Recent comments by Mike in Long Island

She might like a nice belt pouch. Just big enough to carry a wallet and phone.

When I was in retail a retired corrections officer who worked security in the store wore a fanny pack. Not terribly stylish but it keep two things close at hand.

His cigarettes and his sidearm.

Reinstate the draft for everybody and the wars will end within weeks.

Yeah - like there would ever be a draft with no special snowflake exemptions.

"Why this draftee could never serve. They have so much more to offer the country in other ways! You can leave now Ted Cruz Jr."

I graduated the year you didn't even have to sign up for the SS. Thank goodness.

I'm not sure that's even an option. I had to sign up as did my son who just turned 18.

I graduated in the class of 1966--- the most drafted class of the Nam "Police Action".

My dad was class of '63 if I'm not mistaken. Drafted into the army and got orders twice to go to Vietnam. Both times one of his brothers was already deployed and both times he was given a choice to remain stateside or go overseas. He stayed stateside otherwise I might not be here.

Lawyers being laywers

Lawyer Suing Neighbor for Smoking Is Defender Of Corporations Accused Of Toxic Smoke |

Gray has lived in his home for 51 years; the Coppingers moved into theirs last fall. The Coppingers say that cigarette and marijuana smoke is seeping into their bedroom and their child’s bedroom. The Washington Post quoted Nessa Coppinger, 38 and pregnant with the couple’s second child, as saying, “This is a health concern. We don’t smoke. We don’t allow smoking in our home.” They are seeking $500,000 in damages from Gray and his sister, who owns the house.

Nessa Horewitch Coppinger’s practice focuses on complex environmental litigation, including multi-district litigation and multi-party product liability, toxic tort, and class action matters… She has achieved favorable results for states, counties, and corporate clients, including Fortune 100 companies … Examples of Ms. Coppinger’s experience include: Defending numerous products liability and toxic tort cases related to alleged groundwater contamination involving a gasoline additive in both federal and state courts….

In other words, some of Coppinger’s work involves trying to defeat the legal claims of people who contend they have been harmed by toxic pollution.

U.S. Home Prices Are Surging 13 Times Faster Than Wages - Bloomberg Business

Using localized earnings data, RealtyTrac also found that 76 percent of housing markets posted increases in home prices that exceeded the wage growth there during that time frame, led by the regions of Merced, California; Memphis, Tennessee; Santa Cruz, California; and Augusta, Georgia. Others include the Detroit, Houston and Miami regions. (To be fair, some of these areas are still considered affordable and experienced massive price drops during the housing bust and recession.)

So easy to envision.

You should probably spend less time in front of the mirror.

OT: teh suck is creeping back into my work life. I spent multiple hours trying to determine if a question in an email rose to the level of an Action Item.

A periodic purge via CTRL + A and DEL works wonders.

If it's important they will ask again. If not it wasn't important.

...or any economic climate that seems likely...

Speaking of climate - it was probably a little chilly after these remarks given the audience.

Ted Cruz: Political prodigy or smug know-it-all? | The Washington Post

Ted Cruz looked out over a sprawling audience of Iowa farmers and agribusiness leaders, people who rely on federal subsidies of ethanol, and the man who would be president stuck it to them.

Above: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) announces his candidacy on Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
“I know you’d like me to say I’m for the renewable fuel standard” - that’s the subsidy of their product - “that'd be the easy thing to do," he said. “But I'm going to tell you the truth.” He’d take away their subsidy, he said with a big smile.

The farmers sat on their hands.

There's been a stack of cases in one of the stores selling at this price for that last couple of weeks. I figured I should buy a couple six packs to try.

Sounds like you need to get into homebrewing. Once you get your technique down look into opening a microbrew. Sell direct to a few local restaurants - feel free to barter beer for food.

On ice right now Sleigh Ryed | Great South Bay Brewery | Bay Shore, NY | BeerAdvocate

I can post a relatively on topic comment for once. Must be my lucky day. I'll probably quit after this.

Zombie Houses - Map graph - Newsday

Zombie houses!

Click the index for more if you dare!

Edit: FTL

California-based RealtyTrac, which compiles real estate data, identified 4,044 zombie homes in Nassau and Suffolk — nearly 24 percent of the state’s total of 16,777 — as of Jan. 31. RealtyTrac’s methodology focuses on active foreclosures and automatically removes any home that is still in the process beyond the state’s average foreclosure time, which in New York is 934 days.

However, residents and local officials point to properties that have been stuck in the state court’s foreclosure process for five years or more, homes that they said would be missing from RealtyTrac’s data.

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If you can mix Kool-Aid Kool-Aid , you can mix a lethal dose of alcohol.

I see you've had experience with nuclear jello shots. Not sure how Everclear is legal.

Light a Jell-O Shot on Fire

Good news, my alcohol-fueled fighting friends!

