New Year's Day 2013
January 1, 2013 8:01 AM - Partridge
It's a beautiful cliff.

241 comments
January 1, 2013 8:24 AM - petebklyn
uh, it is tuesday. get up and get to work.
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#1
January 1, 2013 8:29 AM - petebklyn
so - what are your new years resolutions?
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#2
January 1, 2013 8:33 AM - Partridge
Work? What work. It's a holiday, old man. A time to reminisce, reflect and think about the future with friends and family.
#3
January 1, 2013 8:37 AM - Partridge
Every year the same. I seek peace and prosperity for all mankind! It's complicated, but I'm working on it.
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#4
January 1, 2013 8:45 AM - dibs
GM and Happy New Year
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#5
January 1, 2013 8:50 AM - Partridge
GM&HNY to you too! While diving back into the archives yesterday, I noted that is was just your anniversary. Happy Anniversary, too. Was your dinner a hit?
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#6
January 1, 2013 9:01 AM - petebklyn
thinking about the future takes less and less time each year.
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#7
January 1, 2013 9:04 AM - dibs
Our anniversary was Dec 28.
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#8
January 1, 2013 9:05 AM - dibs
Dinner last night was great...just about evrything was perfect. First time i made creamy soft polenta and it turned out great...ina gartens recipe. Souffle was a big hit. We actually stayed up past midnight
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#9
January 1, 2013 9:31 AM - DeLepp
Happy New Year!
Meal was good. Guests were great. Now need to start washing & cleaning.
#10
January 1, 2013 9:33 AM - dibs
Martin did all the washing last night. Just made multiple trips to the second floor dining room to put it all away. About to have coffee now.
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#11
January 1, 2013 9:37 AM - dibs
I have a slight headache. I think it would be worse if i switched from wine to after dinner drinks like lemoncllo, Averna and patron XO
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#12
January 1, 2013 9:37 AM - DeLepp
god bless, people left here at 2 and i went to bed
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#13
January 1, 2013 9:44 AM - Arkady
I got hit with a hideous cold at about 10 o'clock last night. I'm choosing to position it as 'casting out last year's demons' not starting the new year in poor health.
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#14
January 1, 2013 9:46 AM - DeLepp
just champagne and wine last night. andy is ill with cold.
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#15
January 1, 2013 9:51 AM - dibs
Started with champagne but I only had one glass.
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#16
January 1, 2013 9:53 AM - dibs
I.ve been coughing and congested since I left NYC over a week ago. In fact I think it started the week before I left.

Leaving around 1:00 or so to go out and drink with the Mummers.
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#17
January 1, 2013 9:54 AM - DeLepp
one glass! i need to lay down!
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#18
January 1, 2013 9:57 AM - dibs
Finishing off the last of the Harry & David melt-in-your-mouth pears.
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#19
January 1, 2013 10:14 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM and Happy New Year, all.

We made it to GAP party and fireworks, and got home by 1pm. I think I had all of 1.5 glasses of prosecco.
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#20
January 1, 2013 10:16 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I love those pears, why are they so amazing?
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#21
January 1, 2013 10:21 AM - Deleted
ˇUGH!
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#22
January 1, 2013 10:24 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
gm, dh. what time did you crawl in? did you have a fun night?
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#23
January 1, 2013 10:26 AM - dibs
Meet any Asians and use the "Sawasdee Be My?"
#24
January 1, 2013 10:27 AM - dibs
I thought I'd go on a diet of no sweets and no cheese right after New Years but there are too many leftovers!!!!!!
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#25
January 1, 2013 10:31 AM - MontroseMorris
Last night, I missed the ball dropping for the first time in my adult life. I was in bed with a horrible cold that just won't quit. I've had it for almost 2 weeks now. It gets better, then wham, comes back twice as bad as it was before. This is the second relapse. Last night was awful, but I finally went to sleep around three. I'm still very congested, but feel a bit better. I think I'm going back to bed now.

Happy New Year, everyone.
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#26
January 1, 2013 10:32 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I think we'll still eat cheese, but we're off sweets and will be mainlining vegetables for the month of January--which seems to be the length of time we can stick to any of my"decrees". ; )
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#27
January 1, 2013 10:35 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
MM, I didn't realize you were still so ill. Hope this lets up soon.
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#28
January 1, 2013 10:38 AM - Deleted
Got in around 5. Actually found a taxi to take me to Brooklyn on the meter. Was coherent enough to give directions. I seemed to have accumulated an impressive collection of female wool hats.


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#29
January 1, 2013 10:45 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I am a tad confused by the hat collection. Is that a euphemism, or do you really have a collection of women's wool hats?
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#30
January 1, 2013 10:46 AM - Deleted
And LOTS of bars were closing at 2 last night. Weird. And didn't see any Asians to yell Asian things at. Not in midtown at least
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#31
January 1, 2013 10:47 AM - Deleted
No. I seriously have like 4 hats on my kitchen table. I'm hoping I just found them. One of them is an expensive brand.
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#32
January 1, 2013 10:51 AM - dibs
I'm guessing you didn't get laid either.
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#33
January 1, 2013 10:56 AM - Deleted
Why would you guess that?
#34
January 1, 2013 10:58 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Hmm, I think you better go check...are there 4 women in your bed right now? ; )
#35
January 1, 2013 11:01 AM - Partridge
Giftee or thief? I suspect we will never know.
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#36
January 1, 2013 11:04 AM - Deleted
That would rule.
#37
January 1, 2013 11:04 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Maybe they're like calling cards, as in "Call me sometime, Handsome." ? Are there phone numbers inside them? : D
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#38
January 1, 2013 11:05 AM - dibs
I wonder if he has tried them on too???
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#39
January 1, 2013 11:14 AM - Deleted
They don't fit. :(


#40
January 1, 2013 11:17 AM - Deleted
What's everyone doing today?
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#41
January 1, 2013 11:20 AM - ilovestoops
Haopy New Year, PLUSA's!
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#42
January 1, 2013 11:20 AM - kazootite
4 hats, dh! Do you remember the Seinfeld episode where George leaves his hat at a girl's house so he has an excuse to go back there?

