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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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Spank Me

That's right. Whip me, flog me, flay me. I have been an odious homeowner. While Julian Electric was inspecting our heating and cooling system, he brought this to my attention.

That's right, this is the homeowner's version of your brain on drugs. To clarify, you do not want your air filter to look like this. Ever. First, it's gross. Second, if you leave it long enough, it will dramatically reduce the life expectancy of you heating and air unit. You know, like heroin addiction. Third, it's extremely gross.

That's right, that is a close-up of a dead bug in the air filter. The strata of filth makes a positive ID difficult. June Bug? Beetle? Hell, maybe it's an atrophied squirrel mummy?!

Life, stranger than fiction.

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Blogger Gary said...

OK everyone, let's all flog John with a wet noodle.... did anyone bring the fur lined handcuffs?

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Travis said...

Last year, after moving into my freshly purchased house, I changed the air filter figuring it probably hadn't been changed in several years. Sure enough, the 1/2inch of fuzz was pretty bad... However, the dried dead bat was the kicker! That's right, a dried bat... somehow inside the duct work of the house.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I wonder how many of us homeowners, after reading your blog will go check their filter?

While your at it change your smoke detector batteries and the baking soda in the fridge-hahaha.

8:29 AM  
Blogger John said...

Gary, bring it.

Travis, wow. I can't beat that. Thank you for proving the point yet again, life is stranger than fiction.

Kristy,good question. I guess installing my smoke detector might be a good idea, right?

10:57 AM  

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