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Boos Interpretation 09

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A sphere is also found in the next collage of the Boos series, another 2 part animation. I call it “The Boos Brothers”. Mars is the ball in question now, looming impossibly large in a lakeside setting. Two round creatures baring sharp teeth fly in front of it in part 1, who I know to be the Boos brothers of the title. Perhaps they also stand for Mars’ two moons Phobos and Deimos. They head toward a rust colored silhouette of a woman perched on the bank of the lake. This is actually another statue created for the same Tungaske art event that produced the sphere covered in collage 12 before this. The word RUST appears on the sandy incline below it. A spaceman walks in the lake carrying a large box. Peter from The Fringe swims directly in front of him (or her). He looks toward the rusty woman, seemingly in alarm. His head is framed by the spaceman’s box.

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In part 2 of 2, the Boos Brothers have almost moved off-camera to the right. The rusty female torso is nowhere to be seen; have the brothers *eaten* her? The spaceman has moved in front of Peter. His box has shrunk, and he can carry it with one arm. The other arm, now free, reaches toward a tiny cave in the lake bank. We cannot see the hand of the arm. Has it also been “eaten” or somehow lopped off? Or is it just queerly hidden in the shadow?

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So what is the meaning of all this? Mars, I believe, is a direct extension of the yin-yang ball seen in the previous collage, and refers to the question, “what’s black and white and red all over?” The traditional answer to this koan is a newspaper or, sometimes, an embarrassed skunk or a zebra with a rash. Here it could be the red planet Mars. A 31 kilometer Martian crater has been named for the town of Tungaske, but noone seems to know the reason why. The boos creatures are perhaps confused about their place of origin. Is it the Martian crater or the town that the crater is named for? At any rate, we know from the next collage that they and their numerous brethren in both black and white forms are headed toward Tungaske en masse.

The boos creatures are introduced here because it was at this general point I decided to name the still evolving collage series that name, after a village in Jasper County, Illinois. I explain some of this in the Boos Overview 01 post. I googled “boos” images and all these round eyed toys came popping up. The two I used in the collage are apparently Mario ghost boos, a malevolent strain.

And I should also put forth the idea here that the map duad Jasper-Newton itself is a yin-yang symbol. In Illinois, the county seat Newton is submerged inside the county of Jasper, as if a seed. In Arkansas the situation is reversed. This duad also represents the two sides of our US of A, or north (Illinois) and south (Arkansas). They also stand for conscious and unconscious states of being, a bigger tableau. If Mars is both, then we are truly dealing with powers of a high intensity indeed.

http://www.insistpost.com/cycle-of-karma-and-reincarnation/

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Interesting reading about “hungry ghosts” here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungry_ghost

It is believed that the soul contains elements of both yin and yang. The yin is the kui, or demon part, and the yang is the shen, or spirit part. When death occurs, the kui should return to earth, and the shen to the grave or family shrine. If a ghost is neglected, it will become a kui. The shen, or ancestral spirit watches over its descendants, and can bring good fortune if properly worshipped.

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Boos Interpretation 08

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If collage 10 brings us fully into a Tungaske collage environment and establishes an aesthetic foundation for all to come, then collage 11 provides us roots. We are at a particular house that I will not identify except to say that it is the home of a prominent town artist who I seem to be able to identify with more than any of the others. That’s because we’re both artists of *junk*. A key link is the presence of a large spool table on the property, much like I built my Bigfoot junk/toy environment around a (smaller) spool table in part. You can clearly see the Canadian artist’s table in Google Maps Streetview, and also, surprising me, on a short, very choppy video someone made while driving through the town in 2011.