MM, I am sorry you are so sick. That is awful. I hate those relapses.
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#43
January 1, 2013 11:21 AM - dibs
Bar hopping in Philly with Mummers...Knock, Woodies, Dirty Franks
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#44
January 1, 2013 11:24 AM - ilovestoops
Damn - really wanted brunch today but looks like we'll be stuck with lunch! Craving eggs benedict - does anyone know of a place that might be serving a brunch menu? Otherwise will be meeting friend at 2:00 in front of Armando's on Montague. Ya'll are welcome to join us.
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#45
January 1, 2013 11:29 AM - dibs
Eggs benedict are much like carbonara...many places don't make them very well. Egg yolk has to be soft and runny, hollandaise needs to be just that, hollandaise, not some other version of it. I actually prefer ham over canadian bacon but that's incidental.

Best ones I've ever had were at the Plaza Athenae Hotel, with truffles on top!!!!!!
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#46
January 1, 2013 11:29 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
To you, too, stoops!

We're just hanging out at home today. I think I'll cook some soup. I'm paging through some cookbooks right now. Possibly a cauliflower soup, or a potato soup. Or a potato soup with cauliflower snuck into it.
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#47
January 1, 2013 11:29 AM - Deleted
Lol kazoo I vaguely remember tht episode. Definitely a George thing to do
#48
January 1, 2013 11:30 AM - kazootite
Stoops, I wish I could go there and meet you. It sounds like fun. I am going out now for some hopefully fun errands.
#49
January 1, 2013 11:31 AM - Deleted
Brooklyn as a whole - at least places I like going to brunch have eggs Benedict down pretty much. I like some of the twists - like the crab cake Benedict at Walter foods or pork belly Benedict at rye.
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#50
January 1, 2013 11:33 AM - dibs
Pork belly benedict would be awesome. Pork belly anything is awesome.
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#51
January 1, 2013 11:37 AM - ilovestoops
Ya'll are just increasing my craving for eggs benedict! We may go across the street to Happy Days diner where they are served, but don't know if they have booze there. Maybe I could take some wine. Would white wine and orange juice work instead of sparkling wine and oj?
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#52
January 1, 2013 11:46 AM - kazootite
No pork for me, but I would like to have even part of Dave's cooking skillz! Going now, really.
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#53
January 1, 2013 11:47 AM - petebklyn
finally gave in and googled what all this gangham video nonsense is since phrase seemed to appearing on this site too.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
#54
January 1, 2013 11:47 AM - dibs
Great story about day laborers and their role in helping the flooded areas.....

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/31/nyregion/day-laborers-find-steady-work-after-hurricane-sandy.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

These mostly Hispanic workers, some of whom are in the country illegally, have suddenly become a ubiquitous and indispensable presence in seaside communities in New York and New Jersey, where residents who might once have spurned hiring them are racing to make their homes livable again as soon as possible. Despite the influx of volunteers — sometimes regarded as competitors by the day laborers — there is so much demand for their services that even women who have typically made a living as domestics are gathering on street corners and in front of hardware stores to help with the grueling work.

“Day laborers are like first responders to this crisis,” said Ligia M. Guallpa, director of the Workers Justice Project, which operates a shack alongside a shopping plaza in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where day laborers gather and contractors and homeowners come to hire them. Before the storm, fewer than 15 workers a week were sent out on jobs. Now that number has grown to 45.
#55
January 1, 2013 11:48 AM - dibs
Pete probably thought it was some sort of fabric.
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#56
January 1, 2013 11:48 AM - rf
Stoops, I'm sure you could find some Eggs Benedict and a proper mimosa on Dekalb Ave. this morning. I know that iCi used to be open for breakfast during the week. Mmm, yum.
#57
January 1, 2013 11:51 AM - petebklyn
I just finished my first pb&j sandwich of 2013.
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#58
January 1, 2013 11:56 AM - dibs
Six weeks to pitchers and catchers.
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#59
January 1, 2013 11:57 AM - bxgrl
Oooooh- eggs benedict!! Bad stoops1 Bad bad stoops!! Now I want eggs Benedict but have no way to get them today. :(

Last night was quiet- MM was really sick and I finally kicked her out so she could go to bed. I made an "experimental dinner"- I experimented with what I had in the fridge. No big deal, I figured - she can't taste anything. :) Luckily it turned out to taste good.

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year- glad to see everyone made it home safe and sound. And What is fernet, DH?
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January 1, 2013 11:59 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Happy New Year from the Poconos. Snowing here. Lady friend and I stayed up to midnight and watched Moonrise Kingdom. Big dinner with her extended family - steak and duck. Dad is an excellent cook.
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#61
January 1, 2013 11:59 AM - CGar
I just want to again wish everyone a Very Happy and Healthy New Year! All the best in 2013. I hope everyone had fun last night doing whatever it is they did or didn't do or wanted to do but couldn't.

Have a wonderful time at the Mummers Parade today, dave!
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#62
January 1, 2013 12:00 PM - CGar
"I'm choosing to position it as 'casting out last year's demons'"

I guess this means the Brunch Club has been disbanded.
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#63
January 1, 2013 12:03 PM - sixyearsandcounting
DH, maybe you can sell those wool hats at the Flea.

"Six weeks to pitchers and catchers." - definitely needs a NH.

150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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#64
January 1, 2013 12:04 PM - CGar
"got home by 1pm"

Really? Et tu, cobble? I thought only Pete had to go down for his afternoon nap?
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#65
January 1, 2013 12:06 PM - dibs
Too many Mummers groups dancing gangnam style.
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#66
January 1, 2013 12:07 PM - ilovestoops
rf: thanks for the advice! we were going to a place closer to the subways since my friend needs to get back to Manhattan later. I had already checked some place on dekalb but they didn't serve eggs benedict. Just checked with Dino and they do so we're going there instead. Too bad if my friend has to walk further!

