyn parents are trying.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:03 PM
February 24, 2012 3:04 PM - rf
My daughter can't drink milk. Whew! She does watch a ton of TV, but we don't have cable. Lately she just goes online and finds what she wants, that and Netflix.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:04 PM
February 24, 2012 3:05 PM - Slopefarm
m4l -- yeah, one of the biggest reno surprises is how many seemingly little things you have to buy separately and how much they add up.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:05 PM
February 24, 2012 3:06 PM - Arkady
M4L - The really chintzy hardware looks awful but you don't have to go totally high end. I'd look on the web for decent stuff. For closet doors you don't need privacy sets which should keep prices down. For hinges, it depends what you're doing to finish the doors.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:06 PM
February 24, 2012 3:08 PM - Arkady
M4L - I might have a few Baldwin sets I can give you - I'll look.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:08 PM
February 24, 2012 3:10 PM - jessibaby
Rf, youíve made a conscious decision not to be a micromanaging parent. Im taking about people who donít even know that this stuff exists. Like parents who give an iphone to a kid and let him play games all day. Fine for me because it shuts the kid up, but since I read the article about all of the silicon valley parents going Montessori and not encouraging technology til much later, Iíd feel guilty making that decision for a child of mine. I think a lot of suburban parents donít even think about this stuff.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:10 PM
February 24, 2012 3:10 PM - Slopefarm
rf -- what's she watching (so I know what to expect in a year or three) and what, of what she is watching, do you think is good?
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:10 PM
February 24, 2012 3:12 PM - More4Less
descendant was good.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:12 PM
February 24, 2012 3:12 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
just saying that at least brooklyn parents are trying.

falling for ridiculous marketing trends is NOT trying. not to mention they cause the prices of regular milk to go up! (i dont really drink milk, only a drop in hot coffee), but milk wouldnt be so expensive if it didnt sit next to the even MORE extremely priced organic milk! i tried organic milk once. it tasted like week old jizz.


*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 3:12 PM
February 24, 2012 3:14 PM - jessibaby
Or at least how you remember it tasting....
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:14 PM
February 24, 2012 3:15 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I think a lot of suburban parents donít even think about this stuff.

and most urban parents do? lol. you have so much to learn. i would say 60% of kids in nyc are flat out neglected, 30% are completely smothered by helicopter parents, and probably only about 10% fall somewhere in the middle.



*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 3:15 PM
February 24, 2012 3:18 PM - Arkady
M4L - I've got several sets of hinges & one closet door knob set if you want to stop by to look. Also a lot of strikes.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:18 PM
February 24, 2012 3:20 PM - rf
Slopey, we didn't have cable for all the elementary school years, nor a good internet connection (plus she didn't have her own computer). So for the first year with both, probably 7th grade, she went through all the Nickelodeon and Disney stuff that she missed. Now she watches a combination of whatever has a million episodes on Netflix (2.5 men, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother), a ton of Youtube, plus she found MTV. I tell you, it was really good for her to watch 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. When she started, she came to me and said, you know, I can't believe that girl believes her boyfriend when he says he'll be there for her! How could he support her and a baby, he's only 16!

But she has very good bullshit filters, plus she has an aversion to horror and slash movies--I might worry if that was all she watched.

