for Peeps of all Persuasions

Real Estate, Boatbuilding, Business, and Politics ....
Interspersed with Truth, Justice, and Insight into the Meaning of Life .....
for Nanepashemet Peeps of all Persuasions.



Saturday, October 30, 2010

For Sale

32 Beverly Ave. is for Sale - Buy the birthplace of this Blog and Seal your Spot in History.

Official Has-Been Hockey Team of Nanepashemet

Most of you probably know this already, but the Official Has-Been Hockey Team of Nanepashemet - MooseKnuckles, has a spin off team known as the Knucks.  Mike Nestor, Dave Bruett and Scott Marcus spearheaded the split.
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Normally, this could create quite a dilemma.  These are mighty Peeps who have left the officially endorsed team.
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But being a Mountain of a Man for so long has given me King Solomon like, razor sharp judgement skills.  I mean, if I had a bad fried clam from Hooked... would I take back the endorsement???
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If my "ORDA FO NESTA" from Feng Yang came back with a little too much MSG.... would I immediately be searching for some different Chinese????
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Course we'll be rooting for the Knucks, but the MooseKnuckles still have the official endorsement.  How could it be any other way?
Mike Nestor said...
From Brian Donovan, Captain of the Mooseknuckles(Not your ordinary Nuck)

-As a long time listener, no time caller, I have become avid consumer of all things Nanepashemet. It is with great pride and humility that I accept the honor of “Official Has-Been Hockey Team of Nanepashemet”. Although I loathe diluting the distinction, it is worth mentioning that a small sliver of my satisfaction is due to the bitter pill that Mike “ORDA FOR NESTA” is digesting having lost the endorsement face-off. I do share some gratitude to Dave, Scott and ORDA for making the changes that needed to be made. I am a fan and wish nothing but success to the Baby Nucks; unless of course they are playing the real Nucks.

Far be it from me to correct a purveyor of such fine cuisine, but as a gentle reminder, there is no K in Nucks.
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Kut the Krap on the K Korrection.




RIP - Attorney John N. Nestor

This guy saved my life.
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When I was under economic attack in the early nineties, John beat back all of my attackers.  Without his help, my career, and my life would never have recovered.
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He had a life filled with remarkable experiences, from his childhood in the thirties as a scruffy Irish neighborhood kid in West Lynn, to the unwritten fact that during World War II, he flew 125 missions over Germany in a B-29 Flying Fortress and survived.....when the average pilot died within 25 missions.
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When I asked him why he volunteered for all of those extra missions when he only was required to fly 25, he said that he never thought that he could die.
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I once bought him a framed print from Kennedy Studios showing a couple of B-29's under attack by German Messerschmidt fighter planes.  When I presented it to him, John stared at it for awhile silently.   I was afraid that I made a mistake by stirring up some bad memories, and finally broke the silence by asking him if anything was wrong.


