Closing up until the Spring

From the NY Times:

A Long Winter Awaits Some Sellers

THE five-bedroom four-bath farm ranch on more than 2.5 acres that Margaret Trautmann owns in Upper Brookville has been on the market for nine months. Originally listed at $1.695 million, the 51-year-old slate-roofed house has since had its price cut by $100,000.

Ms. Trautmann has received four offers, but none for what she hoped to get for the 3,000-square-foot home where she reared three children and lived for 25 years.

“You have to stay in the game,” goes the advice — which translates as, plan to keep the listing active through the winter. “The houses today are at least a year on the market,” Ms. Trautmann said of the homes priced from $1 million to $2.5 million in her well-to-do neighborhood.

In years past, said Liz English, an associate broker with Netter Real Estate in West Islip and the president-elect of the Long Island Board of Realtors, the perception was that a house for sale would benefit from being taken off the market close to Thanksgiving and relisted at a higher price, with “a fresh approach,” in early spring. “That was because we were going up and up and up,” Ms. English said.

Four years after housing prices peaked, there is no sign that prices will be higher next spring.

In any case there is now a glut of luxury homes, particularly between $1 million and $2.5 million, and in some areas $5 million and above, on the North Shore market and in pricey South Shore areas like Woodsburgh, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Neck and Back Lawrence.

Over all, in Nassau County, there are 1,590 residences listed at $1 million or more, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island; in Suffolk in that range there are 1,058. Listing service data indicate that over the last five years, contracted sales typically peaked in July and August. The slowest months for closing sales are January and February.

In the Five Towns, Mr. Pugatch said, fall sales pick up in October, after the Jewish holidays. “December is my best month,” he said. “The people who come out in May and June and want to be chauffeured to eight or nine houses, they are all looking; they are not buying yet.” But by December, he said, 75 percent of lookers buy. “They are out looking in the rain and the snow,” he said. “Those are the best buyers you can get.”

And for those homes that are “priced right, if you are not in real-estate-denial mode, you can sell in 30 days.”

But Nava Mitnick, an associate broker with Daniel Gale, takes a different approach. Ms. Mitnick has multiple listings in Sands Point, where 64 homes (about 7 percent of the housing stock) are on the market, at a price range of $999,000 to $30 million. She suggested that sellers not “initiate a listing in November or December,” saying: “You won’t get the proper attention because people are otherwise occupied. It is not starting off on the right foot.”

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96 Responses to Closing up until the Spring

  1. grim says:

    From the Star Ledger:

    N.J. appellate court tosses large portion of affordable-housing rules

    They’re often bitter opponents, but Friday housing advocates and environmentalists on one side and the governor, lawmakers and towns on the other side had a “Kumbaya” moment as they all applauded an appellate court decision that tosses out a substantial portion of the state’s affordable-housing rules.

    That’s not to say everyone agrees with every part of the 72-page decision released Friday. But they are happy to be getting out from under the roundly disparaged state Council on Affordable Housing’s rules, which have been described as convoluted and unfair — and worse.

    “The ruling strikes down the burdensome regulations promulgated by the agency,” Bill Dressel, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, said in a statement. Those rules “were fundamentally flawed, relying upon an inflated determination of vacant land as well as outdated data.

    “As a result, land that was already developed or not suited for development, including some outrageous examples such as highway medians, cemeteries and school grounds, were included in the calculation of projected housing obligations,” Dressel said. His organization was among those challenging the rules.

  2. Mike says:

    Good Morning NewJersey Here’s some approaches in plain English get rid of it, unload it, dump it.

  3. willwork4beer says:

    Battered housing market leaves people downsizing their dreams

    By Annie Gowen Friday, Oct 8, 2010

    Three years ago, a developer with grand dreams of a new neighborhood and town center leveled around 750 acres of pristine forest land overlooking the Potomac River in Prince William County. Then the market tanked, and the developer of Harbor Station defaulted on a $100 million loan.

