Thursday, June 14, 2007


We had Dale Earnhardt Jr. in town last week. He flew in on his Lear Jet and went to
Stardust in Monticello to buy himself a houseboat. Well, they will be building him one. I heard he ordered a 50 footer and he wanted it all open except for the kitchen and the bathroom. I couldn't help but think of Cheyenne when I heard Jr's name mentioned. She is his biggest fan ever.

It's not unusual for people to come to Monticello to buy their houseboats. It advertises itself as "the houseboat capital of the world," due to the large number of houseboat manufacturers in the area.

I think Allan Jackson got one from
this place a few years back. I heard he had ordered a party barge from them. One of the guys that works there told me that. He said they have built several for some famous folks.

It'd be nice to have one of those big houseboats and just live on the water every now and then. They are so nice it's like being in a nice home with all the amenities.

Well, no houseboat for me. We are too poor. My Daddy always said that poor people have to have poor ways. I'm not what you would call "poor," but I'm sure not rich! I am too poor to buy a houseboat though.


Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

I don't want to own one of those houseboats Rachel. I just want to borrow one a couple of weeks a year.

7:07 PM  
Blogger TLP said...

No houseboat for me. Not to own anyway.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

No houeboat for me either. Did I happen to mention DOR is getting married? Did I happen to mention she just got out of college?
Houseboat??? We are lucky we still have a house!!!!!!!!!!!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Gee, calm down Ralph!!! Have an adult beverage!! Quick!!!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

There was a huge article in the paper this last week about houseboats and how people are really starting to buy them as an RV that doesn't have to be on the road. We can't afford one either...

9:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Maybe we could all (all us not rich people) get a houseboat and then time share it.
We'd better draw for time period choices every year to make it fair.
Since you are within walking distance of where we could tie it, you could watch over it for the group.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

What????!!!??? And you didn't call me?

9:38 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

The only advantage of a house boat is that there is no lawn to cut. . . or do they come hauling a barge behind with a perfect lawn on it!!!!

Did Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn start this craze.

I will stick with my perfect vessel .. .. a canoe.

2:16 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

I reckon there would be a lot of maintenance on a house boat... good for a holiday though.

6:28 AM  
Blogger TN said...

Rachel, if I COULD afford a house boat, I could't afford to fill it up with gas. Last week here in Bristol, there was a picture of a house boat on South Holston lake, and it cost $689.00 to fill it up. That is "Six Hundred Eighty Nine Dollars". Now that is ridiculous! I would rather have a canoe!!!

6:39 AM  
Blogger "Early Bird" said...

Celebrities seem to have it all don't they?

10:08 AM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

thoese err semes schmanzy housze boetas! Wowza.
bezsides whetr wuld heppend whend yuo hed to letr the dog ourt?
I meight lieke to teke a trpipd on won beut i wuldnt be a ownring one ither i am ludkry to heve a hourse.
We be a ppoor folk too.. has a drwink wiff Ralfph...tee hee
Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

12:05 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Well, they must cost a pretty penny, Rachel...And even if you could afford it, would you want to live on a Houseboat all year round? Do you think most people do live on them permanently...I know so little about this...,I am going to have to read up on it.

It's funny what you said about "living poor". My father was extremely poor as a young boy and into his early was hard to come by in a familt of 13...!
But his very favorite dishes even way after he became successful were the foods of his poor childhood. Fish Heads and 'Bones'..., even in his late 70's...until he died, these were two of his favorites.

Id you get a chance come by and see the pretty flowers I posted today. They are from my Cactus Garden.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm to poor to even be invited to go on a houseboat.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

You can add me into the "too poor to buy a houseboat" category. We rented one once for about a week when I was a kid. It was so much fun!
I remember I got stung in the armpit by a hornet though and that was NOT fun.

9:21 AM  

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