I think I have a decent vocabulary. I love words and don’t often run across English words that I simply do not recognize. I may not know the definitions off the top of my head when it comes to the more obscure, but I usually at least recognize the word. But I ran across a new one this week.
I was internet-stalking Suzanne Somers the other day…er, I mean, I was snooping a look or two at her estate high on a mountain overlooking Palm Springs that is now being offered at a reduced price of a mere $15 million. It sounds lovely.
I don’t think this picture really captures the place:
The estate has several buildings and has ten bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
As you can see, it has a marvelous kitchen:
and beautiful outdoor spaces:
It has a pool and, for the performing arts, an outdoor amphitheater. What more could one want?
I was really living it up vicariously when I got to the part that said one of the unique things about the property is that it is only reached by a funicular.
Well, that sent me to the dictionary, where I found that a funicular is a cable-drawn car which transports folks up a steep incline, like a mountainside. I found pictures of Suzanne’s funicular:
And here she is snuggled up having a blast with some guy (her husband?) in bathrobes (do you reckon they ride up and down the mountain in their bathrobes often?):
Here are a few more examples of funiculars for your learning pleasure:
Do not ever say you cannot learn things here from the Stickhorse Cowgirls. (If you are kind you will at least pretend you didn’t already know this word…)
PS – BTW, I am afraid of heights. The funicular entrance killed the deal for me…Suzanne must look elsewhere to unload that estate.