Saturday, January 02, 2010

In the masonry belt

Hot places seem to be made mostly of masonry while cooler places use wood. I'm not sure of what the reasons are for this; I presume it is some combination of material availability as well as suitability to the climate. Heavy stone, concrete or brick structures are hard to keep warm in Winter but they are great for staying cool in hot weather. Also, in the US South West, the Medereranian and the Middle East there is not so much forrest, so it all kind of makes sense.

So, I have been in a place where nothing looks familiar, since I have always lived in Northern climes. It is a lot like being around an "announcer". This is a term I just made-up since I don't know if there is an actual name for this personality. What it is is a person that makes declarative statements all the time: It can be very draining in either of the two flavors. Flavor one, they stay things which are true and obvious--the implication being that you are an idiot for not already knowing each fact which is pointed to. The other flavor is worse, they make declarations which are risible, false or wrong-headed. You are left implicitly agreeing to their nonsense if you stay silent, or stuck arguing with an idiot if you don't stay silent. The constant revisitation of (sound) assumptions leaves one tired and wrung-out.

It is sort of similar when you are in a forign place. Nothing looks familiar and so the assumptions about what you will see, hear and smell are not met and you get that same feeling of unease.

Also, when masonry is not properly maintained--it really shows.

Properly maintained:

Not properly maintained.

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