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Would you consider swapping homes with someone to take a vacation?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 4, 2005

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“Sure, absolutely. If there’s an opportunity to go somewhere you want to go, you should take advantage of it.”

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“Yeah. If you can save money when you go on vacation, it would allow you to have a better time and more money to spend.”

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“In the right situation, sure. If I had some assurance that they were trustworthy people and that I had a safe place to stay.”

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“Yeah, but I don’t know if anyone would want to stay in my little college student house, and they might not get along with my roommate.”

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KsjKC 12 years, 7 months ago

Is this the LJW's answer to the story last night on Fox 4 about SPOUSE-swapping? Is Emily Litella now an LJW assignment editor? Does one use protection on the doorknobs?

neopolss 12 years, 7 months ago

Luny, you forgot the Dalton Gang Hideout. You left out the largest draw in the state!

sweatpeagj 12 years, 7 months ago

I live in sunny Florida in the Keys. I also did live in Kansas. I would let someone stay here for a trip to Kansas. Not this time of year though. I moved to get away from the snow and freezing weather.

sunnysideup 12 years, 7 months ago

we must find out what's in hl's basement :)

Aiko 12 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely! It is nice to know that your place is nice and safe while you are away. Gives me more peace of mind so I can enjoy my vacation. Oh, and sweatpeagj, I am jealous that you live in the keys. I love that area...

lunacydetector 12 years, 7 months ago

sure, this sounds like a grand idea. unfortunately, i don't think anyone who lives in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (except during a hurricane), Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming would want to visit Kansas.

now before any of you progressives tell me to 'just move away,' i just want to say i am being realistic. i mean come on, we live in the land of Ah's - world's largest ball of twine, largest mud hut, deepest hand dug well, the natural history museum at k.u. -ever been to a REAL museum? it ain't there.

Fishman 12 years, 7 months ago

Hey, we do have Well's Overlook! There's nothing like that view in the Rocky Mountains, anywhere!!! I'm sure it would be easy to get someone to trade my house for a beach house! Bring 'em on!!

thunderbuns 12 years, 7 months ago

No, but I sold the house I was living in once so I could go on a vacation.

Really upset the landlord though........

sweatpeagj 12 years, 7 months ago

So do I. Even having had to clean up after the hurricane it is heaven here. I was a little shocked to see the ocean at my front door during the storm surges but it is still worth it to live here. I am a block away from the ocean normally.

enochville 12 years, 7 months ago

I'd only swap homes with a close friend or relative. I wouldn't trust strangers with my home while my family was away. The risk is not worth the money saved. If I didn't have the money for the vacation, I just wouldn't take the vacation.

trinity 12 years, 7 months ago

sure i'd swap-but i doubt that the opulence i'd love to indulge in would be acceptable trade for the squalor that i call home. but who knows, i hear the rich like to step over and slum now&then. ;-)

beatrice 12 years, 7 months ago

I wouldn't be comfortable with knowing that strangers are in my house and sleeping in my bed. I don't want to swap houses, and come back to find "Pleather Bob was here" scratched into the nightstand. Besides, they might start snooping around and discover the sacks of gold hidden in the basement. So my answer would be no.

badger 12 years, 7 months ago

I might consider it if I knew the person well, but if someone is coming to stay in my house, I'd rather be here to take them around town. I've been living in Austin since earlier this year, and there's so much to do here that if someone wanted to come here, it would be almost like a vacation for me to get to go see and do all the neat stuff to show them the city.

As to Kansas attractions, don't forget to look east. Wyandotte, in addition to that fabulous agricultural Hall of Fame (and its annual Salute to Sheep they used to time to coincide with Highland weekend at the Renaissance Festival), has two of the state's largest tourist attractions: the NASCAR track and the Cabela's. Apparently more people go to Cabela's than go to see the (disputed) world's largest ball of twine, deepest hand-dug well, or concrete Garden of Eden combined.

hottruckinmama 12 years, 7 months ago

lol larryville..i was just thinking the same thing only about the husband!

badger 12 years, 7 months ago

I don't actually remember what they called it (maybe National Sheep Week?), but we always called it the Salute to Sheep, and various performers would trek over there during the festival to get pictures of themselves in kilts attending the Sheep event. I didn't see the sign for it last year, so I don't know if they've stopped doing it. At one point some years ago they actually had a live sheep there, and you could take your picture with it.

One gentleman I know has a picture of himself and the sheep standing side by side and has photoshopped in a pitchfork and titled it, "Highland Gothic."

Aiko 12 years, 7 months ago

Hey Badger, Austin is a great place to live. That is my hometown and where I attended UT as well. I just bought a place in Wimberley so I am ready to get down there soon. I miss Zilker Park!

