Thursday Open Thread
January 10, 2013 7:54 AM - Partridge
The Bouncy Castle.

405 comments
January 10, 2013 7:59 AM - Partridge
Inflatable castles are temporary inflatable structures and buildings and similar items that are rented for functions, school and church festivals and village fetes and used for recreational purposes, mainly used by children. The growth in popularity of moonwalks has led to an inflatable rental industry which includes inflatable slides, obstacle courses, games, and more. Inflatables are ideal for portable amusements because they are easy to transport and store.
#1
January 10, 2013 8:04 AM - dibs
These will be all but outlawed shortly by the namby pamby Park Slope Parent types who can't fathom this sort of dangerous activity for their precious Megans and Joshes.
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:04 AM
#2
January 10, 2013 8:05 AM - Partridge
They are pretty low-end, Dave.
#3
January 10, 2013 8:07 AM - dibs
Federal Reserve Act of 1933 allowed for the government to grant a loan to AIG. They could then demand all sorts of things from AIG but they were not allowed to demand that AIG give up its equity and a federal court has already ruled that was the case. Grenberg's suit has validity for the shareholders. The government overstepped its bounds.
#4
January 10, 2013 8:16 AM - Arkady
The board’s vote deals a blow to Mr. Greenberg’s case, which had already been dismissed in the Federal District Court in Manhattan. That decision is under review by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; the judge in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington declined to dismiss the case.
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:16 AM
#5
January 10, 2013 8:19 AM - dibs
Both true but neither precludes them from suing where they are suing, anywhere outside of anti-corporate, liberal left wing NY where the DA will go after any corporation for just about anything.

Rememember, this is a shareholder suit
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:19 AM
#6
January 10, 2013 8:20 AM - DeadCatBounce
The Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania
Located deep within the Carpathian Mountains, the castle over 1,000 years old is best known for being Dracula’s Castle in the 1400s.
#7
January 10, 2013 8:22 AM - DeadCatBounce
Obama does it again:
His nominee for Treasury Secretary has no finance experience.
This will go down in history as one of the worst appointments ever.
#8
January 10, 2013 8:22 AM - dibs
The suit brings attention to a very slippery slope that the government went down. They were wrong and a Federal Court already ruled so, which opened the door for this suit.

Think about all the small shareholders who lost money. People like Pete.
#9
January 10, 2013 8:23 AM - dibs
I agree with you, DCB, a political appointment without merit. This will be very bad. Yes, I believe he worked for Citicorp at one point but he has no CAPITAL MARKETS EXPERIENCE.
#10
January 10, 2013 8:24 AM - CGar
dave, there is also a concept called "balancing of the equities", which is used even in courts outside liberal New York, under which theory any rational judge would throw AIG's case out of court, and deservedly so. And, PS, the shareholders won't see a dime - it will go to pay plaintiffs' lawyers' fees. That you would even come down on the side of sleazeball class action lawyers, who frivolously sue corporations right and left, surprises me.
#11
January 10, 2013 8:26 AM - DeadCatBounce
The Executive Branch has expanded it's power tremendously in recent years. As has the Federal Reserve.
Everything about its handling of the financial crisis, and especially the way it dealt with AIG, was outside its previous scope. If you think the government is your friend, then you can see this as a positive development.
I see it as very troubling.
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:26 AM
#12
January 10, 2013 8:27 AM - dibs
Didn't even work for Citicorp...

Lew began his career as a legislative assistant to Representative Joe Moakley and as a senior policy adviser to former House Speaker Tip O'Neil. Lew then worked as an attorney in private practice before working as a deputy in Boston's office of management and budget. In 1993, he began work for the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the President. In 1994 Lew served as Associate Director for Legislative Affairs and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, where he served a Director of that agency from 1998 to 2001 and from 2010 to 2012. Lew later served as the first Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, from 2009 to 2010.

Totally unqualified to be Secretary of the Treasury in times like this that require strong, intelligent, creative leadership
#13
January 10, 2013 8:30 AM - dibs
There's nothing sleazeball about suing the government for overstepping their power.

We're not talking Shelly Silver here.
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:31 AM
#14
January 10, 2013 8:34 AM - Arkady
American International Group will not join a lawsuit against the federal government over its $182 billion financial crisis bailout, the company said on Wednesday.
Henry T. C. Hu, a former regulator and now a professor of law at the University of Texas Law School, said “A.I.G. should, at a minimum, fully reimburse the Treasury and the Federal Reserve for all time and expense that A.I.G. has inflicted.”
#15
January 10, 2013 8:36 AM - Arkady
Before joining the Obama administration, Mr. Lew spent a brief period in the financial sector, at Citigroup, first as managing director of Citi Global Wealth Management and then as chief operating officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments.
#16
January 10, 2013 8:38 AM - DeadCatBounce
A Brief Period in the financial sector does not read like the resume of a Treasury Secretary.
#17
January 10, 2013 8:38 AM - BoerumHillScott
Most of the kids birthday parties in area of Los Angels where I lived had bouncy castles.
They were fun to get in at near the end ofthe party when the kids were all tired and the adults had been drinking wine for a couple of hours.

The third pic was taken from right outside of my aparartment, but at least a couple of years ago.
#18
January 10, 2013 8:39 AM - dibs
Henry T. C. Hu, a former regulator and now a professor of law at the University of Texas Law School, said “A.I.G. should, at a minimum, fully reimburse the Treasury and the Federal Reserve for all time and expense that A.I.G. has inflicted.”

Those who can't, teach!!!!!!
#19
January 10, 2013 8:41 AM - dibs
Before joining the Obama administration, Mr. Lew spent a brief period in the financial sector, at Citigroup, first as managing director of Citi Global Wealth Management and then as chief operating officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I was a Managing Director at US Trust and briefly Head of International Investments. I guess I too am qualified to be Treasury Secretary.

FAIL
#20
January 10, 2013 8:42 AM - dibs
“A.I.G. should, at a minimum, fully reimburse the Treasury and the Federal Reserve for all time and expense that A.I.G. has inflicted.”

Tey paid the interest on the loan, at a very high rate I might add. Collateral was put up too.
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:42 AM
#21
January 10, 2013 8:42 AM - Arkady
When did you become a Shavian Fabian?
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:42 AM
#22
January 10, 2013 8:44 AM - DeadCatBounce
" I guess I too am qualified to be Treasury Secretary."

The all Asian and male support staff might be a cause for concern
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:44 AM
#23
January 10, 2013 8:44 AM - dibs
Besides, whowants to see this inane signature on our currency???????????
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:44 AM
#24
January 10, 2013 8:45 AM - BoerumHillScott
There is a long history of people being appointed to secretaty of Treasury with no Finance experience.

Doing a quick scan of Treassury Secretaries over the last 30 years, it looks like 1/3 had finance experience, 1/3 had other corporate experience, and 1/3 had mostly political experience.

But since Obama must be hated at all costs, lets forget history and start holding him to a different standard.
#25
January 10, 2013 8:45 AM - dibs
No fucking way.....
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:45 AM
#26
January 10, 2013 8:46 AM - dibs
Times are different now, Scott and the need for a more experienced Treasury Secy are VERY important.
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:46 AM
#27
January 10, 2013 8:47 AM - dibs
Besides, he's JEWISH right???? You never want THOSE people controlling all the money in the country.

Oh wait......
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:47 AM
#28
January 10, 2013 8:48 AM - Arkady
I thought this morning's right wing harangue would be about the trillion dollar coin!
#29
January 10, 2013 8:49 AM - dibs
Tomorrow's another day, Arkady.
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:49 AM
#30
January 10, 2013 8:50 AM - dibs
And I am not in favor of the trillion dollar coin. What if someone drops it down the sewer.
#31
January 10, 2013 8:50 AM - dibs
Where's rob????

I betta he's cleaning his fishtank.
#32
January 10, 2013 8:52 AM - dibs
Ford doubled its dividend, a level not seen since 2006
#33
January 10, 2013 8:53 AM - Arkady
While dibs chums.
#34
January 10, 2013 8:53 AM - dibs
And you gladly take the bait.
#35
January 10, 2013 8:56 AM - Arkady
Didn't reely fall for it hook, line & sinker.
#36
January 10, 2013 8:56 AM - DeadCatBounce
Scott, I certainly hope responsible Democrats resist this ludicrous appointment.
The idea that a Treasury Sec'y should be qualified is hardly an extremist Tea Bag viewpoint.
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:56 AM
#37
January 10, 2013 8:57 AM - Slope4Eva
A $1K loan was requested of me a few years ago. I found out it went toward the purchase of 4 Bouncy Houses. I am still waiting for a return on my investment.

I'd vote for you, Dave, if it were an elected position (nh).
#38
January 10, 2013 8:59 AM - dibs
I heard this song while dining the other nite. It was an otherwise wonderful bit of 60s nostalgia in the midst of a group of cackiling gossips.....

WOW....I NEVER KNEW there was a Chinaman in The Association.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQJi6_-PjHo
#39
January 10, 2013 9:00 AM - Arkady
"While Mr. Lew has much less experience than Mr. Geithner in international economics and financial markets, he would come to the job with far more expertise in fiscal policy than Mr. Geithner did."
#40
January 10, 2013 9:01 AM - dibs
OH...he was a Flipper....Larry Ramos

The Essentials Album cover.....


#41
January 10, 2013 9:02 AM - dibs
Nothing can drag me away from a juicy political conversation as Asian guy talk.
#42
January 10, 2013 9:04 AM - dibs
And I remmeber "Windy" from my week at Camp Tekawitha.

If you remember from a previous discussion Katerina Tekawitha is the first American woman and the first native American to be canonized a saint.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbP5rUcYEsI
#43
January 10, 2013 9:06 AM - Arkady
Interesting, dibs: Windy is a synonym for bloviation.
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:06 AM
#44
January 10, 2013 9:07 AM - DeadCatBounce
Arkady, our fiscal policy in this country amounts to piling up a mountain of debt and diving the country over the precipice.
I guess Obama had to find a candidate weak enough to rubber stamp this dubious concept.

Edited at January 10, 2013 9:06 AM
#45
January 10, 2013 9:08 AM - dibs
Larry was part of The New Christy Minstrels before The Association

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl_mEb5aQgo&playnext=1&list=AL94UKMTqg-9BzHwN8bXLqLCExlFV6746J
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:09 AM
#46
January 10, 2013 9:08 AM - Arkady
Lew's appointment by Obama "will complete the transformation of his economic team from the big-name economists and financial firefighters hired four years ago to budget negotiators ready for the next fiscal fights in Congress. "
#47
January 10, 2013 9:09 AM - Deleted
argh - hangover! happy t hursday!
#48
January 10, 2013 9:10 AM - Partridge
That signature is whack! The sign of a deeply troubled individual.
#49
January 10, 2013 9:10 AM - DeadCatBounce
We are doomed!
#50
January 10, 2013 9:11 AM - Partridge
Do you want to bounce around in the castle with me, DH?
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:11 AM
#51
January 10, 2013 9:12 AM - Deleted
chhhhhyeah! lemme drink this gatorade first
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:12 AM
#52
January 10, 2013 9:12 AM - dibs
Lew's appointment by Obama "will complete the transformation of his economic team from the big-name economists and financial firefighters hired four years ago to budget negotiators ready for the next fiscal fights in Congress. "

BULLSHIT!!!!!!!

