Thursday OT
October 24, 2013 8:04 AM - BoerumHillScott

284 comments
October 24, 2013 8:05 AM - BoerumHillScott
Where is everyone?

Edited at October 24, 2013 8:05 AM
#1
October 24, 2013 8:07 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

I overslept, but I enjoyed it. This week at work is kicking my butt.

What is the photo, BHS? Coney Island?
Edited at October 24, 2013 8:08 AM
#2
October 24, 2013 8:11 AM - BoerumHillScott
Yep, Coney Island, not sure what year.
#3
October 24, 2013 8:15 AM - Arkady
I thought maybe it was Busch Gdns & was trying to find CG on the roller coaster.
Edited at October 24, 2013 8:15 AM
#4
October 24, 2013 8:17 AM - RowerChick
I hate being sick, feh.
Edited at October 24, 2013 8:17 AM
#5
October 24, 2013 8:19 AM - dibs
GM.

I'm sure all of you have heard something about the 14 year old male student who murdered his 24 year old math teacher in Danvers, MA on the grounds outside the school. It's been the "BREAKING NEWS" up here for 2 days.

Although there is nothing but glowing prise for this teacher and how she was universally loved and praised, I'm betting there's more to this story. I'm betting along the lines that in white-bread Danvers, she became obsessed with, shall we say, the more "exotic"
Edited at October 24, 2013 8:20 AM
#6
October 24, 2013 8:19 AM - BirdnestHead
Cool pic, bhs! Not the Cyclone, I think that one was called the Thunderbolt, it was still operating when I was a kid. Then it was shut down, overgrown with ivy and such, and sat around as an interesting ruin until it was removed, I think during the construction of the Bklyn Cyclones ballpark...
#7
October 24, 2013 8:20 AM - BoerumHillScott
I think I found him.
Edited at October 24, 2013 8:20 AM
#8
October 24, 2013 8:22 AM - Partridge
GM.

I'm confused by the strip of land in the distance which juts out into Gravesend Bay. It exist no more. Maybe Benson will know its whereabouts?


Edited at October 24, 2013 8:22 AM
#9
October 24, 2013 8:22 AM - Arkady
In the front car?
#10
October 24, 2013 8:26 AM - RowerChick
I do enjoy the caption on the first photo of my boathouse's blog:
http://www.villagecommunityboathouse.org/category/blog/
"Lissa Wolfe's Scott" indeed.
#11
October 24, 2013 8:28 AM - dibs
Love can be a rollercoaster, rc.
Edited at October 24, 2013 8:34 AM
#12
October 24, 2013 8:29 AM - Arkady
Some product placement, RC!
#13
October 24, 2013 8:31 AM - dibs
From the tales of Amazing But True:

Yesterday, M informed me that he got a notice from the IRS saying that one of his deductions on his 2011 1040 was being denied. They sent this same notice last year regarding 2010 filing (I sent in the supporting documents and in a month or so it was cleared last year).

I called tham, explained what it was, the IRS guy looked in the file, understood the issue and cleared it. All in less than 20 minutes.


#14
October 24, 2013 8:32 AM - BoerumHillScott
At least I know where I stand in life.
#15
October 24, 2013 8:34 AM - petebklyn
GM. so whudja have at Mews last night? my dinner at jellyfish came out cold-pan seared scallops (all 3 of them). Service was bit comical...all these people coming to the table with their shadows-new guys training....all looked like young LI guys pretty clueless except for guy who took our order who was bit to enthusiastic and theatrical.
We did order jellyfish though.
#16
October 24, 2013 8:34 AM - BoerumHillScott
No idea what that piece of land is, but I do know that historically sandbar islands would come and go, and some were developed with buildings that only lasted a few years before going back into the water.

Edited at October 24, 2013 8:34 AM
#17
October 24, 2013 8:36 AM - petebklyn
what was the deduction....some teabagger organization?
#18
October 24, 2013 8:37 AM - dibs
MEWS...service was excellent. Same waitress as last time. They had a special appetizer of seared pork belly over risotto which was one of the best pork bellies I've ever had.

I had mushroom ravioli as an entree. Although the raviolis were excellent, the sauce was an olive oil base and didn't really add anything to the dish

The white chocolate creme brulee was very good.

The company though was pouty.
#19
October 24, 2013 8:37 AM - dibs
Shared mortgage interest. Only one SS # on the 1099, mine.
#20
October 24, 2013 8:42 AM - rf
So are you a married man yet?
#21
October 24, 2013 8:43 AM - Deleted
Gm.

I like Daves enthusiasm when he eats out. Almost every time there is something that was 'best I've ever had'.

Having my fireplace hearth thingy installed today. Not really sure what you call a ledge in front and below the fireplace opening? I'll post some before and after pics. Also having lunch with my college freshman year roommate. Should be interesting he's a strange dude.
#22
October 24, 2013 8:43 AM - rf
This morning I drove my kid to school and when we pulled over for her to get out, I saw The Afro--the back of a gigantic afro getting out of a black SUV in front of where I pulled in. And then I saw a very tall guy get out and wave goodbye. So yes, Dante goes to Brooklyn Tech.
#23
October 24, 2013 8:48 AM - CGar
"Almost every time there is something that was 'best I've ever had'."

ROFLMMFAO.

Edited at October 24, 2013 8:48 AM
#24
October 24, 2013 8:48 AM - CGar
"I thought maybe it was Busch Gdns & was trying to find CG on the roller coaster."

Me too.

#25
October 24, 2013 8:53 AM - dibs
Face it randi, I just go to better places than you do.

:-D
#26
October 24, 2013 8:53 AM - CGar
"I just go to better places than you do"

For some of their very best insults.
Edited at October 24, 2013 8:53 AM
#27
October 24, 2013 8:58 AM - Deleted
Sadly I only get to eat lunch out these days but I have discovered lots of good dinner places are open for lunch. Going to saraginha today with the college friend. Best discovery so far is a great Japanese place in Williamsburg called samurai mama. Yes I know it's a stupid name but they have excellent homemade udon.
#28
October 24, 2013 9:14 AM - Arkady
Pouty? Would rather not have gone?
#29
October 24, 2013 9:14 AM - dibs
I'm still not travelling to Bushwick....

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20131023/bushwick/bushwick-officially-lands-on-foodie-map-with-michelin-guide-listings
Edited at October 24, 2013 9:14 AM
#30
October 24, 2013 9:21 AM - CGar
"The company though was pouty."

Did you tell him to turn that frown upside down???

#31
October 24, 2013 9:21 AM - dibs
Obama pushes ACA signup deadline to Mar 31.

