Rear-House

If I built a FAST car it would likely start out as a ‘55 Ford Mainline.  I would bore and stroke the 272 all the way to 350 cubic inches, add a Toploader 4-speed, and see if it’s possible to stuff 9-inch guts into the stock rear-axle housing.  It might not be the fastest FAST competitor after all that, but it would probably be the quickest ‘55 Ford with a numbers-matching Y-block running around on 6.70-15 wide whites.

HELL and STAGECOACH MARY: Excerpts from the Steamfunk novel, "Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 and 2)"

HELL and STAGECOACH MARY: Excerpts from the Steamfunk novel, “Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 and 2)”

EXCERPT 1: I am Harriet Tubman

Harriet crouched low in the thickets. She counted five – no, six – adults in the house.  Four men; two women. They were at the supper table, eating a grayish-brown mass from wooden bowls with their fingers.

A constant, dull thump emanated from the rear of the house.

“Must be the child,” Harriet whispered.  Harriet reasoned that the girl was bored and was pretending…

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Charlottesville VA

In my opinion, Virginia is the most beautiful state (that I’ve visited) in the union. Conveniently, it is also a good halfway point to exchange a dependable car (in New York) for an undependable car (in South Carolina). In other words, the pa and I decided to make a weekend of Charlottesville VA; get our founding fathers on. But first we stopped off to see the quaint little Cyrus and McCormick Farm, the workshop of inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick, the dude who brought us the mechanical reaper. Not that mechanical reaper. This mechanical reaper.

Next up is Ash Lawn-Highland, the residence of James Monroe, founding father, fifth president of the United States and the only American president to have a foreign city named after him.

Considering the contradictory nature of the founders, yes he did own slaves. Supposedly he treated them quite well, but hey, he owned people. They lived on the grounds here.

This is the rear of the house with the kitchen below. That brown thing to the right was some kind of addition. It sucks.

This is actually the front of the residence. Surprise surprise we can’t take pictures inside. However, notice the chimney centered above the entrance. There is a low archway as you enter the house. That is because there are two fireplace flues converging at this point from two different rooms. The reason is great: residences were taxed based upon the number of chimneys they had. So in true founding father fashion, Monroe turned 4 fireplaces into two chimneys just so he didn’t have to pay the taxes. My man.

Now the interesting thing about Thomas Jefferson, third president of these here United States, is that not only was he a politician, author, surveyor, inventor, scientist, horticulturist, farmer, and speaker of six languages, he was also an architect. Much like BV Doshi and CEPT, TJ founded the University of Virginia and also designed its Academical Village. And on this rainy day, the crown jewel of the campus, the rotunda, appears to be under restoration.

As you would imagine, he also designed his own residence, known as Monticello (little mountain in Italian), which sits a few miles from his friend and protégé James Monroe. Monticello is the only American presidential residence listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are no photos allowed in the house except in the dome room. So here are pictures of said dome room.

Oh yes, you can also take pictures of the corridors that run underneath the house which includes such things as kitchens and wine cellars.

Although the rear of the house, it is the most iconic of facades. How iconic you say? Well, it’s on the back of an America nickel.

And here lies my favorite founding father, Thomas Jefferson. Little known fact, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died hours apart on July 4th 1826, the 50th anniversary of the American Independence Day. They were the only remaining original American revolutionaries left. Reportedly, John Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives” not knowing that his friend had died five hours earlier at Monticello.

Since we’re on the Jefferson / Adams kick, I highly recommend the HBO miniseries John Adams, one of the most awarded televisions series of all-time. Totally awesome.

Hey Virginia; I’ll see you in June.

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Monk's House from the rear

Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House from the rear

I saw the item below on Twitter today. It identified the shot as being “Virginia Woolf’s front porch in full bloom.”

It’s not, of course. The photo really depicts the attached greenhouse at the rear of Monk’s House in Rodmell, Sussex. But it’s a pretty shot nonetheless, so I’m adding it here, with thanks to @maisie_rs for loving Virginia Woolf enough to post it.

Virginia Woolf’s front porch in…

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Accused Burglar Falls Asleep During Heist

By David Moye

A good night’s sleep is essential for success in all things, and that apparently includes robbery.

Police in Sarasota, Florida, arrested Timothy Bontrager, 29, Saturday morning after a homeowner woke up to find him sleeping on her couch, WTSP.com reports.

Bontrager allegedly entered the home overnight through an unlocked sliding glass door in the rear of the house.

When the homeowner woke up at about 7:20 a.m. and saw the suspect, she roused him from his sleep and asked why he was there. The suspect apologized and started pacing around the home, only to leave when the victim said she was calling the police, according to NBC-2.com.