    Now the land sits, a gaping hole with construction debris except for one thing: a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course hidden inside, its tees kept perfectly manicured and green. Empty of players. No clubhouse. Waiting.

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/c.jsp?item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fwp-syndication%2farticle%2f2010%2f10%2f08%2fAR2010100803350_mobile.xml&cid=578815

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  4. willwork4beer says:

    Ugh. Posting from my new phone is a real pain.

    Grim, please get rid of the crap at the end of #3 if you get the chance. Thanks.

  5. 30 year realtor says:

    Since the tax credit ended I have been telling those who will listen that this Spring represents a critical juncture in the market. That is to say, it is the only thing in the near future that can put the brakes on the steep slide that we are currently in. To some degree, no matter how small, there will be some seasonal buying. How the market behaves in the 3rd and 4th quarters of next year will be very interesting.

  6. willwork4beer says:

    Sanofi-Aventis to lay off 1,700 US employees

    Oct. 8, 2010, 6:35 p.m. EDT Associated Press

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) —Sanofi-Aventis SA, the world’s fourth-biggest drugmaker, said Friday it is eliminating 1,700 jobs in its U.S. pharmaceutical business in a restructuring triggered by growing generic competition and other factors. The news comes as Sanofi’s struggle to buy U.S. biotech firm Genzyme Corp. drags on. The layoffs amount to about 25 percent of the workers in the company’s U.S. pharmaceutical business, and will primarily hit sales representatives around the country and administrative staff at Sanofi’s American headquarters in Bridgewater, NJ. 

    About 1,400 sales staff will be laid off, as well as about 300 staff in various administrative jobs, Sanofi-Aventis spokesman Jack Cox said.

    http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/sanofi-aventis-to-lay-off-1700-us-employees/bdf91dcd6621401a9aae81d74b5aca60

  7. Confused In NJ says:

    Motorists are seeing sharply higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

    AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of regular gasoline in the Garden State on Friday was $2.62, up 12 cents from a week ago.

    That’s also higher than a year ago, when New Jersey motorists were paying $2.29.

    Meanwhile, the national average price rose 9 cents to $2.78. That’s also higher than the national average from a year ago, which was $2.47.

    AAA Mid-Atlantic says the rising prices are due to recent surges in the price of crude oil, which has been around $80 a barrel or more for over a week.

    Crude’s been rising as the dollar has weakened, and higher oil prices mean refiners pay more for crude to make gasoline and other refined products.

  8. Mr Wantanapolous says:

    WW4B,

    From previous thread;

    Look for an old guy wearing BC sweats with a young blond.

    Yikes,

    Check out previous thread. If you are around I’ll buy you a beer.

  9. New in NJ says:

    Roy Zimmerman, master musical satirist, sings about the “sinking ship”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNi1sevKNd0&feature=player_embedded

  10. Punch My Ticket says:

    Yikes re New Hope,

    Walk across the bridge to Lambertville. New Hope is a farce. (However, I haven’t been to Lville for a time now either, so it’s probably been kitschified beyond help too.)

    My amusing New Hope anecdote: This must have been late 80s. We were north of New Hope and drove down the Delaware into town. It was a weekend, Saturday or Sunday. All I wanted was to get to the bridge and across the river so I could finally get home. Town was jammed. So we’re sitting there in traffic, not moving, maybe ten minutes, steam wafting gently out my ears. Then, without warning, a limb falls out of an oak above the road, crushing the roof and then hood of the BMW 3xx that’s trapped in traffic just in front of me. Yuppies climb out agog.

    It made my day.