Four contractors for the site testifying before congrerss and ech pointing the finger at someone else for the issues.
Edited at October 24, 2013 9:21 AM
#32
October 24, 2013 9:22 AM - dibs
More issues than National Geographic!!!!!
#33
October 24, 2013 9:26 AM - Deleted
Please stop rooting for failure, it's un-American.
#34
October 24, 2013 9:26 AM - Arkady
"More issues than National Geographic!!!!!" The contractors or the Pouter?
Edited at October 24, 2013 9:26 AM
#35
October 24, 2013 9:31 AM - dibs
Pouter.


I never said i was rooting for the failure.

Please stop reading things into statements that aren't there
#36
October 24, 2013 9:36 AM - Deleted
I meant Bushwick restaurants
#37
October 24, 2013 9:39 AM - dibs
Not rooting for their failure either. Jussayin that I'll never travel there.

Again, you read something into the statement that wasn't there. Did you go to public school to learn reading comprehension????
#38
October 24, 2013 9:39 AM - Deleted
GM MOFOS
Edited at October 24, 2013 9:39 AM
#39
October 24, 2013 9:39 AM - Deleted
i just had the best instant oatmeal
#40
October 24, 2013 9:44 AM - dibs
Instant oatmeal is full of sugar
#41
October 24, 2013 9:46 AM - dibs
Even the best places get mob hits, Legion.

Remember Sparks????
Edited at October 24, 2013 9:46 AM
#42
October 24, 2013 9:46 AM - Arkady
That could happen anywhere, Legion. Court St., Little Italy, Sparks in mid-town...
#43
October 24, 2013 9:46 AM - Deleted
you're full of sugar
#44
October 24, 2013 9:46 AM - Arkady
Jinx, dibs!
#45
October 24, 2013 9:46 AM - Deleted
"We live in a society where the biggest taboo is contentment"

SO true
#46
October 24, 2013 9:47 AM - Legion
...definitely,
remember the Sparks hit too,
that was in the mid 80's.
#47
October 24, 2013 9:49 AM - Deleted
"We live in a society where the biggest taboo is contentment"

SO true
#48
October 24, 2013 9:50 AM - Legion
...the Sparks hit is when the "Dapper Don" took over.
Edited at October 24, 2013 9:50 AM
#49
October 24, 2013 9:51 AM - Legion
Good morning,
it's interesting to see the evolution of Bushwick dining over the years.
Used to be a risky affair dining out in the neighborhood,
this headline still sticks out in my mind from 1979,
the restaurant was on Knickerbocker Ave. not more than a few blocks away from many of the hot new restaurants:
#50
October 24, 2013 9:54 AM - Deleted
Who says that Rob? Not sure I agree, I have to think about it.
#51
October 24, 2013 9:57 AM - petebklyn
contentment is a regular BM
#52
October 24, 2013 9:58 AM - Deleted
True dat.
#53
October 24, 2013 9:59 AM - petebklyn
1st ceiling coat on. As expected he did not supply me with the kind of paint that goes on pink or purple then fades to white as I requested.
#54
October 24, 2013 10:05 AM - Partridge
What's wrong with that guy, Pete?
#55
October 24, 2013 10:09 AM - petebklyn
can't it out for the life of me.

So the place going into old Perk's space is Thai restaurant - which I think Pepper opined after I said place called Spice. Apparently they have quite a few
of them around...even in Pk Slope.
#56
October 24, 2013 10:12 AM - Arkady
Yeah, pete. Same guy owns a big place in Wmsbg too - guy I met is d.j. there. I forget the name.
#57
October 24, 2013 10:13 AM - Arkady
Oh. It's Sea.
#58
October 24, 2013 10:15 AM - Deleted
ugh sea
Edited at October 24, 2013 10:15 AM
#59
October 24, 2013 10:38 AM - Slopefarm
Everyone see that the cute little kittens that stopped the Q train (and that JOE LHOTA WOULD HAVE ALLOWED TO DIE) have been adopted by a Brooklyn couple?

Don't mind me. Just trolling.
#60
October 24, 2013 10:39 AM - pepper
GM.

No, I did not see that, Slopey. How many kittens?
#61
October 24, 2013 10:39 AM - BoerumHillScott
I am going to vote for whoever promises to kill the most kittens.
#62
October 24, 2013 10:41 AM - Slopefarm
2 kittens.

http://gothamist.com/2013/10/23/subway_kittens_have_been_adopted_by.php
#63
October 24, 2013 10:41 AM - pepper
Nevermind. I found them. August and Arthur. Cuties...
#64
October 24, 2013 10:42 AM - pepper
haha. jinx, Slopey.
#65
October 24, 2013 10:43 AM - Slopefarm
that would be Lhota, scott. DBlasio only plans to kill kittens wearing Yankees paraphernalia.
#66
October 24, 2013 10:46 AM - bxgrl
Giant George, formerly the world's tallest dog, died. He was one big pooch- But a very sweet dog from all accounts. I saw a lot of commenters kept talking about 8 years -is that some significant milestone for dogs?
#67
October 24, 2013 10:47 AM - BoerumHillScott
Now I'm conflicted, since I am also against Yankees paraphernalia in all of its forms.
Edited at October 24, 2013 10:47 AM
#68
October 24, 2013 10:57 AM - Deleted
jon stewart pwns CNBC

http://gothamist.com/2013/10/24/video_jon_stewart_says_f_yall_to_cn.php
#69
October 24, 2013 10:57 AM - Arkady
Easy decision, Scott. Remember you now share living quarters w/ a cat!!
#70
October 24, 2013 10:59 AM - BoerumHillScott

A small part of the World Trade Center is opening today – an underground passage connecting the PATH station to the World Financial Center (now called Brookfield Place). It will also connect to 1WTC when it opens next year.
The temporary bridge over West Street was closed earlier in the month, and is being dismantled.

#71
October 24, 2013 11:06 AM - dibs
So this weekend in P-Town is "Fantasia Weekend" for crossdressers. Saw a few last night at the Mews. Not good.

I assume the "Hat Sisters" will be in town.....
Edited at October 24, 2013 11:06 AM
#72
October 24, 2013 11:08 AM - Arkady
What're you wearing, dibs?
#73
October 24, 2013 11:09 AM - dibs
It's clear that Jon Sterwart doesn't really understand the implications.
#74
October 24, 2013 11:09 AM - Deleted
just got an email from freelancers union, premiums are staying the same for the 3rd year in a row.
Edited at October 24, 2013 11:09 AM
#75
October 24, 2013 11:13 AM - BoerumHillScott
Anyone looking for a deal?
This Brooklyn Heights Townhouse is on sale for $1.75 million off – now only $8.25 million.
Personally, if I put down that much, I want a place with a bigger yard that is not accessed only though the guest bedroom.
And all the wallpaper would have to go.