No thanks. I prefer mine in liquid form - a 6 pack of Smuttynose Old Brown Dog followed me home over the weekend. I enjoyed one this evening with dinner.

My one sister in law likes to help out by throwing things out. She runs around picking up stuff and telling us we need to say simmering RIGHT NOW if we want to keep it. Every time she does this, we find something missing that we need.
This reminds me of Arizona.

Check craigslist. She's probably selling it for a little extra income.

This is as good a Blog as any other. Wink

Gracious host, unique format, interesting commentar... well 2 out of 3 aren't bad...

Thanks kcoop for all that you do!

Sounds like Mike in Long Island.

Not sure I agree but hey you are entitled to your opinion.

Our new Governor has been very, very busy these last few months. And every bill in now rushed through, like no one discussed it before hand.

Free market baby! It's no one's fault but your own if your local gas station dispenses 7/8th's of a gallon but charges your for 1. Caveat emptor.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.02 percent.

still a ways from the 1.64 low of a few months ago - as in January..

If you obsess about the Fed, do you have a Feddish?

It may make you prone to FITS


They will remove "patient" which will cause the Dow to fall 200 points in a microsecond.
But they will have lots of dovish language in the statement and press conference ("data dependent" etc.) and we will close +300.

Machine readable news.... Seems like a ripe opportunity for algo's gone wild based on the addition/omission of a word or two.

Looking forward to a shift from casual racism to casual sexism, you guys!

Of course you are... you have twins in diapers at home in a 1 (2?) bedroom apartment. You need to live vicariously through others at this point in time....

So we came up with this idea of building out 2" 'bellies' in the front of the cupboard to accommodate the new sinks.

Uh wouldn't a farmhouse sink be easier?

Red hat? Indeed there is. Blackhalo Shakes Tiny Fist of Fury

How to Become Gluten Intolerant (Funny) - Ultra Spiritual Life episode 12 - with JP Sears - YouTube 

Being gluten free used to be a luxury only reserved for those who are intolerant to gluten. With this cutting edge gluten educational video, you can become gluten intolerant too, whether or not you're actually intolerant to gluten. In the new age, if you're not living gluten free, you're getting left behind. Here's your chance to jump on the new age conscious band wagon!

The Gov. Chris Christie version looks dangerous.

nickname: Jaba The Butt

Hey, I have noticed something. Short-term at-the-money SPY calls are volatile.

All your Gamma belong to us.

Hey, if Huawei teevees can phone home to central command, why not our footwear?

Full body faraday cages will be the hot new fashion trend....

I have no idea why the last one is conflated with the others: Gunshots indicate immediate danger, the others are surveillance.

Adidas to digitise trainers and footballs to create ‘over a billion consumer touchpoints’ | The Drum

Adidas is building near field communications (NFC) into its footwear, apparel and sporting equipment in the hope of triggering over a billion consumer touchpoints it can use to keep talking to people long after they’ve made a purchase.

We Just Got the Perfect Snapshot of the U.S. Economy - Bloomberg Business

So the headline number, the new order number, and the shipment index all declined. Yet employment metrics improved.

Of course there is. Thank God the truly dangerous countries like Israel and Pakistan are literally on the other side of the globe.

And no chance of either Russia, China or the US detecting a nuclear detonation or an ICBM launch and over-reacting "use or or lose em boys - light em up"....

Some kind of nuclear exchange is almost inevitable at this point.

That's a terrifying thought as I don't think there is such a thing as a "limited" nuclear exchange.

I'm kind of hoping he appears as Zac Efron, with an explanation that he's done a personality transfer ala "Freejack" or "Mephisto Waltz", as part of a long term project towards immortality.

Perhaps wearing one of the Duke's latest projects...

Not that anyone is claiming "sea level rise more quickly at Battery Park" ( if contrary to some unified theory of wtf) one should expect change relative to sea level at that particular harbor junction with two strong tidal rivers to go negative annually, on account of landfill erosion.

New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use | Open Culture

The police blocked off the finish line this year, so the families didn't actually get to cheer their loved ones across. I asked a cop why they'd blocked Ocean ave and he said "security reasons". Sad.

If you see something - say something. It's for the children.

if you see something say something nyc - Google Search

You'll be Montesorry to join that cult.

Says Whiskey as he fills out an application for his offspring to attend PreK at Leman....

Tuition and Financial Aid | Leman Manhattan

But I really don't want to live through another massive stock market crash right now.
Which is why dog track action like today's is so worrisome.

Don't worry. Things like limit up/limit down and market wide circuit breakers will save you - brought you you by the same folks who brought you Reg NMS.

