As I begin to type these first few words, my brain screams… “NO, you do not want to start another project”! I’m sure you know that feeling and I’ll bet that your ‘To Do’ list is also lengthier than you would like it to be.
Ignoring the urging from my left brain, the right hemisphere seizes control and I convince myself that getting involved with THIS blog will be different. These are all ‘log home people’, a community of like-minded people interested in the same things. Okay, now that I’ve committed myself, I’ll toss out some thoughts.
Being more of a creative type, I don’t typically follow politics or economic news as closely as I should, but one cannot escape what is happening in America of late. We’re embroiled in a hot political race for the Presidency, and our economy is teetering on recession… or not. The economic woes have cast a dark cloud on the real estate market that has also affected the log and timber home segment of what is considered to be an up-scale segment of the industry. Ask any builder or manufacturer and most will admit that sales are off, but we’re not feeling the pinch that the conventional home building market is suffering... small consolation. Maybe it is time that we all move to China.
Obviously, I’m not talking about political asylum, but our friends across the pond have an economy that is mindboggling in its scope and they love all things western. If you browse North America’s log home manufacturers’ websites, you’ll discover that many boast that they ship homes all over the globe. Well, if we are supposed to “fish where the fish are biting”, maybe we all need to move to China…. figuratively. The Internet permits us to invade China and never leave the office.
Just a random thought, but is it time that we create pages on our websites to cater to this off-shore market? They have the money and the desire, and we have the knowledge, raw materials and experience. Should we be hiring Chinese translators?