@yakkoTDI My kid and I, when she was in grade school, made the coolest box playhouse with a window on the peaked roof that she could both stick her head out of or climb out of to straddle the roof, strings to pull the windows shut, etc. One of her friend’s father was an architect prof at the local college and took photos of it to show his students what you could do with a cardboard box. Box was really sturdy and big as it was one that the exam tables for the student health services came in.
@jitc If that really is your place, that is fantastic! I must say I enjoy photo-sleuthing and I’m trying to figure out where that is. I have a place in Colorado and know many of the roads and regions. It could be one of the drier areas of CO, but I’m guessing more North in Montana or Wyoming, East of the rockies. The geology slopes upwards towards the West (left), and vegetation shows a drier climate. Also some reddish soil. Very reminiscent of a place I have in Colorado by Salida. I guess it still could be Colorado. But I don’t see any Aspens at all, which is odd. Anyway thanks for letting me immerse myself in wherever that is for a few minutes. @Pony You’d be amazed where UPS will deliver to. At my sister-in-law’s place on a dirt road outside of Boulder CO, they have short-wheelbase 4WD UPS delivery trucks (basically heavy-duty pickups with a box instead of a truck bed.) So you can still get stuff. Maybe go to “town” every couple of weeks. I live in a semi-suburban area now and even I don’t go to stores much anymore.
@jitc@pmarin It is our place, and it’s in Colorado. It’s not too terribly far to the nearest city, I haven’t timed it, but I’m guessing 35 minutes. We get most of our groceries delivered- Target is the only one that’s available to us for that. UPS and FedEx deliver to our door, but USPS makes us drive 2 1/2 miles to pick up our mail. Hmph.
In the photo it kind of looks like ours is the only house, but if you look up and to the left, there’s actually a couple of houses across the road from us, and there are others scattered here and there.
This is one of the things that I love about living up here. Huge herd of elk hanging out on our neighbors property this morning. They do come onto our land sometimes, but they have to jump a fence for that, so more often than not they go over there instead.
and you can tell it’s afternoon by … the watch on the gopher in the foreground??
My point is we generally assume north is to the top of any map, etc. It’s a cultural bias we have from living in the northern hemisphere. Granted that I would initially assume the same looking at the picture, I also know that I have way too many pictures that have ‘unusual’ orientations from both hemispheres.
PS likewise, the presumptive direction of view in the second (elk) picture would be west based on the same initial criteria. I guess @pony can confirm the actual orientations…
@chienfou@pmarin@replicacobra The camera in both photos was aimed Northwest, pretty much, with the house photo being more toward the west. The elk herd was in the field past the house and to the right, which is a bit more North.
@Pony I have a marmot/groundhog/whistlepig… or whatever… that lives on my property. The bastard is aover 3 ft tall sitting on his (her?) haunches. I had to start locking up my riding lawnmower so they wouldn’t go joyriding at night…
I knew a guy that used to go out west to shoot prairie dogs ( you don’t really ‘hunt’ them) . Basically it consisted of setting up essentially a sniper rifle then picking them off when they popped up out of the hole. Sort of a high velocity ‘whack-a-mole’ game. The local ranchers loved it as it cut down on cattle injuries from stepping it new gopher holes. NOT a PETA endorsed event though…
@chienfou Shooting prairie dogs is a popular pastime around here. Even after everyone pitched in to bring out a professional pest control company, there are still millions of them. And lots of folks here have horses to worry about with all the damn holes.
@werehatrack The first time I read that, I literally was shaking my head at the “mis-spelling of poll” until I even reached the end of the sentence to realize that the spelling was integral to the joke.
Oddly our neighborhood wasn’t on the list for walkable neighborhoods. I don’t get it. We are less than a mile from 4 small strip malls (7 to 20 stores , three have supermarkets) Two different buses that will take you to the subway. Driving range with mini golf. Movie theater, bowling, ice skating ring (year round) Town park with indoor pool, playgrounds. How many things do you have to be able to walk to???
@smilingjack Are there any sidewalks?
I live in an area not too different: 1/2 block to nearest (smallish) park, 1/2 mile to major mall (movie multiplex, food, shopping), 1 mi to grocery store @ strip mall (incl office supply & restaurant), stand-alone pharmacy, Big Lots, Jo-Ann’s, and Target.
However, NO SIDEWALKS; you have to walk on the streets to reach all of them. Ironically, the best sidewalks are at the park, and at the mall.
The neighborhood is OK for bicycles, and even scooters (electric or not), but I would not consider it ‘walkable’.
I live in a 100 year old house my father in law built in the boonies in the Appalachian Mountains. Good neighbors, clean air, five minutes from a clean lake with good fishing, three generation families are common, everybody knows everybody even if they aren’t related, mostly safe, more than most of the country. Just don’t mess with our kids or pets or you will see 90 shades of crazy unleashed.