So, if anyone else wants to come, it's Dino at 222 dekalb at 2:00.
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#67
January 1, 2013 12:08 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Very funny, CGar! I meant 1am! But I am older than Pete in some ways, or at least I feel older.
#68
January 1, 2013 12:09 PM - CGar
MM, I share cobble's and kazoo's best wishes for a speedy recovery from your cold. I'm so sorry you still have it.

And, I am so sorry that Arkady and dave are sick, too! Not much I can do for MM and dave, but Arkady, can I bring you anything??? Chicken soup??? Hershey's Milk Chocolate Nuggets with Almonds??? Kitty litter that I can schlep up Everest for you??? A Bloody Mary with cilantro? Crucifers? Okra? Eggplant?
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#69
January 1, 2013 12:10 PM - sixyearsandcounting
WOW!

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/national-govt-politics/the-soaring-cost-of-military-drugs/nThwF/

"Last year, the Pentagon spent more on pills, injections and vaccines than it did on Black Hawk helicopters, Abrams tanks, Hercules C-130 cargo planes and Patriot missiles — combined."

"Since 2002, the Department of Defense has spent more than $5 billion on Lipitor, Plavix, Advair, Nexium and Singulair."
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#70
January 1, 2013 12:12 PM - CGar
^^^ And before you get bitchy(ier), that's parsley, not cilantro.
#71
January 1, 2013 12:12 PM - Deleted
Walters on Dekalb will hook you up with so,e Benedict and mimosas. It's prolly a zoo now tho.

Contemplating on if I should ride my bike to scratch bread for an egg sammich or get some delivery lunch.
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#72
January 1, 2013 12:12 PM - CGar
"I am older than Pete"

cobble, the Grand Canyon isn't older than Pete.
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#73
January 1, 2013 12:13 PM - Deleted
That's what's up

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#74
January 1, 2013 12:16 PM - CGar
Another fun New Year's Party at Montero's. Great friends, great regulars, pool, beer, karaoke (really great run of 70s music last night), and Linda's amazing homemade Italian food - and all only a few blocks from home, as there is nothing I hate more than having to get home from afar after midnight on New Year's Eve.

Only one 2013 resolution: We are all quitting smoking together and each has promised not to be a bad influence on the others if one of us has a temporary setback.
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#75
January 1, 2013 12:16 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I got a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich delivered, by BH. Yum! Just right.
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#76
January 1, 2013 12:18 PM - DeadCatBounce
Dinner at Bar Corvo was great. Then went up to a friend's roof to watch the fireworks.
Friend is a professional (and world class) baker.
Chocolate hazelnut cake + Champagne.
Delicious at the trime but not so good the next day.
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#77
January 1, 2013 12:19 PM - CGar
cobble, I just polished off my bacon, egg & cheese sammich, too. I didn't think my dog walker was working today, and I'm in line at Ted & Honey and I get a call, "I'm in your apartment. And there are no dogs." So, he came over to T&H to pick up Sam & Max, and I bought him breakfast.
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#78
January 1, 2013 12:20 PM - Deleted
Ooh bar corvo was good dcb? Been meaning to check it out.

Cgar I'm quitting tomorrow. Gonna suck.

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#79
January 1, 2013 12:21 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
""I'm in your apartment. And there are no dogs." "

At which point you were supposed to scream — "OH MY G*D, where are they!!" ; )

Jelly that you went to T&H, I love that place. They make excellent breakfast stuff.
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#80
January 1, 2013 12:23 PM - rf
We really enjoyed the fireworks. Then a drive to Manhattan, dodging drunks, to bring kid's boyfriend home to Chelsea. Once we got south of Houston, it was an easy ride across Delancey, Manhattan Bridge, Satmarland, Nostrand and home. We made all the lights from Lee and Roebling to Lafayette Ave.
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#81
January 1, 2013 12:23 PM - petebklyn
I am lurking but not posting.
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#82
January 1, 2013 12:24 PM - rf
I think I can say with some confidence that I am on the road to recovery. (from the cold, not from abusive substances.)
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#83
January 1, 2013 12:27 PM - pepper
Happy New Year All!
#84
January 1, 2013 12:28 PM - DeadCatBounce
dh, Bar Corvo is very similar food to Al Di La.
Crowd was young.
Atmosphere was relatively informal.
Great place for you to take a young lady of your intimate acquaintance .
(Now that we know that such a person might exist)
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#85
January 1, 2013 12:29 PM - dibs
"I am lurking but not posting."

Creepy, old, gay man.
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#86
January 1, 2013 12:30 PM - Slope4Eva
GM, Happy New Year.
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#87
January 1, 2013 12:31 PM - petebklyn
weather/temp forecast for next couple weeks much more optimistic on accuweather than on weatherchannel. I much prefer accuweather.
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#88
January 1, 2013 12:33 PM - kazootite
Pepper popped in. (or should I write "in popped Pepper")

Eva popped in. How is Juan, and does he know about this couple named Eva and Juan?

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#89
January 1, 2013 12:33 PM - CGar
True, cobble, in retrospect, that's what I should have said, but I was pre-coffee (STFU, Arkady). Sam & Max let me sleep in until 11am. Decadent.
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#90
January 1, 2013 12:34 PM - Deleted
Bar corvo. Pantie dropper. Got it dcb. Lol.
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#91
January 1, 2013 12:34 PM - CGar
""I am lurking but not posting."

Creepy, old, gay man."

Happy New Year, Old Man! Looking forward to seeing you and your infinitely better half soon.
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#92
January 1, 2013 12:34 PM - petebklyn
got off phone with my friend who lives in Ft Laud. He drove down to Miami to meet and get keys from his tenant who was scheduled to move out today. Arrives to find out that tenant has shot/killed himself in the bedroom.
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#93
January 1, 2013 12:36 PM - bxgrl
RF- we'd love to have you!
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#94
January 1, 2013 12:36 PM - CGar
Eva, a very Happy, Healthy New Year to you, Juan and Evita.

Is this what you wore last night???
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#95
January 1, 2013 12:37 PM - dibs
Yeah, Pete, and you probably prefer the Democrats' assessment for medicare and social security
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#96
January 1, 2013 12:37 PM - CGar
Pete, that is a truly horrific story. I can't even fathom what it would be like to walk in on that (or any similar) scene.
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#97
January 1, 2013 12:39 PM - CGar
"RF- we'd love to have you!"