Only to further his socialist political agenda.
#53
January 10, 2013 9:14 AM - DeLepp
Funny news programs this morning, all yammering that Obama's new staff is all male. Maybe he needs to borrow Romney's binders.
#54
January 10, 2013 9:15 AM - DeadCatBounce
Sheila Behr would have been an inspired choice for Treasury Sec'y.

#55
January 10, 2013 9:16 AM - Arkady
Having suffered through the turmoil caused by affirmative action years ago when women were raised beyond their levels of competence just to be p.c., I prefer that the right person be put in place based on decent qualifications.
#56
January 10, 2013 9:16 AM - BoerumHillScott
Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist Socialist

End of argument.

#57
January 10, 2013 9:17 AM - Arkady
The Teabags will make it a *steep* climb to confirmation anyway.
#58
January 10, 2013 9:18 AM - Deleted
i'm sure you guys were equally outraged when donald rumsfeld was sec of def
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:18 AM
#59
January 10, 2013 9:19 AM - DeadCatBounce
Arkady, Sheila Bair (corrected spelling) is extremely qualified.
This clown is not all qualified.

#60
January 10, 2013 9:26 AM - DeLepp
It was all about some picture with obama and ten guys. Then later in afternoon the white house released another picture with obama and 8 guys and 2 women. How loony to feed into the BS.
#61
January 10, 2013 9:34 AM - MontroseMorris
I wish he had nominated Krugman. You guys would have gone thermonuclear.
#62
January 10, 2013 9:35 AM - dibs
Krugman's an academic, no business experience.

Krugman is in favor of the trillion dollar coin. What a moron.
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:37 AM
#63
January 10, 2013 9:35 AM - Deleted
LOL MM
#64
January 10, 2013 9:37 AM - MontroseMorris
Nobel Prize in Economics moron. What you got?
#65
January 10, 2013 9:38 AM - BoerumHillScott
Nothing brings out petty office politics then moving desks.
In my area, around 85 of 90 people are moving desks tomorrow, and just about everyone is upset over their cubical location, size, configuration, condition, and neighbors.

All sorts of rumors, accusations, and conspiracy theories are flying regarding how the new layout was determined.

#66
January 10, 2013 9:39 AM - Deleted
I've decided I am going to return the big fish tank to the pet store today. I hope they let me, as I didn't open it. I just looked at my credit card bill. Ugh. I need to cut that shit up. Dudley fish will have to due in his 2.5 gallon tank. I think it's financially stupid of me to attempt to get into an expensive hobby. I can just go chill out at the coney island and camden aquariums.


#67
January 10, 2013 9:40 AM - dibs
Well, at least I was a MD in a (more) reputable bank for longer than Lew was!!!!!!!
#68
January 10, 2013 9:41 AM - MontroseMorris
Basically, Scott, it boils down to whoever has the best location or stuff, cheated. Whether that is true or not is irrelevant. Some people will never believe differently.
#69
January 10, 2013 9:41 AM - Deleted
gotta love the insular bay ridge community

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/36/2/br_beergardenbacklash_2013_01_11_bk.html


“This idea of bringing a young crowd from Williamsburg and Park Slope, it’s unacceptable,” said Elizabeth Pabian, whose backyard borders the Fifth Avenue space between 92nd and 93rd streets where skinny-jean-and-flannel-clad customers will soon sip craft beers from the Midwest. “My whole life will change.”
#70
January 10, 2013 9:41 AM - dibs
Nothing brings out petty office politics then moving desks.
In my area, around 85 of 90 people are moving desks tomorrow, and just about everyone is upset over their cubical location, size, configuration, condition, and neighbors.

All sorts of rumors, accusations, and conspiracy theories are flying regarding how the new layout was determined.

LOL, Scott!!!!!!!!!
#71
January 10, 2013 9:42 AM - CGar
On Morning Joe today, they were discussing Ezra Klein's (liberal JEW) article about Obama only making line of site appointments and needing to go outside his comfort zone, especially in the finance appointments.
#72
January 10, 2013 9:43 AM - dibs
LOL, dh. I hope brownstoner makes that a thread.

Poor ET
#73
January 10, 2013 9:43 AM - BoerumHillScott
I just got to listen to a rant from somone who works for another manager telling me how poorly I did in assigning seats to my team.

#74
January 10, 2013 9:44 AM - rf
So Scott, did you give yourself the space with the gigantic picture window?
#75
January 10, 2013 9:46 AM - Slope4Eva
Oh, Scott, you bring back such memories. Part of my job was to organize moves. Little do the employees know, their managers put this decision at the bottom on their priority list and could not care less where anyone sits, or near whom.

Ooops, I hope I didn't insult you, but, this has been my experience.
#76
January 10, 2013 9:48 AM - Donatella
Yeah, you are working in a Japanese company, Scott. There are power locations in the traditional office- ie General Manager in back wall away from door, able to see everyone. Our CEO in my last company made a big deal of moving desks to have a clear view of everyone. There are very formalized ideas about power locations when riding an elevator, sitting in a restaurant etc.
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:49 AM
#77
January 10, 2013 9:48 AM - CGar
"while dining the other nite . . . in the midst of a group of cackiling gossips....."

And you were no decadent little PollyAnna yourself.
#78
January 10, 2013 9:48 AM - dibs
I'm sooooooo glad I don't work for one of these large organizations anymore. I couldn't bear, in no particular order, sexual harrassment policies, compliance issues and the time needed to address them, office politics, reviews of subordinates, any sort of political correctness now mandated and finally, no cursing allowed
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:48 AM
#79
January 10, 2013 9:49 AM - BoerumHillScott
Good idea, RF.
I am one of the 5 or 6 people not moving.
I have a decent cube for this place, and it is about to get better becasue the two home office people on either side of me are moving, and I am getting neighbors who will not bother me much.
I have a window, and I can see the West Side cruise ship terminals and the GW bridge, along with plenty of New Jersey.

I still miss my first office out of college, when I have a private, full sized, solid walled office with real wood furniture and a great view from 28 floors up.
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:49 AM
#80
January 10, 2013 9:52 AM - BoerumHillScott
Eva, I did put some minimal thought into where my staff sits, but I was limited by the space I was given to work with.
I put zero effort into negotiating with other managers to swap spaces.

Donatella, you are 100% correct in calling where our Division head sits - in the corner office farthest from the door.
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:53 AM
#81
January 10, 2013 9:53 AM - dibs
"swap spaces" sounds dirty
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:52 AM
#82
January 10, 2013 9:53 AM - CGar
"When did you become a Shavian Fabian?"

It's very difficult to side with you in an argument when you speak like a pompous ass in a language that no one but you understands. You're in the OT. What part of "dumb it down" don't you get after all these years????

#83
January 10, 2013 9:55 AM - dibs
CGar, don't you have more compliance rules to force down people's throats????
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:55 AM
#84
January 10, 2013 9:55 AM - Slopefarm
"What part of "dumb it down" don't you get after all these years????"

ROFL
#85
January 10, 2013 9:57 AM - DeLepp
Since 2008 I've been moved 8 times and been on 5 different floors. I've had the same office twice 3 years apart. Someone is getting a kickback. I've asked to be move outside...to no avail.
#86
January 10, 2013 9:58 AM - dibs
All the office moves physically need to be done by union members otherwise you'll get the rat outside.

As we all know, non union workers don't know how to pack a box and move a desk
Edited at January 10, 2013 9:59 AM
#87
January 10, 2013 10:00 AM - CGar
We were moved to Jersey City, and no one was consulted about where they were sitting, and no one seems to mind. We're sitting by teams. Almost no one has an office. The offices are on the inner core and those in cubicles and on desks are on the outer core by the windows. More senior people like me get window seats. This is just how Goldman did it, too. Fine by me. Plus which I'm now working from home 2 days/week.
#88
January 10, 2013 10:01 AM - CGar
"compliance issues"

I've had quite enough of you for one morning, Mister. Oh, to be in Paris watching you marched off to the guillotine right about now.
#89
January 10, 2013 10:05 AM - Slope4Eva
A pet peeve of mine (if anyone cares) are the people who have window offices and insist on closing the shades. I like the idea of the offices being on the inner core, and cubes around the windows.

CGar, I don't know if you remember, but when we moved to Lexington Ave., Marc C. told people in offices, if they close the shades, they lose their office. One of the things I liked about working for him.
#90
January 10, 2013 10:07 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"Those who can't, teach!!!!!!"

Anyone who says that is a:
#91
January 10, 2013 10:07 AM - Partridge
"I have a decent cube for this place, and it is about to get better becasue the two home office people on either side of me are moving, and I am getting neighbors who will not bother me much."

Ah, so there was a conspiracy!
#92
January 10, 2013 10:08 AM - Deleted
my biggest office pet peeve are chronic speakerphone shouters. wtf?
#93
January 10, 2013 10:08 AM - sixyearsandcounting
...although I will note that we teachers had a variation on "those who can't, teach..."

Those who can't, teach.
Those who can't teach, teach gym.
Those who can't teach gym are administrators.
Those who can't administer are Superintendents, Chancellors, etc.
#94
January 10, 2013 10:09 AM - sixyearsandcounting
So is this Treasury guy the Harriet Miers of the Obama administration?
#95
January 10, 2013 10:09 AM - Slope4Eva
Yep, DH. And, the people who pace back and forth wearing headsets!
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:09 AM
#96
January 10, 2013 10:10 AM - Arkady
To tie two themes together, fish people say that it is stimulating to "move the furniture" in your tank once in a while: the residents find it stimulating & it engenders more activity.
#97
January 10, 2013 10:10 AM - CGar
Eva, I started after that move, but that's a good policy.

