Residential Alternatives

The more I live in Louisiana, the more I would like either to live somewhere else or at least be able to get to other places when I have the time. (Sadly, the more I live here, the less I am able to afford anything.) Until that moment where I live elsewhere, I like to daydream about either living in a small house, maybe even a tiny house as they are now known, or at least camping in a similarly outfitted trailer.

Here are some ideas:

*An [Updated Airstream](*

![Updated 1962 Bambi Airstream](
*A [1962 Airstream Bambi](*

![Travel Trailer Home](
*A [Lived-In Travel Trailer](*


Dave Wise’s one-hour long documentary, [“Otherness”](, about his 45-day stay on Darnet Island during a difficult moment in his life was what the web promised it would deliver. Laid-off in his forties and facing a break-up with his girlfriend, Wise decided he needed some time off from the world, the social world, the everyday world, to think and, as corny as it sounds, to find himself again. The result is a documentary that is deeply personal and heartfelt. Quiet, mostly. And, I should also note, it doesn’t deliver any transformative narrative or message. Sometimes, Wise seems to suggest, we just need time to think. We don’t need to expect anything out of that time or that thinking. We just need the time.