A lighthouse? You bought a lighthouse? If I was Bonnie Jurewicz, of Virginia, I would probably be bugged-eyed and near fainting asking that question.
Well, her husband did just that. He recently purchased Thimble Shoal Lighthouse for the modest price of $65k. Wow! Can you imagine? As much as I love lighthouses, I’m not sure I’d want that responsibility. What upkeep they must require.
The complete story is available on USAToday.com, but here’s just a bit for you:
“In October 2005, Jurewicz and several other prospective bidders took a Coast Guard-sponsored tour of the Thimble Shoal Lighthouse in Norfolk, Va., in advance of the online auction. It had been 41 years since the lighthouse was occupied.
"I remember going through the basement with the commander from the Coast Guard, it being really dark … and stumbling over what looked like round balls of cotton rags, about the size of a softball," he says. "Turns out they were actually seagull carcasses."
The Thimble Shoal Lighthouse started service in 1914, sitting 3½ miles off the coast of Hampton, Va. Still lit, but mostly unused, the structure looks like a relic of the Industrial Age, a function-over-form, dark red pushpin sticking out of the ocean.” (Abos, 2008 Apr 2).
Fortunately for my pocketbook, my favorite lighthouse is not for sale. I might just be tempted. ;)
Alright, so this post isn't truly CG wife related, but it begs the question, what odd or extravagant purchase has your beloved made? Maybe he was off at training somewhere or enjoying some time on a far off island. Did he surprise you with some beautiful pearls or warn you of a boat that would be shipped to your address soon?
Bring on the stories. I’m dying to know.