weekend ot
March 29, 2014 8:05 AM - RowerChick
It's a topsy-turvy sunset at the forte

March 29, 2014 8:12 AM - RowerChick
Okay. That's better.
March 29, 2014 8:31 AM - Cobble B. Hiller

Rower, is the PoTD photo upside-down on purpose or by accident?
Edited at March 29, 2014 8:30 AM
March 29, 2014 8:32 AM - DeLepp
lurking r'andi, thanks for the recommendation about salted caramel yogurt, tasty!
March 29, 2014 8:44 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
R'andi, how's b'randi? Let's see her Spring wardrobe! : )

Speaking of which, there is a Japanese mom with a little girl on my street. I see them most mornings. That little girl has most fabulous wardrobe of winter coats & regalia. I can't wait to see what cool outfits her mom has in store for Spring!
March 29, 2014 8:48 AM - dibs
GM. Slept in this morning.
Edited at March 29, 2014 8:48 AM
March 29, 2014 8:51 AM - dibs
DeLepp, did you say you like Grand Budapest Hotel? It's at BHC
March 29, 2014 8:54 AM - DeLepp
I did like it. Very visual, quirky, and hilarious at times.
March 29, 2014 9:01 AM - dibs
March 29, 2014 9:01 AM - dibs
I'll have to say, rf's daughter's tattoo is much larger than I expected.
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March 29, 2014 9:04 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yes, tattoo is big, I guess expected it to be 1/2 or even smaller.
March 29, 2014 9:09 AM - dibs
Well, didn't expect 1/2"
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March 29, 2014 9:11 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
It's also showing at the CHC. I think we might go this evening.
Edited at March 29, 2014 9:11 AM
March 29, 2014 9:12 AM - DeLepp
I like the design but larger than expected. Pretty bold kid.
March 29, 2014 9:14 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
No, not 1/2", but maybe 2-3" wide. But it's quite detailed and likely wouldn't render well if it were smaller.

Yes, she committed herself full on. Have to give her that.
Edited at March 29, 2014 9:15 AM
March 29, 2014 9:15 AM - petebklyn
whats wrong with this one, RC and BHS? outdoor space not on same level as apt or my block isn't nice enuf for you?
Edited at March 29, 2014 9:15 AM
March 29, 2014 9:17 AM - dibs
Neighbor issues, I assume.
March 29, 2014 9:21 AM - DeLepp
7 of 9 units owned by the sponser may cause concern.
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March 29, 2014 9:22 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cripes, I went to that school (seen out the window) for 6th grade. It was pretty ghetto. And now 40 years later...who would have ever dreamed...
March 29, 2014 9:22 AM - dibs
And brand new construction is an issue, as always.
March 29, 2014 9:25 AM - petebklyn
not so brand new......already 6 years old and they seem to be looking at new stuff.
Yeah, the sponsor owning could be problem. They listed all but then the financial crisis hit and they rented them out instead and surprised have not switched back to selling now. What could the 2 private owners do
to force them to sell?
It is a small building but I think done well. The top floor unit had 2 great outdoor spaces....huge setback terraces.
March 29, 2014 9:29 AM - petebklyn
school was all board of ed offices for years when I moved to block in '86. Eventually they converted 1 floor for overflow from John Jay. Then later converted whole building to high school. A smaller one and really not much of problem. Past few years the kids enter from Warren St. which makes it even better.
Also no neighbors at night across street that can see into your windows.
Attractive school building and well-maintained.
March 29, 2014 9:36 AM - dibs
OK….thought it was new being largely sponsor owned. Six years is enough of a break in period but NOT if everything ifs sponsor owned and problems not really being reported!!!!
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March 29, 2014 9:44 AM - BirdnestHead
Curious: judge certified $800million class action against Apple n 5 others on Friday, for conspiring to price-fix e-books. Is that a big problem for Apple? They have lots of money, and a fanatical consumer base. Would we expect a dip in their stock price? Are they "Teflon coated" w respect to something like that?
March 29, 2014 9:46 AM - dibs
The more disturbing issue is "Apple n(sic) 5 others"

How many more players are there??? Isn't 6 enough????? I really doubt that all 6 got together and conspired. Did the others NOT get the message and not raise their prices??? They are about 1/2 the price of an iPad

I expect no stock price reaction. Some do-gooder, Democrat no doubt, judge.
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March 29, 2014 9:46 AM - BirdnestHead
WRT school, I interviewed there a while back when the fledgling School Construction Authority's office was in that building.
March 29, 2014 9:49 AM - BirdnestHead
Have no idea on virtues of case, other 5 not named in the article. Judge Denise Cote.
March 29, 2014 9:51 AM - dibs
Judge Denise Cote.

Woman. Probably doesn't understand the technology. :)
March 29, 2014 9:55 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I have to say though, I do still remember my english teacher from 6th grade. She was a b*tchy person. Can't remember any others. It's just as well. Do remember "public service" film they made us watch about rats! Horrifying!!
March 29, 2014 9:56 AM - dibs
People saying Apple may have to pay $850 MM which is 2% of cash and St investment holdings and 6% of last QUARTER Net Income, so no, there will be no stock response downward
March 29, 2014 9:57 AM - BirdnestHead
Looked her up, fairly impressive career, tech experience. Appointed by Bill Clinton at one point, so probably toxic as far as some are concerned. Still, decisions seem fairly balanced...
March 29, 2014 9:58 AM - dibs
I think i had Miss Hynes in 6th grade. She lived down the street from us and later had to be institutionalized after she went a bit berserk at Mass once
March 29, 2014 9:59 AM - BirdnestHead
Yeah, had a feeling this might not be a big deal for them. Attorneys probably salivating over potential windfall legal fees...
March 29, 2014 10:00 AM - dibs
Yes, class action attorneys are on par with personal injury attorneys. Just there to bilk the system. Like Shelly Silver's firm
Edited at March 29, 2014 10:00 AM
March 29, 2014 10:04 AM - petebklyn
you read about the silicon valley tech companies conspiring not to hire computer programmers out from under each other? ----effort to keep their salaries lower.
March 29, 2014 10:05 AM - BirdnestHead
K, thx for info. I may have to go do something. Hope the rain holds off for a few more hours...
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March 29, 2014 10:06 AM - dibs
Actually I think an agreement between firms not to poach each others' staff is perfectly legitimate.
March 29, 2014 10:09 AM - petebklyn
I think GM scandal with the ignition problem could cause long term damage for them. Really is disheartening but unsurprising how dishonest and unconscionable corporate leaders are. Especially after the government rescued their butts.
March 29, 2014 10:13 AM - dibs
Automakers have never been good long term investments, for many reasons. Pharmaceuticals a lot more so and a lot more ethical, no pun intended. The J&J Tylenol thing is still used as a B-school case study.
March 29, 2014 10:20 AM - BirdnestHead
Saw an interesting film a while ago, "The Corporation". Conclusion was that if a corporation was a person, it would be psychologically classified as sociopathic. Seems like the actual goal of any corporation is to make money and perpetuate itself. Providing quality goods and services a means to an end, not an end in itself. When corporations discover they can downgrade quality and still profit, quality gets downgraded. At some point, when quality too poor to retain customers, the quality will get increased, or the customers will switch to a competitor that still offers quality. Perfectly fine and free-market. Many times, creative advertising used to manipulate perceptions of quality. Thus it ever was, and will be, the race to the bottom...

Ignore me, it's cloudy and chilly...
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March 29, 2014 10:25 AM - sixyearsandcounting
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March 29, 2014 10:27 AM - petebklyn
"Ignore me, it's cloudy and chilly..." -- we can do that no matter what the weather.
March 29, 2014 10:28 AM - dibs
Was that a Michael Moore movie???

Yes, even with private corporations like Mars who has raped America by reducing the number of M&Ms in a package.
Edited at March 29, 2014 10:32 AM
March 29, 2014 10:31 AM - dibs
Without corporations focused on profitability, cash flow and dividends, Pete & I could not be living the comfortable retirements that we are growing accostomed to.
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March 29, 2014 10:35 AM - petebklyn
here's article rob might be interested in:
Breastfeeding-Friendly Restaurants Get Ratings in NYC

March 29, 2014 10:37 AM - MontroseMorris

You make good sense BnH. We would never ignore you.
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March 29, 2014 10:37 AM - dibs
If breast feeding is allowed in restaurants, cocksucking should at least be allowed in the bathroom. Most places it is though.

March 29, 2014 10:40 AM - petebklyn
although seems many large corporations are really operated for the benefit of top management enrichement rather than for stockholders or regular employees:

as this Wintergreen is making charge against CocaCola.
March 29, 2014 10:41 AM - BirdnestHead
Hah, Pete. No not Michael Moore, it's an actual documentary. Goes through the history of the concept of incorporation, up to modern times. Sociopathy neither bad nor good, just about adjusting one's expectations of corporate behavior.

2003, IMDB it.
March 29, 2014 10:42 AM - dibs
"it's an actual documentary."

It can't be a good one unless randi did the editing
March 29, 2014 10:44 AM - dibs
That's why I look for corporations where management is incented through heavy stock ownership.

GE's Immelt just put his entire cash bonus into shares at market prices.