She got me hooked on Survivor but she got tired of it faster than I did. She does love her Glee.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:20 PM
February 24, 2012 3:20 PM - Slopefarm
Even for folks who do not go organic for everything (Slopeys definitely in that category), milk is one product where it really makes sense. Between the pesticides in the feed and the growth hormones and antibiotics given directly to the cows, nonorganic milk has a pretty ridiculous combination of things I would rather not injest or have my kid injest. But, of course, I've never done the tasting comparison that rob has.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:20 PM
February 24, 2012 3:21 PM - More4Less
Arkady, I issued to myself a STFU and just bought this for the bedrm and bathrm:
http://emtek.com/product-detail.php?id=56
yeah, I just got the door pulls for the closets and the ballcatch (all the closets are double doors)
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:21 PM
February 24, 2012 3:21 PM - rf
Rob, by the time they are in high school, they get a metrocard and they are on their own. I really think my job is almost done.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:21 PM
February 24, 2012 3:23 PM - rf
Oh, and Rob, your friend was bullshitting you about the wii. That year the Nintendo Store guaranteed that anyone waiting on line at 6 would get a machine. Every day.
February 24, 2012 3:26 PM - Slopefarm
Sounds tolerable, rf, and we don't have cable either (cue accusation of child abuse by rob). Farmhand has been surfing netflix as well. Right now she is watching lots of Malcolm in the Middle episodes. One night we all watched an episode together -- malcolm's mother decided a 3 hour car ride with malcolm was a good time to just tell him hours and hours of stuff about sex and relationships -- "the talk" only on steroids and will lots of honesty and no sugar coating. Very funny. But I think farmhand was not comfy watching that with us and now only watches MitM without us.


Edited at February 24, 2012 3:26 PM
February 24, 2012 3:31 PM - More4Less
I haven't have cable TV for eons now. one thing I like about these streaming services is that you don't have to pay or has space allocated for set-tops for each and every TV where one wants to get cable feed. the damn internet connection and wireless router better be good though else the streaming feed chokes. This is part of reason why I didn't ask renovation to include pulling cat 5 coxial etc to every room for TV viewing etc. banking on better internet connection, wireless router, and internet TV's to solve all that for me. it's cheaper and less hardware to lay everywhere
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:31 PM
February 24, 2012 3:32 PM - jessibaby
"and most urban parents do? lol. you have so much to learn."

I was comparing park slope parents with ritsy suburbia parents. That's all.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:32 PM
February 24, 2012 3:34 PM - Arkady
I got the HP back from HP & am about to see how it does. Also got a new wi-fi moden/router free from Verizon & am wondering if it's worth the hassle to switch from the one I've been using.
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:34 PM
February 24, 2012 3:35 PM - Slopefarm
For rob, jb and rf, last word on the subject by Phillip Larkin:

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.

Edited at February 24, 2012 3:35 PM
February 24, 2012 3:35 PM - Slope4Eva
Hey folks. RF, Hi, I saw you acknowledged me yesterday. I have an 18 yo daughter. Serious question to you, do you really think your job is almost done? I have no big issues with mine, but have you experienced the serious boyfriend yet, the broken heart, the peer pressure, etc? Yeah, at some point they have to be responsible for themselves, but, I think it's a lifelong process (heaven help us). What do you think?
February 24, 2012 3:36 PM - rf
Slopey, some kids are easy--I think mine is (mostly) and from the sound of it, yours too. Yours is in 7th grade? By high school they get less embarrassed by the presence or existence of their parents. We're just irrelevant.

My daughter is taking health this semester at Bklyn Tech. It was mandated for the first time that sex ed be part of the curriculum but the DOE is extremely nonspecific about what that means. I was very glad to find out that Tech takes it very seriously and really covers the bases. I think my daughter knows all the facts but just in case it's good to know that it will be covered.
February 24, 2012 3:42 PM - rf
s4e, as I wrote before, I think my kid is pretty easy. She now acknowledges that I know more about college than she does and, although with some whining, she is open to advice. She actually told me about the last 2 boyfriends, neither of whom was really serious. I am extremely careful not to offer an opinion unless 1) I think it is really, really REALLY important, or 2) she asks for it which she sometimes actually does. We had a terrible year in 6th grade but since then it's gotten a lot better. I adopted her from China and in a way I think that makes it easier--fewer comparisons with myself and the rest of the bio family. Maybe easier to be objective.

