FUZZYWICKETS: it's great that your apt. is "rock solid" and that it can withstand scud missles and tank rounds, but honestly, a lot of people say that about apts./houses out here, and i just don't see the point of it.
That is, rock solid compared to the new places that are having problems with walls and foundations cracking.
FUZZYWICKETS: my family, and all of my friends back home in Duhmerica have wooden houses. 2X4's, plywood, sheet rock, some insulation, i juz. dom. unless you're anticipating tornadoes or hurricanes, what's the point of spending all that money on brick and concrete and whatever else people use out here to build their........fortresses.
I guess it depends on where you place your priorities. Houses where I come from are brick... but then again, winters are cold and spring can get windy. It's nice to have a house that you can keep warm...and that won't have structural problems after 25 years.