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 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

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A couple of months ago, I bought Joe a Panasonic Lumix DMC TS20 camera for his birthday. He didn't really have his own camera so I thought, hey why not? He might used it or he might not, but at least he has his own now. It being January when Joe celebrates his birthday, one of the coolest things about the camera couldn't be tested.

This camera is waterproof! It takes photos in up to 16 feet in water when you follow the locking rules correctly. This was the first weekend we have been able to use it in the water and I'm pretty impressed about the quality of the photos and how well it works. The girls had a blast and it was a hit at the pool.

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