Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Hiram Ark. 1907

Fortney could not believe his ears. It took several minutes of silence before he found his wits and voice. The photographer was poised to take their picture in front of the homestead. Why had Glenda chosen just this moment to make her announcement?

“You can’t be serious.” He said at last, knowing full well she was.

Glenda set her jaw and ignored him. After all, she bought and paid for the hammock. It was hers.

Fortney could have BOTH the chairs, she fumed, AND his stupid dog. And the stupid cotton that he’d planted all over the stupid front yard. Stupid idea.

But the mail-order hammock was hers. And after the photographer was finished, she was going to install herself in it with a glass of lemonade and that new romance novel about the adventures of Buck the gay blacksmith and his anvil.

Fortney however, had other plans. They involved pickled onions and two tickets to Pittsburgh! No one was going to stop him. Not even the dog.

Watching all this from under the porch, Blame, the dog sighed with apprehension. Blame knew from the sound of Fortney’s voice that there would be no plate of table scraps tonight. He would have to hunt for something to eat. The chase for a rabbit was always too exhausting, especially in the pesky cotton plants that covered the whole area.

Blame plotted a severe revenge for this. Fortney’s floppy house slippers would be the target. One of them would disappear tonight, the smelly one. It was only fair.

Dogs are always fair.

Charles Bender, the town librarian, (not pictured) didn’t know about any of this, which was all right with him.

And now for the rest of the pictures ...
Front porch

Our house is a very, very, very fine house

Out in front (cropped and corrected)

Family in front of house

Family at front of house

House, man, two dogs

House and woman on porch

Post Office?

The old place

It's a flying saucer

Nearest Neighbor is 12 miles over that hill...

What's going on here?

family in front of house

two women and house

Porch Swing

House, car, family +

Five boys at the gate

Three people and a dog in front of the house

In front of the house

Don't take my picture! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

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