Last year I put this great #tombstone#deathshead on the back door of the #hearse Well maybe the paint was cheap, or maybe it was too cold & rainy when I painted - either way, it chipped and peeled. So I had to sand the image away, spray on some fresh black and start over.
Don't know if #ghosts exist, I'm a #skeptic ... but if after death, I discover that they do, I'm going to campaign hard to be one! Hopefully the kind that drags around chains, while #haunting the attic of some derelict mansion.
In the Northwest corner of Lone Fir #cemetery is the lovely #tombstone for Michael Mitchell 1830ish-1862 #deathstination Michael was a jig dancer, traveling up and down the west coast performing in minstrel shows. A singer, as well as a dancer, he most likely performed in black face, as was the standard of his time. I've read a few online excerpts that mention his noteworthy talent, and that he was even a champion dancer, famous for his rendition of the "Plantation Rattlesnake Jig". Described as "a gentleman when sober" Mr. Mitchell became somewhat troublesome when drunk. While in #portlandoregon , after an night of "carousing", he was denied entrance to his hotel - earlier that evening, apparently intoxicated, he had caused trouble with some of the other guests. On the cold night of January 11th, 1862, he wandered out in the street, passed out, and froze to death. Friends pitched in for this grave marker with the #epitaph "Here lies one who has taken steps that won the applause of men; but grim death came and took a step which he could not withstand." #grave_affair#etoe_2#graveyard_freaks#fa_sacral#aj_graveyards#tv_churchandgraves#project_necropolis#graveyard_dead#graveyard_life#vd_sepulcrum#voodoo_society
Went to the #cemetery early this morning (for me, that's 9am) to pre-walk the tour route. There are 3 regular tours of the Lone Fir Cemetery, the "Historical Tour" and two "Rest of the Cemetery" tours - North & South. Today I subbed in on a Historical tour, as one of the regular guides couldn't make it. Normally the "North Tour" is my route, so today I had to rely on the notes, a lot. There's so much, that each tour is about 2 hours long, so that's six (or more) hours of #tombstone information...if you go on all 3 tours.
Moving along, making progress with the #hearse Several pieces of the original chrome trim was either missing or damaged. I'm #hillbillydiy replacing it with this aluminum strapping and some stainless screws. Almost finished up the "beltline" ... on just this one side, anyways. #hearselife#deadsled#reapercreeper