Weekend Open Thread
May 30, 2015 7:57 AM - Partridge
Suddenly, roses everywhere.

May 30, 2015 8:10 AM - dibs
May 30, 2015 8:27 AM - petebklyn
end of montague st...entrance to the promenade?
May 30, 2015 8:43 AM - BirdnestHead
BBG Workshop for the Care and Feeding of Street Trees at Cobble Hill Park this morning.

How different is The Silk Road from Craigslist, Facebook, High-Frequency Trading Platforms, or Commercial Banks? Discuss.
May 30, 2015 8:58 AM - Partridge
Rose are in Ft Greene, the caption says.
May 30, 2015 9:16 AM - DeLepp
Roses are blooming here. Relative tranquility this morning till the lawn mowers started next door. Not sure why the big coop can't mow their lawn during the week. Don't the Mexicans need the weekend off for soccer?
May 30, 2015 9:45 AM - petebklyn
Silk Road sounds more like modern day version of guy selling his goods hidden under his trenchcoat.
May 30, 2015 9:59 AM - dibs
Iris really starting to pop
Edited by dibs at May 30, 2015 10:04 AM
May 30, 2015 10:24 AM - Deleted
Silk Road sentence seems way harsh - murder for hire charges notwithstanding
May 30, 2015 10:28 AM - petebklyn
our irises did very poorly this year
May 30, 2015 10:36 AM - dibs
I am surprised at how nice the garden is starting out this year. It must have been all the snow during the Winter. But it has been very dry ever since.
May 30, 2015 10:44 AM - petebklyn
snow country
May 30, 2015 10:56 AM - dibs
I think everywhere north of PA was "snow country" last year.
May 30, 2015 10:57 AM - rf
Not NYC.
May 30, 2015 11:03 AM - dibs
NYC is not north of most of PA. It's due east of the center of the state.
May 30, 2015 11:11 AM - rf
It wasn't a particularly snowy winter in Rochester either.
May 30, 2015 11:13 AM - dibs
Nitpick a few other cities just to be argumentative.
May 30, 2015 11:19 AM - rf
Since this blog is called "Lifeinbklyn," I thought it might be wise to mention that in Brooklyn, there was very little snow. Maybe that's why Pete's irises did poorly. (Or maybe he's talking about upstate irises? Did it snow a lot at your other house, Pete?)
May 30, 2015 11:29 AM - Montrose Morris
I think the comments on the house regarding its origins were right. There is definitely a two story Italianate under there. The tower and turret and third floor and other additions were added in later. Very cool house.

Never been to Camden, but do know that that area is snow country. They probably get more snow than the Buffalo area does.
May 30, 2015 11:35 AM - petebklyn
Average Annual Snowfall, #7
Camden, NY
175.50 inches
New York
55.32 inches
23.27 inches

Boston had record this past season of 110". not even close to average for camden
Edited by petebklyn at May 30, 2015 11:45 AM
May 30, 2015 11:52 AM - Montrose Morris
No wonder the last owners left. The comments in the article note that the last couple to own the house were from Long Island. They didn't research the area, but loved the house. The winters were too much for them.

That's a lot of snow. They probably just thawed out in the beginning of May. (I am aware that 176" of snow doesn't all fall at once.)
May 30, 2015 11:56 AM - BoerumHillScott
Ran the UAE 10K race in Central Park this morning.
The weather felt like I was in the UAE.

After the race saw a dozen people with huge camera setups looking at a nest in a tree by the Sheep Meadow.
May 30, 2015 11:57 AM - More4Less
If house in Camden NJ, less snow, closer to philly, and probably only a double the price
May 30, 2015 12:03 PM - dibs
I suspect there are a lot of houses in Camden, NJ at less than half the price.
May 30, 2015 12:28 PM - dibs
May 30, 2015 12:33 PM - DeLepp
Poor neighbor, high school child having complete breakdown. Continuation of last night. Has a real flair for theatrics just like her father.
May 30, 2015 12:52 PM - rf
Alas, been there/done that, DeLepp. Happy to be home?
May 30, 2015 12:55 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"Ran the UAE 10K race in Central Park this morning.
The weather felt like I was in the UAE."

