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What a sweet deal - people pay to work here | by Steve took it
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What a sweet deal - people pay to work here

In the previous photo I expressed envy for folks with "round offices" which you would have if you operated a lighthouse, thinking that was an even better deal than the coveted corporate corner office that many chase. Several of you agreed. Well, here is your chance! This is the Rose Island Lighthouse overlooking Narragansett Bay near Newport Rhode Island. It was built in 1869 and still serves as an official navigation aid. What is unique is that it is operated by vacationers who can book a room there and then serve as "lighthouse keepers." It's actually a very clever and effective way to keep the restored lighthouse operational, and a fun opportunity to vacation on an island that is also a wildlife refuge, home to all kinds of migrating herons and nesting geese. I didn't get to actually stay there, but did tour the museum, explored the remains of Fort Hamilton that protected Newport up through WW2, and climbed up and squeezed into the actual lighthouse tower to check out the "round office." Nice.


For you history buffs, the Rose Island Lighthouse sits on an 18-acre island and was in use for over a century by civilians and then the Coast Guard before it fell victim to harsh weather and vandals. It was finally abandoned in 1971, but in 1993 volunteers restored the place and it is now back on the official navigational charts as a fully functioning aid to sailors. And now they have cleverly figured out how to get people to pay money to work there, rather then the more expensive other way around - just by offering a chance to work in your very own round office.

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Taken on October 5, 2013