Alert the media! I've gone for a walk two days in a row, with dog and camera in tow. Whatever it takes; even better if it rhymes. The sun was setting.
This is another building in my fair city that will soon be for sale -- the oldest elementary school, and the one my kids attended. The bell, which has never hung in the tower, is on display in the lobby; the empty bell tower has been struck by lightning a few times. I attended the 100-year celebration of this school and witnessed the removal of the keystone and opening of a time capsule. People in the olden days just didn't seem to have a clear grasp of the potential for damage due to moisture and the elements, so that part was a bit anticlimactic. The school administration building -- another historic building, the original post office -- is also for sale. It's very weird that two such important buildings may soon be privately owned.
On the other hand... That's a view of my house from the west, with the neighbor's front lawn in the foreground. Significant is the absence of a "for sale" sign, making it my NEW neighbor's front lawn. I haven't made their acquaintance yet. I hope the neighbor karma is much improved.
The "brush pile" across the street is one of about five or six that used to be a black walnut tree. Whoever planted them was an idiot, placing them right under the utility lines; every couple of years the city would come and whack them all to hell and all I could hope was that I wouldn't be home to watch. Last week, the trees were cut down altogether -- ugly stumps left jutting through the snow, branches strewn around -- and thank god I wasn't home to witness the devastation. There was very recently a "for sale" sign on this property, too; I'm told that someone has plans to build a house. It's pretty likely that my approval of their plans will not be sought; I hope the new house somehow "fits" in our eclectic neighborhood. Whatever. The over-zealous tree-cutters apparently cut down one tree too many -- one that was on another's property. That's not good for the neighbor karma.