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

On the topic of the "(disputed) world's largest ball of twine," as a participant in the most recent Twinefest, the MAJOR distinguishing factor about the Cawker City ball is that it is PURELY sisal twine. None of the other competitors can claim that.

Really, Twinefest is worth the visit. It's like a classic old town festival.

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

Right on, TOB. You're still my favorite.

beatrice 12 years, 7 months ago

omb: a natural kind of guy ... um, sure you are. Really. I believe you. No need to deny it. I never thought otherwise, and you know I believe everything people write around here. Besides, I was talking about a completely different Pleather Bob, not you. Pleather Bob and His Pleasure Cob. I believe he performed once at the Twine Fest (or was it the Fetish Ball? I forget). But that wouldn't be you. If asked I would simply take the fifth if I were you, since the thought is so outlandish. Really. ;-)

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

As far as swapping homes goes, only if it was someone I knew.

Granted, we let friends/family come crash at our place for the night whenever necessary. In fact, we have friends coming up from Arkansas next week to go to a concert and sleep in our living room.

Sigmund 12 years, 7 months ago

House For Trade:

Close to Allen Field House in a pot friendly city. Roundabout free neighborhood and no waiting to get into our non-smoking bars. All floor drains have a back-flow caps installed. Inquire within.

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

OAR. I don't remember where they're playing (in KC), but it's next Tuesday night (8ish?)

sweatpeagj 12 years, 7 months ago

What?? Ball of Twine? I lived in Lawrence for 8 years and don't recall any twine. ( in public anyway)

canyon_wren 12 years, 7 months ago

I've often thought about swapping with someone in Kansas for a summer so I could have a chance to raise a good Kansas garden again--but here in SE Utah, summer is not too appealing when it gets to 110 or so, even though it is quite dry.

I'm like Badger, though--I would want to be here to show folks everything there is to see--it is so much fun to see it through new eyes.

On the other hand, I'm pretty proprietary about my own house--one of my recurring nightmares is dreaming I come home to find other folks having taken over my house. Sort of like the scene in "Dr. Zhivago" where the family has all those folks moving in to occupy their large house. Mine's relatively modest but it's MINE!

I guess they have good programs for exchange with Great Britain, etc. which must be monitored fairly well, and that always sounds tempting, since my goal is to eventually go to Scotland.

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

sweatpeagj--the Ball of Twine is in Cawker City, KS, along Hwy 24 (approximately 20 miles west of Beloit).

TOB--Memorial Hall!! That's where it is!

cutny 12 years, 7 months ago

I would swap places. I have a large one bedroom in Brooklyn. I own a house in Lawrence that I come to twice a year to work and check on. If anyone wants to swap. I'm up for it.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

Hey - don't forget Clark County Lake!!! Or Saint Jacob's Well.

And the hand-dug well rocks! (pun intended)

Swap houses? Doubt it. They may want to look in my drawers.

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

Bets on when that one will be bumped?

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

Actually - Lunacy detector. there is someone who would like to visit Kansas, Lawrence to be exact. That someone is me. I will be spending a few days later this month visiting a few people in Lawrence and I am very excited about it. And a note to bearded gnome - I was real pleased to see that you like Bernard Cornwell. I have read so many of his books. Am just finishing one right now. The Last Kingdom. About the Danish invasion of England Have you read his stories of Thomas of Hookton? I loved those.
For those who don't know this author, a Brit. he is the creator of the Sharpe books which were made into a wonderful TV series staring Sean Bean, that gorgeous Brit from Yorkshire country, as Richard Sharpe who fought as a rifleman in the war against the french under Napolean. Terrific series. I watch it over and over.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

e_m - you continue to amaze me. What a multi-talented poster!

avhjtwooclockmlk - that's my prediction.

badger 12 years, 7 months ago

Ms_c - Sharpe's Rifles was indeed faboo, both in book and video form.

Aiko - I am liking Austin a lot. There's a great deal to be done outdoors here. This weekend looks to contain a 7-mile hike at Pedernales, since the weather is forecast to be in the low 80s.

I have, however, already been warned not to get on the roads when it's icy. Apparently I'm likely to laugh myself right off the highway watching the Austin drivers try to negotiate the conditions while dealing mentally with the idea of frozen water that doesn't accompany alcohol of some sort.

Aiko 12 years, 7 months ago

Hey Badger, That is funny but true. It gets pretty chaotic on the roads there when ice is on the road. Usually everything shuts down when that happens except for the bars!~..Sounds like you have a good weekend ahead and I hope all goes well.

lunacydetector 12 years, 7 months ago

here's one for you:

what is the biggest tourist attraction in kansas?

