Gravestone for Tony Lackler On Forest Glenn ave
I have been meaning to go by there for a long time, but time gets away from you, and chasing this down required a trip to Wheaton/Silver Spring, and I honestly don’t get to Md much unless I go see my dad. To be honest, even tho I was a pallbearer, it’s been so long …I wasn’t even sure I could find it after all this time – has it really been 34 years since Tony died?
But sure enough, the little Cemetery was there on the West side of Forest Glenn Ave – not far from the house he grew up in … The whole family is gone now – Peter died nearly 10 years ago – and Marion a few years later. That’s hard to believe too – such nice people, so full of life!
I’ve turned the background page black in memory of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks.
Never forget the lives lost in this cowardly and horrific attack on American soil.
And remember the first responders who toiled at the scenes of those attacks –
make sure they have full healthcare and are treated well for all that they have done.
Nice home with pergola and mature trees all around
I made a stop on the way home to drive through another community of 50s modern homes.
Just inside the beltway, and just off Rt 50 is the community of Pine Spring. Home designs by the same developers as Holmes Run Acres, its a similar series of 1 and 2 story MCM designs among mature trees.
Nice design with a huge deck as carport, amongst mature trees
With all the TV shows in reruns, I’ve been doing a lot of research lately and have run across a number of interesting communities in the area. First off is Holmes Run Acres, just inside the beltway and off Gallows Rd. It’s a community of 355 houses of modern design. The posted image is a neat home I saw there that overlooks the park. I’d love to tour it!
There is another area called Pine Spring, its a 121-home development just inside the beltway on Rt 50, near Loehman’s Plaza where SCAN used to be! (Kinda makes sense that a Scan was nearby!) I haven’t taken any pictures there yet.
Another area I drove into earlier this week is Mantua – its a large community just off 236 a bit below Pickett St – and its a mixed community of traditional and modern designs – I spotted a number of cool MCModern designs there – I’ll upload some pictures later.
Another community is Hollin Hills, a bit below Alexandria, which Emma and I still want to take a drive to and take some pictures. But its amazing the wealth of affordable Modern homes in this traditional area.
I love this time of the year. All the plants around our pond are greening up nicely, the fish are awake and splashing about, the birds have returned and are singing day and night … what a great place to unwind … all on 1/4 acre!
Its been a while since I last posted. The site is more a work in progress than any kind of ongoing commentary. Life is pretty sweet over the last 10 years and I don’t often stop and write it large onto the æther …
Anyway, I am just recovering from a nasty bout with Norwalk virus- or something like it – ugh its nothing you’d want to talk about – certainly nothing you’d want to experience, but I’m pulling through and should be back to work shortly.
Happy Birthday to me, he he …
Couldn’t resist! A few months back Emma and I were driving through the neighborhood and saw this old Kenmore canister type vacuum on the side of the road, awaiting trash pickup. Other than a scary dry-rotted power cord, it was in immaculate condition!
Chrome was perfect, logo was intact, paint unscarred. She tossed it in the back of the truck and it sat on our screen in back porch until last weekend, as we started prepping the porch for winter. I visioned it as a odd retro reading lamp beside my chair, and with a few lamp parts and maybe 2 hours of work, voila! The cool thing is, if I replace the vacuum power cord, it still works as a vacuum!
After all this time I’ve moved the blog from MT and into WordPress. I’ve got a lot more to do – create and import some header graphics from my photos, hand tweak the local (non-blog) pages, and generally carry the update through the rest of the site – but – its a start!
I’ve been real impressed with the Maggies, but when I played some King Crimson or other bass heavy music I can tell the difference – so – I dug out my old M&K Volkswoofer, dropped in the plate amp my friend Wilfredo kindly gave me, and brought it up to play.
Now, the Maggies are 5 ohm speakers and not real efficient – it take a bit of power to make them sing, but I’m using a vintage Carver receiver that put out 150w/ch – PLENTY of power. None-the-less, I did turn the level down on the subwoofer so it wasn’t over powering – and – its a REALLY good match.
Plus, the Volkswoofer is a gorgeous walnut box – so its nice to have it back in use!
I hadn’t heard flat-panel speakers before, but I’ve heard folks speak well of them in some of the speaker forums. So when I saw a pair of American made Magneplanar MG-IIb speakers listed pretty cheaply in Craigslist, I decided I should go have a listen!
I took some Accoustic Alchemy, Aja, some Klezmer, James Taylor, and Sinatra’s “For the Lonely”. Listened for about an hour, I was completely intrigued, made an offer, and soon we were loading them into the CRV. An hour later I was setting them up in our living room, and we spent the rest of the evening listening to various Cds …
Wow. What a sense of space! Emma says its like swimming in the music – sound comes from the front and back of the panels – MUCH different than the sound-in-a-box of regular speakers …
These are older models from the mid-80s – they cut off a bit above 16k and don’t play really low notes – so I’ll probably tie in a subwoofer for low base – but – I am REALLY impressed!