She has been very sensible about sex, drugs and rock n roll and she has really nice female friends who are more important to her than the boyfriends. So I know we have some heavy duty stuff to come. But she is very sensible, at least so far. I am a very lucky mommy!
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February 24, 2012 3:44 PM - jessibaby
When I was upset about being the only one of my friends without kids, my mom said to me, ďdonít worry, having kids isnít that great.Ē Lolz.
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February 24, 2012 3:45 PM - More4Less
Arkady, now that you have that samsung one, I hope that HP fails again so they on hook to give you a new device, credit, etc
Edited at February 24, 2012 3:45 PM
February 24, 2012 3:46 PM - rf
Jessi, my mom was, er, less than enthusiastic. And my dad told me and both of my brothers that he thinks we have been failures in life.
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February 24, 2012 3:48 PM - Slopefarm
Yes, 7th grade, easy kid (so far, and, of course, relatively). So far, she's actually holding back a bit on adolescence -- looks, dresses and acts more 5th-6th grade, and I think is shying away from long-term friends who are a bit more advanced at this stage -- but has pretty good judgment and moral compass and is well-liked. I suspect she is a keen observer of, rather than oblivious to, what is going on around her, but she doesn't let on so much. Lots to worry about if I think about it too much, but so far, so good (kinehora). Each step of letting go is hard.
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February 24, 2012 3:49 PM - jessibaby
Yeah, and my mom sometimes asks me why we're not close.
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February 24, 2012 3:51 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
By high school they get less embarrassed by the presence or existence of their parents.

i actually NEVER got over being embarrassed by them.

*rob*

February 24, 2012 3:54 PM - rf
Slopey, my daughter was a little behind the curve in 7th grade. Many friends with boyfriends, not her. The middle school years are the hardest for girls I think. (Not sure about boys.) Are you guys starting to think about high school?
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February 24, 2012 3:56 PM - jessibaby
Middle school was terrible and awesome at the same time. Made some of my closest friends during that time.
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February 24, 2012 3:57 PM - Slope4Eva
I hate this dating among middle schoolers, much too early. My daughter started getting into a serious relationship when she was 15, I cried tears of joy when he moved out of state. However, took a long time to mend that broken heart, was a tough time.
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February 24, 2012 3:58 PM - Slopefarm
Yes, definitely thinking about HS. Particularly interested in quality schools that are on the smaller side.
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February 24, 2012 3:58 PM - More4Less
JB, mini-me's are great.
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February 24, 2012 4:00 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ew i hate the middle school years. i went to a K-8 grammer school tho, but 7th and 8th grade i truly hated almost as much as i hate my 30s

*rob*

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February 24, 2012 4:02 PM - rf
We looked at big schools and small ones. Although Tech is the biggest school in the city, and huge by any standard, I don't think it's a problem for the kids--it is very organized. A lot of limitations from picking a school that is fewer than 500 kids. Only one foreign language, either music or art, few teams or other extracurriculars. Many schools don't have a proper gym.
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February 24, 2012 4:02 PM - Slope4Eva
I think middle school is much easier when going from K - 8 in the same school. Such a tough age to have to make new friends. May be a good learning experience, but not my preference.
February 24, 2012 4:02 PM - jessibaby
I don't want no mini-me. I don't think I'm a happy/optimistic enough person to be someone's parent. I could fake it, but that doesnt seem very nice or responsible.
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February 24, 2012 4:05 PM - DeLepp
oh my dating at 15? My friends at the time were just concerned with scoring beers and playing shark and fish.
February 24, 2012 4:05 PM - rf
s4e, I don't think it's real dating for most of them. A zillion texts, sitting together in the lunch room, a little making out. At least that's how it was at my daughter's middle school. And in high school too. My daughter was just dumped but she's ok with it. She said that the next boyfriend has to be willing for her to meet his parents, otherwise she'll go single. I thought that was kind of funny.
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February 24, 2012 4:07 PM - jessibaby
DeLepp, you're smiling!
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February 24, 2012 4:08 PM - Slopefarm
Howdy, delepp!!
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February 24, 2012 4:09 PM - Slope4Eva
There it is "a little making out" NOT in Middle School, too young. Oh geez, I'm getting old. I think meeting the parents are very important. I tell my daughter, if he doesn't respect his mother, run.
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February 24, 2012 4:10 PM - Slopefarm
"I think meeting the parents are very important."

