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Monday, May 02, 2005

Miscellaneous, Etc. 

A few quick hits:

  1. My "ELIne" newsletter came into my electronic mailbox today, with a link to a month-old NYTimes article on New Haven and its renaissance. It's a fairly interesting article, even if it tells a familiar tale (new downtown housing for empty-nesters and yuppies). Although, it what's maybe a twist on the story, restaurants and theater preceded the housing boom, not the other way around. The line at the end of this paragraph caught my eye, though:
    Hank and Sharon Putsch (pronounced like Dutch) recently sold their house on the river in Old Saybrook. ''It was beautiful but kind of boring,'' Mrs. Putsch said. ''We really need the energy of the city.'' They are both artists and arts administrators ''in our 60's and 70's,'' she said. ''We couldn't afford New York so we came to New Haven.'' They bought a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath town house at Audubon Court on Audubon Street for $290,000, ''reduced from $350,000 because it had been occupied previously by two Yale football players,'' she said.
    All-righty-then. Also, I learned that Adulis serves Eritrean cuisine, not Ethiopian--good to know, because I'm pretty sure your average Eritrean would get pissed if you called him or her Ethiopian by mistake.
  2. I rarely link to crazy right-wingers, but if you're dying for fix of some USDA Prime Wingnuttery, undiluted by any impurities, check out this World O'Crap post. At least s.z. over there turns it from "fucked-up" to "fucked-up but funny" with her commentary.
  3. A few weeks ago I posted about my buddy's band, The Franklin Kite. But, I screwed up the link. It's franklinkite.com, no "www." Here is the right link.
  4. Got to see my girlfriend's play this weekend in New York. It's called Boozy: The Life, Death and Subsequent Vilification of Le Corbusier and, More Importantly, Robert Moses. It was quite good--crazy and funny. And, it will explain how a plan for world domination by FDR and Goebbels was thwarted by Fiorello LaGuardia's gimpish pageboy. Go see it. It will be of special interest to those of you who are (a) civil engineers, (b) city planners or (c) have lived a decent amount of time in New York City. I fall into none of those categories and still liked it, though, and you probably will, too.

That's about it for now.

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