On Saturday or Sunday afternoons (and sometimes both afternoons), we drive around looking at houses. Even though we are in the midst of building a new home, we like to look at houses in other neighborhoods – usually ones around lakes and other upscale places. We have a game where we try to guess the price of any homes which are for sale – usually I win, Pat tends to under-guess the cost of a house.
We drove around a great place today and ran across this wonderful water feature — it wasn’t enough that their backyard was a sandy beach on a HUGE lake — they felt the need to have a waterfall in the front yard. So, if the lake ever dries up, they will have a waterfall to give them that burbling sound of the water – but they will have to downsize their boat!
We marvel at the size of the homes and the fact that we never see anyone outside! There are no children – although there is usually playground equipment which costs more than my car in the backyard and there is no one grilling out – must not be able to afford any meat or food because of the house payment. We did see a little activity today — this one lone ranger who apparently was also the neighborhood watch. He didn’t bark or chase our car like dogs do in lower class neighborhoods — so he is obviously a dog of good breeding. In fact, he stayed in his yard better than my own children stayed in theirs!
On our Drive, Dream and Drool, we talk about what we would do if we had the kind of money that would allow us to build a house like the ones in these neighborhoods (average price is $1 million) – and although we wouldn’t turn down such a house if someone offered it to us — we both agree that if we had that kind of money, we probably wouldn’t build one of these mansions. The main reason? With all of that extra room (usually 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms) – we’re afraid our children would think it was okay to move back in with us!