Happy New Year OT
January 1, 2015 6:41 AM - dibs
Happy New Year or, as they say in Thailand, Sawasdee Be Mai. Mummer's Parade in Philly today

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January 1, 2015 7:49 AM - dibs
Happy Birthday Fulgencio
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January 1, 2015 8:15 AM - dibs
I wonder if the newlyweds consummated the marriage last night.
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January 1, 2015 8:23 AM - dibs
But consommé is not a hearty enough soup for today. We are going to take R&M to City Tavern tomorrow. Pepper Pot soup is a New Year's tradition and I think they are the only ones who serve it anymore.

Est. 1773, City Tavern hosted the first July 4th celebration. Paul Revere stopped here on his midnight ride & the unofficial White House.
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January 1, 2015 8:26 AM - Deleted
Derp. Champagne hangover.
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January 1, 2015 8:53 AM - DeLepp
A off to work and I'm doing laundry...
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January 1, 2015 9:26 AM - More4Less
Day 18 (of 90).

Only tanking is still just NY sports teams
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January 1, 2015 9:58 AM - dibs
I bet none of you have ever seen a jet powered barstool


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r6McDXpcv_Q
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January 1, 2015 10:02 AM - RowerChick
Congrats to the happy couple! I feel a string of PLUSA parties should ensue.
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January 1, 2015 10:19 AM - BirdnestHead
gm. coffee.
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January 1, 2015 10:32 AM - Partridge
Welcome, 2015!

Happy birthday, F. Is Fulgencio likely to read the OT today?
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January 1, 2015 10:33 AM - dibs
No but he will read FB
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January 1, 2015 10:37 AM - Partridge
Then please extend him best wishes from all of us.
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January 1, 2015 10:53 AM - DeadCatBounce
Happy New Year to All.
What, how are you preparing for the collapse of the mutant asset bubble?
Short S&P 500?
Short WTI?
Selling your home to raise cash?

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January 1, 2015 11:20 AM - Donatella
Ok, with energy and verve! Best wishes for a very productive, happy, healthy, and pro$perou$ new year!!!!

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January 1, 2015 11:24 AM - BirdnestHead
What Dona said!
Happy New Year!
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January 1, 2015 11:25 AM - Donatella

Jeez, What STILL at it? Ok D-Cat asked where is the trade. I think you are going to get another sharp blowoff move in futures, maybe when we get back and even though volatility is pretty high I think you can buy a put spread for a short, sharp move. Technically, we have been moving sideways in lowish volume and reduction of open interest and it started to change the last two sessions, so it looks like you can do a long volatility short option strategy.
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January 1, 2015 11:27 AM - Deleted
Wut
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January 1, 2015 11:40 AM - Donatella
ok, What, I'll leave the macro disaster fore casting stuff to you, but check out a put spread over the next week. Maybe you can make some money to stock up on canned goods!!!!

BBUUUWWWAAAAhahahahahaha........
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January 1, 2015 11:40 AM - More4Less
guess I'm pretty well braced (anus-wise). I owe only a tiny mortgage on my ppties.

Different story if I manage to buy this investmt ppty I'm staring at now.
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January 1, 2015 11:41 AM - BirdnestHead
Izzat stockmarket-eze for "buy low, sell high"? Regardless, my anus is braced.
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January 1, 2015 11:44 AM - BirdnestHead
Jinx, M4L!
Jets shoulda dumped GM and Smith, kept Rex. IMHO.
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January 1, 2015 11:47 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

Happy New Year, Plusas!

I may or may not have had a little too much prosecco/wine last night. I have faith that a plate of pancakes will fix this. ; )
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January 1, 2015 11:51 AM - More4Less
WHAT, yes I will. the rents covers the mortgage by a decent margin. if I'm underwater and compelled to not make the mortgage payments then you probably in same situation as me - e.g. your no-mortgage house is worth peanuts and probably don't have the rental income to properly brace you.
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January 1, 2015 11:56 AM - BirdnestHead
Not worried about stock market, commodity prices, real estate. Pension could get eaten by high inflation, which is why I like the Fed preparing the insanely nervous financial sector for small increases in the Fed Funds rate. Better to apply the brakes very slowly, and very far in advance. Don't want to see double-digit inflation and a drastic reaction, like late '70's early '80's.
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January 1, 2015 11:58 AM - rf
OMG, I just woke up. Happy New Year!
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January 1, 2015 11:59 AM - dibs
PBRs at dirty franks

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January 1, 2015 12:02 PM - DeadCatBounce
Went to Saul at the Brooklyn Museum last night.
Best part was watching the fireworks from inside the Museum.
Seven course tasting menu was inventive but flavoring of complicated dishes was way over the top, at least for my taste.
Still, a really nice way to usher in the New Year.