Most of my HK & Singapore holdings are heavily owned by management who take only a token salary. In HK, dividend income is practically tax free.
March 29, 2014 10:45 AM - MontroseMorris
Speaking of breast feeding, a woman out West somewhere was at a restaurant with friends and she had her baby with her. She drank a beer during the course of the time they were there, and then began breast feeding her child. The waitress called the police to have the woman arrested for child abuse. The police came and made a "judgement call" and arrested her, to the horror of everyone around them. Further investigation showed that the woman was not an alcoholic, or a substance abuser, and only drank socially once in a blue moon, and for that matter, only had that one beer. A doctor came out saying that an occasional drink wouldn't hurt the baby in any way, and people had been having an occasional drink and breast feeding for centuries and there was no adverse affect. (Duh). The case was dismissed, and the waitress who called the cops got fired. Good.

There's a disturbing 1984, Big Brother style American Taliban developing in this country, and it's rather scary.
Edited at March 29, 2014 10:45 AM
March 29, 2014 10:47 AM - dibs
I think someone posted that here last week, MM. Truly ridiculous. Political correctness rum amuck. We know which side that comes from!!!!

(condescendingly making it political to bait MM)
Edited at March 29, 2014 10:51 AM
March 29, 2014 10:47 AM - BirdnestHead
Well, what else would one expect? There will always be a proportion of the population that focuses exclusively on short-term gains. The population of CEOs and managers would be no different.

One would also expect that allowing an industry comprised of corporations to self-regulate according to law would always be ineffective. Such an industry would self-regulate to maximize profit.
March 29, 2014 10:50 AM - BirdnestHead
There's a reason Guinness Stout is called "mother's milk" recommended by doctors to increase the nutrients transferred during breast-feeding.

We live in a country of idiots. Speaking of which, there's another film, called "Idiocracy"...
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March 29, 2014 10:51 AM - dibs
Besides, as DeLepp says, he was weened on vodka and Dorals and look how well he turned out.
March 29, 2014 10:52 AM - dibs
And I on whiskey sours and Carlton's (if she was even smoking Carlton's back then, I think not, probably Luckies)
March 29, 2014 10:55 AM - Deleted
There's a disturbing 1984, Big Brother style American Taliban developing in this country, and it's rather scary.

I agree with that, but screw the woman breast feeding in a place where food is prepared. Breast milk is a BIOHAZARD. No ifs and or butts about it.
It should not be allowed with 100 feet of anything food related. Why is this such a hard concept for people to wrap their heads around? Dave is right, it is no different than if people started sucking sucking each others cocks. Can't smoke a cigarette in a bar, but some cankle queen can whip out her deflated flap jacks and proceed to introduce biohazardous material into the air and people are supposed to be okay with that. ok. And I wish I had my phone on me earlier when I was walking the dog. TEN fucking beardo clones and two meghans all carrying a shelf. a SHELF. one shelf.

March 29, 2014 10:56 AM - BirdnestHead
Vodka martinis and Marlboros...
March 29, 2014 10:59 AM - Deleted
Besides what's a little fetal alcohol syndrome when they're all already diagnosed with ADHD and Autism by the time they are 12 anyway?

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March 29, 2014 11:00 AM - BirdnestHead
Lol, rob! I think what you witnessed re shelf was just some hipster group-sex.

I'm not complaining until they start squirting indiscriminately. Meanwhile, I'll just be jealous of the little tykes...
March 29, 2014 11:01 AM - dibs
Pepper….Anthong Bourdain in Croatia on Travel channel now
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March 29, 2014 11:06 AM - BirdnestHead
Don't forget Asperger's, so popular these days they decided to lump it in with autism...
March 29, 2014 11:06 AM - dibs
And peanut allergies.
March 29, 2014 11:10 AM - dibs
LOL…Anthony Bourdain makes joke but it may not be that far off….a white truffle finding app for an iPhone!!!
March 29, 2014 11:10 AM - Deleted
Dave and BnH: So get this shit. I am playing mario kart and I heard gurgle gurgle goop goop gurgle gurgle and the dog is acting strange like there's something behind the wall and im deep in a race and kinda ignoring it and at the same time thinking it's just random sounds from the game that I am picking up on that I havent really noticed before or something. ugh. half an hour later turn off the tv and I still hear the sound, the dog has his nose right up to my large fish tank which is weird cuz the tanks are never on his radar, I finally notice the drop in the water level and it hits me what's going on -- a giant crack in the back of the tank! Immediately scooped out Miley Virus and got him situated in temporary shelter housing. It's not bad housing, it's a very nice heavy duty classic fishbowl that I think is 3 gallons, so bigger than my 2.5 gallon tanks the other fish live in, but I feel bad putting Miley from a 10 gallon tank into a 3 gallon on. He seems fine though.

I knew that tank would eventually crack. I found it on the street last summer. It's on floor level and I elevated all wires and cords in my room in preparation for this event (don't want to get electrocuted).

If you've noticed, I have directed this post at just two persons. I will only be posting from now on addressing people directly to avoid the eye rolling tards and intentional conversation changers as not to avoid any confusion.
March 29, 2014 11:15 AM - dibs
Not sure why it would crack like that. Acquarium glass is pretty thick. usually the older ones leakaround the edges and can be caulked. Good thing you were home when it happened.
March 29, 2014 11:21 AM - Deleted
DAVE: I'm not sure either. Fish tanks do crack though. I bet it's probably because it's a 10 gallon tank that I empty and refill (by emptying, then dragging into the tub, then refilling it with buckets after bringing it back into my room). I guess doing this every week will compromise the strength. I know I should just get filters and stuff, but I like changing the tanks more and one betta fish in a 10 gallon tank... filters and stuff seems like overkill.

March 29, 2014 11:22 AM - MontroseMorris
Not today, Dave.

Rob, yes, I am addressing you. Your hatred for women is showing once again.
March 29, 2014 11:25 AM - dibs
rob, as long as it is slightly raised above the level of the top of the tub, you just run a hose from it to the drain and start a siphon by sucking on the drain end until the flow starts. Just buy a long length of that plastic tubing. Pretty cheap.

I always stored water in one of those big water coler containers that I stole from the office. need to store water a few days so that the chlorine evaporates.
Edited at March 29, 2014 11:29 AM
March 29, 2014 11:25 AM - dibs
Fleetwood Mac coming to MSG soon, BnH.
March 29, 2014 11:26 AM - BirdnestHead
Si, rob, glad you were there and Miley is safe!

Has the Miley show happened yet?

I wish I could get tickets to Rock Hall of Fame show, Hall n Oates going in, one of my guilty pleasure faves...

BTW, good call on the wires!
March 29, 2014 11:29 AM - MontroseMorris
BnH, one of my friends in London is good friends with Darryl Hall. Didn't he buy and historically recreate a 17th century home somewhere in New England? I think I saw a video or a program on tv about that. He was fanatical about having everything just so. Fortunately, he can afford to be picky.
March 29, 2014 11:29 AM - BirdnestHead
Hmmm. Not a huge fave, but nice, and I do like Stevie Nicks, pretty with that great "whiskey and cigarettes" bluesy voice...
March 29, 2014 11:30 AM - Deleted
Rob, yes, I am addressing you. Your hatred for women is showing once again.

MM: Oh please. I do not hate women, but because of various circumstances, I find that they hold zero value. Excuuuuuuse me for being proud of not being pussy-dependent.

March 29, 2014 11:30 AM - petebklyn
"start a siphon by sucking on the drain end until the flow starts." -- I don't think he'd be into that. autosexual and all.
March 29, 2014 11:30 AM - MontroseMorris
James Taylor is playing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in June. One of my all-time favorites.
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March 29, 2014 11:31 AM - dibs
I thought you were the one who told us about the Daryll Hall renovation show, MM
March 29, 2014 11:32 AM - BirdnestHead
Not sure 'bout London. He does do a fun webcast, "Darryl's House", where he does some great duets with a really wide range of musicians...
March 29, 2014 11:32 AM - MontroseMorris
Rob, you hate women. Every statement you make about women confirms that. It's not news, it's just fact.
Edited at March 29, 2014 11:32 AM
March 29, 2014 11:33 AM - MontroseMorris
I remember we talked about it, but don't remember that I brought it up. It was a cool house.
March 29, 2014 11:34 AM - BirdnestHead
James Taylor, another great voice!
March 29, 2014 11:34 AM - dibs
Or SPAC as it is known to us who grew up in upstate NY
March 29, 2014 11:36 AM - MontroseMorris
Well, Dave, if I had said SPAC, only you would have known what I was talking about. That's not very friendly.
March 29, 2014 11:36 AM - Deleted
MM doesn't know what the word hate means. She'll just keep flinging the same accusation over and over and over.

March 29, 2014 11:37 AM - BirdnestHead
Hall n Oates can afford stuff because they're the best selling duet of all time, with the most #1's. Besides keeping the Philly sound alive. Quality and fun, at the same time. John Oates very under-rated as a guitarist...
March 29, 2014 11:38 AM - Deleted
And FYI MM, Hating is not the same thing as finding ZERO VALUATION IN A GENDER. Not going to be sorry for not worshipping the stank feet of womenhood. Like I said, zero valuation.

