Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saturday fun activity: Where IS this?



     The photos I think are difficult to the point of being impossible to solve are usually the ones that are guessed right away.
     But this picture, while genuinely hard—it's just a house—will yield fruit to those who think a little about it. Solving the puzzle almost demands cogitation – assuming someone isn't familiar with the place and IDs it just based on personal experience.  With so many readers—and the numbers keep going up, which I appreciate—sometimes someone gets lucky.
      I renewed the contest because I found a cache of these desktop flags, copies of Commander Oliver Hazard Perry's battle flag. I want to give them away, to provide inspiration and encouragement. In these challenging days, as Donald Trump assembles his rogues' gallery of nitwits and haters to run our government into the ground and afflict vulnerable American citizens with fear, we need to remain calm, strong and stoical. Do not give up, the ship or anything else. Our country has survived many hardships, the worst always self-inflicted. Remember: the Red Scare. Vietnam. The battle for Civil Rights. Watergate. The path is seldom smooth. While Donald Trump represents an unprecedented departure from anyone we have had before in the Oval Office, despair is premature. We will survive him too, though we might have years of calamity, suffering, failure and shame ahead of us. The bad guys won an election, but that's all they won. A free people remain free, and as Barack Obama's eight years remind us, the president can only do so much, good or harm. 
    Enough. So where is this lovely house? Place your guesses below. Good luck. 

12 comments:

  1. former governor blagojevichs home

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  2. I'm going with FME in guessing that this is a politician's house. It's not Madigan's or Burke's which I pass every day. I was thinking Rahm's place, but given that the house was the bone of contention in his election, photos of it probably appeared in the papers at the time (though I don't remember them). It couldn't be Rahner's, not palatial enough for him. Blago's seems a great guess, but it's taken already. It's definitely not the Cardinal's abode. I'll guess that the house is in Saugunash and was Jane Byrne's residence at one time.

    john

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  3. Nope John, but I admire your analysis.

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    1. Ah, but the answer was painfully obvious and easily verified once Mr. Pressiak chimed in.

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    2. Yes, you were almost there -- I didn't want to give away the game.

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  4. The more recent Mayor Daley's house?

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  5. Is it your house? If it is, nice landscaping!

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  6. It was this/close to becoming a national historic site.

    Hillary Clinton's childhood house in Park Ridge.

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    1. You've got it. Congratulations. Send your address to dailysteinberg@gmail.com and I'll mail you your prize.

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  7. We've been in that house—where Hillary grew up. A former co-worker lived in it

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