A Very Full Day

Friday was a very full day.  I worked in the morning and did a bit of shopping. Then in the afternoon I drove to Vallejo to the Blu Homes factory for a tour.  Blu Homes are green prefabricated homes of a very high quality.  The Breezeway designed by Michelle Kaufmann was the Sunset Home this year.  I have been reading lots of articles about them and I toured Michelle Kaufmann’s house in the Chicago Science Museum a few years ago. My friend Dale had a brochure that intrigued even more. So I signed up for the factory tour.

It was on Mare Island, the retired Naval Base.  It was my first visit to Mare Island and it was shockingly massive.  A lot of the buildings are falling down but it was easy to imagine what a hive of activity it must of been during World War II.  The factory is in an old warehouse on Nimitz Boulevard that built submarines during the war. The factory is a bigger version to Northern Ireland Habitat for Humanity’s where they are pre-constructing frames or other parts of the home before taking it to the site.  The main difference is how much of the home if complete before they move it and the designed hinge system that allows them to move it without using a “wide-load.”  The homes are impressive and look very comfortable and beautiful in their simplicity.

I also wanted to explore the feasibility of shipping these homes by container to Christchurch as part of the rebuild.  They do not fit into a container and they in the process of redesigning one model so it can be barged to Hawaii.  The extra transportation costs will add $100,000 to the costs.  The more likely scenario for New Zealand is to attract Blu Homes to create a factory there.

By this time I needed to drive to Davis to attend the Bucks for Ducks fundraiser for the Yolo Basin Foundation.  The Yolo Basin Foundation advocated for creating the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area in the Yolo Bypass and they run a very successful education program “Discover the Flyway” (Pacific Flyway).  It was a lot of fun and confirmed that moving to Davis is a good Plan B.

Pay attention is a useful motto.  I never know when something quirky or funny will happen. When it does, I do not want to miss it.  Case in point: as I drove to Davis I saw this on Interstate 80. The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile!

I always thought there would be a top bun.

2 thoughts on “A Very Full Day

  1. Hi Julie!

    Who knows? You may have seen Paul Ryan, back at his former job after being dismissed as the potential Vice Presidant. (See below.). Actually, it was his ONLY job in the private sector. Before that, he collected Social Security money like the rest of us 47% people!

    Ryans Allowance Was Cut For Bad Grades

    The research memo also reveals that Ryan Was Once An Oscar Mayer Salesman, Drove The Wienermobile.

    According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, One of his summer jobs in college was as an Oscar Mayer salesman in Minnesota, peddling turkey bacon and a new line called Lunchables to supermarkets. He drove the Wienermobile once. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/26/09] Unfortunately, neither Mitt Romney nor Paul Ryans names fit well into the Oscar Mayer theme song.

    One potential line of attack that this memo telegraphs is that Ryan Used Social Security Benefits To Pay For His Education, which fits in with progressive rebuttals of the dishonest You didnt build that attack, and also highlights the attacks on Social Security in the Ryan budget. However, the details of Ryans education savings cut sympathetically for him:

    According to US News and World Report, Ryans father died when Paul was only 16. Using the Social Security survivors benefits he received until his 18th birthday, he paid for his education at Miami University in Ohio, where he completed a bachelors degree in economics and political science in 1992. According to the Chicago Tribune, Ryans late father was a lawyer who died when Ryan was 16. He has said his fathers death made him grow up fast. Until he was 18, Ryan, the youngest of four children, collected Social Security survivors benefits, which he said he socked away for college. [US News and World Report, 7/23/08; Chicago Tribune, 4/17/11] Of course, those are just the fist few pages of American Bridges epic. The Tiddlywinks are definitely out for Paul Ryan.

    Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:07:24 +0000 To: kk4990@msn.com

  2. Sorry about the missing bun! I thought it was sitting inside an open bun….hmmm…. sounds like you handled a busy day very well! Not surprised – glad you got to see the Wienermobile, even if Paul Ryan was once it’s driver 🙂

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