Life in the fast lane

Life in the fast lane

There are 211 comments on the The Austrailian story from Mar 6, 2009, titled Life in the fast lane. In it, The Austrailian reports that:

DESTINATION AUSTRALIA: Michelle Rowe swaps the family Magna for a mean machine on a NSW drive day with a difference March 07, 2009 I HAVEN'T seen my husband this excited since the day I lined him up with a case ...

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Traffic Director

New Canaan, CT

#1 Mar 13, 2009
Someone else thought up the name, so let's get this blog going, people. What's life in the fast lane in quiet little Sea Cliff. the nightlife is hot. there is gallagher's pub with Hippie Mark, Jody and Josie, who doesn't show up often enough. She's a hot model with a busy schedule. move on to Partner's, the late-night favorite where the drinks keep flowing into the wee hours. Loud and sometimes mobbed, especially when owner Joy puts out her buffet and/or cheeseburgers. It was a blast on the Pub Crawl. Noelle, where are you? Roots is a bit more sedate althought it was claustrophobic on the Crawl because it's rather small and intimate. too intimate, in fact, because this guy kept rubbing up against me. New spot in town will be the old Once Upon a Moose. brand-new owners, Chris and Sara, are a young couple with a dream. breakfast, lunch and supper--if they get their wine and beer license. Outdoor tables are the best in town. Tupelo Honey, wherefore art thou? Closing, changing owners or what? Sea cliff is booming at night, something the village fathers have never sampled or never thought about with their house parties for 'social' drinking. enjoy the sea cliff yacht club, but be prepared to pay a handsome membership fee. Patio Daddio at the firehouse tomorrow (March 14) at 7 p.m. to midnight or so. A $40 donation for a bandshell at the beach gets you all one can eat and drink at the open bar and buffet table. Tune in for more high life. Let's hear some more opinions on this new posting center.
Traffic Director

New Canaan, CT

#2 Mar 19, 2009
Somehow this well-named blog has not received any attention from the threaders out there. What's the matter, people? Are you all stay-at-homes and couch potatoes? The round of parties following the election raised a wave of friendly banter, except maybe at the house of Al and Sara Reres where the Civic Progress Party commiserated over their lopsided loss to new mayor Bruce Kennedy. Thoughts in the Joe Krupinski camp floated to concerts in the park on Thursdays and at the beach Fridays this summer. After spring afternoons on the library green with dogs and families visiting to make a playful scene. It's not exactly life in the fast lane, but Sea Cliff was never too racy, anyway.
Let's have a blog or two on this post, please.
Patty Cake

New Canaan, CT

#3 Mar 24, 2009
Traffic Director is right. This is a good thread to write anything you want. We can relate any exciting or interesting experiences in our lives, gossip, upcoming events and/or dreams we may have.
My dream, of course, is to meet Prince Charming.
He must be between 35 and 45 years old, at least 6-feet tall to go with my height. Pleasant looks are better than handsome, because handsome usually means a certain amount of narcissism, which is a turnoff to me. Mature thinker. Book learning great!
Must know how to make a girl laugh, I like a clean sense of humor. Dancing is important. Not a big drinker and no smoking at all. No marrieds (I'm about to be separated and divorced). I love children so they're welcome. I don't have any of my own, although I was married.
Anybody out there to fit the bill? Of course, this is Prince Charming and doesn't necessarily have to have all the attributes I described. Please answer or comment on my desire to hook up with someone nice.

Dog Whisperer

New Canaan, CT

#4 Mar 25, 2009
There's a young woman in town who rescues dogs. anybody in need of her services need only to call the animal hospital around the corner on glen cove avenue. don't know the name. they will contact this woman who acts alone and does not involve the ASPCA if she can avoid. great track record.
Dog Whisperer

New Canaan, CT

#5 Mar 25, 2009
Got the name: Glen Animal Hospital on Glen Cove Avenue right around the corner from the Sea Cliff Avenue light. Anyway, this woman I'm talking about not only rescues dogs, she finds those who are missing and returns them to their rightful owner. She has been known to work in the wee hours, cooperating with the hospital and investigating on her own. She doesn't want her name used at this time, but I'm trying to talk her into it. Dog owners, celebrate and take good care of your precious pets.
Patty Cake

New Canaan, CT

#6 Mar 26, 2009
Whisperer, that blog about the woman dog rescuer is fascinating. I think I might know who she is, but I, too, will honor her request to remain anonymous.

