At 5:15 this morning, Annie alerted us to a strange cat on the back step. She was using her built-in intruder-alert siren, which is a modulated low-frequency rumble. It’s a distinctive sound – once you hear it, you won’t forget it. Imagine the baritone in a barbershop quartet doing vocal exercises.

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small world

President Obama appears to have a strong working relationship with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner – Geithner seems to be taking part in every summit and financial initiative. I ran across this interesting fact about Geithner: his father, Peter F. Geithner, is the director of the Asia program at the Ford Foundation in New York. During […]

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down we go

The brick house on our street had a serious price reduction three weeks ago, (from 568K to 495K) and it is still unsold.  I’m surprised – although there’s probably tons of work to do, it’s on a nice-sized lot in a good neighborhood.  I guess there are even more attractively priced foreclosures out there.

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our inheritance

Another thing that’s bugging me is the use of “inherited” to disassociate yourself from your responsibility.  Presidents say this all the time regarding difficult problems that they have to work on, but don’t want to be blamed for.  I can recall that first-term Clinton and Bush both said they’d “inherited” a weak economy and/or recession.  […]

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