Fort Carhole

2/6/10 - Afficionados of alternative party albums of the late 60s and early 70s might remember an outfit called Firesign Theater, a bunch of slightly obscene satirists who cracked wise on topics like American history, World War II, film noir, and contemporary popular culture. The troupe had a period during which they broke particularly bad on western movies. One audio skit was situated in a place called Fort Stinkin' Desert.

Somewhere in Alicia's repertoire of outrageous and funny stuff is the concept of a "car hole," which was (I think) the word used by somebody named Elmer Dinkley in reference to a garage. I might have the linkage wrong on the origins of the car hole term, but I hope you get the idea.

When Paul and Alicia moved out of the caretaker's house and into the new house the landlord put up for them, they mused that the old house would be good as a garage. Since the old house was so skanky, Alicia figured it was actually suitable only as a car hole. Through a miracle of comic logic that I didn't quite follow, but which I nevertheless appreciate, the structure evolved into "Fort Carhole," and so it remains to this day, even though it never became a garage.

Snow in Virginia, January 2010Alicia uses Fort Carhole as a warehouse for her online store. Paul uses it as a workshop, where he repairs furniture and helps Alicia clean up the antiques they buy at auction to resell online.

They travel back and forth between the house and Fort Carhole a good bit, so Paul likes to keep it accessible.

During the legendary mid-Atlantic winter storms of 2010, Paul drew on his experience with Minnesota winters to dig a path to Fort Carhole.

The light is low on the eastern horizon, proving that Paul is an unrepentant early riser, even on a frigid day when work has been called off for the entire eastern seaboard.