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January 1, 2015 12:07 PM - BirdnestHead
Pancakes coming online, gonna be a good year!!
#28
January 1, 2015 12:08 PM - DeadCatBounce
What is 100% correct about the pension modification.
They didn't pass that for giggles.
Thanks to Dona for her trade ideas.
Given your scenario I would probably buy a debit butterfly.
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January 1, 2015 12:09 PM - BirdnestHead
Not a public employee. Private pension, fully owned by me. No clawbacks allowed. The salt mine may decide to stop contributing, but they can't make it disappear.
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January 1, 2015 12:10 PM - dibs
What...give it a rest. You're an imbecile

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January 1, 2015 12:14 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
What, could you lower the volume just a little, please.
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January 1, 2015 12:17 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Your dinner sounds really nice, dcb.

We may have to try that, though I really like our current NYE gathering near GAP. The fireworks were great, though we missed the big finale, there was a break, and we had turned back with our host. It was cold out there!
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January 1, 2015 12:24 PM - BirdnestHead
Calm down, have a few extra-gluten bagels. "...and if you wind up in Hell, you'll be too busy shaking hands to worry."
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January 1, 2015 12:25 PM - Deleted
Having dinner at Reynard tonight.
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January 1, 2015 12:28 PM - rf
Yes, I wondered about that break. We were at the edge of the lawn for the rest of it, and I was a little disappointed that there was no finale. Walking back, and turned around to see it through the trees. I wonder if there was some kind of mechanical problem tht caused the delay.

As usual, an amazing crowd from all over Brooklyn and who-knows-where-else. Lots of different languages spoken too. Very interesting for my kid's boyfriend who grew up in lily-white suburban NJ.
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January 1, 2015 12:44 PM - Partridge
"Having dinner at Reynard tonight."

Enjoy! Loved my Christmas dinner.
















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January 1, 2015 12:45 PM - BirdnestHead
I remember, all too well. We were violently expelled from the cozy womb of Cobble Hill.
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January 1, 2015 12:49 PM - BirdnestHead
Nothing a few pancakes can't fix...
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January 1, 2015 12:50 PM - Deleted
Minorities are not space aliens rf. Especially for someone from Jersey, even "Lilly white" areas as u say. Btw, Lilly white is extremely offensive, it's no different than describing a person as feces brown.. please tone down your hate speech in 2015. We all should really.
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January 1, 2015 12:50 PM - rf
Did you see the fireworks this year, Robbrat?
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January 1, 2015 12:51 PM - Deleted
Now that's a racially harmonious stack of flapjacks
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January 1, 2015 12:52 PM - DeadCatBounce
Rf, how did you enjoy Wild?
I really thought it was interesting.
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January 1, 2015 12:52 PM - Deleted
No, I stayed home and played video games. I dont feel pressure to socialize anymore, thank god.
#51
January 1, 2015 12:55 PM - DeadCatBounce
Yummy pancakes! Please put another batch on the griddle, we'll be right there.
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January 1, 2015 12:55 PM - rf
DCB, I liked it a lot. My kid's boyfriend liked it too. I asked them if they wanted to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. He said, "Definitely!" She said, "No! And I knew he'd want to do the hike!"
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January 1, 2015 1:08 PM - More4Less
Mini-me loves the McD's pancakes but not the better ones at the diners. Strange kid
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January 1, 2015 1:13 PM - BirdnestHead
Ooops, sorry DCB, pancakes consumed. We'll make it another time. Pancakes are also excellent for supper! :-)
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January 1, 2015 1:21 PM - dibs
Pancakes are not supper food.

