The Tale Of An Underdog

Posted: July 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

I posted some of this at the temporary blog, or the Dedblog, I can’t remember which.  But anyway, I was there with a semi-pro photographer over the weekend, and these were some of the result:

view from one of the riverside balconies

the linked jpegs should be big enough to satisfy Friend Fish, and yes, that may be treated as filthbot bait, because it’s the weekend and I am trying to drive up hit count.  Besides, it’s fucking hot, what are ya gonna do, go outside?


mikey’s unit:


  1. Whale Chowder says:

    I was ordered to come here and fawn all over teh zombizzle so here goes:


    How’s that?

    Seriously, I really like the exterior even though it’s comparatively plain. Love the exposed beams. Saw that same beam support method used on an Irish house built in the 17th Century. Very cool to show my budding engineer daughter how it worked. Another room had a King Post truss system which was also very cool.

  2. Whale Chowder says:

    WTF? I posted, you undead bastard! FREE THE POST! FREE THE POST! FREE THE POST!

  3. vacuumslayer says:

    I’m with WC. It’s great, zrm. Really, really great. You make things that people BUILD. How can you not feel like you have a giant penis all the time?

  4. Well, I do, vs, so it’s kind of a fait accompli.

    But thanks, both of you.

    WC, one of the thing I like about adaptive reuse of factory buildings, as opposed to more straightforward historic preservation, is the honest, plain integrity of the buildings. The effort was to provide practical working space without extravagances. Blue collar buildings. And through adaptive reuse, they achieve new life. and are usually built like fucking tanks.

    My old boss used to refer to this kind of work as “no-nonsense” architecture, and I’ve always liked that. Curved wall notwithstanding.

    Also, added a picture of the interior signage, which I also designed.

  5. mikey says:

    “I was there with a semi-pro photographer over the weekend”

    Hmmm. I find this…disturbing.

    So as the architect of record, do you get to keep a set of master keys? If I moved into one of your buildings, would I get up some Sunday morning and find you on my couch, watching my porn? Would you then look up and demand a toasted muffin?

    Seriously, if the designer can just come wandering in and galavanting around, no wonder everybody’s preference is for a dead one. Because it’s ultimately weird to be wandering down to the trash chute in your bathrobe and some architect comes shambling by with a bottle of Sailor Jerry’s and a big aluminum Tee Square, mumbling to himself about cantilevers and leaky ass dogs…

  6. Also, thanks to Zelmo for the piccy work, even if he never stops by here anymore. Actually, I don’t think he even knows the new URL….

  7. Well, until the Owner asks for this little key fob back, the answer to mikey’s questions are….yes.

    I am, however, willing to share my Sailor Jerry’s.

  8. Another Kiwi says:

    I like the inside of the building. The outside is too plain for me BUT if you lived there that would be OK, stability and all that. However the back of the building, looking out onna water, is nice and I guess that is where people would spend their time. I would certainly consider living there.
    But howsabout a sign saying “No Drunk Zombies Allowed” at the front? Some people like that

  9. AK likes ’em tarted up, noted.

  10. mikey says:

    Actually, there is a pretty significant lesson to be learned from Stalingrad. These big old brick buildings are powerful chokepoints – you can hold an entire armored column for DAYS with a couple platoons and some heavy weapons.

    And then, when they finally reduce it to rubble with artillery, mortars and tank fire, it’s an EVEN BETTER strongpoint – the only way to take it at that point is to send a bunch of infantry into the piles of bricks – enough of those and they’ll NEVER take Milwaukee…

  11. vacuumslayer says:

    As someone with a great sense of style, and who lurves to get her decorate on, I would just like to say that the last picture makes the wannabe interior designer in me very horny.

  12. mikey says:

    Is it just me, or is the door on the right only 3’6″ tall?

    “Good morning, Dwarves Incorporated. How may I help you?”

  13. vacuumslayer says:

    Also, the number plaque is fabulous.