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/10/24/brooklyn_heights_townhouse_gets_175m_chopped_off_price.php

Edited at October 24, 2013 11:13 AM
#76
October 24, 2013 11:13 AM - Slopefarm
Every once in a while, we are compelled to award GOTD to dave.
#77
October 24, 2013 11:18 AM - rf
Slopey, did you know that Chiara De Blasio graduated from Beacon?
#78
October 24, 2013 11:21 AM - Slopefarm
No. But not surprised. Did she also go to 51 like Dante did? Where is she going to college? The south slope continent of 9th graders going to Beacon is pretty big.

HW load seems to have levelled off a bit, so we are catching our breath at the farm.
Edited at October 24, 2013 11:21 AM
#79
October 24, 2013 11:38 AM - rf
Yes, she went to 51 and before that, PS372.

I don't know what college, but it's in California and it's small.

Did you see my early remark about seeing Bill and Dante this morning in front of Brooklyn Tech? The Afro is bigger than ever.
#80
October 24, 2013 11:40 AM - sixyearsandcounting
There were a few suggestions on Ditmas Park Corner last week about naming those kittens:

B and Q
Local and Express
What time is it? and Showtime!

#81
October 24, 2013 11:43 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Cortelyou news - a Domino's is moving into an empty storefront. 44 comments on Ditmas Park Corner, fairly unanimous in opposition. That's like a 1000-comment day here.

In better news, a new bar opened on the corner of Cortelyou and Coney Island Avenue last night. You can now go to three bars on that block without crossing the street.
#82
October 24, 2013 11:55 AM - Slopefarm
"B and Q
Local and Express"

Brighton and Culver?
Stand Clear and Closing Doors?
See Something and Say Something?
#83
October 24, 2013 12:01 PM - dibs
I could live with almost all the wallpaper but the kitchen looks like it belongs in some poorly decorated suburban McMansion.
Edited at October 24, 2013 12:01 PM
#84
October 24, 2013 12:06 PM - Partridge
My close friend's elderly parents drama continues. Last I left off with you all, his gravely ill mother was orchestrating her death allowing for zero decision making from her grown children. They of course were expected to perform the tasks that mother didn't want the aids to do and were to be available to let nurses into the house and to meet with the ever expanding team and to cover random middle of the night 2 or 3 hours shifts. Three of the five children live nearby. They are all exhausted, both physically and mentally.

It took over an hour of pulling outfits out of her closet for her review, but yesterday mom was able to carefully select each and every article of clothing (including socks) that she will be laid out in.

While I was speaking with him this morning, my friend received a call from his brother saying it is time for him to return home.
#85
October 24, 2013 12:15 PM - Arkady
Rough, Partridge.
#86
October 24, 2013 12:23 PM - Partridge
Yes. As I have been through the pain of my parents's illnesses and passing, I am called upon to console my friend . But his situation is so different. He lives abroad and although in constant contact with his family, he is somewhat paralyzed. Worst of all, his parents have not lost the tiniest bit of mental function. I find that rather cruel. My parents were unaware of their fate. I found that to be kind.
#87
October 24, 2013 12:35 PM - Partridge
And just a bit more to say on the subject. Sorry if such a downer, but think of it as lunch hour filler posting.

She has hated her husband with the greatest of passion for 65 years! She is angry as hell that he will outlive her by even the shortest of time. She is still yelling from her bed upstairs to downstairs when she can hear that an aid is assisting her husband with lunch. Who makes those kind of choices in life? How can one sign up for such bitterness?
#88
October 24, 2013 12:38 PM - BoerumHillScott
Sad all around.
#89
October 24, 2013 12:42 PM - rf
Partridge, my dad yells at my stepmother every day. Fortunately she's too addled for it to bother her anymore and the aide is very good at diverting her. But he's always been a yell-er.
#90
October 24, 2013 12:45 PM - Arkady
I wonder if my mother were lucky. She was widowed after 9 years & mourned him ever after. But she had had a wonderful marriage w/ T-H-E guy & it never deteriorated.
#91
October 24, 2013 12:48 PM - BoerumHillScott
My paternal grandfather was always an unhappy person who seemed to make it his life work making everyone around him unhappy. He yelled, insulted, and complained to anyone in earshot.
When my father died, he tried to give me and my sister a hard time about every decision we made.
He ended up dying less than a year later.


#92
October 24, 2013 12:49 PM - Deleted
Regarding today's photo and that mysterious jut of land, here's my guess:

-I believe the photo was taken sometime in the 1920's. Note that it is an aerial photo, yet the Belt Parkway was not yet built. Also, looking at the Coney Island amusement area, they are the buildings from its "second boom", after the subway lines were built there.

-The "second boom" is the key (I believe) regarding that jut of land. The "first boom" is when the entire stretch of shore from Bay Ridge to Manhattan Beach was populated with large resorts, mostly for the well-to-do who arrived by steamship or railroad from Manhattan, during the latter part of the 19th century. The popularity of these resorts faded as development pressed in and the well-to-do could afford to go elsewhere.

-The "second boom" came with the subways, but it only revived the fortunes of Coney Island, not the resorts along bath Beach or Manhattan Beach. Coney Island became a playground for the masses, but the resorts were gone.

-The jut of land corresponds to the location of Ulmer Park, a seaside beer garden run by the Bushwick brewer that Montrose has discussed in her columns. Here is some info on it:

http://theboweryboys.blogspot.com/2009/07/salute-to-ulmer-park-short-lived.html

Note that Ulmer Park had a great pier that went out into Gravesend Bay.

-At the time of this photo, the shore along Bath Beach had been languishing for almost 20 years, due to the closure of all the resorts. So, I am guessing that the jut of land in that photo is a sand bar that had built up around the corpse of Ulmer Park's Great Pier.

-An epilogue: at the time it was built by -who else? - Robert Moses, the Belt Parkway was considered a great improvement. It was seen as a way to bring life back to this stretch of Brooklyn's shore which had been languishing for decades. It was thought that people could enjoy a new form of recreation: driving along the shore and enjoying the vista.

I wish there were still places like Ulmer Park around. I would realy enjoy sipping a beer in a tree-shaded picnic ground by the ocean.
#93
October 24, 2013 12:50 PM - Partridge
Perhaps she was lucky, Ark. Or perhaps she missed out on continued bliss.
#94
October 24, 2013 12:53 PM - bxgrl
So sad, Partridge. My sister's in-laws is a similar case although her father-in-law died a few months ago. Her mother-in-law suffers from dementia but was a brilliant woman and still very sharp. and very paranoid.
#95
October 24, 2013 12:55 PM - rf
I think my dad has been a very good husband to my stepmother, who used to be very difficult and whose children don't like her very much. Maybe it's a lower-middle-class thing, but he's always yelled, and then once it's off his chest, it's over.

Of course now that he's 90, I don't even think he remembers that he yelled. But if it were up to her children, my stepmother would have been put into a nursing home years ago and she'd probably be dead by now. My dad decided that she would be more comfortable at home and I am sure she is, with a wonderful one-on-one aide. And he did the same for my mother, who deteriorated over 7 years after surgery to remove a brain tumor and died at home.

