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Comment Archives: stories: Arts + Life: WTF

Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

We saw one in Wilmington while on vacation, in the backyard of our rental house. We were in chimney hill, August 4, 2014.

Posted by johnny71 on 09/10/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “WTF: Is Mike Myers Now a Vermonter?

Hmmmm, I'd venture a guess that all the facts in the story are true. And that just the nonfacts aren't.

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Posted by Dean Pierce on 07/30/2014 at 9:39 PM

Re: “WTF: Is Mike Myers Now a Vermonter?

The next big question anyone considering moving to the area will surely ask "is there intelligent life in Vermont? " thanks to 7 Days...the answer will be a resounding NO. Way to welcome an epic comic, but with a humorless waste of words.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by spiritofastorm on 07/30/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “WTF: Is Mike Myers Now a Vermonter?

Lots of people move to VT and purchase houses without the need to publicly announce the news. Was it really worth publishing the whispers and rumors of Mr. Myers' business and affairs - who is (according to your article) a new community member? Way to keep it classy Seven Days....

33 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by VTismyjam on 07/30/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

I can't believe you guys are just catching onto this. Old news, it's been there for like ten years.

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Posted by Brittney Merrihew on 07/16/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

He used to (perhaps it still is a corporation?) own JB Stone...I believe his business had some "challenges"'s always an unfortunate scenario when we get in our own way of our dreams.

Posted by FranklinCountyRoots on 07/16/2014 at 7:53 AM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

Has anybody considered the idea of it possibly being unfinished bec it's haunted? Just a thought!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Heidi Haugland on 07/15/2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Is the BHS Mascot a Seahorse?

And now I know. Thank you. Seriously,thank you. I can tell my Husband, a Seahorse, that this Spartan knows where he came from. :0}

Posted by Charlene Coon on 07/04/2014 at 12:44 AM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

I tried approaching the castle one day and a French guy fired a cow at me over the wall. RUN AWAY!!

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Posted by Patrick Dodge on 06/28/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

Charity: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity, kindness and tolerance in judging others.

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Posted by Df Dixon on 06/21/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

I'm afraid I don't have charity for people whose "dream" brings harm to their community or other people. This building is a nightmare of a mess that the rest of us will end up paying for. There have been many people throughout history whose misguided dreams ruined lives, not all dreams are to be encouraged. It's too bad they didn't have friends or family members to help them find a good therapist to cope with their issues. There is no shame in asking for help!

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Posted by Penelope on 06/21/2014 at 3:28 PM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

@DFDixon..Charity? Like help save their 1-1.3 million dollar HALF home?....bottle drive?...funniest thing i have read in a while.

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Posted by Blair Wahler on 06/21/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

Oh come on people...this is clearly an example of a couple's dream not coming to fruition, for whatever reason. But 'snooty poople? (do you know them?),' 'shallow taste and low ambition?,' honestly, a bit harse don't you think? Haven't we all had a dream that didn't work out? I feel for these people but at least they gave it a shot. How many of us can say that? So, how about a little charity here?

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Posted by Df Dixon on 06/20/2014 at 10:45 PM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

I just couldn't get over the fact that in a 19,000 sq foot place,..there are only TWO full bathrooms, that was my wtf :)

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Posted by Kathleen on 06/20/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

The stone lions at the entrance to their trailer tells you all you need to know about these snooty people who put on ridiculous airs of shallow taste and low ambition. There is nobody who is stupid enough to buy a castle built on a modest building lot suitable for a raised ranch or mobile home. There is something in the tap water in Franklin county, a few years ago someone else built a five thousand square foot luxury home on a cheap lot in a poor neighborhood of low income homes. After trying to sell it unfinished for over two years, the bank foreclosed. Sad and wasteful exercise in stupidity.

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Posted by Penelope on 06/20/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

Saw this one day on a country drive. So out of place I had to do some research. Good to read some more about why it's half finished..the double wide trailer is comical. Like a megabucks winner sad story. Gotta respect a man who digs Seven Days.

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Posted by Blair Wahler on 06/20/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Why is there an intermittent bike lane on Burlington's North Avenue?

How about no bike lanes and we just treat cyclists as motorists and they obey it or pay it, just like we have to click it or ticket as well as stop at every stop sign and red light or else risk facing a ticket and/or injury? I see enough cops wandering around doing very little every day that they could have a field day with the amount of tickets they could hand out to cyclists. It would open more room for parking in some areas too, because we obviously just don't have enough, or at least that's what I've been hearing. It's funny how cyclists want to "Share the Road" but don't want to follow the rules when it's not convenient for them, and why the hell do we have signs on road with bike lanes that say "Bikes may use full lane" or "Share the Lane"? Sounds like they get to have their cake and eat it too while I have to follow the rules of the road and constantly keep an eye out for random cyclists that hop off and on sidewalks, pass lanes of traffic to get to the front then get mad when they want to go straight but get cut off by a vehicle turning the scenarios go on and on. Save the City some money and maybe even make a few bucks by just treating them as vehicles. Worried that 25 MPH is too fast for them to keep up with it? Then lower it, at least in the hub. NO ONE should be doing 25 through the downtown hub and since the limit IS 25, most people like to use the "5 over" rule so in reality they are going 30-35. Maybe if the speed limit was more like 15, at least in the hub area and bikes and vehicles truly shared the road we'd see a difference.

