Gates: I Was Wrong

If you read my blog, you already know that I'm no big fan of our gates. They are wide open during daylight hours and, even if they were always closed, a bad guy can walk around them anytime. I’ve posted several pieces that gripe about the cost and the amount of time and effort necessary to maintain them. 

Diverging Diamond Interchange

Weather permitting, N.C. 133/Village Road/River Road between the interchange ramps for U.S. 17/74/76 will be closed around 9 p.m. on Friday, April 15th and reopened at 6 a.m., Monday, April 18th. Workers will be paving and striping the new, diverging diamond interchange.

That’s important to know because getting into “downtown” Leland will be a mess over the weekend. If we need to go over there, we’ll go the back way, via Old Fayetteville Road.

Real Estate Trends - March 2016


I have updated the charts for Waterford, Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Forest with March sales data. Click here or on the Real Estate Trends link at the top of the right sidebar to view them.

Cape Fear Seafood Company - Top Notch Dining

Our friends, Dal and Holly, invited The Lady and me to join them for dinner yesterday evening. They introduced us to Cape Fear Seafood Company and showed us we had been missing something very special.

Wilmington and Back

The stretch of Highway 74 between Leland and 3rd Street in Wilmington has caused many a headache over the past year. The bumper to bumper commuter traffic, the fender benders, and the selfish creeps who pass everyone on the right and cut in at the last minute have become almost routine. Getting into Wilmington from Brunswick County can be a monumental pain in the butt, particularly for commuters.

An editorial in the Star News on March 24th looks at the situation, reviews the project's progress and encourages our patience. It's worth a read.

Here's a link: Hang in there, Leland commuters

Mac Ransomeware

I love my Mac. 

Switching from Windows PCs to a Mac was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. Transition to my iMac was easy, using it has been a pleasure, and I’ve never had to be especially concerned about viruses, spyware and the other forms of nastiness that criminals dream up. 

Real Estate Trends - February 2016



I have updated the charts for Waterford, Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Forest with February sales data. Click here or on the Real Estate Trends link at the top of the right sidebar to view them.

Phew - Stinky Waterford !

We were cheated yesterday. The gorgeous weather made everyone want to get out into the fresh air and enjoy the mild temperatures, but someone else thought it was a great day to burn a stump. The irritating, stinking smoke made it impossible to enjoy the day.

After thinking about it overnight, I was fired-up enough to write an Email to the Leland Mayor to see if she can do something to prevent it happening again. You can read it below.

Shred It and Forget It

The best way to dispose of paperwork that shouldn’t get into anyone else’s hands is to shred it. There are lots of compact shredders for home use, and, if you are concerned about identity-theft and privacy, you should own one.

The same goes for the personal information on your computer. It needs protection and, if you have security measures in place - such as good passwords, a firewall - and maybe even file encryption, your private information should be safe from prying eyes.

Big Pharma - Big Prices

We’re being ripped-off.

It’s obvious that the pharmaceutical companies are profiteering, but our federal legislators and regulators are reacting in their usual wishy-washy, self-serving fashion. Despite showy committee meetings and threatening press releases, nothing substantial appears to be happening in Washington to fix the problem.

Real Estate Trends - January 2016



I have updated the charts for Waterford, Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Forest with January sales data. Click here or on the Real Estate Trends link at the top of the right sidebar to view them.

Aldi is Coming to Leland

A Port City Daily article this morning indicates that Aldi, the German grocery chain, wants to build a store between Ploof Road and the Westgate (Walmart) shopping plaza. The pre-construction planning is still going on and, from the sound of it, approval hinges only on some modifications to the site plan.

Election Overload

Am I the only one who's sick of election news? 

The primary season starts tomorrow (February 1st - the Iowa caucuses), and I’ve already heard and seen much too much of both parties’ candidates, and of the TV people who follow them around. Everything any of the candidates says is hashed, rehashed, parsed and exaggerated on TV - way out of proportion to its news or entertainment value.

Election Editorial

Palin’s son Track,
gave his girlfriend a whack.
Now he’s getting help from Mama.

Her son’s a mess,
so she called in the press,
and blamed the assault on Obama.

Jim Comer's Birds

Last March, I wrote about bird-carver Jim Comer and showed-off three of his creations that reside in my collection of hand-carved, wooden birds.