Thursday, April 15, 2010

Interlude



This is the Lanterman House, built by the founding family of La Canada. The last to live here were the two bachelor Lanterman brothers, Frank and Lloyd. The last to die was Lloyd I think, in the 1980’s, and now the house is a small but charming museum.



Papa Lanterman built the house of poured concrete as a safety precaution. He feared wildires. Not all the masonry was reinforced, however, and could have proved lethal in earthquake country.

Damn it, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. And that “another” is always the thing you didn’t worry about at all. Guard against fire, you get clocked by a Steinway. At least, I’ve found that to be the case (she said, banging her head vigorously against the wall).


A ghost.


Riff Raff.

26 comments:

  1. Your 1st foto looks like someplace I visited yesterday - but in Old Town with more color.

    Happy 15th of Apri!

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  2. Charming doesn't begin to describe it, it's delicious. And thank goodness for riff raff!

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  3. What a pretty place. I love the kitchen sink and faucets. I reminds me a farm kitchen I used to visit with my Mom when I was a kid.

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  4. Oh nO! I think I now recognize that ghost in the window!

    That ghost used to be a Finnegan Goddess. I believe she called her the Peeping Tom goddess. She's long passed now.

    But in doglore, she still makes quickie visits reflected in windows or in men's dreams. While she was walking the earth she was with her constant companion, a virtuous K9.

    However, when the PT goddess passed into the next plane, I hear the K9 told her to, "take a hike." That dog wasn't going anywhere but staying here with paws on solid earth.

    They say she has been constantly hiking ever since - destination unknown.

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  5. Your story's too good to tell you I have no idea who the ghost is in the third photo. He wasn't there when I took the picture -- looks like a Lloyd.

    See, Paula knew who was the ghost and who the riff raff.

    Bayside, I love those sinks too, where the faucets are so far apart you can rinse your hands in icy cold or scalding hot, but nothing inbetween.

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  6. Nice crib. Yes, it is always something. Even in mansions.

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  7. Reminds me of - "You can call me Mo, you can call me Joe, but don't call me Riff Raff". OR my very favorite SNL character, Rosanne Roseannadanna said, "It's always something." That girl knew what she was talking about.

    PS Nice shots KB!

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  8. I was just about to comment that I want to be sitting in a comfortable chair on the patio shown in the first photo. Wait, I just did...

    But then...what the heck? That "ghost" looks like a woman to me....again...what the heck?

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  9. Clocked by a Steinway...yup, so true. :)
    Lloyd & Frank...popular period names, I guess.

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  10. What a lovely house. I could stand being clocked by a Steinway if I lived here (and had a Steinway!). Systa couzyn, I love your photos, your ghosts, and the lessons. Thank you!

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  11. I like the self portrait best--

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  12. A ghost? Do you mean the person standing in the corner on the right? It's not something hanging from the hat rack? Really?

    We must get the psychic TV shows on this right away.

    I've driven by the signs for the Lanterman House but didn't know what it was. Your post makes it look like a sweet place.

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  13. A hatrack, indeed. Sometimes I despair of you people. And then Pat sees a woman, when clearly it's an elderly man ghost looking wistfully out the window.

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  14. Man ghost is OK with me. Why choose science when you can have ghosts? Nice house and nice use of light and reflection.

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  16. I like that bedroom a lot, but I'd get up in the middle of the night and trip over that desk parked in the middle of the room and I'd be down for the count.
    v

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  17. Now I want to know more about Lloyd and Frank. Bachelor brothers offers up a world of interesting possibilities.

    Is the ghost standing facing the wall? You know I love the riff raff.

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  18. I'm with V on that desk in the middle of the room.

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  19. That wisteria roof is charming!

    Also, love my WV today and may have to put it in a poem: hypelet

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  20. I'll bet that ghost tripped over that damn desk on his way to the bathroom and ......well ghosts can't break hips can they!

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  21. Ghosts scare me, so I'm going with Petrea's something-hanging-from-the-hat-rack theory. Please stop banging your head against the wall, KB.

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  22. If I didn't croak like a frog everytime I laughed...I'd be laughing out loud at this one!!!

    I agree with V and LA...that desk has got to be the reason there's a ghost in the room!!!

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  23. You know, my house is so small, everything is in the middle of the room.

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  24. What a pretty little place. Ghosts and all. I think museums in charming houses are just the bee's knees.

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