March 29, 2014 11:38 AM - MontroseMorris
I remember seeing Chicago at SPAC way back when. My friend's father drove us 2.5 hours to get there from where we lived. I 88 wasn't finished then.
March 29, 2014 11:39 AM - dibs
Isn't it I87?
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March 29, 2014 11:39 AM - MontroseMorris
Yeah, rob, keep digging.
March 29, 2014 11:42 AM - petebklyn
no - I87 or the thruway been around - but I88 goes from binghamton to schenectady..and connect to I87
March 29, 2014 11:43 AM - Deleted
MM, please do me a favor, and find zero valuation in any of my posts, and shoo. Go knit a sweater or something. There are you happy, a misogynist post!
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March 29, 2014 11:43 AM - dibs
Oh, from Binghmton. Who cares about those people out there?
March 29, 2014 11:44 AM - Deleted
Grrrrr! Once again, I try posting again only to be clambashed once again. I wish Randi would come back.

March 29, 2014 11:44 AM - petebklyn
I went with friends to saratoga concert probably 1970. Forget who saw there. Maybe went a couple times.
But I don't think they called SPAC then. That whole trend of giving everything initials/name came much later.

March 29, 2014 11:45 AM - sixyearsandcounting
I would love to go to the Fleetwood Mac show...maybe the last time they'll be touring together given that McVie is 70 years old. Unfortunately I'll be living in Abu Dhabi as of mid-August.
Edited at March 29, 2014 11:45 AM
March 29, 2014 11:46 AM - MontroseMorris
No, rob. This is everyone's OT. If you write shit, expect a blowback. If you don't want my comments, or anyone else's, or expect everyone to ignore you because you are you, and special, please - feel free to start your own blog and post your crap there. Maybe you'll find like minded fans.

And by the way, knitting is not a gender specific activity. Nice try, but FAIL.
March 29, 2014 11:48 AM - MontroseMorris
And I don't think Randi would agree with you.
March 29, 2014 11:49 AM - petebklyn
might be therapeutic for rob....
March 29, 2014 11:52 AM - dibs
"SPAC" isn't read out letter by letter as an acronym, it's pronounced "spac"
March 29, 2014 11:53 AM - petebklyn
I really can't listen to stevie nicks sing anymore without thinking of the southpark episode goat episode.
Edited at March 29, 2014 11:53 AM
March 29, 2014 11:53 AM - Deleted
And by the way, knitting is not a gender specific activity. Nice try, but FAIL.

Actually the fail is on you really. Hey is wiping your ass gender specific enough for ya? Now shoo out of my site line please, I can't waste energy responding to your inane accusations today, MM.

March 29, 2014 11:54 AM - dibs
rob's worst nightmare…the subway knitting hipster...
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March 29, 2014 11:56 AM - dibs
OK…later…headed to Henry St Ale House for lunch and then a 1:45 showing of Budapest Hotel
March 29, 2014 11:57 AM - petebklyn
holy moly....somebody gave us a bottle of angel champagne for a gift and I was almost going to bring it with us to
a friends b'day party tonight. But googled it. Hell --- I might sell it on ebay!
March 29, 2014 11:58 AM - Deleted
Dibs, I have nothing against knitting. I only told MM to go knit a sweater because of her constant accusations that I am a misogynist women hater. So throw an obviously misogynistic statement out there at her of GO KNIT A SWEATER and she comes back with the but but but "knitting not a gender-specific activity, fail!" :/ What I did goes right over her head. Someone really needs to verify her ivy degree; chary as hell on that one.

March 29, 2014 12:00 PM - rf
Interesting reading the commentary on my daughter's large tattoo. Not so interesting reading the woman hate.
Edited at March 29, 2014 12:00 PM
March 29, 2014 12:03 PM - petebklyn
does daughter realize that elephant is symbol of republicans? this could be a serious rebel you have on your hands.
March 29, 2014 12:03 PM - dibs
Oh, come on rf, what's a Saturday morning without some good ole fashioned woman hate?????
March 29, 2014 12:03 PM - BirdnestHead
Barclays, $500 apiece for shitty seats :-(
March 29, 2014 12:05 PM - dibs
Pete, we discussed the elephant symbolism. Maybe you were in Fl in the old age home at the time
Edited at March 29, 2014 12:05 PM
March 29, 2014 12:06 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Useful advice for germaphobes about flying:


But #27 is particularly important:
Women: if you pack a toy in your bag, take the batteries out. Because if I’m loading your bag, and I hear it vibrating I have to tell my lead. Then my lead has to come pull you off the aircraft and you have to open your bag and turn off your toy in front of a bunch of giggling grown ass men."
March 29, 2014 12:06 PM - petebklyn
I thought you left for your luncheon and matinee.
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March 29, 2014 12:06 PM - dibs
I suspect, like Bushwick and Atlantic Center Mall, I wil NEVER go to Barcalys. I do have a Us Airways miles Barclays credit card though
March 29, 2014 12:08 PM - petebklyn
a nice luncheon I bet....
March 29, 2014 12:09 PM - Deleted
Women-hate. Get the fuck over yourselves. Not everyone has to fall to floor and accept the mother-goddess whatever bullcrap. Guess what REAL equality means? It means the possibility that people are still going to call out flaws, it means the possibility that certain kinds of men (AND women) are going to hold zero value for what you hold of value, and for sure there's going to be dissent in a binary gender system. But yeah, keep on blaming your suck on all those haters.

March 29, 2014 12:09 PM - sixyearsandcounting
It won't be a US Airways miles card for much longer.
March 29, 2014 12:09 PM - petebklyn
went out to lunch last friday in saugerties and saw a big table of Red Hat Society there.
March 29, 2014 12:12 PM - dibs
Miles will become part of One World or whatever it's called. I just used 305,000 of my United miles for first classs round trip to Asia. Using AMEX miles for Hong Kong hotel.
March 29, 2014 12:13 PM - MontroseMorris
Rob, if I thought it would piss you off to sit on this blog all day, I would. But because I have better things to do than watch a grown man continue to make a fool out of himself, I'm outta here. You are welcome to verbally piss on yourself and everyone else who tolerates it all day. I'm quite secure in my knowledge about my educational credentials. You, on the other hand, have not yet passed Basic Social Skills 101.

March 29, 2014 12:14 PM - Deleted
FYI, MM, I could sue your ass for libel. So step off, don't tempt me cuz I could use the money. I actually find it disgusting to accuse people of such shit on the internet. You are basically creating a composite profile of someone that is now FOREVER ETCHED IN STONE ON THE FUCKING INTERNET. Of all people, you should know this considering the shitheads you deal with over on twatstoner - your name will always come up in google searches now with fucked up shit said about you.

March 29, 2014 12:19 PM - rf
I told her about the elephant-republican connection but she said this is an entirely different kind of elephant, plus she is not going to let such a malicious, vicious political party usurp such a beautiful animal for their malevalent purposes (well, not exactly those words, but I'm sure you get the gist).

She did mislead me about the size of the tattoo (she says she just didn't mention that she had decided to make it bigger) but I'm still not going to throw her out because of it. I did make her promoise to think just as long before she gets another one (if she decides to get another one) as she did for this one, and to note the reactions of the adults in her life (like teachers who have seen it) before she decides. But it is what it is.
March 29, 2014 12:22 PM - Deleted
RF: she can color it in with a red marker and it will look like a port wine stain (whatever that skin disorder is), or color it brownish black and it will just be a big mole.

not going to let such a malicious, vicious political party usurp such a beautiful animal for their malevalent purposes

LOL. Such tolerance!

March 29, 2014 12:22 PM - dibs
Skipping right past all the MM / rob crapola
March 29, 2014 12:23 PM - Deleted
I think it's a great looking tattoo though btw.

March 29, 2014 12:24 PM - MontroseMorris
You can't sue me for libel, ignoramus, because I didn't say or do anything libelous. Look up the definition of libel. And you talking about negative profiles on the internet is hilarious. YOU have created your own profile, and it ain't pretty. And it's quite a long profile at that. Good luck, there.
March 29, 2014 12:24 PM - dibs
Ughhhhhh...looks like family day here at henry st ale house. Fucking carriages parked all around my front window seat. No breast feeding yet
March 29, 2014 12:29 PM - pepper
Are you getting the nachos?
March 29, 2014 12:29 PM - Deleted
Ew, Dave. Throw jelly packets and crumpled up napkins or something into the strollers. If they constantly find enough detritus in their precious strollers, they will get the hint. Or not, they are not a particularly aware-of-others' space lot.

March 29, 2014 12:30 PM - dibs
Yes. They better fucking be good
March 29, 2014 12:31 PM - Deleted
Oh, and MM do NOT keep calling me Rob. Or I will be forced to refer to you by your real name from now on as well.

March 29, 2014 12:31 PM - dibs
Especially for $13+ with chicken. I'm very circumspect ( and circumcised)
March 29, 2014 12:33 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Make sure you call the cops on any breastfeeders, Dave.
March 29, 2014 12:34 PM - Deleted
I would be pissed as hell if I was paying 13 dollars for nachos only to be surrounded by strollers. Man up dave, make a stink *misogynist voice there*!!! And take some pictures!

March 29, 2014 12:35 PM - dibs
I just told bartender that story and he had heard about it
Edited at March 29, 2014 12:35 PM
March 29, 2014 12:36 PM - pepper
If you don't like them, blame CGar. I hope there are enough toppings for the bottom chips.
Edited at March 29, 2014 12:36 PM
March 29, 2014 12:37 PM - dibs
He also rolled his eyes when I asked if it was family day
Edited at March 29, 2014 12:37 PM
March 29, 2014 12:37 PM - Deleted
Oh shit, I think I found Randi

March 29, 2014 12:38 PM - MontroseMorris
It's your NAME, ROB, one that you have put out there since Day ONE. You signed every post with *rob*. You've posted documents with your full name and address on them, posted pictures of yourself, and posted where you work and live. If you were concerned about your cyber identity, you outed yourself years ago. Now you're a cyber virgin? Don't make me laugh.