Not saying it's the same for Partridge's friend--that sounds like one fucked-up old lady. My dad certainly isn't and never was perfect, not by a long shot (Dr. Freud Never Sleeps!). But old people often don't go quietly into the night.
#96
October 24, 2013 1:02 PM - Partridge
Knew Benson would shed light on that. I'll read more, thanks.
Edited at October 24, 2013 1:02 PM
#97
October 24, 2013 1:28 PM - Deleted
sup guys
Edited at October 24, 2013 1:27 PM
#98
October 24, 2013 1:38 PM - BoerumHillScott
Trying not to work too much.
#99
October 24, 2013 1:43 PM - Slopefarm
I have nothing to add to benson's contribution re: Coney Island. Except this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Vr4hEo6Vs

and this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp-5V3PJ90E
October 24, 2013 1:54 PM - dibs
LOLat the Pope firing the German bishop, Bishop "Bling" as he was known, for $42MM in renovations to his residence.
October 24, 2013 1:55 PM - dibs
The end result of the interns suing Conde Nast is that now Conde Nast will no longer have an intern program.

Way to go. Congratulations, interns.


Edited at October 24, 2013 2:01 PM
October 24, 2013 1:56 PM - pepper
I thought he was just suspended, pending an investigation?
October 24, 2013 1:56 PM - rf
Arkady, I meant to send my congratulations and wishes for good luck to your friends who are adopting an older kid. I am sure they know that it's not always easy and I wish them the best!
October 24, 2013 2:13 PM - Partridge
***********Hipster Alert**********
Three newly released titles at the store. On shelves now!

Mast Brothers Chocolate
Design Brooklyn
Guide to Urban Moonshining

October 24, 2013 2:15 PM - Deleted
**********Book-Burning Alert************

Rob will be building a bon-fire in front of Partridge's store tonight.
October 24, 2013 2:17 PM - Partridge
lol
October 24, 2013 2:26 PM - rf
Somehow I think Rob avoids acts that would send him to jail. You think he has issues about constant contact with other humans (and pooping problems, oy!) now...
October 24, 2013 2:29 PM - Deleted
Lunch was delicious but miserable. The friend got kicked out of his apt by his wife, has been crashing at a friends for a month. He has no job, might have to move back to Kansas City.
October 24, 2013 2:31 PM - dibs
Sounds terrible, randi.

What did you have for lunch?
October 24, 2013 2:32 PM - dibs
Why is it that the wife can always kick the husband out??? Don't these men have any balls?
October 24, 2013 2:39 PM - rf
Sounds like the wife is the one paying the rent.
October 24, 2013 2:39 PM - Arkady
I didn't kick out my ex, I left. My lawyer told me that if the situation were intolerable I could only prove that by not tolerating it & moving out.
October 24, 2013 2:45 PM - Deleted
its a strange situation. he bought the apartment with his own money and supported them for about 5 years while she went to nursing school. he even took out a second mortgage to help pay off some of her debt and college tuition. then she graduated and has a full time nursing job now (which she hates) while his work has dried up, so for the past about 2 years she has been supporting them.
October 24, 2013 2:49 PM - Arkady
Thanks, rf. They've gone into it w/ eyes wide open & are doing well - so far. It's a niece of mine & her husband.
Edited at October 24, 2013 2:49 PM
October 24, 2013 2:49 PM - Partridge
I might be taking in a friend as a roommate for a while!?! Same situation.
Edited at October 24, 2013 2:49 PM
October 24, 2013 2:51 PM - dibs
She should be fine with that given him buying the place, taking out a second mortgage and sending her to nursing school. She hates her job and is now taking it out on him. If the place is in his name he shouldn't have moved out.
Edited at October 24, 2013 2:51 PM
October 24, 2013 2:52 PM - Deleted
dave- we had 2 pizzas, one with eggplant and peppers and the other with some sort of meat and spicy fried artichoke (the better of the two) and a salad of bib lettuce, bacon, croutons and poached eggs. and beer. had to stop the friend from getting a whiskey.
October 24, 2013 2:54 PM - Deleted
that's what i told him- the problem is he wants to make things better (which i dont see happening) so he is willing to do whatever in an atttempt to make her happy. she said she needed space so he moved out. the truth is he couldn't pay the mortgage so its better she lives there and continues to make payments.

long story short, its a real big mess.
October 24, 2013 2:55 PM - Deleted
was there cement in your pizza?

#neverforget
October 24, 2013 2:59 PM - Deleted
haha, no there was not. it was actually better than i remembered it. still not as good as robertas but way more relaxed and nicer service.
Edited at October 24, 2013 2:59 PM
October 24, 2013 3:00 PM - Partridge
My splitting couple friend is the woman. She bought the house and has been making the payments and I'm sure will have to continue to do so. Her husband has 3 sons -- college age or just beyond. Eldest just moved out so the husband and 2 sons will remain in the house. A mess is right. Always a mess.
Edited at October 24, 2013 3:00 PM
October 24, 2013 3:03 PM - Arkady
On a lighter note. 2000 people in Surrey, England have signed a petition to get rid of bike lanes - objecting to being bullied by "lycra louts who are ill-mannered, rude & abusive."
October 24, 2013 3:11 PM - BoerumHillScott
Divorces/splits suck, and especially so in NYC where housing costs are so high and many people do not have family local.

October 24, 2013 3:30 PM - Deleted
My parents are much happier in their new marriages that they were together.
October 24, 2013 3:34 PM - BoerumHillScott
My mom is over 25 years into her second marriage and very happy.
But the process to end the first one was not fun for anyone.
October 24, 2013 3:43 PM - Deleted
ugh marriage. really hope that's a one and done for me
Edited at October 24, 2013 3:43 PM
October 24, 2013 3:48 PM - dibs
"On a lighter note. 2000 people in Surrey, England have signed a petition to get rid of bike lanes - objecting to being bullied by "lycra louts who are ill-mannered, rude & abusive."

Jolly good for them!!!!
October 24, 2013 3:52 PM - Legion
I got a call the other day from an old friend of my mom's.
They knew each other for decades and I grew up visiting their home on holidays and
all that. They lived in a big house in Rego Park.
She told me that her daughter, who's my age, is getting divorced now that her four kids are of adult age, 18-23.
The problem is this, my mom's friend sold her large home a few years ago and lives with her ailing husband (he has cancer) in a small condo in Northern Queens overlooking the Long Island Sound. Emphasis on small.

The daughter has moved in because she could no longer stay in her own home with her husband.
The home is a large home in Howard Beach (he's a contractor). The kids are staying with the father in their home, but she has to leave and has no means of support.

