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The guy who made this:


Very interesting profile by Joyce Wadler in the NY Times of a Czech who resettled in Utah:

WHEN a man escapes from an Iron Curtain country in an aircraft he built himself, perhaps it should not be surprising, nearly three decades later, to find him making his home in an airplane hangar.

The three runways surrounding Ivo Zdarsky’s hangar are not pristine, despite his continual battle with the badgers that burrow underneath, threatening them with collapse. But at least he has managed to keep them clear of the cattle. Lucin International Airport is what Mr. Zdarsky calls this place, though the only plane that lands regularly in this ghost town a 180-mile drive northwest of Salt Lake City is his own. (If you go to Ogden, 160 miles away, to stock up on groceries, it is good to have your own plane.)

Do not think, however, that the home of Mr. Zdarsky, who makes his living manufacturing airplane propellers, is austere. His great room — essentially his only room — is dominated by such big-box treasures as a 90-inch flat-screen TV, with four-foot-tall speakers in the corners of the room. There is also a drum set, a desk and a computer, two mattresses in front of the TV and an upside-down inflatable hot tub covered with a sheet and repurposed as a settee.

You must be really close to the U.P.S. guy, the reporter says.

“Brent,” says Mr. Zdarsky, 51, who retains the accent of his native Czechoslovakia, and has a high-pitched voice and a dry but wicked sense of humor. “He lives in Ogden. He is my lifeline to civilization.”

And sitting on the bed and settee, as casually as you might toss a sweater, are two assault weapons.

“I use them on the badgers because they dig in my ground,” Mr. Zdarsky explains. “You cannot imagine the damage these badgers do.”

In fact, looking around, the reporter counts seven weapons in the room. Specifics, please.

“That’s a .308 sniper rifle,” Mr. Zdarsky says. “That’s a .223 sniper rifle. There is a shotgun if the badgers get too close. There is a Belgium FS2000.”

He gestures toward some ammunition on a homemade table nearby. “That’s what our guys are using in Afghanistan. It’s very effective against badgers. And probably terrorists too.”

There is also camouflage clothing. Why would Mr. Zdarsky, who may be the only resident of Lucin, need camouflage clothing?

“Because they don’t get dirty,” Mr. Zdarsky says. “Plus, the badgers don’t see it.”

THERE are ghost towns, and then there are towns that are so deserted they aren’t even the ghosts of ghost towns. Lucin, in Box Elder County, is the latter. In the late 1800s, steam engines stopped nearby to take on water. In the 1970s, a few retired railroad workers were still living here, but they are long gone.

More significant to Mr. Zdarsky is the area’s military history — which may be the reason he found a mysterious 500-foot-wide, 4,000-foot-long runway on his property. . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

29 March 2012 at 8:25 am

Posted in Daily life, Video

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