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Message started by Rat Man on Feb 22nd, 2020 at 11:27pm

Title: A Random Thought
Post by Rat Man on Feb 22nd, 2020 at 11:27pm
   I am watching the first season of The Beverly Hillbillies.  There must be something wrong with me.  The mansion Jed buys in Beverly Hills looks like a horror to me.  I would be miserable living in such a place.  Even if I had Jed's money I'd prefer his old house back in the hills.  I'd fix it up a little... screens, glass for the windows, and such, but I'd be much happier there.  Weird or what? 

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Kick on Feb 23rd, 2020 at 3:29am
I don't understand mansions. First thing I would buy would be a wood cabin.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by slingbadger on Feb 24th, 2020 at 6:26am
The sole purpose of places like that is to flaunt the fact that you can afford it. I've been in local modern mansions and they have fountains, non accessible galleries, closets the size of regular living rooms.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Curious Aardvark on Feb 24th, 2020 at 10:18am
well I'd like a decent library.
By 'decent' I do mean the size of an aircraft hanger with motorised shelf platforms and a million book capacity with automated book find and retrieve.
Working on the principle that I'd just buy loads of books so there'd always be fresh stuff on the shelves.

That said, I have about 10,000 e-books on my nook.

At the moment it's great. I just scroll randomly through a folder full of books to pick the next one and have read a lot of different authors and books I'd never previously heard of.

Back to mansions.
So library, games arcade.
Probably just a† couple multi-platform game cabinets and a LOT of pinball machines :-)

A good sized fishing lake would be good and a decent woodland area.

But that's more big land than a big house.

The whole huge room thing, just doesn't work well for me.
Unless it's a library or kitchen with all the 'toys'. What's the point ?

Now what I've always wanted to do, is buy an enormous warehouse.
Roof it with a clear roof and a shitload of solar panels and build a country 'estate' inside it.

So you get all the space, programmable weather, free power and a few small houses, but all the storage and specialist areas and rooms you want :-) Outdoors !

Likewise if i were going to have a luxury boat I'd do a similiar thing. Gut a super tanker and build my park in the hold.
Off road segways all round, for transprt :-)

Plus the tanker would give me a launching ground for my Gibbs technology amphibious vehicles.

A super tanker is also harder for pirates to board, and - obviously - there would be anti-pirate measures - sensor guided electric mini-guns would be favourite.

List of 'rooms' I would like in my warehouse/tanker:
library
walk in salami and cheese curing 'cave'.
A kitchen 'area' complete with every oven type,  gadget and toy always available for use.
shed sized smoker
Fully equipped wood working area
fully equipped meat processing area
Rapid prototyping room - complete with metal printers, multimaterial printers and some fdm machines as well.
2 lane Sling range.† †
Games arcade
Mini-woodland with mycelium infused trees for a varied fungal smorgasbord
'natural' pools and streams with both edible fish and crayfish.
non-sling target range: guns, bows etc.

I reckon 100m x150m, might do it - bit obviously the bigger the better :-)

I think I'm leaning more towards billionaire territory rather than just ordinary multimillionaire capabilities.
But you never know :-)
win a 100million on the euro lottery, and who knows what I could do !

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Kick on Feb 24th, 2020 at 11:08am
My one goal currently is to buy my own summer cottage but I have thought a big forest and a nice tent would be enough. I think having land and space is more my goal than a building.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Sarosh on Feb 24th, 2020 at 11:23am
don't know rat man, CA's mansion sounds good :P
land size is more important than building size  in my mind.
mansions are probably good for big families inviting friends who can afford spending time there plus a lot of employees like chef chauffer trainers etc . otherwise it'll be miserable and a waste of money to keep.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Rat Man on Feb 24th, 2020 at 11:01pm
   A few drawbacks to a mansion... you need a staff to keep it up.  Of course if you're rich you can afford a staff but then you'll have little privacy.  Also the bigger the house you have the more people will want to move in with you. 
     I do like some of c_a's ideas.
   For me the land would be more important than the house also.    My lottery house would be a log cabin with a huge fireplace with a big loft.  A big wooded, fenced in yard for the dogs to run wild in would be a must.  And it would have to be waterfront.  A freshwater lake or river would be preferable but I wouldn't rule out ocean or Bayfront.  My big extravagance would be a huge garage.  I'd have a few vehicles.  A barn would be good too.  I'd have critters.
    I could never be comfortable in a mansion like Jed bought.  I'm just not a fancy kind of guy.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Kick on Feb 25th, 2020 at 3:26am
That sounds much more my style Rat Man :D