Edited at March 29, 2014 12:40 PM
March 29, 2014 12:38 PM - Deleted
OMG, I fucking can't. I gotta get outta the house.

March 29, 2014 12:39 PM - Deleted
MM, you've now crossed the line.
March 29, 2014 12:42 PM - Deleted
"she is not going to let such a malicious, vicious political party usurp such a beautiful animal for their malevalent purposes "

Once again I say: some people need a hobby.
March 29, 2014 12:45 PM - dibs
Don't worry. If they aren't he' all never hear the end of it
March 29, 2014 1:01 PM - dibs
I won't be having them again. I better relax before I comment further
March 29, 2014 1:02 PM - dibs
I mean what the fuck lead me to listen to two Jews about nachos.
March 29, 2014 1:03 PM - pepper
March 29, 2014 1:05 PM - dibs
So two Jews walk into a bar and order nachos....
March 29, 2014 1:08 PM - dibs
March 29, 2014 1:08 PM - Deleted
Dave, be careful. You are going to be accused of being an antisemite!
Edited at March 29, 2014 1:08 PM
March 29, 2014 1:11 PM - dibs
I detected s hint of curry in the chicken. CURRY in fuckin nachos
March 29, 2014 1:14 PM - dibs
And now there's a baby crying. What an awful saturday
March 29, 2014 1:16 PM - rf
Benson, you seem to be lacking in the satire/irony/hyperbole-detecting skill.
March 29, 2014 1:21 PM - rf
Yesterday at 5 I got a call from my stepmother's aide that she was having trouble breathing and called 911. I left the house just as they left in the ambulance. Of course it was Friday rush hour and raining so it took me 1.5 hours to get to the hospital. The ER was crazy-busy and she didn't see a doctor for at least 2 hours, then another 2 hours before they took bloodwork, another 1 hour before she got the EKG and another hour before the doctor came back (mild case of pneumonia) and they didn't discharge her with a prescription until midnight. I didn't stay to fill the prescription--they dosed her last night and it's a one-a-day med. I got home at 1 and couldn't find a fucking parking spot for half an hour. Fortunately my tattooed licensed-driver daughter is going today to fill the prescription and deliver it.
Edited at March 29, 2014 1:21 PM
March 29, 2014 1:23 PM - Deleted
Dave, download something on your phone that sounds like a loud baby screaming. Play it whenever there's a rude baby (rude parents really) ruining the atmosphere. If the corny parents say anything just tell them how you love nothing more than screaming crying kids when you are out eating.

Edited at March 29, 2014 1:23 PM
March 29, 2014 1:23 PM - dibs
I may never order nachos again
Edited at March 29, 2014 1:23 PM
March 29, 2014 1:27 PM - pepper
drama queen.
Edited at March 29, 2014 1:27 PM
March 29, 2014 1:29 PM - Deleted

Edited at March 29, 2014 1:29 PM
March 29, 2014 1:45 PM - rf
So Rob, when did you tell us that it was unacceptable to post your name? And in your estimation, is it only unacceptable for MM to post it?

Libel? LOL!

March 29, 2014 1:51 PM - Deleted
I said it was unacceptable about 10 posts ago. If you keep posting my name ALL YALL names will be all over the internet so fast your head will spin. Don't mess with me.

Edited at March 29, 2014 1:51 PM
March 29, 2014 1:52 PM - MontroseMorris
And if you do that, you'll be gone so fast, your head will still be spinning hours later. Who the hell do you think you are, anyway?

March 29, 2014 2:02 PM - Deleted
Someone who no longer puts up with other peoples' bullshit accusations online.

Edited at March 29, 2014 2:02 PM
March 29, 2014 2:12 PM - MontroseMorris
The only bullshit around here is emanating from you, Rob. And please, your life has been an open book on this and every other site you've posted on for YEARS. We know more about you than anyone else on this OT. You can't pull your cyber burqa on now, and start crying that someone's invaded your privacy. You CHOSE to reveal all kinds of details about yourself, no one else spilled the beans, or asked for any of the details. You'd do well to change the subject totally, and leave this one alone, because if it's a problem, it's one of your own making.
Edited at March 29, 2014 2:12 PM
March 29, 2014 2:23 PM - Deleted
Nope. You are wrong. My identity is on a moratorium, and anything after the post I made requesting you stop using my real name from here on out is considered slander. If you continue to ignore my request, swift but efficient action will be taken.
Edited at March 29, 2014 2:23 PM
March 29, 2014 2:27 PM - Deleted
[[i am not serious btw]]

just stop using my fucking name here.

that is all

Edited at March 29, 2014 2:27 PM
March 29, 2014 2:29 PM - rf
So what are you asking (note that I said asking, lol slander) us to call you? DFB? Dudley Fish Beta?

(Still no excuse for you to use our real names)
Edited at March 29, 2014 2:28 PM
March 29, 2014 2:34 PM - MontroseMorris
You want to be called DFB? Fine, ASK us to call you DFB. You don't go making threats of lawsuits, which is laughable beyond belief, and you don't go threatening people. Get some social skills, you are not special, or entitled to special treatment because you have issues.

And calling you by your name is NOT slander in anyone's law book.
Edited at March 29, 2014 2:35 PM
March 29, 2014 2:37 PM - Deleted
There is no reason for you to be addressing me for ANY reason whatsoever in the first place, so there is no need to be referring to me by ANY name. None of my posts today were directed toward either of you. Learn to mind your own business in such situation.

Edited at March 29, 2014 2:37 PM
March 29, 2014 2:39 PM - RowerChick
Okay dibs
Do you think you could top off a proper burger with this?

March 29, 2014 2:44 PM - rf
Ok, mm, time to ignore the troll.
March 29, 2014 2:50 PM - pepper
disgusting, rower.
March 29, 2014 3:00 PM - Partridge
Wonderful visit from wonderful people on this beautiful. And yes(!), there was coffee involved. I love humans.
Edited at March 29, 2014 3:00 PM
March 29, 2014 3:01 PM - petebklyn
does snappy know about that squeeze thing?
March 29, 2014 3:07 PM - petebklyn
What a Dump. http://www.corcoran.com/nyc/Listings/Display/3177714#

They can't be serious about this price. If totally redone with every bell and whistle and expanded I wouldn't find it so nuts.
March 29, 2014 3:24 PM - BirdnestHead
Holy Shit! 2.9M for that?! Man!

Only George Steinbrenner would cough up that kind of dough for that kind of place.
March 29, 2014 3:27 PM - BirdnestHead
Wow, is it really possible that a purchase price that high be associated with real estate tax so low?
March 29, 2014 3:29 PM - MontroseMorris
Yeah, you are right rf. It's like expecting a sensible reply from a brick wall. My apologies to brick walls.
Edited at March 29, 2014 3:29 PM
March 29, 2014 3:30 PM - MontroseMorris
That squeeze bacon is disgusting!
Edited at March 29, 2014 3:30 PM
March 29, 2014 3:32 PM - BirdnestHead
Ha, rc. ThinkGeek had some caffeinated bacon-flavoured chewing gum awhile back. They are the king of weird bacon merchandise. The gum was gross, btw...
March 29, 2014 3:32 PM - rf
Location, location, location. Love the yard pictures (not!)! But very deep lot.
March 29, 2014 3:38 PM - BirdnestHead
Good times...
Edited at March 29, 2014 3:38 PM
March 29, 2014 3:39 PM - BirdnestHead
No biohazard here...
Edited at March 29, 2014 3:39 PM
March 29, 2014 3:39 PM - BirdnestHead
Selfies not always bad...
Edited at March 29, 2014 3:39 PM
March 29, 2014 3:41 PM - BirdnestHead
Just messing with you, dfb...
Edited at March 29, 2014 3:41 PM
March 29, 2014 3:53 PM - rf
So many initials here with d's--DIBS, DCB, and now DFB.
March 29, 2014 3:56 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Where's pepper with her sausage pic?
March 29, 2014 3:58 PM - pepper
I have it right here. But no Heidi, no sausage (nh)...
March 29, 2014 4:00 PM - rf
I don't think these photos are in the same category as the one that inspired Pepper to post the sausages.
Edited at March 29, 2014 4:00 PM
March 29, 2014 4:00 PM - rf
Jinx, Pepper.
March 29, 2014 4:02 PM - pepper
jinx, rf.
March 29, 2014 4:10 PM - BirdnestHead
Edited at March 29, 2014 4:10 PM
March 29, 2014 4:15 PM - BirdnestHead
Never mind, cobble 'splained it to me...

