I was waiting for it to warm a bit before we went out to work on the Holiday House and I saw this invitation to start a blog. At 62, computers in general, and "new media" in particular are as foreign to me as a foreign language. I have never blogged, or journaled and anything that took time or effort on the computer. As a general contractor by trade, I feel much more comfortable doing the work than talking about it. But what the heck, why not give it a try? 

The story of the Holiday House trailer is very interesting, and best told on other sites. They are fairly rare, and mostly on the west coast. What attracts me is that I think it is iconic "mid-century modern". A very unusual trailer with unique lines. My wife first saw one 6 years ago and was hooked right away. Finally we had a chance to get one, in very poor condition, that needed everything and expensive. What more could you want. We have redone about 6 trailers to date, and have a dozen waiting, but the focus in on the Holiday House right now. 

My wife, an able craftsman in her own right wants to be as hands on as possible on this one, and demolished what was left of the interior. we are back to the frame and part of a rotted floor. We have a rough idea of what we want, and it will be nothing like the original on the inside. We want ultra mid-century modern, ultra sleek.

As a gentleman I met from So Cal said, "all trailers are rotten" and this one sure is. But it took 50 years of neglect to get there. So, being 62 myself, do I need to build it to last another 50 years? I don't think so. You can find on line endless discussions of materials and techniques to insure there will never be a drop of unwanted water entering the trailer. But at what cost? That is the dilemma we are in now. Better is the enemy of good, and sometimes better never comes.  

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Comment by Pat Daly on January 24, 2015 at 1:49pm

Bruce,  thanks for adding your blog!  Post a photo off your computer when you can... use the second little "icon"  to upload from your computer.  Thanks much!  pat

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