Jan. 23rd, 2017

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called "What if I had several hundred millions of dollars in disposable cash?"

And I know what I'd do, too, after the donations to charity, and the careful putting aside some money into spendthrift trusts for my entire family, and the buying of a heck of a lot of books, and the paying off of the mortgage. After all that, I'd raise the roof. Lift it a few feet so this third floor had more usable space, and then put a ceiling on it to effectively make a small fourth floor attic for storage. (The roof has a high pitch and really, we could do that part right now if we had the cash.)

My mother has a story she likes to tell, from back when she was driving cab in New Orleans now and again. Apparently, she once got talking with two riders who turned out to be architects from Italy. And she asked them "Have you seen how they add floors to their homes here?"

Apparently, while the rest of the world raises the roof if they want to add a new floor to their home, in Louisiana they jack up the entire house and put the new floor underneath. There are, I'm told, many homes with the water heaters in the attic because when they were installed, that was the ground floor!

So she drove them around town, pointing out several examples of this phenomenon right in her own neighborhood, and got a pretty good tip out of it.
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(We decided the penpal in Ontario probably doesn't need more maple in her life.)

...are you familiar with the idea that I tend to go overboard? Yeeeeeeah. So now I have a question, though ultimately this is all going to boil down to "the maple, grape, and root beer candies we've got sitting in our pantry" anyway: It's easy to find out what American candies you don't have in England and/or Australia. Are there any savory snacks that are lightweight and yummy that you don't have?
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