Wednesday, September 28, 2005

My Dream Home



One of the most interesting aspects of Long Island is the "architecture". Levittown was the birthplace of the suburb in the late 40's. By now, almost everyone has gotten around to "improving" and "updating" the original small, boxy house. Pictured is just one such updatement.

There are stylistic elements which seem to be common to these remodelling jobs:

The tiniest windows available (not to mention UGLY).
Siding (usually vinyl) often running at a variety of angles.
Boats.
Statues, fountains, and water "features".
Perfect lawns, and shrubs that look like children's drawings of shrubs.
Plastic flowers in window boxes and even in flower beds.
Pristine white fences made entirely of plastic.
Numerous large satellite dishes and various antennae.

If this is your house, Good One!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Parade Memories



You can SEE the excitement on Hempstead Turnpike as the crowd swells in anticipation of the Memorial Day Parade.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Gills Would Help



On one of the hottest, most humid days I've ever experienced Kay and I huddled in the air conditioning of Starbucks for a few hours, until we reached our caffeine tolerance. The weather that day could only be described as disgusting. You can't breathe the air, you just sort of wade through it. It was a giant terrarrium full of cranky soggy people.