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  • Gayle Harrington
    OK you guys....I have to ask again. Did DB ever build his vagabond s house as it was written in the poem? If so - where was it? Was this a house in Carmel
    Message 1 of 18 , Feb 1, 2000
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      OK you guys....I have to ask again. Did DB ever build his vagabond's
      house as it was written in the poem? If so - where was it? Was this a
      house in Carmel and is it now a B & B? How come you mentioned a
      Hollywood Vagabond House? And didn't someone talk about one in Oregon?
      Since this particular poem was my introduction to DB I would really
      like to know what happened. And why was there a poem about a/the house
      burning? Or was that a metaphor?
    • Keith Emmons
      Gayle asks: Did DB ever build his vagabond s house as it was written in the poem? The best way to answer your question is to quote DB from Joy is an Inside
      Message 2 of 18 , Feb 1, 2000
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        Gayle asks: Did DB ever build his vagabond's house as it was written in
        the poem?

        The best way to answer your question is to quote DB from 'Joy is an
        Inside Job', page 11: "Vagabond's House has been four times a House of
        Wood and Stone." Here are the houses and a brief history of each:

        1. 1926 - Hollywood, California - From a 1957 Current Biography
        article: "In the same year (1926), Blanding sailed for California. In
        Hollywood, he built his first "Vagabond's House" and carried out the
        Hawaiian way of life with hikieas and cushions instead of chairs and
        sofas. Among his best-known work of that period was the mural border in
        the pavilion of the Hotel Huntington in Pasadena." In 'Songs of the
        Seven Senses'(1931), Blanding says "Farewell to Vagabond's House",
        which describes how his home burned down.

        2. 1936 - Carmel, California - Completes the book 'The Rest of the
        Road' here. Also writes a weekly column for the Carmel Pine Cone. Owns
        a trailer home, Vagabond's House-on-Wheels, and tours around the
        country in it. Sells his Carmel home in 1940 when he moves to Florida
        to get married to Dorothy Binney.

        3. 1951 - Bend, Oregon - A Honolulu Star-Bulletin article, published
        8/26/52, states "For the last 15 months, Don Blanding has lived in
        Bend, Oregon, high in the Cascades of Central Oregon. Don described
        Bend as "Hawaii with a shaggy dog front." In this gorgeous mountain
        country, which Blanding knew as a very young man, he spent almost a
        year and a half in study. He did no writing during that time." Blanding
        went on his year-long cruise into micronesia soon after this.

        4. 1953 - Honolulu, Hawaii - In a studio in a Chinese courtyard,
        Blanding completes "Joy is an Inside Job", as well as contibutes a
        weekly Saturday column of humor, commentary and philosophy for the
        Honolulu Star-Bulletin called "Don Blanding says 'Aloha'".

        He spent his last days in Los Angeles (between touring), where he died
        in 1957.

        Gayle, if you ever have a chance to read WHERE IS VAGABOND'S HOUSE NOW?
        in 'Joy is an Inside Job', it will explain alot. He considered
        Vagabond's House to be where ever he happened to be at the moment,
        whether it was a studio in New York City, or a freightor cruising
        through the South Seas.

        His present 'Vagabond's House is... West of the Sunset and East of the
        Dawn... N.M.A. (No Mailing Address).

        ...Keith
      • MauiBandB@aol.com
        Auntie Maili said he lived at Black Point at one time probably in the thirties or forties aloha Tom
        Message 3 of 18 , Feb 1, 2000
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          Auntie Maili

          said he lived at Black Point at one time probably in the thirties or forties

          aloha
          Tom
        • Beverly Leinbach
          Aloha Tom, I hate to sound dumb,but where is Black Point? Did he build a house there? Who is Auntie Maili, and did she know DB? Bev. From: MauiBandB@aol.com
          Message 4 of 18 , Feb 1, 2000
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            Aloha Tom,

            I hate to sound dumb,but where is Black Point? Did he build a house
            there? Who is Auntie Maili, and did she know DB?
            Bev.

