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Abaco Dreaming

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Blue Wave Boat Rentals

Elbow Cay Cart Rentals

Lubbers Landing Web Cam (Best during Daylight)

Hopetown Lighthouse

You are jealous!

My Father…

The Felon…

We went out for dinner tonight. Mrs. WhiteRock and I, the Ace, the Deuce, and my parents. We went to Cold Beer Company.

My father had two beers. He doesn’t drink much these days. Two Miller Lites is a big night.

He told a story about going from Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the weekend. He said he was about 20 and that there were he and five friends. He said that Bob Tarpley (RIP) was the ring leader. They checked into a motel in the town of Lake Geneva. They drove to the other side of Geneva Lake to Fontana to go to some bar.

My dad said, in front of my mother, that they went over to Fontana to look for girls.

He also said they had a big time.

When last call was over, and the lights came up, it was my dad and Tom Whitaker (RIP). The other four could not be found. My dad and Tom figured that they had been left behind. They sat on the curb outside the bar and wondered what they could or should do. The lights went out at the bar and the parking lot. They were sitting in the dark. They were there in Fontana on the shore of Geneva Lake with no way home and no way to get a ride. The town of Lake Geneva was about 12 miles across the length of the lake.

My dad says they looked out at the water and saw a dozen boats tied up to mooring buoys. He said he turned to Tom and said, “We could take a boat.”

Tom said, “Which one?”

My dad said, “There’s a Chris-Craft.”

So they swam out past all the little fishing boats with the 5hp outboards and reached the Chris-Craft tied up to a mooring with a cover on it. My dad says he reached under the mooring cover and could feel the keys in the ignition. He says they climbed aboard and threw the mooring cover into the water. They untied from the buoy and started the engine.

They took that boat to the other side of the lake.

Worried that they might get caught, they ran it aground about a half mile from their motel and walked the rest of the way.

He told the story in front of the Ace and Deuce!

Mrs. WhiteRock was not happy. Especially since the rest of us were laughing so hard.

My favorite part is that they threw the mooring cover into the lake. They didn’t just stuff in the back of the boat… They left it behind!

Just a favorite pic of the Deuce.

Five Year Old

Heh…

From Mineral Ridge, east of Coeur d’Alene:

Hiking

 

Stolen without any shame from: Philip Greenspun.

Time to take a trip to Switzerland

Looks like fun:

20 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World

20 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World.

I’ve actually been to this one in Mauritius:

dinarobin hotel, mauritius

It’s not like I too some wonderful vacation there. I was working on the island at the time and met some people there for drinks. It’s kind of funny to me that every list of “best” hotels or resorts has one that is on Mauritius. To me the entire coast line of Mauritius pretty much looks like that photo. All the coastal/beach front hotels are wonderful.

The point of the island in this photo is just a few hundred yards down the road from the photo above.

How to live near the water without spending a million (or more)

Scott Burns: How to live near the water without spending a million.

Scott Burns is down in Florida again. He does this trip every so often and writes about manufactured (read “trailer”) homes. He is correct about the cost advantages. I am tempted to get in the car and go see the parks he mentions for myself. I know I can do with less space. Particularly if I could have a boat in the water within walking distance of my front door.

I have long dreamed of taking my design experience into the world of manufactured homes. When you look at the property that is available in Florida for manufactured homes, it is clear to me that there is a market for a luxury product. I don’t mean luxury as the current manufacturers define it. I mean luxury with a trailer full of premium brand names.

I’m confident people would pay for it.

I’m also baffled (well not really, as there are many reasons) at why we all don’t live in manufactured homes. I am probably not the guy to break through all the resistance to manufactured housing, but I would sure like to go to work for him.

A little sample of West Texas culture

Well worth your 11:45. Really, I don’t know that I’ve laughed as hard in a while:

I found this on Gerard’s site.

I hate cruise ships

Mexico bans cruise ship with Texas passenger under Ebola watch – LA Times.

I have to admit I’ve never been on a cruise, but the news from those ships is never good.

Heh…

Instapundit:

WHAT WOULD HAMAS DO, IF IT COULD DO WHATEVER IT WANTED? As I’ve said, if Gaza turned out like Hamas wants, it would look a lot like the Islamic State in Iraq. If it turned out like Israel wants, it would look a lot like Santa Monica.

Insty is very witty. But you know what? Gaza should look like Santa Monica. Hell, I’d settle for Ocean Beach…