NH???

[Ducks for cover from bxgrl throwing china and tchotckes]
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#98
January 1, 2013 12:39 PM - dibs
Pretty awful, Pete.
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#99
January 1, 2013 12:40 PM - dibs
Having a few hot dogs to coat the stomach before going out. One of my resolutions is to eat more like the 99%.
January 1, 2013 12:41 PM - MontroseMorris
Thanks, everyone for well wishes. I want eggs benedict, too. Wahh.

Decided to get up. Sometimes you feel worse in bed than you do moping around the apartment. I'm going to mope for a while. Besides, my bed was the canyon run of the Kitty 500.

CGar, was T&H the place with the long tables we had lunch at once? Their food was good.


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January 1, 2013 12:43 PM - Deleted
Lol dibs. H? NH?
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January 1, 2013 12:43 PM - MontroseMorris
Wow, pretty horrific, Pete.
January 1, 2013 12:44 PM - kazootite
Speechless, about the LL/tenant story.
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January 1, 2013 12:45 PM - dibs
NH...just Ball (nh) Parks
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January 1, 2013 12:45 PM - DeadCatBounce
"Bar corvo. Pantie dropper. Got it dcb. Lol."

dh, you need a little help -I am willing to coach you as a mission of mercy.
You should NEVER take a girl to a nice place (or buy flowers or anything else) as a panty dropper.


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January 1, 2013 12:45 PM - CGar
Susan Boyle sings Auld Lang Syne. I found this after I posted the other Auld Lang Syne videos last night. Even if you don't normally watch any of the holiday videos I post (yes, I know, it's fine, as I still enjoy them!!), you all should really watch this video. Susan Boyle truly has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.

Hers is such a feel good story, and it makes me genuinely happy when such good things happen to someone who is so deserving and who was bullied and mocked throughout her life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rCZduGdax8
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January 1, 2013 12:46 PM - CGar
Good luck quitting, DH. Two of my friends are waiting until tomorrow, too, as they say it's easier since they smoke less when they're working.
January 1, 2013 12:46 PM - rf
DCB, just because he doesn't kiss and tell, don't think DH needs advice with the ladies!
January 1, 2013 12:47 PM - Slope4Eva
No, CGar, that was my XMas ensemble. Happy New Year.

Hi, Kazoo. No, Juan finally is getting my real name right, I shouldn't confuse him just yet. He is not familiar with Lifeinbkln (I need my own vices), but he did not have a problem with my going out with CGar to Partridge's party. He knows of CGar, my old buddy.
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January 1, 2013 12:50 PM - MontroseMorris
I agree 100% CGar.
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January 1, 2013 12:51 PM - CGar
MM, yes, we lunched at T&H together. It's remained consistently good all these years, good food, nice staff. But, it is overpriced.

And, wtf??? There is a woman I've been seeing in Cobble Hill Park the past couple of weeks, in the most freezing weather, in the rain, when the grass has turned to mud . . . she takes off her coat and shoes and throws them, with her bag, down in the mud, and walks barefoot in circles around the oval grassy area in the center of the park. Either some new age thing . . . or she is truly not compos mentis.
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January 1, 2013 12:51 PM - dibs
I also resolve to work harder for my boss and to treat my employee better.
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January 1, 2013 12:52 PM - dibs
"And, wtf??? There is a woman I've been seeing in Cobble Hill Park the past couple of weeks, in the most freezing weather, in the rain, when the grass has turned to mud . . . she takes off her coat and shoes and throws them, with her bag, down in the mud, and walks barefoot in circles around the oval grassy area in the center of the park. Either some new age thing . . . or she is truly not compos mentis."

cobble moved back?? When?????
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January 1, 2013 12:53 PM - Deleted
Haha dcb - yes I know. My good buddy tries to be old fashioned and wine and dine the ladies and like 50s style court them and always gets burned. Dude - just because you dropped mad cash on dinner doesn't mean she's gonna put out.
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January 1, 2013 12:54 PM - Deleted
Ya cgar. Good luck too. Yeah - prolly not smart to start on national hangover day.
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January 1, 2013 12:54 PM - CGar
"No, CGar, that was my XMas ensemble."

;-)

I'm hoping things are so much better for you and your family in 2013, and I'm hoping things are calmer for me at work. I want to meet up with you in person, so we can catch up proper about you, and, frankly, I can use your advice on how to deal with my manager, as I can't/won't sustain this pace and her unrealistic expectations (all while she hasn't given up a single vacation day). Interestingly, Typhoid Murray has been going through a lot of the same things with her lately - we've mutually vented a bit.
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January 1, 2013 12:56 PM - CGar
"God will get you for that, Walter."
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January 1, 2013 12:57 PM - pepper
Hey CGar -
Really nice version of Auld Lang Syne. I couldn't agree more about Susan Boyle. I love her voice, and I cry every time I see her audition for Britain's Got Talent. Shows how judgmental we all are based on appearances. So great that everything worked out for her.
January 1, 2013 1:00 PM - Slope4Eva
Oh sheesh, Pete, that is awful. Did he find him?

Oh, by the way, my Mom was admitted to the Methodist yesterday AM. Too many attacks of diverticulitis in a short period of time. They will watch her for the rest of the week. Juan crashed again Sunday night. He's back in ICU, doing better. It wasn't as bad as a few weeks ago. I stayed in the room this time when the Rapid Response team came it. Amazing how organized they were. His pressure came right back up after the fluids and he was responsive.

This is why I've not been posting. I feel personally addressed when Cobble signs off, "good night PLUSAS, and lurkers", lol. I am reading you guys, but don't feel like always being a downer.
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January 1, 2013 1:00 PM - dibs
I typically don't spend any cash until AFTER they put out.
January 1, 2013 1:03 PM - kazootite
Thank you for SB song, CGar.

Eva, wishing the best for you and Juan.

Pepper, I have to go back and look up the hair tamer you posted for Dona.

