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observant
Jan 13, 14 2:10 pm

I do love a Big Mac every now and then.

Yes, qualified with every now and then. 

If you're in Paris, for example, and overwhelmed by making a simple choice as to where to have lunch, either because you don't have a good grip on the menu or the prices are in nosebleed territory, seeing the golden arches, Frenchy style, and a Big Mac or McRoyale on the menu, which will set you back about 5 Euros, is a refreshing sight.  They did their marketing.

Benjamin_
Jan 13, 14 2:12 pm

NS - I am in Waterloo. I have climbed at the Grotto in Guelph many times. A friend of mine opened a rock climbing gym in Kitchener. Stop by next time you are in town!

Non Sequitur
Jan 13, 14 2:24 pm

Ben, I loved the Grotto even up until I fell and badly injured my ankle. I was just under 3 years without the ability to climb or run. I was not even able to hold open a door with my foot. Anyways, I have heard good rumours of this new place in Kitchener.

Just across the river from where I am and into the Canadian backcountry (Gatineau: Quebec), someone retro-fitted an oldish church into a climbing gym. The climbing is so-so but having to use an old wooden pew in the change-rooms is pretty neat.

Non Sequitur
Jan 13, 14 2:24 pm

Observant, don't forget that you can also get a beer with that for an additional 1 Euro.

Jan 13, 14 2:36 pm

Mddonad's is run by elite satanists. every euro spent there feeds the beast and further degrades the world for the rest of us.

SneakyPete
Jan 13, 14 3:41 pm

I climb mostly trad. I'm not a huge fan of gyms and bouldering because I feel the reason I climb is to get to see parts of the world from new angles. I've also not spent much time in Canada.

Non Sequitur
Jan 13, 14 4:24 pm

SneakyPete, I do not have the geographical luxury nor the time to dedicate to climbing-related travel. Perhaps one day but for now, I am rather found of my climbing gym.

Nam HendersonNam Henderson
Jan 13, 14 9:09 pm

hi TC! 

Will about what you said re: resiliency "Some great speakers I am very much looking forward to hearing, including one of the planners working on reconstruction of NY after sandy. NY seems to be dealing much better than we have so far" be interested to hear more. do you mean from crafting follow-up policy perspective or actual rebuilding?

Nam HendersonNam Henderson
Jan 13, 14 9:10 pm

also @observant re: Concordia's semi-submerged state, this photo is wild...

Donna SinkDonna Sink
Jan 14, 14 9:22 am

What I like: Working with people who like things defined and are confident about what questions need to be answered to get there.

What frustrates me: leaving everything to be figured out until the last minute.

SneakyPete
Jan 14, 14 9:38 am

We'll catch it in shops.

will gallowaywill galloway
Jan 14, 14 5:36 pm

@nam, both actually.  reconstruction is still just get started here. We lost a huge swath of the country and the problem is massive. The government is mostly focused on building sea walls that make no sense and planning is not really taking into account the future (the term planning is falling down a bit here). It's amazing we can spend so much effort fighting about the stadium by Zaha and not really try to affect reconstruction policy in a meaningful way. None of the big players seem to be interested.  NY had Bloomberg, who had a vision, like it or not. Here we have a glaring lack of an intent to have a vision...

@Donna, Agree completely! 

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jan 14, 14 6:00 pm

Japan has a rigid and highly stratified social class system that prevents much of anything intelligent from happening. Between that and corrupt forces ranging from multinational banks, industry and Yakuza there is zero possibility of anything getting better. Same applies here, except the Yakuza have a different name and the class system is based on wealth rather than birth (as if ther4e was any real difference).

observant
Jan 14, 14 6:24 pm

Yakuza - now that's a group few know about.  More should.  Especially the in-town bohemian crowd.  They could take some cues from them on tattoo design.  I sort of don't understand the fascination with Japan, and everything Japanese, especially if someone's anthropological roots are European.  Sure, if someone handed me a free ticket, I'd go to Tokyo to check it out.  It's a world city.  However, if  I didn't go, it would be ok, too.  I grew up with a lot of Japanese kids, of the second-gen variety, and we just enjoyed being American kids.  I heard one story that pissed me off to no end.  A woman whose native tongue was one of the European languages became enthralled with Japan and learned the language.  She then obtained work that involved business contact with the Japanese.  They were very dismissive of her and her language ability.  What a waste of time.  I felt bad for her.  It reminded me of the movie "Breaking Away" where the teenager in the Indiana town went berserk over all things Italian, because of the cyclists from Italy on tour, and was then shit on by them.  Moral of the story:  don't unnecessarily and exaggeratedly ingratiate yourself with a culture that is not your own, unless absolutely necessary.  They will give you honorary token status, at best.

will gallowaywill galloway
Jan 15, 14 8:56 am

miles, where did you get that idea from? Japan is not the usa. social stratification is not the problem it is in much of the world. There is some of it, but its not a defining characteristic of life here. Less than the USA (and Canada) by a real long shot.