Collage 11, entitled “Hucka Homebee”, is an animation, like collages 02, 03, and 08 before it. Here’s part 1:

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We have the return of several items seen in former collages. Two reappear from collage 5 (“Simpsons Road Bloch”), or the Oz Wheeler and the triangular formation of Simpsons toys. The Wheeler again stands in the middle of a road and at the bottom of the picture. The Simpsons figurines again stand to its right, but in a yard now and not a road. The golf iron from collage 07 (“When Wheels Went Round”) is seen to the Wheeler’s left. Like with that collage, the head of the iron touches a *spool table*. The same Wheeler is found in collage 07, but on top of such a table and not in front of it.

In part 2 of the animation, the Simpsons figurines are replaced by a doll version of resident blog spirit Hucka D., referred to in the title of the piece. Specifically, the doll is superimposed directly atop Homer Simpson in the animation. This symbolizes the home aspect and the rooting act. *I* come to roost in Tungaske, borrowing a resonant artist’s humble dwelling spot. Hucka D. shows the way, becoming “Hucka Homebee” in the process. It’s possible an unconscious nod to a baseball home base occurs here with the positioning of Homer in the corner of the yard. Notice also the parked car to the right, which may resonate with the Boss, MO parked/junked car of collage 01 and 02.

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And, yes, I’m aware that Hucka D. has not made himself known in my new round of collage interpretations. I gave him an opening earlier to interpret this particular collage of the series, along with others, but he left it alone. My instinct is to keep moving forward without him for now, until I get myself in a pickle.

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We see the return of the yin/yang or tajitu sphere in collage 12. The artist whose house is featured in the previous collage is one of those pushing or holding up the ball. This is *her* creation, at least in part. Per the title (“Trapped Wheeler”), a Wheeler is encased within the black half of the sphere, but the image is now that of William A. Wheeler, vice president to Rutherford B. Hayes from 1877-1881. However, we’ve also seen this particular Wheeler in the first half of a May 2015 Stonethrow animation I called “Beware The Heelers”. There the association with an Oz Wheeler is first made: the lower half of the stairs version of the vice president is replaced by the wheeled lower part of the Oz creature. Then in the right side version, a different slant on this amalgamation takes place as his hands are instead replaced by shoes.

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These same shoes also reappear in the present collage, seen attached to the people on its left hand side. This again stands for the audiovisual synchronicity “Head Trip” we’ve mentioned before in connection with collage 07, “Head Brains”.

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A spool table appears in that earlier work as well. Perhaps a cursory description of the synchronicity from my August interview by Karl Tune is in order here.

I thought “Head Trip” to be an important work moving forward and I sent out some tapes to people. We were still on the edge of VHS tape days. I was very pleased that about all of them “got it”. At its base, “Head Trip” is a continuous toggling back and forth between 2 movies which are dubbed by 3 audio sources. It involves 47 tiles if you include plain dialog segments, compared to 32 for “Billfork” and 26 for “SID’s 1st Oz”. I mention these numbers for another particular reason.

You have to keep in mind “ST/TD” was a very small forum. Others began mentioning “Head Trip” and I chipped in with my own theories about it. Some tension manifested from the theories. Whytless Physh left the scene, saying he had accomplished all he wanted to do here with “Jesus Who?” Last I heard, I believe he spoke about refocusing his energies on becoming a lawyer. Dave had wrapped up his run of Rush centered synchs. Stegokitty had moved on to different interests. Virotti became frustrated that we were talking about other things besides file sharing. The wheels were falling off, like I said. And not just for this forum, but for the progressing forward of audiovisual synching in a group fashion.

What I’m going to take away from this is the link of the phrase “wheels falling off” here with the “trapped wheeler” aspect. In terms of group energy, “Head Trip” was a dead end. The Wheeler inside the ball is *me*, unable to go further in a particular direction. In another way, it is the interviewer Karl and the limitations of what we spoke about. I purposely concocted our interviews so that they would be of about equal length — another tajitu situation. And each interview itself is divided into 2 equal parts. The gap Karl had in his experiences with audiovisual synching groups acts as the seed for my own interview. And visa versa — I didn’t know a lot of the story behind Shared Fantasia II, for example. Wikipedia defines the yin-yang symbol as, “a circle divided by an S-shaped line into a dark and a light segment, representing respectively yin and yang, each containing a ‘seed’ of the other.”