Or, I suppose as she's better known, Cobble the eye-rolling tart :-)
March 29, 2014 4:15 PM - DeLepp
pete, that is a developer price, are their height restrictions? I don't think that block is landmarked.
March 29, 2014 4:20 PM - MontroseMorris
They had bacon everything at the Troy Pig Out last summer. Just give me my crispy bacon with some eggs, French toast or pancakes, or on a BLT. Don't get creative.
Edited at March 29, 2014 4:20 PM
March 29, 2014 4:22 PM - MontroseMorris
Most of Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill are not landmarked. People might be surprised to learn how little.
March 29, 2014 4:23 PM - MontroseMorris
More easily read bacon.
Edited at March 29, 2014 4:23 PM
March 29, 2014 4:27 PM - BirdnestHead
Bacon in clam chowder is good, if not mandatory. Me n my sweetie gonna go do something.

Later, gators...
March 29, 2014 4:33 PM - rf
I had a nice BLT on Fairway baguette this morning. The bread was a little hard (nh) but I fried it in a little butter. Nom!
March 29, 2014 5:06 PM - DeadCatBounce
"D"s of the world unite!
You have nothing to lose but your blog.
March 29, 2014 6:00 PM - rf
Jeopardy 50th anniversary next week. Alex Trebek retiring after 30+ years next year. John McCain was a one-day champion in 1965.
March 29, 2014 6:14 PM - BoerumHillScott
Dropping in for a moment.
Having a busy-ish day.
Ran with my son this morning, and only got somewhat wet.
Been setting up a new computer I get yesterday. Windows 8 is annoying, but the 8.1 update makes it slightly less so.
Survived Costco.
Been having good video game time with my son.

Pete, we have out eyes on that place too. My only complaint is that that it has great private outdoor space, but it is not connected to the unit.
Edited at March 29, 2014 6:14 PM
March 29, 2014 7:12 PM - rf
Louis C-K on SNL. I miss DH and Slopefarm!
March 29, 2014 7:42 PM - MontroseMorris
I like Louis C-K. I also miss Slopey and DH. Come back, guys!
March 29, 2014 7:57 PM - ilovestoops
me, too!
Edited at March 29, 2014 7:57 PM
March 29, 2014 8:35 PM - BirdnestHead
Arg! Wonderful date with my cutie-pie, nice movie, nice supper, ran into some friends at movie, the short people at Restaraunt, everything hunky-dory...

Upon leaving restaurant, discovered that some revolving dickwadded fucktard had stolen my umbrella from the umbrella-stand!!

Beyond the pale. Over the line. Symptomatic of what this neighborhood and nation have become. Just another place full of greedy entitled assholes, who think of nothing but their own self-aggrandizement.

Rot in hell...!!!!
March 29, 2014 8:39 PM - DeadCatBounce
Hey BnH, thanks for the 'brella.
March 29, 2014 8:39 PM - BirdnestHead
Oh no, not an accident, not an innocent case of mistaken identity, my umbrella was HUGE, with a very oddly shaped handgrip. No, this dastardly act was intentionally perpetrated. Out-fucking-rageous!!!
March 29, 2014 8:40 PM - BirdnestHead
Oh. Oh, of course. No prob, dcb...
March 29, 2014 8:46 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
The indignity of it all!!...and the Rite Aid was picked clean of manly umbrellas...it was sad.

But despite that we had a lovely date night! Grand Budapest Hotel is worth every second. Loved it! But I'm a sucker for everything Wes Anderson does. Just delicious!
March 29, 2014 9:17 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"my umbrella was HUGE"

That's what all guys say, BnH.
Edited at March 29, 2014 9:17 PM
March 29, 2014 9:45 PM - RowerChick
Anybody have a good site/source for chair caning (nh)? One if my dining chairs has been rendered useless.
Edited at March 29, 2014 9:45 PM
March 29, 2014 9:51 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Caning is what they do in Singapore, RC.

But I'm sure MM knows about where you can get a good caning (for chairs, not bodies).
Edited at March 29, 2014 9:51 PM
March 29, 2014 10:46 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yeah, DIBS would probably be the one to ask about caning bottoms. ; )
March 30, 2014 8:13 AM - BirdnestHead
Good coffee this a.m. Hope it doesn't rain too much, dcb hasn't returned my umbrella yet.
March 30, 2014 8:15 AM - dibs

I've seen caning places up in NH but not aroind here.

[ignoring Cobble's snotty remark]
March 30, 2014 8:16 AM - dibs
So douchebag, errr randi sent this to me. I'm worried he's developed a mancrush on me.

Edited at March 30, 2014 8:20 AM
March 30, 2014 8:25 AM - dibs
"Upon leaving restaurant, discovered that some revolving dickwadded fucktard had stolen my umbrella from the umbrella-stand!!

Beyond the pale. Over the line. Symptomatic of what this neighborhood and nation have become. Just another place full of greedy entitled assholes, who think of nothing but their own self-aggrandizement."

That sort of thing wouldn't happen in Brooklyn Heights and, I dare say, wouldn't happen in Bed Stuy either.
March 30, 2014 8:27 AM - BirdnestHead
That is hilarious!! dfb has finally done something beneficial! And the suggestions seem quite practical :-)
March 30, 2014 8:31 AM - BirdnestHead
You are so right, dibs! I say put up the barbed wire, machine gun nests, expel anyone who's lived here less than 15 years, and man the barricades!!

"Those people" need to go back to whatever miasmal dunghole spawned them.
March 30, 2014 8:35 AM - BirdnestHead
Looks like copper pots lines are going away. AT&T n Verizon feel like maximizing some more profit.

Not a good thing for anyone but them.
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:35 AM
March 30, 2014 8:38 AM - dibs
Don't sit there wringing your hands and gnashing your teeth like a whining left wing, tree hugging socialist, go buy some stock. T yields 5.2% and VZ yields 4.5%. It wouldn't take a lot of shares to pay your connectivity and telephony bills that you self-entitled sorts need for all your precious devices.
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:41 AM
March 30, 2014 8:41 AM - Legion
Good Morning people of the OT. :o)

I was in Connecticut yesterday and saw a real, live, wild Bobcat!
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:41 AM
March 30, 2014 8:43 AM - dibs
A bobcat??? Really? I get coyotes and foxes in P-Town but never seen a bobcat. Cool.

He looks like Howard.
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:43 AM
March 30, 2014 8:45 AM - BirdnestHead
Pots lines provide "last line of defense" for emergency communications, particularly in rural areas. Unless you want to count ARRL radio. WSJ article.
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:45 AM
March 30, 2014 8:46 AM - dibs
Marketing Brilliance…..Williams Sonoma has transformed candy corn from not just a Halloween treat to Easter as well...
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:46 AM
March 30, 2014 8:47 AM - BirdnestHead
Nice kitty...
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:47 AM
March 30, 2014 8:48 AM - Legion
It was very cool dibs,
was checking out a property in Northwestern, CT.
The realtor told me it might have been a coyote, but I know exactly
what I saw.
I did some research and found out that they are indeed
found specifically in NW CT. There's even a website about them. Hard to spot though.
This one was on a rocky ridge, up the side of a hill. He was too fast
to take a photo of but the one I posted is exactly what it looked like.
Grayish fur, white short undertail, about 2-3 times the size of a housecat.
March 30, 2014 8:49 AM - BirdnestHead
Transformed or just a new coat of paint? Lewis Black claims last candy corn batch during WWII, recycled since then.
March 30, 2014 8:50 AM - dibs
Actually, inside my Bucks Co. house, I can't really use my cell phone very well and need the POTS line. But if I go out front on the bridge, I can. Do you have any recommendation for those sorts of signal boosters? I think my neighbor has one.
March 30, 2014 8:55 AM - Legion
I love the smell of candy corn.
It brings me right back to walking into Woolworth's
and encountering all those scary masks lining the walls.
I also recall how they always had a pet section in Woolworth's
with about 3 tanks of goldfish and 2 tanks of hamsters.
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:55 AM
March 30, 2014 8:57 AM - BirdnestHead
No reccies other than that such things do exist. Small cell phone repeater stations. Don't know particular brands. I assume they're FCC approved for residential. We had to put several in our new office building cuz some moron architect covered the whole thing in a gigantic steel Faraday cage!
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:57 AM
March 30, 2014 8:59 AM - dibs
Chef Michael Symon's Mutton, Veal & Pork tattoo
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:59 AM
March 30, 2014 9:01 AM - dibs
Legion, don't forget those pet turtles...
Edited at March 30, 2014 9:01 AM
March 30, 2014 9:05 AM - BirdnestHead
Here's a link to cell phone repeater info:

March 30, 2014 9:08 AM - Legion
...ohhh, yes,
they did have turtles too! I totally forgot about that.
Edited at March 30, 2014 9:08 AM
March 30, 2014 9:10 AM - BirdnestHead
Used to get little turtles in Chinatown...
March 30, 2014 9:14 AM - DeadCatBounce
Legion, NW CT is where my country house is. Specifically, Bantam Lake.
Highly recommend this area.
Maintains unspoiled rural character, still good bargains to be found, litchfield and Washington have lots of charm, and property taxes are more reasonable than NY.

