One of the things I think would make a great business would be temporarily
located homes that could be placed by helicopter and then moved.
For instance, consider a fiberglass or aluminum home that was entirely self
contained. Water would be stored in a tank, solar cells and lightweight
batteries would provide power, waste would be dehydrated to some extent, but
still stored in an attached tank. A company with helicopter would contract
with a vacationer to lift the home to remote areas, such as mountain tops,
lakes, forests etc. and then return to bring in the vacationers. They would
live in the house, and then they and the house would be picked up and
returned to civilization in a week or two. In the meantime, there would be
no "footprint" left where they were and the home could be restocked and sent
out on yet another vacation.
Recently I've saw a report on a real estate tv show that covered a company that
basically did that,
with the exception that the houses were some sort of tricked-out cargo
containers and the company
transported the houses by truck. The company also had a property that was
marketed as "virgin" land
where it charged a hefty sum to park the cargo containers.
Frankly, it didn't sounded all that attractive to me. Maybe it was due to how
they marketed it but
it appeared to be all style but no substance.
I think the market for air-dropped or crane-placed vacation shelters
would be very, very small. People who could afford such things tend to
either prefer hotels, or the high-end RVs that can get places a
mobile-home-toter or low-boy trailer cannot get to. Or (and this applies
to all income strata), they prefer the 'wilderness experience' of the
high-tech tent and fancy fold-up gear.
Over in the sandbox, they have spent a great deal of your tax money on
something called CHUs, Containerized Housing Units. Basically dorm rooms
and shower modules inside insulated shipping containers, stacked up like
Lego bricks. For a six-month tour, it beats the heck out of a tent, but
homey they are not. For these fold-up transformer trailers, I think the
manufacturer has nailed their target market rather well- fast temporary
housing/offices for work camps and post-disaster housing, for people who
need more than a stripped-down travel trailer or single-wide, which is
what they are competing against. For any sort of permanent use, I
suspect a stick-built cabin or a conventional modular would be cheaper
I've probably told this story before, but when I was young, I got an
aquarium. It was a good size and, what with the pump/filter and heater
and a few fish, relatively expensive for a kid on a paper route, so I
had to wait to earn enough extra money from my paper route to add the
plants, sand, coral, hiding places, etc.., that would make the fish
feel cozy, protected and at home.
So there the danios were in a completely empty tank-- likely feeling
totally exposed-- which they were-- and vulnerable. So, upon arriving
home a day later, I found to my shock (it's pretty traumatic to a kid)
that one or two had leaped out and onto the floor to dry up. After
about two days, all the danios had lept clear out of the water and
onto the carpeted floor to dry up.
Anyway, this Habitaflex made me recall that rather unfortunate chapter
of my childhood (Y tabarnacle) which I've never quite gotten over (and
probably never will) and the sense that maybe I'd, too, want to jump
out of the Habitaflex, like my poor zebra danios, as soon as I could,
and onto the ground to dry up.
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