  11. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    This is American “politics” these days:

    Osama “Town Hall Meeting” Casting Call

    PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, DC MTV, BET, and CMT (prods.) are casting the audience for a town hall meeting with President Obama. Shooting Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. in Washington, DC. Seeking—Audience Members: males and females, 18+. To apply, email townhallaudience@mtvnmix.com and put “Town Hall” in the subject line. To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are …[more]

    http://cryptogon.com/?p=18122

  12. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    Had conversation with friend this morning. He had gone to a Hoboken RE agent just to see what comparative rentals were available. Anyway the RE agent goes into the whole “why not own?” schpeel. Here is the deal $360K new one bedroom, 3% down, total monthly payment with taxes and condo fee “will only be $3k”. “Don’t forget the tax deduction!!!”

    His question to me was who in their f’g mind would consider that a deal in this economy? $3k a month with a 17% real unemployment rate? $3K a month for a one bedroom that there is no way is going to increase in price in the next 10 years? This is a guy who’s never seen this website as far as I know. Realtors are crazy.

  13. Janus says:

    Neat story, maybe next time your week would be made if say a toddler drowned on your next trip.

  14. Orion says:

    (11)

    The only way they’d get me as cast member in Oblahblah’s show is to buy me a house– of my choice in neighborhood AND pay the taxes for 20 yrs. Fair exchange, I think.

  15. Sterling Grey Matters says:

    10 – Punch My Ticket –

    Please provide a list of cars that are approved to be crushed by tree limbs.

    Also provide a full list of people who are approved to be crushed by tree limbs.

    Please be as detailed as possible.

    Thank you.

  16. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Janus 14 You are really starting to grate on me.

  17. Libtard says:

    You know, Essex is an interesting case study. When he first got here years ago, he was really quite the annoying poster and I remember discussing with Gator how much of a d1ck he was at times. He even admitted he had a problem if I recall correctly. Then he kind of warmed up a bit in a ‘just found Jebus’ kind of way. His new-found optimism came through and it appeared to be genuine. Now he is wishing toddlers to drown. Bipolar? Simple attention seeking? What gives Essex?

  18. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Stu , Janus = Essex?

  19. Libtard says:

    Yuppers.

  20. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Essex don’t be an a** hole , you are a regular whats up with the Janus persona? We go back & forth on everything no need to be Janus.

  21. Punch My Ticket says:

    SGM [10]

    You weren’t the one driving the Beemer, were you? LOL

    I was the poor student in the shitbox Subaru just behind. Did No Hope ever pay you off for their arboreal negligence?

  22. Janus says:

    18. sarcasm…pure and simple. Remember you can always wear a wig, but you can’t hide stupid.

  23. Janus says:

    21. I like Janus. He is my new me.

  24. Janus says:

    Sure I get the whole end of days thing. The wind down of the Empire. What I don’t get is the “hey I am miserable so everyone else deserves to suffer”. That seems uniquely New Jersey to me. As a transplant here I simply wonder wtf is wrong with most folks from here, aside from the fact that they are unusually ugly.

  25. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Been driving around Vernon looking for Clot ( it is reported he is in the area), there goes the neighborhood. Bet I get a house real cheap now. Only kidding.

  26. Janus says:

    But hey, I don’t want to be a burden, what say I take a break. I feel like I could use one.

  27. Libtard says:

    Essex, you are about as entertaining as a bot.

  28. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Essex 25 don’t worry be happy. Ugly Ha.

  29. Libtard says:

    I hope you guys all find this entertaining. I’ve been jarring (as normal) with my mayor again.

    —————————————————————–
    I posted a comment in the latest article on Montclair Patch:

    http://montclair.patch.com/articles/wall-street-journal-cites-montclair-in-article-on-smart-edge-cities#comments

    “where housing prices have held up even in the face of one of the greatest real-estate collapses in modern memory.”

    Does anyone care to site the evidence?

    My home’s value went from 640K to 460K from 2006 through 2010? That’s a mere 28%. This seems kind of high to me, relative to what property values have done in the surrounding towns. I heard that a group of local realtors asked to meet with Mayor Fried to discuss what can be done with our escalating property taxes and heard that he refused to meet with them.

