Surprise!

Surprise! I’m back. There are not many of you subscribed to this blog, but to those who are, surprise! I wonder whether you ever expected to hear from me again. Well, I am back and happily so.

Let me tell you what happened. Of course, it’s been several years now, since I wrote the epic Old Olney: Icke’s. As I was getting very close to finished, I hit a wrong button and *poof*, it was gone. It was probably the longest post I’ve ever written, and I’m not the fastest typist in the world. Furthermore, compounding the blow, I had the distinct feeling it was the best thing I’d ever written. I was crushed. Two years crushed, apparently. Now I have a speak-and-type software. I’m not endorsing anyone in particular, but you can probably figure out which one I’m using. It’s the only one most people have ever heard of, and the one everybody says is the best. I’m excited.

I’ve also recently given myself a crash course in what blogging really is. I recognize that everything doesn’t have to be an epic. I taught myself the basics of HTML, as well. Of course, there is an epic in the works. I’m going to attempt to reproduce Old Olney: Icke’s. In the last two years, I’ve found my way into a Facebook group, called “You know you are from Olney, MD when”. It has been absolutely fascinating. There are lots of old Olney old-timers and a lot of working out the histories.

Another thing I’ve done recently is associate myself with a website called HipHost.com. I believe they call it a social touring site. The point is to have locals offer tours of locales, and make them available to outsiders for pay. Of course, I can choose, at any time, to give the same tours to my friends, for free. Suffice it to say, if you are already subscribed to this blog, you are one of my friends. I’m currently offering two tours -my first two- in the Sandy Spring area. The first is an auto tour of the old houses in the area. It’s mostly a stay in the car kind of tour, just seeing the houses from the road. However, there are a few places where one can get closer to some pretty significant historic old homes.

I recently mentioned my second tour to a member of the Sandy Spring Meeting of Friends, and doing so caused the same reaction that I’d hoped it would. The tour is a walk out Meeting House Road that I call, “The Quaker Cathedral,”.

“What?! That’s an oxymoron!” She’s right, but as someone who is also a docent at Washington National Cathedral, I have found a very similar spiritual experience on the walk from the old Sandy Spring firehouse out to the spring itself. Maybe I’ll go into that here, sometime in the future.

Anyway, there it is. I’m back. I hope you can forgive me the technological crutch I’ve been using, and still consider me a writer. Expect to hear from me again soon.

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Surprise!

  1. Jim

    Will you be posting more stories of Olney’s history? I was one of the last to be born at the old hospital. The new hospital was built but the maternity ward was still operating out of the old hospital. Moved away from Olney in 1994. Your stories bring back a lot of great memories.

  2. James Minow

    Hello Andy,

    I have enjoyed reading your recounting of disapearance of Old Olney. In today’s definition of great suburban communities, Olney is certainly on the list. At the same time, the story of the loss of Old Olney is yet another example of unbridled and thoughtless suburban planning. I was looking forward to your chapter on Harold Ickes. My guess is that when you were growing up you spend some time playing at Headwaters Farm before some of its acreage, too, became a development. Headwaters remains quite original–restored, renovated, authentic. If you would like to revisit sometime, let me know. I am sure I can arrange it. Thanks.

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