Don't Try This At Home

Get Your Freak On

By Bob on February 4, 2013 3:03 AM

Since my father passed away, I've been steadily making my way through decades of historical artifacts. It's hard to imagine WHY people keep stuff, but Ima telling y'all I never know just WHAT I'll find next.

Sometimes, the stuff is downright weird. Like this story I found at the bottom of a 1920's newspaper article on my grandfather:

Freaks Sought-432.jpgI Googled Captain Salisbury and couldn't find any mention of him finding freaks in China or Africa. Hell, for all I know he gave up his cockeyed idea and was just content to have a steak named after him. 

Ol' Capt'n Sal didn't have to go all the way to China to find freaks. There are plenty of 'em everywhere if you just look at...  

...what I found in our Colleywood backyard. 

No, this isn't Captain Salisbury's cousin Captain Nemo, but he could pass for him with this fancy suit. This guy was sandblasting our pool and needed the getup to keep from blasting his own self.

Definitely not a freak. Just a smart guy. 

Alien Attack-462.jpgI'll let you know if I run into any men with tails while I continue by journey through family artifacts. Until then, we'll just have to make do with this photo and maybe a Salisbury Steak. 

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When Charlotte and I aren't hip-deep in period dramas (Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge) we love a good crime story. Film Noir is my favorite genre (anybody up for Maltese Falcon, Diabolique or Elevator to the Gallows?) so we're always on the lookout for a new movie or series to scratch that itch.

Over the summer we hit the jackpot, by finding two gritty noir-ish series that satisfied our cravings. First we got hooked on the Netflix original series Bloodline. Then, we capped off our summer with the terrific Rectify from The Sundance Channel.

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