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2022-08-17 9:11:03 PM  
Doesn't mention utilities...
 
2022-08-17 9:20:48 PM  
Or protection payments to El Hefe
 
2022-08-18 6:39:49 AM  
No mention of it being a slideshow?
 
2022-08-18 6:40:31 AM  
And the helicopter ride to go get a carton of milk is only $5,000 each way.
 
2022-08-18 6:43:17 AM  
Shipping in water, fuel, and supplies isn't cheap. Also, can't call the cops when bandits come knocking. This has Galt's Gulch potential.
 
2022-08-18 6:43:26 AM  
Hurricane season lasts right up until monsoon season starts.
 
2022-08-18 6:44:51 AM  
I find the need for elevated paths disconcerting. It's as if the ground may be a sea of mud for much of the year.

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2022-08-18 6:47:05 AM  

jamspoon: I find the need for elevated paths disconcerting. It's as if the ground may be a sea of mud for much of the year.


It's a short term problem, because it won't be too long before the island is completely underwater.
 
2022-08-18 6:56:43 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: And the helicopter ride to go get a carton of milk is only $5,000 each way.


For a 12 mile trip?

If you can afford the island, get a boat.
 
2022-08-18 7:00:27 AM  
"Less than the average house"

$475k

GFY. That is infuriating.
 
2022-08-18 7:00:37 AM  
not really a wise choice unless you are super rich. a trip to get groceries involves a boat and car. also the expense of propane, and when the serial killer shows up the police response will be slower than to a minority neighborhood.
yeah, no. keep your island.
 
2022-08-18 7:00:56 AM  
Nice until climate change and glacial melt submerges it.

Then it becomes a shipping hazard.
 
2022-08-18 7:04:59 AM  

chucknasty: and when the serial killer shows up the police response will be slower than to a minority neighborhood


Killer robots.  If you own an island, it's pretty much GOT to be an 'evil island lair', right?  And with the cops having zero presence, nobody's going to notice if you kill everyone who lands on the island uninvited.

The big issue with killer robots right now is selectivity.  If you don't give a flying fark and they can kill anything human-shaped, it's a solved problem.
 
2022-08-18 7:06:06 AM  
Where I live, a single family house for 475k is a bargain. That is small townhouse/condo price.
 
2022-08-18 7:11:15 AM  

chucknasty: and when the serial killer shows up the police response will be slower than to a minority neighborhood.


When seconds count, the police are only minutes days away
 
2022-08-18 7:12:45 AM  
CSB: I had friends do this off the coast of Belize. They bought an island on the barrier reef and opened a small 5 room hotel. Solar power, cistern, etc. The toilet was an outhouse overhanging the water. The dining room was a thatched hut on a pier in the middle of a protected bay formed by the reef. The waters were filled with the most incredible fish. They would send a boat to the mainland daily for supplies. It was great until the hurricane arrived.
 
2022-08-18 7:33:12 AM  

flamark: CSB: I had friends do this off the coast of Belize. They bought an island on the barrier reef and opened a small 5 room hotel. Solar power, cistern, etc. The toilet was an outhouse overhanging the water. The dining room was a thatched hut on a pier in the middle of a protected bay formed by the reef. The waters were filled with the most incredible fish. They would send a boat to the mainland daily for supplies. It was great until the hurricane arrived.


It was great until the hurricane arrived, or when people started to realize that they were swimming in shiat filled water. Seriously?, you have this pristine area and you take a dump out over the water?
 
2022-08-18 7:34:30 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: And the helicopter ride to go get a carton of milk is only $5,000 each way.


Get a cow
 
2022-08-18 7:38:31 AM  

chitownmike: Mr. Coffee Nerves: And the helicopter ride to go get a carton of milk is only $5,000 each way.

Get a cow


You're better off with goats, actually.
 
