Out of the Blue

We headed out to the wilds of Pennsylvania last weekend to scout out potential landing spots for the new BlueTower. This was encouraging, as this is a buyer's market, so we've already seen some places we like. We also got a taste of some of the extra exposure to nature our move will bring at one of these houses. It was actually a pretty fancy place, and even has a pool (a feature that doesn't really move us), but the price is being repressed by how poorly it's being presented. Our first nature encounter was the mess by the garbage, and soon enough the young bear who caused it came back for more. He was smaller, but didn't seem terribly bothered by us, and we remained wary in case his mom dropped by. Then when we went into the yard, there was a conspicuous corpse: A skunk was floating face down in the pool like William Holden in Sunset Boulevard. After taking this in, I also noticed a small frog was swimming in the pool, so it may not have had as much chlorine as it should (especially considering the deceased skunk). But it was when I took a walk around the pool that I saw the punch line to all this. There was another frog using the dead skunk as a raft. He obviously thought this was perfectly normal, and he was still sailing around the pool after we were done with our tour. Update: Pics or it didn't happen, right? Here's the photographic evidence.

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PA
Jul 9, 2017, 22:22
Ant
 
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PA Jul 9, 2017, 22:22
Jul 9, 2017, 22:22
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I remember my colony looking for a nest in PA. I wonder if Blue will end up where I used to live in.
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Jul 7, 2017, 04:38
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That frog became Captain as soon as he boarded that Skunk.
It's pretty obvious by his posture.
You can see it's still sinking in.
But how to notify the family of his change in fortune?
His sudden leap up the ladder, to owner of a sea fearing vessel.
Um .. Behind you...
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Jul 6, 2017, 22:50
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Jul 6, 2017, 22:50
 
RIP Joan Lee
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Jul 6, 2017, 19:10
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Jul 6, 2017, 19:10
 
Blue wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 12:02:
Cutter wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 11:47:
Maybe the skunk was just practicing holding his breath.

And goddam who the hell installed those root cellar doors? What a mess! Still, a root cellar is great. I'd love to have one. I actually have a book on root cellaring. It's amazing what you can store and for how long all without refrigeration if it's done properly.

That's not a root cellar, those are just Bilco doors for the basement. The rust and deterioration there is indicative of some aspects of this house. It was a beautiful luxurious home, but in serious disrepair. That pool, for instance, needs a new liner, as well as a new cover (and I'm guessing more). And then there's the mess. The entire basement was completely filled with junk, and the three car garage was absolutely stuffed to the brim with not only junk but garbage as well.

This presents a wonderful opportunity for someone who is willing to fix and clean it all up, but I'm not sure that's going to be us.

i hope it will be you. if the original house is that nice, cleaning it up would substantially increase its value. the initial Gs investment to do so i think would be worth it to live in a property you feel like you have no business affording.
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Jul 6, 2017, 18:59
 
ventry wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 18:36:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 12:54:
Global Warming Might Be Speeding Up.

Once the permafrost starts melting en masse, it's game over.

There's that word again: MIGHT.
The "settled science" is obviously not settled enough to put their balls on the line and say WILL.
Until they have the balls I will remain skeptical.
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Jul 6, 2017, 18:36
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Jul 6, 2017, 18:36
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 12:54:
Global Warming Might Be Speeding Up.

Once the permafrost starts melting en masse, it's game over.

There's that word again: MIGHT.
The "settled science" is obviously not settled enough to put their balls on the line and say WILL.
Until they have the balls I will remain skeptical.
Have you seen the FULL Floyd arrest video?
How do you feel about the fool you've been played for?
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Jul 6, 2017, 18:02
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 16:25:
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 16:20:
Buh Bye, Mar-uh-Lago.
No worries, Trump will just sell it to a Russian oligarch for twice what he paid.
So you're saying it will stay in the family.
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Jul 6, 2017, 16:25
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 16:20:
Buh Bye, Mar-uh-Lago.
No worries, Trump will just sell it to a Russian oligarch for twice what he paid.
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 12:54:
Global Warming Might Be Speeding Up.

Once the permafrost starts melting en masse, it's game over.
Buh Bye, Mar-uh-Lago.
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Jul 6, 2017, 14:26
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 12:54:
Global Warming Might Be Speeding Up.

Once the permafrost starts melting en masse, it's game over.