Cabella's Sporting Goods Store

Ahhh, Kansas! Ahhhh, Kansas!

samsnewplace 12 years, 7 months ago

I tend to agree with some of the earlier responses, I really doubt there is a huge demand to come to Kansas for your vacation. even_money I love reading your posts.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 7 months ago

When people here in the Florida Keys find out that I moved here from Kansas they ask how come it took so long to get out. I did like parts of Kansas but when they moved on did I! Followed one of them to Forida and boy is that a part of Kansas I can hope to keep forever.

staff04 12 years, 7 months ago

e_m... that is priceless. thank you for making me spray diet coke out of my nose.

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

The whole idea of the Danish invasion of England was house swapping. Trouble was the Danes never waited for an invitation. If none was forthcoming, they simply burned the house down. If Sean Bean had have been around in those days, it never would have happened. The invasion, I mean. The Brits would have had riflemen instead of bowmen. I mean, after all a Dane with an axe is no match for a Sharpe shooter who could load and fire three shots per minute. That is some feat. Let's all cheer for good old Sean and the Sharpe shooters.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 7 months ago

Ya'll are a hoot! Nice poetry e_m. Ode to Pleather Bob rules! On Topic: My Mother-in-law got a really nice adobe in Toas for a month this way. I went for a week and it was a great deal (FREE!)

I'd swap if I knew the people or knew someone that knew the people. Of course, they'd have to feed my dogs, cats, fish, and chickens. Oh, and keep my GIANT lawn mowed. Oh, and leave the house cleaner than they found it. Oh, and get my kids to all of their activities. Any takers?;)

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

Doesn't look like I will be able to swap houses for vacations. I thought it was only fair to ask the other residents whether or not they would allow their territory to be breeched by strangers on vacation. They were both vehement in their refusals. Darn cats!!

Doesn't it seem like every day there is a period of time when this page is off-line to comments? I've tried several times in the last 30 minutes or so -- couldn't get on the page. I was beginning to think I had been banned :-\

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

Me too TOB. Always lived in Kansas. Actually the SW part (where TOB and I "grew up") has some very beautiful land too - cliffs and red soil and beautiful desert-type plants. It is an interesting drive along 160 and 54 highways across the state. And while you are doing the drive, see the big well and the Dalton Gang Hideout.

BUT I love Lawrence. The energy, the land, the people. And even though we may bag it here, deep down, we are all roundabouts in some way or another.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

omb: better watch out!!

HOUSTON - Police have received a number of substantial leads on and reported sightings of a convicted double murderer who broke loose from Texas' death row, the sheriff's office said Friday.

BunE 12 years, 7 months ago

Why are death row inmates in a county jail?

Why does the LJW want to promote wife-swapping? What is up with that?

beatrice 12 years, 7 months ago

I want a bobbing pleather buffalo head for my dashboard. Can I get one at Cabela's?

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

greetings all...had to miss the morning shift on here...sleep was more tempting.

MSC: I have absolutely loved every one of those Sharpe movies! you are right...I liked his wife myself...did you see the one with the deployment of the Cosgrave [sp?} rockets? pretty cool. have read more sharpe series books by Cornwell, very good historical fiction. also, read his Civil War Starbuck series. the Thomas series you mentioned is on my list.

because of my health condition, I decided to start reading a lot of history fiction/fact/bios[biio sorry error], and since 2000, have read nearly 300 books.

Thanks for noticing my profile MSC.

swap houses...I don't think so...

note to site staff--last night "arschloch" logged in with one bad comment; his name in german means %@$$hole% and you wouldn't accept that for a screen name in english?

Ceallach, I too, often have trouble getting the website to come up, usually early afternoon...I figure the ljw staff is suddenly downloading a massive amount of images/?

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

OMB, that escapee an acquaintance of yours?

pretty goofy story!

"let me out, I'm with the Attourney General's office"

and I'm the embassador for the easter bunny...

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

and, one last item, any of our local anarchist scruffies go to "support" the rioting/protests in Argentina?

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

OMB - I do hope you enjoy the hockey game. The Manitoba Moose. Yes, I think, lots of moose in northern Manitoba. Let me know how you liked it. Is this your first hockey game?

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

hockey in Texas seems like holding a gun show in San Francisco...

