Is all of this frigid weather getting you down, and do you feel closed in and claustrophobic?
I bet most of us are ready for a break, and winter hasn’t even truly started, but there’s always hope, win the lottery and buy an island.
That’s right, just go online and scan Private Islands Inc. for your own piece of paradise.
Just look at the options — there’s one called Soneva Javi in the Maldives, Asia, asking a cool $3 million, and there’s another one, Parida Island in Panama, Central America, with a list price of $7.5 million.
How about Lataro Island in Vanuato, South Pacific, for $1.2 million?
For budget-minded buyers, try Kanu Island, Belize for $995,000 and Little Harvest Caye in Belize, Central America for $375,000.
Once you choose you own private island, how about a jet or yacht to get you there?
Avbuyer.com lists several options, including a 2009 Cessna Citation XLS for $5,950,000, a 2006 Hawker Beechcraft for $1,150,000 and a 2007 Cessna Citation Mustang for $1,390,000.
Of course, you always can go online and try and purchase a yacht if you’re afraid of flying, but not afraid of falling overboard.
My little house has provided a respite from the cold since 1949, and it’s nice to dream of private islands, jets and yachts, but my thoughts revolve around something as simple as a heated car seat in my next vehicle.
My old oil furnace was as warm as they came, and our one vent downstairs used to be in the floor, where I huddled on many a cold night to absorb as much heat as I could, competing with my brother for a spot on top of the grating.
With the purchase of gas logs and infrared heaters, things are far better now, but I feel for those who have endured temperatures far below what I’ve had to endure, along with power outages.
Just try Mount Washington, New Hampshire, where wind chill temperatures almost reached -100 degrees recently.
Just think, not too long ago I was complaining about warm and dry weather in October, wishing the cool, fall weather would move in.
Cool is one thing but below zero temperatures and below freezing weather for days on end are enough to get anybody’s goat.
I’ll settle for the wool off a sheep or polar bear fur to get me through this or a layer of blubber like the seals have to ward off the cold.
Last week almost has resembled survival of the fittest, and I can only hope that I’m up to the task.