Last weekend, as soon as we learned the theme for this week, the BB boys and I sat down to plan out what we would shoot in
BAGMAN: “Massage Parlors!”
BAGMAN: "Well then, how about a portrait of our maid!
Then ensued much muttering and mooning over municipalities, marinas, malls, motels, until I got miffed at myself and misplaced much messing around with m-words.
BUTLER: Keep it simple, Mark. Hey! What a coincidence! Mark starts with "M".
"As well as Melody," I add helpfully.
Married to Melody tattooed a mite above Melody's mate's metacarpals
Melody and Melody's Mate "Morphed" (below)
(I knew that someday I'd find a use for this morphing program I got ten years ago)
So, cutting to the chase (which is a good phrase to use of the theme was the letter "C" in stead of "M") -- some M places in Charleston (and Mt. Pleasant, the suburb I actually live in which, of course, starts with "M".
near the MUSC children's cancer center.
Mepkins Monastary (Abbey, acutally)
But at the time, Major Robert Anderson was in charge of trying to get it fixed up with the help of some celebrities who were also stationed there – Abner Doubleday and Edgar Allen Poe – known more for baseball and horror stories than they are for fort maintenance. But they did all figure out that the Fort had been built to repel a naval attack with or without the use of palm trees. But it was beginning to look like the next attack might be coming from across the street where many fine Southern mansions stood…some taller than the back of the fort itself.
Fort Sumpter from Moultrie
So in the dead of a December night, he put his wife (who was staying in a hotel downtown) on a train North and he and the garrison got into rowboats with all the equipment they could put in them without sinking and after fighting past tourists in red hats, rowed across to the more famous Fort Sumter. And we all know what happened next.
By the way, only one person was killed during the entire bombardment and fall of
And a final one from home -