    I suppose whatever the Wall Street Journal writes is the gospel.
    ———————————————————————-

    So I get an email back from him a few minutes after:

    if you’re really interested in the truth…

    From:
    Jerry Fried

    Try using facts to make your point, not rumors. “He refused to meet with them” is a lie. It’s usually better to try and find out if something is true before repeating it as fact. When the source you’re citing remains “anonymous”, there’s usually a reason to be suspicious.

    JF
    —————————————————————————

    So I had to write back.

    I did make a point to say ‘I heard’ rather than state this as a fact. You may need to reread what I wrote. Likewise, I read that you called the ‘Elect the Board’ supporters ‘angry.’ The writer in this case was not anonymous. Didn’t you find it strange that the writer of that piece in the Montclair Times risked his livelihood to make this false statement?

    As long as I have your ear…why was it OK to use some of the money from the sale of the Label Street property to pay for operating costs, but when Cary suggests we use more of it or the MSU sewer connection fees, you claim this is a bad practice?

    Why is it that you claimed the first downgrade to our debt ‘nothing to be concerned with’ yet you are threatening those who still oppose the current budget with the potential of another debt downgrade?

    Why is it that you ran on a platform of transparency, yet you have not revealed why it was so important to replace the town lawyer with Ira as well as supported our new municipal judge appointment, disregarding the will of every single public speaker at the council meeting as well as the recommendations of many leaders in our town?

    Why is it that every council meeting is attended by constituents who overwhelmingly oppose so many of the actions of yours, Lewis’ and Weller?

    Why is it that the mentally ill homeless person who used to live in Crane Park was moved to Erie Park (just a few feet away from my home) when the town had no legal right to do so? Yet when we contacted the police, the town manager and Renee, all have told us it would be illegal to remove her. Let me correct that. Marc (the town manager) never even acknowledged our concern.

    Do you have any answers to these questions?
    ——————————————————————————–

    Want to bet that he doesn’t answer any of my questions?

  30. Libtard says:

    He responded. Check out the arrogance. The mayor is never wrong. He is simply paraphrased and misquoted.

    On Oct 9, 2010, at 5:49 PM, Stuart Weissman wrote:

    > I did make a point to say ‘I heard’ rather than state this as a fact. You may need to reread what I wrote. Likewise, I read that you called the ‘Elect the Board’ supporters ‘angry.’
    I called the organizers angry, not the supporters.

    > The writer in this case was not anonymous. Didn’t you find it strange that the writer of that piece in the Montclair Times risked his livelihood to make this false statement?
    No. I’ve been misquoted many times. The best reporters ask for verification rather than paraphrasing, as happened in this case.
    >
    > As long as I have your ear…why was it OK to use some of the money from the sale of the Label Street property to pay for operating costs, but when Cary suggests we use more of it or the MSU sewer connection fees, you claim this is a bad practice?
    The Council negotiated using a portion of Label Street in the budget… now some Council members are going back for more to make a political point. Compromise is fine, holding up the budget for politics is not.
    >
    > Why is it that you claimed the first downgrade to our debt ‘nothing to be concerned with’ yet you are threatening those who still oppose the current budget with the potential of another debt downgrade?
    You’re paraphrasing here. We had a very small downgrade based on the fact we were going to market with bonds. I wasn’t happy about it but understood it in its context. As far as not passing the budget, the CFO and Manager are concerned about a significant downgrade based on our budgeting. I have also talked to my “tax reform” group at Rutgers about our non-passage and am concerned.
    >
    > Why is it that you ran on a platform of transparency, yet you have not revealed why it was so important to replace the town lawyer with Ira as well as supported our new municipal judge appointment, disregarding the will of every single public speaker at the council meeting as well as the recommendations of many leaders in our town?
    I think you’re using transparency when you mean something else. It is not ethical to discuss the merits of different candidates in open session. The Council is empowered to choose its own appointees and this is the way it works in our form of government. I found the public comment on the Attorney to be inappropriate. Do you really believe that we should have had a “forum” where pro and anti voices talked about the candidates?
    >
    > Why is it that every council meeting is attended by constituents who overwhelmingly oppose so many of the actions of yours, Lewis’ and Weller?
    Democracy works this way. Those in opposition are welcome to offer their opinions. I have contact with hundreds of township residents and speak to many of them about policy. I have the most respect for those who back up their opinions with facts and supporting information from other municipalities. Speakers at Council meetings are a part of the public but not the only way we hear the public.