Congrats, Scott. Lovely 85 degrees outside right now, tomorrow's forecast is a mere 108.
May 30, 2015 1:15 PM - DeLepp
Yes, they finally delivered correct sink and the cabinets are coming this week so hopefully be fully functional by mid June.
May 30, 2015 1:18 PM - dibs
We want pics. You can delete them after you post to hide your real identity.
May 30, 2015 1:19 PM - Deleted
A story in NY YIMBY about the development of my friend's nursery in Sheepshead Bay, which he recently sold:


As you can see in the aerial photo, the name of the nursery is "Green Thumb", and we call him "Nick Green Thumb".

The nursery was his life's work. He bought it after college and ran it for 30 years, plus he lived on the property. He used to operate both a retail business and wholesale for landscapers. Due to Home Depot, the retail business vanished and at the end, the nursery was a money-losing operation. He had to give it up.
May 30, 2015 1:20 PM - DeLepp
Bathroom looks aqua in pics when it is more blue stone in color.
May 30, 2015 1:21 PM - dibs
Home Depot shrubs suck.
May 30, 2015 1:22 PM - DeLepp
Too bad about nursery, the little one here off Lafayette just re-designed the space. Hope they make it as they been here a long time.
May 30, 2015 1:23 PM - Deleted
I find the nursery department of both Home Depot and Lowes particularly depressing. Stuff is thrown all over the place.
May 30, 2015 1:32 PM - dibs
They won't allow a HD or Lowes here on the Cape. Lots of great nurseries but one newer very large one went out of business a year ago after only being open a year or so. Spent a fortune on greenhouses. There is one small one but well stocked right here in town across Route 6 and then a very good, large one 10 minutes away in Truro where I have benn getting most of my stuff and my mulch for years.
Edited by dibs at May 30, 2015 1:38 PM
May 30, 2015 2:02 PM - pepper
May 30, 2015 2:06 PM - dibs
All my stories are.
May 30, 2015 2:08 PM - pepper
If you say so.
May 30, 2015 2:26 PM - dibs
Thinking of you…my cukes are coming up nicely!!!!
May 30, 2015 3:00 PM - pepper
Cool. Sadly, no cukes for me this year. :o(
May 30, 2015 3:22 PM - rf
Anything new on the negotiation front with your landlord, Pepper? When does the lease end?
May 30, 2015 4:49 PM - petebklyn
I think she said it ended. Technically she is a squatter now.
May 30, 2015 4:51 PM - dibs
I recently read an article where it says that squatting is a better position for pooping than sitting. It has to do with the bowel muscles.
May 30, 2015 4:55 PM - pepper
No, no developments, rf. Lease ends May 31. But they've always been tardy in sending renewals. I'm in limbo.
May 30, 2015 4:56 PM - pepper
Someone, I think it was Six, posted that story here, Dave.
May 30, 2015 5:23 PM - petebklyn
so she has been reading up on it and the squatting begins monday. tell us what you think.
May 30, 2015 5:54 PM - Partridge
Pretty hot out there. 81 now. Thunderstorms tomorrow.
May 30, 2015 5:57 PM - petebklyn
if feel like going to open house tomorrow -- this looks cute. no private outdoor but common roof. maint. is cheap..

or you could go to final concert of season of brooklyn symphony at brooklyn museum:
May 30, 2015 6:02 PM - DeLepp
Nice apt and the storage space is always welcome.