2022-08-18 7:45:43 AM  

fsufan: flamark: CSB: I had friends do this off the coast of Belize. They bought an island on the barrier reef and opened a small 5 room hotel. Solar power, cistern, etc. The toilet was an outhouse overhanging the water. The dining room was a thatched hut on a pier in the middle of a protected bay formed by the reef. The waters were filled with the most incredible fish. They would send a boat to the mainland daily for supplies. It was great until the hurricane arrived.

It was great until the hurricane arrived, or when people started to realize that they were swimming in shiat filled water. Seriously?, you have this pristine area and you take a dump out over the water?


It's also a great fishing spot.
 
2022-08-18 7:49:30 AM  

Trik: fsufan: flamark: CSB: I had friends do this off the coast of Belize. They bought an island on the barrier reef and opened a small 5 room hotel. Solar power, cistern, etc. The toilet was an outhouse overhanging the water. The dining room was a thatched hut on a pier in the middle of a protected bay formed by the reef. The waters were filled with the most incredible fish. They would send a boat to the mainland daily for supplies. It was great until the hurricane arrived.

It was great until the hurricane arrived, or when people started to realize that they were swimming in shiat filled water. Seriously?, you have this pristine area and you take a dump out over the water?

It's also a great fishing spot.


Actually, yes. The spot that the outhouse dropped into (on the opposite side of the island) was crystal clear and filled with little fish. There were not a lot of people on the island at one time so the environment handled it well. And what a view from the outhouse overlooking the ocean. Beautiful.
 
2022-08-18 7:57:46 AM  

fsufan: flamark: CSB: I had friends do this off the coast of Belize. They bought an island on the barrier reef and opened a small 5 room hotel. Solar power, cistern, etc. The toilet was an outhouse overhanging the water. The dining room was a thatched hut on a pier in the middle of a protected bay formed by the reef. The waters were filled with the most incredible fish. They would send a boat to the mainland daily for supplies. It was great until the hurricane arrived.

It was great until the hurricane arrived, or when people started to realize that they were swimming in shiat filled water. Seriously?, you have this pristine area and you take a dump out over the water?


Even fish gotta excrete. Ever seen a dolphin drop a deuce?
Small island, low population, the additional nitrogen and phosphorus easily absorbed by the biosphere. Main river artery, huge population, now you have a Ganges problem.
 
2022-08-18 8:24:29 AM  
I was thinking, "Welcome to Fark Island." But, you all ruined it with your observations.
 
2022-08-18 8:31:08 AM  
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2022-08-18 8:42:54 AM  

djZorbof: Where I live, a single family house for 475k is a bargain. That is small townhouse/condo price.


Same here.  We both sold our old house (closing today) and bought our new house for more than that.  And our realtor told us that our new house would have gone for twice as much if it were closer to town (we're ~25 miles outside the city limits).

And it's insane to even say that.
 
2022-08-18 8:50:01 AM  

fsufan: flamark: CSB: I had friends do this off the coast of Belize. They bought an island on the barrier reef and opened a small 5 room hotel. Solar power, cistern, etc. The toilet was an outhouse overhanging the water. The dining room was a thatched hut on a pier in the middle of a protected bay formed by the reef. The waters were filled with the most incredible fish. They would send a boat to the mainland daily for supplies. It was great until the hurricane arrived.

It was great until the hurricane arrived, or when people started to realize that they were swimming in shiat filled water. Seriously?, you have this pristine area and you take a dump out over the water?


Underwater reattach research lab:  where do you think they do it?

Entrance to the lab is a hole in the floor. When nature calls, they jump in, swim a short distance, then let loose.

The fish are quite happy for the snack.
 
2022-08-18 8:50:39 AM  
Remote homestead in a region of the world with one of the highest murder rates. I see no problem with this.
 
2022-08-18 8:53:44 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: fsufan: flamark: CSB: I had friends do this off the coast of Belize. They bought an island on the barrier reef and opened a small 5 room hotel. Solar power, cistern, etc. The toilet was an outhouse overhanging the water. The dining room was a thatched hut on a pier in the middle of a protected bay formed by the reef. The waters were filled with the most incredible fish. They would send a boat to the mainland daily for supplies. It was great until the hurricane arrived.