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Posted by Dylan Boardman on 06/04/2014 at 6:47 PM

Re: “WTF: Why can't moviegoers buy beer or wine in Burlington-area theaters?

Dear Mr.. Picard

I am Burlington's semi-official-longest-formerly-residing-Austinite (1979-2012)(plus I just returned today from 9 months in central Texas) ..

I'd like to share with your readers the following:

Alamo's several cinemas and the more recent upscale competitor's progeny e.g., Violet Crown; and iPic in Austin don't smell like "nasty bars." Nor of “buttery popcorn” – which must be industry slang for the odor of stale rancid popcorn as is often the case with most movie theaters.

Apparently borrowing others proven concept is beyond some. The decades-old newer business model isn't about suds – but bring a restaurant quality dining experience to your movie patrons by serving them inside the theater itself. Rather than having them fetch-it-for-themselves in the lobby, or adjacent to, or in the basement, or not at all. The better assortment of beverages is merely part of the up-grades, e.g., valet parking. That said, I doubt Burlington could support the operational costs for the more high-end type with menu offerings like chicken pesto made with a basil pesto sauce, chicken, bacon, roasted red peppers, crimini mushrooms and fresh mozzarella paired with a pinot grigio like Cantina Balzano St. Magdalena from Alto Adige, Italy (see But the Alamo model (including many of its other innovations) are national trends which will eventually make a smarter theater owner here more $$$ by providing its customers a better experience. Assuming they serve real food, craft beer, and fine wine rather than sour grapes.

Contrary to Mr. (Monopoly) Javis's self-serving spin these establishments add to and thrive within the major entertainment districts of Austin; against national theater-chains; in a city which has more than 100,000 mostly underage college students. Yet in twenty plus years none of these alcohol-serving cinemas have ever been closed due to liquor law violations; although Texas and it's capital are awash with Bible-thumping pro-prohibitionist officials, i.e., TACB (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission), DPS (Texas Department of Public Safety i.e., State Troopers & Texas Rangers); TCSD (Travis County Sheriff's Dept.); and APD (Austin Police Dept). Little known is that half of the 250 counties in Texas are dry (can't sell beer or booze) and Texas vigorously enforces its temperance laws to a degree Vermont never will (e.g., I was, back in the day, ticketed five different times for "Minor in Possession" in the “Live Music Capital of the World” while “Keeping Austin Weird”).

So I agree... WTF!

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Posted by Mark on 05/28/2014 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Why will parking against the flow of traffic get you a ticket in Winooski?

I just got ticketed for parking against the left, but it happened in the parking lot of my apartment complex. I know enough not to park against traffic on regular roads, but because I was parking in the lot of my own apartment complex, I didn't think they would enforce that there. Turns out they do.

I'm probably just annoyed, but I'm not sure if I buy the whole "you can't see cars coming very well" thing. You should be looking in front and behind you no matter what direction you're coming and going from, and if you're being aware of your surroundings, I don't think it should matter what direction you're parking in if it's just a small path leading through a parking lot. But I doubt that there's anything I can do to not pay the fine.

Posted by Seth Robert Baldridge on 05/16/2014 at 8:40 PM

Re: “What's up with the teepee by Interstate 89 in Richmond?

Thanks for that great story!! I have also wondered about the teepee, and the camel for that matter! I'll never forget the day a few years ago, My husband and I were out for a ride on his motorcycle. We were on route 2 in Richmond and I saw the camel (Its great when your the passenger because you can look all around unlike the driver who has to focus on the road) anyhow, I tapped him the the shoulder and said "oh my gosh, did you just see that camel?" to which he replied "Don't be silly there are no camels in VT!!" I said "yes there is!!" and we left it at that! About a month later My son and husband were on Rt 2 in a car and they both saw the camel!! When they got home my son who was 15 at the time came running in the house and said "Mom guess what? we saw a camel on Rt 2!!" to which I replied "No kidding!!" My husband was looking at me with a sheepish grin and he said "Honey you were right, you did see a camel that day". I wish we had made some kind of bet!! oh well its was nice to hear I was right!! :)

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Posted by Lisa Marie Vilord on 04/23/2014 at 8:04 AM

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