            From: MauiBandB@...
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            Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Vagabond House
            Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 23:35:08 EST


            Auntie Maili

            said he lived at Black Point at one time probably in the thirties or forties

            aloha
            Tom

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          • Jakable@aol.com
            Black Point is where?
            Message 5 of 18 , Feb 1, 2000
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              Black Point is where?
            • Gerald Argetsinger
              I m not completely certain that DB had a house in Bend, Oregon. My mother said that when our family (I would have been 5 or 6 -- only vague memories) would
              Message 6 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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                I'm not completely certain that DB had a "house" in Bend, Oregon. My
                mother said that when our family (I would have been 5 or 6 -- only vague
                memories) would drive over to visit him, there was no place for the our
                family of four and DB to be together. She would usually take care of my
                brother and me while my dad and DB spent the day together. She even
                mentioned that it was not unusual for the two of them to spend much of
                their time at a hotel.

                Jerry
              • TJMarkle@cs.com
                To my knowledge DB never built his own home. I will be in Carmel this month to check a few things out but I was told that he vagabonded thru Carmel area
                Message 7 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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                  To my knowledge DB never built his own home. I will be in Carmel this month
                  to check a few things out but I was told that he "vagabonded" thru Carmel
                  area numerous times and resided in several different homes there. The
                  Vagabond House Bed/Breakfast was merely a place he stayed, reportedly for
                  several years, which might be a record for him. I know nothing of fires,
                  etc., but will re-read Vagabonds house if thats where you are getting the
                  reference from...TJ
                • Keith Emmons
                  TJ, I don t believe he ever built a house either. I think he was too restless to actually wait for a house to be built. The house in Carmel is the only one I
                  Message 8 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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                    TJ,

                    I don't believe he ever built a house either. I think he was too
                    restless to actually wait for a house to be built. The house in Carmel
                    is the only one I know of for sure that he owned. (for 4 years)

                    Keith


                    tjmarkl-@... wrote:
                    original article:http://www.egroups.com/group/aloha-donblanding/?start=
                    242
                    > To my knowledge DB never built his own home. I will be in Carmel
                    this month
                    > to check a few things out but I was told that he "vagabonded" thru
                    Carmel
                    > area numerous times and resided in several different homes there.
                    The
                    > Vagabond House Bed/Breakfast was merely a place he stayed, reportedly
                    for
                    > several years, which might be a record for him. I know nothing of
                    fires,
                    > etc., but will re-read Vagabonds house if thats where you are getting
                    the
                    > reference from...TJ
                  • Keith Emmons
                    I don t have the copy of Songs o the Seven senses anymore, as I borrowed it from the library... I should have made a photocopy of Farewell to Vagabond s
                    Message 9 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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                      I don't have the copy of 'Songs o the Seven senses' anymore, as I
                      borrowed it from the library... I should have made a photocopy of
                      'Farewell to Vagabond's House', but I didn't. I'm pretty sure he
                      mentions a fire, but now I'm not so sure. But I do have an article
                      somewhere which mentions a fire, and doesn't "A Talisman" mention
                      losing his house... I'm at work, so I will have to wait until I get
                      home to check up on this...
                      Keith
                    • MauiBandB@aol.com
                      Black Point is at the base of Diamond Head on the outskirt of Kahala. It has beautiful ocean views. Doris Duke s home was there as well as others. Fancy yet
                      Message 10 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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                        Black Point is at the base of Diamond Head on the outskirt of Kahala. It has
                        beautiful ocean views. Doris Duke's home was there as well as others. Fancy
                        yet avantgarde neighborhood in the 30's-40's still is a very desirable era.

                        aloha
                        Tom
                      • MauiBandB@aol.com
                        Maili Yardley Still alive and lives on Kauai. She knew him though not well.
                        Message 11 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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                          Maili Yardley

                          Still alive and lives on Kauai. She knew him though not well.
                        • TJMarkle@cs.com
                          So thats what I was looking at when I hiked up the top of Diamond Head and looked down........
                          Message 12 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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                            So thats what I was looking at when I hiked up the top of Diamond Head and
                            looked down........
                          • John Roemer
                            My Armine von Tempski research turned up this description of early days at Vagabond House. It s from a Nov. 22, 1937 letter von Tempski sent to a relative from
                            Message 13 of 18 , Oct 13, 2003
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                              My Armine von Tempski research turned up this description of early
                              days at Vagabond House. It's from a Nov. 22, 1937 letter von Tempski
                              sent to a relative from the home in Manhattan Beach she shared with
                              her husband, Al Ball:

                              "Last Monday, a week ago, old Don Blanding arrived here and had us
                              out to dinner. Don's one of our dearest and truest friends, when were
                              were bust last summer he paid our gas to Taos and had us for seven
                              weeks. Anyway he just bought a house in Carmel and begged us to go up
                              with him and take possession of it. So we weakened and did it, taking
                              our writing along. It's a heavenly old place, two storeys high with
                              pine and oaks nestling about it. You know how lovely Carmel is. The
                              house is perfect, old, and seems to put invisible arms around you. We
                              arrived at mid-night, friends had had the utilities turned on, so we
                              built up a roaring fire and a nice old actor friend of Don's arrived
                              with four cans of beer and some cheese and crackers to hourse-warm it
                              with us.

                              "After being there a week Don begged us to come and stay with him for
                              a month, including Xmas and New Year's. We were kanalua [hesitant]
                              about it as we want to keep at work, but he said if ONLY we'd come --
                              he's the world's loneliest man -- that he'd get a slavy to clean
                              house and wash dishes for me and do the heavy cooking. I'm to run the
                              Commissary, have carte blanch about food etc. The upstairs which is
                              to be ours is heavenly! A great front room with three solid sides of
                              glass, a tiny bathroom and hale [commode] and -- a guest room -- of
                              our own! Don's having puunes put in for us, and we're taking up our
                              Navajo rugs, brass candlesticks and a few juggers to give our own
                              feeling. His room and workroom is down stairs, so we won't get in
                              each other's hair while we're working. The kitchen is a great
                              sprawling old room with dishes on the wall and slews of windows and a
                              silly sort of ship-gangway staircase leading to our 'Penthouse'. Talk
                              about writers under eaves!

                              "We had a lovely week, wrote five hours, lunched then walked for
                              miles, in the evening built up a roaring fire and Don read aloud to
                              us. Saturday night Poli [Armine's brother Errol] joined us and we
                              went to thge lovliest home of some oldish actor friends of Don's.
                              Sunday, after a swell breakfast we four set off and tramped for miles
                              and miles through the pine forests and along the dazzling beach where
                              seals were sporting, and sandpipers with twinkling feet skittered
                              along just out of reach of the waves. I cooked up a grand kanaka
                              [hearty] stew for supper, cabbage etc and Don and Poli cleaned it all
                              up. Don had a cold so I gave him a rub, fed him a thumping toddy and
                              put him to bed. We sat up till midnight, then Poli had to go home. We
                              left Monday (yesterday) about ten and talk of autumn. The Salinas
                              River valley looked like a torrent of gold. All the cottonwoods,
                              willows and sycamores were ablaze. ....we lost a day going and coming
                              but I wouldn't have missed the fun of warming Vagabond's House!"
                            • tjmarkle@earthlink.net
                              ... From: John Roemer Sent: Oct 13, 2003 12:19 PM To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond
                              Message 14 of 18 , Oct 13, 2003
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                                Sent: Oct 13, 2003 12:19 PM
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                                Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond House