DH, chronic speakerphone shouters and loud cubicle talkers in general.
#98
January 10, 2013 10:11 AM - Deleted
lol, yeah s4e - SIT DOWN!!
#99
January 10, 2013 10:12 AM - Arkady
It is dibs who introduced the curse of Fabianism on the OT, thereby putting it into moronic play, by generally anathematizing G.B. Shaw in any context & "Those who can't..." is his quote.
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:15 AM
January 10, 2013 10:12 AM - Deleted
yeah cgar- my office has quite a few long islanders so you can imagine what the loud talking sounds like
January 10, 2013 10:14 AM - BoerumHillScott
We have one office, and the other 90+ people are all in cubes.
I do keep my blinds open, as do most people here next to the windows.
January 10, 2013 10:15 AM - dibs
Some people here have minds as small as a fish. Each time around the bowl is a new adventure for them.
January 10, 2013 10:15 AM - CGar
Those who can't, manage hedge funds.
January 10, 2013 10:15 AM - Slope4Eva
I have to have natural lighting, or I'd go crazy.
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:15 AM
January 10, 2013 10:16 AM - sixyearsandcounting
I had one older colleague (who was Kens' teacher) who was a master of disaster in office politics. He would start fights just for the hell of it, although he also had a great sense of humor. He would pick on incompetent new people and ease their way out. We had a neurotic new guy who had all the books arranged on his desk perfectly - spines in an immaculate, razor-sharp straight line. Every time he got up to go to the bathroom this older teacher would come over and move a book about 1/2" out of line. It drove the new guy absolutely batty. New guy didn't last too long obviously!
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:16 AM
January 10, 2013 10:16 AM - Arkady
The joys of autonomy - I can close the curtains when low winter sun hits my computer screen & my co-workers can just stretch out behind them on the shelf to bask in the sun.
January 10, 2013 10:17 AM - CGar
"the Harriet Miers of the Obama administration?"

LMFAO, Six. I no longer like Bill Maher, but at the time I thought he was hilarious when he said about Harriet Miers:

"Bush just appointed his cleaning lady to the Supreme Court."
January 10, 2013 10:18 AM - CGar
"or I'd go crazy"

"Go"??? Really???
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:18 AM
January 10, 2013 10:18 AM - dibs
People with impeccably clean and straight offices and desks have serious mental issues that stem from their time in the crib and an overbearing mother.
January 10, 2013 10:20 AM - BoerumHillScott
I am a big fan of natural light.
One of the thigns I love about my apartment are large south facing windows.

My last cube in California was in a low ceiling room that was somewhat dimly lit, and the only windows looked into the Data Center.
Not a great working environment.
January 10, 2013 10:20 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Age-otori (Japanese): To look worse after a haircut
To continue last night's foreign language thread:
Arigata-meiwaku (Japanese): An act someone does for you that you didn't want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favor, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude
Backpfeifengesicht (German): A face badly in need of a fist
Forelsket (Norwegian): The euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love
Gigil (pronounced Gheegle; Filipino): The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute
Litost (Czech): A state of torment created by the sudden sight of one's own misery
Manja (Malay): "To pamper," it describes gooey, childlike, and coquettish behavior by women designed to elicit sympathy or pampering by men
Pena ajena (Mexican Spanish): The embarrassment you feel watching someone else's humiliation
Sgriob (Gaelic): The itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky
Tatemae and Honne (Japanese): What you pretend to believe and what you actually believe, respectively
Tingo (Pascuense language of Easter Island): To borrow objects one by one from a neighbor's house until there is nothing left
Waldeinsamkeit (German): The feeling of being alone in the woods

L'esprit de l'escalier (French): Usually translated as "staircase wit," the act of thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late to deliver it
January 10, 2013 10:20 AM - Deleted
what if the have clean desks but make a great carbonara?
January 10, 2013 10:22 AM - BoerumHillScott
My desk is moderately clean, but my cabinet is a mess.

We have a "clean desk policy," where you are not allowed to leave any company information in the open or even in an unlocked drawer.
This includes things like business cards and org charts, along with any project or technical documentation.
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:28 AM
January 10, 2013 10:22 AM - Slope4Eva
Watch it, CGar!! :-)

Agree, Dave. I liked everything within my reach on the top of my desk. Orderly, but not over the top.
January 10, 2013 10:23 AM - dibs
Maggudeye (Chamoran, Guam) The feeling you get when hugging a baby

January 10, 2013 10:25 AM - dibs
We have a "clean desk policy," where you are not allowed to leave any company information in the open or even in an unlocked drawer.
This includes thigns like business cards

No doubt a rule foisted upon you by some compliance asshole
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:25 AM
January 10, 2013 10:25 AM - Slope4Eva
OMG, I am so missing work right now. "Clean Desk Policy", I got written up once (left a purchase order on my desk during the very first check). After that, the guys gave me a heads up when they were doing the desk check.
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:25 AM
January 10, 2013 10:26 AM - dibs
If I were in the office today I'd post a pic of my desktop. Pretty disheveled but at least I know where everything is
January 10, 2013 10:26 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"Compliance is Everyone's Responsibility" - sign in our dept bathroom at NYU
January 10, 2013 10:26 AM - Arkady
Chuffed (UK English) - pleased, happy, gratified.
January 10, 2013 10:27 AM - dibs
"After that, the guys gave me a heads up when they were doing the desk check."

Big bruhaha by the CTA union years ago in Chicago where they demanded that the subway employees be given a heads up when safety checks were about to start.
January 10, 2013 10:28 AM - dibs
Was compliance more important that washing your hands???????
January 10, 2013 10:28 AM - dibs
Buggered (UK English) - pleased, happy, gratified.
January 10, 2013 10:29 AM - Slopefarm
"L'esprit de l'escalier (French): Usually translated as "staircase wit," the act of thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late to deliver it"

I've heard it as pensees de l'escalier -- thoughts on the stairs. The idea is you petition for years for an audience with Louis XIV, but when you finally get to see him, you are awed by his magnificence and forget what you meant to say. On the way back down the stairs you start thinking "I should have said ____", "I wish I'd said _____" etc.

January 10, 2013 10:30 AM - Arkady
If you weren't Irish, dibs, I'd call you an old sod.
January 10, 2013 10:31 AM - dibs
I would have asked Louis XIV why the furniture was so ostentatious and uncomfortable
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:30 AM
January 10, 2013 10:31 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"I got written up once"

It's nice to know that teachers aren't the only professionals not treated like professionals!
January 10, 2013 10:31 AM - Arkady
I've seen both, Slopey w/ L'esprit more common.
January 10, 2013 10:31 AM - dibs
I'm mostly Scottish.
January 10, 2013 10:31 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"Buggered (UK English) - pleased, happy, gratified."

Well then bugger off, old man!
January 10, 2013 10:32 AM - Arkady
O.K., auld sod.
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:32 AM
January 10, 2013 10:32 AM - CGar
Scott, to your earlier point, my first office was big private office with lots of real wood furniture and views, and, over the years, my offices have gotten progressively smaller, until they've become a cubicle or a space on a trading desk, but most people I know, at least in banks, though not in law firms, have undergone the same thing.
January 10, 2013 10:33 AM - CGar
"I'm mostly Scottish."

Mayhap you are. But, you behave like you're all aristocratic Prussian Nazi.
January 10, 2013 10:33 AM - Slope4Eva
Six, my manager at the time left his desk drawer open and he had a $10 bill in there. He also got written up. The yelling and screaming that day was absolutely hilarious, as it was his staff members who conducted the desk check. Funny stuff.
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:33 AM
January 10, 2013 10:33 AM - Slopefarm
"would have asked Louis XIV why the furniture was so ostentatious and uncomfortable"

Yes, but you didn't. You only thought to say it afterwards. That's the point of the expression.
January 10, 2013 10:35 AM - sixyearsandcounting
They should have just fined him $10, eva.
January 10, 2013 10:36 AM - dibs
MM.....over there promoting racial stereotypes. This time, the Irish

http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2013/01/walkabout-the-lords-of-pigtown-part-1/#more-108751

**When will this war ever end**
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:36 AM
January 10, 2013 10:39 AM - Slope4Eva
And, the ensuing arguments over who actually "owns" the unlocked file cabinet. The rule turned out to be, the highest level manager seated closest to it. After that, part of my job was to hold all of the keys, and, on desk check days, I was to make sure all the cabinets were locked (since I was receiving the "secret" heads up). And, this was the Compliance Dept., lol.
January 10, 2013 10:40 AM - CGar
Eva used to then give me the heads up, too (nh).
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:40 AM
January 10, 2013 10:41 AM - dibs
Too bad offices can't have a swear jug anymore and be able to use the proceeds to buy alcohol, consumed on premises.
January 10, 2013 10:42 AM - pepper
LOL BHS. Same thing going on here, but moves will be in small batches over the next few months. No one is happy about anything, but it turns out the middle-aged men are the biggest babies.....
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:42 AM
January 10, 2013 10:44 AM - Deleted
only reason people care about office seats is so they can goof off undetected.
January 10, 2013 10:45 AM - Slope4Eva
My husband used to have a Cussin Can on the bar when he worked. Business really picked up during football season.
January 10, 2013 10:45 AM - CGar
"it turns out the middle-aged men are the biggest babies....."

Fuck you, pepper.

(And, you STFU as well, DH.)
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:45 AM
January 10, 2013 10:46 AM - Slope4Eva
Congrats, Pepper! Is this your first, FU?
January 10, 2013 10:48 AM - pepper
:) Just saying that's how it is here. I'm sure it's different in other workplaces....
January 10, 2013 10:49 AM - pepper
I know Eva. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
January 10, 2013 10:50 AM - Slope4Eva
I felt so welcomed into the fold when I got mine.
January 10, 2013 10:50 AM - DeLepp
ugh, Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Edited at January 10, 2013 10:50 AM
January 10, 2013 10:51 AM - sixyearsandcounting
LOL Eva, that reminds me. In my second year I inherited an office from a retired teacher (took over the research program he advised). He had never gotten along with his colleagues and when I asked the veterans why, they said "because of the file cabinet fight" which had happened back in the early 1980s. Apparently he had banned his colleagues from using the 7 file cabinets (with 6 drawers each) in his office. Imagine an hour-long department meeting of 30 teachers shouting uncontrollably about file cabinets!

Nobody ever told me the full story - it was so traumatic they refused to talk about it and I had to piece the info together over the years. But when I inherited the office several veteran colleagues made a pilgrimage to see the forbidden place.
January 10, 2013 10:54 AM - Donatella
My last move in the Japanese company was from a trading desk kind of arrangement (that made no sense where we were bumping elbows for no reason) to a large cubicle with spacious desk space. The catch was that it was near the door and I got to direct all the cheeseburgers being delivered for lunch, direct FEDEX packages. That was if I was in a sunny mood. But just as often I greeted this non-responsibility with surly "get away from me" body language.

A great expression in Japanese is heso magari. It literally means a twisted belly button and is used to describe a person who shows perverseness, a habitual crank and contrarian, a curmudgeon with out the charm.
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:55 AM
January 10, 2013 10:54 AM - Slope4Eva
Did you/them find anything interesting?
January 10, 2013 10:55 AM - CGar
"only reason people care about office seats is so they can goof off undetected."