However we do have  hair in a can that people can buy over the television.  I would say that is more of a problem in need of addressing, if anything is.

SneakyPete
Jan 15, 14 9:04 am

observant, you're as convinced by the tiny number of examples that reinforce your predetermined world view as ever. Please don't change.

Sarah Hamilton
Jan 15, 14 9:38 am

Those pros and cons threads are fun!  Like Archinect of old.  le-sigh….

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jan 15, 14 9:50 am

Will, hard to understand how you could live there and not be tuned in. Try Benedict's The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture. A little dated but highly pertinent. 

Jan 15, 14 11:13 am

The japanise royal family is directly descended from dragons (reptiles).  that tells us everything we need to know about that culture.

Donna SinkDonna Sink
Jan 15, 14 11:31 am

Will, I'm pretty sure* the US invented spray-on hair in a can sold via television.  So America, Fuck Yeah!

 

 

 

* Actually I'm totally unsure who invented it.  But I'm a USian so I'm going to go ahead and claim that anything that idiotically narcissistic is from the US.

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jan 15, 14 11:58 am

Ron Popeil, of course, as any fan of late-night television in the 80's know. Inventor of such legendary items as Chop-O-Matic, Dial-O-Matic, Popeil Pocket Fisherman, the Smokeless Ashtray and among other things GLH-9: hair in a can (Great Looking Hair Formula #9).

curtkram
Jan 15, 14 12:03 pm

isn't it the chinese that are descended from dragons?

Sarah Hamilton
Jan 15, 14 12:05 pm

Donna, why can't all narcissistic things come from Brazil?  Don't they have more plastic surgery than the US?  We should get credit for all things fat and lazy.  Like segweys, cheese in a can, doritos tacos, and rascals.

observant
Jan 15, 14 12:16 pm

observant, you're as convinced by the tiny number of examples that reinforce your predetermined world view as ever. Please don't change.

I won't change.  Guaranteed.  And, if there are reports like that, there are others.

I've seen it in my own life and travels.  Take a lot at the countries in southern Europe who share a faith and linguistic roots, minus Greece.  There is mild xenophobia.  They often think less of the transplant, in terms of admitting them to the caste system, but their children born there have local status.  The Spaniards sometimes think less of the Portuguese.  The Italians think they occupy a higher perch than do the Spaniards.  The Greeks are a little leery of the Italians.  The French clearly think they are better than everybody, but nobody likes them anyway.

And, about the above observations, it's not just me making them.  Everybody over there makes them. 

Pete, dude, your assessments of me are predictable.  You're probably a PC WASP and I am not.  Because only someone who has sold out to being PC would take offense to what I say.

curtkram
Jan 15, 14 12:21 pm

further proof that the chinese have beat america at design (from a functional rather than formal perspective):

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-chinese-malls-have-husband-storage-facilities-for-the-shopping-averse-180949293/

Donna SinkDonna Sink
Jan 15, 14 12:39 pm

That infomercial is fantastic.  The best part: "The BABES are back!" at 0:56. 

If I developed a bald spot at the back of my head, I would spray hair on it. Totally.

SneakyPete
Jan 15, 14 12:46 pm

Care to offer any evidence of me being a wasp? Nope, didn't think so.

You must not shoot your mouth off like this much in real life otherwise you'd be a lot more bitter due to people telling you to get stuffed as often as you deserve. I wager you're too afraid and the internet gives you a place to flex the bigot muscles you don't have the balls to use in real life.

 

How's that for assumption?

curtkram
Jan 15, 14 12:54 pm

as long as he doesn't bother to confirm his assumptions, his assumptions are always right.

Sarah Hamilton
Jan 15, 14 1:06 pm

Why don't the husbands just stay home?

Jan 15, 14 1:09 pm

Homo luminous, are you out there?  Is it the golden age yet?  Or are we already toast?

observant
Jan 15, 14 1:13 pm

Care to offer any evidence of me being a wasp? Nope, didn't think so.

You must not shoot your mouth off like this much in real life otherwise you'd be a lot more bitter due to people telling you to get stuffed as often as you deserve. I wager you're too afraid and the internet gives you a place to flex the bigot muscles you don't have the balls to use in real life.

How's that for assumption?

