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Sunday, April 28, 2013

C: C’mon, Let’s Exercise Your Vocabulary!

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:

somers house

The estate has several buildings and has ten bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. 

As you can see, it has a marvelous kitchen:

sommers kitchen

and beautiful outdoor spaces:

sommers outdoors

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:

funicular sommers

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?):

funicular sommers 2

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.


Debbie said...

I wonder what thy want for the patio..and if the view comes with that.WOW! Don't think I like the 'funicular'. :D

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

The funicular ruins it for me! Looks too much like a roller coaster which would be torture for me!
I'm just wondering how they built a place like that with no access but a funicular! How did they get everything up there with no road?

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KathyB. said...

My husband & I got stuck mid-trip in a funicular at an ocean side hotel site we stayed at on our 35th wedding anniversary. Not fun, and it was there I discovered I had serious issues with being stuck in a small space while suspended over a long drop into ...well, a long and possibly deadly drop. Maybe Suzanne was wearing her robe knowing she just might be stuck there for awhile. Maybe she WAS stuck there.

Deal-killer for sure!

Vee said...

How in the world did that get built and the furniture and accoutrements of living? Yup, that word was completely new to my vocabulary. Thank you for keeping me educated.

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