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Excavation contines

I didn't do much in the repair department today, mostly continued to tidy up around the damaged areas of my home so that I can get at the repairs more easily. I was finally able to get the damaged portions of my gutters completely down and set aside until I get to the soffits and fascia.

I did make more discoveries in finding things that did not get damaged when my ceiling collapsed and the room's contents got covered with rain and sludge. In boxes that were stored off the floor and under other ruined items I found a few more treasures. A stack of drawings from my nephew when he was five or six years old (I throw nothing away-I have a messy house). Lot's of papers I wrote when I was in college and grad school.

There were two pictures of my niece when she was about 17 and all dressed up as a bridesmaid. They were in a book, I don't know why, but I know she'll be surprised to see them. You know how girls are. They think they look awful and fifteen years later look back and say, "Look how pretty I was!" Go figure.

Also a copy of Bloody Best of Fangoria , Volume 4 from 1985. I was excited because the cover features the lovely Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, eyes bulging, dripping in blood. Also, an interview with Stephen King inside and another with Horrorhost, ZACHERLE.

In a folder I found some short poems (I had students pick out ten or so pieces of paper from a fishbowl that had colorful words and phrases on them, then try to write a poem using the words) and stories from some students I "taught" creative writing to at a little private Christian school, also birthday wishes from some of the same students and others which were actually quite touching.

I expect to find more things as I clear out more stuff. It is tedious as I go over every scrap I find to see if it has any significance.

Out of chaos rises some kind of order eventually.


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Nov. 23rd, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Wow, what finds! I always enjoy unearthing old treasures... While we were cleaning last week, I found a bag of random personal stuff I hadn't seen since high school. It was a real treat...

And Carrie is one of my favorite horror movies of all time!!
Nov. 23rd, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
Personal stuff
I'm going to have to think of or create some storage space for certain things like this and make them as disaster free as possible. Or at least put them in a place that I can get to if I ever have to evacuate again. I just have so many! I'm so sentimental. I still have several boxes and shelves to check out in my utility room.

Carrie has always been one of my favorites too. I was going through a very stressful time of my life when I saw it and literally looked under the beds and inside the closets when I came home.

I've mentioned my attraction to redheads, and the fact that Piper Laurie had that wild, flaming red hair added to my anxiety. There were three girls two rows in front of me and my date and they screamed and jumped out of their seats at "that moment" in Amy Irving's dream.

I showed my then 11 year old nephew "The Uninvited" a few years ago and he jumped at the (did you see The Uninvited?---maybe I shouldn't say where he jumped) "scary" part. Even though there were no real special effects until the end, the tension and buildup got to him. He could never sit through it completely until he watched it with his mom "during the day." He loved it, even though it was in black and white.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
Re: Personal stuff
If I've seen The Uninvited, it was only bits and peices of it... I don't think I've seen it, surprisingly...

Another one of my favorites is The Entity. The scariest thing about that movie is that it was based on a true story, and from what I understand, the woman never escaped her problem...
Nov. 23rd, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
Spooky movies
I checked the local library website and they don't carry "The Entity." I think I've seen only part of that on tv, the woman who claimed she was being raped by some invisible force. I'll keep checking around.

The libraries here all carry "The Uninvited," so you can almost positively find it where you live. Since you appreciate the classics, I'd highly recommend you see it. The original version of "The Haunting" with Julie Harris too, if you haven't seen that. The DVD has some great interviews with her and director Robert Wise. The book by Shirley Jackson is excellent too and a quick read.
Dec. 8th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: Spooky movies
The original version of The Haunting is one of my very favorites!!!

Oh, and this reply is SUPER late, because for some reason, some of my e-mails from November have just arrived...
Dec. 8th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: Spooky movies
Glad you saw the original version of "The Haunting." The "knocking on the doors in the hall" scene was almost exactly like the book. Very creepy, and there are a few scenes in the book, "The Haunting of Hill House," that are worth reading too.

Hope I don't make you drool too much but I'm making that pot of chili I was talking about. Perfect weather for chili.

Also, here's a memo from lj_maintenance about the late e-mails:
Nov. 23rd, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
Re: Personal stuff
Unfortunately The Uninvited is not officially available on DVD (though I am lucky to have a bootleg copy of it). If it ever pops up on TV, check it out -- it's a very cool old fashioned ghost story!
Nov. 23rd, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Personal stuff
It is available on vhs though. That should be easy to get from the library, although any lover of horror should have this gem in his or her collection.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Personal stuff
I hope they will officially release it on DVD eventually but in the meantime the VHS is worth having.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Personal stuff
Well, I have a dvd recorder - it's like a vcr, except it uses blank dvd's - so that's where a LOT of my movie collection comes from these days... *lol*
Dec. 8th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Personal stuff
Oh cool! The Uninvited pops up on Turner Classic Movies once in a while.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 11:13 am (UTC)
Re: Personal stuff
I love redheads and The Uninvited! Are you sure we're not the same person?
Nov. 23rd, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
I yam wot I yam
***checking myself in the mirror*** No, I think I'm me.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
I can relate about not throwing so much stuff away, that made moving really hellish for moi.. :p

I did manage to toss a lot though, but there's still some items back in La. which will need to be shipped.
Which school did you teach at?
Nov. 23rd, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'd better not mention too many specifics about the bridges I've burned. I'll tell you about it sometime personally. However, I was going to graduate school and had a couple of part-time jobs, one of which was at this school a) tutoring students who had problems, b) teaching phonics to little kids and c) teaching a short writing course I created on my own to stimulate their imaginations and perception and sharpen their writing skills.
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