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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:40 am

Xerius wrote:Guthrie is a charmer, no doubt (especially for Oklahoma), and yes, it does have one of the country's largest historic districts. I haven't been inside the Masonic Temple yet, so it's nice to see pics of the interior.


I was pleasantly surprised.

The Temple is really beautiful although I'm stumped as to its location - by the time it was built, Guthrie's significance in the state was already rapidly shrinking.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Lost Soul » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:51 pm

Guthrie was promised to the Indians for "as long as the wind blows and the grass grows".
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:08 am

Lost Soul wrote:Guthrie was promised to the Indians for "as long as the wind blows and the grass grows".


To be filed under the White People Suck folder of American History.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:26 am

If you're not posh enough for Sedona or drunk enough for Bisbee, Flagstaff, Arizona, makes a welcome interlude between the two.

Its compact gallery-and-cafe-bedecked downtown is home to the State University and is walkable and reasonably well-preserved.

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City Hall and the Coconino County Courthouse - one of the largest counties in the US.

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The train station.

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A historic mansion now part of the University campus.

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A porch swing as an interior sofa! Me likey.

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The National Parks Museum.

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Percival Lowell, mentioned before, has his mausoleum on Mars Hill, near his beloved observatory; the mausoleum itself is designed as an observatory.

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The Lowell Observatory.

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The Rotunda Library, with its Saturn chandelier.

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Most of the place is comfortable rather than inspiring.

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Of course, Coconino County has already got the whole "inspiring" thing more or less sewn up.

Monument Valley.

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The spectacular ruin of Wupatki.

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Koopsen Tower.

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Montezuma Castle.

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I forget what this is called.

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I wonder how many people have puked over the side.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by VinnyD » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:51 pm

Coconino County was the home of Krazy Kat and Ignatz the mouse.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Lost Soul » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:23 pm

The Monte Vista hotel is where they filmed the Rick's Bar scenes in Casablanca.

The Babbitt Brothers started a ranch between Flag and the Grand Canyon. Bruce is one of the grandsons I think.

A prominent stewbie went to Northern Arizona University, as did my sister.

Montezuma's Castle is in Yavapai County next door, with Prescott as the county seat.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by FUUZ » Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:12 pm

Three towns that will never be featured here: Colma California, which mainly consists of cemeteries,
Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, heavily infested with Hindoos, and,
a small town in Florida that might be a present or future abode of some of the Stew-ites,
Miracle Village, which is a town for registered sex offenders.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by korgy » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:21 pm

VinnyD wrote:Shenandoah Valley, I think. There are mountains on both sides of the valley of the Shenandoah River (and Massanutten Mountain in the middle for part of it), and the mountain, more of a long ridge, to the west of Winchester is called Shenandoah Mountain, but there is no range called the Shenandoah Mountains, and if there were, Winchester wouldn't be in it.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:24 am

I thought it was the Mountains.

Turns out it's the Valley.

If the Red Queen can pass over the distinction so can I.

Alternative facts, everyone.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:46 am

Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is the oldest town in the state, being 101 years older than the state itself.

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A bucolic small city - the entirety of which is a National Historic Landmark - surrounded by historic farmland, it is the location of Shepherdstown University and evidently has "a strong coffee culture" for those interested in ordering cups by origin. And for those of you not insufferable twats there's still a lot to do.

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The lovely old City Hall, now the Main Building of Shepherdstown University.

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The Opera House. No Fat Lady need apply, one supposes.

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Of course back then most people were smaller overall.

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You'll notice that the gentleman in the above photo has a blob of ectoplasmic goo for a head. This may reflect the photographer's inept attempt to blur his identity a la Google Maps. But it's more likely that he is an actual g-g-g-ghost.

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That's because Shepherdstown bills itself as the most haunted community in America. No one knows why, although the nearby Battle of Antietam during the Civil War, when this town of about 1,000 received 5,000 to 8,000 casualties, corpses piled high in the creek and the dead outnumbered the living by the close of battle 3 to 1, may have had some small, overlooked, trivial thing to do with it.

Haunted mansions, Boo.

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Haunted old stone mill Boo.