Haha. DH nailed it (nh)! I have a terrible desk, in that I'm near the door . . . but I have a great desk, in that I'm near the door. Also, we are the team second farthest away from the CCO and our big manager, so we are really well positioned (nh).
Edited at January 10, 2013 10:55 AM
January 10, 2013 10:56 AM - Donatella
oh wow, jinx CGar. Do you have to direct the lunch orders or FEDEX packages??
January 10, 2013 10:58 AM - Slope4Eva
Worst desk I ever had was in a back room, within an interior office space. If we died at our desks, we would not have been detected for weeks. The room also housed the a/c units. It was like 50 degrees in there.
January 10, 2013 11:00 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"Did you/them find anything interesting?'

No, just lots of old lesson plans. These teachers all started their careers in the 70s, when school supplies were hard to come by. My office predecessor hoarded paper, staples, you name it - he and his office mates bribed the supply room clerks with copious alcohol over the years. I found a box of 100,000 staples. I didn't have to request new copier or printer paper for three years!
January 10, 2013 11:01 AM - dibs
I always had an office, oftentimes a very large one, corner, with nice furniture except for the year or two I was on the sell side and then sat at THE desk, the long desk where each person had a chair surrounded by his screens
January 10, 2013 11:01 AM - Partridge
This new corporate seating is completely foreign to me. Last time I worked in an 'office' we had offices.
January 10, 2013 11:01 AM - Slope4Eva
haha, Six, I love it. The Office Hoarder.
January 10, 2013 11:07 AM - Donatella

oh, Six. My sister's sister-in-law is a teacher and a doll. She is funny and very smart and lovely, but she struggles with OCD, which is a terrible affliction. She is the one who has to have the desk and pencils lined up perfectly and everything is meticulously arranged. My sister was an assistant principal at the same high school. Well, some jokesters decided to mess up her desk because they were so funny and clever. My sister died inside because she knew that this would throw her friend and sister-in-law into a state of real upset (and it did). Nobody wants their belongings messed with, but to do that to a person with this real problem is cruel.

That teacher you describe was a sadist.
January 10, 2013 11:08 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Part of me will always be sad I left teaching HS. I really did enjoy it, but was pretty burned out by the end of my time there. At least I have a career to fall back on if this whole grad school thing doesn't work out.
January 10, 2013 11:08 AM - MontroseMorris
Did you actually READ the article, Dave?
January 10, 2013 11:08 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"That teacher you describe was a sadist."

Nobody who knew him would disagree with you, Dona!!!
January 10, 2013 11:08 AM - Donatella

The best office I ever had had a door and a couple of chairs. I could sit on one chair and line my feet up on the other and sleep for an hour at lunch time.
January 10, 2013 11:12 AM - Partridge
My former business partner's father helped set us up 12 years ago with miscellaneous office supplies. He pinched them from the accounting firm where he worked. I still have enough staples, paper clips, padded envelopes and (most coveted) compressed air cans to last another 12. Giant accounting firm -- the one that watches over entertainment awards results.
Edited at January 10, 2013 11:12 AM
January 10, 2013 11:13 AM - sixyearsandcounting
From the parkour thread over there>>>>>>

"Is daveinbedstuy always so cranky, judgmental, and non-funny?"
January 10, 2013 11:20 AM - dibs
Must have been some newbie.
Edited at January 10, 2013 11:20 AM
January 10, 2013 11:22 AM - dibs
I'm headed over to the snobby part of Park Slope to have lunch with my hedge fund friend, Cecilia. She lives at one of the higher placeses in Park Slope, elevation wise where, in the 1800s, they would toss their nightsoil buckets out in the gutter and hope ity washed down streets like Lincoln Place
January 10, 2013 11:23 AM - Slopefarm
"Must have been some newbie"

Yes, the oldtimers know the answer to the question and would have had no need to ask.
January 10, 2013 11:24 AM - Slopefarm
"toss their nightsoil buckets out in the gutter"

Gardyloo!
January 10, 2013 11:26 AM - Donatella

Direct them to the fish thread yesterday if you go back over there -------> Slopey. Dibs was at his best!
January 10, 2013 11:28 AM - dibs
"Gardyloo"

Another wonderful Scottish colloquialism.
Edited at January 10, 2013 11:28 AM
January 10, 2013 11:29 AM - dibs
From the French, gare de l'eau, which I did not know
January 10, 2013 11:30 AM - Slopefarm
. . . derived from bastardized French.
Edited at January 10, 2013 11:30 AM
January 10, 2013 11:31 AM - Slopefarm
Jinx, dibs. Yes, it more or less means "watch out for the water filled with shit"
Edited at January 10, 2013 11:32 AM
January 10, 2013 11:32 AM - dibs
France started down the slippery slope when they allowed the first McDonalds into their country.
January 10, 2013 11:34 AM - Slope4Eva
I asked my Dad many, many, years ago why he always walked closest to the street (as kids we'd get spun around trying to find our "positioning" while walking with him). The nightsoil bucket stories were his reasons. Always the gentleman, my Dad is.
January 10, 2013 11:34 AM - dibs
Damaging emails, etc linking Walmart to Mexican bribery payments.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Only the US has these rules which put our corporations yet again, at a disadvantage globally.
January 10, 2013 11:35 AM - dibs
Eva, did he throw his overcoat on top of a puddle at the curb for you to walk over it????
January 10, 2013 11:37 AM - Slope4Eva
No, he would pick me up and carry me. He did throw a few punches one night when some guy hit me in a bar.
January 10, 2013 11:38 AM - Deleted
LOL - men walking in between women and the street is the weirdest act of chivalry ever.
January 10, 2013 11:40 AM - kazootite
"ugh, Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."

LOL deLepp
January 10, 2013 11:44 AM - dibs
"midevil" is right
January 10, 2013 11:44 AM - Slope4Eva
Its from the time when men were men... BDH.

Chivalry, not the castle.
January 10, 2013 11:45 AM - Donatella

There used to be a place called Al Deppe's in Staten Island. It was sort of like an indoor amusement park, complete with all kinds of games and delicious stuff like hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, cotton candy and lots of junk food. It was a big treat for us kids to go. Once when we were there and I was enjoying a game of pinball or something or other, I remember my father yelling suddenly to us, "GET IN THE CAR!!!!". So we all obeyed, running to the car. I was the last one in, slammed the door on my coat and we skidded off, burning rubber.

Some guy was hitting on my mother there and my father decked him.
January 10, 2013 11:47 AM - kazootite
Fish Bowl Castle-
"This double turreted castle is done in a soft mint green with rosy pink roofs, and sits in brown ground. The building is carved to be like a midevil block castle" ... "It measures approx. 2" w x 3" h "
Edited at January 10, 2013 11:47 AM
January 10, 2013 11:50 AM - Slope4Eva
Good for your Dad, Dona.
January 10, 2013 11:51 AM - kazootite
dibs, I thought about correcting it and didn't. it is not evil you bloke. :-)

medieval
Edited at January 10, 2013 11:51 AM
January 10, 2013 11:53 AM - Arkady
"heso magari" Dona! How could you sit on that term for so long??? It's often so perfect for the OT!!!!
Edited at January 10, 2013 11:53 AM
January 10, 2013 12:11 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Haha Dona's on a roll with her stories!
January 10, 2013 12:16 PM - kazootite
Dona, are you Irish (did I remember you saying that or did I make it up)? It is true that some Irish people are great story tellers. I wonder if it is a tradition that is handed down. I like your general observances too.
January 10, 2013 12:17 PM - dibs
Arkady, i can see your house from where im standing
January 10, 2013 12:18 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Creepy stalker! ^^^^
Edited at January 10, 2013 12:18 PM
January 10, 2013 12:26 PM - Slopefarm
Any of our resident hedge fund guys care to comment on the following?

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/returns-at-hedge-funds-run-by-women-beat-the-industry-report-says/
Edited at January 10, 2013 12:26 PM
January 10, 2013 12:47 PM - DeadCatBounce
Any one who selects a hedge fund based on gender of the manager is cuckoo.
January 10, 2013 12:55 PM - Slopefarm
Well, obvious there is tremendous variance among funds managed by either gender, so your point is well taken as far as it goes. But the real question is why are you guys underperforming?
Edited at January 10, 2013 12:55 PM
January 10, 2013 12:55 PM - Donatella

haha..... Arkady. There are a lot of cool Japanese expressions but that one does definitely work for OT use. For sure.

Yes, I am Irish American, Kazoo; bloviation is in our DNA. Re my father's pugilistic skills, he used to be a boxer in the Navy. He did a lot of sports, but apparently boxing had a practical application for him.
January 10, 2013 12:58 PM - DeLepp
The two woman who ran equities here(growth and value) have run the firm into the ground. $650 billion in equity assets down to $175B over a 5 year period let alone what they've done to my 401K.
January 10, 2013 1:02 PM - Slopefarm
Dona -- I've been trying unsuccessfully to find a cartoon I once saw. The caption read: “The Unhappiest Man in New York. He has a Jewish bartender and an Irish psychologist.” In the first frame, the bartender, balding, nearsighted and hunched over, tells the man "drinking, drinking, always drinking. Better, maybe, you should go home to your wife instead?" The next frame finds the man on the couch with his shrink in a chair opposite him in mid-story, exclaiming "So Paddy, I says to meself, Paddy . . . "


January 10, 2013 1:04 PM - DeadCatBounce
DeLepp it is nearly unfathomable that such miserable performance would be tolerated. (Regardless of gender)
And yet, it is common.
January 10, 2013 1:11 PM - Donatella
Ha, Slopey. A Jewish girlfriend of mine in the old days couldn't understand this thing I had of going to bars. "YOU ARE GOING TO JUST GO THERE AND SIT DOWN AND JUST TALK????!!!!!???? AGAIN???!!??" Yeah, talk and drink. And entertain one another with bs. She just thought this was weird. Probably was. She may be a psychologist now.
January 10, 2013 1:14 PM - Slopefarm
"And entertain one another with bs. She just thought this was weird. Probably was. She may be a psychologist now."

