Most of you, I would suppose, live in houses more or less firmly affixed to a land mass. Some few of you may reside in a house resting on water rather than land, either permanently placed or mobile. Houses and houseboats, however, fail to compare with the newest housing solution, The houseblimp exceeds the houseboat in mobility, the penthouse in panoramic view, the country house in bucolic solitude, and the city condo in easy access to amenities. What, in fact, could be better than waking up far above the birds, climbing down a ladder to get to work,1 and setting the autopilot when you want to visit friends or take a vacation to Europe or Antarctica.
The concept of the houseblimp was invented by the late Clayton K. Miramontes, skydiver and blimp enthusiast, when he was evicted from his apartment on the twenty-fifth floor of the Fuller Building. He took a spectacular dive out of his window and into the waiting gondola of his personal blimp. He spent the rest of his life living in his blimp, only descending once, to seek help for a belligerent foot fungus.
From these beginnings, the houseblimp has gained in popularity, to the point where, a grateful houseblimp owner has kindly offered to let the staff of The Flying News try out his houseblimp for a few weeks. We will report on the experience if anything newsworthy develops. Stay tuned.
- Or if you’re running late, sliding down the optional zip-line. ↩