Of course, if your mom is the dowager countess, it can be a little intimidating.
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February 24, 2012 4:11 PM - Arkady
So far so good. M4L - will it be a lot of carry on to switch from my current wi-fi router to the new one? It looks as if the old one required both a modem & router while the new one is just one unit (I think.)
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:11 PM
February 24, 2012 4:11 PM - DeLepp
chhers all, made it thru today and off next week so wide grin is appropriate.
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February 24, 2012 4:12 PM - jessibaby
Good news, DeLepp. Going anywhere fun for the time off? Cruise with the Bensons?
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February 24, 2012 4:13 PM - rf
Arkady, I got a new router about a year ago and it was much, much better than the old one. Much easier to set up too.
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February 24, 2012 4:13 PM - DeLepp
I think dowager would be OK as long as it wasn't a foreigner who dies in her house.
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February 24, 2012 4:15 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i didnt even kiss anyone until i was TWENTY!

*rob*

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February 24, 2012 4:15 PM - Slope4Eva
I think routers are very easy to swap out. I think there may be a serial number on the back you may need and want to jot down before hookup. Others can verify. I don't do that stuff in my house. Got "help" for that.
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February 24, 2012 4:16 PM - DeLepp
nope, have some legal things to take care of and just vegging out, got tickets for some performances next week so can sleep late and not worry about who else is getting the boot.
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February 24, 2012 4:16 PM - rf
My daughter's boyfriends were from Chinese immigrant family, Brazilian immigrant family, Indian family (not sure of generation), observant Jewish family. She's an adopted Chinese Jew with bleached blond hair and I think they were intimidated about introducing her. She does have good manners though.
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February 24, 2012 4:18 PM - DeLepp
"i didnt even kiss anyone until i was TWENTY!'

yea me to, danceteria
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February 24, 2012 4:18 PM - Slope4Eva
haha, she sounds adorable.
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February 24, 2012 4:20 PM - rf
My daughter identifies as Chinese--not all adoptees do. She gets along well with other Chinese kids. In her first year of high school, she enjoyed introducing me: and this...is my mother! Cue large white person 10 years older than the rest of the parents.
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February 24, 2012 4:21 PM - More4Less
rf, it's good your daughter got dumped by the Jewish boy else I would soon have to put her onto my "Talent Repatriot" list. Oh boy, it's going to be tough on me post moving - tons of talent raiders at the new coop
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February 24, 2012 4:21 PM - rf
Slope4eva, are you embroiled in the college thing now?
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February 24, 2012 4:21 PM - DeLepp
Not sure I'm the cruising type. Maybe a river cruise or the one that goes up the coast of Norway in Fall/Winter to see northem lights.
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:21 PM
February 24, 2012 4:22 PM - rf
No, m4l, she dumped the Jewish kid. The Indian kid dumped her.
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February 24, 2012 4:25 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
it's like a nerdy 90210

*rob*

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February 24, 2012 4:25 PM - More4Less
Arkady, the last router I had before switching to the current CLEAR hotspot was super easy to install. haven't seen an integrated router & modem before. if you get internet connectivity via cable company or DSL, they usually terminate into something that unlocks/unscrambles the signal so that you can connect onto internet - which is different from router which broadcast wirelessly the connectivity to your various devices within the broadcast range.
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February 24, 2012 4:25 PM - rf
Benson's the cruiser.
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February 24, 2012 4:26 PM - Slope4Eva
RF, no, she wants trade school. Hair, Makeup, Stylist-type stuff. Fingers crossed. Its always been what she's wanted, she's never hesitated in her decision.
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February 24, 2012 4:27 PM - rf
Good for her! I'm sure she'll be successful and independent long before mine will!
February 24, 2012 4:28 PM - Slope4Eva
Rob, I'm proud to part of the nerd herd. I'll have to bail when politics takes over.
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February 24, 2012 4:29 PM - Donatella
My flight was delayed but it gave me time to eat; the munchkin contingent well represented but no unusual amount of chaos.
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:29 PM
February 24, 2012 4:30 PM - Slopefarm
"it's like a nerdy 90210"

Maybe rf can tell us what is the Brooklyn HS kids' analogue to the Peach Pit.


