The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Friday, December 08, 2006

The Petch House Approach to a Better Life and Other Miscellany

Okay, before we begin our day, I need you to repeat after me: "My house was NOT flooded with raw sewage this morning. Today is a WONDERFUL day!"

See, don't you feel better? (actually, I kinda do - please discard any implied, vestigial irony)

Optimism: I might as well try it, right? I mean, the worst it could do is kill me.

One good thing I can say about putting all of my worldly possessions in storage is that I've realized just how few of them I actually miss. I've been culling the herd, and I came across this last night.

What is it? It is sketch I did in one of my college notebooks (date April 1, 1997). I can't help but wonder if it was a premonition of things to come. Doom seldom comes unheralded.

And then there is this:

It really gives the term "do it yourself" a whole new meaning. I can't help but wonder how (if?) this is street legal. What disturbs me most is the exposed gas tank strapped in the trunk.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing like a little cock-eyed bitter optimism to get one through. I understand that one pretty well... ;oP

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Angus said...

"Optimism: I might as well try it, right? I mean, the worst it could do is kill me."

Haha! Now THAT deserves to be a Demotivator's Poster!

12:37 AM  

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