It was great until the hurricane arrived, or when people started to realize that they were swimming in shiat filled water. Seriously?, you have this pristine area and you take a dump out over the water?

Underwater reattach research lab:  where do you think they do it?

Entrance to the lab is a hole in the floor. When nature calls, they jump in, swim a short distance, then let loose.

The fish are quite happy for the snack.


https://gizmodo.com/we-asked-jacques-cousteaus-grandson-about-spongebob-th-1795167713
 
2022-08-18 9:03:43 AM  

fsufan: flamark: CSB: I had friends do this off the coast of Belize. They bought an island on the barrier reef and opened a small 5 room hotel. Solar power, cistern, etc. The toilet was an outhouse overhanging the water. The dining room was a thatched hut on a pier in the middle of a protected bay formed by the reef. The waters were filled with the most incredible fish. They would send a boat to the mainland daily for supplies. It was great until the hurricane arrived.

It was great until the hurricane arrived, or when people started to realize that they were swimming in shiat filled water. Seriously?, you have this pristine area and you take a dump out over the water?


I assume the shait would be too watered down to matter. Might be more of an environmental concern.

I do know that this was the primary type of toilets in American Samoa as late as the 1960s.
 
2022-08-18 9:40:53 AM  
There are so many islands for sale out there. Some are nicer than others. When I fantasy shop, it's for a nice island where nobody can bother me.  Off the coast of Nicaragua seems a bit on the risky side though. The dock is also cracked, which is probably storm damage so not a plus.  A girl can dream though.
 
2022-08-18 9:50:40 AM  
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or at least becoming one but we'll call it two.
 
2022-08-18 10:01:06 AM  

djZorbof: Where I live, a single family house for 475k is a bargain. That is small townhouse/condo price.


Last year the modest house next door sold for $1.3 million. It's no mcMansion; it looks a lot like the house I grew up in, and my Dad was a teacher -- we weren't rich.
 
2022-08-18 10:17:57 AM  

Trik: Nice until climate change and glacial melt submerges it.

Then it becomes a shipping hazard.


With the owner liable for damages
 
2022-08-18 10:19:06 AM  

snowjack: djZorbof: Where I live, a single family house for 475k is a bargain. That is small townhouse/condo price.

Last year the modest house next door sold for $1.3 million. It's no mcMansion; it looks a lot like the house I grew up in, and my Dad was a teacher -- we weren't rich.


4 years ago the house beside us sold for 2.8 million. It was a tear down. They built a big house with a rental basement suite and a laneway. So they must be in for near 4. It's currently assessed at 2.6. To afford an average home here one needs a household income of $320,000. Average rent on a one bedroom is $2400.
When Mr. Nonsense is done school we're out.
One of our favorite pastimes is what could we buy for the price of the house next door. Gotta say, there's some awfully nice updated castles in the south of France.
 
2022-08-18 10:26:04 AM  
Is this the part where we point out that you can buy a mansion for half in Bumfark, Iowa?

(But then you'd have to live in Iowa, of course)
 
2022-08-18 10:34:44 AM  

Katerchen: Is this the part where we point out that you can buy a mansion for half in Bumfark, Iowa?

(But then you'd have to live in Iowa, of course)


Greece will give you an island.  The problem is it's disputed and you might get a visit from some soldiers who don't recognize your right to be there.
 
2022-08-18 10:35:10 AM  
If the island ends up being a bust, you could finally return to Managua. You could go unnoticed in such a place.

/ Who am I kidding? You should stay with your mama
 
2022-08-18 10:37:33 AM  

Katerchen: Is this the part where we point out that you can buy a mansion for half in Bumfark, Iowa?

(But then you'd have to live in Iowa, of course)


$200-$400k gets you a lakefront property in redneckville, WI.
 