    I particularly welcome people who are willing to engage in actual conversation. In the world of people who care about Montclair, there is a continuum from “people who don’t know anything about town government” through people who serve on the Township Council volunteering as much as 70 hours a week in an attempt to make the town better. In my experience, the people who volunteer on the Township’s committees, commissions and Boards are the best example of non-elected citizens who advocate for a better Montclair.
    >
    > Why is it that the mentally ill homeless person who used to live in Crane Park was moved to Erie Park (just a few feet away from my home) when the town had no legal right to do so? Yet when we contacted the police, the town manager and Renee, all have told us it would be illegal to remove her. Let me correct that. Marc never even acknowledged our concern.
    I don’t know anything about this. When was the last time you contacted Mr. Dashield about it? I’d be happy to follow up if you give me a chronology.

    JF
    >

  31. Away with soccer this weekend. Hope this wasn’t posted before. As with anything Lira writes, it’s worth a read:

    “True story: A retired couple I know, Brian and Ilsa, own a home in the Southwest. It’s a pretty house, right on the manicured golf course of their gated community (they’re crazy about golf). The only problem is, they bought the house near the top of the market in 2005, and now find themselves underwater. They’ve never missed a mortgage payment—Brian and Ilsa are the kind upright, not to say uptight 60-ish white semi-upper-middle-class couple who follow every rule, fill out every form, comply with every norm. In short, they are the backbone of America. Even after the Global Financial Crisis had seriously hurt their retirement nest egg—and therefore their monthly income—and even fully aware that they would probably not live to see their house regain the value it has lost since they bought it, they kept up the mortgage payments. The idea of them strategically defaulting is as absurd as them sprouting wings. When HAMP—the Home Affordable Modification Program—was unveiled, they applied, because they qualified: Every single one of the conditions applied to them, so there was no question that they would be approved—at least in theory.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/gonzalo-lira-coming-middle-class-anarchy

  32. lib (31)-

    Your mayor is a world-class douchebag.

  33. willwork4beer says:

    Mr. Wanta,

    Mrs. Beer had her heart set on Triumph’s back porch and watching the trains. I have to admit I had a great time hanging out outside with her, watching the trains, eating and drinking the the Imperial Stout (and the Oktoberfest).

  34. punch (10)-

    Don’t be so hard on No Hope. I killed my last good-functioning brain cells there, catching Dean & Gene Ween at a variety of their early live shows.

    I think the first time I ever thought anarchy was the answer happened at a Ween show.

  35. punch (13)-

    Doug Coupland is a punch-pulling wuss.

  36. Essex, you really have to ditch the Janus handle. I can’t stop thinking about that shitball mutual fund, and all the trouble they got into with their daily “lookbacks” that got them in so much trouble.

    https://www.janusmutualfundssettlement.com//

  37. mike (26)-

    It’s not me in Vernon today. It’s my daughter.

    BTW, her field hockey 11 put a 4-1 beatdown on Vernon’s future in tractor repair. :)

  38. How much of Ms. Mitnick’s own skin is riding on this sage advice that she’s giving to her clients?

    “But Nava Mitnick, an associate broker with Daniel Gale, takes a different approach. Ms. Mitnick has multiple listings in Sands Point, where 64 homes (about 7 percent of the housing stock) are on the market, at a price range of $999,000 to $30 million. She suggested that sellers not “initiate a listing in November or December,” saying: “You won’t get the proper attention because people are otherwise occupied. It is not starting off on the right foot.”

