Turning near-tragedy into a lifestyle opportunity, a group of Man’s Health Magazine executives have launched plans to convert the San Jose mine, near Santiago, Chile, where 33 miners huddled for 69 days, into a hangout space for adventurous new age males.
Calling it the ultimate male-bonding experience, the group, mancave.com, first commented, “We’re grateful and happy for the Chilean miners and their families,” then announced their plans to provide a basic Spartan experience for two months of volunteer captivity, over a half mile below ground, to replicate the challenging experiences and extended endurance of the Chilean workers, with the employment of several of the once-trapped miners, who will be paid very well for their custodial work.
A website, with hangout schedules, a psychological test, and expenses package will be made public soon.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has filed a petition to President Barack Obama to declare doomed former auto dealer Denny Hecker to be a federal disaster area. Given the financial wreckage strewn all over the state by his multiple bankruptcies, vacant auto dealership buildings along I-94, colossal divorce problems, unemployed workers owed huge unpaid wages, the economic impact on Minnesota is staggering. The inability of courts to prevent the Heckster from raiding what should be frozen assets to buy fancy cars for his girlfriends, take lavish vacations and other high living excursions is taking an unusual financial toll on the regional economy.
Political observers have commented that federal funding is unlikely, given Hecker’s ability to raid any funds remotely related to his name.
In a brave attempt to clean up the nefarious image of trailer trash parks along freeway frontage roads, a Twin Cities metro area trailer court developer will soon be replacing worn-out trailer houses with new replicas of high style modern residential architecture.
Randy Dandee, owner of several north suburban mobile home parks, says the modernist architectural philosophy of Mies van der Rohe will influence trailer home owners to rid their surroundings of trash and ticky tack in the spirit of the great architect’s well-known dictum: Less is more. The mid-twentieth century world-renowned architect espoused clean minimalist forms free of unnecessary ornament, which Dandee says will convert trailer home owners to find fish houses, boat trailers, barn-roofed utility sheds, stacks of worn out tires, broken down swing sets, and assortments of lawn ornaments unnecessary for living. Instead, their spiritual quest will seek accordance with “architectural disciplined restraint in a mode of unostentatious nobility.”