Well, the joke's on us then, because she's getting paid $175 for a 50-minute hour to listen to bs. (Do NOT tell Mrs. Slopey I said that.)
Edited at January 10, 2013 1:14 PM
January 10, 2013 1:16 PM - DeLepp
dcb, their funds are still down 30% from the crash. One retired(still has office) and the other still here. I get these damn emails monthly on why the market is wrong...that business is gone for this firm as consultants can't have us on the lists which also impacts us in fixed income.

funny slope
Edited at January 10, 2013 1:16 PM
January 10, 2013 1:16 PM - DeadCatBounce
That sounds like a bargain, Slopey
January 10, 2013 1:23 PM - pepper
Nutters here, nutters there, nutters everywhere...

http://news.yahoo.com/public-university-professors-join-ranks-sandy-hook-conspiracy-075826752.html
January 10, 2013 1:33 PM - Arkady
dibs - So why didn't you stop in & help me hang my new towel dispenser or start undecking my halls?
Edited at January 10, 2013 1:33 PM
January 10, 2013 1:52 PM - DeadCatBounce
Insanity Alert!
Baked by Butterfield - lex and 78th
$16 - 6 donuts
January 10, 2013 2:05 PM - Donatella

I talked to one of the brothers who owns Country House Diner near me, where the man was shot and killed this past Sunday. I told him that I was really sorry that happened and then he told me that he witnessed the whole thing. A young man was walking by with his girlfriend and was very very drunk. He was celebrating his birthday, no doubt at the gangsta bar nearby. He looks in the Diner and sees the ex-girlfriend of his friends. With another man. He goes in and yells at her for the gall of seeing someone else and leaving his friend. She insults him, yells at him, and generally escalates the thing. He then starts yanking her. Her new boyfriend, known to the guys at the diner for 20 years, tries to intervene telling the guy to leave her alone. The drunk guy punches him in the chest. The punched person tries further to calm the guy down and keeps talking to him. The drunk responds by taking out a gun and shooting him in the chest. This was at 5 am. The cops got him almost immediately and supposedly, the drunken killer didn't even remember what he had done when he woke out of his drunken stupor. The feeling I am left with now is still really bad about this, but I feel more sad than mad.
I am going to the Community Meeting next week.
January 10, 2013 2:11 PM - DeadCatBounce
Horrifying story, Dona.
January 10, 2013 2:12 PM - Partridge
"$16 - 6 donuts"

They are baked NOT fried. No oil costs. Should be cheaper than fried donuts, but NOooo! They offer artisanal, hand-crafted baked doughnuts made fresh every day.

Explains it!
January 10, 2013 2:15 PM - Slopefarm
Dona, what's your ask at the community meeting? The cops will tell you it was a one-off incident and that, as you note, they got there almost immediately. I'm not saying you shouldn't go, just that you have a clear ask that goes beyond the response in a sensible preventative direction. And you should make that ask clear not only to the cops but to the legislative staff that usually hangs out at these meetings. The key is: 1. Say your piece during the open comment, and 2. Work the room when the meeting breaks up. They may actually tout the arrest and the quick response during the meeting -- as I've posted, these meetings are pretty self-congratulatory i.e., arrest of the month, cop of the month etc. -- so if they do, that might afford an opportunity to ask a polite but pointed question in line with your ask. But work with, don't fight, the feelgood nature of the meeting. You want them to want to help you (apologies to the screenwriters of Jerry Maguire).
January 10, 2013 2:21 PM - CGar
I would rather have NO donut at all than a baked one. Either I'm going to eat crap that's bad for me, or why bother at all???
Edited at January 10, 2013 2:56 PM
January 10, 2013 2:21 PM - Deleted
bottom line is if there's violence associated with a certain bar - there should be a police presence outside said bar - especially on weekends. this is how it's done in WB.
January 10, 2013 2:22 PM - CGar
""Is daveinbedstuy always so cranky, judgmental, and non-funny?""

Well, he's always funny IMO, but he's even more cranky and judgmental than usual, so someone in the projects must be pouting about something.
January 10, 2013 2:23 PM - Partridge
What a bad story but I think your advice is sound, Slopey. I do recall that the girlfriend is a rookie cop. Wonder how that will play into the police rendition of the crime.
January 10, 2013 2:23 PM - MontroseMorris
If people are rushing to buy overpriced donuts, they are the fools. The bakers have found a treasure trove of idiots to support them until the next overpriced trend hits.
January 10, 2013 2:24 PM - CGar
"dibs - So why didn't you stop in & help me hang my new towel dispenser or start undecking my halls?"

Be careful what you ask for, or he'll drop by with Cecilia . . . while you're still wearing your house dress and a crown no less. So best you STFU.
January 10, 2013 2:24 PM - sixyearsandcounting
As my lady friend, said, donuts are the new cupcakes.

Dona, what a terrible story.
January 10, 2013 2:28 PM - CGar
Can someone please post over there that the parlour of the HOTD looks like the reception area in a whore house???
Edited at January 10, 2013 2:28 PM
January 10, 2013 2:32 PM - sixyearsandcounting
How are you able to make the comparison, CGar?
Edited at January 10, 2013 2:32 PM
January 10, 2013 2:33 PM - CGar
"As my lady friend, said . . ."

We really OUGHT to have a gathering for Six's 90th Birthday. Anyone know how to get in touch with his lady friend? Thoughts on having it from 4pm - 6pm any given weekend? That shouldn't interfere with nap time, right?
January 10, 2013 2:34 PM - CGar
Because I've been in the reception area in a whore house, Six.
January 10, 2013 2:34 PM - Slopefarm
"How are you able to make the comparison, Slope? Is that the second unmentionable of the day for Mrs. Slopey?"

????

January 10, 2013 2:35 PM - sixyearsandcounting
If you have a different euphemism, go ahead - we've got cobble's bh and dh's "the woman I sometimes hang out with" taken.
January 10, 2013 2:35 PM - Slopefarm
OK, I see the correction.
January 10, 2013 2:36 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Slope, I had a brain fart and got confused after reading "reception area in a whorehouse" comment. Sometimes I really think I'm becoming dyslexic, or as CGar's 2:33 would have it, old.
January 10, 2013 2:38 PM - Slopefarm
Yes, I could see how you might get confused and attribute that kind of language to me.

(3 . . . . 2 . . . . 1 . . . . )

MORON.
January 10, 2013 2:38 PM - CGar
Sanity check. My old apartment - vacated 9/21 - is still for rent. They've chopped the asking rent again, for at least the third time - from $4,300 or $4,400 to $3,890 and are offering a free month's rent.
January 10, 2013 2:41 PM - petebklyn
complaints about bars - and associated violence can prevent establishment from renewing liquor license
January 10, 2013 2:46 PM - petebklyn
why -- left too many bedbugs and fleas - nobody is interested?
January 10, 2013 2:47 PM - Donatella

I am not going there for a fight, Slopey. I am looking for some concrete measures the police can take and I was thinking along the lines of what dh is saying. There are plenty of crazy people out there and plenty of guns but it is remarkable that there were two shootings in practically the same location within two weeks. Only one victim had a trip to the emergency room and another to the morgue. I think the factor is the bar, which has become very popular with a rough crowd. In line with the Comstat philosophy, they need to be preventing these incidents as much as possible, not just responding to them. They need to have a police presence there.

Thanks for the advice about making a statement early. I will do that and prepare what I am going to say. I don't think anything that the police did was particularly commendable, by the way. The way they handled the crime scene re communicating with frightened confused people on the street was execrable in both instances. The whole courtesy, professionalism and respect thing went completely OUT THE WINDOW.
January 10, 2013 2:47 PM - CGar
What's wrong with the name "Crow Hill"???
January 10, 2013 2:48 PM - pepper
Pete, how did the interview go? What did you wear?
January 10, 2013 2:48 PM - CGar
"The vitriolic Southern Brooklyn blog that battled anything in the borough related to mustaches, bicycles, roof-grown produce, art, out-of-towners, and the name Caleb passed away at the old age of 6."

Am I the only one who thinks *rob* is the anonymous blogger behind Die Hipster???
January 10, 2013 2:49 PM - Arkady
"I would rather have NO donut at all than a baked one. Either I'm going to eat crap that's bad for me, or why bother at all???"
Don't you mean a baked one?
Edited at January 10, 2013 2:53 PM
January 10, 2013 2:49 PM - Donatella

That makes sense Pete. I'd love to see that bar close.
Edited at January 10, 2013 2:49 PM
January 10, 2013 2:50 PM - CGar
" . . . reading about some bearded guy named Hayden in the New York Times because he owns a chicken and roasts beets on his roof.”"

"The Die Hipster blogger criticized his targets for being affluent and spoiled, and blamed hipsters — or in the blog’s parlance “interlopers,” “gentrifiers,” “transplants,” “trust-funders,” and “urban cupcakeologists” — for driving up rents across Brooklyn."

I'm sorry, but it's *rob* at his best. Brooklyn Paper article is funny . . .

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/36/2/all_diehipster_2013_01_11_bk.html
Edited at January 10, 2013 2:52 PM
January 10, 2013 2:53 PM - Slopefarm
Hey, dona, I know you are not looking for a fight. I've done exactly what you are planning to do several times at the 78th Precinct Community Council. Just giving a heads up about the vibe and politics of the kind of meetings these community council meetings are, and suggesting a strategy.
Edited at January 10, 2013 2:53 PM
January 10, 2013 2:56 PM - DeLepp
dona, maybe you should dial up monica or corinne
Edited at January 10, 2013 2:56 PM
January 10, 2013 2:56 PM - petebklyn
I think they will probably approve us - which means they think we will fit into that community. Which is kind of insulting and sad when I reflect on the idea.
January 10, 2013 2:58 PM - CGar
Arkady, I could thank you and tell you I edited my post (and yours) accordingly, but I'm going for a record number of times telling you to deservedly STFU in one day.
Edited at January 10, 2013 3:05 PM
January 10, 2013 2:58 PM - Donatella

Thanks, Slopey. I get you; go in there with something concrete to say, say it early and don't bust the self-congratulatory balloon, just leave them with a clearly stated understanding of a neighborhood problem and a proposed solution.
January 10, 2013 2:59 PM - Donatella

LOL. Best ideas of all, Delepp!!!
January 10, 2013 3:00 PM - Arkady
I can't hear you, CG. I have tinsel in my ears.
January 10, 2013 3:00 PM - Slopefarm
You won't get to say it early, unless they do a big show about the arrest. If it's like the 78th, the open comment period is at the end and then schmoozing/buttonholing the cops and the legislative aides is right after the meeting breaks up. Oh, and spend a buck and buy a 50-50 raffle, if they do that.
January 10, 2013 3:01 PM - Slopefarm
"Am I the only one who thinks *rob* is the anonymous blogger behind Die Hipster???"

Sort of a rob/benson mashup (and I do NOT mean Robbie Benson).

January 10, 2013 3:03 PM - CGar
Too funny . . .

"Why should I pay even $50 more a month because a bunch of try-hard artists and fauxhemians from the suburbs of middle America want to come here and be cool for a few years?”
“In 30 years Brooklyn will be one giant flea market under a tent made out of flannel and beard hair,” he said. “Us natives will be living in the sewer tunnels for only $1,200 a month.”"

January 10, 2013 3:03 PM - CGar
And tribute to the What . . .

