Home 'n' hearth

By - 4/3/08 - 8:14 pm

Tom Fulry reports on an interesting discussion this afternoon with an elderly neighbor who'd come over to alert him to an NStar "service upgrade" tonight:

... I pulled out my blackberry to set an alarm.

"Don't point that device at me! I don't want to catch the death rays!"

I thought she was joking. I pointed it at my crotch, laughing that I can feel the waves penetrating me.

"Stop! You'll kill all your swimmers. You should not carry that radioactive brick anywhere near your down there," she said. ...

By - 3/18/08 - 8:35 pm

NOTE: The post has been removed from public view, so I've taken out the link.

Marcus was the road this morning, about 15 minutes after leaving his home, when his wife called to ask about weekend plans.

... We were talking when I heard the dogs start to bark in the background and she said, "Shit, someone is in here, I just heard the front door close." I told her to make a bee line for the safe down in the basement as she hung up to call 911. ...

By - 3/18/08 - 9:31 am

Ezra found himself yesterday dealing with conundrums involving both.

By - 3/12/08 - 3:47 pm

The Boston Zoning Commission voted unanimously today to limit apartments to no more than four unrelated college students.

By - 3/11/08 - 3:58 pm

Philip Greenspun comes clean:

... In an effort to become the consummate condo-dwelling yuppie, I replaced my 10-year-old (mid-priced) Whirlpool dishwasher, whose cleaning power was beginning to fade, with a $1200 Bosch. The new Bosch leaves food on silverware and dishes and can't clean pots or pans. The Whirlpool, at age 10, did a far better job. Compared to the Whirlpool when new (throw in any dirty dish, without scraping or rinsing, and pots with all kinds of stuck-on crud), the Bosch is a joke. ...

By - 2/28/08 - 3:58 pm

Chris Lovett reports on a meeting of the mayor's Foreclosure Intervention Team yesterday morning:

"We're not as bad as '93 and '94, but we never want to get there," said the mayor. "And all the predictions we get are the worst is yet to come."

Lovett also provides a map showing properties which not only have been foreclosed but for which the owning banks have been unable to find buyers.

By - 2/26/08 - 7:47 am

The Boston Condo Guy reports:

... We talk with a growing number of Europeans each week who are interested in buying Boston investment property, or a Boston vacation home in one of America’s most historic cities. Europeans recognize that downtown Boston real estate will always hold its value, and the best time to "get in" is when their currency allows them to do so at a discount.

By - 2/23/08 - 12:11 am

Miss von Schtoop informs us that Dominic Luberto, the Jamaica Plain guy who lights the way for returning spacecraft during the Christmas season, has put the Castle up for sale:

Single Family Property, Area: Jamaica Plain, Approximately 0.7 acre(s), Lot is 30927 sq. ft., Year Built: 1897, Parking space(s): 4, Swimming pool(s), Basement, Dining room, Laundry room, Hardwood floors

All yours for just $2.2 million.

The Castle in more sedate colors:

The neighbors must love this
By - 2/12/08 - 9:47 pm

Spatch posts the bulletin that Abbie the cat is back where he belongs tonight - and eating up a storm, but otherwise none the worse for wear.

Apparently, Abbie never went very far even as Spatch, his roommates and a whole lot of other people fanned out across greater Davis Square looking for him - he was holed up in the "bahn" of the house next door:

By - 2/9/08 - 5:07 pm

Peter Oehlkers videos the wren that got into his house yesterday when somebody (he's not naming names) left the basement door open.

By - 2/8/08 - 1:13 pm

No, really. Jason Feifer details the scam, along with a couple of tips: Never send anybody money in advance just to see a place, and never trust somebody named Louis Pontecorvo.

By - 12/29/07 - 9:52 am

Lyss wonders:

Should I be pissed that one of my teenage neighbors and his friends think they're rap stars or DJ's or something and like to let everyone in the apartment complex know by hanging out on a porch playing music so loud that I heard it over my vacuum cleaner? Or should I just be happy that he's not out dealing drugs, underage drinking, or something like that? ...

By - 12/11/07 - 10:37 pm

If only Maggie had been wearing these when she tried to take out the trash yesterday (don't click on that second link if you can't stand the site of some serious ouchies). It's not to late to stock up for this weekend's killer storm, of course.

By - 12/10/07 - 9:23 am

Chris Lovett provides an interesting look at sub-prime mortgages and explains why the president's plan for dealing with the mess will do little to help places such as Dorchester, with a look at the condos of 43 Whitfield St., just outside Codman Square:

By - 12/9/07 - 4:12 pm

Or why you should leave all the basement lights on all the time:

I went down to the basement today to get the laundry and opened the door into the basement and there was a thing that looked kind of like a chunk of lint or a sock hanging on the edge of the door. I grabbed it and it was warm and furry and surprising. I dropped it and jumped back. It was a bat. ...

By - 12/4/07 - 10:13 am

'08 property taxes drop in Hub.

Three reasons: Property values continue to sink, commercial development continues to escalate, and Tom Menino got legislation passed that changed the way residential and commercial tax revenue related to each other (until this year, state law barred Boston from reducing residential tax income unless it did the same for commercial properties).

By - 11/25/07 - 8:53 pm

Hey, folks:

It's the holiday time again, and I figured I'd share my favorite recipe with you all for anyone who'e into baking. If others are willing to put in their favorite recipes for the holidays, no matter what it may be, you're more than welcome. Here goes:

Chocolate Pound Cake with Rich Chocolate Glaze:


2 cups all-purpose white flour
2 cups of sugar
2 sticks of unsalted butter (I always melt the butter first)
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder