This was taken from the Lovely County Citizen in the spring of '05. The only newspaper of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, made me stick to 350 words in my twice-a-month colulumn. It made me very concise. I had a picture and a byline, too. Nyaaahh.
THE OLD HOUSE DOCTOR 3-29-05
This picture has absolutely nothing to do with the colulumn. It was taken on a thankfully cold morning, otherwise I would not be here to write this. I just thought I'd relate the tale. This is MY blog, after all.
While on the tail end of an exterior restoration on Arch Street in Little Rock Arkansas, I had my lead carpenter out early to look at a set of stairs that led to an upstairs studio in the carriage house behind the main house. I got up on a ladder to point out the needed repairs to Jim Santini, who watched from six feet below as I pointed. "What's that by your head?" he asked, and when I turned, I saw this thing four inches from my face.
"I'm going to get off the ladder very, very slowly," I said, not drawing another breath until I was down. We were in the shadow of a thirteen story apartment complex, and the paper wasps, to which I am HIGHLY allergic, were sluggish on the cold morning.
We stood there and looked at them for some time. I told the homeowner to get rid of them before my crew would return. He did.
This is the article, er, colulumn. I wrote it three years after the picture was taken.