"There certainly is something wrong," John said in a measured reply......  And I started to think that he would say that the gun turrents were in the wrong place or that the planes were painted inaccurately in some way.  After another brief silence, he said, "The problem with this picture is that those fucking Messerschmidt's would have never gotten in that close to us."
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But he never hung that print in his office for whatever reason.  He also never forgave the Germans or the Japanese.
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As a District Attorney, John tried many murder cases and once said that he didn't believe in the insanity defense, because if you saw the atrocities at crime sites that he had seen, then you would agree that everyone who murdered somebody else was at least temporarily insane.
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Unlike many lawyers, John never made a big score.  He certainly didn't score when he helped me climb out of bankruptcy while I was dead on my ass financially.  But, he always helped people regardless of their ability to pay.
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He had almost a childlike interest in things, and you could always see how some stuff shocked the hell out of him.
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Yet he was tough as nails and had a compelling presence as a litigator in court.   I saw him wade through deposition after deposition with major Boston law firms, patiently waiting for court trial where he shredded those high priced bastards with his adherence to honesty and the truth and his ability to convey that to the judge and jury.  He didn't need a small army of paralegals carrying boxes of exhibits.  Everything was all laid out in his head and exited in Court with a powerful voice.
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I have to admit that when my own court appearance with him was beginning, I thought I was doomed since he didn't seem close to being as prepared as the three Boston lawyers with their boxes of exhibits sitting across the aisle.  Then, when they gave their opening arguments, replete with twisted facts that seemed backed up by piles of documentation, I conceded that my life was over.
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John handed me a yellow legal pad, and said, "Take Notes."   My first note was "WTF!"
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But when it was his turn to respond, he kicked the shit out of their arguments, off the top of his head.  He annihilated their witnesses, and made their case look like what it was..... contrived, greedy and manipulated.  I can still hear the words of Judge Carol Kenner when she announced her dicision... "I find the defendant not guilt of any wrongdoing WHATSOEVER."  John and I put the yellow pad in my briefcase and were out of the courtroom in seconds.
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When I asked John how he did it, he said that he didn't spend a lot of time on all of that out of court stuff.  He said that he always let the opposition make the opening argument, and observed what they were saying and how the judge and jury were responding.  Then he would craft his response.
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On two social occasions I have spoken to sitting judges who knew John, and their admiration for him was genuine and complete.
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Over the years, since we shared the same name, a lot of people would ask me if I was John Nestor the lawyer, and I would tell them that he was a distant cousin.  The truth is that I'm not even close to being worthy of being confused of being him.
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I just found out this morning that he died and feel really bad that I hadn't seen him for the last few years.
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If there is a heaven, then John is sitting there now, surrounded by a huge crowd of people that he helped while he roamed this earth.
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Thank you, John.



Nestor
John N. Nestor, 89
Retired attorney

LYNN - Attorney John N. Nestor, 89, of Lynn died Thursday in a local nursing home after a lengthy illness. He was the beloved husband to Loretta (Lundgren) Nestor with whom he shared 39 years of marriage.

John was born in Johnstown, Pa., son of the late Thomas and Mary (Murray) Nestor. He was a resident of Lynn for most of his life. He was a graduate of St. Mary's Boy's High School Class of 1938 and then went on to receive his undergraduate degree at Tufts University and then went on to Boston College where he received his Law degree.

John was a member of the Army Air Corps. He flew planes during WWII, was stationed in England and held the rank of First Lieutenant.

Attorney John Nestor was a well-known lawyer in Lynn for 50 years. He had an incredible reputation and was known for his honesty and integrity as a lawyer and prosecutor. He was a straight shooter who always treated everybody with dignity and respect. He also worked at the Essex County District Attorney's Office. Attorney Nestor retired in 2000.

He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Lynn Bar Association. He was also an active communicant at St. Mary's Parish where he was an usher and served on several Church committees.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, David N. Hunter of Syracuse, N.Y. and Dr. Michael J. Hunter and his wife Lina of No. Andover; one daughter, Mary Beth Ouanes of West Peabody and two brothers, Hugh Nestor and his wife Sheila of Lynn and James Nestor and his wife Judy of Amesbury. Also survived by his loving grandchildren Adam and Michael Ouanes, Ilana and Sebastian Hunter and many nieces and nephews. He was the father in law of the late Abel Ouanes and brother of the late Patrick and Thomas Nestor.

Service information: Attorney Nestor's funeral will be held from the CUFFE-MCGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, Tuesday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Mary's Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be Monday from 3-7 p.m. Gifts in his memory may be made to St. Mary's Church Restoration Fund, 8 So. Common St., Lynn, MA 01902. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. For online register book please visit www.cuffemcginn.com




Making the Move

We've pretty much decided to move to the Sundance School Building at West Shore Drive.
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With the new homes being built next door, and the Town investing in a new wharf and playgound complex in the adjacent park, the value of the site is increasing.
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There is more space there and greater opportunities for the Grandkids.  And renovating that building will be a fun project.
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The downside is that I won't be able to keep tabs on Tommy O simply by sitting on my living room couch and watching his front and side door.     But we can keep in close touch with the old neighborhood, and we'll still be sneaking over to Tommy's pool when it gets too hot.
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In the meantime, both Beverly Ave and Sundance will remain on the market until one is sold, but the odds are that Beverly Ave. will go first given the level of interest that has been occuring.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Frankly Speaking

