$190 Million Greenwich House Is Nice But …

… Would I Want To Snow Blow The Long Driveway?

It's not supposed to be a great weather day, so I've been thinking about giving that guy who owns the $190 million house in Greenwich a call to see if he's going to be around.

Although the $190 million is a little outside my range — OK, $189,700,000 outside my range, to be exact — you have to remember that it is only the "asking price," so I'm sure there is room for movement. (I wonder if he is doing a For Sale by Owner thing?)

Of course, even if we could agree on a price, I still have reservations about the house.

For one thing, it's 13,000 square feet, which means you would have to have a lot of furniture, and who wants to spend all their time going to tag sales.

Another minus is the number of bedrooms, 13. The problem with having that many bedrooms is you would always have friends wanting to stay over. And don't even get me started about relatives.

I do, however, like the number of bathrooms, nine. You can never have enough bathrooms, particularly if your friends are getting older.

Outside, the house sits on 50 acres, so you don't have to worry about waving to the neighbors all the time, or for them coming over to borrow tools and stuff.

The best thing about outside, though, is the three-quarters of a mile of private beach on Long Island Sound, which also includes two private islands (for nude sunbathing, I assume). How cool would it be to go to the beach and not be surrounded by unattractive people wearing swim attire from 20 pounds ago?

As you might imagine, I have concerns about the 1,800-foot driveway. It would take you forever to snow blow that, not to mention having to drag the trash cans out and back every week.

The lawn, which looks to be several acres, could also be problematic, but then I do have a Sears tractor.

If I get ahold of the owner the first question I have is whether it has gas or oil heat. Oil could be a deal breaker, unless, of course, there was some place to put in a wood stove.

How Politicians Talk 101

Speaking to reporters on the same day his congressional campaign finance director was found guilty of illegally concealing contributions, former House speaker Chris Donovan talked about a meeting he had with Ray Soucy.

Soucy, a former union official turned government informant, had been funneling cash into Donovan's campaign in hopes of killing legislation that would have made roll-your-own smoke shops susceptible to the cigarette tax.

In one interaction while wearing a wire, Soucy tells Donovan the smoke shop owners want to hear that "the bill is freaking dead. Can I tell them that, yes or no?"

To which Donovan's replies: "I'm working on it. It's something I care about." And "I understand where they are coming from."

Later, in another taped meeting after the bill dies in the Senate (not the House), Donovan tells Soucy, "I took care of you, didn't I?"

Now to the layperson, saying something like "I took care of you" to a guy who is leaving campaign cash everywhere but the refrigerator (um, scratch that) might sound like you did something. Not so, as Donovan explained:

"I said, 'I took care of you.' When somebody wins, you say, 'I took care of you.' When somebody loses, you say, 'Sorry it didn't work out.' That's just how we talk."

So, if you like this column, "I took care of you." If not "Sorry it didn't work out."

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