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January 1, 2015 1:33 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Of course they are, DIBS. Silly man.
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January 1, 2015 1:34 PM - Deleted
"Minorities are not space aliens rf. Especially for someone from Jersey, even "Lilly white" areas as u say. Btw, Lilly white is extremely offensive,"

Dudley

She obviously knows nothing about Jersey. It's just Rf injecting her usual politics into every statement she makes. Even a report on a fireworks show has to be a teaching moment. It's obvious and silly.
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January 1, 2015 1:46 PM - rf
I didn't say that his community epitomized NJ. Just that it was and is very white. Geesh!

Ok, you asked for it: white 91%, black 2%, Asian 5%.
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January 1, 2015 1:58 PM - pepper
Happy New Year!
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January 1, 2015 1:59 PM - pepper
M4L, is today your birthday?
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January 1, 2015 2:05 PM - petebklyn
"She obviously knows nothing about Jersey." -- because it is not important and nobody cares
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January 1, 2015 2:15 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Snort! Too true, Pete.


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January 1, 2015 2:16 PM - dibs
Getting wasted

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January 1, 2015 2:18 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
What a puss on you! : P
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January 1, 2015 2:20 PM - Partridge
Just for the record, who made the post-nuptial pancakes? The bride or the groom?
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January 1, 2015 2:22 PM - pepper
Good to see you starting out the year with such a serene demeanor, Dibs.
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January 1, 2015 2:22 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I started them, and maybe made 2/3's, then he finished them, and did the clean up.
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January 1, 2015 2:23 PM - More4Less
Pep, not yet on the birthday.
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January 1, 2015 2:38 PM - Deleted
"I didn't say that his community epitomized NJ. Just that it was and is very white. Geesh!

Ok, you asked for it: white 91%, black 2%, Asian 5%."

Rf: and how white is Cobble Hill? Would you characterize it in the same way? I don't think so. Moreover, I'd like to know if there is any part of Jersey that is that far from a community of color. Please enlighten us.

I'll say it again to you, Rf: it's obvious.



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January 1, 2015 2:40 PM - Partridge
Love the newlywed equality. May take some time until you both settle into your new roles as husband and wife. :)
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January 1, 2015 2:41 PM - rf
Benson, my daughter's boyfriend had a childhood in which he knew very little about what happened outside of his community. My kid had to explain Chanukah to him, and I explained it a bit to his mother. Sorry if, once again, my experiences don't correspond with your opinions. Just like Hicksville!
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January 1, 2015 2:48 PM - Deleted
Rf;

It's always interesting to me how you retreat to personal anecdotes when you can't make an argument, the very person who is ready to run to google to gather facts at any moment to support her point.

As to your daughter's boyfriend, I seem to recall that you said he's from the Freehold area. If so, I call complete bullshit on your points. Freehold is right next to Marlboro and Manalapn, which have a VERY heavy Jewish (and Italian) population (almost all of whom moved down there from Brooklyn). Moreover, the village of Freehold itself (as opposed to the surrounding township, which also goes by the same name ) has a substantial black and Mexican population.
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January 1, 2015 2:51 PM - DeadCatBounce
"Ok, you asked for it: white 91%, black 2%, Asian 5%."
The remaining 2% are Palladians.
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January 1, 2015 2:59 PM - rf
No he is NOT from the Freehold area.

I happen to know the Freehold area--my daughter's best friend's mother has a house there. The mother is Puerto Rican, grew up in the Lower East Side projects very poor, many siblings. She's a lawyer and deputy director of a major nonprofit that deals with domestic abuse. Her late husband was a Korean immigrant whose family ran a deli near the old police academy. He became a cop but died of an aneurism when my daughter and his daughter were in second grade. Their main household is in the same building as M4L. The mom told me that they decided not to raise their kids in Freehold because they were uncomfortable with the lack of diversity. Of course this was a long time ago and I know that the area is more diverse now. Their social circle still includes many police officers, many now retired, and the mom's partner for the past few years is a retired cop.
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January 1, 2015 3:01 PM - rf
We spent a lot of time with them the summer after my daughter's friend's dad died and the mom is a friend. I go to the house in Freehold at least a couple of times a year and my daughter is there more often.
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January 1, 2015 3:11 PM - Partridge
This isn't about Freehold. It is about rf's daughter's bf who is from a lily-white, suburban, NJ town. I think we can easily declare rf the expert among us on the subject of her daughter's bf and his upbringing.
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January 1, 2015 3:14 PM - Deleted
Please stop it with the term lily-white. It's disgusting.