"Die Hipster has racked up an impressive 2.7-million views according to a counter on the site, and the blogger grew to become one of the borough’s prominent anti-gentrification voices — joining infamous Brownstoner.com poster “The What” and some stalwarts on The Brooklyn Paper’s online comments section with his non-stop attack against new Brooklynites and everything they stand for.?
January 10, 2013 3:06 PM - sixyearsandcounting
If diehipster is *rob* we at lifeinbkln only get his sloppy seconds :(
January 10, 2013 3:06 PM - CGar
Done with lunch.

dona, you're plathering endlessly again.

Old Man, you're drooling endlessly again.
January 10, 2013 3:12 PM - Donatella
plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, lather,plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather,, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather,plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather,plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather,plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather,, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather,plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather,
Edited at January 10, 2013 3:13 PM
January 10, 2013 3:21 PM - Slopefarm

Shadoobie, shattered
Shadoobie, shattered

Uh-huh, this town's full of money grabbers
And go ahead, bite the big apple
Don't mind the maggots, uh-huh

Shadoobie, my brain's been battered

My friends, they come around they
plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather, plather,
Pile it up, pile it up, pile it high on the platter

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January 10, 2013 3:27 PM - dibs
OMG, i cant believe i am in a car with a native NY driver. Nice 3 1/2 hour lunch
January 10, 2013 3:31 PM - dibs
He sounds like Ray Romano
January 10, 2013 3:36 PM - ilovestoops
Love the foreign words translated on the OT today!

New subject: I think I really need cataract surgery - real problems seeing. Can anyone recommend a doctor in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan?
January 10, 2013 3:37 PM - Donatella
I'M a native NY driver, dibs. I'll take you for a ride in my hooptie!!!

BUUWWAaaaahahahahahaha,...........
January 10, 2013 3:38 PM - dibs
As long as it smells like your new leather purses
January 10, 2013 3:41 PM - Donatella
Excellent Ophthalmologist...
Dr. Gerald J. Shepps, MD
150 Broadway #1005 New York, NY 10038
(212) 233-2344

I need a real eye checkup every 6 months since my father has glaucoma and there is a hereditary component to that. So I see this guy every 6 months. He has state of the art testing equipment. He'll help you out. His affiliation is NYU Downtown.

January 10, 2013 3:42 PM - Donatella
Probably not, but I'll bring my new one, dibs.
January 10, 2013 3:53 PM - ilovestoops
thanks, dona.

regarding driving: I'm astounded that so many old people want to drive. I really don't trust my eyesight, and think my reaction time has slowed down. I'd do anything to avoid driving.
Edited at January 10, 2013 3:53 PM
January 10, 2013 3:57 PM - dibs
What do you define as old, stoops????
January 10, 2013 4:01 PM - CGar
MM plathered quite a bit today too. >>>
January 10, 2013 4:04 PM - CGar
"What do you define as old, stoops????"

On a scale of 1 to Pete.

January 10, 2013 4:06 PM - Donatella

Listen, stoops. You are NOT old. Please, disabuse yourself of all of these notions. You simply need a good eye test. And glasses. Or cataract surgery. My mother is 90 and tooling around.
January 10, 2013 4:10 PM - dibs
Lady next door to me in the unmentionable Bucks County is 96 and still driving
Edited at January 10, 2013 4:10 PM
January 10, 2013 4:13 PM - rf
My dad is 89 and driving, but I am not convinced that it's a good thing. I won't let him drive me when we go somewhere--I drive his car.
Edited at January 10, 2013 4:12 PM
January 10, 2013 4:16 PM - rf
I believe you're almost the same age as I am, Stoops. You've gotten rides in my car!
January 10, 2013 4:16 PM - ilovestoops
I don't think it has much to do with actual age except that the conditions I have happen in older people. what I meant to say, is that I don't understand why people with failing eyesight and reaction time, and they know it, want to drive.
January 10, 2013 4:20 PM - rf
When they don't live somewhere with public transportation, it's a big problem.
January 10, 2013 4:32 PM - Arkady
Not in Bklyn or downtown but excellent eye doc: Laurence Harris - 1095 Park Avenue New York, NY 10128 - (212) 879-4544.
My reaction time is 3/10 of a second - has been that way for 40 years. Whenever I do an edit I just have to offset everything by that amount & it's right on cue.
January 10, 2013 4:32 PM - ilovestoops
rf: I know and I don't mean to sound insensitive. It just seems to me that friends, churches, other orgs could put together some volunteers to drive people around, as long as the "drivees" help pay for gas, etc. It would just scare me to drive and I would try every other option first. Of course, if you're the other option, that might not be such a good idea!

By the way, how's your brother doing? and you really are a saint for all the help you've given your family!
Edited at January 10, 2013 4:32 PM
January 10, 2013 4:32 PM - ilovestoops
rf: I know and I don't mean to sound insensitive. It just seems to me that friends, churches, other orgs could put together some volunteers to drive people around, as long as the "drivees" help pay for gas, etc. It would just scare me to drive and I would try every other option first. Of course, if you're the other option, that might not be such a good idea!

By the way, how's your brother doing? and you really are a saint for all the help you've given your family!
Edited at January 10, 2013 4:32 PM
January 10, 2013 4:33 PM - CGar
"I won't let him drive me when we go somewhere"

He prolly feels the same way about you.

"You've gotten rides in my car!"

And she lived to tell about it???
January 10, 2013 4:33 PM - ilovestoops
I mean not such a good idea for you. can't put together a decent sentence anymore either.
January 10, 2013 4:35 PM - RowerChick
When i worked in Benefits for NYCT, my supervisor had these huge signs made up saying "HIPAA VIOLATION". She would walk around with them gleefully hoping to put one down on someone's desk. My desk was always a mess, but never with anyone's personal info & I always logged off PeopleSoft when I was away from my desk. I never gave her the satisfaction of setting that sign down on my desk.
January 10, 2013 4:42 PM - rf
CGar, not only did she live to tell the tale, but she got a ride from me again, after several of our loser get-togethers.
Edited at January 10, 2013 4:42 PM
January 10, 2013 4:47 PM - CGar
"she got a ride from me again"

Nh???
January 10, 2013 4:48 PM - rf
My brother is coming to NY next week. He's staying with his 23-year-old daughter in Little Italy/Chinatown. Her roommate will be out of town.

My brother has a daughter outside of his marriage who lives with her mom in St. Thomas and is a few months older than my daughter. That girl is coming for 6 days and staying with us. My kid never met her in person but they've been texting for a while.
January 10, 2013 4:49 PM - ilovestoops
I missed some posts above. again, I mis-spoke the first time. Not about specific age but about condition. I am straining to read what I'm writing now but I know others my age and older can see just fine. And I really appreciate the rides! and the ride from dona too. Pete's never offered to take me anywhere. nor has dibs in his bentley.
January 10, 2013 4:52 PM - rf
Stoops, it was my pleasure! Never a problem.
January 10, 2013 4:53 PM - dibs
My Bentley is in PA. I don't have a car up here. Pete drives like an old woman.
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:00 PM
January 10, 2013 5:03 PM - dibs
Besides, he's dangerous too...
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:03 PM
January 10, 2013 5:06 PM - rf
Brooklyn Chinatown Shop and cook:
http://thefarmonadderleyevents.com/index.php/fe_news/news_item/chinatown-shop-cook1/
January 10, 2013 5:10 PM - petebklyn
stoops is being polite. she is nervous about driving because she knows that rf and dona are out there on the road terrifying everyone.
January 10, 2013 5:11 PM - dibs
Brooklyn Chinatown Shop and cook:

Join Chef Tom Kearney for a market tour of Brooklyn’s Chinatown. We’ll meet in Sunset Park and explore the neighborhood’s Asian markets and learn how to incorporate the unique ingredients found there into our pantries. Later, we’ll meet at The Farm on Adderley and sit down to a dinner inspired by our trip. Recipe cards will be provided so you can go home and try your hand at Tom’s dishes. Please note that the menu will be geared toward an adventurous palate.

Both Tom Kearney and The Farm on Adderley sound like authentic Chinatown experiences.

January 10, 2013 5:16 PM - rf
There are many foods for sale in Chinatown (any Chinatown) that are interesting and useful to cook in other ways besides Chinese culinary style. Although I don't miss schlepping to Chinatown every day to take/pick up kid to/from school, I miss shopping there regularly.
January 10, 2013 5:17 PM - dibs
I have someone who will bring me the tastes of Chinatown.
January 10, 2013 5:18 PM - rf
Not all of us are so fortunate. Ingrate!
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:18 PM
January 10, 2013 5:18 PM - rf
jk jk jk of course.
January 10, 2013 5:19 PM - dibs
Stocks closed at 5 year highs. How many people have missed this for "fear" of being in the market or some ridiculous belief that "the market is rigged" or it's just a casino????

How many people are still mostly in fixed income and treasuries? That bubble is already starting to burst.
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:22 PM
January 10, 2013 5:23 PM - rf
New Microsoft Surface Pro
http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/microsofts-surface-pro-tablet-changes-the-game/
January 10, 2013 5:25 PM - Partridge
Happy Hour! Can I get anyone a Castle?
January 10, 2013 5:25 PM - petebklyn
i'm on a fixed income
January 10, 2013 5:26 PM - dibs
Here are some facts to ponder....

Our latest global research shows global bonds to be US$ 169 Trillion out of the total U$ 235 Trillion of capital stock (bonds and stocks) with stocks at US$ 66 Trillion. That means globally bonds represent about 72% of capital, and stocks at about 28% of capital globally.
Separate data which we extracted about the US from SIFMA, Bloomberg and IMF puts the US bond market at just under US$ 43 Trillion (including municipal bonds) as of the end of 2012, and US stocks now (December 2012) at about US$ 22.4 Trillion.
By Subtraction, non-US debt outstanding is US$126 Trillion, and non-US stocks at US$ 43.6 Trillion. US bonds are about 25.4% of world bonds outstanding, which compares well with the 26.4% weight that PIMCO puts on US bonds in its GDP weighted world bond fund.
Last month FTSE puts the US stock market at 43.6 % of world stocks. Applying that percentage to the US$ 66 Trillion of world stock market-cap at the end of 2012 we get US stocks total market-cap of US$ 24.3 Trillion.
As a crosscheck, the sum of the market-cap of the NYSE, NASDAQ and AMEX on Bloomberg at the end of 2012 was US$ 23.4, so pretty close to the prior number.
The Market capitalization of listed companies (% of GDP) in World was last reported at 66.29% in 2012, according to a World Bank Report. We expect this to change dramatically, as the 5-year affects of corporate and private de-leveraging, refinancing and restructuring which global large companies have done, should be recognized by institutional investors, and hence benefit equity values.