  39. Pat says:

    Clot, I know. I got a prospectus yesterday and today, and think the entire flashback situation instigated at least part of my rant at dear Essex.

    Isn’t it nice to be able to crap all over each other and still come back?

  40. nj escapee says:

    Essex, we know you’re BAD. What is your guitar cred? Fender, Gibson, PRS or gulp acoustic stuff.

  41. Libtard says:

    Clot…

    You’re a Weenie? Huge fan. Buckingham Green is a true masterpiece. With that said, I’m not sure how everyone can go so gaga over stadium and arena shows. If you want to see an incredibly talented and interactive show, you’ve got to see Ween.

  42. A.West says:

    I hated those Janus fund adverts so much back in 2000. They had all of their funds loading up on basically the same 10 stocks, drove them up, sucked in more money, drove them up more. They owned so much Nokia throughout their funds that when they finally started to liquidate they were probably the dominant force on the Finland exchange.

    For about a year, the best stocks to short were whatever Janus was still overloaded on. Customers were bailing and their bubble action was working in reverse. Now they’re not nearly so famous as they briefly were. Anyway, their eventual discomfort was well-deserved.

  43. Essex says:

    42. I love them all. ;-) Loooooove them all. I’m not really ‘bad’. I’m just naughty.

  44. Essex says:

    I actually chickened out on the eBay sale of a nice 70’s strat just this afternoon. Couldn’t bring myself to sell. Prices are really, really low on gear right now. A great time to buy. so they say.

  45. Essex says:

    “Minority Report” is on. As nuts as Cruise is he has made some badass flicks.

  46. Essex says:

    The Pew Research Center has recently published a study, Static America: Myths About Political Change In America, that contends most of the political narrative spewed by the pundits is bunk.

    The study concludes:

    Political pundits typically depict the electorate in open rebellion and Washington in ongoing paralysis. Generally, neither thesis is true. Closer to the truth about American politics is the second conclusion: that there have been three defining characteristics of American politics for decades. They are: institutional stability; electoral moderation, and the power of incumbency. But now we have evidence to add to that second conclusion a fourth dimension: value constancy. And constancy of political values is very much a piece of the other three.

  47. nj escapee says:

    Essex, I sold nearly all my stuff, some old Strats, a Rick 360 12 string, ’68 Esquire, Mesa Boogie and Fender amps when we moved to Key West. All I have now is 1 G&L tele and 2 acoustics and a small Line 6 amp.

  48. Essex says:

    49. Oh I have rolled through a lot of gear. Down to a Les Paul that I bought new in 1993. A 70’s strat, a tele with a Barden in it. And a Jumbo Gibson Acoustic. Love the G&Ls had one years ago and it was nice. My Mesa Boogie is a Mark I form 1977 60/100 and it sings. I like all types of music, and the boogie will actually get everything from a blackface fender to all out so cal punk. In the process of buying back a one-of-kind PRS that I sold to a surgeon in Virginia who is nice enough to let me buy her back (lay-a-way style). The PRS has an ebony fretboard as does the Gibson. Keywest has some great music venues, just learn your Buffet!

  49. nj escapee says:

    Essex, you have a future playing in Key West. You have the sound of the guys that play at Captain Tony’s. That’s a compliment. some of them are quite good.

  50. Essex says:

    53. Thanks! Appreciate that. I’d love that lifestyle for sure. A little raw bar, some tunes. Always happiest by the ocean. Wife too.

  51. nj escapee says:

    Essex, nice stuff. I went through the whole set. Not sure if you ever heard of Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24. He’s got that island music vibe thing down pretty good. Has a pretty good sized following and they’re not bad. http://www.milemarker24.com/listen.php

  52. Essex says:

    *very cool* thanks for the share. Great thing about music is that it transcends most of the BS we deal with. Like this….

