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Shaking the dust out of the old noggin

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 11, 2007 06:53 AM


There were no big themes out there in the local blogosphere over the last fortnight, just a lot of bloggers musing and meandering. It almost had the feel of people airing out their cranial closets as we all wait for the warmer weather; a mental spring cleaning if you will . . .

Oh, wait. I guess that's a theme.

Over in Wellesley, the Swellesley Report had the skinny on where you could pick up some good stuff cheap that may or may not have been stolen from one of your neighbors, an online auction site called PropertyRoom.com.

"That's where the Police Department has been sending unclaimed items from its collection of lost and stolen goods for the past 4 years," the blogger wrote, quoting Sue Morse , the department's keeper of records. "The California-based Web business, started in 1999 by a former police detective, sends back half of whatever it makes on the auctioned items and the money -- $3,000-$4,000 for the Wellesley Police Department to date -- goes into the town's general fund."

In Newton, our old friend the Reluctant Housewife was giving us a primer in how pregnancy hormones and the real estate market aren't necessarily a good mix. It seems that Roxanna , the blogger, and her husband have procrastinated a bit on their home-buying and are still out there looking, even though she's due in the first week of April.

"Thing is, I'm so high on pregnancy hormones that when I see a house with ugly wallpaper and dirty carpets, I take it personally," she wrote in a March 5 post. "I left a house in TEARS on Saturday because the master bath had pink and yellow tile and the owners had pink Kleenex and toilet paper, which means that they chose to highlight the pinkness ON PURPOSE and can't they see how cruel that is? (To my credit, we had just seen a house where the agent used the words 'asbestos' and 'high lead levels' and 'frozen pipes' and 'great place to raise your boys' in the same sentence. So you see, my emotions were a little raw for good reason."

Read more of Ralph Ranalli's Cyberscenes column in today's Globe West.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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