Hi, long time no visit by me to this site. Been very busy, and sick, so I now feel in the mood to get back into this forum.
I must say Arc of light, they are really great pictures. It is good that someone finally saw Mr Wilson, as regardless of what others say, he is/was a mystery. There is no point denying it. Its really good that you respected his privacy too. Privately, he probably appreciated that. Thats a good thing, you can take a couple of photos, yet not harm anyone.
I loved your commentary; its just a pity for me that yet again, (and I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes
reading some of the pedantic, petty and sarcastic responses) someone who did something as harmless as taking a few pics of the outside of the house, is made to feel bad for doing that.
I apologise to you for that, because you shouldn't be made to feel bad.
You did nothing wrong. I feel that some simply can't help themselves. Those who have a problem with this practice (taking photos) perhaps should not visit the threads that contain them, that way they can keep their opinions to themselves. And allow us to enjoy this harmless pastime in peace. Sorry if I sound hostile; but really, if you don't like it, don't read the threads - I would have thought. Let those who do enjoy this very common (and harmless) practice, enjoy the threads, commentary and pics without someone coming in raining on the OP's parade and being petty. Amityville goes with the territory, so if some here aren't used to it by now, after all this time, perhaps its best not to open the threads if it upsets you that much. There is no need to ruin a thread with such negativity. Those of us who cannot get to the house and in all probability, never will, such as myself because I live so far away in another country, I'm sure appreciate it. Perhaps for locals in America, they don't realise how much others that don't have the travelling/location distance advantage actually enjoy seeing something they will NEVER get to see in real life.
Arc did nothing wrong, but as usual, some have to be so negative and such spoilsports and ruin it for the rest of us who are interested. There is nothing forcing you to enter a thread that you know will contain something you don't agree with. I find nothing wrong with someone taking pictures of a landmark. People do it ALL the time. The leaning tower of Piza, the Vatican, the Grand Canyon, even Hollywood stars homes on the tours I heard they conduct (which are also private property). Every property or building belongs to someone or some organisation. However as long as that person doesn't loiter or attempt to vandalise the property in anyway, or cause a nuisance, whats the harm (get over it is another thought that entered my head). Its a shame that others that what to share something that goes with Amityville like bread goes with butter, have to bare the brunt of silly and mean-spirited pettiness. This is what has annoyed me for awhile now. As I said, if you don't agree with what is in the thread......you don't need to open it.
Just don't spoil it for others.
Arc, great work. I feel excited for you, and happy for you. Good on you! Congrats on the photos and commentary. You should be proud of yourself. Its great to see a bit of what American rail stations look like, too. From someone who'll sans winning lottery will never ever get to even step foot in America, its like sharing history in the global internet world. Thumbs up, and don't ever let anyone make you feel bad. Thanks so much for sharing!