February 24, 2012 4:30 PM - Donatella
Taking off now finally.
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February 24, 2012 4:30 PM - Slope4Eva
I hope its eventually a successful path. I think it will be years and years of paying her dues though. At least I'll get free haircuts for life.
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:30 PM
February 24, 2012 4:31 PM - More4Less
I hear salon owners can make a lot of money renting out the chairs to independent stylists.
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February 24, 2012 4:31 PM - jessibaby
Safe journey, DonaT.

February 24, 2012 4:35 PM - DeLepp
jb, when do you find out about other oppty?
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February 24, 2012 4:36 PM - Slope4Eva
M4L, that's true, but that sounds like starting at the top. She'll be sweeping floors for a while before that happens. Although, I'm from Park Slope, I'll just give her a mil to get started - NOT.
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February 24, 2012 4:36 PM - More4Less
safe flight Donatella. good luck too
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February 24, 2012 4:39 PM - lechacal
All this pRent talk is kinda depressing. I should try to access gmail and post an email exchange I had with my mom in the past day.
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February 24, 2012 4:39 PM - jessibaby
DeLepp - in a week or two. Thanks.
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:39 PM
February 24, 2012 4:41 PM - jessibaby
A big prob with having a subpar parent is that you know you want to do a better job but donít really have the tools do it. Unless you had other peopleís parents to sort of serve as role models.
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:41 PM
February 24, 2012 4:43 PM - DeLepp
If you go to BA "Cafe San Juan" in the san telmo is terrific, not much to look at but food is marvelous.
For fancy swanky "casa cruz" in palermo is the place to go.
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February 24, 2012 4:45 PM - rf
Lechacal, I'd love to read that.
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:45 PM
February 24, 2012 4:46 PM - rf
Jessi, I can only speak for myself. I really panicked just before I met my kid in China, but the minute I saw her, I knew I could do it. Of course it helps that I don't have much of anything else going on in my life, at least nothing that is important to me.
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:46 PM
February 24, 2012 4:46 PM - Deleted
Well, the deed is done. I'm officially unemployed. I was amazed how quick my company was about it. They informed me, and and after packing up my personal items, I was out the door. Severance package was much better then expected!

I feel great. I feel like I've closed one chapter in my life, and am starting on a new one. I booked this cruise months ago, and was concerned that I wouldn't be able to go on it. Everything is in place, however: my mom is recovering from her surgery, I have all of my mother-in-law's affairs straightened out and my daughter is back on her feet and her illustrations are actually going to be shown at a local gallery.

I'm off to Orlando on Monday for my cruise. Take care all.
February 24, 2012 4:47 PM - rf
Benson, that sounds like a really good place to be. Have a great cruise!
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February 24, 2012 4:49 PM - jessibaby
Thanks, DeLepp.

Benson, glad you're smiling and got a good package. Enjoy your vacation.
February 24, 2012 4:50 PM - Deleted
Hey, I just realized Slope4Eva has joined us. Good to see you, Slope4Eva!
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:50 PM
February 24, 2012 4:51 PM - rf
ipad owners, check this out:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/technology/personaltech/onlive-desktop-plus-puts-windows-7-on-the-ipad-in-blazing-speed-state-of-the-art.html
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:51 PM
February 24, 2012 4:51 PM - More4Less
slope4eva, not true. I aint talking about some killer fancy salon in Manhattan but just nice salons in decent neighborhoods. it's not that much to renovate a space into a decent looking salon then charge stylist a weekly or monthly fee for the chair. same set up with fancy spa type set up. those owners make a ton but then it's a ton to build out a space. it's cause it cost a ton is reason why many stylists can afford to build out something themselves nor do they want to deal with all the backoffice support - receptionist, reservation system, billing, etc.
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February 24, 2012 4:52 PM - etson
My parents are great, especially my mother.