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Haunted little creek, Boo.

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Some other thing I assume it's haunted, Boo.

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And then leave it to some cunt in nearby Kenovah to outdo them with Jack O'Lanterns.

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You're gonna want to sew that shit up, Shepherdstown.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by VinnyD » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:24 am

I imagine the first thing named Shenandoah was the river.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Lost Soul » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:29 am

Derived from the Algonquian schind-han-do-wi, the literal translation of which has been thought to be "spruce stream," "great plains," or "beautiful daughter of the stars."
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Post by VinnyD » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:31 am

In other words, nobody knows.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Chip_Oatley » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:34 am

"You'll notice that the gentleman in the above photo has a blob of ectoplasmic goo for a head. This may reflect the photographer's inept attempt to blur his identity a la Google Maps."

OH that is awful.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:59 am

Lost Soul wrote:The Monte Vista hotel is where they filmed the Rick's Bar scenes in Casablanca.


Cool! I wonder why there and not a Hollywood studio?

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Lost Soul » Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:08 am

BulletPark wrote:
Lost Soul wrote:The Monte Vista hotel is where they filmed the Rick's Bar scenes in Casablanca.


Cool! I wonder why there and not a Hollywood studio?

The Left Coast (which was right wing at the time) was under a WW2 blackout, or so the explanation goes.

I unthinkingly bought it for about 40 years, until after the last time I mentioned it, to q5q if memory serves. And then I thought: what does a blackout have to do with interior scenes?

Anyhoo, Flag was also almost the site of Hollywood. One of the NYC movie producers got off the train there a century ago in the expectation of moving his studio 'out west'. And then it rained for a few days, or so the story goes. So he got back on the Santa Fe and went to the end of the line. Flag is better for it.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:19 am

If we concentrated simply on towns in New York State we would be here until the next Ice Age, but I can't let a gem like Skaneateles pass by, even by the very high standards of the Finger Lakes.

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It is located, you may not be astonished to learn, on the shores of Lake Skaneateles.

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Its small downtown can, I think, be legitimately described as enchanting.

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Two views of the lakeside Church of St. James.

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The Sherwood Inn.

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The colonial church.

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Area and village homes.

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Roosevelt Hall, grandest of the Skaneateles lakeshore estates.

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This is the motel.

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Odds bodkins...methinks I sense the presence of coffee-by-origin!!!

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If you're going to jump in the lake, it might as well be this one.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

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Someone in Astoria admired Trajan's column

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:13 pm

Georgetown, Texas, is home to a branch of Southwestern University.

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Its homes range from sensible 19th century dwellings to modest Post War ranches.

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With a couple of High Style fuck-ups for contrast.

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It bills itself as the home to "The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas". And while some may argue that that's a bit like being the most beautiful woman in the British Royal Family, they do have a bit of a point.

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Like many Texas communities, Georgetown takes its Holiday Lights display very seriously.

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But the reason I selected it is because it is now the second city in the US to be completely dependant on renewable resources for its energy supply.

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The first one was Burlington, Vermont.

"But Bullet!" you whine annoyingly. "Why not just do the first city, Burlington, Vermont, I want a pony why is the sky blue?"

"Shut up," I say kindly, punching you in the face as hard as I can. "If I did Burlington, which is full of dirty hippies, everyone would scream about Maobama. But Georgetown's mayor is a hard-core Republican and he thinks renewable resources are the way to go because it makes actual fiscal sense in addition to everything else."

Which is rather heartening.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by FUUZ » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:48 pm

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, might be worth a visit.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:38 am

Seriously?

I have a travel day and this thread sinks to page two while you're all arguing over which Australian is Harry's biggest Bete Noir?

Fucking philistines.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by rider5 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:44 am

What kind of a house would you build for yourself, BulletPark?

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Lost Soul » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:45 am

BulletPark wrote:Seriously?

I have a travel day and this thread sinks to page two while you're all arguing over which Australian is Harry's biggest Bete Noir?

Fucking philistines.

Blame it on Texas, dude.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:07 pm

rider5 wrote:What kind of a house would you build for yourself, BulletPark?



