The Beer Can House

The Beer Can House in Houston, Texas is proof that when a person sets their mind to do something they can accomplish some-things. There is plenty of room for debate between reasonable people as to whether these things are worth doing but it is a clear fact, sometimes they get done.

For years I had read about and now visited the offbeat creation of John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and even now I am still uncertain about what to think when, in that rarest of moments, I think about what is now his legacy. Whether he set out to produce art, satisfy an obsessive compulsion or to simply create a veneer of legitimacy for his obvious love of beer is still not in my mind clear. I did enjoy looking around the place, seeing what you could do with a spare 50,000 beer cans and watching the brief video. I can’t say the visit actually moved me in any way but I was certainly thirsty when I left.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn’t intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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