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Our House – Part 3: Reclaiming Our Past

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In the back yard I had installed a couple of posts and put up a hammock. Unfortunately my posts were not as sturdy as the flagpole we built back at Boy Scout Camp; one of them failed the first time Princess and I used the hammock this spring. The post was buried so deep that I had to use all my powers and all my tools to remove it.

However, I did not use much common sense. Make a note here, boys and girls: trying to remove a post that is buried in the ground with a chain saw is not an approved Boy Scout technique. It is a poor way to protect one’s personal equipment for possible future use.


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One of the challenges we face frequently at BBHQ deals with the issue of reclaiming our past. After all, BBHQ is all about nostalgia. But “You can’t go back,” they say. And of course, they are right. Each moment in life is unique; each memory is like none other. Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

So why do we spend so much time restoring old buildings to their “original state”? Is it merely for educational purposes? I think not. I think it goes beyond that.

Anyway, that is what has been going on at the compound here at BBHQ for about a year. We have owned the compound since... since before Al Gore invented the Internet. The Mazdamobile is 22 1/2 years old; yet we owned the compound before I bought the Mazdamobile. (Everything around us is old; it’s part of the culture.)

Mind you, we have no intention of restoring the compound to its “original state.”

We think its original state is Virginia; but that’s another story. We want to restore parts of it to the state they were in when we bought it. (Age, termites, and neglect have taken their toll.) We have made considerable enhancements to the compound. But some of the features of the house have been trampled upon.

The Compound

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