My mom's friend tells me that this was the last thing she thought she'd be dealing with at this age.
Edited at October 24, 2013 3:52 PM
October 24, 2013 4:06 PM - dibs
Tonight's menu:

Bucks Co. tomatoes with gorgonzola, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Steamed lobsters with drawn butter, baked potatoes with sour cream

Cheeses for dessert
October 24, 2013 4:13 PM - Slopefarm
Sounds good to me, except for the gorgonzola, which I think is too strong for the tomatoes. I would just slice, drizzle a tiny bit of really good olive oil, and maybe tear up a basil leaf or two over the tomatoes and leave it at that.
October 24, 2013 4:18 PM - dibs
Been eating gorgonzola on tomatoes since the mid eighties when I used to have lunch with Roger Spencer at the Italian Village in Chicago.....really good....crumbled...more than that would be too much
October 24, 2013 4:20 PM - dibs
HB Bill Wyman, 77.

What A Drag It Is Getting Old
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October 24, 2013 4:24 PM - Legion
dibs and randolph and our other resident cooks,
how often do you go out to the market?
Daily or do you plan meals for the week in advance?
October 24, 2013 4:29 PM - dibs
I usually go daily in NYC and up here in P-Town. Luckily shops are convenient. In Philly too. In Bucks I typically go for the whole weekend or longer. But, even there. everything's within a 10minute drive
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October 24, 2013 4:30 PM - Arkady
Every day. Brought up in the days before refrigeration...
I'd just sprinkle salt on the toms.
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October 24, 2013 4:34 PM - Legion
benson,
I didn't know that there was an old pier out there on Bath Beach.
Would that be located at the end of that stretch of land that the Sanitation Dept. uses with a marina on the other side of it?
October 24, 2013 4:36 PM - Deleted
i go every day.

dibs that meal sounds like too much butter and cheese
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October 24, 2013 4:38 PM - Deleted
gorgonzola, drawn butter, sour cream, Cheeses for dessert???? you are going to give yourself gout.
October 24, 2013 4:39 PM - Deleted
that's why he's on cholesterol medicine

take some personal responsibility! you're driving up the cost of my healthcare.


troll level: expert
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October 24, 2013 4:39 PM - Legion
Do you get to know the people behind the counter well?
I don't go out to the market every day but I go quite often in the evening.
The only person I'm on a first name basis with is the butcher.
One thing we're sorely missing here is a fish monger, only place to go
for that is Waldbaum's which is ok but not great.

How about bread? Bakery or Supermarket?
October 24, 2013 4:41 PM - Legion
LOL @ randolph and dh chastising dibs for his diet.
October 24, 2013 4:41 PM - Partridge
Funny, Legion. My soon to be roommate is leaving her Howard Beach home. Different people for sure, but weird. Rough time with Sandy last year too. Plenty of damage, lost cars and rebuilding. Maybe the stress was a factor?
October 24, 2013 4:43 PM - dibs
I take a few pills that help me out with that, randi. But I appreciate your concern

dh on the other hand was just being an ass
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October 24, 2013 4:44 PM - dibs
I know a few of the guys at Los Paisanos and Fish Tales in Brooklyn and all the people at the fish market in Bucks County as well as where I get my corn & tomatoes.
October 24, 2013 4:45 PM - Deleted
peeps at provisions are all weird and standoffish, but they should know who i be
October 24, 2013 4:49 PM - dibs
The person I'd really like to get to know is the guy who works evenings at the bodega downstairs from Cadman, in charge of the produce....probably about 5'3" extremely cute Latino guy
October 24, 2013 4:50 PM - Deleted
Legion;

Ulmer Park was further down from where the sanitation incinerator/marina stand. If you continue down shore road about 1/2 mile, it is where there is presently a school for special children.
October 24, 2013 4:50 PM - dibs
peeps at Provisions are probably asshole hipsters. Lots of hipsters working at the Philly Whole Foods but I guess the corporate training cleanses them of a lot of the douchebaggery and attitude.
October 24, 2013 4:51 PM - petebklyn
Nobody in my family has gotten divorce....that includes about 8 aunts/uncles-parents or any of my 5 brothers. All seem happy/content ---
no drama or fighting. Even most of my gay friends been together for 1/4 century.

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October 24, 2013 4:52 PM - Legion
Yeah partridge,
your story about your friend reminded me about it.
They had damage from the storm too since they live near one of the canals there.
I don't know if it was a factor in this case as they had been having problems off and on for years,
tempestuous relationship.
The adult children probably had to do with it as well, tough living as a couple while dealing with several adult children and their issues as well.

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October 24, 2013 4:52 PM - petebklyn
2nd coat of paint done. I took walk down to sunken meadow beach -- about 40 minutes each way. Beautiful afternoon out and all the fall foliage. Even plenty of acorns our here.
October 24, 2013 4:57 PM - dibs
What are you painting, Pete?

Were we consulted on colors????


October 24, 2013 5:00 PM - petebklyn
ceiling - can't you keep up? in the coop studio in kings park.
just ceiling white. no color choice.
October 24, 2013 5:09 PM - Deleted
Matte finish?
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October 24, 2013 5:10 PM - dibs
Ughhhhhh...nothing on the news up here except Red Sox shit. At least I don't have to endure those awful Elizabeth Warren ads
Edited at October 24, 2013 5:10 PM
October 24, 2013 5:11 PM - dibs
Ceilings should be flat finish.
October 24, 2013 5:17 PM - petebklyn
whatever ceiling paint is- that is the finish. waiting for the trip upstate now as soon as someone gets outa work.
October 24, 2013 5:20 PM - dibs
"Ceiling white" is a flat softer white
October 24, 2013 5:22 PM - rf
Did you get married yet, Dave?
October 24, 2013 5:22 PM - Legion
I think I know where you mean benson.
Never heard about Ulmer Park before, the old timers sure knew how to have fun. I remember one fellow telling me about a horse track in Gravesend at one time. There was a Rockaway Playland which had amusement rides and a roller coaster up until the 80's. Nothing left of it now.
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October 24, 2013 5:25 PM - dibs
No. Not imminent.
Edited at October 24, 2013 5:25 PM
October 24, 2013 5:27 PM - petebklyn
be sure to invite rf to the wedding
October 24, 2013 5:29 PM - Deleted
dh can dj your wedding
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October 24, 2013 5:30 PM - Partridge
I'll handle the registry.
October 24, 2013 5:34 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I'll write up an unreadable academic analysis of the event.
October 24, 2013 5:36 PM - Deleted
No fucking way am I editing the wedding video.
October 24, 2013 5:36 PM - dibs
What the hell is the White House doing monitoring Angela Merkel's phone???? I'm Ok with the NSa monitoring of numbers called and all that but this is completely different.