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January 1, 2013 1:04 PM - kazootite
Should we be taking notes on this background conversation about whining and dining?
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January 1, 2013 1:05 PM - MontroseMorris
I just watched the Britain's Got Talent piece again, and like all of the other times I've seen it, I cried, too. Simon may have set it up, I don't care, his fellow judges and the audience didn't know she could sing, and the video is a triumph of the human spirit over people's expectations over appearances. Just think of all of the immensely talented, gifted, and worthy people out there whose gifts in whatever field are never allowed to shine, because we are hung up on how they look. Especially women. I love that she never gave up, and got herself on that show, and now is fulfilling her dreams of being a recording artist and professional singer.
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January 1, 2013 1:06 PM - Slope4Eva
CGar, sorry you are still having issues with her. Please watch what you say to Murray. Hopefully things will calm down a bit soon and I'll take a ride in to Bklyn. Maybe next week. When I go see my Mom, no way my Dad will let me out of his sight for a while, lol.
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January 1, 2013 1:08 PM - dibs
And then there's this guy in Korea's got talent....

Sung-Bong Choi...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BewknNW2b8Y
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January 1, 2013 1:08 PM - MontroseMorris
Eva, please don't feel you are a downer. It's a true blessing to have people, even those you've never met, pulling for you, and thinking about you and your family. We are a really, truly, disfunctional family here in PLUSAville, but a family nonetheless.
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January 1, 2013 1:09 PM - Slope4Eva
How depressing that men of a certain age are still just looking to get lucky. I'm by no means a prude, and I am after all a product of the '70's but sheesh.
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January 1, 2013 1:10 PM - CGar
Pepper.
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January 1, 2013 1:11 PM - Slope4Eva
I know, MM, thanks, but I'm even finding my own life to be a bit much. I'm tired of listening to my own thoughts.
Edited at January 1, 2013 1:11 PM
January 1, 2013 1:13 PM - kazootite
"There is a woman I've been seeing in Cobble Hill..."

CGar, would this be the same woman that dh is seeing? Or that dcb is of speaking?
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January 1, 2013 1:14 PM - CGar
david, when will you be back in NYC??? We have things to discuss, people to see, places to go. Yes, I'm certain you gave me your Q1 schedule over pre-XMas dinner, but I'm equally certain that we had too much to drink and I really can't be asked to remember. DeLepp doesn't even remember getting home.
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January 1, 2013 1:14 PM - dibs
"men of a certain age"

Ummm, dh is about 28 I think
Edited at January 1, 2013 1:14 PM
January 1, 2013 1:16 PM - MontroseMorris
Dave, that was beautiful. He was beautiful. I completely lost it. Thank you.
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January 1, 2013 1:17 PM - CGar
"the video is a triumph of the human spirit over people's expectations over appearances."

Glad you enjoyed the video, MM, pepper and rowerchick.

MM, I agree with your entire post except the "especially women" part, you sexist. Have you MET me???
Edited at January 1, 2013 1:17 PM
January 1, 2013 1:17 PM - CGar
^^^ Oh, and PS, I personally don't think Simon Cowell knew and set it up.
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January 1, 2013 1:18 PM - dibs
I'll be back tomorrow and there until Wed the 16th. I have to mend things at "home" there as there have been a few not so loving texts of late!!!!!!
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January 1, 2013 1:24 PM - CGar
Eva, you're not being a downer at all. I could do without the fucking vasovagal reactions you keep giving me though!!!!!

And, I'm very careful about Murray - he's had some spontaneous outbursts and given me some insights - I was surprised that he's been treated the same way. Also surprised to find out he had to forfeit 18 vacation days. He's also said enough to me that if he repeats anything I said, I'll bury him.

Plus, which, I'm trying to figure out how to have the "if these are the expectations you have of me, then I'm the wrong person for this job" conversation with my managers - total disconnect between what they know (what I'm doing, how much work I have, how incompetent my assistant is) and what they say/how they act (these arbitrary deadlines must be met by 12/31 . . . or our metrics will be off . . . W . . . T . . . F . . . Metrics? Really???).
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January 1, 2013 1:28 PM - dibs
Metrics = EUROTRASH
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January 1, 2013 1:29 PM - CGar
LMFAO, dave. I just jotted down your first-half of January schedule. And, yes, I see there have been some hate txts, though I dint receive any inquiries surprisingly.
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January 1, 2013 1:30 PM - Slope4Eva
How do you think I feel, CGar.

Wow 18 days? That's unthinkable considering I'm sure Sandy had something to do with it. Not fair, by any means.

OK, gotta get it in gear. Have a good one folks.
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January 1, 2013 1:31 PM - Deleted

How depressing that men of a certain age are still just looking to get lucky. I'm by no means a prude, and I am after all a product of the '70's but sheesh.


No doubt.
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January 1, 2013 1:31 PM - petebklyn
happy new year ,eva. best to you.
January 1, 2013 1:32 PM - dibs
In NYC the weekend of Jan 25-26 (NYC Antiques Show) and then Feb 8-10 (Chinese New Year)
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January 1, 2013 1:32 PM - Slope4Eva
We'll talk, CGar.

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January 1, 2013 1:33 PM - Slope4Eva
You too, Pete!!
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January 1, 2013 1:35 PM - CGar
dave, I just jotted down the amended schedule you posted! Is M coming up with you for the antiques show? If so, you are, of course, welcome to stay in your room.
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January 1, 2013 1:36 PM - pepper
CGar
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January 1, 2013 1:36 PM - dibs
No, he's not coming up.

