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This is a question Karma

Sue Denham writes, "I once slipped out of work two hours early without the boss noticing. In my hurry to make the most of this petty victory, I knocked myself out on the car door and spent the rest of the day semi-conscious, bowking rich brown vomit over my one and only suit."

Have you been visited by the forces of Karma, or watched it happen to other people?

Thanks to Pooflake for the suggestion

(, Thu 21 Feb 2008, 14:24)
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The road in question
is Rte. 60, going west toward Powhatan and Amelia. I've seen about a dozen abandoned houses along there, going west from Midlothian. The one whose pics I linked is on the south side of the highway, clearly visible from the road.

At this point I won't say where Emmitt's house is, not until I know more about it. If I get told to leave it the hell alone I don't want someone else possibly getting busted in my place during a visit. *grin* However, I will say that it's not exactly obvious- I just happened to be looking in the right direction to notice weatherbeaten boards visible over the scrubby trees.

Oh, and for added creepiness- each time I was there, I made sure that I was the only person around, and kept a lookout through the windows. And yet I would swear that I heard someone softly whistling to themselves...

A side note: the Lunatic Artist has a brother who's a professional artist, and he often does strange sculptures of houses like this. I once asked him why he does so much on houses and he told me of exploring old houses as a child, much as I've been doing, and being very moved by these old structures and the remnants he found from the people who had lived there. Those old shacks, decaying and decrepit, were iconic to him of the people who were trapped in them, living there because they had nowhere else to go. He has managed to spin this into an entire career, and is quite successful at it- click through the pictures in that gallery to see what I mean. His actual website is here, and I can recommend a look around it.

A word of caution to you would-be explorers: these buildings are generally not safe to walk through, so extreme care should be taken when entering one. Walk close to the walls, testing every step, and try to step on the joists whenever possible to avoid going through the rotted floors. Also be aware that there may be unfriendly types around who will run you off the property- if you have a camera and identify yourself as a photographer, they'll often calm down a lot, but they may still send you away. Be prepared to talk your way out of the confrontation, and don't argue with them. (Yes, this has happened to me in the past.) But it can be extremely rewarding to enter into these places and listen for the echoes of the past within them...

Update: the house is still owned by the family. They also own a parcel two doors down the road- I'm going to ride out there and see if that one's inhabited, and if so ask them about Emmitt's house.
(, Mon 25 Feb 2008, 18:08, Reply)

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