Not that you asked for my opinion, but Barney Frank and John Kerry have got to go.
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They are the epitomy of out-of- touch, self absorbed, power corrupted, egotistical politicians.
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There is an arrogance of power that exudes from these guys.
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Add Ed Markey to that list.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Hype

Halloween is so big now.  Especially up here right next to Salem, Massachusetts.
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Since there are only two ways out of Marblehead.... through Salem or through Lynn.... I've been seeing a lot of Lynn lately.   Salem is completely gridlocked with people from all over the country gripped in Halloween hype.
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This Saturday, Joanne and I are supposed to go to Sarah and Chris Crawford's house for a Halloween party.   You're supposed to dress up as something that begins with an "S".  It's a fun concept and bound to bring out some great creativity... but to me, it basically adds up to a lot of  "S"tress.
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I don't like to wear costumes because I usually feel goofy enough in regular clothes, without dressing weird on purpose.   But since Sarah and Chris are such Super Peeps, we'll piece together something S like and get into the spirit. 
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I'd love to find a nice Scotch Bottle costume before Saturday.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blown Chance

When President Obama was elected, it wasn't by an outstanding plurality.  It's not like a groundswell of support embraced a radical turn to a new agenda of government spending.
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The Stimulus Program with it's seemingly aimless spending, along with a railroaded nationalization of health care.... and the outright obnoxious audacity of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, combined with an underlying anti-American self critical sentiment in international affairs has characterized his administration.
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I thought it then, and continue to think now that the election of a Black President was a bellweather change for this country.  It was a great thing that showed our maturity and growth as a society.
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But now the Democrats, and the Big Government agenda is on the run.  Maybe they tried to do too much, too fast.  But the Republicans are in line to recapture the House and the Senate.
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I'll be watching the clock to hear the first pundit say that this is a racist reaction.  The Democrats will never admit that they have blown their chance.... all by themselves.

Jim L. said...


The big problem is the Dems never had much of a chance. This recession was deep. And, let's not forget that the big spending started before the Big "O" walked through the front door at 1600. The bail outs started with Bush because he knew what kind of a mess he had on his hands.


That's why I don't think the GOP was all that upset that they lost to Obama. Then they pick up the strategy of sitting on their hands for 2 years and let the Dems grab the blame for an economic downturn that started under W's watch.


Oh, and, it may not get said but anyone would be a fool not to think that a little bit of racism isn't to blame for some of the hatred towards this administration.

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So there we have it..... 
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It's George Bush's fault and we are still racists after all.
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Don't mean to sound trite, but I think that Jim L has capsulized the Democrats response perfectly. 
Looks like the debate will be vigorous.
Staytuned for Election Day.




Early AM Email

Last night, when I woke up at 3:00AM, I noticed that I had left the lights on in my office, so went down to turn them off, and checked email.
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Big Mistake.
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3:00am is a time for sleeping and dreaming... not being aggravated by freaking customers who keep coming up with internal processes in a thinly veiled effort to stretch out payments to you in order to help their cash flow.  This national company has owed Nanepashemet Telecom for services rendered last spring.  It's common knowledge that they are slow payers, but at this point, I don't even care about the money.   I'm just on a mission to see that this low class, unethical company doesn't stiff me.
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So I sat there, processing their latest bullshit request for documentation.   You want more information??? You got it.  Anything you want.  You pathetic lowlifes.   I'm not going away until you have no more bogus excuses and send us the money that you've owed us for six months.
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And when I finally get the paltry amount that you owe us, please take us off of your vendor list, because I won't be working for you again in this lifetime.

Pisc said...

Well done.
Put the tension in their organization, as they have put it in yours.
That is PMP stuff. Cost, Schedule and Quality. They are focusing on cost. Make the schedule and quality legs of the triple constraint work for you.






