~Vintage Movies~

Why do I like old things? Maybe I’m just oldschool. I think I would have fit right in if I were born 50 years prior to when I was in the 60’s.

Some of my favorite old movies are (in no particular order):

  • Casablanca
  • King Kong vs Godzilla (either version Japanese or American with Eric Carter)
  • Laurence of Arabia
  • Run Silent, Run Deep
  • King Kong
  • Gojira (Godzilla 1954)
  • The Green Berets
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Day of the Triphods
  • Abbott & Costello meet the (insert monster of choice)
  • Gamera
  • Monster Zero
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • Planet of the Apes (all)
  • Bridge over the river Kwai
  • Tora Tora Tora
  • ANY Ray Harryhausen movies

I’m realising there are too many to continue. I’ll have to break these down into categories.

The 4:30 Movie is one of my fondest memories from my childhood. My brothers & I would race home after school to watch these. They would be categorized as “Monster Week” “John Wayne Week”, “Planet of the Apes Week”, etc..

Closing Day

Today Lisa, our daughter & I closed on our new home! Built in 1945, our ‘new’ home is a Capecod which has been completely remodeled in & out. Yeah, it’s not a b&b but someday we’ll follow through on our dream.

20160531_142557[1] We’re really happy with this house. It’s in a great neighborhood, has a great backyard for the dogs, a finished basement, a nice screened in porch, beautiful kitchen with a chandelier, stainless appliances & modern features, a fireplace 4 bedrooms & 2 really nice bathrooms and a patio & deck.

On to Lynchburg

During one of our trips Lisa noticed a scary mannequin in an abandoned house along route 58. In a subsequent trip I managed to get a picture of it after holding my phone ready for over 10 miles waiting. It’s on the left going from South Boston to Emporia & It’s quite creepy & hilarious at the same time.

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In our search for a new home we visited Lynchburg. The more we saw, the more we liked. Lynchburg has a good vibe, history, several historical districts, colleges, jobs & less crime than previous places we considered.

We stayed in B&B’s , shopped at local farmers markets, toured old houses with realtors & decided this was to be our new hometown. Our criteria for house hunting consisted of the following requirements; off street parking, old/historical, a configuration able to have an Inn & owner’s quarters & for it to be at least 4,000 sq ft.

Everything we found seemed to lack one of the above until we found a grand old house lived in by Thomas Jefferson’s Great Granddaughter. Built in the 1850’s it had 6 bedrooms, an apartment, 7 gables on the roof & off street parking. We made an offer but after the inspection we backed out as it needed a lot of work on the hidden gutters & the walls which were damaged from the bad gutters… Back to our search..

This was back in November of 2016. I had already committed to a job in Lynchburg & our house was sold in Chesapeake. We were then forced to rent so that we wouldn’t make a rash decision. After we moved Lisa & I got settled in to our new jobs and we continued our search for a house.

I discovered that the area has several trail systems for hiking & biking. Some of these are from reclaimed railroad tracks & one even tunnels through a hill & over a river.

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House hunting

Lisa & I started our house hunting foray back in August of 2015. We knew we wanted a house in an historic district & were looking in Danville. The reason for this was a recent trip through the area by Lisa which resulted in a stay at one of Danville’s bed & breakfasts. She learned that it was for sale & we made a return trip back to the b&b to stay a night & talk with the owners… Ultimately we passed on that b&b when they wouldn’t show their books (red flag). Danville has a bunch of cool old historic houses we found out so we kept looking there.

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An early contender was a 125 year old, 5,400 sq ft house on Holbrook ave. We really liked it & plan on eventually opening a bed & breakfast. The more we learned of the area, though, the more we decided to continue exploring..

The following 2 photos are of a (huge) attic in Lynchburg & the view from a window in that attic. For perspective there’s a regular sized refrigerator on the left of the attic picture.

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The ladder went up to a hatch which you could access the roof from. It was like a submarine hatch & had a spectacular view of the city & mountains.

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     Another area we looked at was Petersburg which also had an historic district.

While there we stumbled upon The Hiram Haines Coffee House which was actually for sale.
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While it wasn’t open, the owner saw us looking in & gave us an impromptu tour.
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Being a fan of both Poe & coffee houses made us briefly contemplate buying the place.
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The above photo was an ally between the 2 buildings. The owers incorporated it into the coffee house. See the raven in the above & below pictures?

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But, again, the more we learned of this area the more we kept looking.

Vintagey findings

  • vintage

    noun vin·tage \ˈvin-tij\

    • the grapes or wine produced during one season
    • a period in which something was made or was begun
    • of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality
    • dating from the past 

    -y

    A native English suffix of adjectives meaning “characterized by or inclined to” the substance or action of the word or stem to which the suffix is attached: juicy; grouchy; rumbly; dreamy. Sometimes used to mean “allowing, fostering, or bringing about” the specified action.

    • of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality
    • dating from the past 

    Slang definitions & phrases for -y

    suffix

    used to form adjectives having the quality indicated: comfy/ funny/ swanky

    Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

    vintagey

    When discussing finding some vintage items that are authentic vintage, not modern replicas of vintage pieces.

    I found this awesome bracelet, it looks like one my grandmother had. It is so vintagey.

    Source: Urban Dictionary