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January 1, 2015 3:16 PM - Deleted
Sorry if i've caught the racial insensitivity bug, but it's going around these days.
#81
January 1, 2015 3:18 PM - Partridge
Please stop addressing me. You do it all the time. I wasn't addressing you. Go play with your fish.
#82
January 1, 2015 3:20 PM - Deleted
Hey Rf, are you Goggling the name of your daughter's best friend's mother?????!!!!!

The What
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#83
January 1, 2015 3:22 PM - Deleted
I don't care. I am giving you free racial sensitivity training. You pander to the whitest of the fucking white people of New Brooklyn and then turn around and continually talk trash about those "other kinds of whites" in a smarmy tone. You are no less disgusting than me hating on breadknots. At least I own it.

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January 1, 2015 3:24 PM - Deleted
It's not even just you really, it's you and like three others here. It's very blatant, and I'm actually shocked you don't see it.
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January 1, 2015 3:26 PM - Deleted
"I think we can easily declare rf the expert among us on the subject of her daughter's bf and his upbringing."

Do tell. She didn't make a comment about her daughter's bf's upbringing, she made a comment about his community, and how it would condition a person's worldview.

So how about it RF? If he didn't grow up in Freehold, please identify the town, so we can all look up the socio-economics of it and its surrounding area. I'd love to know what white area in Jersey wouldn't be aware of Jewish culture.
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January 1, 2015 3:26 PM - Deleted
Well one New Years resolution down the shitter :/ I might as well just go out and buy a tub of green frosting now while i'm on a roll.
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January 1, 2015 3:30 PM - rf
They come from where I live. Fuck the three of you. I know the names of my daughter's best friend's mother, who is my friend, and her addresses, and her family and her companion. But for shit sure I won't be posting any of it here, nor the town where my daughter's bf grew up.
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January 1, 2015 3:32 PM - Partridge
I do not pander to anyone. I have a shop. I sell products which interest me. People of all races who are interested in those goods shop there. I have no master plan to gentrify or discriminate against. That's just silly.
#89
January 1, 2015 3:32 PM - rf
What, now you are officially disgusting.

I don't need to justify myself here. Almost everyone here has met me face-to-face and knows where I live. More than we can say about you.
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January 1, 2015 3:33 PM - dibs
Dirty franks
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#91
January 1, 2015 3:34 PM - dibs
Would be classy if it were not Coors Light

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#92
January 1, 2015 3:34 PM - DeadCatBounce
I was hoping we were going to talk about Palladians.
Oh well.
Nanu, Nanu
#93
January 1, 2015 3:34 PM - rf
I know nothing about Palladians.
#94
January 1, 2015 3:36 PM - dibs
Palladian windows?

#95
January 1, 2015 3:38 PM - Deleted
I would love to smash that hat into your skull with a fucking Baseball Bat!!!

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
#96
January 1, 2015 3:38 PM - Deleted
Oh Dave, I think I am jealous of your life. Quitting drinking literally put an immediate stop to any and all fun in my life. Suuuuuuucks, but I can't do anything about it.


#97
January 1, 2015 3:41 PM - rf
Donatella is my friend. In real life. Most everyone here knows that too. This is a blog, not email where you can have a one-on-one conversation.
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January 1, 2015 3:44 PM - Partridge
What did you think of my shop, What? Nothing there of interest for you?
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January 1, 2015 3:48 PM - rf
I talk about my friends (as do plenty of others here) because I HAVE FRIENDS and they are important to me.

Loser.
January 1, 2015 3:51 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
What, please calm down, be nice, have a beer, or a snack, or something. I think you're going to give yourself an aneurysm or a heart attack.

And don't be such a sh*t to rf, she's a very generous and kind friend to a lot of us here.
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January 1, 2015 3:51 PM - Partridge
Yeah, that one. Nothing there for you?
January 1, 2015 3:51 PM - rf
Hey, it's not your blog. You're not the boss of me, lol.
January 1, 2015 3:54 PM - DeadCatBounce
I like the viser on that hat.
That is exactly the kind of headgear one needs to communicate with Palladians.
They are particularly active this time of year.
January 1, 2015 3:59 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Good, go do something you enjoy, you'll live longer.
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January 1, 2015 4:05 PM - Partridge
I'm going to watch the Bowl games... "And, you have a good day."
January 1, 2015 4:07 PM - Deleted
"Thu, 01/01/2015 - 2:58pm — Return of The WhatNewReturn of The What's picture
Hey Randi,

You Bitch Assed Bitch, that's how you OWNED some body, not on some light Bullshit!