No no no. Listen to the guy in the White House. CLEAN COAL! It is about as real as CLEAN DIESEL!
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Jul 6, 2017, 13:54
Cutter
 
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Jul 6, 2017, 13:54
 Cutter
 
Blue wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 12:02:
Cutter wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 11:47:
Maybe the skunk was just practicing holding his breath.

And goddam who the hell installed those root cellar doors? What a mess! Still, a root cellar is great. I'd love to have one. I actually have a book on root cellaring. It's amazing what you can store and for how long all without refrigeration if it's done properly.

That's not a root cellar, those are just Bilco doors for the basement. The rust and deterioration there is indicative of some aspects of this house. It was a beautiful luxurious home, but in serious disrepair. That pool, for instance, needs a new liner, as well as a new cover (and I'm guessing more). And then there's the mess. The entire basement was completely filled with junk, and the three car garage was absolutely stuffed to the brim with not only junk but garbage as well.

This presents a wonderful opportunity for someone who is willing to fix and clean it all up, but I'm not sure that's going to be us.

Well yeah, you have to be realistic. That sounds like the perfect place for me - like you I could care less about a pool though. I'd rather pick the house up for a song, gut it and reno it the way I want done than buy something turnkey. And I can do most of the work and have enough friends and family in the trades I can get the rest of it done far cheaper than someone like you who'd have to bring in a contractor to do it all.

That seems to be a real common problem with a lot of rural homes. I go out looking at them from time to time to see what's going for what and a lot of them are real dumps. It's always flabbergasted me that people can live like that. I'll always be grateful to my folks for being so anal about maintaining a clean home in good repair. Still, space and peace and quiet is nice. And you guys will have to get a new companion for the Gunnar-man, because there's no better place for a dog to be than in the country.
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Jul 6, 2017, 13:04
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Man, pics were great.

So I guess the skunk and bear were friends, but ole' skunko got an endless drink after falling into the pool.

Maybe if you move in there you could crucify a mickey mouse doll just to let the neighborhood know you're more on the villains side of thing.
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Global Warming Might Be Speeding Up.

Once the permafrost starts melting en masse, it's game over.
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+1

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Really? Weird. We had an above ground pool when I was a kid for a good 5 years at least, and I don't recall ever finding anything dead in it, except for insects. And this was in a town of 2,500.. so not exactly an urban center.
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Jul 6, 2017, 12:28
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We had a pool through Jr. high and high school and I saw lots of dead things in it, like birds, frogs (so many frogs), scorpions, etc. It would be funny/sad to see a frog that was half alive diving or swimming a bit, then they would stop and just float a little and then continue on swimming. We never found any mammals, and definitely no skunks. That really stinks, but maybe you can ask for a dead skunk discount?
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Cutter wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 11:47:
Maybe the skunk was just practicing holding his breath.

And goddam who the hell installed those root cellar doors? What a mess! Still, a root cellar is great. I'd love to have one. I actually have a book on root cellaring. It's amazing what you can store and for how long all without refrigeration if it's done properly.

That's not a root cellar, those are just Bilco doors for the basement. The rust and deterioration there is indicative of some aspects of this house. It was a beautiful luxurious home, but in serious disrepair. That pool, for instance, needs a new liner, as well as a new cover (and I'm guessing more). And then there's the mess. The entire basement was completely filled with junk, and the three car garage was absolutely stuffed to the brim with not only junk but garbage as well.

This presents a wonderful opportunity for someone who is willing to fix and clean it all up, but I'm not sure that's going to be us.
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 Cutter
 
Maybe the skunk was just practicing holding his breath.

And goddam who the hell installed those root cellar doors? What a mess! Still, a root cellar is great. I'd love to have one. I actually have a book on root cellaring. It's amazing what you can store and for how long all without refrigeration if it's done properly.

Still, you should see if you can find an actual tower to reside in, like the beautiful old Wasserturns in Germany.
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in the article she says she didnt want to end up with het teeth knocked out, like that other guy.. with same airline... and that she spoke to a flight attendant who just walked away... lolz on customer service. wonder if she could sue
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Jul 6, 2017, 11:40
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Hope you have better luck than we are having. Seller's are being sticklers on some items that don't make sense. It is 100% a buyers market, but not sure why these sellers think otherwise....I was told it is their age (older).
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