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(From the Zephyr archives) The House on Almond Avenue… by Greg Gnesios

An excerpt:

“The little house on Almond Avenue was a quiet and welcome sanctuary when I most needed one.  I rented it when I first moved to Redding, California in 1988 coming off the heels of an acrimonious divorce and a failed love affair.  Clinging to a hillside on the west end of town, the 700’ square foot bungalow had probably seen better days in a neighborhood now shabby around the edges.  But it boasted a full basement where I could set up a darkroom, a roomy rear deck with a great view of Mount Lassen to the east, and a chunk of open space across the street marking the flyway of Benton Air Field.
It had been built in 1938 by a man who, like hundreds of other men at the time, was working to complete the nearby Shasta Dam.  Its simple clapboard construction housed two small bedrooms, a narrow kitchen with a breakfast nook, a living room with a fireplace, and a bathroom so tiny that one could barely avoid stepping into the toilet bowl when exiting the shower.  The detached one-car garage had long ago been converted into a small studio apartment which I eventually sublet to a single mom.  For a now-single park ranger it was a perfect setup…”

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