Officers arrived at the home at 8 a.m., at which point the victim discovered that her wallet, license, credit cards, cash and personal checks were missing, according to Bradenton.com.

Police took Bontrager into custody a short time later, but he was in shorts, not the pants described by the victim. He was arrested after the victim positively identified him, Sarasota Patch reports.

The pants were found a few hours later in a wooden area, along with the victim’s wallet.

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Accused Burglar Falls Asleep During Heist

By David Moye

A good night’s sleep is essential for success in all things, and that apparently includes robbery.

Police in Sarasota, Florida, arrested Timothy Bontrager, 29, Saturday morning after a homeowner woke up to find him sleeping on her couch, WTSP.com reports.

Bontrager allegedly entered the home overnight through an unlocked sliding glass door in the rear of the house.

When the homeowner woke up at about 7:20 a.m. and saw the suspect, she roused him from his sleep and asked why he was there. The suspect apologized and started pacing around the home, only to leave when the victim said she was calling the police, according to NBC-2.com.

Officers arrived at the home at 8 a.m., at which point the victim discovered that her wallet, license, credit cards, cash and personal checks were missing, according to Bradenton.com.

Police took Bontrager into custody a short time later, but he was in shorts, not the pants described by the victim. He was arrested after the victim positively identified him, Sarasota Patch reports.

The pants were found a few hours later in a wooden area, along with the victim’s wallet.

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Woods, Spectrals and The Doozer live at Bush Hall
–END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL PRESENTS… WOODS + SPECTRALS + THE DOOZER BUSH HALL, WEDNESDAY 16th MARCH 2011 
 
WOODS, one of the very best bands from Brooklyn, return to the UK on 16th March 2011 to play a super special show at Bush Hall. 
 The distance between 2007’s “At Rear House” and 2010’s “At Echo Lake” may at  first seem only semantic, but it more properly represents a move from a kind of informal back porch jam ethos to a fully-committed vision of the infinite possibilities of group playing.  Over the past few years, Woods has established themselves as an anomaly in a world of freaks.  They were an odd proposition even in the outre company of vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Earl’s Woodsist roster, perpetually out of time, committed to songsmanship in an age of noise, drone and improvisation, to extended soloing, oblique instrumentals and the usurping use of tapes and F/X in an age of dead-end singer/songwriters.  "At Echo Lake" feels like a diamond-sharp distillation of the turbulent power of their live shows. 
 “Consistently awesome lo-fi pop” (Gorilla vs Bear) “A distinctive blend of spooky campfire folk, lo-fi rock, homemade tape collages, and other noisy interludes, all anchored by deceptively sturdy melodies” (Pitchfork) 
 SPECTRALS: It’s really quite hard not to fall for the alluring doo-wop of Moshi Moshi artist Spectrals; it’s everything good about Phil Spector’s sixties output filtered through a very British sense of melancholia. 
 THE DOOZER: Hailing from Cambridge, England, The Doozer bears an almost uncanny vocal resonance to past legend Syd Barrett, as well as a knack for cobbling together occasional found-tape narration with string-strum and hypnotic percussive plonk not unlike The Shadow Ring. 
 Tickets: £10 advance available from www.ticketweb.co.uk www.wegottickets.com/event/102055 www.hmvtickets.com/events/2311
 Doors: 7.30pm 
 Further Information: Woods: www.myspace.com/woodsfamilyband Spectrals: www.myspace.com/spectralspectral The Doozer: www.myspace.com/thedoozerman Bush Hall: www.bushhallmusic.co.uk / 0208 222 6955 / 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ Tube: Shepherds Bush End of the Road Festival: www.endoftheroadfestival.com 
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Accused Burglar Falls Asleep During Heist

By David Moye

A good night’s sleep is essential for success in all things, and that apparently includes robbery.


Police in Sarasota, Florida, arrested Timothy Bontrager, 29, Saturday morning after a homeowner woke up to find him sleeping on her couch, WTSP.com reports.


Bontrager allegedly entered the home overnight through an unlocked sliding glass door in the rear of the house.


When the homeowner woke up at about 7:20 a.m. and saw the suspect, she roused him from his sleep and asked why he was there. The suspect apologized and started pacing around the home, only to leave when the victim said she was calling the police, according to NBC-2.com.


Officers arrived at the home at 8 a.m., at which point the victim discovered that her wallet, license, credit cards, cash and personal checks were missing, according to Bradenton.com.


Police took Bontrager into custody a short time later, but he was in shorts, not the pants described by the victim. He was arrested after the victim positively identified him, Sarasota Patch reports.


The pants were found a few hours later in a wooden area, along with the victim’s wallet.


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