MSC, I agree with all your comments about the actor who played Sharpe...he really had the character's intensity.

back in a few hours...please try not to get lost...just swap some houses--there's an idea...just us OTS posters swap houses with each other, in a randomly generated pairing system...could prove interesting.

beatrice 12 years, 7 months ago

bearded_g: I wish I had an $$hole. I'd certainly stay on the pot long enough to afford a good vacation. Who knows, get the stomach flu and maybe I could go to Australia.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

TOB: What a picture, eh?

omb: That is soooooo true. We never had to worry about anyone in the neighborhood bothering my G'ma. She walked out of the door with her 38 police special (G'pa was a Deputy Sheriff) in her hand, got in the car and tucked it under her right leg, and then proceeded on! Everyone saw, everyone knew, nobody interferred! It was really exciting to ride in the front seat with her!! Come to think of it -- its a wonder I'm as close to being sane as I am:)

No really, she was a sweet little Cherokee G'ma. One day she just decided she wasn't being intimidated anymore. May she rest in peace.

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

Beatrice - have you been nippng at the gin. Your last post left me with that impression. If you want a good vacation and are willing to swap houses, I think we could do a deal. As long as you leave the gin behind. I will leave the white wine in the fridge. Ok? And e_m great view. I have a mile high mountain ash right out my back door and it was totally beautiful a couple of weeks ago. Took a good picture of it. If you would meet me for coffee anywhere in Lawrence that you would name, I would show you my tree. ceallach - sure wish I could have met your Granny. sounds like my kind of people. Well it is time to go put the baked beans on to heat up for supper, made them yesterday and they are awesome Going to make some awesome cornbread to go with them. Bea - if you go for the deal with the house swap, I would throw in a pot of my beans and some cornbread.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

Jar lids. Hmmm. Mason ones? Maybe would get you to Tonganoxie. I could donate a few to you! Just remember - Kansas is a big as you think!

And e_m this is your day for touchy feely. Poetry. Photographs. What's next? Velvet Elvis paintings for everyone? It would make my day.

beatrice 12 years, 7 months ago

ms_c: Sounds nice, but I'm afraid you would get scared off by the Michael Moore shrine. And it doesn't take kindly to strangers.

In all honesty, it looks like we are moving very soon. Headed to Phoenix, Arizona. I will probably know early next week, but I think it is a done deal. Warm weather, snow skiing in the winter just two hours away, the Grand Canyon three hours away, and more theaters in town than one can count on their fingers and toes! They even have two drive-ins still open! I'll let you know.

It seems like a perfectly good reason to celebrate with a little gin, if you ask me.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

:( my "police special" didn't even make the list!

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

It's . . . . . okay. I'm just very sensitive :)

ms_canada: we'll have to go to Wheatfield's. Hey, just realized, Wheatfield's is unique to Lawrence and Kansas -- it was featured on the cable food network!! That is a fun place to go. Maybe someone would come here for that -- nah, probably not.. Oh well, their loss!

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

I can hardly wait to see these famous roundabouts. Good thing I am coming soon or they may be banned. Just thought of something. I should run out and take a picture of our roundabout (traffic circles as we call them) I think they are quite different than those in Lawrence. Ours are like the British roundabouts. I wonder is I begged and pleaded the LJW would publisn a picture of a "real" roundabout of I brought one along. hmmmmmmm

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

ms_c: Not too long ago I think a picture of a British (or some Euro) roundabout was posted -- maybe by e_m -- can't remember for sure. Probably was even - he always has fun pictures posted on lithium site. I'll bet if he reads this he will repost it.

Some unexpected company - - - -


bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

Wheatfields is definitely a local attraction for Lawrence! 'twas nicely displayed on FoodTV.

Ceallach, if they're unexpected guests, how do you know they're coming later--ESP?

Also today EM: protests, profile, pairs, etc.
good job EM.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

They were walking in the front door :):)

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

"they were walking in the door...Welcome!

and, OMB...I realized, I asked if the escapee was an 'acquaintance' and you answered as if I'd asked if he were a 'relative,' freudian slip is showing?????

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

Promo from Oprah, in a coming show, she will discuss losing weight through, such contraversy!

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

Thanks guys for all the tips on things to do in Lawrence. I can hardly wait to see how much weight I will put on and then of course I will have to get my good man to help me lose it again. That could prove interesting, yes? I better catch that Oprah show. :o)

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

yes, MSC, I see we have other things in common from reading 'your profile.'
you want good mex food while you're here, go to Tortas...unless you must avoid the hot sauces.

you watch Oprah, don't videotape/tvo it and make your hubby watch it!

Oprah to men is like vampires and crosses.

Cealach, the other night you mentioned your kids and grandkids...I am so glad your quiver, and quivers' quivers are full.

'night Cealach, MSC, et al.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

So,'re saying you have cattle rustling in your blood...hmmm.
please explain those three letters at the end of your post. 'night.

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