If a Republican had done this there'd be calls for impeachment.
October 24, 2013 5:38 PM - Legion
...I think the President of Brazil cancelled her trip to Washington due to the monitoring of her lines as well. She was pissed.
October 24, 2013 5:39 PM - Deleted
Obama looks a fool right about now. The best was that press conference where the chick fainted, he basically went out there we an insurance salesman. It was really pathetic.
October 24, 2013 5:40 PM - Deleted
DIBS;

It's part of his plan to improve the US' standing in the world. Don't you remember? GWB had trashed it, and we needed President Obama to mend it.
October 24, 2013 5:45 PM - Deleted
The most farcical aspect of President Obama's recent "performance" is his claim that he had no inkling that the website was having glitches. So let me get this straight: your administration had already delayed the roll-out of the small-business mandate and you had decided to drop the verification of income to reduce the administrative burden, but you never thought to ask about how it was going with the insurance-exchange website? Riiiigggghhhtttttttt.
October 24, 2013 5:51 PM - Deleted
I think we would have been better off if hillary went before Obama and he spent 8 years as vp.
October 24, 2013 6:01 PM - BirdnestHead
Beautiful sunset, apropos of nothing :-)
October 24, 2013 6:09 PM - Deleted
I'm having one of those days where I hate my job. I need a drink, or two.
October 24, 2013 6:22 PM - Deleted
Nurse Jackie is shooting in Locanda Vini e Olli. So many trailers.
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October 24, 2013 6:24 PM - Deleted
"Nurse Jackie is shooting in Locanda Vini e Olli. So many trailers."

Be on the lookout for my sister. She's the stylist for it.
October 24, 2013 6:25 PM - rf
Some complaints on the FGKids yahoogroup along with many defenders of the film industry. I for one am glad that The Knick won't be taking 4 long blocks of parking here this weekend, after 3 weekends in a row, while they film at the old Boy's High School building on the next block. It was interesting to see actors outside in their costumes last weekend.
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October 24, 2013 6:27 PM - Deleted
Sweet benson!!


Sounds like you need a Manhattan
Edited at October 24, 2013 6:27 PM
October 24, 2013 6:29 PM - Deleted
I can see how it's annoying if you street park - but the film/tv I ndustry employs so many people in the city and I guess it's a price you pay for living in a picturesque nyc neighborhood.
October 24, 2013 6:33 PM - rf
It is annoying but not overwhelmingly so. I can agree that it's a civic virtue without being happy about parking far, far away.
October 24, 2013 6:34 PM - rf
Benson, sorry to read. Trouble in paradise or just annoying shit that gets on your nerves?
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October 24, 2013 6:36 PM - Partridge
Mean Girl Clubhouse @ 7:30, Benson?
October 24, 2013 6:37 PM - Deleted
Yeah. Was just speaking generally. Seems people in dumbo and Brooklyn heights get really butthurt about it.
October 24, 2013 6:44 PM - Deleted
"Benson, sorry to read. Trouble in paradise or just annoying shit that gets on your nerves?"

Small company blues. Two principals who still act like this company is just a handful of people, and refuse to take their sights up a level.
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October 24, 2013 6:44 PM - Deleted
I'm still at work. No drinks tonight.
October 24, 2013 6:45 PM - Arkady
We have some kind of shoot around here literally every week. It's fine if they put up notices in a timely manner but I do slightly resent their not using locals for catering services or even cases of water, soda & so on. I know it's a contractual issue but it would go a long way towards making shop keepers a lot happier about losing parking for long stretches, crowding the sidewalks w/ cables & lights, etc.
Edited at October 24, 2013 6:45 PM
October 24, 2013 6:52 PM - Deleted
I agree with Arkady's 6.45 PM, and would add one more thing. I do not appreciate the way some of these folks cordon off areas. I live across from Washington Park, where there are a lot of shoots. On a number of occasions I've happened upon a shoot, and they talk to me as if I'm trespassing on private property.
October 24, 2013 6:56 PM - Arkady
Having worked on location shooting I understand that staff are dedicated to getting their jobs done & are highly focussed on the work but they do come across as supercilious (& clueless.)
October 24, 2013 6:57 PM - Partridge
: ( next time.
October 24, 2013 7:18 PM - Deleted
RF my wife was reading that thread today. not sure what side i am on but what gets me the most is when they block off parking and don't use it.
October 24, 2013 7:24 PM - dibs
Nice fire here
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October 24, 2013 7:28 PM - rf
I know the guy who made the original complaint, and he doesn't even live in the neighborhood--he is in Bed-Stuy near Broadway. I don't know why he was looking for a parking spot! He does run some sports programs and a day camp but nothing close to where they were filming today!

It was a nuisance for me when they were filming in my neighborhood on weekends, but it's a lot easier to find parking here than it is in Clinton Hill! They did take up a lot of streetscape--2 long blocks and a short block surrounding the high school building plus 2 more long blocks--but I didn't bother to look when they were filming (always found my parking in the other direction). I suspect that at least one block was unnecessary. Maybe 2.

The high school building is right across the street from the Concord Baptist Church, a very connected congregation with a social service empire (nursing home, home care agency, credit union, etc.). I wonder if they paid the church too--maybe they rented some space there. I am sure it was very inconvenient for the parishioners who drive to church and usually double-park on 2 of the blocks that were closed off.
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October 24, 2013 7:40 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"What the hell is the White House doing monitoring Angela Merkel's phone????"

I'm sure CGar is happy with us keeping tabs on the Germans.
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October 24, 2013 7:52 PM - Deleted
I wonder if the guys at the NSA (and trust me, they're all guys) are spending a lot of time downloading porn, in between listening in on world leaders?
October 24, 2013 7:58 PM - Deleted
Do you often think about guys watching porn benson?
October 24, 2013 7:59 PM - BirdnestHead
Probably have a porn Task Force, looking for steganographically hidden messages...
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October 24, 2013 7:59 PM - BirdnestHead
Look it up...
October 24, 2013 8:47 PM - Arkady
I've read about steganographics - if what I've seen is true, it must be nigh on undetectable, no? (I know you don't know what I've read but you get the point.)
October 24, 2013 8:59 PM - Deleted
Do you often think about guys watching porn benson?


I know I'm trying to refrain from this but

Bwhaahahaah PWND.
October 24, 2013 9:21 PM - pepper
GE
October 24, 2013 9:25 PM - BirdnestHead
Well, steganography is good for concealment if no one's looking for it, but it's pretty easy to tell if there's a payload in a computer file. You know what type of file it is, so a decent analysis tool will tell you pretty much how big it should be, and if it's significantly bigger, then something has been concealed in it. Retrieving the payload is a whole nother story. There are so many different techniques, and that doesn't even include encryption...
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October 24, 2013 9:27 PM - BoerumHillScott
NSA people have been caught spying on both celebrities and girlfriends/ex girlfriends.