While we are at it about dogs in Sea Cliff, how about following up on Joe Krupinski's campaign idea for a dog park in town? So many people thought it was a good idea. It ought to be considered by the new administration. Maybe a group attempt by dog owners, complete with a petition, ought to be organized.

Or a dog march on Village Hall? Wait a minute, that sounds a little rash, even for me.
Dog Whisperer

New Canaan, CT

#7 Mar 27, 2009
Good idea, Patty Cake, start a campaign for the dog park that was suggested by Joe Krupinski. I would use it every day with my two little girls. One thought, if it happens, perhaps the park should be divided in two, one side for small dogs and the other for the larger kind. That's so nobody gets unnecessarily stepped on. let's start with a dog rally at clifton park.
Patty Cake

New Canaan, CT

#8 Mar 30, 2009
Let's bring the dog park idea to the mayor and trustees. they are the ultimate body which would have to approve it. wonder how many of them own dogs themselves?
Dog Whisperer

New Canaan, CT

#9 Mar 30, 2009
I think I saw Bruce Kennedy, our mayor to be, walking a dog once so he might go for the idea of a dog park. Don't anybody say it's too controversial. It's a great idea and, with a different mayor in place, he can do what he wants, with mutual approval from the trustees. Joe Krupinski had two sites picked out, a plus a fence provider and a friend in the pooper-scooper business who would give the Village a discount price for his daily services. Let's go ahead with it.
RumPoint

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Mar 30, 2009
I think a dog park would be a nice amenity, however, I think that it will be a tough sell. The culture of Sea Cliff allows for a great deal of NIMBY. So you can expect wherever it is decided to be located, a raving gaggle of antis will show up at Village Hall yelling at the Board. Barking! Noise! Poop! Our Peace and Quiet!

It is a fact that the culture of "no" is not based only upon a few snobs from the CPP.
Dog Whisperer

New Canaan, CT

#11 Mar 31, 2009
Good point, RumPoint. There will also by NIMBYs in a situation like this. Not EVERYBODY loves dogs like you and me. And, even if they did, they don't want a dog park in front of their homes. but if they come en masse to a village board meeting to pooh poohd the idea, we'll just have to equal their crowd in number to present the positive side. Joe Krupinski has a plan to combat the NIMBYism, but is keeping it close to the vest as in a card game, unwilling to give up the site and give the detractors a head start on their arguments against. Stay tuned. Better yet, let's hear some more comments on the subject.
Patty Cake

New Canaan, CT

#12 Apr 1, 2009
RumPoint, you make a good idea about the opposition that would go with tryhing to build a dog park in Sea Cliff. But that's the way it is in any venture, nobody wants it in their back or front yard. The only way to combat it is a groundswell of support for such a park. All you dogowners out there, let's hear from you about this suggestion. It has to be presented by morethan a few people. There has to be a roomful of supporters at the village board meeting for it to get the attention of the mayor and trustees. C'mon, folks, let's hear from you!
RumPoint

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Apr 1, 2009
I hear you, but which park is it going to be?

Elm Park
Headless
Clifton
Central (don't go there)
Memorial

I think we have to be practical about what can be done.
Dog Whisperer

New Canaan, CT

#14 Apr 2, 2009
None of the above, Rummy, baby, but good try!

