Spreadin’ Love

1209Kalman15d Wonderful art and essay about George Washington. I particularly liked knowing that Lafayette's family motto was "Why Not?". I believe that "Why Not?" will be our family motto from now on.

We had a long discussion today about whether or not we would like to live in a yurt.

As an Italian who lives in Jersey, just let me say that we all don't look like the people on Jersey Shore. Though some say our hair is a statistically taller than hair in other states. Lafayette's wife would have envied Snookie.


7 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love

  1. I’ll never forget watching Married to the Mob in NC with my friend Betsy, a native North Carolinian. She laughed about the people in that movie and how crazy they were. I said, Honey, I grew up with people just like that!
    Re yurts: “They decided they could live without running water, shower, bath or a working toilet, but they had to have broadband Internet access.”
    My people! Actually, I think I would need the running water. But I do like the idea of a yurt. I live in a ranch, which is just a misshapen yurt in terms of space. We spend all our time in the kitchen/living room area anyway.
    There are yurts in Nickerson State Park, and we always say we would like to stay in one, but they’re hard to get.

  2. That Washington thing, in addition to being a bit annoying to view, left out most of his most important traits and feats, such as his four nuts and 30 dicks. See here for the truth:

    I stayed in a yurt on vacation in Mongolia and found it very comfortable. One Mongol family we visited had an even nicer one (no internet, but TV.) Another one, though, was a real hovel, as would mine be if I were to live in one I fear.

  3. Matt,
    I remember hearing a story of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia going bonkers and taking an axe to his yurt. (According to legend, a PCV in Africa once disassembled and buried his jeep, which is along the same lines, but much more thorough.)
    I hope you’re taking notes.

  4. I grew up in a city named after the Marquis and our town motto was “Pourquoi Pas?” Which was, sadly, all the French flavour that the city could muster.
    Yurts make good cottages, even in Canada: if you build a proper base, you can having running water and all that. But I’m much too attached to my brick and mortar house to even think about making the switch!

  5. I’ve thought of building a yurt as a bunkie (i.e. more sleeping quarters) at our cottage. Cheaper and more interesting than regular wood frame construction.

  6. Except I don’t think a yurt would be cheaper in most cases. In the article, they got a 450 square foot tent for $14,000, which would seem to imply that that foundation/flooring was extra. (Pricing for the model with extra insulation at http://www.rainieryurts.com would also seem to indicate the floor wasn’t included since 450 square feet with the extra wall and roof insulation is more than that.) That’s basically a 25′ by 25′ building. You’d need about 100 2x4s, 20 trusses, 800 square feet of siding, and 600 square feet of plywood for the roof. Pitch in some fiberglass and sheet rock, you’d certainly have a warmer structure. Obviously, you’d need some type of foundation, but you would need something nearly as sturdy for the yurt if you didn’t want your feet to freeze.

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