I realized one evening, not too long ago, that I live in “The Doctor’s House.”
At the turn of the twentieth century, Dr. S.E. Sanchez, Sr. built a home for his family and opened a hospital in a tiny town in Rural Georgia. In 1948, his son and namesake, also a physician of some note, carried on the family tradition by building another, more modern facility. Fast Forward to the twenty-first century – a writer and her husband buy the home known locally as “The Doctor’s House” and move their growing family in to take part in its history.
Even though I’m a Geek Goddess, I never really noticed the SF connection to living in “The Doctor’s House” until a friend of mine… hmmm… I often wonder what the etiquette is for referring to friends one has only met online. Some of the people I most look forward to seeing are on Facebook and Twitter. I like to call them “some of the best friends I’ve never met.”
Where was I? Oh yeah… I commented that I wanted to build a TARDIS for my camellia garden. I know just the place to put it. There is a little goldfish pond beside the front porch. I figured I could christen the pond “AMY,” repaint my front door blue and stick a TARDIS in amongst the camellias and sit back to see who noticed and made the connection…kind of a Geek version of a conversation starter.
In response to my off-handed comment, my friend Jennifer, (another SF Geek Goddess,) posted a link on my Facebook page that had me howling. This YouTube video has been making the rounds of Geek sites everywhere.
So now, I’m looking around my little mini-farm and haunted hospital, scouting for wibbly wobbly timey wimey bits and pieces to use in TARDIS construction, and surfing the Internet… only to find that I am not the only Who-vian with an itch to entertain and mystify the neighbors. There are countless pages devoted to plans, discussion boards, how-to videos, and more. Dedicated Timelord wannabes share information freely.
So don’t be surprised if you’re driving along a rural Georgia road one afternoon and stumble across a gracious old house with a white picket fence, a camellia garden with a fish pond bearing a sign that simply reads “AMY” and happen to see a bright blue police box tucked in among the greenery.
That could be my house. I’ll be the one playing the nose flute while wearing a “Bag of Shame.”
Links to TARDIS construction:
4 thoughts on “Living in “The Doctor’s House””
Wonderful – and beautifully written.
Thanks, Jennifer! And thanks for sending me the link in the first place. When are we going to get cracking on this TARDIS anyway?
“some of the best friends I’ve never met” Boy, you said a mouthful there, ‘friend’! Can hardly wait to negate that phrase where you’re concerned, and see that blue garden feature. 🙂 Cheers from your California BFINM… yet. ~Lin
You’ve got a bed in the haunted hospital any time you decide to explore your southern roots!