It would be probably be some sort of fort made out of sofa cushions.

Not sure I'm capable of more than that single-handed.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:31 pm

Arcosanti, Arizona, is more an encampment than a town, but is a tour de force nonetheless. Dubbed "an architectural laboratory" by critic Ada Louise Huxtable, the place is the brain-child of the visionary Italian-American designer Paolo Soleri.

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Maybe you have to be of a certain generation but for me - the kid who was six years old when Star Wars came out - this just is the coolest goddamn intergalactic space port in the country.

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There's something undeniably cultish about it all.

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But for the sort of place where an appearance by Princess Leia would not be in any way a surprise, I'm willing to make a few concessions.

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The famous wind chimes, the settlement's main source of income at this point.

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Solari discussing his ideal city in his cave-like studio.

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Solari's models and drawings for Arcosanti are equally fantastic in the full sense of the term.

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The best science fiction film sets and comic books have nothing on this.

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Here's the model of the whole city. The beige bits are what's been built.

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Blah blah blah Utopia but these aren't the droids you're looking for.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Lost Soul » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:16 am

That place has been under construction by a bunch of hippies since the early 70s.

In the 80s. a hot catalytic converter caught the grass parking lot on fire and torched about 100 cars.

Prescott is nicer.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:38 am

Sausalito, California, is a small city literally in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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A once-hoary old fishing port now essentially a prosperous suburb of San Francisco, it displays California's penchant for pastel hillside architecture.

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But what Sausalito is famous for is the houseboat community, which has been floating off the city's piers since WWII.

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There's about 400 of these things, from salvaged hulks to architect-designed showpieces and they are associated with a, shall we say, rather louche set of folk.

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Some look like houses.

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Some do not.

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At least one looks like the Taj Mahal.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:25 pm

Bardstown, Kentucky, claims to be the prettiest town in the United States.

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It isn't. But it's a carefully tended collection of Federal period architecture set in the rolling Bluegrass Hills.

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The Talbott Tavern from 1787.

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Rust Hall, a pre-revolutionary manse now a restaurant.

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A closer look at the Expressionistic courthouse.

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Some politically incorrect signage downtown. I like how the sign for Mammy's implies that people in Bardstown eat collectibles.

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Wickland, one of several large scale Federal period manor houses - this one wound up as home to three governors of Kentucky over its history before becoming a museum in the 1950s.

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The log cabin homes at the Civil War museum.

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The Cathedral, finished in 1807 and one of the largest of its period west of Virginia.

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But the real draw here is that Bardtown is smack dab in the center of Bourbon country.

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Finally, a museum for Stephen Daedalus.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:39 pm

For those of you who feel I've neglected Connecticut, here is the village of Sharon, aloft on a Litchfield County hill overlooking the New York State border, just 15 minutes from my beloved Millbrook.

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It is a flawless collection of Colonial houses set about a kempt town green.

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There are some bigger places out in the back.

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It has an quaint old town hall.

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It has a graceful 18th century colonial church.

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It has a delightful library by Bruce Price, featured on my Greatest Hits thread.

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It has a quirky clock tower.

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It has a covered bridge.

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It has the historic Sharon Oak (once one of two) (Hurricane Sandy knocked the other one over).

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Isn't it charming?

Can we go back to Millbrook now? I need a drink.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by section8 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:03 pm

Lost Soul wrote:
BulletPark wrote:
Lost Soul wrote:The Monte Vista hotel is where they filmed the Rick's Bar scenes in Casablanca.


Cool! I wonder why there and not a Hollywood studio?

The Left Coast (which was right wing at the time) was under a WW2 blackout, or so the explanation goes.

I unthinkingly bought it for about 40 years, until after the last time I mentioned it, to q5q if memory serves. And then I thought: what does a blackout have to do with interior scenes?

Anyhoo, Flag was also almost the site of Hollywood. One of the NYC movie producers got off the train there a century ago in the expectation of moving his studio 'out west'. And then it rained for a few days, or so the story goes. So he got back on the Santa Fe and went to the end of the line. Flag is better for it.


