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Friday, October 1, 2021

Musical Interlude

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As of September 11, my husband Warren and I began moving into our Evansville home. 

The house and yard are lovely!  We have almost 2600 square of living space, plus an oversized two-car attached garage.  I finally have a place large enough so that I can display all the beautiful antiques I inherited, as well as some treasures I bought over the past fifty years.  Warren, too, has treasures to display. 

We're having a major problem with the unpacking, however. I paid for "full pack," and the packers mislabeled so many boxes! For example, and only one example of many, a box labeled "Office" actually contains china from the piano room. Strange! The office was upstairs, and the piano room downstairs in my Virginia home. Ugh. 

Unpacking is quite a nightmare! Especially for two people who have never before moved. Thank God that my Virginia cousins, who transported my kitties Amber and Minxy in a non-stop overland trip on September 17, came for a few days to help us.  Nevertheless, finishing here is still a nightmarish work-in-progress.  My dog Callie rode overland with Warren and me, in the U-Haul truck.

Speaking of "nightmare" and "nightmarish," here is an appropriate musical selection for this moving project (Edvard Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King):

PS; Many thanks to my good friend Silverfiddle, who kept this blog running so well in my absence.


  1. Sounds like you're finally getting settled. Come to think of it, I've got a dozen cardboard boxes down in my basement that I haven't opened since we moved to Maryland from California in '82. I wonder what's in them....

    1. You try buying a home. The house my parents bought in '63 for $17k in San Jose now retails for over $1.1m.

    2. Even mu Uncle Lew (4th Generation San Jose native) had to move out when his real estate taxes hit a peak before Prop 13 froze them.

    3. His GGF had been a Texas Ranger and his GF and Dad were Republican State Senators. His Father left the Republican Party and founded the Progressive Party that ran on the Socialist ticket in CA.

    4. His "bane" was the Union Pacific Railroad, even though his dad had clerked for Leland Stanford.

    5. ...and unlike the TR "Republicans", I come from a long line of RADICAL PROGRESSIVES. :)

    6. Joe,
      The house my parents bought in '63 for $17k in San Jose now retails for over $1.1m.

      YE, GODS!

    7. PS: Sounds a bit like Fairfax County.

    8. FJ,
      I've got a dozen cardboard boxes down in my basement that I haven't opened since we moved to Maryland from California in '82

      Maybe you should have thrown away more? I've already concluded that I should have!

    9. No doubt about it. Most of my basement is filled with things seldom needed or used,

    10. Until now, I really didn't have space to spare for things seldom needed or used -- although I crammed those things into high cupboards or some other nook.

      In fact, when the packers first arrived and were assessing the situation -- thinking that only 1300 sq. ft. would be an easy job -- after I opened cupboards and showed them the Little House, one of them muttered: "Por Dios." LOL. BTW, I tipped them well.

    11. I love watching American Pickers. I just wish I had a barn to keep everything in. My Uncle Lew had a building called his "Palace of the Past" where he kept his "gems"... like a fully restored theatre organ complete with sound effects for accompanying silent films which he used to play to delight his nieces and nephews like me.

    12. His business card. I just wish I had a picture of the neon-outlined sign over his driveway featuring his silhouette sitting on a stump and "whittling" on a stick emblazoned "Trader Lew's"

    13. Your Uncle Lew sounds like quite a guy. I can imagine what fun that was for you kids watching the silent movies while he played the organ.

    14. My only regret is to the number of films lost to posterity... his "palace" was filled with stacks of brittle and decaying film in cannisters, none of which was stored in an environment better than a "barn". But hey, I enjoyed some of them.

    15. Same thing happened to Louie Armstrong's many home recordings. Reportedly, he taped everything on his very expensive reel-to-reel, to include the many jam sessions at his house with famous musicians of that time. Unfortunately, the tape he used was of poor quality, and it crumbled upon handling. Can you imagine what the world missed? Makes me sad to think of it.

    16. I hear that "Prince's Vault" will be turning out music for decades... not that I was a fan.

      Today we have the opposite problem (ie Armstrong). I sure wish that I had some kind of AI agent that knew my tastes and could search the internet and all the new streaming channels and save me the angst from FOMO...

      Finding something worthwhile to watch or listen to these days can be a pretty daunting task.

    17. The hidden gems are out there... but they are ... hidden!

    18. I suspect that the fastest growing job category today is "content provider"....@@

  2. His mom's side of the family...

    General George S. Evans
    General George S. Evans came to California in 1849 by way of Michigan and Texas, where he served in the Texas Rangers.
    Over the next ten years he was involved in mining, business, and eventually government work for both Tuolumne County
    and the State of California. He married Fannie Markham of Sonora in 1857. On October 16, 1861, he joined the California
    Volunteers at Camp Alert in San Francisco and was commissioned as a major, and later a lieutenant colonel, in the
    Tuolumne Rangers, Company E, Second Cavalry. Over the next two years he led three companies on Indian campaigns in
    Southern California and Utah. In 1863 he resigned his commission and returned to California, where he was involved in
    politics, serving as a state senator and the mayor of Stockton. In the 1880's he made an unsuccessful bid to be the
    Republican Party's gubernatorial candidate. He moved to San Francisco with his family in 1880, when he was appointed the
    State Harbor Commissioner. He remained there until his death in 1883.

    George Spafford Evans
    George and Fannie Evans had six children, four daughters and two sons. Their eldest son, George Spafford Evans, Jr., was
    born in 1874. He went to work as Leland Stanford's office boy in 1887, and remained with Southern Pacific Railroad for 57
    years. In 1898 he married Hattie Milliken, and they built their home on Castro Street in San Francisco after the 1906
    Earthquake. They had one daughter, Ruth, born in 1913.

  3. AOW...remember blogger LA SUNSET from some years back? If you do, please pray for Scott...he's had COVID for over a week, he's very compromised and his oxygen numbers are WAY too low so he's just gone to the ER...........such a good guy; Please pray for Scott Roechlin!

    1. Z,
      Scott has COVID! I haven't been making Facebook rounds and, until now, was completely unaware. He was supposed to visit Warren and me this month.

      Will pray. He is such a good guy!

      I've known him since I first started blogging back in 2005.

    2. I knew you'd want to know! The tough part is he's also got pneumonia......And, as you know, he's highly compromised, he has some bad cancer numbers recently....but was doing OK. They went on a trip and he came back with it. Marlene's ok! He was supposed to visit you? Oh, man! I think I've known him that long, too....LA SUNSET!!! Very good guy. Let's all continue to pray.

  4. Good to hear from you AOW! Sounds like a wonderful house, and it will get done when it gets done.
    Love your musical selection. I heard it first in 8th grade and the music teacher made such fun with it I still recall it.

    1. Bunkerville,
      This long-distance move has been quite a ride! Especially with Callie Dog.


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