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Derp
January 1, 2015 4:13 PM - rf
Ah, I see that the secret is not to read until he redacts everything.
January 1, 2015 4:38 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yes, much better, more relaxing!
January 1, 2015 4:42 PM - rf
The movie Wild is still reverberating for me. I ordered the book--it's in paperback and cheap on Amazon so I got it that way so I can share it with my friend who was with us last night, and then it will make a nice care package for my kid once she's back at school by the end of the month.
January 1, 2015 4:45 PM - Partridge
Peace and quiet now. So what should we talk about? R'andi, how was your first lasagna?
January 1, 2015 4:57 PM - DeadCatBounce
I particularly liked that none of the threatening incidents in "Wild" turned into anything horrifying.
Felt very real that way. Which of course it was.
Could really identify with her struggles.
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January 1, 2015 5:00 PM - Deleted
Thanks for the spoilers there dcb.
January 1, 2015 5:03 PM - BirdnestHead
Just spent some time with a good friend who moved down to the Chapel Hill area 5 years ago. He's up visiting his family. He's feeling a bit blue, as many of us do around the holidays, and wishes he could move back to NYC. Had a nice time. I can relate, every time I think about leaving NY I'm always left wondering, where would I live, I'm a lifelong NewYorker.
January 1, 2015 5:08 PM - petebklyn
can always visit nyc on internet if live someplace else
January 1, 2015 5:16 PM - rf
bnh, I have thought about leaving and the Chapel Hill area is one of the areas I have considered. I go back and forth about it, but wouldn't leave the area until after my kid finishes her undergraduate years. So lots of time to think about it. I am on the alert for a place that's affordable and stable--I'm on the waiting list at Knickerbocker Village on the Lower East Side/Chinatown/Brooklyn Bridge area and would take a place there if it comes up. I'm ok paying what I pay here and now but if my landlords sell the building I am screwed with a new lease every year.
January 1, 2015 5:19 PM - petebklyn
what happened with the crown hts interview?
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January 1, 2015 5:22 PM - Deleted
I'm probably going to be one of those people who fantasize about leaving NYC their entire fucking life til they're dead and no one knows what to do with the body lol.


January 1, 2015 5:22 PM - rf
They never got back to me after my appeal letter. It's ok, I was ambivalent about living there.
January 1, 2015 5:28 PM - BirdnestHead
Tru dat, dfb. I fantasize about having a little house out in the country, and an apt in the city, and go back and forth depending on which one I get bored with. Maybe northern PA somewhere, or CT. 4 hours driving or less. Who knows? Maybe it could happen.
January 1, 2015 5:31 PM - BirdnestHead
Eeeek, am I yearning to be a dibs wannabe? Don't have the financial resources...
January 1, 2015 5:35 PM - Deleted
I don't think i'd be able to psychologically handle a dibs lifestyle. The keys alone would drive me batshit.

January 1, 2015 5:41 PM - DeadCatBounce
Two homes is my max. More than that would be too much to handle.
January 1, 2015 5:43 PM - BirdnestHead
"The keys alone would drive me batshit."
Lol!
January 1, 2015 5:54 PM - Deleted
Good article in NY YIMBY about their forecast for the NYC real estate market in 2015:

http://newyorkyimby.com/2014/12/yimbys-predictions-for-2015-in-new-york-city-real-estate.html
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January 1, 2015 5:57 PM - rf
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I'm probably going to be one of those people who fantasize about leaving NYC their entire fucking life til they're dead and no one knows what to do with the body lol.

Here's where the body goes:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/nyregion/on-hart-island-new-yorks-potters-field.html?pagewanted=all
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January 1, 2015 6:03 PM - Deleted
Oh, cool. That actually looks very pretty.
January 1, 2015 6:17 PM - dibs
What has no date


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January 1, 2015 6:33 PM - Partridge
Huh?