Edited at January 10, 2013 5:26 PM
January 10, 2013 5:26 PM - petebklyn
not happy hour yet for someone who doesn't get to work until 11am in the morning
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:26 PM
January 10, 2013 5:27 PM - ilovestoops
pete: rf & dona are great drivers! dona can even drive while dealing with a drunk in the passenger seat, who opens the car door at stop lights, and gets out of the car!

My brother found out the mineral rights we recently learned about were acquired in 1950, when I was 2. There may be other mineral rights we know nothing about! I got to thinking about this because I still need to update my will and hadn't thought before about bequeathing any known or unknown mineral rights. For the farm sale, we just kept a life estate for a portion of the mineral rights, which is what we wanted to do, and makes sense since they will ultimately revert to the property owner.
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:27 PM
January 10, 2013 5:28 PM - Partridge
reads like this to me:

By Subtraction, non-US debt outstanding is US$126 Trillion, and non-US • US equities forward P/E multiple is 13x vs. European 11.5x• US equities forward P/E multiple is 13x vs. European 11.5xon Bloomberg at the end of 2012 was US$ 23.4, so pretty close to the prior.
January 10, 2013 5:28 PM - dibs
Who went to work at 11????
January 10, 2013 5:29 PM - Partridge
Make that noon weekdays, therefore always happy here!
January 10, 2013 5:30 PM - petebklyn
the barkeep
January 10, 2013 5:30 PM - dibs
You miss the point. It's the mix between bonds and stocks that's important, overlayed by the fact that stocks are NOT expensive by historivcal standards. The overweight in bonds is way, way to high by historical standards. People think they are safe but they don't know what they are in for as rates start to rise
January 10, 2013 5:33 PM - Partridge
Who's missing the point? No one understands the post (or could it just be me?)
January 10, 2013 5:35 PM - pepper
I didn't even read it. Too long, too many numbers...
January 10, 2013 5:36 PM - RowerChick
Ack. I thought I was supposed to join a webinar now, but it's set for Pacific Standard Time. At that time I will be in another meeting. Ahh, the life of a overbooked volunteer. At least I'm not losing any money. My meeting at Brooklyn Bridge Park will be more fun anyway. And they will feed me & give me beer. Ummm, beer.
January 10, 2013 5:37 PM - petebklyn
it was way too long. but i think the person said european stocks would be better right now than US.
And of course it could be said that - stocks are now priced at about what you paid 5 years ago. so 5 years of nothing. whereas bonds I think would have given you better return.
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:37 PM
January 10, 2013 5:38 PM - Partridge
Love Ms. Poivre!
January 10, 2013 5:39 PM - dibs
The point is that asset allocation has taken a dramatic shift away from stocks and into bonds as people avoided risk, Allocations had historically been 60/40 in fsvor of stocks and now they are reverse that. All that money poured into bonds and drove them to bubble prices (almost zero interest rates) and that is already starting to change.

As peoplke see bond prices falling they will continue to sell and buy equities. Equities are not unreasonably priced at all so they have a lot further to go on the upside
January 10, 2013 5:40 PM - dibs
European stocks ARE cheaper than US, but are factoring in more risk. The overriding point is that are equities are underowned by historic standards.
January 10, 2013 5:40 PM - petebklyn
problem with those articles is you never know if they are talking about chicken or beef stock.
January 10, 2013 5:41 PM - ilovestoops
rc: where are you volunteering? by the way, good to see you the other day at 4th ave pub. liked the haircut!
January 10, 2013 5:41 PM - pepper
Couldn't you just say "now is a good time to buy stocks" ?
January 10, 2013 5:42 PM - dibs
Couldn't you just say "now is a good time to buy stocks" ?

Yes but then you'd ask me why.
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:42 PM
January 10, 2013 5:43 PM - Partridge
I was fine until you through equities into the mix. equities = stocks? Is this good news or bad news?
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:43 PM
January 10, 2013 5:43 PM - pepper
No, not me. I'm inclined to believe everything you say.
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:43 PM
January 10, 2013 5:43 PM - dibs
yes, equities = stocks
January 10, 2013 5:45 PM - Partridge
"No, not me. I'm inclined to believe everything you say."

lol, Pep!
January 10, 2013 5:45 PM - pepper
;)
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January 10, 2013 5:51 PM - dibs
She's just trying to spice things up here.
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:51 PM
January 10, 2013 5:53 PM - Partridge
You sure I can't get anyone a drink?
January 10, 2013 5:53 PM - Partridge
or dinner?

January 10, 2013 5:54 PM - petebklyn
I was wondering when that castle would appear this week.
January 10, 2013 5:55 PM - rf
No white, only red?
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:55 PM
January 10, 2013 5:58 PM - Partridge
Of course, no white! Red with beef, white with chicken.
Edited at January 10, 2013 5:58 PM
January 10, 2013 6:00 PM - dibs
Red with everything except at lunch in the summer.
Edited at January 10, 2013 6:00 PM
January 10, 2013 6:00 PM - RowerChick
Stoops,
I've been on the MWAV (movies with a view) committee at Brooklyn Bridge Park for several years now. This is the first night where we choose our "theme" and start to bicker about what movies will show best at the park. The webinar that I am missing is for AFS - the student exchange program that sent me to NZ.

January 10, 2013 6:06 PM - dibs
The guy who had bomb making stuff in his Chelsea apt was planning on blowing up the Washington Square Park arch
Edited at January 10, 2013 6:14 PM
January 10, 2013 6:10 PM - Partridge
You talkin' 'bout the non-OWS member/non-Yalie? That would have been monumental (pi).
January 10, 2013 6:14 PM - dibs
Yes
January 10, 2013 6:16 PM - petebklyn
what did you think of the hedgefeud about herbalife? the 2 guys just making publicity for themselves?
I do think herbalife is a scam.
January 10, 2013 6:19 PM - pepper
I did YFU to Belgium, RC...
January 10, 2013 6:19 PM - dibs
I don't know the answer about Herbalife but it's fun to watch them all go at each other
January 10, 2013 6:21 PM - dibs
60 degrees on Sunday
January 10, 2013 6:22 PM - Arkady
Tinsel & decs off the tree. Still have to do lights (& all the halls, rooms, etc.)
Edited at January 10, 2013 6:22 PM
January 10, 2013 6:24 PM - RowerChick
No velodrome. Proposal rescinded.
January 10, 2013 6:27 PM - ilovestoops
rc: that's great that you spent that time in New Zealand - except for the l-o-n-g plane ride. would love to hear more about it.

Aren't we going to have a belated holiday party soon?
January 10, 2013 6:27 PM - petebklyn
Pulaski skyway supposedly will close for 2 years starting in 2014.
January 10, 2013 6:28 PM - Donatella

There is now little sign of Hurricane Sandy or autumn in my backyard. It was a lot of work but I got the tree branches and logs out of there before new years, but there was still lots of random branches and still as massive amount of leaves back there. I raked and bundled more branches and put out 4 massive bags of leaves and bundles of sticks today. There is a little more for Saturday. What a mess it was back there!!
January 10, 2013 6:28 PM - dibs
Pulaski skyway?????
Edited at January 10, 2013 6:28 PM
January 10, 2013 6:29 PM - Partridge
The travel company I worked for was CIEE Council on International Educational Exchange. We coordinated many student exchange and work exchange programs. I ran their NYC travel agency Council Travel. The volume of business we did was insane. Airline tickets, ISIC cards, AYH cards, Let's Go books, Eurail passes! Oy, the days...
January 10, 2013 6:31 PM - dibs
Another school shooting. No deaths. Two injured. Shooter in custody. In L. A.
Edited at January 10, 2013 6:32 PM
January 10, 2013 6:35 PM - dibs
The average office desk is 400x dirtier than the average toilet seat.

-NBC News
Edited at January 10, 2013 6:36 PM
January 10, 2013 6:39 PM - Deleted
I keep Clorox clean up wipes on my desk. And asswipes in my desk.
Edited at January 10, 2013 6:39 PM
January 10, 2013 6:40 PM - Arkady
Dona - If you incurred any costs, I saw that dealing w/ aftermath of the storm is deductible.
January 10, 2013 6:40 PM - ilovestoops
I don't think I understand about "compliance" in offices. I worked for several years in large companies and never heard of the things you folks are talking about.
January 10, 2013 6:40 PM - Donatella
My sister tells me of a dialogue between my parents (both 90).
Mother to Father: You look so good in that green shirt!
Father to Mother: Yes, it matches my teeth!!
January 10, 2013 6:41 PM - rf
A dad and 2-year-old were shot today in Tompkins Park. One suspect arrested, still looking for another. Lots of helicopters. The precinct is right there.
January 10, 2013 6:42 PM - Donatella

Oh, thanks Arkady.
January 10, 2013 6:42 PM - dibs
NY Times Op Ed article: Get The White House Some Binders Full Of Women
Edited at January 10, 2013 6:42 PM
January 10, 2013 6:43 PM - dibs
Best movie with old people humor has got to be On Golden Pond
Edited at January 10, 2013 6:43 PM
January 10, 2013 6:47 PM - Deleted
Compliance = annoying lawyers who don't let the cool kids do what they want.
January 10, 2013 6:50 PM - Donatella

My father has a nice set of teeth, his own!, but he will do or say anything for a laugh. And my mother laughs at anything.
January 10, 2013 6:51 PM - Donatella

This is what I do when waiting for my luggage at the airport.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S32bgx36G-0&feature=player_embedded
January 10, 2013 6:57 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Castle Kyalami was built in the 1990s by Greek millionaire and architect Demos Dinopoulos, who had intended it to be status symbol for his extended family. Located in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Kyalami, the castle is set on 22 acres. The 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) castle has an Arthurian style, and contains a spa, 24 suites, a luxury hotel, a restaurant, a conference centre and its own helipad.

In the guidebook Lonely Planet: South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, Fitzpatrick et al. describe the "mock castle" as "one of Jo'burg's true oddities". When the castle was still a tourist attraction, Abigail Wills of the publication Conference & Incentive Travel recommended it for those visiting the area: "Former private residences such as Ballito Manor, 50km from Durban, The Castle in Kyalami and the Saxon in Johannesburg are ideal for exclusive use."

The castle was the site of the "Ika East Meets Africa" fashion show on August 13, 2003, and has been used in the past for business conferences. Prior to being purchased by the Church of Scientology the castle functioned as a hotel, and as of July 2006 the castle was the flagship for Planet Hotels.
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January 10, 2013 6:57 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
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January 10, 2013 6:58 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
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January 10, 2013 7:14 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
and what's castle week without a lego castle?
Edited at January 10, 2013 7:14 PM
January 10, 2013 7:32 PM - Deleted
Snappy when you put Pia did, did you choose to be there while she was being put to sleep? I chose not to be in the room when they put Duke to sleep and I thought I mad the right decision at the time, but for a few days now i've been wracked with guilt for not being in the room when it happened. From what ive been reading about euthanasia on the internet for pets, it seems like almost every chooses to be in the room when their pet is put to sleep. I hugged him goodbye and everything and then left.. Everyone I've talked to about this keeps saying not to beat myself up over it, but I totally am, except it's only been the last few days this one aspect of his death has really been eating at me.

