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Dear Future Aram,

Boy, what a day. Two really interesting things happened.

The first thing is, maybe it's just me, but sometimes I think the 1920s-style Tudor revival homes are just *intentionally* unimpressive. I don't mean in terms of size, because there are some huge houses out there; but the architectural features seem to be drawing the least awesome elements of post-gothic building design. In some ways it's hokey just for the sake of being hokey, you know?

Like, take half-timbering. That's the thing where there's a white wall with a thick brown border and thick brown curved or "X'd" timbers over it. And in the olden days, like the early 1500s, those brown lines were the actual timbers holding the building up. And the lighter parts (made of amazingly named "wattle and daub") were just filler because people were too dirt poor to afford entire walls. But nowadays if you see something like that, it's just ornamental. People think it looks cool and rustic. In other words, they're kind of making it look cheap to make it look fancy. 

I started thinking about it today when I saw a photo of a Tudor revival with an addition that had a flat roof. It's a strange counterpoint. And I noticed it right away for how out of place it seemed. Sometimes I get really defensive about people weirdly combining architectural styles. 'Cause in some cases, it can wind up being an enormous mess. 

But I'm growing to embrace postmodern architecture, too. Sometimes a combination of very dissimilar things can end up being the coolest and the most transcendent. And anyway, happiness is learning to accept the world as it is, not as you wish it to be. At the end of the day, that concept extends to architectural styles as much as anything else. 

The second thing is, Senator Mitchell got shot in the chest, but we rushed in and saved him and now he's doing really well.

 

So yeah, busy day!

 

Your Friend,

Past Aram

 

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