sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


I'm not going to belabor my decorating decisions in the den, but I received a couple of e-mails asking for more pictures beyond the snapshot of the picture of "Lee's Old Warhorse".

It's not a shrine to VF-111 (Sundowners), the venerable old squadron that saw service in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam, but it's a picture and a model aircraft (of the picture) with proper squadron markings.

You'll note that I do have a preference for mahogany tables with Italian marble tops. Mia culpa. I can't help it. There are things that I like and things that I don't and if it's going in my house it needs to be right. (right as I define the word)

VF-111 was a flamboyant squadron. Naval aviators are a swaggering, flamboyant bunch but even at that level, the squadron stood out. 

I don't think that it would be politically correct to decorate a helmet this way (left) today. Certainly not any more politically correct than a picture hanging of Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg. Political correctness demands that we re-write history to serve the particular sensibilities of a class of people that I prefer to avoid.

In any event, that's in the den.

There is also a bust of my grandfather, who raised me and who I adored. He was quite a guy and deserves a place of honor in the room.

I like being surrounded by these things in the den as I read or as I work. The den is now my office and headquarters of my diminutive empire, soon to be relocated from CA to AZ.

As I mentioned, the glory wall has been taken down, all of the hangings are wrapped in bubble wrap and then sealed away in storage boxes - to re-emerge at the White Wolf Mine.

The War of Northern Aggression

There is a brewing controversy here at the homestead with the place going up for sale. I'm getting push-back from Californians over this picture, hanging in my den.

It is "Lee's Old Warhorse" by Mort Kuntsler. AND it's been framed and hanging in my den for at least twenty years. Sensitive people apparently feel that it is an advocation of slavery and it-is-not. If I had a picture of a negro picking cotton, then they might have a point, but I don't.
From Kuntsler: On the morning of July 3rd, Longstreet and Lee rode the line out to the Confederate right. Some sporadic fire from the Hill's artillery broke out in front of Heth's division but died away shortly after noon. The artillery piece nearest to us is a bronze Napoleon. Next is another Napoleon firing. I have used the flame of the explosion to silhouette the artillery officer observing through his binoculars. 
With Lee and Longstreet, of course, are their respective staffs; officers, couriers, flag bearers, etc. Within this entourage, are some recognizable members of both staffs. Above Traveller's head, between the flag bearer and another soldier, is Lt. Col. Walter Taylor, one of Lee's closest aides throughout the war. Immediately to the left of Lee is Lt. Col. James Corely. Lt. Col. W.H. Stevens is to the left of Longstreet, looking at the two generals, watching and waiting. The staffs mingle with each other, conversing and waiting for the last decisions to be made for the final assault. 
The main artillery barrage would begin at 1:00 p.m. and last for two hours. The scene was set for Pickett's Charge!
Gen. Forrest
Furthermore my last house had photos of General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Robert E. Lee hanging proudly in the parlor and an Indian family (red dot, not feather) bought the place. The house took one week to sell, which means that I'd priced it too low, but I didn't want to quibble since the new house that I live in now was ready to move into (I had it built too). 

Speed of sale notwithstanding, does a picture of Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg offend you - the blogging public?

If I had "Bury me in Southern Ground" playing in the background as you toured the house would it make you more or less likely to buy the place?

The house, staged for sale, doesn't include my I-love-me-wall of fame and the rest of the stuff that makes the place look like the Imperial War Museum. It's generic enough to appeal to the average person. I don't have gaudy tastes.

I'm dividing my time between the California residence and the WWM with a lot of my work taking the form of telephone calls while I'm on the road.  There's a 3D view of the plans that I've been walking through and it's one of those time wasters because I keep playing with it.