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Old English manuscript found in New Haven

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I found these papers in my basement.


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page 2 / page 3.

PDF version, all 3 pages

Now, we weren’t hit so bad with all of the flooding going on in the state, but, we did have a slight issue in the basement. It wasn’t so bad, since, about month ago, with snow melt and rain, we’d had a problem and the landlord sent over the maintenance guy to clean out the drain and repair the pump, etc., but, it seems the foundation has cracked, and there was water coming in.
I hadn’t been down to the basement, since we hadn’t had any issues (last time, with the flooding, the pilot light went out in the water heater), until I went down this morning to bring up some bicycling gear, what with the weather warming up.
When I got down there, I saw a couple of cinder blocks out of place back in one corner of the basement. There was mud and water seeping in, slowly, but, more important, there was a space large enough to push my hands back in there, and even see back into the gap. I saw a cylinder, which appeared like one of those tube thingies you see drafting students carrying around, for transporting rolled up drafting drawings, or whatever. I pulled it out. It appeared to be made of wood (mostly rotted) covered in some form of leather (also rotted, but not entirely).
I opened it up, and, well, within I found these pages.

Now, I studied Beowulf in college, being an English major, and even read the portions thereof in Old English. I even still recall a very few lines (hwear eart þu nu, ge-fera? = where are you now, friend?).
I’m pretty sure the text on these pages is Old English.

Yeah. I find that quite odd, too. Nonetheless, I recall reading speculation that the stone dwellings in the Gungywamp Forest area of Groton may have been built by Europeans, long before the arrival of our Puritan forefathers (vikings?), since they are decidedly not like any type of dwelling constructed by the local, native Algonquian tribes.
I don’t know. It’s all kind of weird, to me…
But, there you have it folks.

I have what appears to be some Old English manuscript in my hands.


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April 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Old English text found in New Haven basement

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I found these papers in my basement.


click to enlarge

page 2 / page 3.

PDF version, all 3 pages

Now, we weren’t hit so bad with all of the flooding going on in the state, but, we did have a slight issue in the basement. It wasn’t so bad, since, about month ago, with snow melt and rain, we’d had a problem and the landlord sent over the maintenance guy to clean out the drain and repair the pump, etc., but, it seems the foundation has cracked, and there was water coming in.
I hadn’t been down to the basement, since we hadn’t had any issues (last time, with the flooding, the pilot light went out in the water heater), until I went down this morning to bring up some bicycling gear, what with the weather warming up.
When I got down there, I saw a couple of cinder blocks out of place back in one corner of the basement. There was mud and water seeping in, slowly, but, more important, there was a space large enough to push my hands back in there, and even see back into the gap. I saw a cylinder, which appeared like one of those tube thingies you see drafting students carrying around, for transporting rolled up drafting drawings, or whatever. I pulled it out. It appeared to be made of wood (mostly rotted) covered in some form of leather (also rotted, but not entirely).
I opened it up, and, well, within I found these pages.

Now, I studied Beowulf in college, being an English major, and even read the portions thereof in Old English. I even still recall a very few lines (hwear eart þu nu, ge-fera? = where are you now, friend?).
I’m pretty sure the text on these pages is Old English.

Yeah. I find that quite odd, too. Nonetheless, I recall reading speculation that the stone dwellings in the Gungywamp Forest area of Groton may have been built by Europeans, long before the arrival of our Puritan forefathers (vikings?), since they are decidedly not like any type of dwelling constructed by the local, native Algonquian tribes.
I don’t know. It’s all kind of weird, to me…
But, there you have it folks.

I have what appears to be some Old English manuscript in my hands.


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Written by tonybaldwin

April 1, 2010 at 7:02 am

again…

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My wife went outside to get into her car to go to work this morning and found my car open.
I just bought this car. It’s not even registered yet.
I have the insurance card, bill of sale, etc. sitting right here in front of me, to go to the DMV today to register this car. The guy I purchased it from delivered the car on Sunday (drove it here with his dealer plate). I was just waiting until the DMV is open today to register it.
That means I haven’t even driven this car yet.
And, already, it has been broken into, and the CD player stolen.

I called the police, and all they want to do is take a report over the phone.
I don’t get it.
I know if I owned a jewelry store downtown and someone broke in and stole $20,000 worth of diamonds, they’d be there investigating.
But, being some poor bloke on the edges of the hood, I get robbed, and all they do is take a report over the phone.
THIS IS WHY IT KEEPS HAPPENING!
Those who do this stuff just get away with it!
Meanwhile, since moving here, my wife and, our housemates and neighbors have suffered thousands of dollars worth of damages and losses to our vehicles!

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September 23, 2008 at 6:09 am

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Welcome PM Blair

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Ha…don’t know how I missed this earlier, but, former UK PM Tony Blair is hanging out in New Haven now.


In other news, I have, reluctantly, turned on the heat…
Seems silly, since today is the last day of summer, but, it was 49ºF when we awoke this morning…
I’m not going to take out the screens and put the storm windows down for a few weeks yet.
I like air.
Of course, it’s not as though the house isn’t leaky enough on its own.
I swear I paid to heat the neighborhood last winter, with gas bills as high as US$400.00+/month…

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September 20, 2008 at 9:06 am

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