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/sp-60-countries-bankrupt-50-years/

  53. Essex says:

    49. I still miss my JMP that I sold. It was a really amazing amp. A 68 Esquire though? Wow. 12-String Ric too. Man oh man. This guy used to play with a local band in my old FL hometown:

    http://www.steverobinsonmusic.com/mcguinn.html

  54. Shore Guy says:

    I love the Rickenbaacker 360. The hollow-#ody gi es it a tone that the strat and LP just do not have.

  55. Shore Guy says:

    nj escapee,

    Last week, I had a chance to play an early-50- tele.

  56. NJCoast says:

    Shore/BC

    The ground’s a rumblin’ round here. Lots of buzz. The Promise. The CD set. Your Christmas wish come true. There’s talk that Santa Claus is coming to town.

  57. nj escapee says:

    I miss the Rick 12 string and the Esquire but I don’t have any room for stuff :-(. Mcguinn was great on 8 miles high, and all the other stuff.

  58. nj escapee says:

    Shore, nice. I gotta tell ya. I tried a few Fender vintage replica models and they were nice. I think one was a ’52 tele. it even had cloth wrapped wire. jeez.

  59. Essex says:

    62. McGuinn was the touring guitarist in this clip, can you hear him?

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

  60. nj escapee says:

    63, I heard the 12 string. I’ve seen and heard this many times before but didn’t realize it was Mcguinn.

  61. Al Gore says:

    10.

    I heard Lambertville is well armed. Thats enough reason for me to want to visit there.

  62. Al Gore says:

    Essex “AKA Janus,”

    Now that you have your wife working 2 jobs and still cooking dinner every night when are you going to get off your fat Peurto Rican ass and find a job? The government cant support you forever doll face. Perhaps I can lend you some waders and a shovel. The Intracoastal Waterway needs some dredging. How about getting off the bench and getting involved. Ill work off that baby fat for ya by slinging mud 9-5 just like you like i.

  63. Essex says:

    Thanks A.G. — went from 240 lbs to 218 lbs recently — babyfat is gone baby gone.

  64. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    Hey Chifi,

    You see this Hoboken beauty:

    Cracks in roadway developing near giant hole in Hoboken roadway

    http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2010/10/cracks_in_roadway_developing_n.html

    Just a block away from that Toll Brothers Maxwell Place extravaganza:)

    I certainly feel safe with the Hudson County engineer saying all the surrounding buildings have nothing to worry about:)

    So far on that Hudson walkway they have a gazebo that has practically fallen into the river; a soccer field that’s been shut down due to a nearby section of the walkway collapsing; and now a road collapse.

    I wonder what a few hundred $500K to $1.5M waterfront condo floating in the river is going to do for the tax base:)

  65. Shore Guy says:

    ” Mcguinn was great on 8 miles high,”

    And Petty with American Girl, I believe.

  66. Shore Guy says:

    NJC,

    I hope you are going to be feeding Santa and his elves. They need spme good food to keep them going whilethey prepare to bring joy to all the good boys and girls.

  67. Shore Guy says:

    “Now that you have your wife working 2 jobs”

    Al,

    I think that you and Stu haave Essex/Janus all wrong. From looking at the words Essex/Janus uses, and the sentence construction, if I had to make a bet, I would say Jauns is more Janice — female.

    This is NOT meant to be a swipe at anyone, just an observation based on language use.

  68. Shore Guy says:

    Escapee, this tele was not a reissue, but the real deal. It was sweet.

    I also played the Roadworn, reissues of the Tele and the Strat — they use thr samw laquers as the originals, and that affects the tone. The problem with reissues, is the change in wood over the past 40-50 years. I have no knock against them but, because of the differences in wood, the reissues still can’t compare to the vintage equipment (although they all seem superior to the garbage made in the 70s and early 80s.

