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Mosby And His Host

On a recent inspection, I was talking with the client for whom I was to perform a thermal infrared inspection of his house, which has experienced a variety of leaks. 

During the conversation he asked me what odd things I have found during thermal image inspections.  

I told him that periodically I have seen a ghost in various windows and mirrors, whom I have affectionately named "Mosby" in favor of The Gray Ghost, Lt. Col. John S. Mosby of Civil War fame. 

He informed me that the house next door was during the Civil War owned by a prominent Confederate, who's best friend, it turns out, was John Mosby.  He did not know the name of the homeowner.

This is the actual house, still there, albeit remodeled a bit since.  But when he was in the area Mosby often would stop by for visits, play the piano (Mosby was an avid pianist) and stay the night.

To my UTTER surprise, during the inspection, Mosby made a thermal appearance!  He was off to the side in the large basement family room.

And he brought his friend!  That's Mosby pointing the friend out!

What surprised me more was the appearance of the thermal image!

It looks like it has a crack in it.  I have often seen original Matthew Brady photos, which were originally printed on glass, that have cracks in them when the glass broke.

Could this be Mosby's way of indicating his era?  A Civil War thermal image?!

Interestingly, it almost looks like Mosby is wearing a tool belt.  I wonder if it is not his pistol holster and scabbard location on his right side and middle.  He must still carry it around for the spirit derring-do effect!

I don't know about you, but it is fun to think that I might somehow be Mosby's method of communicating today.  I'm kind of a Mosby Whisperer!

I am going to doubt this friend shows up again, but if he does, I suppose, I will have to name him too!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 26 commentsJay Markanich • October 05 2010 07:05AM

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  The spirits are everywhere....and you can take 3 bows for credit due to your inspiration, our thermal inspection is being scheduled today.....new to this area ....but now we are "on top of it" wiser homeowners because of your blog.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 10 years ago

Glad to help Sally!  Let me know if they find any phantasms in the house!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

I would love to know how you did that.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) almost 10 years ago

I didn't Ken!  Mosby and friend showed up, and apparently have control of us and modern devices.  But he is a friendly spirit, as you have seen from his appearances on other posts.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jay you do realize that you should stop drinking before your inspections don't you....oh that isn't what you meant by friendly spirits?

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

No spirits IN me Cindy, just around me!  The Mosby Whisperer...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Wow!  Pretty freaky!  And I tell my kids there is no such thing as ghosts.  

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) almost 10 years ago

Do you think those pictures have anything to do with the fact that silica based glass is reflective to infrared?

Oh,  sorry to spoil the fun.  Check out this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJy9JWr9rbw&feature=autofb

I think Mr. Mosby was on site for this "ghost hunters" vid.  Grade "A" dufuses.

Posted by Jim Allhiser, Salem, Oregon Home Inspector (Perfection Inspection, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

You should have saved this post for Oct 31st.    Very creative, Jay.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 10 years ago

I swear the guy on the left is the spitting image of J-mosby Markanich :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Great post!  Love the comment by Charles :)

Posted by Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce (Haute Realty 214-994-6474) almost 10 years ago

Jay - I think I read somewhere that Mosby was a part-time home inspector. Perhaps that's why he seems to follow you.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) almost 10 years ago

Kathryn - if you have been reading my posts for the last year or so you know that Mosby has showed up many times!

Jim - what you say?  Mosby says nay...  For sure those two were standing over in the corner.    ;)

Debbie - Mosby shows up when he will.  I really have no control.  Maybe he has something special waiting for us for Halloween!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Charlie - you've seen that tool belt before?  So, how do you explain that crack in the glass of this obviously authentic Civil War era thermal image?

Tammy - Charlie has met me, but never my tool belt.  I don't think he really has a grasp on reality here.  Shapes can be coincidental, don't you agree?

John - if you follow his exploits, he used to go into houses and even the Fairfax City Courthouse to extract enemy combatants and treat them to Southern hospitality in some camp somewhere, like Andersonville.  Obviously home inspector knowledge there.

That court house raid was one that required some real cajones and is fun to read about.  That building is still there!  I should go down and take some photos.  Who knows, maybe the Colonel will show up again!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jay ~ Back in my Court Reporting days in Fairfax, I covered many a trial in that old, old Court Room!  As you face the Old Courthouse, it sits to the right and is on the corner.  It is a beautiful historic treasure.  When I was actively Reporting, there was a wonderful caretaker whose mother had been a slave just across the street, and he was full of wonderful stories about Mosby entering the Court on horseback!  I wish I could remember his name, because he was one of the finest people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know.  Time marches on!  Thanks for triggering such special memories.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 10 years ago

Tish - yeah, I need to get a picture of that court house and put together a local history blog about it.  You are right, it is a beautiful building and if I am not mistaken, those row buildings across the street (businesses now) are original.  There is that very old B&B just a half block away too.

Yes, Mosby entered on horseback and that must have been a sight!  My understanding is that the raid took place between midnight and 2am.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Now, Charlie, you are going to say that the image above, certainly the spitting image of this dashing young man, compares to me?!

Please...

And that part of the image which looks like a tool belt, is, again, indubitably, the image of what you see to the right!

I think my friend Mosby would like a retraction from you.  Well, I haven't asked him, but I think.

;~)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

OK OK----where is the hat then? Also, I gotta think that cold blue steel sword would show up a little better :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Charlie --

C'mon!  We were inside and a gentleman, of which Mosby certainly is, takes his hat off indoors.

The real Mosby did have a very ostentacious plumed hat that he was famous for.

Where's the hat ... man oh man.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Funny, but I almost seem to recognize the guy on the left.  Of course, that's impossible since those are ghosts.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 10 years ago

Yeah, Jack, Charlie thought the same thing, but, as you can plainly see, he was wrong too.  I think Mosby likes the idea of his scabbard and pistol belt, but, the great gentleman he is, of course he would not "be carrying" as during a visit to a friend.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

I am going to have to get my home inspector to get one of these nifty toys tools!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) almost 10 years ago

Mr Jay,

I am pretty much sure that you are communication with the world of the never never land.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Damon - for a couple of years now, wrongly, I have said that all home inspections would come with IR imaging as a part of the service.  For now I am in the vast minority of inspectors who do have and use them, so that makes me more money!  It is very GREEN technology!

Nutsy - when I meet Winston Churchill he will probably tell me to never, never, never, ever give up.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jay ~ You are correct about those buildings across the street which are now commercial.  The Rust family is of long standing and Jack Rust, Esq. had his law offices there at one point.  I spent many, many hours taking depositions there and his office was filled with wonderful historic photographs of the area.  He was a genuine Southern Gentleman and a highly-respected attorney.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 10 years ago

And for a while the mayor of Herndon, Tish.  His wife was my banker at the old McLean Bank.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

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