Random flotsam from the shattered windmills of my mind

Me, architecture, history, politics, Washington D.C., photography, Cleveland

His younger brother
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He looks a big like a very young Martin Freeman, doesn't he?  In fact, he's a Russian model.

So THAT is how it is in their family...
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Dylan Efron, Zac's younger brother. He was born February 6, 1992, and is four years younger than Zac. He's 5′7″, about Zac's height, and Zac can't love him enough. They are always touching, embracing, hugging, caressing.


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Cleanliness (and a full, heavy package) is next to godliness.

The god
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If I'd ever seen a 19-year-old this handsome, I would have disgraced and humiliated myself begging him to like me.

Why I've been absent
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I started working on this article about John Mullan in May 2015. At the time, it was a shitty little piece written by someone else that had almost nothing about Mullan's explorations, his war record, or his businesses. I mean, NOTHING. It didn't mention his wife or children, and left the impression his only offspring was a bastard one-quarter Native child.

I did a fair amount of work from May 28 to July 8, and then set it aside. I needed to do more research. Then I hurt my back, and writing was hard for six weeks. By the time I turned my attention to the article again, it was January 17. I worked almost every day on it until February 15, when I finished.

Mullan is one of the most important explorers of Montana history. He's integral to the history of the state of Idaho, and was the largest land speculator in California at one time.
  • He brokered peace in the war between the Piegan Blackfeet and Salish (Flatheads).

  • He was the first white man to extensively explore Montana's Bitterroot Valley.

  • He discovered a little-known pass at the extreme head of the Little Blackfoot River, about 8 to 9 miles northwest of modern-day Basin, Montana. (These headwaters are near Thunderbolt Mountain, and the Loop Trail comes within 500 feet (150 m) of the Little Blackfoot.)

  • He discovered Hell Gate Pass, a little-known pass on the Ontario Creek Road/Telegraph Creek Road/Little Blackfoot Creek Road leading southwest from Elliston, Montana.

  • He discovered Mullan Pass, the first pass through the Rocky Mountains with an easy grade.

  • He was the first white man to extensively explore the Flathead Valley.

  • He participated in the Coeur d'Alene War, including the Battle of Four Lakes (where he led a successful cavalry charge) and the Battle of Spokane Plains.

  • He constructed the Mullan Road, the first road from eastern Montana to eastern Washington.

  • He drew the border of the Idaho Territory and Washington Territory. Mullan wanted Washington to include present-day Washington, the Idaho panhandle, and western Montana. He chose the name "Montana" to represent what is now southern Idaho, Wyoming, and eastern Montana. Although Congress threw out his map, the boundaries chosen for Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming were a direct result of Mullan's proposal. The state of Montana owes its name to Mullan.

  • He was the largest California land speculator in history. And he was the most nefarious: His land dealings were highly unethical, even illega. He got out of the business just in time; his partner later spent two years in a federal prison.

  • He successfully lobbied the federal government to reimburse the states of California, Nevada, and Oregon, and the Washington Territory, for hundreds of millions of dollars. Although Mullan was supposed to get 20 percent of this as a fee, all four entities broke the deal and stripped him of his income.

  • He led the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions from 1883 to 1887. He was the bureau's second commissioner, tripled the number of Catholic missions serving Native Americans, and got the federal government to quadruple its spending on Native American students.

He died penniless and ill in Washington, D.C. As a 33-year-old, he'd built the first road in Montana, Idaho, and Washington. As a 78-year-old, he watched the Wright Brothers fly an airplane around Fort Myer in Arlington County, Virginia.

The Mullan Road is today recognized as a National Historic Engineering Landmark.

Stare at him
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Normally, I can't stand mega-muscle. But I love his hair, his eyes, that nose, and that leathery brown skin.  Vascularity is something I find oddly attractive, although most don't.

Tham and the WH
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Laotian-American Thammanoune Si Kannalikham has been picked by the Trumps to decorate their personal quarters at the White House.

The personal quarters occupy most of the Second and all of the Third floors. The private areas on the Second Floor consist of the Cosmetology Room, Dressing Room, East Bedroom (aka East Room), Family Kitchen, North Hall, President's Bedroom, President's Dining Room, Private Sitting Room, and West Bedroom (aka West Room).

The public areas on the Second Floor consist of the Center Hall, East Sitting Hall, Grand Staircase, Grand Staircase Landing, Lincoln Bedroom, Lincoln Sitting Room, Queens' Bedroom, Queens' Sitting Room, Treaty Room, Truman Balcony, West Sitting Hall, and Yellow Oval Room.

The third floor is all private quarters: The Cedar Room, Center Hall, six Bedrooms, Diet Kitchen, Linen Room, Music Room, eight Offices, Sitting Room, Solarium/Sun Room, 10 Storerooms, and Work-out Room. (Hillary Clinton created an "Eleanor Roosevelt Room" on this floor. Marian Robinson, President Obama's mother-in-law, lived in the southwest bedroom and sitting room, and oversaw the Obama children.)

Kannalikham was born in 1977 and grew up Stockton, California. Her educational background is unclear, but she studied for a few years at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is a member of and regular attendee at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and previously worked for Ralph Lauren Home.

She is a devotee of American English, French, and Irish buildings and interiors of the 1700s. She is also a fan of the midcentury-modern furniture of William Haines, the openly gay 1920s film star turned interior decorator.

Almost nothing is known about Kannalikham. Few images of her work are available online, almost none of her clients are known to the public, and she's written nothing.

East Room
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I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.

Did You Know ... that eight Presidents of the United States have died in office, and all but one (James A. Garfield) lay in repose or had a funeral in the East Room of the White House?

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Happy birthday, Bakelite!!! This synthetic material was first synthesized in 1906, and its inventor, Belgain chemis Dr. Leo Bakeland, announces its existence on February 5, 1907.

Bakelite was used for everything from radios to telephones, silverware to dishware, jewelry to artwork, dice to cue balls. Its translucent quality made it a favorite of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne artists.

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He's like a less buff, sunburned Zac Efron.


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