Friday, July 28, 2017

Short Story about Man, the Dog and the Burro. Told by Iris McShea

Sorry, the audio sucks on this. Need earphones.

the story is about the man the dog and a
burro. when God created the universe he
got, called the man with his dog and his
burro he told them this is the universe
I am creating you will dominate the
burro the burro will work for you
you will get to live 60 years and the
burro we get to live 30 so God called
the burro and wanted to explain the
things that he needed to do for men a
lot of hard work probably not eating too
much sacrifices so the burro tells
ah God well god is that is not the
case I want you to take ten years away
from me I we want to live only 20 so
God said done and the old man says oh I
want the extra
10 s'okay God gave it to him comes the
dog and he said you are to be
called dog man's best friend you will
have also you will enjoy your 
master but you need to be subjugated
to your master you have to do whatever
the master says no no matter how bad you
think it is and you will have 30 years
of life so the dog says well God I want
you to take ten years off me because that
will be too much for me to be so long
with a master and I have to do
everything so the man said God please
give me the extra ten years so that
means 60 years that he was the average
lifespan of the man plus 10 from the burro is
70 and 10 from the dog is 80 so the moral
of the story is that man asked for too
much now he spends 60 years of his life
living it normal then 10 years of his
life living a desperate and sick and bored and
the rest of his life alone with nobody
to talk to did you like the story
of course if I wouldn't get nervous I
will you but it's true though my grandpa
said it's true think about it don't us
you know live most of our later years
by ourselves because we live too long we
should stay stuck to the 60 years rather
than 80 and 90 and 100.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

My brother voted for Jill Stein. I unfriended him on FB.

A great disappointment and heartbreak of my life.

It took me years to let go of the past that he is part of. 

You can turn your cheek forever for some and not win their respect. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jesus as Hard to Find as Sasquatch - So I Worship #SasquatchJesus...

Jesus as Hard to Find as Sasquatch - So I Worship #SasquatchJesus...


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Columbia College 1851 - (1896 illustration)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Did part of Ben Franklin's House exist up until the early part of the 20th Century?

Did part of Ben's house exist up until the early part of the 20th century? Background.

I ran into this photo circa 1910 regarding Franklin Court and I was reminded of a discussion on a NYC architectural interest forum, two years back, about how the original King’s College Main Hall of the original Columbia University in New York City, downtown and a block or two from city hall, how it probably got chopped up into sections, and sold off piecemeal rather than being totally demolished in the 1850s. 

The conversation was part of the then current so-called controversy of the Cordoba Mosque being built two blocks over from the World Trade Center. The so-called World Trade Center mosque was a foreign real estate thing with the taking over of the old Sym’s Men’s Clothing store and turning it into a mosque where mostly cab drivers could say prayers in a busy schedule.

The eventual plan was to tear down what was left of some nineteenth century cast iron fronted buildings tied together in that old clothing store, where I used to buy a few suits BTW, and build a thirteen story building to also contain office space, health/gym center and of course a place for prayer. 

In the course of the discussion it got mentioned that 49-51 Park Place was on the site of the original King’s College building. With the help of online lot maps with the city of New York, some interesting ideas developed. One was that the lots on Park Place were irregular in size. That the smallest lot on Park Place was likely to have been the structure directly beneath the cupola in the photo. 

There is a sketchy history attached to the move of King’s College before the revolution, Columbia College after the revolution, moving uptown to the present site of Rockefeller Center until about 1910 when it moved further uptown to the Morningside Heights campus on a hill overlooking Harlem at 116th Street and Broadway.

A modern idea is that you demolish and build fresh. (Urban Renewal?)

It would appear that the old King’s college building got sold off piecemeal with some parts demolished and some others still standing as stores until late in the nineteenth century. That some of the the basement walls of the old Sym’s store may be in fact part of still intact foundation walls of the original King’s College etc. But that is New York and money trumps history every day of the week there especially when it comes to real estate.

That to do this suggests a great deal of frugality on the people, their time and mindset, buying pieces of the building, recycling them, and also buying a chunk of a previous continuous building that could stand in pieces that stood on solid foundation walls and or solid interior supporting walls. Thus the irregular nature of some of the lots on Park Place according to that discussion documented below...

Getting back to Franklin Court, Hudson Street, S. Orianna St. and or the original Ben Franklin house torn down around 1810 to be subdivided into lots and make money for his descendants, the thought occurred to me that this, what looks like a large building 17 S. Orianna Street, would be built from scratch in almost an alleyway and described as a street. Perhaps it could be a recycled part of the original Franklin house or part of a three story addition built in 1785.

Considering Franklin’s wealth and interest in solid fire proofing with plaster in the construction, that the addition may have survived because it could stand on its own and that the street was positioned accordingly. Frugality plus room for a tidy profit too.

Can’t find anything online regarding when 17 S. Orianna Street was demolished, probably in the great tsunami of urban renewal in the 1950s.