Sunday, August 28, 2011

The House that Beer Cans Covered.

As you very well may know, dear reader, Benjamin and I are always up for a good adventure and for us there is no adventure too small.  We have been very blessed with great friends who, for better or worse, are game for joining us.  When Groupon ran a deal for admission and guided tour for two for the price of one to an off the beaten path tourist site in Houston, we couldn't pass it up.  Our friends Jeff and Jessica were coming from Dallas to spend the weekend with us and it was going to be a quirky thing for us to do.

The Beer Can House.  Yes, out of everything to do in Houston - Kemah, Galveston, NASA, Galleria, etc, etc... we took our friends to The Beer Can House.
From our guided tour we learned that the house was built in the 1940's and the project of converting the house to the work it is today started in 1967 by John Milkovisch.  Yes, he was married to a very understanding wife from my point of view!  She is to have been quoted saying that John could have the outside of the house as long as she could have the inside.  On the property there are over 20,000 marbles cemented into the walk ways, drive way, and random art piles in the yard.  The house number, 222, is on the property at least 5 times.
There is not a square inch of the outside of the house that isn't covered in some piece of a can.  Be it the body of the can or the tops and bottoms, they were everywhere!
Jeff and Jessica are in front of one of the many fences that are on the property constructed out of bottles, tabs, and cans.
In the front of the house, there is a ladder with a black rung.  John said that the ladder was a symbol for life and in life we all come across a point in our lives where we face opposition, the black rung.  Each person either perseveres and continues on to their Final Reward, or stays right stuck on that rung.  
In a short video we watched about the house, John said that if he himself didn't live next door to the place, he wouldn't have gone out of his way to see the house and the accidental art piece he created it to be.
All I can say is I am glad that we went out of our way and encourage you to do the same if you are looking for some quick, cheap entertainment on a Saturday afternoon in Houston!

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