  14. vacuumslayer says:

    mikey, perhaps it’s on the 7 1/2 floor.

  15. Is it just me, or is the door on the right only 3’6″ tall?

    standard 80 inches.

    The ceiling is 20 feet high.

  16. Another Kiwi says:

    If there is going to be tarts, could they be custard tarts wiv caramelised sugar on top? I don’t know if I can stay if there is not custard tarts.

  17. Besides, it’s fucking hot, what are ya gonna do, go outside?

    You could be fishing…

  18. B^4 says:

    Those interiors look all kinds of futuristic!

    Also, regarding your bottle of cachaca- capirinhas are traditional, and incredibly delicious.

  19. they’ll NEVER take Milwaukee…

    Presumes wanting to take Milwaukee.

  20. mikey says:

    It’s all relative. The options are Dubuque, Gary and Grand Rapids…

  21. vacuumslayer says:

    Once more with feeling.

    What? Am I the only one who loves this movie?

  22. ZRM says:

    Naw, vs, we just all take that movie as a given reference point, like Blazing Saddles.

  23. ZRM says:

    Not that we don’t all love that movie.

    That and human Centipede.

  24. mikey says:

    I’m pretty fond of the Magnificent Seven.

    Does that count?

  25. Another Kiwi says:

    Only counts upto 7, Mikey. Anything further and I get a little hazy. Gnome sane?

  26. vacuumslayer says:

    Partly inspired by these photos, I have been redecorating my family room. Piccies coming soon. I’m excited. 🙂

  27. vacuumslayer says:

    But…I’ve got these three lamps…and I can’t for the life of me decide where I want them to be. I keep switching them around. It’s enough to make a woman mad. FSM, it took me, like, 2 hours to arrange the bookcase.

  28. Zombie rotten mcdonald says:

    My iPod is named the Magnificent Seven, mikey. Although more because of the Clash song.

    Vs, I look forward to mikey’s advice on your family room.

  29. vacuumslayer says:

    mikey uses machetes to “decorate “

  30. mikey says:

    Nah. Using machetes would be hard work – I don’t like to sweat if no one is trying to kill me.

    Pack a rucksack. Go out the door. Right before you close the door, toss in a couple flashbangs.

    Now, go hang out in the world. Eat some yummy food, drink some rum, think about a little chemical alteration ’cause, well, we all end up wormfood, have some fun, dammit.

    Now, when you get home, throw open the door and STOP! Just take it all in. Sure, there’s a lot of crap on the floor and some stuff is probably broken. Don’t even worry about that right now. Look at where stuff ended up – what direction it’s pointing, what the new sensibility of the room is. Now, whip out your sketch pad and slot everything into place, along with the obvious spaces that will require new pieces.


  31. herr doktor bimler says:

    The ceiling is 20 feet high.
    Plenty of room for a decent microbrewery on the ground floor, just saying.

  32. vacuumslayer says:

    I’m giggling internally at the thought of one of those home improvement/decoratin’ shows where the host and home owners just go out for drinks instead of working.

  33. vacuumslayer says:

    mikey’s gonna be busy with both a cooking and home decor show to get in the can.

  34. host and home owners just go out for drinks instead of working.

    how did vs discover my work method?

  35. vacuumslayer says:

    mikey outed you inadvertently.

  36. Von says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. I’d live there.

  37. Kathleen says:

    wow. I really really want to live there.

  38. Pinko Punko says:

    2nd place to the amazing tree house, but better than current inferno. Very nice.

  39. SECOND place, PINKO!?!?!??1/?1???//???1

    I need to know the designer of that treehouse, and mikey will take appropriate action.

  40. mikey says:

    You’re damn right.

    I’ll…Why, I’ll make brie stuffed pork chops and almond/garlic/ginger Israeli cous cous.

    That’ll teach the bastards…

Go ahead, tell me how I fucked up this time.

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