Sunday, October 24, 2010

Long Haul

Finally pulled the traps yesterday despite temps in the thirties and a stiff breeze.  Even though I brought in five lobsters in the haul, it is a messy, arduous and sometimes stressful process.   But by the time next spring rolls around, I'm sure that I will have forgotten the bother, plus there will be renewed promises from well wishing Peeps to help throughout the season.
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And I'll set the traps again.
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I lost four from my original ten this year, which seems like a significant percentage of loss.  If I did this for a business, it would be unacceptable.
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A nice byproduct of lobstering is the nice workout that get pulling the traps by hand.  I had purchased a pulley system a couple of years ago, but have never got around to using it.... mainly because Dougie Maxfield questioned my manhood regarding the process.
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Doug, are you against wheels or something?  What do you think... should we still be living in caves??? Jeez.
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The pram was mutilated in the recent wind and rain storms down on the Village Wharf rings, and Mike and I pulled that out as well.  We will need a complete refurbishment and design changes for the next season.

dougmaxfield said...

I'm all for the davit system that you had proposed...I just couldn't bear the though of you putting it on that beautiful boat that you built. Kind of like putting a trailer home on beach front property.



Friday, October 22, 2010

Not Going

This weekend, they are celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Lynn English High School Class of 1970 at the Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus.  Mai Tai's and Crab Rangoon' all around.
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I'm not going.
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It's not that I don't want to see the people who attend, or that I don't want them to see me.   Granted, I weighed about 100 lbs less, when I last graced the halls of LEHS, but I'm still damn good looking.... So that's not it.
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And I've recently made some connections with old friends from that era on Facebook.
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But, I have some other stuff to do, and have a host of emotions and issues that I'm currently tending to.  I really can't afford to relive a time when I just wasn't as cool as I am now.
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So I'm not going.

Jim L. said...
You missed a good time, Jay. We all sort of marveled at how cool we've all become. 
Denise Kearns said...
Yeah we have become lots cooler ... and you would've ranked up there in coolness.




Thursday, October 21, 2010

National Public Radio Lefties

National Public Radio is at it again.  Showing that their lefty leanings harbor actions of racism, sexism and heavy handedness, while they regale the  rest of the world for these shortcomings.

Witness the firing of NPR contributor Juan Williams for comments about Muslims.   He said what we all feel.... that when he sees Muslims getting onto an airline flight with him, then he gets nervous.   That doesn't mean that all Muslims are suicidal maniacs.... but the FACTS are that some have been in the recent past.  So it is natural to be wary.
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The Liberals at NPR exhibit a self loathing liberal principle.... if you sense racism or sexism in yourself, then accuse everyone else of the shortcoming.  The fact is that there are far more claims of sex discrimination at NPR than at any other network.
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Go Figure.
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I hope we can get the government subsidy away from these phony leftist ideologues.
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But I have to admit.... there are times when I listen to NPR dribble.... just to hear their elitist remarks and pseudo intellectual speaking tones.  It can be entertaining if you keep it in perspective.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Under Renovation

This is the first time in the five year history of the Nanepashemet Blog that I have fallen off from my daily upkeep.   It's not that I have run out of stuff to tell you.   In fact, it's harder to decide what not to tell you than what to tell you.  The factor is time.
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Nanepashemet Telecom is cruising along and demanding administrative attention, the Grandkids and FreshAyer need time allotted, and the renovations of the Sundance Pre-School building into what is probably shaping us as our next move have taken the majority of my time to the demise of the much required daily Blog postings.
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So far, the bulk of you have not been complaining or whining much, which leaves me to believe that you are probably also pretty busy with your normally pathetic daily lives.
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If the Sundance renovation schedule stays in place, I should be maintaining a brisk pace until the end of November.   By that time, the kitchen will be done along with the bedrooms, family room and laundry.
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I still would like to stay at Beverly Ave., but if that sells first, then we will make the move to Sundance.