Dave has drunk
January 1, 2015 6:53 PM - Donatella

A second house wouldn't work for me -- even if I had the money for that. I have enough maintenance and plus, it seems that the taxes on attractive areas north of NYC are really astounding. I'd rather help some owner pay their taxes by doing a vacation rental.

Regarding YIMBY, there will be a lot of development where I am. As we discussed the other day, Jerry's gas station for one will make way for a new apartment complex with retail; the construction in Atlantic Yards will continue, and 470 Vanderbilt which is over half full now with gov agencies (mostly HRA) will be expanded to include another building (where the existing parking lot is) and there will be retail there and a lot of commercial activity. I am sure that a lot of the car places on Atlantic will gradually be sold. I really wish we could get some kind of resident parking permits because it is brutal parking here now.

It will bring a lot more restaurants and services and amenities, all of which I have wanted but it will lose something too. It will be very different here in 2 years.
January 1, 2015 7:05 PM - Deleted
To each his own, but I also can't see myself owning a vacation home (though at times it is very attractive to me). I don't need more bills and maintenance. My philosophy regarding vacations can now be summed up as follows: it is a place and time wherein I spend money to rejuvenate myself.
January 1, 2015 7:41 PM - Donatella
Mario Cuomo died.
January 1, 2015 7:45 PM - Deleted
Isn't that the NY governor?

January 1, 2015 7:50 PM - pepper
The former Governor. His son, Andrew, is the current Governor.
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January 1, 2015 8:14 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh, that is sad. He was a good gov for many years. 3 terms, I think.
January 1, 2015 8:22 PM - Deleted
Was her the one who got caught on video smoking crack in a hotel room?
January 1, 2015 8:25 PM - Deleted
"Was her the one who got caught on video smoking crack in a hotel room?"

No that was your Mother...

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January 1, 2015 8:26 PM - Deleted
Lol well played.
January 1, 2015 8:33 PM - Deleted
Kock and Cuomo in Hell!
That was the worse times for this city, Hot Damn!

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
January 1, 2015 8:33 PM - More4Less
Vacation home doesn't interest me unless I have mega bucks where I don't mind blow a ton of money.
January 1, 2015 8:34 PM - petebklyn
yes, one of the more memorable campaign slogans....Vote for Cuomo not the Homo!

January 1, 2015 8:35 PM - petebklyn
too bad his son is such a dickhead.
January 1, 2015 8:37 PM - petebklyn
vacation homes don't have to be like ones in movies and such. Can be simple and not expensive. If only the roofs didn't leak would be perfect
January 1, 2015 8:40 PM - petebklyn
so here is accomplishment for Deblahsio you can't argue with (well Benson will argue anything but for everyone else):
Pedestrian deaths in New York City fell to a historic low last year after a push by the city to make streets less dangerous.

In 2014, 132 pedestrians died in traffic accidents, the lowest total for a year since the city began keeping records a century ago, officials said. There were 180 pedestrian deaths in 2013, the highest number in a decade.

Overall traffic fatalities fell last year to 248, from 293 the previous year, according to preliminary data from the city. There were 20 bicyclist fatalities in 2014, an increase from 12 deaths in 2013, and 37 motorcyclist fatalities last year, down from 42 deaths in 2013. Motor vehicle fatalities remained the same, with 59 deaths in each year.

The decline in pedestrians’ deaths comes as the city continues to put in place Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan, a set of proposals intended to eliminate traffic deaths. Modeled after a Swedish approach that treats all road deaths and serious injuries as inherently preventable, the plan has an ambitious goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2024. The city lowered its default speed limit to 25 miles per hour, from 30 m.p.h., and increased enforcement of speeding laws, among other initiatives.
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January 1, 2015 8:55 PM - Deleted
Pete

As long as you want to single me out, I'll take up the cause.

Allow me to introduce you to the history of this issue. The city has been implementing programs to reduce pedestrian deaths for some time, especially the DOT under Bloomberg. Here, for instance, is an explanation of some of the steps taken under Bloomberg in 2009:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/pedsafetyreport.shtml


DeBlasio's reduction in the speed limit was implemented a few months ago. If you want to give it sole credit for the new low reached, fine by me, Pete. It speaks to your knowledge of statistical trends.

By the way, Pete, I support DeBlasio's reforms in this area. But please, continue to speak on my behalf.
January 1, 2015 9:09 PM - Deleted
"Vote for Cuomo not the Homo"

Fun times indeed! The 80's was a fucking Clusterfuck with Kock and Cuomo! It took Dinkins years to clean up everything!

