Cavehouse For Sale

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It’s like a Spanish hobbit hole for 120,000 Euros.

This Cavehouse is more than 70 years old and is set slightly outside a small rural village of about 80 cave houses, called Carramaiza. It has a fantastic 180 o south-facing view of the Sierra Nevada and the Sierra de Baza. It is fully renovated with 102m 2 internally and a land area of approx. 500m 2 . The sale price is € 120,000 inclusive of Estate Agent’s fees. The cavehouse is renovated in a rustic style; white washed walls, terra-cotta tiled floors, wooden doors and shuttered windows. Using many local natural materials, we have brought the cave up to a high standard both aesthetically and structurally.

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The ORIGINAL Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products

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ACME is a worldwide leader of many manufactured goods. From its humble beginnings providing corks and flypaper to bug collectors (“Buddy’s Bug Hunt/1935”) to its heyday in the American Southwest supplying a certain coyote, from Ultimatum Dispatchers to Batman outfits, ACME has set the standard for excellence.
For the first time ever, information and pictures of all ACME products, specialty divisions, and services featured in Warner Bros. cartoons (made by the original studio from 1935 to 1964) are gathered here, in one convenient catalog

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Back From Vacation

I hate January and February in New England with the kind of loathing I keep reserved for murderers, rapists, and minivan drivers. By late January I am just sick of the cold and the snow and by the time February comes around it is just time to get away for a bit. I ended up going to Miami for a few days and then to Vegas. Here are a few things I noticed:

1. There are few things better in life than leaving a frozen Boston and landing in Miami where the temp was about 70 degrees. I felt human for a minute before I realized I was headed back to Boston in a week and the forecasts were for more snow. What the hell am I doing still living in New England?

2. I know now why football teams that play in warm weather cities very rarely beat teams that play in cold weather. Let’s put it this way. My second day in Florida was about 62 degrees and people were running around in sweaters and light jackets. I was practically sweating from the heat.

3. Vegas has to be one of the few cities in the world where the resorts are a mixture of opulence and cheesiness. I stayed at Luxor which is a recreation of a pyramid of Ancient Egypt with a gigantic sphinx in the front of it for goodness sakes yet it was very well done. It is like Vegas takes a cheesy idea and throws so much money into it that you have to be impressed.

4. Everything in Vegas looks so close together and so easy to get to on foot. I learned quickly that this isn’t the case at all. What looks to be a small walk from the MGM Grand to the Bellagio ends up feeling like a 500 block excursion that by the end you feel like throwing yourself under one of the street trolleys except you can’t figure out where the hell the street trolleys ever are.

5. Vegas has no one efficient transport system. I am guessing that this is deliberate to keep tourists in their resorts other then casino hopping but unless you rent a car it is actually difficult to get from point a to point b. You can try to pick up the monorail but it only stops at a few resorts and we had to walk through the labyrinth known as the MGM Grand just to find it. There is a trolley that stops every 30 minutes or so at some of the resorts which is another way to travel if you have exact change and have figured out ahead of time what stop is closest to where you want to go.

Overall I had a great time. We ate at some wonderful restaurants, had some great buffets, gambled a bit (although luck was not on my side so I didn’t gamble as much as normal), etc. One thing I definitely recommend is that anyone who hasn’t landed in Vegas at night really should see that at least once. There is nothing quite like looking down at Vegas lit up in tremendous brilliance and surrounded by a sea of darkness.

It is going to take me a week or so to go through my email and clean out my bloglines so I think I will just throw links up as I come across them. I trust everyone had a good week while I was away?

Oh one other thing. Pats Rule!