March 30, 2014 9:15 AM - DeadCatBounce
Found bobcat tracks in the snow, but haven't seen it yet.
March 30, 2014 9:17 AM - BirdnestHead
Cupcake ATMs made me think back to when there were the Horn n Hardart Automats. More fun than a slot machine! Was in an after school play group that would take us to one, back in the early '60s...
March 30, 2014 9:22 AM - Legion
yes, I remember you posting about the area.
Bantam Lake is great with the preservation/convervancy there.
The landscape is really beautiful up there.
Incredible amount of state parks and definitely more reasonable
with the property taxes for comparable travel distances to NYC.
March 30, 2014 9:25 AM - BirdnestHead
Hey man, can I get my umbrella back now?
March 30, 2014 9:25 AM - DeadCatBounce
Legion, if you are in the area and want to stop by, let me know.
Although I haven't been up there much due to crushing work schedule.
March 30, 2014 9:29 AM - dibs
DCB, that boat you posted looks nice. How long is it (nh)? Have you sailed before, taken any classes?
Edited at March 30, 2014 9:29 AM
March 30, 2014 9:39 AM - Legion
Thanks DCB.
Will do.
March 30, 2014 9:41 AM - dibs
The $383.00 Paint Job . . .

1949 Cadillac, completely covered with 38,295 pennies!
They were affixed one by one using Silicone. They added
over 200 pounds to the vehicle's weight. The entire project
took 6 weeks. The pennies are American, and include
an 1817 "Big Cent", two Error Pennies, and four 1943 Steel
pennies; (but who's counting?).
Edited at March 30, 2014 9:41 AM
March 30, 2014 9:43 AM - dibs
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep
their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need
to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed
the road.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just
want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us
or against us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image
of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it!
It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am
not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must
first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the
other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by
not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants
to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and
take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can
just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet
been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his
eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going.
I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a
certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the
chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth?
That's why they call it the 'other side.' Yes, my friends, that chicken was gay. If you eat
that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this
abomination that the Liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like 'the
other side.' That chicken should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told
us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to
the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious
case of molting, and went on to accomplish it's lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2014, which will not only cross roads, but
will candle new eggs, file your important nests and balance your chicken inventory. Internet
Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2014. This new platform is much more stable and
will never lose a chicken crossing the road.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath
the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?
March 30, 2014 10:01 AM - MontroseMorris

That's pretty funny, Dave.

Legion, the bobcat is cool! Nice kitty!
March 30, 2014 10:03 AM - BirdnestHead
Carl Sagan: to join the billions and billions of chickens on the other side of the road.
March 30, 2014 10:04 AM - MontroseMorris
Aren't "error pennies" really valuable? Why would you put them on that car, which is pretty cool, I must say. Same with steel pennies and the 1817 penny.
March 30, 2014 10:07 AM - dibs
Yes, I thought the same thing about the error pennies. Steel pennies are not. The rarest and most valuable Lincoln head penny is the 1909-S VDB marked penny…about $3000.00
Edited at March 30, 2014 10:08 AM
March 30, 2014 10:11 AM - dibs
I need to learn more about Polynesian culture.
Edited at March 30, 2014 10:11 AM
March 30, 2014 10:19 AM - Cobble B. Hiller

DIBS, it wasn't meant to be snotty, it was meant to be amusing...as in...DIBS probably has a Bangkok story about places to go to get your bottom caned!

Now I have to hurry or I'll be late for my early brunch date.
Edited at March 30, 2014 10:19 AM
March 30, 2014 10:28 AM - dibs
Cobble, Bangkok is not in Singapore.
March 30, 2014 10:28 AM - dibs
And early brunch is very 99%
March 30, 2014 10:34 AM - DeadCatBounce
Sailboat I posted yesterday is a "Lightning" class. It has been produced continuously since 1938. 19' long. Gorgeous lines, serious racing boat, but complicated.
I am going to look at one today but think I am going to have to set my sights on something more day sailor friendly.

The picture below is of a "Flying Scot", which was first produced in 1958.
Much simpler, and family friendly. But of course, not nearly as exciting to sail.
March 30, 2014 10:46 AM - DeadCatBounce
Been sailing since I went to sailing camp as a kid.
In junior high I used to have a "420" sailboat that I kept at city island.
Definitely not the right boat for an old geezer.
Edited at March 30, 2014 10:46 AM
March 30, 2014 10:48 AM - dibs

Edited at March 30, 2014 10:48 AM
March 30, 2014 11:15 AM - DeadCatBounce
"420" - was hoping to lure DH or Randi.
Boat was named at a time that 420 referred to metric length.
March 30, 2014 11:30 AM - Deleted
DCB: that boat looks awesome. I was toying with the idea of splurging (which I can't afford though) on para sailing gear for this summer lol. Not really going to happen now though :( Where do you sail?

DIBS: I adopted a dog yesterday! And I didn't have to deal with shelter asswipes who think the dogs they are trying to get adopted are fucking magical leprechauns or something. I was walking to Prospect Heights to feed my roommate's boyfriend's cat and I decided to stop into gamestop on 7th ave first. Ugh, well it closed down. That kinda made me sad and angry cuz there's really not many businesses in this neighborhood that cater to people like me in the first place. A few blocks up from there though is a yuppified PetSmart, I think it's called PetSmart:Unleashed or something. It was pouring raining and I look in through the window and see a dog with an adopt me sign on his person so I stopped in.

This was his last weekend before being put down and they were desperately trying to find another person to at least foster him. Long story short, I filled out the paperwork, the dog is getting neutered on Monday (they are paying for it) and I should get him sometime next week. I came back home and picked up my roommate's dog and brought him over so they can meet and they got along great (might be a different story in the apartment though, but they said I can bring him back if it doesn't work out, but I'm certain it will).

He's really cute. 1 years old, pitbull / greyhound mix named Gino (lol since my roommate's dog's name is Bocce). He was found abandoned in prospect park and severely malnourished a few months ago. He's young enough to be molded into something great. I am going to see about getting him licensed as a therapy dog. That part seems a little far fetched and probably ridiculously hard, but if anything the shelter said they always need volunteers (though truth be told ive contacted many shelters in nyc over the years to volunteer and NEVER hear back from them, and sometimes get automated responses saying how overwhelmed they are with volunteers. People generally prefer volunteering with animals instead of people, I don't blame them)

My roommate is cool with the idea and we're always talking about getting him a new friend, but was never sure just how ready I was for a new dog. It all went down so fast last night, and i'm worried it was extremely impulsive. Not as impulsive as calling up those people in the bronx off craigslist a few months ago though to purchase a pitbull puppy(what was I thinking!?)

I love my fish and all, but sometimes conversating with them is like talking to a wall.

March 30, 2014 11:37 AM - dibs
WOW, rob…that sounds great. Bringing Bocce to meet him was a good idea. Hope this works out well. Got a pic?
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March 30, 2014 11:49 AM - Deleted
DIBS: I was so caught up in the whole thing I didn't even think about taking a pic. They told me he's on various shelter webpages though. I tried searching and I don't think I came up with anything though that was him. There's a flyer I can take a picture of they had at the store but the last few days I can't seem to get my computer to recognize my phone anymore. Maybe I can do it at work tomorrow. In the flyer though, it looks like they tried to make him look like a dog he is definitely not. It's 4 pictures of him with different scarves on :/ lol, I didn't judge when I saw that, I realized they were probably just trying to snazz him up for a targeted demographic and stuff, but no dog of mine will ever be wearing a scarf in 60 degree weather.

March 30, 2014 11:59 AM - Deleted
YAY! Just got confirmation!

Hi R*b,

That is so sweet of you to stop by again with a better leash/harness for Gino. We left shortly after 4pm, so I guess missed you then.
We are so thankful and excited about your interest in fostering/adopting Gino. It really eases our minds that there is great option waiting.
As we mentioned, Gino is getting fixed tomorrow, and depending on the quickness of his recovery we would like to have you and him spend more time together to see how everything works. Also, any other members of your household will need to meet him first and show their approval -- I think it's safe to say that Baci already does.

I will be in touch with you in the next couple of days. If we can arrange a get-together in the evening sometime this week.

Again, thank you so much for offering him a home. That is an amazingly generous gift for a doggie like Gino.
Let's hope this all works out.

Talk to you soon,


March 30, 2014 11:59 AM - dibs
Sounds great. I hope it works out.
March 30, 2014 12:22 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
DIBS! Lighten up, dude!
March 30, 2014 12:26 PM - dibs
Cobble, learn some geography!!!!
March 30, 2014 12:32 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
DIBS, who the ef cares! yusocrabbybro? : P
March 30, 2014 12:37 PM - dibs
You sound drunk. I guess brunch was good.
March 30, 2014 12:55 PM - rf
Brunch was lovely!
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March 30, 2014 12:55 PM - MontroseMorris
Is it miserable and rainy downstate? We've got a steady drizzle going on. Not enough to be real rain, but cold and wet. London weather.
March 30, 2014 1:06 PM - BirdnestHead
Absolute Coffee, Atlantic tween Smith n Hoyt.

Latte: good foam, average espresso. Don't go out of your way. They talk a good drip game, will try it at a later date.
March 30, 2014 1:07 PM - rf
Not actually precipitating right now but looks like it will any minute, with heavy rain predicted for later. 46 in Brooklyn.
March 30, 2014 1:09 PM - Partridge
I found pictures and a video of Gino.Looks adorable. Do you want me to post?
March 30, 2014 1:11 PM - rf
Why is it ok for Dave to use your name without you pitching a fit, DFB?