But Fulgencio is interested in antique American wood.
January 1, 2013 1:37 PM - pepper
Exactly MM, exactly. Is that what they say? That Simon set that whole thing up? I hadn't heard that. Whatever. I still find the whole thing very inspiring, for precisely the reasons you laid out.
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January 1, 2013 1:39 PM - pepper
Jeez Dibs. I purposely did not watch the Susan Boyle audition again because I didn't want to cry. And then you had to do that to me? Do you know whatever became of him?
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January 1, 2013 1:39 PM - CGar
Wow, this is shaping up to be an incredibly productive day. Slept til 11am. Dogs were happy to sleep in as long as they were on my bed. Got breakfast. Been sitting at my desk eating breakfast and drinking coffee for 2-1/2 hours. Time to get some things done.
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January 1, 2013 1:40 PM - dibs
Pepper, I think he went on to win the entire competition, just a few months ago, according to some other youtubes.
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January 1, 2013 1:42 PM - More4Less
Happy New Year peeps. hope you all have a healthy year (money, sex, food, & drinks aint that important relative to health).
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January 1, 2013 1:43 PM - dibs
"(money, sex, food, & drinks aint that important relative to health)."

I'll remember this next time the subject of brownies comes up.
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January 1, 2013 1:44 PM - More4Less
still not seeing juicy deals for laptops. saw a decent one yesterday but took too long to decide and it sold-out before I pull trigger.
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January 1, 2013 1:45 PM - dibs
What about juicy deals for lapdances?????
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January 1, 2013 1:46 PM - pepper
Ok. I looked it up. According to Wikipedia, he came in second. Doesn't say what became of him after that.
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January 1, 2013 1:46 PM - More4Less
Dave, I'm chubby but still decent health. could lose another 12-15 lbs to get to playing bball health
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January 1, 2013 1:48 PM - More4Less
am not interested in window-shopping lap dances hence no idea where are the juicy deals for that suckers-svc
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January 1, 2013 1:52 PM - MontroseMorris
Yeah, Pepper, I heard, via the internet, of course, that Simon had heard her audition tape in his capacity as executive producer. He hadn't met her. True or untrue, it doesn't matter one bit.

I dunno, CGar, I think women are judged much more harshly that men on appearance. If you look at pop singers over the years, there have been some less than Adonis men who have had very successful careers. Babe magnets, even - Keith Richards, Rick Ocasic, Lyle Lovatt, any number of scary heavy metal, rap, and grunge guys. There aren't too many successful women in pop music who aren't beautiful. Far too many that are beautiful with no talent. Those who are not beautiful seem to spend their time on the covers of supermarket tabloids trying to lose weight, or have plastic surgery. The ones that are still household names that are not gorgeous have too much talent to deny, and even they end up killing themselves to lose weight, or become more "acceptable."
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January 1, 2013 1:54 PM - dibs
MM, women do need to keep up their appearance as they grow older....
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January 1, 2013 1:59 PM - Arkady
Sometimes the beauty paradigm changes - Barbra Streisand, for instance. I don't see a lot of the current 'hot' female singers as being that pretty - most do have stunning figures though.
January 1, 2013 2:04 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Arrives to find out that tenant has shot/killed himself in the bedroom."

Holy mother of g*d, Pete. How awful.

Eva, LOL! I know we have lurkers, I lurk at times myself, and we all feel that way sometimes, too much heaviness to post about, but I echo MM's statements. We're all rooting for you and Juan, and wish you well, and are here for support, or distraction.

I think we put the 'dys' in dysfunction, but we are a family, a very odd, strange, difficult one at that, but there it is and here we are.


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January 1, 2013 2:17 PM - Deleted
Would Susan Boyle have gotten as much recognition if she was hot?

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January 1, 2013 2:26 PM - petebklyn
are you saying you don't find susan boyle hot? I can't figure out st8t mens aesthetics. You know, all those sports logos clothing and baggy shorts that they like to wear....you never can figure out what they might find hot.
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January 1, 2013 2:35 PM - Deleted
LOL Pete
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January 1, 2013 2:40 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Who knows what anyone finds hot, I mean unless you're DIBS, and then we ALL KNOW. : P
January 1, 2013 3:00 PM - Deleted
Human attraction is very odd.
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January 1, 2013 3:06 PM - petebklyn
human attraction i can understand. it is the attraction to all these cats and dogs I don't get.
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January 1, 2013 3:11 PM - MontroseMorris
Aw, come on Pete. Embrace the cuteness!
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January 1, 2013 3:11 PM - rf
Too lazy to get through the article but I liked the illustration.
The Life of Pi, and Other Infinities
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/science/the-life-of-pi-and-other-infinities.html
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January 1, 2013 3:16 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Pete, seriously, how can you resist these little loves?
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January 1, 2013 3:16 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Or these...
January 1, 2013 3:27 PM - MontroseMorris
Awwwww.....
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January 1, 2013 3:54 PM - rf
Can't believe that bratty Republicans in the House are pushing the government over the cliff. Waa! Obama was gloating! Pay attention to us!
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January 1, 2013 4:07 PM - Partridge
Isn't the cliff drama over?

Had delicious brunch in Bay Ridge then went driving around looking at retail spaces for rent. Too big and expensive, too small and expensive, too expensive. Nothing juuuuust right.

You've all been chatty. Love hearing the news from you all. Welcome back CGar. Post count rising...
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January 1, 2013 4:15 PM - Deleted
Don't be MORON rf. the republicans are the smartest and have our best interests at heart.
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January 1, 2013 4:22 PM - bxgrl
CGar- Susan Boyle makes me cry everytime- but when she sings Auld Lang Syne- even more. The song makes me cry anyway, And the Korean singer- I hope his life is as wonderful as his voice.

So sorry about your troubles, Eva. You know we're here for you, dysfunctional as we are.

Horrible story Pete. It brought back some awful memories for me about a good friend.
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January 1, 2013 4:40 PM - rf
Slavery/human trafficking in the U.S.A.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/opinion/how-many-slaves-work-for-you.html?hp
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January 1, 2013 4:52 PM - Arkady
"Don't be MORON rf. the republicans are the smartest and have our best interests at heart."
Right, dh. As you've pointed out before, it's why they won the last election.
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January 1, 2013 5:30 PM - Partridge
Oh, that Korean boy! I want to adopt him. Such a poor, humble life.
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January 1, 2013 5:32 PM - MontroseMorris
"Don't be MORON rf. the republicans are the smartest and have our best interests at heart."
Right, dh. As you've pointed out before, it's why they won the last election.