Former SEC Director Rips the Red Tape Off His Mouth - Bloomberg Business

Ramsay, 55, formerly the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s director of trading and markets, joined the stock-trading venue founded by Brad Katsuyama, IEX Group Inc., in June and soon began slamming the industry he’d overseen for the SEC. He called out the “convoluted” and “illogical” pricing rules of major stock exchanges and compared the $25 trillion U.S. stock market’s structure to the Death Star of “Star Wars.”

Ramsay’s positions often put him at odds with his previous employer. The SEC’s current trading rules, known as Regulation NMS, are partly responsible for the flourishing of high-frequency trading and the dispersion of trading across more than 40 venues, he said. And he’s been unafraid about taking his viewpoint to Wall Street.
“The current market ecosystem is not sustainable, and significant changes are coming one way or another,” Ramsay said in a speech delivered at a New York technology conference in September.

Ya know, I was thinking about putting a few units up on AirBNB.
I could advertise hot and cold running lube...

It's been done.

The amazon reviews for the lube are hysterical.

For example

James O. Thach "@JamesOtisThach"'s review of Passion Natural Water-Based Lubricant - 55...

I do the same. I buy hand soap and washing up liquid (dishwashing) in 5L jugs.

For when you expand your horizons a bit. Passion Natural Water-Based Lubricant - 55 Gallon: Health & Personal Care

Refill dispensers.

Ok - it just seemed like an odd thing to buy in bulk but I forgot you manage property(ies).

I was headed to S&F to buy gallons of Dial soap, so I was going to buy all the soap at one place, since HD does not have Dial. I know, I could have planned better...

What does one do with "gallons of Dial soap"?

..and not too much encouraging in the futures heat map unless you like Lets take a coffee break and :cattle:

From the last thread. Simple Green. Why don't you just buy it at Home Depot?

I would pick the one with no clock. There are already a few things in the kitchen with clocks. You don't need 6 clocks in the kitchen. You don't need a clock in the room where the computer / lap top is. You don't need a clock in the bathroom. If you are one of those people who are constantly using the phone for FB, emails etc - you don't need a clock at all.

You aren't the average consumer. If the marketing guy says "we gotta have a clock cause our competitors have one" - guess what's going to get built...

Isn't it a pain to have to change the clocks etc that aren't on the phone or computer? I think the only other clock we have is on the stove. Never understood why everything in the kitchen had to have it's own clock.

The average consumer is in the store comparing microwaves from 2 manufacturers. Both do the same thing, both are the same price. One has a display showing the time and one does not. Which one ends up in the shopping cart?

No ... it's just as irrational as any other religion

Be we are multi something or other!

Bill de Blasio says NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays - Newsday

De Blasio's announced the new school holidays at a rally at PS/IS 30, in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge before Muslim New Yorkers in kufi head caps, ankle-length thobes, hijab headscarves, and abaya tunics.

"We can now say that we are multicultural, multiracial, multi, multi, multi-everything city," de Blasio said.

When the Muslim holidays have fallen on a school day, more than half of teachers and nearly three-quarters of students don't show up at PS/IS 30.

Wait. WUT?!?

The city must adjust the calendar annually to fulfill the state-mandated minimum 180-day school year. About one-tenth of students are Muslim, according to a 2008 Columbia University study

No ... it's just as irrational as any other religion.

No ... it's just as irrational as any other religion. belief system.

Do they observe the various Orthodox Christian and Jewish holidays ... and Diwali, Chinese New Years, etc.?

No Diwali or Lunar New Year.

Have no fear - its for the children.

The School Year Calendar for 2015-16 meets the State Education Department requirement of a
minimum of 180 state aidable days in all schools in the City School District.

New York City to Add Two Muslim Holidays to School Calendar - WSJ

Throwing the teachers union a bone.

Warmest winter month on record (Dec., Jan., Feb.)
Salt Lake City, UT: 43.9°F; old record 42.9°F (Feb. 1907)
Reno, NV: 46.3°F; old record 46.0°F (Feb. 1995)
Seattle, WA: 48.8°F; old record 48.7°F (Feb. 1977)
Portland, OR: 49.2°F; old record 48.8°F (Feb. 1991)
San Francisco, CA (downtown): 59.5°F; old record 58.9°F (Feb. 1986)
Las Vegas, NV: 60.0°F; old record 58.6°F (Feb. 1995)
Warmest February on record
Flagstaff, AZ: 39.7°F; old record 38.2°F (Feb. 1947)
Liberal Lies!
It was cold getting the beer out of the fridge, and the Cheetos were cool when i left them in the F250.

It all averages out

I"m working on the explanation for that fly rod I bought on EBay while MrsRobj was in Yellowstone.

You need to use logic that she would typically employ to justify one of her purchases. Be proactive. Don't wait until she asks about it - you go to her and say,

"Hey honey. Look at how much money I saved by purchasing this fly rod on ebay. It's 80% less than what I'd pay in a retail store!"