A prelude to spring! Warm and sunny. Most welcome . . . Our first client for the Vermont-made loofa mint soap has responded: two thumbs up for this product . . . The mayor and police chief have launched their series of town meetings on crime in the city. The attention is welcome, but for once I wish the authorities would stop telling me how to protect myself and instead tell me what protection they are providing . . . Management tells me that the Midtown Cinema did quite well with its month-long showing of The Artist. The foreign language Oscar winner is the current attraction . . .