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Mersa on Feb 25th, 2020 at 3:30am
Iím all about the land , give me land full of fruits and mushrooms with a large amount of game to hunt and Iíd live in a tarp

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Curious Aardvark on Feb 25th, 2020 at 6:46am

Rat Man wrote on Feb 24th, 2020 at 11:01pm:
† †A few drawbacks to a mansion... you need a staff to keep it up.† Of course if you're rich you can afford a staff but then you'll have little privacy.† Also the bigger the house you have the more people will want to move in with you.†
† †† I do like some of c_a's ideas.
† †For me the land would be more important than the house also.† † My lottery house would be a log cabin with a huge fireplace with a big loft.† A big wooded, fenced in yard for the dogs to run wild in would be a must.† And it would have to be waterfront.† A freshwater lake or river would be preferable but I wouldn't rule out ocean or Bayfront.† My big extravagance would be a huge garage.† I'd have a few vehicles.† A barn would be good too.† I'd have critters.
† † I could never be comfortable in a mansion like Jed bought.† I'm just not a fancy kind of guy.



All of that - INDOORS !
:-)

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Sarosh on Feb 25th, 2020 at 6:57am
when making something I spend more time searching for raw material sources and tools than designing and making. It would be freeing to have others deal with that stuff and focus on planning designing making and troubleshooting the actual thing I'm making . It would be awesome to outsource cooking and driving  and if the driver/cook is your friend who gets paid to do what he loves then its a win-win situation.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Kick on Feb 25th, 2020 at 8:20am
Was just out slinging today and I realised the one person I would want to hire is someone to track exactly where my sling ammo goes. I only have a finite number of good sling stones and spending ages wandering around trying to find them is wearisome.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Rat Man on Feb 25th, 2020 at 10:25pm

Sarosh wrote on Feb 25th, 2020 at 6:57am:
It would be awesome to outsource cooking and driving† and if the driver/cook is your friend who gets paid to do what he loves then its a win-win situation.


† †I would still cook because I enjoy it but I would definitely delegate life's more menial tasks to my staff.† And my staff would be friends who would have easy, good paying jobs.† Things like getting the cars registered and inspected, dealing with the township, paying bills, laundry, dishes, housecleaning, etc..† I would have important rich guy stuff to do (walking the dogs, fishing, chasing women half my age, etc.) so I wouldn't want to bothered with such things.†

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Curious Aardvark on Feb 26th, 2020 at 8:59am
a washer upper !

but then they'd ahve to live with you.
so maybe just use biodegradable one use plates and get someone in when you have a dinner party :-)

A butler/general factotum/pa would be good.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Rat Man on Mar 3rd, 2020 at 12:30pm
   Mike already lives with me so he could be my Personal Assistant.  To house the very small staff and concubines  there would be "Mother In Law" cottages on the property. 

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Rat Man on Mar 4th, 2020 at 12:15pm
    There's a beautiful Cedar water river called the Mullica that runs through the Pine Barrens, into Great Bay, then of course out into the Atlantic.  My lottery dream house is on that river, preferably on the freshwater section.  My parents started taking me there since before I can remember.  We took our runabout there a lot in the '60s.  Love that river.  It's beautiful with all the fish and Blue Claw Crabs you could ever want. I am very happy with the haunted little lake house I live in now but my dream house is on the Mullica.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Morphy on Mar 17th, 2020 at 11:54am
I donít like the idea of a big house. I like big gardens, lots of land and my own personal lake but I have no use for mansions. As long as I didnít have to mow it I would like several hundred/thousand acres to roam on.

As for the house I would like a man cave, an archery/slinging lane and a workshop and enough space to make the family happy in their hobbies. Other than that, Iím good.

Title: Re: A Random Thought
Post by Rat Man on Mar 22nd, 2020 at 7:40pm
    Back to the Beverly Hillbillies... almost every episode they'll make some city slicker queasy by inviting him to dinner and describing what Granny has planned.  Hog jowls and grits, pickled crow gizzards, baked possum in gopher gravy, etc..  Even as a child I wanted to try these things.  They sound good to me. 

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