Maria Rowen said...
With all those balls in the air…thank God you are a Mountain of a Man who can manage the building of the business and the bedrooms! More than likely, peeps of all persuasions and this p. a. p. will be happy to party at either p(a)lace…





Saturday, October 16, 2010

Last Haul

Mike and I are pulling the traps this morning, and hauling out all of the gear.
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Like most summers, we started out with high hopes and energy, and then life kicked in and threw us off from diligently tending the traps.
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So there are quite a few lobsters that have escaped the kettle at Beverly Ave. this summer.  I'm starting to think that the fish and lobsters in Salem Sound with not see my full wrath until I can rid myself of this pesky working for a living habit.

Postscript.

When we got down to the harbor at 9:00 AM, there were whitecaps with a stiff breeze, so we bagged it for another day.   Which was good because I got Mike to help me pick up a stack of 16' crown moulding at the Peabody Building Supply for the Sundance Pre-School building renovation.   At 65 cents per linear foot for for 3 3/8" pre-primed crown, it is the best deal around by far.
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Crown moulding can be tricky, but if I can install it tightly, it will add a ton of character to the house.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dream Job

Today I was out early to drive the 250+/- miles from Marblehead to Bangor, Maine for a Nanepashemet Telecom job.  I've never been to Bangor before, and didn't get to see much of the community.
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But it kind of reminded me of Cranston, RI.   And like Cranston, we'll probably be building this site around Christmastime.
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The high point of the day was the 250 mile drive back home.
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Living the Dream.

Correct Chilean Pronunciation.

Does it piss you off when those phoney newscasters try to put a foreign sounding spin on international names???
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They're clueless on pronoucing "China" or "Japan" with a foreign sounding spin, but give them a name like "Bosnia" or any Hispanic name,  and it's off to the land of obnoxious, presumptuous intellectualism.
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I don't care how the Chileans say the name of their country.  We pronounce it as "CHILLY"...
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So if you hear one of those dipshits pronoucing it as "CHEE-LAY",  just try not to get too riled up.   We have to make room for pretentious assholes in our tolerant society.
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And just rounding them up and dumping them into Cambridge coffeehouses is no solution.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Columbus Day

So it's Columbus Day.
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Maybe the Vikings got here first. But the Spaniards were the first to make it stick. 
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Sure the Indians were already here... but they hadn't invented the wheel, didn't have written records for the most part and were vastly inferior technologically, and biologically in terms of reacting to killer microbes.
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Those of you who know me best, know that I have a mysterious sensitivity to American Indians... hence the name of this Blog.   But I also pride myself on adherence to the truth, regardless of political correctness.
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For whatever reason, White Europeans have dominated every race that they have encountered.  I'm not saying that this is good or bad.... but I am stating this fact. 
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After Columbus, Europeans and their microbes virtually eliminated the Native American culture.  In case you are not aware, the Indians were incredibly savage.   Scalping was commonplace and the torture and burning of captives was an accepted practice.  So any initiative to place them on the moral highground is a bit distasteful to me.
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And the brutality of the White Europeans has been well documented.
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Happy Columbus Day.

Jim L. said...
It wasn't the microbes as much as those little lead projectiles.


Shaping Up

Things are shaping up for a big week.
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A lot of stuff will happen this week.
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Good Stuff.
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Wish I could share with you, but it's none of your business, so don't make a big deal out of it.


Saturday, October 09, 2010

Karmic Politics

The Governor's race in Massachusetts is shaping up nicely with the liberal incumbent Democrat, Deval Patrick, opposed by the conservative Republican challenger, Charlie Baker, who has a strong business background in the medical insurance agency.
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The now sitting State Treasurer, Tim Cahill, defected from the Democrats and is taking a spoiler role as an Independent.
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It is the Cahill run that holds the irony.   He's not offering anything significant that would set him out from the normal singular ambitions of a political candidate.  Seems like he went Independent because he couldn't get the Democratic nomination.
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Now he's suing members of his paid campaign staff who defected from him to support Baker, ostensibly because they felt that he couldn't win.   Looks pretty awkward and unGovernor-like for Tim.
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Cahill now seems to be guilty of a number of things....   Lack of loyalty, questionable leadership, and poor management skill in the choice of his staff  lead the list.
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He defects from the Democrats.... and his people defect from him.    Another case for the Law of Karma.  Seems like you just can't escape.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