Tee hee!
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January 1, 2013 5:42 PM - More4Less
I blame the Dems too. both sides think this is a game and not looking out for us
January 1, 2013 5:53 PM - rf
M4L, the Dems held their noses and voted for it, even though many of them think Obama gave away way too much. It's time for the Republicans to step off the tower and vote for something that will prevent the terrible effects of the Fiscal Cliff.
January 1, 2013 5:59 PM - DeadCatBounce
With all the wrangling over the fiscal cliff, there is also a vote coming up regarding raising pay of congressmen and senators. Not sure exactly what's up with the vote but how many regular citizens would feel they deserve it based on the great job they have been doing?
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January 1, 2013 6:02 PM - DeadCatBounce
Obama gave away 15 billion in spending cuts, in other words zilch. He completely won every point. He got the tax increase on the wealthy and all the spending is intact.

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January 1, 2013 6:10 PM - Partridge
I'm having my own personal debate about whether to make Caponata or Ratatouille. I've got the eggplant roasting now. I'm pretty sure I am giving in to the increased pressure by the pine nuts and golden raisins.
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January 1, 2013 6:10 PM - ilovestoops
dibs: good, not great, brunch. eggs were appropriately runny but have no idea if hollandaise was authentic or not. Great time visiting with friend, anyway, and drinking a mimosa.

Eva: so sorry for all you're going through and wishing for the best for your husband and mother.

Pete: unbelievable and tragic about your friend's tenant - it's like something you'd see on a tv show but never think could happen in real life.

Sorry about everybody's colds - hope you're all better soon.

dcb: I think I heard that they didn't pass the pay raise.
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January 1, 2013 6:12 PM - ilovestoops
Partridge: have you checked out retail spaces on Myrtle? It would be fun to have you in the neighborhood but that loc for retail isn't as upscale as where you are.
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January 1, 2013 6:13 PM - More4Less
rf, there is no way anyone can convince me to think now that either party is not guilty of this selfish game-like behavior of the usual politics BS. if both parties were serious about this, there is no reason why this crap had to drag out till now and still messing around with it. it's all a game to them.
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January 1, 2013 6:16 PM - rf
M4L, if only one party is serious, like now, there's no deal.
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January 1, 2013 6:17 PM - rf
Included in what the Senate passed was the farm bill. If it doesn't go through, milk prices will double next month.
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January 1, 2013 6:22 PM - Partridge
I totally agree, M4L. Both side have been employing the strategy of chess on the game of checkers.

No, Stoops. Hoping to stay where I am but have LL concerns about hike. Looking to stay close to where I am. Glad you enjoyed your brunch too!
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January 1, 2013 6:27 PM - DeadCatBounce
Both parties playing brinksmanship.
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January 1, 2013 6:33 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I loves me some caponata. Yummy, LP! We're having potato leek cauliflower soup with cheese toasties.
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January 1, 2013 6:35 PM - More4Less
rf, I can't agree that Dems haven't been playing games on this. you might be able to get me to believe Repubs playing more but no way I can believe Dems are not playing games.
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January 1, 2013 6:40 PM - petebklyn
running eggs are disgusting
and i don't drink milk and therefore could care less about milk prices.
Edited at January 1, 2013 6:40 PM
January 1, 2013 6:44 PM - petebklyn
and i don't work (so payroll tax no issue)nor make enough money to be concerned about income tax increase and I receive no entitlements from federal govt. so I don't really care.
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January 1, 2013 6:46 PM - DeadCatBounce
First comment you ever made that made sense to me, Pete.
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January 1, 2013 6:51 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
No milk with PB&J?
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January 1, 2013 6:57 PM - rf
There are other dairy products besides milk, and they will all double in price. Cheese. Yogurt. Butter. etc.
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January 1, 2013 6:58 PM - Partridge
Caponata won out. Needs to simmer a bit longer and then I'll make some whole wheat couscous to go under it.

That soup sounds great Cobble. It's the year of the vegetable, so far...
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January 1, 2013 7:00 PM - Partridge
I saw a sign at a store on Church Ave today. It read: We sell Milk @ NY State minimum. $4.09 a gallon!
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January 1, 2013 7:04 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Well, then I guess we'll cut down on dairy, but I doubt that will happen.

Indeed, LP, we've been overindulging....need to dial it back down quite a bit. I'm going to follow your lead and make something with eggplant this weekend.
Edited at January 1, 2013 7:04 PM
January 1, 2013 7:05 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
(Arkady isn't going to like this veggie trend at all.)
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January 1, 2013 7:14 PM - Partridge
Judging by yesterday's comments, here are many haters among us.
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January 1, 2013 7:21 PM - Partridge
The Caponata.
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January 1, 2013 7:21 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I think it's dinner time....
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January 1, 2013 8:22 PM - More4Less
Part, your neighbor might also have a killer pad but doubt she has killer food like yours.
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January 1, 2013 8:25 PM - RowerChick
I love Caponata. Maybe I will make some Ratatouille to store in BHS's fridge next.
January 1, 2013 8:27 PM - Partridge
You are such a sweetie! But I happen to think she's a good cook as well. Her kids are super lovely, friendly and sweet. She may have it all!
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January 1, 2013 8:31 PM - Partridge
You are evil, rower. Looked at a couple of spaces on van brundt by you today. Just from the street. Cute little space on Sullivan.
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January 1, 2013 8:39 PM - DeadCatBounce
Part, there are some commercial storefront spaces for rent in my building. Corner of Classon and Lincoln.
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January 1, 2013 8:40 PM - More4Less
Part, you think your core customers will go to Van Brundt?
January 1, 2013 8:46 PM - DeadCatBounce
Part, Golden location - across from Bklyn Museuem, Near Botanic Gardens, 2,3,4&5 Subways right here.
Do you offer discounts for Bldg residents as well as fiscal conservative PlusA's.
(Will be willing to taste Caponata in exchange)
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January 1, 2013 8:46 PM - pepper
Closer to your current shop, I noticed quite a few empty commercial spaces on Court St. today. Seemed like some were very recently vacated...
January 1, 2013 8:54 PM - Partridge
I may not have to go anywhere. I'm just trying to keep up with what is available. If I moved more than 5 blocks away, I'd lose 1/2 my base. To another hood, it would be like starting from scratch, DCB.

