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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.



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…

Jeju Sex Park

Those wacky South Koreans!

It’s a sculpture garden.

Picture beneath the fold: Continue reading ‘Jeju Sex Park’

Monument Valley



We were supposed to take a family vacation there a year or two ago. The fact that we didn’t is probably my fault.

HT: Gerard

Heh… One of those lists with cool places around the world. And, hey! I’ve been to one of them

10 Unique Ocean Landscapes

#5 on the list is the underwater waterfall off the Southwest corner of Mauritius:


That corner beach had windy conditions every day. It is a world renown kite surfing area. I spent several Saturdays on that beach. The area is known as Le Morne.

The other sites shown on the paged linked to above are very cool too. The #1 spot is on Eleuthera in the Bahamas. I’ve not been to that island, but you can find a very similar situation on Elbow Cay in the Abacos.

The Racists aren’t where the Prof said they’d be

The Racists aren’t where the Prof said they’d be | Anatoly Karlin.

Yeah, I’ve posted this map before, but I thought it would be good to throw the link up again.

Burning Man

Lots of photos here.

I don’t know… Maybe if I was 25 I might find that sort of thing interesting. Nowadays, I’m much more interested in getting away from people while on vacation.

I also think that if you’re a guy, you’d better bring a date. I don’t think your going to find attractive unattached women at Burning Man.

Close to the Canadian Border

Some travel notes:

I just returned from my nephew’s wedding in Neenah, Wisconsin. I have to say that, generally, things do work better the closer you get to the Canadian border. The trip started here at Love Field. TSA at Love is full of the low intelligence types that so typify the entire security theater scheme that is TSA. You all know the types of people that are encountered in the security line. They are a slovenly bunch with ill fitting uniforms and very bad haircuts and messed up teeth. The woman checking my boarding pass against my driver’s license was definitely maxed out by the intellectual nature of that task. On the other hand, the security line in Milwaukee was staffed by Einsteins in comparison. Really, the difference was very evident. The line moved faster, the staff seemed better organized, and, while it is still Theater, it appeared like it might actually be a bit more effective.

The housekeeping staff at the hotel spoke English. As their first language.

For that matter, the entire staff at the hotel spoke English as their first language. You would never encounter that in a Dallas hotel.

We had a rehearsal dinner at a local country club. We attended the reception at an “event” hall. At both places the entire staff was white. There was not a Mexican to be found anywhere. Not even picking up the dirty dishes.

(I mostly bring this up because I’ve noticed the topic of the minimum wage has rotated back into the play list among the commentariat. I now believe that all those that advocate an increase in the minimum wage must live close to the Canadian border. If they were down here, I don’t believe they would consider the typical service industry worker underpaid. I’m certain it was at Sonic Charmer/Crimson Reach/Crimsonic place that I gained this insight: Go to your typical Walmart. Most of those working there are paid minimum wage or a little more. You would not do that work for minimum wage. You also wouldn’t pay those people, if you were allowed, minimum wage for the work they produce. Especially here in the South.)

But, we do have better food here in Dallas. Do you know that in the breakfast places in Wisconsin they don’t even have any hot sauce on the table? Black pepper is an exotic spice in Wisconsin.

I think I’m well suited for the weather up North. Being as pale as I am. I found the 50’s and 60’s we experienced up there to be perfect.

Wisconsin is one of those states that allows you to buy your kids drinks in a bar. The Ace is 19 and the Deuce is 16. That works for me because I think age restrictions on the consumption of alcohol are stupid and counterproductive (the age restrictions glamorize and mystify drinking alcohol, leading to over consumption by the newly legal drinking age 21 year old). Kids should learn from their parents how to drink responsibly. Anyway, Friday night after the rehearsal dinner the hotel bartender had no problem serving my kids a beer or two. Saturday night we had a different bartender. She said it was corporate policy to not serve minors and that she would get fired for doing so. Ok, that’s fine. I was a little surprised however to see her serving my sister-in-law several drinks past the point of her being able to sit on a barstool without falling off onto the floor. People have their own blinders, I guess.

They love the Packers up there. You wouldn’t believe the places they will put a Packer’s logo.

You can gain five pounds with just one weekend of heavy beer drinking. I have my work cut out for me today!

They sell cheeseheads at the Milwaukee airport.

Everyone will make a comment if you were any Dallas Cowboy paraphernalia. That wasn’t me, it was another one of my nephews. I typically won’t wear any TEAM stuff unless it has something to do with hockey, and then it will be the jersey of the team I play on.