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It seemed Greenmount Cemetery was never open for visitors. One fortuitous Saturday afternoon, Gentile and some other friends, and I managed to join a tour. We saw John Wilkes Booth’s grave and the final resting places of other Baltimore denizens.

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Greenmount Cemetery; Westminster Hall

Congressional Cemetery is supported by dog-walkers. It’s serious business. Friends organized this party in October. Cemetery spelunking is a social activity for Goths.

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Gothic Victorian Cemeter Picnic in Congressional Cemetery

Despite having moved home base to Gaithersburg by June, I got new friends scattered across the DMV. Omega Maverick and I met up in Alexandria because it was equidistant for us to convene. We examined these tombstones before making out in the cemetery and getting kicked out at dusk. How Goth.

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Mt Comfort Cemetery

It’s been a while, denizens of the cemeteries…but we always come crawling back.

This was an artist’s date after work one Saturday on which I had mid-shift. I walked to the cemetery from my aunt and uncle’s house and my phone died mid-visit (apropos). Visiting at sundown while an historical interpretation tour was going on was a first. Usually I’m alone in the graveyards during daylight. My Facebook/Instagram buddy TKV kept me accountable for making time for this artist’s date.

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Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy some muffinz with your stout, whiskey, or Irish breakfast tea today http://ow.ly/j5q6N

Glad tidings for 2013, fellow taphophiles!

While I haven’t visited a cemetery in a few months, I finally resolved the photo-storage-hosting issues I’ve been having and learned a little html in the process. Now I can share the summer 2011-winter 2012 visits with y’all.

Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, VA

Ivy Hill Cemetery Visit (But No Visitation)

Princeton Graveyard, Princeton, NJ

Princeton Graveyard

Pluckemin Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Pluckemin, NJ

Pluckemin Presbyterian Church

Princessville Cemetery, Lawrenceville, NJ

Princessville Cemetery (Brearley House)

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Alexandria, VA

St. Mary's Cemetery

Blessings for the new year,
Q

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Warmest wishes for a blessed 2013!

No, dear readers, I have not forgotten about you.  Gone but not forgotten…that was a great web forum to see pics of other people trespassing in creepy abandoned buildings, navigating only by the light of their flashlights.  Artist Rob Dobi does that sort of work (and he also designs kickass t-shirts, such as the nail in the coffin shirt I wear when cemetery spelunking).

In July, I visited the Rockville Cemetery again and spent some time in the historic section.  The photos will eventually make it to this blog.

I bought a new domain name for my cooking/lifestyle blog, and it is now located at http://www.gothicgranola.com, no longer screwfootq.blogspot.com. I post there twice a week.  Though I’ve officially moved to Virginia, I haven’t gotten back to my habits of exploring Alexandria-area cemeteries on weekends. Not that I want to do that right this minute, what with Hurricane Sandy and all!

Bright blessings,

Q

Greetings,

Long time, no blog!  I let three weeks of finals, comprehensives, and Wikipedia prevent me from spelunking.  A week ago, I ate supper in the St. Paul’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey two evenings after work. On Friday, I intended to explore another cemetery along Route 206–the Harlingen Reformed Church Cemetery–but it was being mowed in preparation for Memorial Day!  Memorial Day is one of the few days in the States where cemeteries receive much public notice.

 

 

Also, my dear cousin Mike sent me a picture when he was in Boston a week ago:

Idyllic!

Happy Memorial Day,

Q

Dark greetings, readers,

I escaped the rain on this one.  It seems that more often than not, I have explored cemeteries in the rain (hence the spelunking…rotting wooden coffins create dips which means standing water).

Thesis is now available for reading; email me if you want to read a copy.

That being said, I’m now in senioritis mode, and I stopped at the Blawenburg Reformed Church Cemetery in Blawenburg, NJ on the way home from school on Thursday.  I ate supper in the cemetery since I left after class at 4:30; what I ate wasn’t terribly exciting since it was mostly leftovers.  I bet there’s some superstition warning against eating in graveyards, but since I’ve yet to turn into a vampire or zombie, I think I’m OK.  I noticed my tea falling over, but I didn’t want to share with the person (semantics?) behind whose stone I was sitting.

I just got derailed by reading the “Texts from Hillary” meme.  That’s frickin’ hilarious.  I’m sure that pun has been made before.

Alright, the pics, only five days after the visit.  I’m improving my turnaround time.

Lemme tell you how annoying it is to click outside of the photo-editing window on WordPress and lose all your changes.  Veeeery annoying!

Until next time,

Q

P.S. I haven’t been turned into a zombie (yet), but on Saturday morning, I woke up screaming from a dream about two half-decayed zombie deer in my backyard that were about to bite me.  All I had to defend myself was a copy of Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat.  What a nightmare!

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