Foot traffic is terrible in RH. But visibility is strong because of the restos, fairways, Chelsea garden and ikea.
Edited at January 1, 2013 8:54 PM
January 1, 2013 9:09 PM - pepper
Yeah, I don't really know about these things. It just seemed to me tonight that there were a lot of available commercial spaces the whole length of Court. I walked up it tonight. Didn't notice the emptiness when I walked down it on Sunday. Funny how that works.
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January 1, 2013 9:10 PM - More4Less
those rent levels = quickening of pace to more corporate logos / franchises popping up
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January 1, 2013 9:15 PM - pepper
Hope you are wrong M4L, but probably not. Just got the Chipotle on the Cobble Hill side of Court. I'm not too sad about that (I love Chipotle). But an infestation would not be welcome.
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January 1, 2013 9:25 PM - Partridge
Wow, DCB, what are you guys hoarding the commercial space for? Hoping for a chain with larger space needs?

Yep, rents are too damn high! But location is everything. I'd be happy with a smaller place but in a great spot. I think my LL will be reasonable, but I was going to ask him for a rent reduction of $300. I really can't afford a hike of any kind.
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January 1, 2013 9:39 PM - Partridge
I'll look at those on google street DCB. But it would really be a whole new thing there. I do like you courting me though :)

Pep, I'll take a look but court is usually way more than my block. Next door to fish tales they are asking 11k. The former 3 guys burger place they are asking 13k. Those prices are 3 or 4 times what I can afford.
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January 1, 2013 9:42 PM - Arkady
I've never understood why a LL will let a shop remain empty rather than charge a reasonable rent. The worst was the old Sutter's Bakery across from the Women's House of Detention on Greenwich Av. @ Charles - must've been idle for at least 10 years.
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January 1, 2013 9:48 PM - rf
It's like houses. Sometimes the property belongs to an estate and it takes forever to unravel.
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January 1, 2013 10:05 PM - More4Less
commercial rents are crazy high everywhere but lots of times, LL gets a tenant in. people are often shocked to hear that rents in those chinatown restaurants are 25-35k. despite many closing due to not enough biz to carry that rent, LL often gets another to bite. I now think tons of stores on pricey locations are laundering money or something as I can't imagine how they're making enough money to pay the stiff rent and the hassle of operating their biz
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January 1, 2013 10:06 PM - Partridge
Ark, there are a bunch of reasons. If a space needs renovations, a tenant will make them if they get a long lease. If a building owner wants to sell and is waiting for a upswing in the market, they don't want to get stuck with a tenant in a long lease at sale time. Delivered vacant is an enticing feature. Sometimes they just don't need the revenue and don't want the hassles of a tenant. Sometimes they are just waiting for the market to swing based on other developments in the area. Look at the Barclay's Center. Every space within a 1/2 mile of it now can boast that is it "next door to" it.
January 1, 2013 10:15 PM - Partridge
M4L, I don't know about money laundering (isn't that Minard's area of expertise) but it has been widely known that business open flagship stores in say SOHO or Madison Ave where rents are astronomical and they don't anticipate to ever break even. They see the rent cost as part of their marketing and advertising budget for the chain. The Chinatown restaurant turn over thing, I don't get. Is it "a sucker born every minute" or "a dollar and a dream" concepts at play?
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January 1, 2013 10:18 PM - DeLepp
Whether it is fact, fiction or faction "zero dark 30" is entertaining.
Edited at January 1, 2013 10:18 PM
January 1, 2013 10:25 PM - Partridge
But... can it take the Oscar?
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January 1, 2013 10:28 PM - DeLepp
I think it may. Le Miz was panned by many. Lincoln too damn long.
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January 1, 2013 10:28 PM - rf
I think the Chinatown phenomenon is the same as the Fulton St. Mall phenomenon. Tons and tons of business. Plenty of customers in the door, open 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. Low overhead aside from rent (don't pay taxes, hire illegals for very low wages). They can pay the rent because they do the business. Not that they don't cheat (they do, by not reporting income, by hiring off the books, by handshake deals on buying food, etc.) but they don't have to be in the money laundering business.
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January 1, 2013 10:36 PM - rf
...and it's not like most of them in either place pay anything for decor.
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January 1, 2013 10:46 PM - More4Less
Part, I'm talking about the non-corporate / big franchise operations. I'm talking about the simply operations (be it sole proprietor or small partnership) that are paying at or near market rents that we know are crazy high. Particularly food biz where if one doesn't see a ton of customers in there, they likely ain't doing that well - as these operations don't have a ton of catering, wholesale operations, etc. I've reviewed enough books and know enough people to know how tough the retail economics are these days. the current pace of closings are actually better than I expected - given how duplicative some of the operations are.
January 1, 2013 10:50 PM - More4Less
oh yeah, NET 10 is now my preferred wireless provider over Straight Talk. same network (AT&T), same parent (TracFone), and same cost if one sets up auto-refill ($45 for unlimited everything). difference is NET 10 has more plan options and more retail outlets (vs just on-line and Walmart for straight talk).

in case anyone here or lurkers are also looking to switch from AT&T
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January 1, 2013 10:53 PM - More4Less
not looking forward to waking up early tomorrow to power the kid to school (& it's really cold now).
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January 1, 2013 10:55 PM - More4Less
nite all
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January 1, 2013 11:00 PM - Partridge
Don't get it, M4L. Good night all! Happy New Year!!!
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January 1, 2013 11:02 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm off to sleep myself, not looking forward to getting up before 7.

G'nite, PLUSAs, g'nite Eva, g'nite lurkers. : )
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January 1, 2013 11:04 PM - rf
Back to school here (well not me, but the kid) too! She's still printing out homework.

The party's over! Alarm set for 6:15 (well, 6:05 with snoozes = as long as I get out of bed by 6:25, we're good).
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January 1, 2013 11:15 PM - rf
The House passed the fiscal cliff bill.
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