4th Qtr Outlook

So for all of you Peeps who have been emailing me and leaving VM's asking about how business is at Nanepashemet Telecom these days, I appreciate your concern.  But even though there is a lot of uncertainty in this poor economy, Nanepashemet Telecom is doing the Ultra Freaking Balls.  Cruising along while firing on all cylinders.  Kicking Ass and Taking Names.
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Let's just say that we are looking at a shitload of work down the Cape, our Washington  DC business is in the flow, we are staring down a nice job in Indiana, and will be traveling up to Maine next week to spread our unique brand of quality and service.
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Traditionally, the fourth quarter is crazy time in Wireless as these huge corporations strive to meet their year end numbers.
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Bring it On.

Benjamin said...



REAL MEN ARE MADE IN THE 4TH QUARTER!
TAKE NO PRISONERS!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

More Tax Ranting

It's sad in this country that everybody's largest creditor is the Federal Government.
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When you are a small business owner, and have to come up with mental magic to generate outrageous tax payments.... it gets quite easy to develop a conservative political outlook.
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In fact, I really don't know anyone who has to write large tax checks to the government while still maintaining a liberal outlook.  Think about the small business owners that you know.... what is their political leaning?
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It seems that the majority of liberals are those who have withholding in their paychecks, and the conservatives are the ones who have to write out their own tax checks.   
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People on payroll have lost the concept regarding earnings.  They think that their take home pay is what they earn, and ignore the huge bite that the government takes from them... right off the top.  They can't conceive that they actually earn their gross pay and don't look at the government's take as their own.
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They ignore the outrageous government waste and largess that occurs when bureaucrats spend our money with no sense of responsibility or economy.
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At any rate, I have a tax payment due, and I'm pretty aggravated about it.

Monday, October 04, 2010

POTW Week 37

I know that this is a late entry, but I had yet another automatic Peep of the Week selection, so I can't let this pass by, no matter how tardy.
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After their real estate passing, where I was the Buyer's Broker, Michael "Murph" Murphy and Beth Capobianco Murphy showed their appreciation with a gift of the King of Scotch.
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Not only is this a class move, it also assures a life of happiness and prosperity for the Murphy family at their new Southboro home.
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ANNOUNCING....
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 37th Week of 2010.


Michael "Murph" Murphy (Automatic)
Beth Capobianco Murphy (Automatic)
Michael Nestor
Susan Frary
Jennefer Grey
Eric Johnson

If I thought that I would get a bottle of Lagavulin every time I was a Buyer's Broker, then I probably would redirect my entire career.  But not everyone is as thoughtful and sensitive as Murph.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Ups and Downs

Peeps....
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It's been an eventful couple of days.
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Filled with ups and downs.
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Started with the startling loss of our zoning petition in western Mass on Wednesday night.  A new first for me as the adversaries in the audience decided to get personal,  and claimed that I was only involved with the petition in order to make money....  No shit Sherlock... It's my freaking job.
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I can't remember when the last time was that I've  lost a petition, but this loss really pisses me off.  I've recommended to the client that they appeal in Superior Court, and I sure hope that they do, because I want to see the look in the faces of those condo commandos when we put that beautiful monopole up in full view of their back decks.
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Everything changed the next morning when we had the closing for former Peep of the Year, Michael Murphy and his beautiful wife Beth.  They bought their dream home in Southboro, with a pool that will undoubtably receive some laps at my expense next summer.  Mike and Beth were thrilled and I was so happy to be their Buyer's Broker.
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Then things changed again as I ended the day in Nashua, NH at a wireless outing where I ran into a Douche Bag client who owes me money.   Said Douche Bag was a little taken back when I asked him where my money was when he was filling his plate at the buffet table...  He mentioned something like... "This is entirely inappropriate."   Well here is what's inappropriate, Douche Bag.... Harrassing people and treating them like assholes for their product, then not paying them after the invoice is 90 days over due.
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Douche Bag.
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The things changed again at the Happy Clam in Rockland, Me., where we met the Johnson's and the Frary's for clams and Wiener Schneitzel.
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So.... we left things on the up trend.

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