The House That Seph Built

After a few successes, and the total surprise that anyone actually showed up to explore with me, I was ready to aim higher and take on Seph Lawless himself. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about Seph - certainly not the revulsion most explorers have to him, although not complete devotion either considering that he's been less than helpful to me. But I was in his territory in Cleveland, and of course I'd jump at the chance to go somewhere he has, just in case it might give me some semblance of the following he has. Ideally I'd just…

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Call Of Ducky: Quack Ops

After a night of hipstering around in Brooklyn and a frustrating subway ride lost in Queens, I caught a bus from the festering pit of humanity on 41st street to Cleveland. I will admit my expectations for Cleveland were essentially zero. Despite having made what I thought were plans with Johnny and his friends, it wouldn't have surprised me one bit to learn that it was all fake, just meant to send me all the way out to Ohio for nothing. Only a few minutes after I got to Cleveland, something totally unexpected happened. They showed up! We started in…

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Black Cats and Step Ladders

(Part 5 of my Detroit/Cleveland adventure) Right out of the cold storage, this came along meowing at me. I wanted to bring him home with me. But instead he just seemed to bring typical black-cat luck through most of the day! Four locations, and four U-turns, into the day, Mike still needed to wrap his head around the fact that not all of us can climb like lemurs... this was a perfectly doable entrance for him, and a perfect way to fall and break something for me! And nothing but more of the same at St Luke... no way in…

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This Great Dead Town

(Part 4 of my Detroit/Cleveland adventure) Highland Park itself, if possible, managed to be even more desolate and Detroiter than its Detroit surroundings. After a local financial crisis bankrupted the town in the late 90s, Michigan took it over, and consolidated its government functions, leaving what was probably once a proud municipal square to decay: city hall, courthouse, police and fire stations surrounding a deserted square. OK, you got me this time Guilty as charged! (These cells lock. I don't know what we would have done if someone didn't helpfully leave the keys, and a sign, right outside there!) I…

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