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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Just walking around town

Last Saturday Ichabod and I decided to go for a walk. As we walked by the UICA we saw this Otterness statue.


Then we walked past St. Mary's hospital. There's a house that's surrounded by wonderful plants. The time before this walk when we went by we finally saw the owner. He's 80 years old. The hospital bought all the property around him and will own his when he dies.

He built this house twenty years ago. It's got solar panels, and is really efficient. He's been growing the plants for probably that long too. At one time St. Mary's told him that were going to redo the (perfectly fine) sidewalk around his house. That would have meant ripping out most of those wonderful old plants.

Since that was ridiculous, he went to the newspaper. The hospital got really bad press from this. They backed down and also told him that he can live there for free for the rest of his life.

So here is his house and a few of his plants. I could've posted more, but it was really windy and most of the plant pictures were blurred.


And just before we moved on, Ichabod looked up and saw some balloons in the sky.

I will continue the rest of the walk in the next post. Stay tuned...


Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

I can't help it...every time I see the artist's name, I have to say "The unbearable Otterness of being." I wonder if he gets that a lot.

The severed head statue is very cool...where's the rest of him? In the hospital?

Good for the ancient gardener for sticking to his guns and not letting the hospital bully him (and getting a sweet deal out of it in the meantime).

Can't wait to see the next installment!

Tue Jun 13, 09:13:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Isn't that statue bizarre? His stuff is creepy. I don't think I wanna know where the rest of him is. Maybe with Jimmy Hoffa?

That old dude is really cool. I wish I would've asked him his name.

Tue Jun 13, 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Oooh, it looks a little like the secret garden! Coolio!!!

Wed Jun 14, 01:57:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Part of my wonders if they paid for that head, or if someone just gave them head.


Wed Jun 14, 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, it really is. They'll probably destroy it after the old man dies. I'm wishing him a long and healthy life. :)

Mr B, considering the neighborhood???, they paid for it.

Wed Jun 14, 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

I just love going on walks with you Squirl!

Wed Jun 14, 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Nina! You know that I have posting in mind as I take these pictures. :)

Wed Jun 14, 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

roses and daisies...could you ask for more?? Hugs to you!

Wed Jun 14, 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Effie, what more could we ask for? Well, how about your new little bundle? Load of hugs right back!

Wed Jun 14, 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Amber said...

ok, that statue freaked me out.

How creepy is that decapetated head laying sideways!

And as for Bucky's comment, for some reason I have "The Importance of Being Otterness". It's somewhat similar, and that is what gets stuck in my head. Dunno why.

Stupid titles.

Anyway, most of those statues really creep me out. Very unbearable. I wouldn't want to touch them with a ten foot pole, save the duck.

I really like that duck.


Also, very beautiful flowers. I saw some of the photos on flickr last night. I was most intrigued by the balloon picture. I love seeing balloons being let loose into the sky.

And I had a dream about balloon falling from the sky last night. I bet it was because of your picture. ;)

-Amber <><

Wed Jun 14, 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

Too cool :). Maybe I can take a walk with you and Ich again sometime in real life this weekend :).

Ack! I probably appreciate the beauty more from here anyways ;). Nice shots!

Wed Jun 14, 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

You've got some weird statues around there, Squirl!
I feel bad about that man's property. Our world will soon be nothing but concrete and blacktop.

Wed Jun 14, 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Amber, most of those Otterness statues are creepy. The duck is kinda cute, though. :)

The Importance of Being Otterness cracked me up. I love to watch Earnest.

You can thank Ichabod for the balloon picture. He's the one who saw them. I was surprised that they looked like anything at all, they were so far up. Maybe you'll dream about a balloon going up next. :)

Hellokittn, we'll see what happens. :)

tshsmom, it's a good thing that dude is so gutsy. I hope he lives to be a hundred. It's such a beautiful yard.

And those statues will be gone by September 10th. I suppose I'll have gotten used to them by then.

Wed Jun 14, 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

And she does it again...


Thu Jun 15, 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

um, just letting you know that I like your severed head picture better than Bucky's....

Thu Jun 15, 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

JDR, hi, hope you're doing well. Thanks!

Effie, at least mine isn't wearing lipstick with white stuff running down its chin. :)

Considering those to whom I just replied, I hope severed head pictures don't scar unborn babies!

Thu Jun 15, 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger judypatooote said...

The plants around his house are gorgeous.....It is such a natural look....that man must have a sharp mind to fight for his property...
Thanks for the pictures......

Thu Jun 15, 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

Severed Head...yeeesh!

cool you met that guy with that house...interesting story about it. Have always admired that place since way back when.

fbslpc-fabulous pics

Thu Jun 15, 03:49:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Judy, thanks! Yes, I'm glad he's still able to fight for his property. It adds a lot to the neighborhood.

Sun, yeah, that head is creepy. That's the kind of thing I meant when I said his stuff is creepy.

Somehow it surprises me that you've never met that guy yourself. You have a way of meeting interesting people around town. :)

Fri Jun 16, 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

I would convert the place into a Hospice for the Homeless or a place to grow medicinal herbs when the man passes, then name it after him of course. Hopefully, the hospital will do the same when that day comes.

And yes, I have met some interesting people, especially when working at the cigar shop.

Fri Jun 16, 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

Hi Squirl, I love that big severed head.

What a wonderful garden he must have. At least he suck up for himself and won. Thanks for sharing his story with us.

Sat Jun 17, 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Sun, I hope they do keep the place after he's gone. It would be a shame to destroy it.

August, somebody likes the head. :)

Yeah, that guy has spunk. I'm glad.

Sat Jun 17, 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

Domo arigato, Mr Roboto.



Tue Jun 20, 09:38:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bone, Kilroy?

Tue Jun 20, 08:21:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

I think channeling the overdramatic spirit of Dennis DeYoung drained my batteries. I shan't quote Styx ever again unless the moment calls for it.

Let's all cross our respective fingers that the moment never calls for it again.

Wed Jun 21, 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bone, I'll cross all of my fingers AND my toes. ;)

Wed Jun 21, 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

Perhaps luck will be on our side.

Thu Jun 22, 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...


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