  69. 250k says:

    #32 Lamar – Thanks for linking that article on how the backbone of America is starting to say “F*ckit”. First step towards anarchy for sure.

    Perhaps this explains why towns like Glen Ridge, Livingston, Short Hills, Summit, and Westfield have only 3-6 months of inventory. The upper middle class has caught on that they can just make the first month’s mortgage payment and then live rent free for a few years. If you are gonna do it, why not in a gold star town?

  70. nj escapee says:

    Shore, I’m sure you’re correct about the woods. I used to frequent Outlaw Guitar in Green Brook about 20 years ago. They had some pretty cool stuff. A lot of it was kinda ratty but there was something for everyone. I got to try old Gibsons, Guilds, Fenders, BC Rich’s, Martins, Dobros, effects, Mesa Boogies. Miss that place. I believe Dickie Betts was a customer of theirs.

  71. nj escapee says:

    Hey Shore, Are you trying vintage guitars at this shop? http://www.hobokenvintage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=53

    If so, the owner was was one of the partners from Outlaw Guitars in Green Brook.

  72. Bill Gassett says:

    I have a feeling the Winter months will break record lows for a lack of sales.

  73. lib (43)-

    Dean and Gene are just behind Lennon & McCartney in my sick little universe.

  74. sx (46)-

    Sorry I didn’t respond to your Strat ad. I’m all about Les Paul Jr’s that look like you fed your dog off them for 4-5 months. Run that puppy thru a Pre-CBS Fender reverb, turn everything up to 10, get into a spot where you can nullify your eardrums with your own feedback, then pretend to be Todd Rundgren.

    BTW, all the above is an excellent recipe for brain damage.

  75. Jimmy Buffett is music for accountants.

  76. Take a 12-string Rick hollowbody, and let the action go. Then, open tune it and play slide.

    Sounds like a chainsaw gone awry.

  77. Yikes says:

    JJ says:
    October 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I read somewhere that 20 years out of college people with c averages have the highest income. They are most rounded, did sports, went bar hopping, hit spring breaks, had lots of friends, part time jobs, hobbies etc. They are interesting people who can multitask, its the A students, the boring no it alls that start off with best jobs but end up stagant in their career cause they are not fun to work with.

    would love to see the sourcing on this

  78. Shore Guy says:

    I think that if I walked in the house with a $20,000 guitar, Mrs. Shore would use it to murder me.

  79. Yikes says:

    #
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    Mr Wantanapolous says:
    October 9, 2010 at 8:17 am

    My wife is dragging me to New Hope, Pa this weekend. Yikes, or anyone; any good establishments to watch baseball? She did make sure the B&B offered TBS before booking.

    Sorry Wanta, missed these comments. But yeah, pretty much every bar/restaurant there has the baseball games. Feel like NY & Philly are baseball towns 1st, then football.

  80. nj escapee says:

    $20k is a lot of dough for an old slab of wood with strings and a pickup.

  81. Al Gore says:

    “Democrats in the Senate on Thursday held a recess hearing covering a taxpayer bailout of union pensions and a plan to seize private 401(k) plans to more “fairly” distribute taxpayer-funded pensions to everyone.”

    http://market-ticker.org/cgi-ticker/akcs-www?post=168743

  82. Shore Guy says:

    Especially if they are not humbuckers.

  83. chi-fi in denver says:

    BOOYA!!!!

    Dissident HEHEHE says:
    October 10, 2010 at 8:39 am
    Hey Chifi,

    You see this Hoboken beauty:

    Cracks in roadway developing near giant hole in Hoboken roadway

  84. cobbler says:

    [91]
    Pretty amazing how the posters on market-ticker whipped themselves into a total frenzy about the issue that had not been in any form or shape proposed or discussed at the said hearing.

  85. Essex says:

    Americans love to believe in fairy tales.

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