Celebrating Helen's 85th tomorrow so will be driving in rain throughout North Jersey. Will try and stop at the "Max is back" nursery in Butler.
May 30, 2015 6:04 PM - Partridge
Where are you going tonight, DeLepp?
May 30, 2015 6:06 PM - DeLepp
Bar Americain, friends are in town from Ulster and they have a gift card. Will go there one Monday too as it is venison night.
May 30, 2015 6:10 PM - petebklyn
so why again do you have a new kitchen?
May 30, 2015 6:13 PM - Partridge
I think of venison as a fall food.
May 30, 2015 6:17 PM - DeLepp
haha, no kitchen yet so been cooking on portable induction cooktop or having sandwiches.
May 30, 2015 6:17 PM - DeLepp
True, will probably wait till then.
May 30, 2015 6:19 PM - Partridge
More rain and cooler temperature expected for the first part of the work week.
May 30, 2015 6:20 PM - Partridge
Maybe fall-like on Monday? Well, upper 60's.
May 30, 2015 6:25 PM - rf
Sounds pretty spring-like to me! And it's still spring.
May 30, 2015 6:26 PM - petebklyn
jumping to fall already? why not say spring like -- since it is still spring
May 30, 2015 6:30 PM - rf
Jinx, Pete.
May 30, 2015 6:31 PM - rf
Is the closing scheduled for the LI apartment, Pete?
May 30, 2015 6:39 PM - Partridge
Because he said he wants to have venison on Monday and we all know that venison is a fall food. :)
May 30, 2015 6:47 PM - petebklyn
not scheduled yet. buyer (parent) trying to HELOC loan at moment. still hoping in couple weeks.
May 30, 2015 7:19 PM - DeLepp
indeed, you know him well.
May 30, 2015 8:24 PM - pepper
It's cooled off considerably. Almost chilly out.
May 30, 2015 8:43 PM - petebklyn
I hope my nextdoor neighbor is not entertaining.
May 30, 2015 8:50 PM - petebklyn
we're having pizza tonight

May 30, 2015 8:54 PM - pepper
You're not even there. Who cares?
May 30, 2015 9:01 PM - petebklyn
I won't sleep just worrying about it.
May 30, 2015 9:03 PM - pepper
You'll never know, one way or the other.
May 30, 2015 9:08 PM - petebklyn
I thought you might go over and check. You can try the new restaurant on smith....same people as clover club. In the old Caserta vecchia spot.
May 30, 2015 9:13 PM - pepper
I don't really care if your neighbour is entertaining in his back yard or not.

I saw tons of people there last weekend. Wasn't sure what it was. Hope it works. What kind of food?
May 30, 2015 9:14 PM - petebklyn
but they are not postingmenu in window.
comidas y bebidas or bebidas y comidas I think it is called
Edited by petebklyn at May 30, 2015 9:15 PM
May 30, 2015 9:25 PM - petebklyn
pizza is ready
May 30, 2015 9:43 PM - pepper
Late dinner. Buen provecho.
May 30, 2015 9:45 PM - rf
Watching Transparent. It's good!
May 31, 2015 5:15 AM - dibs
Going to get an early start headed home.

Discuss this litle tidbit...

May 31, 2015 6:44 AM - BirdnestHead
Raining in Paris, French Open on hold :-(
May 31, 2015 8:02 AM - DeadCatBounce
Looks like 2016 is going to be the most exciting presidential election in a long time.
May 31, 2015 8:04 AM - DeadCatBounce
Let them play badminton. (Or eat cake)
May 31, 2015 10:02 AM - rf
R.I.P. Beau Biden.
May 31, 2015 10:11 AM - petebklyn
if presidential elections get you excited, you must be a perv.
May 31, 2015 11:03 AM - pepper
May 31, 2015 11:06 AM - Deleted
Wow that really is sad about Beau Biden. I didn't know that he had brain cancer.

May 31, 2015 11:15 AM - pepper
Hiya, Stupid.
May 31, 2015 11:30 AM - pepper
Nice place, Part. In many ways, perfect.
May 31, 2015 11:36 AM - Partridge
Bedroom so small it is only visible on floor plan. But nice garden!
May 31, 2015 11:38 AM - pepper
Yeah, the whole place is kind of narrow. But nice garden!!!
May 31, 2015 1:19 PM - pepper
I just cleaned all the dead shit off the deck. Looks much better, even if it is mostly empty pots. I have a major infestation of portulaca that I'm going to let thrive. And a minor one of dill, that can stay, for now.
May 31, 2015 1:31 PM - rf
I like portulaca!
May 31, 2015 1:40 PM - pepper
Yes, they are pretty, with very minimal maintenance. And the seeds spread like crazy! I have sprouts of them in nearly every pot I have. There is one that even grows in a crack in the stone on the deck. I know I shouldn't let it, but I find it amusing, so I let it stay.
May 31, 2015 1:46 PM - dibs
Back in Bucks. Just under 6 hours and 30 minutes with two stops. Not a lot of traffic but some offand on heavy rains
May 31, 2015 1:48 PM - pepper
Wow. That seems like you made great time.
May 31, 2015 2:04 PM - dibs
That's what it should take without any traffic problems.
May 31, 2015 2:06 PM - dibs
Garden here looks good. Beans all up as are cukes, parsnips, potatos and carrots. Asparagus not up yet. I don't think there has been any rain here at all since I planted. Putting in rhubarb and more asparagus, the purple ones.
May 31, 2015 2:07 PM - pepper
Fun to have 2 gardens. Do you plant anything in Philly?
May 31, 2015 2:21 PM - dibs
No. I used to have a space in the community garden a few doors away but really don't have the time to keep it up. They get bitchy if you let the weeds go. As it is, there are lots of fresh herbs growing in there so I always have my pick of them when I need them.
May 31, 2015 2:21 PM - dibs
Have spearmint in the yard for ice tea.
May 31, 2015 2:22 PM - pepper
Huh. Bitchy. Imagine that.