Have a great cruise benson. Glad everything went smoothly with the job & is good with the family. Sounds like you will be able to relax and have fun.
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February 24, 2012 4:52 PM - Arkady
Here's another really upbeat item for a gloomy Friday - my sister-in-law's brother has just been told he's cancer-free. Three days before xmas we were told he might be dead by now!
February 24, 2012 4:53 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
A big prob with having a subpar parent is that you know you want to do a better job but donít really have the tools do it.

very true!!!!!!! i was totally deprived of many things growing up! i was however provided food, shelter, and water, and video games, but i was one of those kids who thought i was smart cuz i got straight A's growing up until to become an adult and realized omg im mildly retarded!

*rob*

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February 24, 2012 4:55 PM - More4Less
Benson, it's good to be in a good state of mind and to have some pleasant surprises amidst all the crap. enjoy the cruise man. if the captain sounds Italian and he says everything is fine, don't believe him and run for the life boats etc. hehe
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:54 PM
February 24, 2012 4:55 PM - etson
Good news Arkady!
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February 24, 2012 4:56 PM - Slopefarm
benson -- glad to hear about the severance and your approach to your next phase. Enjoy the cruise.
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:56 PM
February 24, 2012 4:58 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh nice was a big severance?

*rob*

Edited at February 24, 2012 4:58 PM
February 24, 2012 4:58 PM - More4Less
Rob, you aint retarded. You just mad lazy / easily content.
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February 24, 2012 4:59 PM - DeLepp
benson, have a blast on the cruise.
arkady, great news indeed
Edited at February 24, 2012 4:59 PM
February 24, 2012 5:02 PM - rf
Lots of good news tonight on the OT!
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February 24, 2012 5:06 PM - Deleted
Thanks all, and great news Arkady.

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February 24, 2012 5:11 PM - More4Less
up to what L train stop (heading west to east) is hipster or potential hipster area - buddy who'll look at rental ppties near the gates ave J/M station is now asking how's the area north of that gates ave station but around the L train stops.
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February 24, 2012 5:16 PM - etson
lol @ thought of the Canarsie hipsters.
Stranger things have happened.
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February 24, 2012 5:24 PM - rf
M4L, the last time my niece (22) was looking for an apartment, she looked around the Morgan stop on the L. She wound up finding a place in Chinatown!
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February 24, 2012 5:25 PM - More4Less
etson, north of bushwick is Canarsie?
Edited at February 24, 2012 5:25 PM
February 24, 2012 5:26 PM - etson
No guess not but seems like a weird question.
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February 24, 2012 5:27 PM - More4Less
rf, around morgan is nice. I just have no idea about that area north of the gates ave J/M station. never drove thru that area before.
Edited at February 24, 2012 5:27 PM
February 24, 2012 5:31 PM - rf
North of Bushwick is Queens--Fresh Pond, Ridgewood. The L train goes through East New York to Canarsie, but it turns south.
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February 24, 2012 5:32 PM - More4Less
etson, buddy is looking for rental ppty to rent to moonfaces, hipsters etc. he heard bushwick has hipsters - albeit I'm not sure they've gotten as east as gates ave. then he heard L trains have lots of hipsters, moonfaces, etc hence he asked about houses north of the gates ave station (ie around the L stations). he lives in westchester hence he wanted to see a ton of houses in 1 day when he drops into that area (vs. just a few houses then have to drive back home; I warned him, don't drive his mercedes down; use wife's minivan)
Edited at February 24, 2012 5:32 PM
February 24, 2012 5:34 PM - etson
More seriously - have seen articles about hipsterness moving up to Ridgewood.
Fairly nice area IMO but I am not the target audience...
February 24, 2012 5:34 PM - More4Less
fresh pond rd area in Ridgewood is nice - still can't believe other buddy paid so little for his house there. very pleasant surpise how good that area looked to me.
February 24, 2012 5:34 PM - rf
We drove through the area around Myrtle-Wyckoff, which is very nice--where the J crosses the L. It's on the Queens border and I think the commercial area there is Ridgewood.
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February 24, 2012 5:35 PM - More4Less
etson, DH has been saying that for a while but I never really paid much attention or purposely drove thru there until other buddy bought a house there. the nicer areas of Ridgewood looks like the nicer areas of greenpoint. really nice.
Edited at February 24, 2012 5:35 PM
February 24, 2012 5:36 PM - rf
Legion probably knows much more. My kid has a friend in Bushwick near there. Didn't look very hipsterish.
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February 24, 2012 5:38 PM - rf
Ridgewood was traditionally a very German area.
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February 24, 2012 5:40 PM - More4Less
personally, I rather prefer to rent to regular families. they tend to be steadier tenants. young hipsters tend to be more transient. as a landlord not living nearby, I recommended buddy to not focus on hipster moonface renters. but then he said he'll buy a few bldgs, renovate them, and sign up a mgt company to deal with nitty gritty details for him. He does have the money for it.
Edited at February 24, 2012 5:40 PM
February 24, 2012 5:50 PM - etson
Ridgewood very heavily Polish and other East European last times I was around there (few years ago). That may be changing as well by now.

