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While driving around Berlin, NY, today, I noticed a new sign next to an older ‘for sale’ sign. It looks like one of the more expensive new vacation houses in Berlin is being auctioned off on January 15th. 300+ acres of prime hunting land. This is yet another sign of the collapse of the wealthy class.
Here is a shot of the fancy house, standing alone in the middle of what used to be a hay field. The house is a modern ‘cabin’ style building with a stone basement treatment as well as a double-wide stone chimney. The wrap-around porch goes all the way around. Its view isn’t nearly as spectacular as the view from my own mountain for this house sits in the Taconic valley and the house is several hundred feet lower than my place. I can see it with the binoculars in winter when the trees are naked.
There used to be a Victorian house much closer to Rt. 22 but it burned down due to carelessness when contractors were rebuilding it for the new owners. They collected money from this and built a fancy house further inside the property.
Here is the backyard. They had very small children. They bought the best playground equipment possible. I might even suggest, the best in town. But unlike most of the richer vacation homes, there was no swimming pool. I suspect, this was due to the children being very young.
Here is their mega-huge super-cyborg grill. Everything in America is now so utterly oversized or over-elaborate. I cook nearly constantly outside in summer, a habit from living in a tent for ten years. My grill is extremely simple. I found it when someone tossed it out. I added some volcanic rocks to it and it cooks perfectly fine. This thing is one of the grills that cost more than $1,000. It has been, like the backyard playground, been abandoned here.
One window had no curtains and I saw that all the expensive furniture was left behind, too. Overstuffed leather couches, not just one but several. Granite countertops all over the place. Lots of stuffed deer and antelope heads adorned the walls of the Great Room which is two stories tall.
Outside was all sorts of expensive equipment such as a tractor-pulled grass cutter that cost around $2,000 and I bet the tractor was in the garage. And a snow plow. It is all rather sad to see. They didn’t even bother to disband their property. It was simply dropped like an overripe fruit. This is how things are today: dropped. The lack of interest in keeping things going is startling to me for I am a survivalist.
It was a serious temptation to remove the abandoned equipment but that is illegal. I do hope it is auctioned off, separately. I could use some equipment on my own mountain.
The main lesson here is, buying fun stuff with debt is a very bad idea. We can understand people taking on debt to start a family, to have a home and so on. But going into debt to go fishing or hunting is downright stupid. Going into debt to play around can be fatal. Living within one’s means is important. Once the debts are paid off and one is free and clear, one can then go off and buy more stuff for fun. But just like going into long-term debt to go on vacation is short sighted and dangerous, so is any overreach spending.
There is some honor in thriftiness. Thrift with no savings that moves markets is poverty. But saving money and then using it in capitalist ventures is how more money is made. And more employment that leads to a better community. This very fancy and expensive vacation house was built in Berlin during the housing bubble. During this time, our town began to seriously die as an economic machine that made capitalist value-added systems which enriched the entire community.
Thanks to free trade, this is nearly totally dead now. Our town is slowly dying. Businesses are folding. And houses are being abandoned.
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