I have plenty of dill, if you need any.
May 31, 2015 2:35 PM - dibs
More Islamic 10th Century lunacy…

During a press conference at a local hotel in Islamabad, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman asked the Pakistani armed forces to launch a military operation against women wearing jeans all over Pakistan.

According to him, the immodesty of women is the cause behind earthquakes, inflation and other kinds of disasters.

Fazlur Rehman went on to say that a woman who is not covered like a 'sack of flour' is a mobile weapon of mass destruction for her state and that Pakistan has multitude of such nuclear missiles in all its major cities.

Rehman then blamed 'immodest women' for the Baluchistan crisis, lack of energy supply and the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan.

Fazlur Rehman was suggesting that, if these women are wrapped in sacks and kept inside homes and if the Shariah law was in place, then the Taliban brothers would not be attacking Pakistan.

May 31, 2015 2:51 PM - dibs
The stairs from the Willow St condos near us down to Bradford Street through various yards
May 31, 2015 2:57 PM - dibs
Bernie Sanders bringing out the youth vote
May 31, 2015 3:46 PM - pepper
I know a number of people my age who are very excited about Bernie, so I guess he attracts some of the middle aged vote as well.
May 31, 2015 3:48 PM - Deleted
where was that pic taken? knowing dibs it was taken at a retirement home.

all the millenials i know love bernie.
May 31, 2015 3:55 PM - dibs
"all the millenials i know love bernie. "

As would anyone looking for more handouts from the gubment.

May 31, 2015 4:00 PM - DeadCatBounce
Bernie is the best thing that has happened for the Republican Party in a long time.
I am thinking of sending him a campaign contribution.
May 31, 2015 4:18 PM - dibs
Can he run as an independent if Hillary beats him in the primary???? That would really split the vote.
May 31, 2015 4:29 PM - Deleted
I think he's already said he wouldn't do that.
May 31, 2015 4:29 PM - dibs
Never trust a Socialist to do what he says.
May 31, 2015 4:38 PM - Deleted
May 31, 2015 4:39 PM - Deleted
I'm glad he's in it. He will force Hillary to address issues important to progressives that would other wise get brushed under the rug if she was running unopposed
May 31, 2015 4:43 PM - pepper
I think she's being forced to do that anyway, due to the popularity of Elizabeth Warren's message. Hillary sounds a lot less centrist than she did 8 years ago.
May 31, 2015 4:44 PM - dibs
I think she has to addrerss Yoko's allegations first!!!!!!!

Edited by dibs at May 31, 2015 4:45 PM
May 31, 2015 4:46 PM - pepper
Who cares if she slept with another woman?
May 31, 2015 4:47 PM - dibs
rf would care if a Republican did anything like that
May 31, 2015 4:47 PM - Deleted
May 31, 2015 4:48 PM - pepper
Raining here.
May 31, 2015 4:49 PM - pepper
I doubt it. Unless they were publicly spewing anti-homo rhetoric.
May 31, 2015 4:52 PM - pepper
Would it be bad if I wrapped the plug/connector parts of my outdoor fairy lights with some kind of tape? Every time it rains, or snows or my upstairs neighbors water their plants, it causes a short and I can't use them for a day.
May 31, 2015 4:54 PM - dibs
Electrical tape
May 31, 2015 4:55 PM - dibs
Which parts are getting wet and shorting?? That's a dangerous combination.
May 31, 2015 5:00 PM - pepper
I assume it's the plug part where you connect multiple strings. I don't know for sure.
May 31, 2015 5:05 PM - dibs
I would try to run the leads such that the connections are not exposed to the water.
May 31, 2015 5:06 PM - rf
Dave just likes to type my initials.
May 31, 2015 5:08 PM - pepper
I tried to position them that way, but they move around. Thus, tape.
May 31, 2015 5:13 PM - rf
Makes as much sense as blaming the Texas floods on the lesbian mayor of Amarillo:

An extremist Christian group is stirring controversy by claiming that the deadly floods to strike Houston are God’s judgment for the city electing a lesbian mayor.

The organization, Repent Amarillo, posted a Facebook message also blaming the women’s health organization Planned Parenthood.

“Houston is suffering the WRATH OF GOD for electing a LESBIAN MAYOR. Repent Amarillo organized a boycott of Houston back in 2010 and warned of the danger of electing a perverted homosexual as mayor and opening the largest abortion clinic in America. HEY HOUSTON! Are you LISTENING TO GOD NOW!? Does God have your attention? Are you to vote that pervert Anise Parker back in office again? Are you going to continue allowing Planned Parenthood to DROWN HOUSTON IN BLOOD? Repent and turn from your wickedness.Seek God and His mercy while it may yet be found.”

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2128274/repent-amarillo-extremist-christian-group-says-deadly-houston-flooding-is-punishment-for-citys-gay-mayor/#Jv8oWVG7hadw70ZL.99
May 31, 2015 5:23 PM - dibs
Ughhhhh…most of the storms are passing to the north of here. We really need the rain here.
May 31, 2015 5:28 PM - pepper
Some pretty heavy downpours here.
May 31, 2015 5:34 PM - More4Less
more downpour please Car needs a wash and the air needs to be cleansed of the allergic irritants.
May 31, 2015 5:50 PM - petebklyn
yes, smells like ailanthus has started.
I assume someone is not sitting out on terrace like was earlier that I saw.
Also - nobody cooking outside nextdoor this evening either I bet.
May 31, 2015 6:04 PM - pepper
Why didn't you wave? I was out there for a while, but when it rains this hard, my phone gets wet, so I came in.

I don't smell anything.
May 31, 2015 6:06 PM - petebklyn
I did wave and yell. but too far to be heard above all street noise.
May 31, 2015 6:06 PM - petebklyn
probably no ailanthus in your back yards.
May 31, 2015 6:16 PM - pepper
Hmmm. I'll try to be more alert in the future.
May 31, 2015 6:17 PM - pepper
My back hurts from cleaning up out there earlier.
May 31, 2015 6:19 PM - petebklyn
I have 2 foxglove plants growing- one flowering now. I never planted them
May 31, 2015 6:22 PM - dibs
Digitalis about them last year????
May 31, 2015 6:26 PM - petebklyn
no. not until this year. don't be so impatiens
May 31, 2015 6:40 PM - pepper
How was the symphony, Pete?
May 31, 2015 6:41 PM - More4Less
Pete is stalking Pep - watching her every move.

If I did buy that house near Pete back then, I will be shouting "WTF you looking at???!!!!!!"
May 31, 2015 6:43 PM - petebklyn
concert was excellent. loud pieces.
May 31, 2015 6:47 PM - pepper
Pete would make sure you kept your sidewalk clean, that's for sure, M4L.
May 31, 2015 6:50 PM - pepper
The violas were especially good, I presume?
May 31, 2015 6:51 PM - pepper
Oh, btw, they started work again on that building by the Y.
May 31, 2015 6:51 PM - More4Less
I would definitely have to bribe Pete so he won't call 311 on my panda ass
May 31, 2015 6:52 PM - pepper
JTs are the way to his heart.
May 31, 2015 7:07 PM - petebklyn
I saw workers there in last week or so. I guess SWO rescinded.
May 31, 2015 7:09 PM - petebklyn
pasta water is on. looks we are having early dinner tonight.
with dandelion greens and anchovie(from a can), bread crumbs

