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Cold property: When last we spoke with...

Cold property: When last we spoke with Paul Harris, he had just put his Manhattan Beach home on the market for $669,000 and posted a sign that proclaimed: “

“Dropping Our Price $1,000 a Day or 69 Cents a Minute.” Seventy days later, Harris stopped dropping the price. And not because he’d found a buyer.

“We haven’t gotten a single offer,” he admitted.

Making matters worse, the city ordered him to remove the 10-foot-by-20-foot sign on his front lawn because it violated local ordinances.

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So what next for the--give us a second to work our pocket calculator--$599,000 house? Harris said he once considered “building a perch in a tree in the front yard and staying up there like a flagpole sitter until the house was sold.”

But would flagpole sitting be legal?

“Maybe,” Harris said, “we’ll find out.”

Attn. Michael Jordan: David Wirths of North Hollywood says he’s found a neighborhood repair shop that evidently specializes in “pump-up” athletic shoes that have gone flat.

Word games: We previously mentioned that “Tuesday, November Third” is an anagram whose letters also spell out: “Many Voted, Bush Retired.” Now, here’s a palindrome about the

election that the winning side won’t find so funny, courtesy of performer David Fuhrer. “Star Comedy by Democrats” reads the same way spelled backward.

Fuhrer, by the way, identifies

himself as “the guy with the most useless ability in the world--I’m currently in the Guinness book as ‘World’s Fastest Backward Talker.’ ”

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At least we think that’s what he said.

Golden oldie stock tips?Roy Quady of San Pedro can’t figure out why many L.A. taxis are still carrying ads for “Smart Radio” KBLA-AM (1580) several months after the station’s all-business news format folded.

The active college life: UCLA magazine reports that the campus bowling alley in Ackerman Union has been dismantled because of a “decline in student patronage.” The sport hasn’t been the same since Richard Nixon left the White House. The space has been partially occupied by seating for a nearby eatery as well as by air hockey tables and sit-down video games.

MiscelLAny:

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The Bel-Air home of Ronald and Nancy Reagan is right around the corner from the mansion used in the “Beverly Hillbillies” TV series.


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