Before the film industry moved west, Jacksonville, FL was one of the most important movie cities. The climate, especially in winter, was ideal for the various cameras, implements, and chemicals used in olde tyme movie making.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:47 pm

Maybe I should put back the original category ranking system?

I'd hate to think of folks passing the later additions over out of fear of lack of posh socks.

Coming up...Florida - barely! Massachusetts' erect gay cock! Shockingly clean hippies! Where the hot tub mystic culture went to slowly die! And much, much more!

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:47 pm

Provincetown, Massachusetts, is located on the farthest point on Cape Cod, New England's erect gay penis. A once near derelict community it was rediscovered and restored by gay homosexuals who have buttsex.

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The main drag, if you'll pardon the pun, Commercial Street. Note: gay, homosexual flags.

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Provincetown is less snobby than your average New England coastal resort.

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Architecturally, the word of the day is "snug". Provincetown is ground zero for that most run-into-the-ground of American building types - the Cape Cod Colonial, pictured below.

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There are several local variants.

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The Pilgrim Tower Memorial or are you just happy to see me.

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The Meeting House.

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The Provincetown Artists' Association Museum.

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The Brass Key Solarium.

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The famed Lobster Pot restaurant with its neon lobsters. Note: gay homosexuals walking somewhere probably to suck dick.

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Friendly locals.

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Every now and then it's nice to spend a weekend in a spot where you know that even if the likes of Joe and Anno and Lavite weren't too poor to travel out of their trailer parks, they wouldn't go anyway.

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Post by BulletPark » Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:01 am

Ojai, California, is a small city in the shock horror Ojai Valley.

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It was your standard Gold Rush town until 1917 when it burned down and a glass artisan paid to have it rebuilt as Santa Barbara's smaller demented cousin.

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The architectural mix includes masterworks by Richard Neutra, Greene & Greene, Walter Neff, Julia Morgan and numerous others.

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Chain stores are banned from the city and all buildings must conform to strict ecological codes. That sound you heard was Lavite's rotting ol' punkin head ass-plode.

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The Ojai Museum, housed in a Mission-style structure.

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The Ojai Valley School.

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Meditation Mount.

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Bart's Books, "the largest outdoor bookstore in the world".

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Rose Falls.

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The local trailer park.

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Post by Lost Soul » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:20 am

Provincetown looks nicer than I thought it would.
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Post by DianaHaddad » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:37 am

P Town is indeed pretty nice. For decades it's a been both a gay mecca and a family vacation spot--long before most people thought those two things could ever be compatible.

I went there for the first time when I was 11 and there were certain streets that were eye-openers, but not so much because they were gay. Just because they were really alternative. Bars called The Dungeon and men with lots of piercings etc. Other streets looked like anywhere else on the Cape.

Here's something funny: I think I know the guy in the blue sweater coming out of the Lobster Pot. I looked at the URL so I could see it up close, but I'm not certain. I sent it to someone else who knows him, for verification. On one hand, he's gay and has definitely been to P Town and once even had a boyfriend who looked like that other guy. But he also works as a model sometimes, so it could have been either a real date or a photo shoot.
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Post by Lost Soul » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:45 am

I'll have to check it out the next time I'm in Boston.

I want some steak and lobster from the Lobster Pot.
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Post by DianaHaddad » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:56 am

I'll give you all sorts of restaurants on the Cape. Ice cream, waterfront shacks, fine dining, you name it.

You can see the tiny but awesome museum about the Transatlantic Cable (it comes right into the building) and also the site of Marconi's transmissions. The Vineyard and Nantucket are also worth visiting, if you haven't been.
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Post by DianaHaddad » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:01 am

My friend thinks the guy in the blue sweater is a 90% twin of the guy we know, but that it's not actually him. Bummer.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:14 pm

Asheville, North Carolina, is a bit of a puzzle. It combines a brilliant natural setting with rather freakish architecture and can't seem to decide whether the winning brand is Dirty Hippie or Filthy Rich.

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The architecture runs from the standard 19th Century Queen Anne to a local variant of Arts & Crafts.

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The Grove Park Inn, the second most hard-to-believe building in Asheville.

