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“Of Paradise, so late their happy seat…”

High in front advanced,
The banished sword of God before them blazed,
Fierce as a comet, which with torrid heat,
And vapor as the Libyan air adust.
Began to parch that temperate clime; whereat
In either hand the hastening Angel caught
Our lingering parents, and to the eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain; then disappeared. ⁠640
They, looking back, all the eastern side beheld

Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,
Waved over by that flaming brand; the gate
With dreadful faces thronged and fiery arms.
Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon;
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.
They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow.
Through Eden took their solitary way.
Milton, Paradise Lost Book 12

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  • ghostsniper January 21, 2021, 9:38 AM

    Eames coming out the ying yang.

  • PA Cat January 21, 2021, 11:33 AM

    Gerard, Wikisource contains a real howler at line 647: the word should be “Providence”– “Province” makes no sense. See https://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/pl/book_12/text.shtml
    Wikisource needs an editor of Miss Olive’s caliber.

  • Vanderleun January 21, 2021, 11:53 AM

    Oh poo….. Miss Olive is belly up in the sun on the rug asking where her skricthing brush is.

  • Jerry Miller January 21, 2021, 12:21 PM

    The Westinghouse video brought back memories. The opening shot is of the Medallion Home emblem. We had the emblem on our door bell. The house was built in 1976 in Sacramento. It was new construction and we were the first to live there. Our all electric house was rather pedestrian; we didn’t of those wondrous appliances. It did have a two wired smoke alarms and central heat and air. Those were a first for us; none of our other houses had that. Our house was rather inefficient in energy use. I think gas would have been cheaper for heating and hot water. We were hostage to SMUD, Sacramento Municipal Utility Department, and PG&E wasn’t a choice.

    I moved to Idaho a few years ago. Prior to the move, I had purchased the house next door, another Medallion all electric home, and lived there for 17 years. I was pleasantly surprised during my first year in Idaho, when the my gas provider, Intermountain Gas, sent me a letter stating that they contracted a lower price on natural gas and my bill would be 2% lower. The next year, they sent me a letter telling me the price would go down 1.4%.

    I don’t miss SMUD’s tiered rates, that charge you based on the time of day that the electric is used.

  • Lance de Boyle January 21, 2021, 12:37 PM

    English prof back in the 60’s read that in what he figured was the accent at the time.

    Beautiful and moving.

    Archangel Michael.
    “Move along now. Oy! Step lively there.”

    “Oh, great, Eve! Just bloody great! Now we’re in the soup. He’s REALLY pissed off. We are totally FUCKED! Thanks SSOOooo much! You just HAD to eat that fucking apple! ‘Oh, look, Adam. Pretty pretty.’ Jezusss Christ! … And don’t ever say to me, ‘Hey! Want a nice piece of fruit?'”

  • gwbnyc January 21, 2021, 12:46 PM

    we had a “model home” in our hometown, all-electric and owned&showcased by the cleveland electric illuminating company. c.1960 me c.6.

    no one would get near it due to the expense of electric heating at the time.

    it was tres moderne; as a kid I liked it because it wasn’t in the “if it aint dark brown, look like furniture even though it’s a vacuum cleaner and weigh 8000 lbs you’ll never see it here” style favored by my parents.

    eventually it was sold and the heating system replaced.

  • ghostsniper January 21, 2021, 2:00 PM

    When it comes to gas/electric water heaters you have to consider MORE than just the price of fuel to determine what is better over the long haul. Our house had a 38 gallon propane fired water heater that was inadequate for our needs due to the capacity. I decided to flip it out and decided on a 52 gallon quick recovery model like we have in our Florida house and I did the work myself.

    See, propane water heaters (I hate it when someone says “hot water heater”, why would anyone want to heat hot water???) have a pilot light that is always burning or bears the additional cost of an igniter – one more thing to fail at the wrong time. For 30+ years we have had timers on our water heaters. On 4 hours in the morning, then one again for 4 hours late afternoon, off the rest of the time. In an average day the water heater is NOT costing money for 2/3 of the day.

    The timer and hook ups cost about $75 anywhere and since a 220v water heater draws 30 – 50 amps I believe the cost was recouped in the first year.

    That water heater will be 15 years old in May and every spring I drain and flush it out and inspect the electrode rod. We have a water softener and a 4 stage whole house filter so the amount of sedimentation in the water heater each year is negligible. With a little bit of effort and diligence you can save yourself a whole lot of money and make your water heater last for 30 years or more.

    One more thing. When I installed this water heater 15 years ago I built a nice 12″ tall riser box out of wood for it to sit on so it’s easier to attend to the bottom faucet when draining it. It’s also sitting in a galvanized over flow pan with a drain to the outside, just in case. And the whole thing is wrapped tightly in 3-1/2″ batt insulation with silver foil facing. When that thermostat says 120 degrees you can bet your bottom dollar it means 120. If you don’t have the time or money to do it right the first time how are you gonna have the time and money to do it the second time? That’s the Ghost version of “Buy once, cry once”.

  • ghostsniper January 21, 2021, 2:04 PM

    Forgot to mention, you can’t put a timer on a gas fired water heater. There’s a good chance our next house will have a tankless water heater. It’s only on when you turn on the hot water faucet, the rest of the time it’s off. For us, that means it’ll be off at least 22 hours per day. The savings will go right into my ass pocket!

  • DrTedNelson January 21, 2021, 2:26 PM
  • Skorpion January 21, 2021, 2:58 PM

    “I was given paradise on earth…”
    “But in the end, we fucked it all up…”
    — Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, CASINO

    Literally, the oldest story in the Book.

  • Clinging Deplorably to His Cross January 22, 2021, 6:34 AM

    I see that everyone is at ease with Jr’s open carry, and with the homeschooling.

    We lived in an all-electric house in the early oughts – during that gas price spike – so we were fat and happy, cost-wise. I did not like the heating in that house – it had a heat pump with a supplemental hot coil unit (don’t remember the correct term), which was always behind the curve on very cold days. Would probably be wonderful in Cali, assuming there were reliable electric service in dark places like that.

  • Nori January 22, 2021, 12:49 PM

    Yep,that’s a nice gun belt & six-shooter Jr’s wearing in the Entertainment room. Perhaps Family Fun Nite included viewings of Laramie,Tales of Wells Fargo,The Virginian,etc.
    Note the classic shirtwaist dresses on the ladies,worn with heels. Back when dressing nicely was the norm,for both of the two (and only two) sexes.

    By the end of Obamala’s regime,we’ll be looking like starving feral apes.
    Like Antifa does now,pretty much.

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