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John Duke's Blog – March 2012 Archive (10)

The condemned and the redeemed

Spring in Richmond is certainly much different than in Boston, as least when I was there this past week. Whites and pinks and purples on fields of varying shades of green are everywhere, looking like a painter's exuberant palette after years of canvases. The dead of winter once again is resurrecting to life, just in time for Easter, as it always does, ever and…

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Added by John Duke on March 31, 2012 at 2:06am — No Comments

Lighting the way home

Jimmy dropped me off at the cabin on the way home from the airport. Darien met us there and showed me what Mr. Seals and Mike have been up to -- mostly things that will enable us to live in the cabin while the rest of the work goes on around us. ...



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Added by John Duke on March 30, 2012 at 12:22am — No Comments

The gnome and the owl

I spoke to Darien this evening after returning from my a dinner of striped bass with colleagues in Boston. I caught her at the cabin, where she had retreated after the electricity went out at Gotham following a sudden storm. This is a switch from the usual pattern of Gotham being the safe house during storms. She reported no leaks from the hard rain, which is good news,…

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Added by John Duke on March 28, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Soft lights

The neighborhood owl has returned. Gabriel spotted it on his property in the soft evening light. Darien has seen it as well. We can hear its haunting call echoing through the trees at different hours of the day. Many of the branches are still barren of leaves, so it…

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Added by John Duke on March 27, 2012 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Soft lights

The neighborhood owl has returned. Gabriel spotted it on his property in the soft evening light. Darien has seen it as well. We can hear its haunting call echoing through the trees at different hours of the day. Many of the branches are still barren of leaves, so it…

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Added by John Duke on March 27, 2012 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Two steps forward, one step back

Mr. Seals is working on a punch list of things to complete before we move in. We don't expect him to actually have it all done, but the cabin should be livable.



That is, if we can keep the water out.



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Added by John Duke on March 27, 2012 at 12:10am — No Comments

Next to godliness

7 more days to go.



We will have a variety of unfamiliar surfaces to attend to once we move into the cabin. Darien has been researching different cleaning solutions that have minimal negative environmental or health side affects. Here is what she has come up with so far.

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Added by John Duke on March 25, 2012 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Bad moon on the rise

I watched Indiana play a few days ago and knew trouble was on the way for VCU. True enough, it was bad times on Saturday night, like seeing earthquakes and lightning and knowing the rivers would overflow and the hurricanes blow. Indiana took the life out of VCU in the NCAA tournament in a heartbreak loss that we could have won. My response?

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Added by John Duke on March 21, 2012 at 1:29am — No Comments

Two bottles closer

I came back from the cabin to find Antonia and Darien taking a break from packing up the house. It seems part of their strategy is to finish off any bottle that had already been opened so we wouldn't have to move it to our new house. They were working on the dregs of a bottle of golden, smokey Mezcal when I walked in. It is hard to argue with success, however. They were…

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Added by John Duke on March 11, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Waiting for the Tooth Fairy

Ryan decided he would rather ski than lay floors, so we are letting our heart pine age another week in the cabin before he finishes off the den. However, Mr. Seals, in spite of suffering an abscessed tooth, has been diligently showing up at the cabin. Most recently, he completed cutting and fitting all the pine for the stairs. While he waits for Ryan to fasten…

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Added by John Duke on March 5, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

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