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This is the first.

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The Cathedral of All Souls at Biltmore Village is, like the house itself, a design by Richard Morris Hunt.

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The Asheville Basilica of St. Lawrence has a handsome pink brick exterior.

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But it's the Guastavino tile dome that is really outstanding.

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Post by BulletPark » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:32 pm

Fernanda Beach, Amelia Island, is the northernmost city in Florida. It is the only US municipality to have eight flags fly over it during its history. It is located on the southernmost of the Georgia Sea Islands, which stretch from this point north to offshore Charleston and are a mix of natural beauty, historic charm and condos for hatchet-faced old fucks playing golf.

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Centre Street is the main avenue for commerce and government and gives Main Street, Disney World, a run for The Mouse's money.

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Thought to be the oldest sign left for Coca Cola, for what it's worth.

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St. Michael's church

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The Florida House Inn, oldest continuously operating hotel in the state.

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The historic district encompasses most of the original settlement.

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A comparatively rare house made of "tabby" - a cocina-like mix of shells and sand.

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A "First Settlement" style structure, most likely originally a tavern.

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Later Victorian architecture.

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A vast Palm Beach-style place.

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Lunch al fresco.

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In addition to the above, the town was the setting for one of the most brutal horror films ever made, The All New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, in which a red-haired female demon troll savages both cast and audience in full public view.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:37 am

I suppose we can't really have a thread like this and not feature a town I have always found fucking annoying, Woodstock, NY.

Most people have heard of Woodstock, NY, even if they haven't heard of pretty much every other town on this list, due to a dirty hippie music festival held miles away in another town entirely. Because of the dirty hippie music festival, hordes of dirty hippies subsequently moved here, followed by shockingly clean hippies and then, finally, Daniel Craig.

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However, what most people don't know is that before the music festival in another town, Woodstock was a picture-postcard perfect little village with a Greek Revival Old Dutch Church and a town green bedecked with posies and antique street signs.

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It was the location of two of the most significant developments in American Modernist culture, the Byrdcliffe Colony of 1902 onwards...

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...and the Maverick Concert series, held at the remarkable not-quite-open-air Maverick Hall.

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The list of artists associated with both are too long to recite here: suffice it to say that composers, musicians, theater directors, painters, architects, fashion designers and artisans moved into the community and restored the commodious 200-year-old homes.

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And occasionally built rather alarming variants thereof.

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And the Woodstock Artists Association Museum became one of the most important small collections outside of any major city of early through mid-20th century American art (also housed in a 200-year old building, natch).

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For this reason, the folk of Woodstock turned up their noses at the famed music festival and its dirty hippies, and "Woodstock" would be more properly named "Bethel" by anyone who was paying attention.

But the hippies came anyway and turned the town into the peace-love-harmony bedlam beloved of people who have never seen the place today.

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I'd love to tell you it sucks, but I actually have numerous great childhood memories of the place - Christmas shopping with my family in great little toy stores full of electric trains and handmade puppets, my grandmother taking us to the Woodstock General Store (sadly no more) to buy penny candy, hitting the Bearsville Theater to see musical acts, watching Santa get "rescued" by the fire department from the church steeple, spending many happy hours in the Golden Notebook Bookstore (still there, praise the maker), so I must admit to soft spot in my heart (and, given the amount of time I spent later on as a teenager making out behind the movie theater, an equally hard one in my dick) for the old dump.

And - I dunno - ain't Grandpa Woodstock kind of cool?

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Lost Soul » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:00 am

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:21 am

Madison, Georgia, was the only town in the line of Sherman's March to the Sea that the general spared.

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For many years, the story was that Sherman found the town too pretty to burn.

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In fact a pro-Unionist Congressman lived there who also turned out to be Sherman's old college roommate.

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So while Madison may or may not be too pretty to burn, the moral of the story is: if you don't want your town torched by an invading army, be sure to maybe have been drinking buddies with the incoming general thirty years prior.

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You might want to throw in a couple of reciprocal reacharounds just to be on the safe side.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:29 am

Mendocino, California is an atypical coastal town for the state in many respects.