May 31, 2015 7:17 PM - petebklyn
here it comes again.
May 31, 2015 7:32 PM - pepper
This is A LOT of rain. Very cleansing.
May 31, 2015 7:38 PM - petebklyn
I wasn't feeling dirty
May 31, 2015 7:39 PM - petebklyn
but it does keep neighbors inside.
May 31, 2015 7:55 PM - dibs
Probably no rain here until 10 or so
May 31, 2015 8:54 PM - Partridge
Buckets of rain. Emergency flood alert sent to phones around 5:30pm. All safe now.
May 31, 2015 9:05 PM - Partridge
Hello, DH. Thanks for all your help. Love you.
May 31, 2015 9:08 PM - rf
The alert hit my phone at 5:28 but my kid's at around 6:45!
May 31, 2015 9:10 PM - Partridge
Weird. Wonder if it pings location?
May 31, 2015 9:11 PM - rf
We were both home.
May 31, 2015 9:12 PM - Partridge
Weird indeed.
May 31, 2015 9:23 PM - dibs
Just started here.
May 31, 2015 9:30 PM - Partridge
Batten down the hatches!
May 31, 2015 9:35 PM - DeLepp
A delightful drive home. Lightning show was something else though.
May 31, 2015 9:40 PM - Partridge
How was Helen's day?
May 31, 2015 9:41 PM - dibs
Really heavy now. The farms really needed it, as did my lawn and garden.
May 31, 2015 9:42 PM - dibs
I just hope the creek doesnt overflow. If it stays this heavy for a few hours, it could happen especially since the ground is so dry with lots running off
May 31, 2015 9:43 PM - DeLepp
She enjoyed herself. The rain was awful. 80 was a parking lot.
May 31, 2015 9:47 PM - Partridge
Oof! Did you take her out locally?
May 31, 2015 9:48 PM - DeLepp
Went to old favorite in her old town.
May 31, 2015 9:49 PM - Partridge
Sweet! Good son you are. 85 and independent. Bless her!
May 31, 2015 9:50 PM - petebklyn
why she thanking DH?
May 31, 2015 9:51 PM - Deleted
Am I to understand that the daily reminder of my stupidity will be a team effort?
May 31, 2015 9:54 PM - Partridge
Because he came to my rescue! He's a mensch. Chilled with me at the store today. DeLepp yesterday. I just love my guys. Kisses! You too, Peter!
May 31, 2015 9:55 PM - dibs
Rain stopped. More to come overnight.
May 31, 2015 9:56 PM - Partridge
Hey, B! I love you too. No one called you stupid today, did they?
May 31, 2015 9:59 PM - pepper
I did. ;o)
May 31, 2015 10:01 PM - Partridge
May 31, 2015 10:05 PM - Deleted
Oh wait a minute - it was Pepper who gave me the daily reminder - never mind. I thought it was LP.

Another example of their melding into Pepperidge.
May 31, 2015 10:06 PM - pepper
But I'm just subbing for The What. I don't really mean it.
May 31, 2015 10:06 PM - dibs
She hasnt been very nice here lately
May 31, 2015 10:07 PM - Partridge
So many other available adjectives. Stupid would never be one I would use for Benson.
May 31, 2015 10:09 PM - pepper
Is it the red in the avatars? The "p" at the beginning of our names? Our jolly, fun-loving dispositions? Why do people mix us up?
May 31, 2015 10:09 PM - Partridge
She's been extra mean lately, no?
May 31, 2015 10:15 PM - Deleted
"Why do people mix us up?"

This should be the topic for a thread.
May 31, 2015 10:17 PM - pepper
May 31, 2015 10:18 PM - Partridge
jussayin your hard work is paying off. :)
May 31, 2015 10:19 PM - Deleted
My wife and I took a drive to the Rockaways to take in the ocean a bit. We drove the "Arverne-by-the-Sea" development out there. Holy Moly, has that development boomed out there! It's probably doubled in size since I last saw it, and judging by the prices for the latest phase, they've been successful. Ocean-front 2 family house now goes for $1.2 Million and all but three are sold out. A few years ago they were asking about $650K. We walked through the sales model, and they are really nice.
May 31, 2015 10:25 PM - pepper
Sounds like a nice day, Benson.
May 31, 2015 10:26 PM - Deleted
For those not familiar with the development:


The web-page quotes a price of $675,000. That is for homes set back from the ocean. The price for homes directly facing the ocean is $1.2 million.