Wrong war

August 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I was headed North down Rt. 15 yesterday, toward Point of Rocks Md. I was going to see about snapping some shots of the Marc train.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw what can only be described as a shack, from another era, with a guy just hanging out on the porch of the shack.

There was something about that shack, I think it was the POW-MIA sign. I couldn't resist. That would be an interesting thing to go check out, and possibly shoot ( with camera ). :-)    But in order to do that, I would have to go on to the property, introduce myself to this fellow who looked like he might be out of some motorcycle club, and ask him if I can check him and his stuff out, pretty much.

I guess in my old age I am getting a little braver, because that's just what I wound up doing. 

I figured for sure this was a Vietnam era Vet, who was living some non mainstream lifestyle. And I figured I had enough to relate to him about, being that I grew up during that war. As it turned out, he is older than I thought. He is a Veteran of the Korean war !  He's 73 years old. Name is Lenny.  Real nice guy. Offered me a tour of his dank, musty little shack, offered me the only Heineken he had in his refridgerator and we sat and talked for a while.

Lenny built the place in the 60's and has been there ever since. He doesn't actually live there, but hangs out there. It's a musician shack, a biker shack and a shack for visitors. Over the years people just come, hang out, have parties, break out the couple of electric guitars inside and jam, sit and drink beer, smoke dope or whatever, and just hang out.   Lenny did drop the names of some famous band members who have visited there in the past, but I forgot who they were.

There was a place of on Rt. 211 south of Warrenton Va I used to go to in the late 70's, called Cross Creek.  Now that was the place in the day. Field parties all the time over there. Whoa !!  This place just has the vibe of that.

 

 

It was really dark in here, especially on the side of the room near the guitars. My shutter speed was very slow, so they are a little blurry.

 

I like the Notice ( Nodis )

We talked of various things while I nursed my beer, said our goodbyes and I went on my way, but not before shooting a few shots of the garage and other buildings on his property. 

 

I think this place has some character, and there is a flavor of the historical attached to it. It has seen over 5 decades come and go, right on James Monroe Highway ( Rt. 15 ) in Loudoun County Va.

 


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