Another great evening out there.
Just got back from an 5.7 mile run.
October 24, 2013 9:28 PM - Deleted
I wonder if the guys at the NSA keep a PWN tally?
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October 24, 2013 9:34 PM - rf
Scott, I just read that runners will be able to use Green-Wood Cemetery tomorrow because Prospect Park will be closed. Not sure of the hours though.
October 24, 2013 9:34 PM - BirdnestHead
Oh, on the other hand, scrambling the concealed message, essentially destroying it's contents is pretty easy. If it's concealed in an image file, run the file through an image processor, like Photoshop or something, and change a few things like hue or sharpness. If it's in an audio file, kick up your audio editor and change the volume, or add a little echo.

Originally some DRM schemes were going to use steganography to embed copyright info, but that turned out to be too easy to break, so different methods evolved.
October 24, 2013 9:41 PM - BirdnestHead
In the interest of full disclosure, I was messing around with that stuff in the late 90's, things are probably way more sophisticated now.

I may have my head up my ass.

Just sayin'...:-)
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October 24, 2013 9:41 PM - BoerumHillScott
I can see a whole team at the NSA who have the job ob subtly editing porn files.
October 24, 2013 9:45 PM - BirdnestHead
Maybe that Paris Hilton sex tape had more in it than we thought...
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October 24, 2013 9:48 PM - Deleted
I imagine the NSA must be "Beavis and Butthead" meets the gang from "Big Bang Theory".

Hey, which celebrity do we want to see nude tonight?..hee-hee ..hee-hee.
October 24, 2013 9:51 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
GE

Welcome to Fall. Gloves cannot be far behind.

Have I mentioned that work is kicking my butt this week?

Have I mentioned that the use of the word 'disingenuous' seems to be on the rise? I've seen it used in a number of articles, all of which escape me at the moment.
October 24, 2013 9:52 PM - BoerumHillScott
Benson is a trendsetter.
October 24, 2013 9:52 PM - BirdnestHead
Ha, that sounds about right...:-)
October 24, 2013 9:52 PM - Deleted
"Have I mentioned that the use of the word 'disingenuous' seems to be on the rise? "

You're welcome!
October 24, 2013 9:53 PM - BoerumHillScott
I hope he gets a royalty payment each time it is used disingenuously :)
October 24, 2013 9:56 PM - BirdnestHead
The "Big Beavis" remark, not the trendsetter. I mean, not that Benson *isn't* a trendsetter...
October 24, 2013 10:00 PM - BirdnestHead
Saw an interesting blip recently about how cyber security job opportunities are going to be rising rapidly, but computer science students are not interested in that aspect of the digital realm.
October 24, 2013 10:03 PM - BirdnestHead
Bloody Red Sox, bloody Ortiz. Still, always fun to see one go over the Green Monster...
October 24, 2013 10:06 PM - BoerumHillScott
I know information security is growing where I am.

As I have said before, it does not seem like American born students are interested in Computer Science of any type.
October 24, 2013 10:06 PM - BoerumHillScott
And it is good night time for me.
October 24, 2013 10:08 PM - Deleted
"it does not seem like American born students are interested in Computer Science of any type."

That's been the case for engineering for a while, though I'm starting to detect a change.
October 24, 2013 10:12 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Where are the OT ladies, why am I alone in this sausagefest? Help!
October 24, 2013 10:12 PM - Partridge
Here is a bit more about Ulmer Park and its location.
"The park would open in 1893 in Gravesend Bay along the southern shore of Brooklyn — back when there was an actual shore — between Coney Island farther south and the more conservative Bath Beach resort community to its west. Ulmer Park seemed to have more in common with Bath Beach — clean, family friendly (keep Dad happy so he keeps drinking!) with a beer garden, carousels and swings, rifle ranges, a dance pavilion and of course plenty of beachfront property.
The park seemed to be particular popular with Germans — Ulmer after all was German, and this was a beer garden — and particularly the annual ‘Saengerfest’ festival. A Times article even claims that 100,000 gathered at Ulmer Park for the end of one such festival.
Ultimately, neither the resort at Bath Beach nor amusements at Ulmer Park could compete with Coney Island which was about to enter its golden age in the early 1900s; apparently, it was grit and decadence people wanted in their summertime Brooklyn getaways. Ulmer closed in 1899."

A legal document available online details that the pier was 1,600 ft long. Approximately 5 -6 city blocks long.

It was located on the water's edge between Bay 38th and Bay 40th Sts and Harway Ave which later traded names with now Cropsey Ave. That would place it where the Amusement Park and The Sanitation Department sites are now.
October 24, 2013 10:13 PM - pepper
haha. I'm here, but the geek boys were having a nice little chat, so I laid low...;o)
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October 24, 2013 10:14 PM - Partridge
View Across Gravesend Bay to Seagate, a 1905 painting by Thomas Satterwhite Noble.

This pier is far too short to be the same one.
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October 24, 2013 10:15 PM - Deleted
TLDR
October 24, 2013 10:16 PM - Deleted
H
October 24, 2013 10:16 PM - BirdnestHead
Don't like "geek". Prefer "techno-weenie".
October 24, 2013 10:16 PM - Partridge
I'm here too. I was doing research. Kinda, almost geeky!
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October 24, 2013 10:16 PM - pepper
and "geek boys" was meant affectionately...
October 24, 2013 10:18 PM - pepper
ok, fine, the techno-weenie boys were having a nice chat...
October 24, 2013 10:19 PM - pepper
dh never likes anything :p
October 24, 2013 10:20 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Interesting, LP. A little Bklyn history I had no idea about.

Do you know anything about the Swedish influx in the early 20th century?
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October 24, 2013 10:21 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Definitely 'geeky' ; ) but very enjoyable to read the fruit of your geekiness!
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October 24, 2013 10:21 PM - pepper
LP; a MM in the making?
October 24, 2013 10:23 PM - Arkady
When I was a kid we were called The Heath Kit Crowd.
October 24, 2013 10:24 PM - BirdnestHead
"Techno-weenie" just seems more friendly :-)
October 24, 2013 10:27 PM - Partridge
NO WAY! There is clearly only one MM!

But it was Benson who got it right and solved the mystery of the jutting land mass. I am so familiar with the bay that I was totally thrown off by today's POTD. I could have denied Coney Island first as I was SURE that was not Gravesend Bay. Also, Staten Island is obliterated by the light sky. Looks weird without Staten Island.
October 24, 2013 10:28 PM - rf
From what I understand, many, many students, male and female, go to college wanting to become engineers. It is very competitive: much harder to get into engineering programs than other programs in the same university. However engineering, including computer science, is HARD, and many college students change majors after a semester or two.
October 24, 2013 10:28 PM - Deleted
Hey now wait a minute! Most of that stuff was from the link I supplied.

I stand corrected about the location, though. Reason I thought it was further down is that if you look at older city maps, there was an undeveloped city park (since developed) that was called Ulmer Park, near the location I cited.

