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Some Turtles Have Nice Shells

In the bibliography of Tiny Homes on the Move, we mistakenly said this book was out of print. Not so. It's alive and well and available from Amazon here.

Here is Kevin Kelly's review of the book on Cool Tools in 2006:

"This is a fabulous picture book of about 400 images of great housetrucks and housebuses (many from the 1970s) with interior shots. Some of the mobile homes are more recent. The houses are built on old truck and bus chassis. Used flatbed trucks can be had today for as little as a few thousand dollars. Both in form and function, these were early, cheap homebuilt RVs. There’s not much how-to in this book; mostly inspirational pictures. It is self-published, and like the self-made homes it covers, the book is very warm, rustic, and cozy. Some of the images are available on the author’s disorganized website. Yeah, you could buy a commercial RV, but these rolling homes have soul. Makes me want to build one.
Roger's website: http://www.housetrucks.com

Mickey Mouse's Tiny Home on the Move (1938)

I'm sorry, but today's computer-generated cartoons just ain't got soul like this.

S-A-N-T-A C-R-U-Z!

Summer Time, and the Livin' is Easy…

I headed down the coast for Santa Cruz early yesterday morning. Ocean Beach was windy and choppy, nil surf. By Pescadero, it had dropped off and was glassy. Nice little waves at Scott's Creek, Waddell Creek, 2-3' point break at The Lane, and Pleasure was really nice (except for the crowds: Outside, glassy 4' walls, Inside, and the Hook cookin on small scale. These photos at Waddell.

Nimbus - Electric Iteration on VW Van

"Eduardo Galvani,…a Brazilian artist and designer, has devised the Nimbus: a range-extended electric road-tripper with panoramic glass and on-demand four-wheel drive. The shape of the design study is halfway between the recently discontinued Volkswagen Kombi and an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, but don’t be deceived by that adorable mien – the Nimbus has world-conquering potential.

The van employs a 180-horsepower electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. A rear-mounted internal-combustion micro-generator keeps the power flowing on the go, abetted by a regenerative braking system and an array of rooftop photovoltaic cells. The drivetrain offers four modes – Energy Saver, Standard Trip, Faster Cruise and 4WD. Fuel consumption – which, admittedly, is just as hypothetical as the rest of the car – is claimed at a rather startling 181mpg, with a cruising range of up to 200 miles. The trip from zero to 62mph takes a relaxed 13 seconds, and the Nimbus will roll on to a top speed of 100mph.…"

This is a concept, not a reality. Details:
Sent in by Jeff McWhinney

Two Barns With Gambrel Roofs in Oregon's Willamette Valley

This post is for builders
These two barns were very close together. You find this all over the country (world): each micro-locale will have its own style barn. The farmers/builders would look around at standing barns, "Say that looks pretty good…"

With a gambrel, you take a gable roof and pop it up in the middle, creating more headroom (hay room).

A nice touch with the red barn is the dormer roof following the slant of the top slope. Also the arrow-straight eaves, no sags: good foundation. The ridge vents on the white barn also nice.

If you focus on a barn, you can feel the builder. A brotherhood, sure enough.

Tiny House Fair in Texas in October

Movers and shakers of the tiny house community, including Jay Shafer and Deek Diedricksen, will convene at the campus of Tiny Texas Houses on October 10-12 to discuss many aspects of the subject. It's about 45 minutes south of Austin. I'll be there doing a presentation on Tiny Homes on the Move. Info here.

Burger and Big Mama at Brownsville Saloon

Not sure what this store was. It was in Brownsville (Oregon), Friday evening, as I was heading north from Eugene. Had a great hamburger and dark oat stout at the Brownsville Saloon Bar & Grill and intense conversation with another music lover at the bar; someone was playing really good songs on the juke box, including Hound Dog by Big Mama Willie Mae Thornton.

I'm back home, trying to unscramble photos and notes. Taking off tomorrow to do an appearance at Bookshop Santa Cruz Tuesday night.

I've got about a dozen barns, which I'll post when I get time…