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Jason Toews and fifi (the band)

Steam and Steel Workshop, July 2013

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

Excessive bell-ringing is frowned upon, however. I wish they had told us that right up front, before I made a fool of myself.

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Victory Theater, May 2011

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

One Saturday morning, I was invited – along with some professional photographers – to take a tour of the soon-to-be-renovated Victory Theater in Holyoke.

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A Sunday in Holyoke, July 2013

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 1 comment

I was safe inside, enjoying the spectacle, in a building that was too well-built to be demolished, eating granola with my friends.

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PA Clothing Factory, June 2013

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 4 comments

People often ask me to explain the allure of UE, why I would spend my free time crawling around in unsafe structures filled with asbestos and (presumably) rabid, territorial raccoons.

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Scranton Lace Company, June 2013

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

There were almost 30 of us on the tour, including housewives and lawyers, horse trainers and country music roadies.

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Pennsylvania Coal Breakers, June 2013

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

I felt like a character in Rendezvous with Rama, exploring the hulking remains of a long-dead civilization, surrounded by technology whose purpose I could not fathom.

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Coachella and Environs, April 2013

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

Pops made the travel plans, Mr. Max requested the time off work, and we met at LAX.

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Hospital 07, August 2012

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 3 comments

Intelligence from highly-placed sources indicated that there would be a human-sized break in the wrought-iron fence…

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Hospital 06, July 2012

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 5 comments

Our cover blown and our plate number (no doubt) recorded in a log book somewhere, we decided to abort the mission. What’s that expression? Cowardice is the better part of valor? That doesn’t sound right.

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Hospital 05, February 2012

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 1 comment

If you’re trying to get over a mild flu/cold, you almost certainly should not spend eight hours climbing around an ancient stone building breathing frigid air visibly laden with asbestos, mold and mycobacteria.

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