Elm Park (The dogs will only get lost in the maze).
Headless (Could be Plan B but it is a little too hilly for a fence and the dogs might get spooked over the sight of that horrendous new water tower).
Clifton (No way. That's our baseball field for the juniors and softball for our firemen. Not a bad selection because of parking all around the block, but not enough room as it would spoil the space for those home runs).
Central Park (Don't worry, we wouldn't go there. Evey Haim would have a conniption and all hell would break loose!).
Memorial: Are you kidding? That is sacred ground and our biggest sunset asset. No way!

And that leaves PROSPECT PARK, that litte-known, hardly-noticed patch of empty lot on Prospect Avenue between 14th and 15th Avenues. Perfect spot. It's flat, the right size for big and small dogs fenced apart, and the parking objection can be solved by having the dogowners park a block away on Park Place (the name fits nicely, doesn't it?) and walk their canines over to the dog park. Neighbors will complain, but don't they always? Their taxes will be lowered, of course, by new mayor Bruce Kennedy (a dogowner himself) for the inconvenience. And, best of all, there is a resident with a pooper scooper business (you've seen his red pickup (pardon the pun) truck around, no doubt. And he's ready to do the deed each day for a discount fee to the Village. Let's go for it!
RumPoint

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Apr 2, 2009
Empty Lot???? Parking on Park Place???

That is not hardly noticed to the people who live around it. Good luck, but I am afraid opposition will be fierce. Taxes lowered? That is a fantasy. And futher, dog owners now politely pick up after their pets. Why would the dog run be a toilet to be maintained by the Village?
Vera Baker

Australia

#16 Apr 2, 2009
RumPoint wrote:
Empty Lot???? Parking on Park Place???
That is not hardly noticed to the people who live around it. Good luck, but I am afraid opposition will be fierce. Taxes lowered? That is a fantasy. And futher, dog owners now politely pick up after their pets. Why would the dog run be a toilet to be maintained by the Village?
It is Empty lot.
RumPoint

Brooklyn, NY

#17 Apr 3, 2009
Every and all of our parks can be defined as "empty lots".

The best part of all of this is that it is in front of a TRUSTEE"S dwelling.

I am for a dog park, not a dog toilet. If the vision is for dog owners to have a place for their pets to exercise freely, I am for it. If it is just place for dogs to shit for others to deal with then I am afraid, I have to change to the hysterical anti mode.
Dog Whisperer

New Canaan, CT

#18 Apr 3, 2009
Rummy: Where's your sense of humor (re: lower taxes for dog park neighbors)? And although we expect dogowners to pick up after their pups, it is not a foolproof operation. On second thought, I have to agree with you that there should be no reason for a professional picker-upper.
All of our parks are "empty lots?" Dare you to impart that notion on Evey Haim, the madame of Central Park.
The fact that the proposed dog park would be in front of trustee Kevin White's house (technically, he's around the corner) might embellish the idea since he could take his two kids over there any time and have them look at the doggies.
Your last comment: I am afraid I have to change to the hysterical anti-mode. We are, too, I mean afraid of you going off again!
RumPoint

Brooklyn, NY

#19 Apr 3, 2009
Central Park? Empty lot with plastic gym equipment!!!

The thought of an unleashed dog running into Prospect Ave from that park at around 5:15 pm scares the hell out of me b/t/w.

Anyway, I think you should re-read my post and simply consider. I am basically FOR a place for pups to exercise freely, but I also know that inconsiderate people can spoil things for all.
Dog Whisperer

New Canaan, CT

#21 Apr 7, 2009
Rum: Sorry I didn't reply right away. I was away for the weekend.
But glad to have you aboard for a dog park in Sea Cliff. You sound like an influential individual, plenty of self-confidence. If that means you have the ear of mayor Bruce Kennedy, talk it up. The senior citizen candidate, Joe Krupinski, reports that so many people liked the idea after it was first expressed to him in straw-polling of issues.
Do you own a dog, Rum? I do, of course, and am anxious to see this project continue to fulfillment. We'll have to give it a name, naturally, so try thinking up a few.
After some present or past personality, maybe?

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