Posts Tagged ‘Doors’

I became a Boxcar Children fan when I was seven years old. The series, which has hypnotized young readers since 1924, follows the adventures of four clever and resourceful orphans who set up their new domicile in a…wait for it…wait for it…abandoned boxcar!

As with many series characters, the kids seemed to tread water in terms of aging no matter how many mysteries they solved. (In this, they have much in common with Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone who has been in her mid-thirties for nearly three decades.) I imagine that if/when they finally did get all grown-up and successful, they probably brought some emotional baggage along from their boxcar days.

Baggage such as demanding, for the rest of their lives, that any house they occupied, great or small, have doors that look like this:

train door

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Abandoned boxcars, Pembine. I rapped on the doors, but the kids were out.

Brace yourself!

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I should probably apologize, shouldn’t I? It’s just that I can only keep those dorky word-play impulses quashed for so long and then…BAM! I’m powerless. Next thing I know, I wake up in a public library parking lot surrounded by old puns and used quips, my clothes reeking of  stale double-entendres, and a rumpled note containing a single cryptic homonym clutched in my ink-stained fingers.

sturgeon bay door

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Taken yesterday: Some very funky siding and a lovely gray door in Sturgeon Bay. Sturgeon Bay is located in (wait for it…wait for it..) Door County, Wisconsin!

“For the love of God, Montressor!”

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The Cask of Amontillado, alternative ending.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.

My very best wishes to you.  May you be wildly successful in every part you play this year.

stage door

Door #12, final offering in a 12-part series.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the door series.  In the process of choosing twelve, I found many others that I really like. I’ll continue to post more doors–just not daily. (You deserve a break.)

Because people have been kind enough to ask: it’s been two weeks since my grandson’s accident. He can shuffle down the hall with assistance, message friends on FB and might even get some broth (!) in another day or two. All in all, progressing well.

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A toast: To old friends everywhere!

Door #11 in a series of 12 offerings.

Imposing order on chaos, one peel-and-stick number at a time.

floating door

Door # 10 in a series of 12 offerings.

Once again, I’m choosing a look that is one step removed from crisp reality, more of an illustration than a carefully rendered photograph.