The Tungaske woman artist whose house we see in collage 11 is the one who most holds the Wheeler figure here “in place,” her arms pushing against his shoulder. The metal sphere the yin-yang ball replaces in the collage might itself be a kind of failure or dead end as a sculpture. Unlike other pieces in the same location (seen in other photos from the particular art event), we do not see it subsequently exhibited in a Tungaske location. Sometimes spheres are difficult to hold together in the long run. You need some help, perhaps divine provenance.

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Boos Interpretation 07

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And then in the 10th collage of the Boos series, called “Goodwater Goodland 02,” we have a direct continuation and also *inversion* of the central images of “Goodwater Goodland 01” coming before it. The Tungaske mural is now seen as a *whole* and not in several parts, albeit with rectangular holes where the smaller differently angled pictures have been removed. The inverted image is, however, still superimposed over the same rusty looking funerary book found in the town cemetery.

It’s a very simple but startlingly effective work to me. With this mere single addition, a cemetery monument has transformed into an alien face, which I originally dubbed “The Martian”. We have gone quite a ways now from the relative rawness of the first several collages of the series, and have seemingly latched onto a newer, more powerful artistic energy. I identify this with the energy emitted from the town of Tungaske itself, an artistic hamlet after all. I didn’t really grasp this probability until after creating “Goodwater Goodland 02” and then doing some subsequent research.

I could have stopped here in the series, happy with the transmutation of base elements of collages 01 and 02 into a new form with the inversion of these Tungaske core elements from 9 into 10. I’d symbolically flipped around the tajitu sphere appearing in 9 from yin to yang, seemingly.

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Many of my collage series come to a halt with the 10th work, after all, including the 3 that appeared before this (Sam Parr, Embarras, Stonethrow). But it was destiny that I forge ahead in this case, the first time this “extension” has happened since the Falmouth series unfurled about a year and a half ago now. Boos was destined to contain around 27 collages as a whole by present count.

Missouri would not appear again in the series. Tungaske has taken the upper hand.

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Boos Interpretation 06

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In the 9th collage of the Boos series, entitled “Goodwater Goodland 01”, we return to a Missouri setting, with the base photo being of Mina Sauk, highest waterfall in the state and located in Iron County. In an early draft for this collage, I simply superimposed a map of this county onto the 2 tiered falls, with the idea that both appear in two basic parts as you can see here…

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The rusty colored patch on the rocks of the falls just above the map acted as another tip to unite the two elements. Then in subsequent drafts the Iron County map was replaced by a “rusty” book I found in cemetery photos of Tungaske, Sask.: the two halves of the county become the two parts of the open book, which the falls pour into (edge) and then pour out of (spine).

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The book is also notable as being the first image from Tungaske that I use in the Boos collage series, following by many more. The link which led me to this tiny, remote Canadian village? It’s the presence of population places named Goodwater and Goodland in the western part of Iron County, and in the same township (Dent) as the aforementioned Buick and Bixby communities there. Googling images through the conjoined “goodland goodwater” names quickly brought me to this Tungaske cemetery. Among the many pictures online the rust colored funerary book jumped out at me.

In the images I also found this one…

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… and later learned that the name Tungaske itself means Goodwater according to some sources, thus its presence in the title of what is apparently the definitive history book for the community. But there’s more to the story than this. Check it out here.

The history book and the funerary book are now joined as one. I call the fictional synergy “The Big Book of Rust”. We may even quote passages from it later on.

Now to the elements added just a bit beyond this in the lower part of “Goodwater Goodland 01”. We have the return of a woman artist from the 2nd collage of the Stonethrow series, the one coming before Boos.