2022-08-18 11:10:37 AM  
Not having police would be the last concern on my mind. I live in a city and they don't show up or do anything there either.
 
jdh
2022-08-18 11:52:22 AM  
The listing says Iguana Island but when you look at it on Google Maps it is named "Cayo Guano".

"shiat Island" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
 
2022-08-18 12:17:24 PM  

jdh: The listing says Iguana Island but when you look at it on Google Maps it is named "Cayo Guano".

"shiat Island" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.


Does explain the elevated pathways, though.
 
2022-08-18 12:41:02 PM  
I may have thought about it once or twice...

Living in a place like this is all about logistics.  Don't forget that the transportation landscape is changing.  We are on the cusp of affordable passenger drones that would make short hops affordable and routine.  You'll also want a plan for medical evacuation - luckily there are insurance policies designed for that.  Also buy a good local used boat.

After that it's about power.  If you can reliably generate and store enough then you can live rather comfortably with desalinated water, AC, satellite coms and refrigeration.  This is the point when you can begin your middle-finger display to the world.
 
2022-08-18 1:33:59 PM  

patowen: I may have thought about it once or twice...

Living in a place like this is all about logistics.  Don't forget that the transportation landscape is changing.  We are on the cusp of affordable passenger drones that would make short hops affordable and routine.  You'll also want a plan for medical evacuation - luckily there are insurance policies designed for that.  Also buy a good local used boat.

After that it's about power.  If you can reliably generate and store enough then you can live rather comfortably with desalinated water, AC, satellite coms and refrigeration.  This is the point when you can begin your middle-finger display to the world.


You will not be able to maintain anything long term without resupply.  To cut out civilization you need sufficient replacement parts to last your lifetime.

And you'll likely regret your decision upon your first significant health issue popping up.

Regardless, you're likely to want enough wealth stored to buy back in to civilization just as a safety net.
 
2022-08-18 1:41:34 PM  
With Epstein dead, You'll have to get your own underage sex slaves.
 
2022-08-18 1:57:11 PM  

Katerchen: Is this the part where we point out that you can buy a mansion for half in Bumfark, Iowa?

(But then you'd have to live in Iowa, of course)


I live in Assendof, IA and I'll thank you not to confuse us with Bumfark.  That's a few miles down the road and nobody likes them.
 
2022-08-18 2:07:56 PM  

stuffy: With Epstein dead, You'll have to get your own underage sex slaves.


A bit of effort, but nice to save the middle-man's cut and there's the related reduction in blackmail material being collected on you.
 
2022-08-18 2:11:17 PM  
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2022-08-18 2:18:20 PM  
How much for Internet access? And does it have a generator, or no electric? Running drinkable water?
 
2022-08-18 2:20:08 PM  

whitroth: How much for Internet access? And does it have a generator, or no electric? Running drinkable water?


It has armed people a short boat ride away who would be interested in killing you and taking your stuff.  The more stuff you have, the sooner they will visit.
 
2022-08-18 2:27:03 PM  

Unsung_Hero: patowen: I may have thought about it once or twice...

Living in a place like this is all about logistics.  Don't forget that the transportation landscape is changing.  We are on the cusp of affordable passenger drones that would make short hops affordable and routine.  You'll also want a plan for medical evacuation - luckily there are insurance policies designed for that.  Also buy a good local used boat.

After that it's about power.  If you can reliably generate and store enough then you can live rather comfortably with desalinated water, AC, satellite coms and refrigeration.  This is the point when you can begin your middle-finger display to the world.

You will not be able to maintain anything long term without resupply.  To cut out civilization you need sufficient replacement parts to last your lifetime.

And you'll likely regret your decision upon your first significant health issue popping up.

Regardless, you're likely to want enough wealth stored to buy back in to civilization just as a safety net.


The trick is to live along civilization's fringes, without cutting it out altogether.  I've been doing it with rural living so far - I'd take it up a notch with the right gear though
 
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