The What
Someday this war is gonna end...
January 1, 2015 9:19 PM - DeLepp
I would rather have a car and visit people with vacation homes than have my own.
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January 1, 2015 9:19 PM - DeLepp
Driving in manhattan takes patience now with all the new road rules.
Edited at January 1, 2015 9:19 PM
January 1, 2015 9:37 PM - Donatella

I support this Vision Zero program, but think that in addition to speed limits and better enforcement, there should be additional testing of drivers (upon license renewal) on all of the new road rules, line painting etc. I also think bicycles need to be licensed, registered and cyclists should be subject to tests since they are now sharing the road. Many changes were rolled out with little public education.
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January 1, 2015 9:50 PM - Partridge
The traffic calming sidewalk enlargement that was done by my store on Smith in 2013 was approved by City Council in 2008 I was told.

The results are a cumulative effect of years of planning and waiting for funding.
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January 1, 2015 9:51 PM - Deleted
Sometimes I eat my lunch and watch traffic in Soho and see actual murderous rage in some drivers eyes. I can read lips too and see what they say. I am very sensitive to all the negative pain-bodies that come thrashing at you in any and every given moment. It is a wonderful thing when the holidays are over for some people! Torture that people deny exists. Back to traffic.. Sometimes I can totally empathize with those who want to run people over, myself being run over included.
January 1, 2015 9:52 PM - Deleted
*I do not support vehicular homocide like that might sound!


January 1, 2015 10:04 PM - BirdnestHead
As long as we're licensing things, how about a pedestrian license, with severe penalties for:
Standing smack dab in the middle of the sidewalk with a bunch of your friends trying to decide what to do next.
Stopping at the top or bottom of an escalator.
Walking like a fucking zombie in the middle of the sidewalk while websurfing, texting, or trying to figure out where you are.
Standing at the top of the subway entrance to finish your phone conversation before losing connectivity.

Feel free to add your favorite pedestrian faux pas...
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January 1, 2015 10:06 PM - Partridge
Umbrella assaults?
January 1, 2015 10:09 PM - Deleted
Tourists should be given special lessons on pedestrian etiquette when they arrive here!
January 1, 2015 10:20 PM - pepper
I am so with you on that one, Benson.
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January 1, 2015 10:27 PM - Partridge
Satisfying dinner at Bar Tabac for the new year. Hanger steak and sauteed spinach. Yum! Why don't you consider it for your new 'regular spot', Pep?
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January 1, 2015 11:01 PM - pepper
I went there once by myself, and found it to be an uncomfortable atmosphere for the solo diner. Maybe I should give it another try.
January 1, 2015 11:08 PM - Deleted
Where other than like Dunkin Donuts or something are solo diners not treated like pond scum?


Edited at January 1, 2015 11:08 PM
January 1, 2015 11:13 PM - pepper
Lots of places. I eat alone in restaurants often enough, and have never felt like pond scum. It's better when it's a relaxed sort of place, though. If it's crowded and "happening", it's usually less comfortable. I've never eaten in a Dunkin Donuts.
January 1, 2015 11:21 PM - Deleted
Everytime I catch myself actually sitting down and eating in a Dunkin Donuts I literally have an oh shit moment. It's usually just coffee and a toasted bagel, has nothing to do with the food, but it's like NYC has rubbed into my pores some sorta of assumed snobbishness and that really repulses me.
January 1, 2015 11:22 PM - Deleted
Actually I think it moreso has to do with I've never seen anyone who an emotional normal regularly dine at Dunkin Donuts.
January 1, 2015 11:25 PM - pepper
I think you might be overly paranoid, Dudley. I really don't think most, if not all, people give a shit. Just relax and enjoy your meal. Who gives flying fuck what perfect strangers think, anyway?
January 2, 2015 12:19 AM - Kensingtonian
Kinda feel guilty to admit it but I don't miss the NYC rat race at all. Like LA lifestyle and weather much better. Even liked Buffalo but did miss a big city feel and options since always have lived in big cities and never suburbs.
January 2, 2015 7:59 AM - Deleted
It's only a rat race if you aren't succeeding.
January 2, 2015 8:34 AM - petebklyn
GM