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Springy [Mar. 17th, 2008|10:01 pm]
So somebody is moving in next door. Thus far all they're doing is tidying up. Today it sounded like they had an airless paint sprayer going for a while. I haven't gone over to bother them yet. Better still, they haven't come over to bother me yet.

Thinking about real estate (goodbye, bubble), I went to check the L.A. County Assessor's Office website where they have a dandy thing called a parcel viewer that lets you find out various bits of information about individual parcels, such as what the current assessed valuation of land and improvements are, what year the building (if any) was built, what the last sale price was (if it was sold within the last two years), and such. I must say, even with the collapse of the bubble, my old neighborhood is still way beyond my current means, and my old neighborhood was (and still is for the most part) fairly low-end. Seeing a row of three vacant, steep hillside lots where we used to hang out as kids (and which I remember each being sold for three-figure prices) collectively bringing in close to half a million recently just sort of freaks me out.

Also freaky is the most bizarre ad ever posted in vintage_ads. Hysterical paroxysms OMG!!! I think a couple of the commenters got (or gave) them, too.

Typical St. Patrick's Day scene in Los Angeles.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2008-03-18 10:46 am (UTC)
i'd read that doctors used to do that. as one commenter mentioned, that's why vibrators were invented. can't believe the guy got away with the picture in the ads, though!

it looks like the horse is dancing. :)
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2008-03-19 03:55 am (UTC)
When I first saw the ad I thought it might be a hoax, but a quick Google revealed numerous references to hysterical paroxysms, including this Wikipedia article.

Given that this is the age of YouTube, I'm surprised that nobody has yet uploaded a video about this ad, with Aretha Franklin's "Dr. Feelgood" as the soundtrack.

There are videos of Mexican caballos bailadores, though. I can't find an identity for the group from the St. Patrick's Day parade, but I suspect they are local to the Los Angeles area. There are quite a few groups (usually families) who have dancing horses there, and at least one dancing horse group is apt to appear in any parade in Southern California. The Rose Parade invariably features some dancing horses.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2008-03-19 05:09 am (UTC)
are the horses having fun, i wonder, or just responding to the riders' prompts? that video of the dancing bird made it clear the bird LOVED the music. *g*

thanks for the links! very interesting. :)
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