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In the present collage, she is again placing a round object into the white “eye” of a tajitu or yin-yang ball. I newly associated this with the Bigfoot art event, which took place in meantime. Namely it is the placement of the “iron smelting plant” to mark the center of the *yin* aspect of the marble race track, where it circles back around to head toward the spool table and complete its circuit. In the new collage, the sculpted eye she holds in the Stonethrow work is replaced by a similarly round sewer cover held down by a hand of Homeless Man (who himself appears in a subsequent Stonethrow collage).

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If we look closely, we see the sewer cover, although the same “size” as the pictured white eye of the symbol, is turned in a way that will not fit this eye. The artist even seems to hold the eye more than the sewer cover. This could refer back to the “seed” of earlier collages, which appears in 2 forms perpendicular to each other (car and car’s license plate). There’s also a good chance that the woman artist of “Goodwater Goodland 01” stands in for another female artist from Tungaske, associated with the same tajitu sphere in a collage we’ll be examining soon. But for now, something doesn’t seem to quite fit yet.

And then the final elements of the “Goodwater Goodland 01” — 3 images of the same wall mural — also comes from Tungaske, being placed over on the other image (funerary memorial book) from the same town and partially obscuring it. This could represent differently angled illuminations from “The Big Book of Rust” itself.

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Boos Interpretation 05

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To continue with the “Head Brains” analysis… instead of resting his hand on the back of the brown cow, Davy Jones clutches the edges of a superimposed spool table. Zappa perches at the top, a dark twelve o’clock figure. A large finger emerges from its center pointing directly to Frank, which I happen to know is a middle finger. The figurative bird that Zappa may be giving Davy at this point in the movie (“…your song’s pretty white,” etc.) seems to manifest for real in the collage. But, if so, the finger is actually pointing at us, the viewers. Hmmm. Jones stares right at it, perhaps aware of the context.

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However, in looking at it closer, the finger is not pointing directly to 12 if the round spool table translates into a clock (and the finger the hour hand of a clock). The pointing is slightly askew to the right. I think this might represent the clock time 12:01, which can be rewritten as 11 hours and 61 seconds, or 11:66. Let’s keep that in mind to see if more evidence appears later on in the collage series.

Finally we have the transparent giant head of Subgenius prophet Bob Dobbs in the background, his visible eye perhaps fixated on the finger. Zappa was known to be something of an admirer of the Subgenius religion. And that’s another reference to “Head”.

In “Head Brains” we have another clear reference to the Bigfoot art event. One of the fixtures of that event, just recently completed of course, is a spool table, found at the Plateau of Raw Art and then rolled down the hill through the 4 roads territory to be placed beside Bigfeet Swamp and act as a centerpiece. I’ve already speculated an association with the name Brian Head, perhaps itself derived from “Brain Head” and thus directly related to the title of the present collage. I was aware in making this association that the “Head” of “Head Trip” is symbolically white or yang, which makes the complementary, circular iron smelting plant beside it in the Bigfoot event black or yin in energy, linking to the “Trip” part of the audiovisual synchronicity’s name. Let’s leave it at that for now.

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In collage 08, called “When Wheels Went Round”, the spool table returns as a dominating image, or at least the top of one. Now it becomes directly linked to the central Nautilus City location called The Citadel, created on a circular plateau raised about 40 meters above the rest of the otherwise quite flat island-city (save one higher hill to the west). The wall encircling the plateau remains in the collage. However, the top portion with the roads and such has been removed, replaced by the top of a spool table image I found online. The golf iron extending toward this modified Citadel from the foreground is culled from a Bigfoot photo — it’s the original “iron” of the city, found by me prior to the event. That’s my hand holding it, then. In “When Wheels Went Round”, the *head* of the golf iron rests against the bottom of The Citadel wall.

