Well, I did it. I purchased a mobile home in Iowa. Yes, I bought a non-permanent dwelling in Tornado Alley.
I ran the numbers on rent+pet fees over the four years, and $32K for rent compared to $18K for this place -- which I could sell later -- seemed like a no-brainer.
And to soothe your concerns about tornadoes (okay, MINE), you see that sidewalk in the photo that runs down the back of my place? It leads to the storm shelter. I dunno...I like adventure. I guess the tornado angle is my way of injecting some risk into an otherwise responsible life choice (going back to school, etc.).
I guess you could say it's more like a Fisher Price My-First-Home. The park that it's in takes care of the lawn, SNOW REMOVAL (a super bonus for my winter-averse California-come-New Mexico roots), water and trash. PLUS, I get free cable. Ahh...the joys of ownership with the responsibilities of apartment living. Perfect-O.
So there it is. I have embraced my inner yokel. Join me next time, when you can hear me say:
Cletus, git yer dawg off the shed!