I grew up in the 2 largest metro areas of the country.  Unless someone looked like a Brady Bunch alum who surfed, people often began with "My friend Yasmin who is Armenian and lives in Glendale" or, if on the East Coast, "My friend Jeffrey who is Jewish and lives in Forest Hills."  I don't see the problem.  Upon beginning work, people would do impersonations of the small dives or corner store owners we'd descend on for junk food as a matter of course.  And I was on board for the ride.  We even had this middle-aged German lady who dressed up like Gretel who went around to offices selling jumbo cookies and people impersonated her accent.  Fun stuff.  How nice to be able to grow up where everyone can poke fun at each other's idiosyncracies in a lighthearted way.  One of the best was when, a couple of years after leaving college, a group of 20-something coworkers warned an employee flying to NY and using the hoyty toyty lounge that he would be paged as "Mike Hunt."  When the call was put through, the entire office erupted in cheering, old ladies doing clerical work included.  I didn't come up with that one, but I was nearly in tears from laughter.  Now, I am fully aware that there are cities and areas of the U.S. where that would not have flown, either then or now.  And I'm thinking such a place is your frame of reference.  If so, I'm sorry.

How's that for assumption?

P.S.  I ignore criticism from those whose life experiences are largely in the flyover zone.

SneakyPete
Jan 15, 14 1:17 pm

You ignore criticism from those who you choose to. Trying to tie it up in logic and reason is a futile endeavor. You keep being an ass and I'll be here calling you out. I consider it charity.

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jan 15, 14 1:19 pm

^ Or a public service.

observant
Jan 15, 14 1:22 pm

Pete, I think you're an ass, actually, and wonder why you're so brittle and uptight.*  I've only received such criticism from more tightly wound architects and in areas of the U.S. other than those two mentioned.

*actually, I know, my political viewpoint on a popular current chafing point does not match yours, so what you're doing is called "projecting."  Maybe I'm guilty of it, too.

SneakyPete
Jan 15, 14 1:30 pm

Popular current chafing point? Speak plainly; I have no idea what you're talking about.

 

I'm not brittle and uptight. If you were ACTUALLY FUNNY or in any way consistent with your defense posturing regarding WHY you're such a prejudiced person, I may actually laugh. I laugh at funny things. You are not funny. You are not insightful. You take shortcuts and make assumptions instead of actually thinking and then try to pass it off as harmless when you get called out. 

observant
Jan 15, 14 1:31 pm

^ Or a public service.

Well, if so, then municipalities can issue rose colored glasses to people when they pay their annual property taxes.  They can view it as a rebate for earning interest on the receipts ahead of the due date.

observant
Jan 15, 14 1:35 pm

Popular current chafing point? Speak plainly; I have no idea what you're talking about.

I think you do.  Look back at your post on socks ... or was it ties?

I'm not brittle and uptight. If you were ACTUALLY FUNNY or in any way consistent with your defense posturing regarding WHY you're such a prejudiced person, I may actually laugh. I laugh at funny things. You are not funny. You are not insightful. You take shortcuts and make assumptions instead of actually thinking and then try to pass it off as harmless when you get called out.

What entails prejudice?  Stereotyping?  That's not my definition of prejudice.  Prejudice involves virulent dislike.  Where the hell are you from?  We could start there.

SneakyPete
Jan 15, 14 1:36 pm

I have no interest in being analyzed by you. 

observant
Jan 15, 14 1:37 pm

Then STFU.

SneakyPete
Jan 15, 14 1:37 pm

I have no interest in shutting the fuck up, either. Have a nice day.

Donna SinkDonna Sink
Jan 15, 14 2:09 pm

Team Pete.

observant
Jan 15, 14 2:12 pm

Why am I not surprised?

curtkram
Jan 15, 14 2:27 pm

i suspect you're not surprised because you already know everything?

observant
Jan 15, 14 2:32 pm

I'm not surprised because the posting patterns, and opinions, of several white, easily irked, politically correct flyover types are discernible.

I would say I know a lot more about a lot of things than the typical American whose face they put a microphone into for an opinion, but I certainly don't know everything.

Non Sequitur
Jan 15, 14 2:43 pm

As the ol'saying goes: who pissed in your/everyone's corn flakes this morning.

I think Gandhi said it first but I cannot be sure of this.

SneakyPete
Jan 15, 14 3:03 pm

"white, easily irked, politically correct flyover types"

Still having trouble seeing why people think you come across as a dick?

observant
Jan 15, 14 3:52 pm

I thought you were backing off, via your "have a nice day."

One can never come off as too big of a dick, since you've chosen to go phallic on me.

My friends like me just the way I am.  For decades.  I didn't come here to make friends.  In fact, I fully expected to find some of the snively types you meet in a-school and in certain work environments. 

Jan 15, 14 3:57 pm

Homo luminous? ??

SneakyPete
Jan 15, 14 4:03 pm

Why did you come here, then?

Jan 15, 14 4:08 pm

Because, nitwit, i'm searching for homo luminous? duh.

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