Congratulations on the puppy!
March 30, 2014 1:11 PM - dibs
March 30, 2014 1:15 PM - Partridge
I wasn't asking you. Was speaking to he who must not be named.
March 30, 2014 1:17 PM - dibs
"pitching a fit"

LOL. Haven't heard that one since my grandmother was alive.
March 30, 2014 1:20 PM - MontroseMorris
Yes, because posting as "r*b" would be a mystery to all but the greatest of cryptographers.
March 30, 2014 1:23 PM - Deleted
Sure, post the pic. Would like to see if it's him. Speaking of grandmothers, I bought a plane ticket last week to South Carolina. It was surprisingly easy and took only 10 minutes. Opted for that instead of the train. I'm going to be her date to a wedding. Her deceased son's kids' mother is getting married in Charleston on the 4th of July so i'm spending 5 days down there. It's as close to a vacation as I can take for the time being.
March 30, 2014 1:25 PM - Deleted
lol, MM.

This whole dog thing has shifted my severe misanthropy (just a bit). I hope this works out.

March 30, 2014 1:25 PM - ilovestoops
I only know one person other than me who still has a landline. It's because I was always told that they work even if there's no electricity. Where I'm from, cell phones didn't work in town but it may have improved in the last couple of years. I knew the pots were going away, but didn't know it would be so soon.
March 30, 2014 1:25 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"1 years old, pitbull / greyhound mix named Gino (lol since my roommate's dog's name is Bocce)"

Congrats, DFB. I wonder what Benson has to say about the choice of names!
March 30, 2014 1:26 PM - dibs
Nothing like having a pet to make other humans more tolerable, rob.
March 30, 2014 1:28 PM - ilovestoops
dud - hope all goes well with the new dog - would love to see pix.
March 30, 2014 1:29 PM - Partridge
March 30, 2014 1:29 PM - rf
I know people with landlines and more with combo tv-internet-phone from the cable company or FIOS. Sound quality is always better on the non-cell phone. Since my hearing isn't what it used to be, I often ask them to call me back on the regular phone if they are home. Of course I only have a cell phone myself!
March 30, 2014 1:33 PM - MontroseMorris
Hope so, whatever you are calling yourself. The dog sounds great.
March 30, 2014 1:35 PM - MontroseMorris
He looks like your old dog. He has a sweet face.
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March 30, 2014 1:38 PM - Deleted
Thanks for finding that Partridge.
March 30, 2014 1:38 PM - dibs
Beautiful dog. Looks very friendly too.
March 30, 2014 1:40 PM - Deleted
His current foster parent said he will work with me at the park on off leash hours. They mentioned how much he loves the off leash hours in the park in the morning and will show me how to do that. I've always been uneasy having a dog off leash. My roommate takes his dog there every morning as well.
March 30, 2014 1:41 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Oh, academia...

March 30, 2014 1:45 PM - Deleted
I thought that link was going to be about that summer course at skidmark college this summer on Miley Cyrus.
March 30, 2014 1:50 PM - MontroseMorris
Thinking about switching to Time Warner for internet. Verizon sucks. They don't have any new wiring up here, the copper wiring is deteriorating throughout the system, and my internet has never worked right since I've been here. Anyone have TW internet?
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March 30, 2014 1:52 PM - Deleted
Use TW internet here. Pretty reliable. I don't download stuff though or use things that take up a lot of bandwith (well maybe playing wii online, never ran into a problem with that)

March 30, 2014 1:52 PM - pepper

Really cute dog, Dudley (may I call you Dudley?). Congrats! I love that he's a 50 lb lap dog. :o)
March 30, 2014 1:59 PM - MontroseMorris
I watch Netflix movies every once in a while, like once or twice a month, and download a lot of books and files for research, but those don't take up a lot of bandwidth. But it's taking so long to upload or download anything now, I can't stand it. It's working like the old dial-up. I've spent hours on the phone with Bangalore, and the tech came out, but couldn't find anything wrong. Bxgrl, upstairs has no problems at all.
March 30, 2014 2:13 PM - rf
Do you have a router? If so, where is it?

March 30, 2014 2:22 PM - MontroseMorris
I have a wireless router, which is hooked up next to my computer and a phone jack. The signal is strong.
March 30, 2014 3:03 PM - rf
If bxgrl is getting her internet without problems via your router, it sounds like the problem may be with your computer. Ugh.
March 30, 2014 3:18 PM - MontroseMorris
No, Bxgrl has her own separate account and hook up. My computer is pretty new, too, bought it last June. My computer works fine on her internet, so there's something wrong with the line.
March 30, 2014 3:23 PM - dibs
Does bxgrl's computer work on your WiFi????
March 30, 2014 3:26 PM - MontroseMorris
Her equipment is all too old, she doesn't have a wi-fi compatible computer. They are all hardwired.
March 30, 2014 3:27 PM - Deleted
Does Bxgirl ever change the WiFi name to "rent_is_due"? lol sorry.
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March 30, 2014 3:50 PM - dibs
All new Vanilla Ice Project Sat at 10:00 on DIY
March 30, 2014 4:02 PM - sixyearsandcounting
lol dfb

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March 30, 2014 4:56 PM - sixyearsandcounting
World migration flows - largest are Mexico to USA and India to UAE:

March 30, 2014 5:02 PM - dibs
I've expereinced a lot of flow from Mexico.
March 30, 2014 5:22 PM - Deleted
Are there a lot of convenience stores in the UAE?
March 30, 2014 5:25 PM - dibs
Stereotyping, benson????

March 30, 2014 5:27 PM - Deleted
You betcha!
March 30, 2014 5:32 PM - Deleted
I have a thing for indian candy stores (sorry never called them convenience stores growing up) they were called candy stores. I spent the half of my childhood I wasn't spending in boiler rooms in them.

March 30, 2014 5:37 PM - Deleted

The word "candy store" conjures up a different image in my mind, from when I was a kid. They were different than the Indian 7-11/convenience store. They were a combo of a soda shop, a luncheonette and of course, they sold candy. They were also always named after the proprietor. In my neck of the woods, there was "Lenny's" and "Teddy's".
March 30, 2014 5:37 PM - Deleted
I was changing fish tanks today and Destynni has gone from a meek scared fish to a tiger!

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March 30, 2014 5:38 PM - Deleted

Who is the person in your avatar?
Edited at March 30, 2014 5:38 PM
March 30, 2014 5:43 PM - Deleted
The candy stores I hung out in as a kid were mostly for lottery, cigarettes, candy, cake, potato chips, and cashing checks. Oh yeah and porno magazines. That was the best perk of being friends with indian kids whose parents owned candy stores.. access to the best porn. My mind boggles if I try to imagine the kind of access we have to porn now compared to back then.. scary thought.

March 30, 2014 5:44 PM - Deleted
It's Miley in one of those 30 year age generated pictures hahaha. So it's supposed to be what she looks like at 50.

March 30, 2014 5:44 PM - dibs
No one will remember who she is when she's 50.
March 30, 2014 5:44 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
The candy store I went to was Mario's. Where Brucie restaurant is now. The had most of the packages or pieces of candy in the carton they came in, on a shelf or table/counter with the lids torn off. They also sold newspapers, magazines, and comics. Soda, chips, oak tag, markers and crayons and pens, loose leaf paper, a few cheap notebooks, probably cigarettes - but I wasn't paying attention to them at that point. The candy was every kind, usually 5 cents or a quarter. I'm pretty sure they didn't sell beer.
March 30, 2014 5:47 PM - dibs
I can't remember the name of the one we went to. It was on Colvin Ave in Albany. There's a good one in Provincetown with fudge, taffy and a lot of retro candies including sugar babies and mallow cups.
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March 30, 2014 5:48 PM - Deleted

That describes the candy stores of that era to a "T", including the display of the candy in the box they were shipped.
March 30, 2014 5:48 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Thunder in Ditmas Park.
March 30, 2014 5:50 PM - dibs
I just heard it here too, Six. I need to head to Houston St in about 20 minutes to take X and some of his friends out to dinner.
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March 30, 2014 6:07 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Pouring here in Boring Hill! And lightening!! Thunder!
March 30, 2014 6:07 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Bright flash of lightning followed very quickly by thunder. Storm must be close by.
March 30, 2014 6:07 PM - Deleted
Just saw lightening outside my window and i am on the ground floor and the view is a brick wall.
March 30, 2014 6:07 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Poor BnH is out without an umbrella!
March 30, 2014 6:09 PM - Deleted
Glad im resting today instead of being caught out there on rollerskates.

March 30, 2014 6:22 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I think Mario's also sold ice cream pops, and ices, but not all the fancy kinds we know today. Good Humor was de-luxe! And there was a little truck that came around during the summer. I remember the guy's change counter, and I wish I could remember his name.

It broke my heart to see Mario's close, and then more recently Jim & Andy's produce market. Pieces of my childhood, landmarks, I miss them.

Benson, do you recall Ebel's? Ice cream and Soda counter with a few booths, small menu of lunch items, and the fancy gifty/candy counter in the front? The gift case had boxes of Whitman's samplers, and stuffed animals, and gift baskets, I think. It was next to the funeral home - Cusimano, next to what was Sal's Hardware store, but is now his son's Cobble Hill Clean Center, I think. On the block of Staubitz.
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March 30, 2014 6:22 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Years ago during a severe summer storm I unplugged my laptop because I was worried about an electrical surge. A few minutes later lightning struck across the street from me. It was amazingly bright, filling up my bedroom, and sparks shot out of the wireless router on my desk. The router still worked though!
March 30, 2014 6:39 PM - petebklyn
I had a hardscabble childhood. never enough extra for treats like candy, ice cream or porn magazines.
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March 30, 2014 6:41 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
The migration maps are fascinating, Six. I especially like the interactive map at the end, showing changes over time.
March 30, 2014 6:53 PM - dibs
Up the hill both days to school and back, Pete???
March 30, 2014 7:00 PM - Deleted
ugh. real name and address spewed in one post, rf?

