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Howard Hughes and the New Land

Just something short to say that we made it into Providence last night sometime around midnight. An arduous, seemingly endless day on the road, but now we are here. And here we shall stay. For a long, long time.

I will say that I do adore the new apartment. After the long, degrading nightmare of that mean and grungy hole on Mansfield Avenue (1193, for the curious), all that time between December 2004 and two days ago, this seems like heaven. Built in 1875, the new place is a fine example of Victorian architecture in New England. I adore the elaborate crown molding, and the extraordinarily narrow stairwells that are like nothing so much as the stairs of a lighthouse. But, the bedroom and the room that is to be my office are both far smaller than we'd expected, which means, among other things, a lot of books will be going into storage, indefinitely, and we may have to jettison a few pieces of furniture (that I am loathe to part with, as they are antiques). But, even so, I still adore this place. It is a long-needed change of surroundings, and a beautiful space. After all the sickness and chaos of the last two or three years (and especially the last seven months), I think this is a good place to heal. I'll post some photos as soon as I can.

Byron's taking a nap. Hubero seeems pleased with his new home.

Yesterday, we crossed into Pennsylvania at 12:05 p.m., exiting the South. I do not expect to return for many years.

I'll try to make another entry this evening.


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Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Woohoo, welcome to your new home :)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! You can has Providence.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yay for the healing! I hope that your new home finds you as wonderful as you find it. (Watch out for those 5 1/2 minute hallways...)
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)

(Watch out for those 5 1/2 minute hallways...)

I think we've already uncovered a 7 3/4 minute basement.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
And here we shall stay. For a long, long time.

Mazel tov! So may it be.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you all arrived safely and that you love your new home. May you have many, many happy years there.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Welcome to New England!
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hurray for surviving the move and escaping the South!
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
welcome to rhode island!
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the successful move!
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Jun. 4th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)

the South always seems so exotic to me.

Ebola is also exotic. And cobras.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
glad that you arrived safely from the road and can start unpacking and lining the new home with your things.

Sorry to hear that some of the rooms were smaller than expected, but it might challenge the home decorating skills to actually fit everything in. (which is why my garage is still full of boxes, after moving 2 1/2 years ago)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on making it safely out of the South - splendidly wonderful news....
Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your escape. I hope you soon get a moment to relax & celebrate.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
We'll missing having you this side of the Mason-Dixon, but congratulations on the move. Best of luck in your endeavors, as always. Also, best wishes to Byron on his return trip!
Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Just stay out of the attic space if you know what's good for you, and don't look too closely at any rats that peer out of the ratholes. You might regret it afterwards.

(Seriously, I'm incredibly glad to hear that you two got to Providence without problems. For me, it's time for me to make up your birthday present.)
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