It would appear the federal government is doing all it can to raise some money (and avoid hitting that debt ceiling). If you needed some ideas for my birthday (which is in December), you could always buy me a lighthouse. The General Services Administration is currently holding an auction (three of them, actually) wherein you can bid on lighthouses in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Lake County, Ohio, and Conneaut, Ohio.
It has been previously noted my affinity for lighthouses. If I am on vacation and there is a lighthouse nearby, I will usually visit it. Someday, I will stay in one (there's a bed and breakfast). Now if you don't want to buy me one, the GSA is making a dozen lighthouses available for free (to public groups that will agree to preserve it). Perhaps JAL Tours should get one?
The lighthouses available for free are:
- Ile aux Galetts Light in Lake Michigan (only accessible by small boat - might be a little remote)
- Port Austin Reef Light in Lake Huron (also a little remote)
- Alpena Light in Michigan (not much to this one, though)
- Brandywine Shoal (out in the middle of Delaware Bay)
- Ship John Shoal (also out in the middle of Delaware Bay)
- Miah Maull Shoal (also out in the middle of Delaware Bay)
- Race Rock (now this one I would get in a heart beat, at the entrance to Long Island Sound)
- Orient Point Light (also in Long Island Sound)
- Point Tuna Light – also known as Punta Tuna is in Puerto Rico!
- Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse in Wisconsin (the lighthouse keepers quarters are evidently done in Art Deco)
- Fowey Rocks Light in the Florida Keys
- Point Fermin Light in San Pedro, California (a lovely little lighthouse)