It was one one of my 'walking round / learning about the city to maintain my sanity' routes when I was unemployed for a few months.
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February 24, 2012 5:52 PM - Deleted
up to what L train stop (heading west to east) is hipster or potential hipster area - buddy who'll look at rental ppties near the gates ave J/M station is now asking how's the area north of that gates ave station but around the L train stops.

Halsey L - Central M
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February 24, 2012 5:53 PM - Deleted
i think ridgewood has better potential than the really shitty areas of bushwick
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February 24, 2012 6:00 PM - Deleted
"i think ridgewood has better potential than the really shitty areas of bushwick"

Agree 1000x.


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February 24, 2012 6:09 PM - Deleted
One of my college buddies married a girl from Ridgewood, and she was German. I went to the wedding at the German church there (St. Matthias, I believe). The thing that struck me about Ridgewood at that time was how immaculate it was, and this was at a time (1981) when the city was at its nadir, and generally filthy.
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February 24, 2012 6:18 PM - lechacal
Congratulations, benson.

Ok rf, I'll try to copy the email into a post now.
Edited at February 24, 2012 6:18 PM
February 24, 2012 6:22 PM - lechacal
From:
To:
Date:†February 24, 2012, 7:24 AM
Not an imposition, mom, I just think it's hard to have a meaningful conversation by phone or email when you haven't visited us for many years and haven't met two of my kids. †You should make visiting us a priority - over things like going to Washington DC or taking vacations in Europe.

Sent from my iPhone
- Hide quoted text -

On Feb 23, 2012, at 4:13 PM, [. ] wrote:

> Hello from New Zealand, [ ] and I are back here for 6 months.
> I was glad to talk, even briefly, to [mrs jackal] when we were in the US, but I never heard back from you; did you get my phone message? †Did you prefer that I not bother you? †Life is complicated, just let me know, I don't want to impose.
> New Zealand is just beautiful; did you ever come here when you worked in Melbourne?
> Love,
> Your Mom

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February 24, 2012 6:26 PM - rf
Did she answer yet, Lech?
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February 24, 2012 6:59 PM - dibs
Hola, peeps. It was supposed to be 60 and sunny here and it was 40 and rainy all day
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February 24, 2012 7:11 PM - Arkady
Where are photos of the car, dibs?
Edited at February 24, 2012 7:11 PM
February 24, 2012 7:13 PM - dibs
There aren't any, Arkady. Besides, i think I'm the only car fag here, well, except for m4l when he doesn't get caught by his wife looking at them!!!
Edited at February 24, 2012 7:13 PM
February 24, 2012 7:15 PM - CGar
Patio was dry when I left. Forecast was for sun. So, I didn't have an umbrella. I blame Arkady for the rain.
Edited at February 24, 2012 7:15 PM
February 24, 2012 7:20 PM - dibs
You can never have too much protection, CGar
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February 24, 2012 7:25 PM - CGar
Yes, dave, I've learned that the hard way.
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February 24, 2012 7:25 PM - CGar
And I ran into Thelma on Joralemon & Henry tonight. The nabe is crawling with PLUSAs.
Edited at February 24, 2012 7:25 PM
February 24, 2012 10:44 PM - Arkady
No wonder PLUSAs are crawling if you ran over them.
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