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A one-time logging and fishing town, it is now a well-to-do summer retreat with a literary bent.

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Its comparatively plain architecture resembles that of similar New England communities to the extent that it is often used as a setting for films taking place in that region, including the whole of the TV series "Murder, She Wrote."

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With a couple of exceptions, to be sure.

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If Edward Hopper had gone west, he might have settled in Mendocino.

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Nearby Russian Gulch Beach State Park is spanned by the Russian Rainbow.

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It's evidently a nice place to take a break from all the russian around.

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Or build a 17th century dacha, just for shits and giggles.

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If none of that appeals you can always go 45 minutes north and drive your car into a tree.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by Ped_Yai » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:03 pm

Norembega Castle

It's Norumbega.

If none of that appeals you can always go 45 minutes north and drive your car into a tree.

But not the Wawona Tree, which was in or near Yosemite, and no longer exists.

The first drive-through tree (of three) you come to going north from Mendicino is the Chandelier Tree. Mrs. Ped took the Ped Nois through it last July. She called me while they were going through, which is how I know there is NO WIFI in the tree.

Mendicino was used as an imitation Nantucket, although called Gloucester Island, in The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming. The sterns of the boats had the names of various New England ports.

As opposed Martha's Vineyard, which was according to Bullet Park used as a fake Nantucket under the name "Amity Island [New York]" in "Jaws". Although it was supposed to be New York all the boats had Massachusetts registrations.

Trivia question - what other connection between the two books on which the movies were based?
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by korgy » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:54 pm

a town I have always found fucking annoying, Woodstock, NY.
indeed

hordes of dirty hippies subsequently moved here, followed by shockingly clean hippies and then, finally, Daniel Craig
-- well-said -- and could describe many towns these days [substitute some other actor/celebrity/famous writer/chef for Daniel Craig]
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by FUUZ » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:28 pm

*Where does he--Bullet Park--get this stuff?*

I was going to mention Mendocino, but was tardy at doing so.
I wonder if Woodstock in the Sucker State, AKA The Land of Lincoln, is worth seeing.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by BulletPark » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:22 am

Meet my cousin, Tuxedo Park, New York!

First you arrive at the train station.

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Then you pass through the gatehouse, assuming you know someone who lives there and hoo boy do I ever.

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Then you find yourself in a community of 300 homes that was America's first gated community. Founded by upper class stiff Pierre Lorillard the third or fourth or however many, it was open solely to Episcopalians of a certain generational level, which is odd, don't you think, him being French and all.

Here's the church:

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The English say a man's home is his castle and in Tuxedo Park this is literally true.

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Led by architect Bruce Price, the builders at Tuxedo Park began to knock together a style that would, along with Henry Hobson Richardson's work, pave the way for what eventually became the Chicago and Prairie Schools.

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McKim, Mead & White, Walker & Gillette, John Russell Pope, Warren & Wetmore and Carrere & Hastings all waded into the fray.

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In addition to the usual gang of hatchet-faced humorless bluenoses, Mark Twain, Emily Post and Louis Comfort Tiffany all lived here, as did the noted scientist Alfred Loomis, whose Gothic laboratory, straight out of a Frankenstein movie, still stands. Post was an interesting case - a writer on etiquette, she possessed a sharply mordant wit and often snapped at her readers for asking overly precious questions. "When is a vase a vaws?" one reader asked. "When it is filled with dawsies," Miss Post replied.

More recent inhabitants have included Whoopie Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper, loads of hot gay guys and a bunch of career alcoholics.

And yes, the word "tuxedo" is derived from Tuxedo Park, where the jacket style was first worn in America.

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They also have a Renaissance Faire, because by the time the place looks like this why the fuck not.

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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by korgy » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:51 am

i dated a girl once who grew up in Tuxedo Park. one of the most screwed up (and consequently, one of the most therapeutized) women i've ever been with. we recently got together after over 20 years-- the big inheritance she had been led to believe was gonna come no longer exists -- it had all been squandered away. typical Tuxedo Park story.
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Re: 50 Towns in 50 States

Post by FUUZ » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:48 am

UP^
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