As I said before, I wish there were still places like Ulmer Park around.
Edited at October 24, 2013 10:28 PM
October 24, 2013 10:29 PM - Deleted
Gn. Heading to Chatham in the morning. Hopefully my A's will satisfy the Q's.
October 24, 2013 10:30 PM - BirdnestHead
"Geek boys" pretty friendly too :-)

Arkady, my boss was part of the Heath Kit Crowd. Still has a couple of Heathkit radios he built hanging about the shelves of his office. He keeps trying to talk me into getting a HAM license :-) Apparently you can get an entry-level license without the morse code test...
Edited at October 24, 2013 10:30 PM
October 24, 2013 10:30 PM - Partridge
I know nothing about the Swedes, Cobble. But that would mean that there should still be a few Swedish trunks in some Brooklyn attics right now. Would love to find me one!
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October 24, 2013 10:33 PM - BirdnestHead
Lotta female engineering students at the school I work at. Maybe 35, 40 percent.
Edited at October 24, 2013 10:33 PM
October 24, 2013 10:34 PM - Partridge
Hello? I credited you, didn't I?

My 'research' took me to several sites, Benson.
October 24, 2013 10:35 PM - BirdnestHead
Cardinals regain lead on a couple Red Sox errors and a base hit by ex-Met Carlos Beltran!
October 24, 2013 10:35 PM - Deleted
^^ Yes, posts crossed in the ether. Good night, all.
Edited at October 24, 2013 10:35 PM
October 24, 2013 10:35 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
". In 1855, nearly half of Brooklyn's 205,000 residents were foreign-born; about half were Irish, with the rest evenly divided between Germans and Britons. A second wave of immigration began in the late 1880s. People from Eastern Europe, including Russian Jews, Italians, and Poles, along with a mixture of Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, and Finns, filled the city."

Ok, answered my own question. But why did the Swedes (Norwegians, Danes and Finns) come here?
October 24, 2013 10:41 PM - BirdnestHead
Tired of pickled fish?
October 24, 2013 10:41 PM - Arkady
I used to 'ham' it up. An uncle & my grandfather were into it - I have their logs. I was pretty good w/ Morse (also semaphore). I recently built a crystal set w/ a nephew. Fun!
October 24, 2013 10:43 PM - Deleted
They were lured by property owners to show up with their pasty faces and raise the rent! much like modern eurotrash (bread knots if youre domestic)



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October 24, 2013 10:43 PM - BirdnestHead
Cool!
October 24, 2013 10:44 PM - Partridge
I know old Bay Ridge and Sunset Park were filled with Scandinavians, mostly Norwegians. They worked in shipping and had jobs on the docks there. Still many around. There is a Danish Club on 65th St. They had (have?) a small private restaurant. My parents tortured my brother and I by taking us there. We wanted spaghetti and meatballs. : (
October 24, 2013 10:45 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Pickled fish is enough to drive anyone far from home! Blech!
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October 24, 2013 10:47 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yes, this why I ask. I had a Swedish friend in HS ( we're still loosely in contact). When her parents divorced her father moved back to Bay Ridge to be near family.
October 24, 2013 10:47 PM - pepper
Plus, it's warmer here than in Scandinavia!
October 24, 2013 10:48 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
What is your heritage, LP?
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October 24, 2013 10:51 PM - Partridge
All Polish. Grandparents arrived in the 19teens.
October 24, 2013 10:52 PM - Arkady
Political turmoil & agricultural crash motivated many Scandinavians to move to US. Farmers went to N. Dak. & urbanites here. A niece of mine married into an old ND family & has regaled us w/ acquired cultural lore.
October 24, 2013 10:56 PM - Arkady
Also language. Uff da! is the Scandinavian equivalent of Oy veh! & can be used in the same way as expressing pleasure or irritation.
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October 24, 2013 10:57 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
What about you, pepper? What's your heritage?

I'm Northern European mutt.
October 24, 2013 10:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh good! We need more ways to express displeasure! : P
October 24, 2013 11:02 PM - pepper
I, too, am a Northern European Mutt; mostly of the German, Irish and British variety...
October 24, 2013 11:02 PM - BirdnestHead
Me too: English, Scottish, French, Dutch... Hybrid vigor :-)
October 24, 2013 11:04 PM - Partridge
And who could forget Rose Nylund (nee Lindstrom) from St. Olaf. A Norwegian farming settlement in northern Minnesota.
October 24, 2013 11:04 PM - pepper
I like Uff da. I hope I can remember to use it, in place of my usual "OY". Can I just say Uff?
October 24, 2013 11:04 PM - BirdnestHead
Man, whatever happened to World Series day games? These 8 o'clock games kill me...
October 24, 2013 11:06 PM - pepper
Is it The World Series you're watching? Isn't it a bit cold for the Boys of Summer?
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October 24, 2013 11:08 PM - Arkady
I don't think Uff works on its own - might be misunderstood to be Ooof. She gave me a cap & it says Uff da!
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October 24, 2013 11:10 PM - pepper
ok, I guess I can be asked to type the 2 extra letters... ;o)
October 24, 2013 11:10 PM - BirdnestHead
Yeah, and they're playing outdoors in Boston! Well, there's an extra round of playoffs these days, moves the Series to later in the year.
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October 24, 2013 11:12 PM - Arkady
I thought the pennant games were always around the same time school started.
Edited at October 24, 2013 11:12 PM
October 24, 2013 11:14 PM - BirdnestHead
Holy Shit, the Cardinals closer is just throwing 98 mph fastballs!
Edited at October 24, 2013 11:14 PM
October 24, 2013 11:15 PM - pepper
Brrrrrr.

Arkady, I'm depressed by what seems to be the steep acceleration of loss of daylight. Where are we at, just now? I'm already eagerly awaiting the winter solstice...
October 24, 2013 11:16 PM - BirdnestHead
Damn! Struck out the side in bottom of ninth inning with just eleven pitches, and the last one was at 99! Cardinals win.
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October 24, 2013 11:17 PM - Arkady
10 hours, 42 minutes of daylight now. Ick.
October 24, 2013 11:18 PM - Arkady
Yes, days are getting shorter on the order of 3 minutes a day I think.
October 24, 2013 11:18 PM - BirdnestHead
Not for a while now, RK. Penant games start beginning of Oct now...

Night all :-)
October 24, 2013 11:20 PM - Arkady
Well I've turned on the heat & put the eiderdown on the bed. That ain't baseball weather!
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October 24, 2013 11:24 PM - pepper
days are getting shorter on the order of 3 minutes a day I think.

I'ts been really noticeable, the last week or so. I don't like it... :o(
October 24, 2013 11:29 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Me neither. I liked it when it was still daylight when I left the office.
October 24, 2013 11:30 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm beat...off to sleep...

G'nite, All.
October 24, 2013 11:32 PM - Partridge
Well, the mornings are about to get lighter. November 3rd.
October 24, 2013 11:33 PM - Partridge
Me too, night-night!