January 10, 2013 7:45 PM - petebklyn
two tax dodgers.....greek tycoons and 'church' of scientology
January 10, 2013 7:48 PM - ilovestoops
Rob: I couldn't bear to be in the room when with any of my cats and don't regret it at all. Stop thinking about it. Think about the fun times in the park!
January 10, 2013 7:49 PM - CGar
I will be very relieved when Castle Week is over. None of you is doing me any favors. Every time you post a castle - doesn't matter what kind, bouncy, Lego, cake, real castle - bxgrl emails me privately and badgers me to buy it for her, as if that House Whore doesn't already have enough real estate in her portfolio.

After last Sunday's episode, she even emailed to insist that I buy her . . .
Edited at January 10, 2013 7:49 PM
January 10, 2013 7:51 PM - Donatella

Rob, my little white cat, Pippie died when I lived in the beach house. I was preoccupied with getting my life back on track after coming back from Kansas City. Then I got the flu. Not a cold but the flu. And Pippie wasn't doing real well either; she was 18 and had had kidney problems. When she died, she collapsed and I rushed her to the emergency vet in Bay Ridge, the closest place. She died there. I was so bereft and kept telling people that I should have done this or that, I should have been more observant of her symptoms, I should have given her the medication regularly, not only when she had symptoms, etc. etc. I was so upset. People said the same thing to me. For God's sake, she was 18 years old, you took good care of her her whole life, she was extremely old.

It is so upsetting to lose a beloved pet that it is sort of natural to second guess yourself, but don't. You loved that dog and he knew it and you took such amazing care of him. Isn't it natural that you didn't want to see him die? He felt no pain and I believe you did the right thing. Duke had a wonderful, charmed life and the reason for that is YOU.
January 10, 2013 7:52 PM - CGar
*rob*, I agree with everyone who says not to beat yourself up over it. I was there, and it was over so fast, I wasn't even sure when it was over. It was awful for me.
January 10, 2013 7:56 PM - petebklyn
it was a pet. they sell them in stores. chain stores. or people are giving them away for free.
Don't be looking for sympathy unless you start showing more empathy for other real PEOPLE and their feelings instead of treating them like dogs.
Edited at January 10, 2013 7:56 PM
January 10, 2013 8:02 PM - petebklyn
yesterday was Richard Nixon's 100th birthday. How did you celebrate?
Edited at January 10, 2013 8:02 PM
January 10, 2013 8:03 PM - CGar
"How did you celebrate?"

By putting your name on the Waiting List for Cobble Hill Nursing Home.

I'm walking Salmonella now. And heading straight for your stoop, Old Man.
January 10, 2013 8:04 PM - CGar
"yesterday was Richard Nixon's 100th birthday"

Is it strange for you when a President is younger than you are???
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January 10, 2013 8:05 PM - petebklyn
careful - it is after dark. never know what could happen.
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January 10, 2013 8:06 PM - Deleted
:( Yeah, after seeing him collapse on the street before he was rushed to the vet, I just wanted my actual last moment with him was when he was alive, which he was, dopey, but still alive. I wouldn't have been able to handle it and it would have seriously made him nervous and crazy in the room cuz I would have been a mess. I also probably would have accidently walked right into on traffic walking home after that I would have been such a wreck.

My roommate thinks the dog walker doesn't leave enough of a note in the dog log after this new dog's walk. She used to write big long funny paragraphs about Duke after their walk. Donna, it's the dog walker, who's ginormous heart wrenching letter I emailed you btw..

I told my roommate she probably has no time to write on the dog log cuz the new dog has to be crated and uncrated, and peanut butter put in a kong, and etc etc. A little more high maintenance since he's just a puppy.

Or maybe she just liked Duke better.. oh no i din't! (i didnt say that last part to him)

I like this new dog a lot, and I am glad I didnt run out and adopt the first dog I could find (tho I did that with Dudleyfish, but that's totally okay I think). I just hope he grows out of his puppy behavior soon. It's cute and stuff, for about like 2 seconds, but I guess it's the same with human babies as well.

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January 10, 2013 8:06 PM - petebklyn
strange? compared to this place, not at all.
January 10, 2013 8:08 PM - Deleted
quote:
it was a pet. they sell them in stores. chain stores. or people are giving them away for free.
Don't be looking for sympathy unless you start showing more empathy for other real PEOPLE and their feelings instead of treating them like dogs.

I've never gotten ganged up on by pets or animals before. Anyway, let's drop this. Not worth the drama.

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January 10, 2013 8:10 PM - CGar
I know I'm dating myself (STFU, DH), but does anyone remember the old Helmsley Palace ad:

"The only castle in the world where the Queen stands guard"
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January 10, 2013 8:12 PM - CGar
Couldn't find the original ad, but this one is funny . . .
January 10, 2013 8:15 PM - CGar
*rob*, Sam and Max love peanut butter in a Kong, too. I'm told they don't outgrow their puppy behavior until they're 3.
January 10, 2013 8:17 PM - Donatella
Maybe the dog walker is feeling a bit sad about Duke and it might take her a while to build up the same kind of enthusiasm. Or maybe you are right, she had a special relationship with Duke. She sounds like a very nice girl.

Yes, I remember that CGar. Wow, Leona was such a bitch.
January 10, 2013 8:17 PM - Deleted
THREE!? Ugh, he's only 8 months old. I got Duke when he was 3, so didnt really get to experience him as a puppy. I wonder if that's why they really got rid of him, he wasn't a puppy anymore hahhaa.

Okay, bubble bath and relaxation time.
January 10, 2013 8:18 PM - CGar
She always reminded me of my stepmother, which explains a lot.
January 10, 2013 8:19 PM - CGar
I got Sasha (from my sister) when she was 6, so this is my first experience with puppies, too.
January 10, 2013 8:21 PM - petebklyn
(first experiences with puppies- sound like bunch of petophiles.
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January 10, 2013 8:23 PM - Donatella

We had an Irish setter in my family. I liked him, but I never loved him. We got him when he was a puppy and the damage he did was maybe usual for a puppy but I didn't like it one bit. He was beautiful, but crazy and wild and got into my closet and ate all my shoes. He was constantly running out the door, digging up holes, ruining the backyard and my father complained non stop about the damage he did. But we kept him. The only time the dog seemed in his element was when we took him to the beach. He would run like hell, run and run and run and dive in the water and point. Way, way too high maintenance for me. On the other hand, we probably didn't exercise him enough. Still, he was a pain in the ass.
January 10, 2013 8:25 PM - ilovestoops
I have a leona story but don't want to post it openly.

Where's imelda? In 1986 a group of NJ schoolteachers came to the Village Halloween parade as imelda's shoes. That parade used to be great but haven't been in years. The last couple of times I saw it, it seemed to be mostly men in drag and Chinese dragons and not the creative costumes they used to do. plus the crowds got too big.
January 10, 2013 8:28 PM - Donatella

His name was Sean and he failed training school. After two attempts, he almost ripped my petite mother's arm out of the socket and we gave up on that. Really too high maintenance freaked out maniac.
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January 10, 2013 8:30 PM - Donatella
redacted...... re Imelda.
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January 10, 2013 8:35 PM - pepper
More importantly,where is Cobble? She'll be back, right? Just taking a few days off?
January 10, 2013 8:39 PM - Partridge
I ran into her tonight. She's great. Meeting some people for dinner, she said.

I think DCB might say that we should consider forgiving Walkies.
January 10, 2013 8:42 PM - dibs
Xing and I just cut a swath through the animal kingdom with the wild game menu at Henrys End (nh)...

Foie gras
kangaroo
Elk rib chops

Some spoiled labs in Cobble Hilll are going to get the elk chop bones
January 10, 2013 8:45 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Yes, what happened to Walkies?

"Both Tom Kearney and The Farm on Adderley sound like authentic Chinatown experiences."

I had lunch at the Farm on Adderley today.
January 10, 2013 8:48 PM - Deleted
Dudley is making a bubble nest. I feel bad for him. Obviously there are no bitches around to store and protect their eggs! Also, it's a good sign when bettas do that, it means they are healthy!

Okay, finally can take my bubble bath now. My roommate took the dog out to the bar for an hour or two. Lolz some woman played crazy with the dog last night and he wound up biting my roommate! Not Lolz, really, but sorta Lolz. He is SO trying to turn this dog into a bar dog.

The best part? It's a bar that me and Krazey aren't allowed in!


January 10, 2013 8:48 PM - dibs
I just hpe we didnt eat a Joey
January 10, 2013 8:56 PM - Arkady
Pet shops in UK used to sell frozen kangaroo to feed your pets.
January 10, 2013 8:57 PM - dibs
Looks like you were clawing at someones throat, arkady
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January 10, 2013 8:58 PM - Arkady
Waddaya mean?
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January 10, 2013 9:00 PM - dibs
Its a line from a movie. You wouldnt understand.

Good nigh. person of Interest on now
January 10, 2013 9:05 PM - bxgrl
I thought our emails were PRIVATE, ehubby. You shall be hearing from my lawyer.... with another mortgage loan for you to sign. And just wait til you see the bill for the antique furniture. :)
January 10, 2013 9:06 PM - bxgrl
And by the way, CGar- the Clown Castle is not the one you're buying for me. :)
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January 10, 2013 9:07 PM - Slopefarm
Anyone try the ostrich carpaccio at Madiba?
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January 10, 2013 9:12 PM - CGar
Yes, dear.
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January 10, 2013 9:13 PM - CGar
How are you feeling, Sloppy?
January 10, 2013 9:15 PM - Slopefarm
Mostly better, thanx.
January 10, 2013 9:52 PM - Arkady
Times Real Estate section has this for sale in France:
January 10, 2013 9:53 PM - RowerChick
My little sister still missing my Dad. Hoping he can get released sometime this weekend.
January 10, 2013 9:56 PM - ilovestoops
what a cute pup! is that your folk's dog?
January 10, 2013 10:04 PM - Partridge
Good looking dog like that needs to be on a leash at all times, Rower! Watch out for dognappers.
January 10, 2013 10:13 PM - RowerChick
Stoops,
Yup.

Dona,
I actually did this "dance" for my folks in JFK with my friend Sena when we came back from NZ (we both kept our shirts on).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmPVoln22Cw
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January 10, 2013 10:52 PM - Donatella

Crazy, it looks fierce, RC. :-)