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                                My Armine von Tempski research turned up this description of early <BR>
                                days at Vagabond House. It's from a Nov. 22, 1937 letter von Tempski <BR>
                                sent to a relative from the home in Manhattan Beach she shared with <BR>
                                her husband, Al Ball:<BR>
                                <BR>
                                "Last Monday, a week ago, old Don Blanding arrived here and had us <BR>
                                out to dinner. Don's one of our dearest and truest friends, when were <BR>
                                were bust last summer he paid our gas to Taos and had us for seven <BR>
                                weeks. Anyway he just bought a house in Carmel and begged us to go up <BR>
                                with him and take possession of it. So we weakened and did it, taking <BR>
                                our writing along. It's a heavenly old place, two storeys high with <BR>
                                pine and oaks nestling about it. You know how lovely Carmel is. The <BR>
                                house is perfect, old, and seems to put invisible arms around you. We <BR>
                                arrived at mid-night, friends had had the utilities turned on, so we <BR>
                                built up a roaring fire and a nice old actor friend of Don's arrived <BR>
                                with four cans of beer and some cheese and crackers to hourse-warm it <BR>
                                with us.<BR>
                                <BR>
                                "After being there a week Don begged us to come and stay with him for <BR>
                                a month, including Xmas and New Year's. We were kanalua [hesitant] <BR>
                                about it as we want to keep at work, but he said if ONLY we'd come -- <BR>
                                he's the world's loneliest man -- that he'd get a slavy to clean <BR>
                                house and wash dishes for me and do the heavy cooking. I'm to run the <BR>
                                Commissary, have carte blanch about food etc. The upstairs which is <BR>
                                to be ours is heavenly! A great front room with three solid sides of <BR>
                                glass, a tiny bathroom and hale [commode] and -- a guest room -- of <BR>
                                our own! Don's having puunes put in for us, and we're taking up our <BR>
                                Navajo rugs, brass candlesticks and a few juggers to give our own <BR>
                                feeling. His room and workroom is down stairs, so we won't get in <BR>
                                each other's hair while we're working. The kitchen is a great <BR>
                                sprawling old room with dishes on the wall and slews of windows and a <BR>
                                silly sort of ship-gangway staircase leading to our 'Penthouse'. Talk <BR>
                                about writers under eaves!<BR>
                                <BR>
                                "We had a lovely week, wrote five hours, lunched then walked for <BR>
                                miles, in the evening built up a roaring fire and Don read aloud to <BR>
                                us. Saturday night Poli [Armine's brother Errol] joined us and we <BR>
                                went to thge lovliest home of some oldish actor friends of Don's. <BR>
                                Sunday, after a swell breakfast we four set off and tramped for miles <BR>
                                and miles through the pine forests and along the dazzling beach where <BR>
                                seals were sporting, and sandpipers with twinkling feet skittered <BR>
                                along just out of reach of the waves. I cooked up a grand kanaka <BR>
                                [hearty] stew for supper, cabbage etc and Don and Poli cleaned it all <BR>
                                up. Don had a cold so I gave him a rub, fed him a thumping toddy and <BR>
                                put him to bed. We sat up till midnight, then Poli had to go home. We <BR>
                                left Monday (yesterday) about ten and talk of autumn. The Salinas <BR>
                                River valley looked like a torrent of gold. All the cottonwoods, <BR>
                                willows and sycamores were ablaze. ....we lost a day going and coming <BR>
                                but I wouldn't have missed the fun of warming Vagabond's House!"<BR>
                                <BR>
                                <BR>
                                <BR>
                                <BR>
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                                What a fantastic letter you found....The current owner of the Carmel Vagabond House would love to have a copy of that letter to hang on his wall. Al unfortunately had the Vagabond House remodeled without really knowing who DB was. He attended my Carmel show and totally blown away by all of what we have found out about DB and the Carmel history. Where did you come up with this? Great stuff! thanks for sharing and I can get a copy of this letter, it would be appreciated by myself, the current owner of the Vagabond House and probably the Carmel Heritage Society. thanks again....tj
                              • keith2draw
                                Nice letter John, My guess is that the actor friend mentioned in the letter is Fredric Burt, who was married to actress Helen Ware. Keith
                                Message 15 of 18 , Oct 13, 2003
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                                  Nice letter John,

                                  My guess is that the actor friend mentioned in the letter is Fredric
                                  Burt, who was married to actress Helen Ware.

                                  Keith
                                • mauibandb@aol.com
                                  thanks for sharing it was great aloha Maui tom [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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                                    thanks for sharing it was great

                                    aloha
                                    Maui tom


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                                  • patapsy
                                    Where would I get a recording of Dave Ballard reciting Vagabond House I remember him in the 60 s on KIXI. HELP
                                    Message 17 of 18 , Sep 5, 2010
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                                      Where would I get a recording of Dave Ballard reciting "Vagabond House"
                                      I remember him in the 60's on KIXI. HELP
                                    • patapsy@aol.com
                                      ... From: patapsy To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com Sent: Sun, Sep 5, 2010 6:46 pm Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond House   Where
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                                        -----Original Message-----
                                        From: patapsy <patapsy@...>
                                        To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
                                        Sent: Sun, Sep 5, 2010 6:46 pm
                                        Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond House

                                         
                                        Where would I get a recording of Dave Ballard reciting "Vagabond House"
                                        I remember him in the 60's on KIXI. HELP
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