The collage is actually a 2 part animation, where the whole Citadel appears to rotate round and round, or at least that’s the effect I was going for. This reinforces the association with a clock, once more. The Oz wheeler first seen in “Simpsons Road Bloch” a couple of collages back reappears on the edge of the spool table, remaining steady as the table revolves below him — a fixed point. He seems to stare into the central hole of the table, which duplicates an actual hole in the middle of The Citadel. I suppose showing the base snapshot I used for the collage is appropriate here to understand this…

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That’s my Fal Mouth Moon gallery at the bottom of the photo, which remains in the collage. The iron and my hand holding it have the same kind of sepia tint to them as the gallery, a color scheme that will resurface later in “Comparative Heights” (collage 24 of the series). Like everything else in the collage *save* the spool table and accompaning wall, the iron remains the same in both parts of the animation. Only the transformed Citadel changes, with its perpetual whirling.

So what is the meaning of all this? The Wheeler is obviously associable with a wheel, per the collage’s title. Wheels go ’round and ’round. I return to the idea of a clock, with the iron perhaps acting as another type of clock hand, or an indicator of a specific time. Will the giant finger reappear from the central hole when the clock strikes twelve (whatever that means)? The ribbed wall brings to mind clock gears.

Let’s push on…

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Boos Interpretation 04

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Collage 05, “Simpsons Road Bloch”, represented a small jump up in engagement for me with the developing art series. While the setting remains Boss, Missouri for this, in the air here we have the insertion of a portion of virtual Collagesity’s sky tube, still present in the Minoa sim as of this writing. While collage 03 now also contains Second Life images, that was actually created in the future, at the end of the series, and inserted into the past here to fill an important gap. Collage 05 hasn’t gone through phases like that. So this is really the first time that Second Life images enter the Boos works in chronological terms.

In a somewhat similar way, the Gilatona-Lis picks up speed early on when I start inserting Second Life images, especially with collage 04 (“Eclipsed Marge”) seen here:

Gilatona-Lis also begins with a number of Google Maps/Earth Streetview images employed as bases for collages, just like with Boos now. I believe that’s the first time I used such images in my work.

Specifically, collage 05 of the new series plays with the idea of a Google Streetview anomaly, coming in the form of an apparent “creature” seen beside the road in Boss, Missouri very near the rock house centering collages 01, 02, and 03 (which can still be seen to the left in the current collage). Resident blog spirit Hucka D. has claimed this is a sighting of an Oz Wheeler, a crazy hypothesis on the surface which made more sense when I compared online pictures with what we have here. So for collage 05, I simply juxtaposed the image of a “real” Oz Wheeler, culled from an online movie still of 1985’s “Return to Oz”, with the Google Maps “Wheeler”. I must admit it makes a nice match.

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The “Wheeler anomaly” in Boss, MO

The culled or collaged-in Wheeler in the road seems to call toward his mate to the right, perhaps in recognition or perhaps in warning. Standing between them are the Simpsons toys, the “road block bloch” of the collage’s title. I now believe they represent another intrusion from the future, unconscious this time. “Go no further in this direction,” Homer Simpson seems to exclaim in his bumbling but good natured way. And so I didn’t. After this collage I left Boss, Missouri behind for good in the series. But a revisit to events surrounding this particular Streetview anomaly might be in order soon. We’ll see.

Note should also be made of the hand to the left side of collage 05, which is the same as Oliver Douglas’ from the previous collage. The hand still holds the seed, and hovers over the very spot of the parked car discussed in collages 01 and 02. We can now guess that the seed represents more the license plate of the car than the car, judging by its size here. The hand may be attempting to bring the license plate/seed “home” to the car, even, another cycle of completion.

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And we’ve already talked about the next collage, “12 Oz Mouse Mound,” a bit in the Boos overview posts. The base location now is Second Life itself and not Earth (First Life), specifically Nautilus City, a prime Second life destination designed in a Phoenician style theme, and where I decided to locate my Boos Gallery for now holding the virtual rendition of the series. A meteor falls toward 12 Oz Mouse’s head from above, seemingly, while flying Baker Bloch looks on, perhaps unaware even of the meteor’s presence since it is above him a bit. Is his hand/arm also in danger of being hit? But certainly Fitz (12 Oz Mouse’s actual name) sees it judging from the expression of shock on his face. What happens when it lands? Fitz’s head becomes the meteor.