March 30, 2014 7:01 PM - Deleted
And being a bodega narc?

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March 30, 2014 7:13 PM - rf
When I lived in Dyker Heights (1979-83) there was a corner store called Tony's. In addition to all the features mentioned by Benson, Tony took numbers. When I moved to Park Slope after that (1983-89) I remember seeing corner stores like that on 5th Ave. where the candy was definitely metaphorical window dressing for the true business going on.
March 30, 2014 7:13 PM - rf
Edited. And I am talking about ancient history.
March 30, 2014 7:14 PM - rf
It is hard to remember your new concern for your identity after all these years.
March 30, 2014 7:15 PM - rf
Cobble and bnh, are you going to watch The Good Wife tonight so we can discuss?
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March 30, 2014 7:19 PM - BirdnestHead
Hungry Ghost coffee, Flatbush n 6th Ave.

Latte: good foam, excellent espresso.
Very good drip.
March 30, 2014 7:23 PM - BirdnestHead
Yes, rf, we will watch. A bit delayed, due to NCAA tournament. Airtime probably 9:20...
March 30, 2014 7:36 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Hey, DFB...you might want to do a search on this site to see your name EVERYWHERE, and all your personal info, too.


March 30, 2014 7:42 PM - BirdnestHead
Wow, just saw 60 Minutes segment of birth of IEX. Surprised the founder hasn't been assassinated Michael Clayton-style...
March 30, 2014 7:45 PM - Deleted
Mind your own business, Cobble.

March 30, 2014 7:47 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Lol. Your trolling is baloney.
March 30, 2014 7:56 PM - rf
R*b, everything anyone posts here is the business of everyone here.
March 30, 2014 7:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm imagining rob sitting on the floor in front of his netbook, slack-jawed at our temerity! But...but...but...!! : P
March 30, 2014 7:59 PM - MontroseMorris
We're on Good Wife watch, as well.
March 30, 2014 8:01 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Excellent! We can mull it all over later!
March 30, 2014 8:02 PM - DeLepp
Great band at Union Sq station, trumpet, trombone, alto sax, tenor sax and drummer. Had the place hopping. Musician at Metropolitan was folksy and sad.
March 30, 2014 8:03 PM - Deleted
I do not give it any thought, trust me. But if it gives you pleasure to think so well then have it.

March 30, 2014 8:03 PM - Deleted
Well rent is due in 2 days.

March 30, 2014 8:05 PM - Deleted
R*b, everything anyone posts here is the business of everyone here.

No, it's not.
March 30, 2014 8:07 PM - rf
You're a fool if you think otherwise.
March 30, 2014 8:14 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Speaking of bodegas, attn Cat Ladies - vote for NYC's best bodega cat:

March 30, 2014 8:16 PM - Deleted
What is so hard to wrap one's head around when someone politely requests that you DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE them in any way? Pretty pathetic if one is not able to do that. I am so tired of everytime I am posting for a few days cobble has to interject her opinion directly to me about me. Just fucking ignore me as I do not want to engage you in any way.
March 30, 2014 8:21 PM - petebklyn
so don't engage then! you have no self-control...admit it. You'll feel better.
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March 30, 2014 8:26 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ok, ROB, you're on ignore. Bye-bye.
Edited at March 30, 2014 8:26 PM
March 30, 2014 8:27 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Lol...Pete nails it, as usual.
March 30, 2014 8:52 PM - BirdnestHead
Was warning a friend of mine about the first sign of a coming avalanche. I remember, a while ago now, maybe ten years or so, seeing an odd-looking fellow playing a ukulele in public. Admittedly, I never really enjoyed the sound of a ukulele, but since one never really heard a ukulele outside of old Don Ho movies, or the occasional Tiny Tim appearance on T.V. I was not immediately concerned about the possible re-emergence of public ukulele playing as a viable means of expressing musical ideas. Looking back, I am appaled by my naïveté, and my tardiness at taking appropriate counter-measures against the onslaught of forlorn ukulele playing hipsters.

Well, a few days ago, I witnessed a chilling harbinger of worse things to come. A young bearded man was playing an accordion in my local subway station during morning rush hour. How he had managed to avoid violent chastisement by the teeming mass of cantankerous workers trapped in his sonic assault while waiting for their train to arrive is beyond me. Perhaps some early morning mass numbness and disbelief at what they were witness to was the only possible explanation.

At any rate, I remembered hearing a young girl playing an accordion at the 2nd Ave F train station a while back. Since she was wearing a beret, and playing some vaguely Parisienne sounding melody, I paid it no heed at the time.

But this man was not French, nor playing a French tune, nor even a Polka, just a cover of a generic pop tune. Most irritating. Most alarming. An early sign of a grisly popularity soon to come.

However. My main concern, or frisson, is not so much legions of accordion players roaming the city, as awful as that would be. Accordions are, after all, quite expensive to purchase, difficult to learn to play, and very heavy to carry around. No, my worry is:


Yes, you heard it here first. Mark my words. Lightweight, cheap, and easy to abuse, the concertina is our next musical hipster tragedy.

You've been warned...
March 30, 2014 8:57 PM - Partridge
harbinger. lolzzz.
March 30, 2014 8:59 PM - DeLepp
oh dear, my nephew has 3 accordions and is playing with 3 girls for the shadfest in Lambertville during May. He is 15
March 30, 2014 9:00 PM - Deleted
They've been prancing around as literate hillbillies for quite some time now. There's not really any rednecks in nyc to knock any sense into them unfortunately.
March 30, 2014 9:05 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Thank heavens he plays the accordian, and not a concertina, delepp!

This really was an assault. I bore witness alongside Birdie. If I were a violent person, and prone to shooting people...he'd've been a goner... ; )
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March 30, 2014 9:07 PM - BirdnestHead
Sorry, DeLepp. At least Lamertville is out of ears reach.

Lord, dfb, surely not so soon? Hipsters with concertinas attempting to inject irony into old sea-shanties? Say it ain't so!
Edited at March 30, 2014 9:07 PM
March 30, 2014 9:11 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Lol Bnh (harbinger), that was excellent!
March 30, 2014 9:12 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I don't mind accordions per se - was this guy just really bad?
March 30, 2014 9:15 PM - BirdnestHead
Not bad, really, but insipid and LOUD.
March 30, 2014 9:45 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Was it really bad?! It was 9 o' clock in the morning! Sweet baby geezus! Yes, it was BAD!!

New Rule: No f*cking loud instruments in the subway before Noon!! : P
Edited at March 30, 2014 9:46 PM
March 30, 2014 9:58 PM - Deleted

I don't recall that place. I did know the Cusimano's well, however. I went to school with one of them, and later on I got to know Dominic Cusimano. I heard that he recently sold the parlor on Court St. to developers, and that he is moving to Manhattan.


Are you speaking about the Tony's on 13th Ave, near the post office? My first apartment was in Dyker Heights, directly across the street from that post office, from 1981 to 1985, about the same timeframe. There was a Tony's across the street, which was the neighborhood hangout and yes, it was clear that the toys and such were a sideline, as most of them had dust on them. One day on a whimsy, my wife bought one of the Donald Duck figurines, and the guy was shocked that someone actually purchased one.
Edited at March 30, 2014 9:58 PM
March 30, 2014 10:03 PM - rf
No, it was on the corner of 81st St. and 7th Ave.
March 30, 2014 10:07 PM - Deleted
Oh, ok. I don't remember that place.
March 30, 2014 10:11 PM - Partridge
I lived so close to there, rf. I don't remember Tony's. Mine was Jerry's on 7th between 84th and 85th when I was young. Later, when you were there, it became Millie's. Also a numbers business.
March 30, 2014 10:15 PM - BirdnestHead
Ah yes, numbers, that wonderful game for the mathematically dis-inclined. Maximum payout of 600 to 1 on an event space of 1000 to 1.
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March 30, 2014 10:24 PM - rf
80th and 7th is just on the other side of the BQE just before 7th runs into Ft. Hamilton Pkwy. I think the shop was Tony's. Definitely a big, middle-aged Italian guy who owned the candy store. There was a row of stores on the 7th Ave. side of the apartment building where I lived. The candy store was on the corner. There was also an Italian butcher shop and a grocery owned by an East Asian immigrant couple. I don't remember if they were Chinese or Korean.
March 30, 2014 10:40 PM - Partridge
Yes, I know that block well. 7th Ave 79-80th. Patty's Meat Market is still there.
Edited at March 30, 2014 10:40 PM
March 30, 2014 10:47 PM - Partridge
Patty was Italian and the tiniest bit of a guy. Could barely see over the counter while standing on a platform. He retired and sold the business to his young Irish (I wanna say Kevin?) employee way, way back in the mid 70's.
Edited at March 30, 2014 10:47 PM
March 30, 2014 10:51 PM - Partridge
Did you live here on 80th?
March 30, 2014 11:10 PM - rf
Yes, 901 80th St. Moved in with a boyfriend, took the apartment over for a year after he left, then moved to Garfield Pl.