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  1. I like it; it’s about time. I would like to see the whole panel to see if there’s even more to it.

  2. “On the plus side, they usually hike it up in the cold months.”
    “The plumber? That’s his house right there.”
    “No, I don’t want to see the sprinkler on the front lawn.”

  3. Being on a corner, and having NO sidewalk leading to any front or back doors (not the house next door, either), I really can’t figure out if that’s the front or the back of the house.

  4. Andrea, I really hope you wouldn’t find a crack like that in the front of anything. The porch seals the deal, but even without the porch, I think this is pretty obviously the rear.

  5. Could be the rear of the plumber, but not the rear of the house. Where does on see a corner house (I live in one, BTW) that doesn’t have the front door facing one of the two streets? I think basically the cartoonist was so intent on the GIST of the comic, s/he forgot about the loGISTics thereof.

  6. It’s not uncommon to find a larger building or apartment block with different addresses for addresses on the two streets of a corner. Less common is a smaller free-standing house with two entrances. There is one in my neighborhood that shows up in “Know your neighborhood quizzes” where the addresses are related as a sort of roll-around permutation — the address on the named Avenue is 5142, and the address on the crossing 52nd Street is 1420. I’m trying to think of where you would have to be to get the same number on both sides.

  7. That particular one is, as I said, a free-standing house, but not AFAIK actually a single residence. It looks sort of big for a single family residence, but not obviously divided like a Florida duplex.

    I know there have been upsetting cases reported about buildings in NYC and maybe other big city environments, where the luxury units (maybe condo or co-op) and “affordable” or even “subsidized” units (presumably rental, included by zoning requirements or deals given to the developer) have different levels of access to premium services (gym), and also different addresses and physical entrances. There have been disputes and protests over this.

  8. I can see a face in every bush (it helps to have seen a variety of animated impressionist cartoon figures from the 20th century and some of the weird strips here). The easiest one for me to see has the back of his/her head to the house on the left and may be aghast as he/she looks at the crack house. There’s also a nice one next to the left pocket.

  9. I’m not saying that I think the artist drew faces on any plant, except for maybe the first one I mentioned. It was just fun to look for one everywhere, once I saw one.. On the tree, I see an eye, a nose, and a mouth. That’s my favorite.

  10. Andréa – There is a house about 2 blocks away from us (not on a corner) that does not have a front door. While walking back and forth from our car mechanic who is about 2 blocks beyond the house, we have noticed that there is no side door on either side. We are guessing there is a back door – but that is so strange. And it is not a case of the house being expanded and the door having to be moved as it is a smallish “cape cod” style house.

  11. I would assume the resident(s) is/are rather reclusive. In fact, if it weren’t for online shopping, I’d like to get rid of our front door, too, and just use the garage door for ourselves (as we already do).

  12. @ Meryl A – If you can’t see into the windows, it may not be a real house. In the neighborhood in which I grew up, there was a “house” that had fake windows (glass over a painting of venetian blinds). It turned out to be an electrical substation, probably for the telephone system, but we didn’t figure that out until they knocked down an exterior wall to uninstall the equipment. They later rebuilt the interior to turn it into a single-family home, but for some reason they didn’t replace the fake windows; instead, they installed real windows between them.

  13. P.S. In Switzerland, some of the “barns” dotted across the hillsides are actually civil defense bunkers. It’s hard to tell them apart from the real ones.

  14. Kilby: knowing that you at some point in your life lived in DC primed me to think of the house you describe as obviously a CIA safe house, even though it makes no sense. But I bet if some movie were to introduce the trope that safe houses have fake windows, it would catch on and become the new trope that signifies “safe house”…

  15. Andréa – they don’t have a garage.

    Kilby – as far as I know it is real house – cars parked there overnight, etc. It is about 2-3 blocks away so I don’t see what is going on there. It had looked like it had no front or side door when we drove past and when walking to and from our car mechanic we have looked at it while doing so. We would not presume to walk onto the property to get a closer look at the windows to see if real. Even if something like a substation it still needs a way in.

    We, of course, presume the door is in the rear of the house.

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