Similar to collage 05, collage 06 here presents a landscape anomaly. Hucka D. once again weighs in to claim that the terrain jut at Nautilus City’s main harbour area is actually suppose to represent Fitz, or at least his green oval torso. And specifically an image from the 12 Oz Mouse show where Fitz’s head gets hit by a meteor while he lays on the ground in a state of drunkenness. Well, he’s always drunk in the show. Hard to explain. But in the show the meteor really means nothing. It’s meaning translates to *this terrain jut* and even *this collage*, Hucka D. has more recently claimed. Once more, an image or event from “12 Oz Mouse” acts as a door into a parallel dimension; this has happened again and again now, and is especially vivid in the carrcasses. We’ll probably get back to that pattern soon enough.

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Collage 07, “Head Brains”, is similar to collage 04 in that the base image is a still from a movie or tv show, in this case the 1968 movie “Head” featuring pop rock sensations The Monkees. This is, once again, audiovisual synchronicity related, a running theme for this section of the collage series apparently. In this case, an important juncture point in the synchronicity “Head Trip” is seen where Frank Zappa confronts lead Monkees singer Davy Jones, challenging him to spend more time on his music because the youth of America depends on him and his band members to “show the way”. Then the cow between them chips in by saying that “Monkees is the craziest people”.

An important statement, looking at it again, is Zappa saying that Davy’s song he just sang in the movie is “pretty white”, with Davy replying: “So am I, what can I tell you?” The audiovisual synchronicity “Head Trip” featuring this movie is all about the back and forth toggling between yin and yang forces, black and white, with the “Head half” (featuring Monkees’ *visuals*) being white and “Trip half” (featuring Zappa’s *music*) representing black. In collage 12 we’ll return to this concept. No Monkees music is heard in “Head Trip”. And this is the only time we see Zappa.

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Boos Interpretation 03

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In the excerpts above we have two aspects of the “seed” from Boos collage 01 (“Bossmo”) and then Boos collage 02 (“Bixby Shuffle”), the same size in the pictures if we see the car in full length from 01. The twinned objects are also perpendicular to each other. We even do not know which one Oliver Wendell Douglas holds between his fingers in collage 04 (“Dirty Little Wet Seed”). It’s too small there for either a car or a license plate from same.

A license plate of a car acts as a unique identifier, another one-to-one match.

Perhaps GNIRPS can help us again here, since, after all, this is the mechanism that drove me to find this seed (Bixby-Buick-Boss triangle, etc.). There’s one Seed pop. place in the US:

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Almost directly north of this place in Georgia (location seemingly reinforced by nearby Seed Lake), less than 20 miles away as the crow flies, is a community most commonly called Tate City but with a variant appellation of Tree, another rare US place name.

http://annawrites.com/blog/2012/02/15/i-hear-the-craziest-things-see-tate-city-waterfalls/

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Tate City (aka Tree), a tiny seed of a village but with a large, developed sense of humor.

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http://www.be-roberts.com/se/tallu/tallu.htm

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The pilot of a successful tv sitcom can be viewed as its seed, from which all else develops.

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In the county between Seed and Tree in Georgia — Rabun — we also find place names Tiger and Persimmon. Wood from the persimmon *tree* was heavily used to make the golf clubs called woods before the popularity of metal ones. Nearby Tiger might then indicate Tiger Woods in this scenario, a very famous golfer whose surname refers to the club type, and thus back to the persimmon tree.

And then there’s also this close conjunction of names in another Georgia county called Johnson, already mentioned in the Sunklands blog.

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We’ll get to more of Mr. Kite and his golfing ways down the road.

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