7 Central Condominiums is starting to sell. There have been 3 closings already and rumor has it there are 7 more on the horizon, so at best 3 more. This is good news! More new neighbors to juice up the block. I hope they're nice. I hope the guy who bought 202 has ear-plugs for the train. How much do you want to bet he's going to try to rent it?
More Power Tools
I picked up a great little power-tool the other day. The Bosch 10.8 V. drill-driver. It's the size of a small ray-gun but packs a tremendous amount of power for its size. It has a variable speed trigger, 10 position clutch, speed chuck, work light, and 80 in/lbs of torque. It uses Lithium ion batteries - so it's lite-lite-lite. Two batteries come with the driver, take 30 minutes to charge, and hold their charge for nearly a year. Once home I promptly disassembled everything within reach that had a screw - except for the fridge (don't want to jeopardize the beer). Don't ask about assembly. The tool is compact, powerful, and handles like a dream. It's cute too. Can't wait to actually do something useful with it. Highly recommended.
Do people actually buy flowers from the Flower Shop here? When I look inside I barely see any flowers. It's sad when the Whole Foods has more flowers than the flowershop. The place seems geared towards fulfilling wedding orders, but I'm amazed that they can get any business at all. The store front definitely needs some work. I suspect their business would improve if they actually put some flowers out on the store front for passersby to see. Like people coming home from work. Some stepped benches in front of the store adorned with fresh flowers and plants would probably boost daily sales a bit since flowers and plants are quite often impulse buys. I would certainly grab some every week as I walk buy from train to home.
The Russian Video store is gone, but it was only a matter of time. I mean think of the turn-over the place would need in order to just make rent. I still think a video store can succeed in Central Square, but it has to be mainstream in order to generate adequate sales. Obviously it should carry art films and such, but realistically it will survive on mainstream movies. The place must also be small and efficient with space. I think it's doable, but I could be wrong. There just needs to be an a business person to crank out the numbers and take the plunge.
Has anyone else noticed all the fisherman, mostly Latino and Asian, tossing away skates and stingrays to die on the rocks? They catch them with their lines but apparently these fish are not desirable. So instead of releasing them back into the water they essentially leave them to bake in the sun. Do they realize how tasty they are!!!??? Skates and stingrays are of the same family as sharks. Consequently they are delicious. Their meat is similar to, get this, scallops. So much so imitation scallop meat is quite often really shark, skate, or stingray. All that yummy food gone to waste. Remember kids - the ignorant destroy.
Hooks Under the Bar
Ladies, in case you didn't already know the bar at the Oxford Grill has hooks for coats and purses under the bar. I discovered these to my great delight Saturday night. Very convenient. Why don't all bars do this? And no, I don't carry a purse... but I do have a man-bag.