Thursday, May 10, 2007

How I know God is not a developer....


I'm gonna mention this pet peeve of mine again because every time I pass a new development it irks me to no end.

All you Brooklynites won't know what I'm talking about because it simply doesn't exist in Brooklyn.

Vinyl siding houses with brick fronts.

Rows and rows of vinyl homes shhhhh pretending to be brick shhh..

And so I was looking at pictures of outer space the other day and noticed that the dark side of the moon is made of rock and moon material just like the front..
Now imagine if a modern day developer was running the show on the 4th day...
"Hey make only the side facing earth rock...the other side..gimme vinyl siding.."

And then I though why stop there? On the 6th day...why make humans out of flesh and skin all the way around..Only the front..the back can also be vinyl siding..

False fronts...everywhere you look..
Houses..
People...
Cars....

Can you drown in shallowness?

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27 Comments:

Blogger It's All Good Now said...

Hey, David. If you think the outside of the houses are shallow, you should see the inhabitants.

May 10, 2007 6:47 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

well, it is cheaper...
:)

May 10, 2007 8:23 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

its all good now...
thats what i meant there at the end..
and welcome back from ur self imposed exile

dreamer...
well then..do it all vynil siding..like my house

May 10, 2007 8:34 PM  
Blogger It's All Good Now said...

DOL - Nah! Nothing as dramatic as exile, self imposed or otherwise. It's more a matter of time constraints.

May 10, 2007 9:33 PM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

yeh... there's something odd about those manufactured lifestyles that seem to cme hand in hand with developments like that.

May 10, 2007 10:28 PM  
Blogger Shpitzle Shtrimpkind said...

"Can you drown in shallowness"

Well, this sure was deep!

May 10, 2007 11:00 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

well, brick sometimes looks nicer, but some can't afford it...
give them a break - it's not THAT bad (if you don't come close...)

i've seen worse things on the outsides of some (actually, many) houses...

May 10, 2007 11:37 PM  
Blogger Sarah Yarok said...

I am very pleased to see one of my pet peeves here. I say, if you can afford brick, build a brick house. If you can't, don't. Don't try to fake it!

Buy my other pet peeve in buildings is when they use an architect who was trained to use a theme of three in a religious building and all his religious buildings (for all faiths) look similar. vehamaivin yavin.

May 10, 2007 11:47 PM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

eww.. its like those fake purses/wallets/jewlery stuff they sell in china town.. i just dont get it. who are you fooling and why? do poeple actually FEEL richer and more successful with their brick fronts, cheap louis vitton purses and fake tiffany pendants? personally i'd feel like an idiot..

May 11, 2007 8:57 AM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

mookie - who said all are going for the name on the bag? some may just want a nice bag at a cheap price, and don't care that it says D&G or whatever it does on it. I can think of some people who just buy a purse if it's nice and if it's cheap. Like me! And I don't mind telling people that I got it for twenty dollars in Manhattan, and if they want, I can get one for them, too.

And what's wrong with wearing costume jewelry? Personally, I feel funny wearing the real stuff - like if I'll lose it, I've just lost a lot of money. Not that I don't HAVE the real stuff, it's just that I'm more likely to choose NOT to wear it.

Why can't people want to look a bit nicer for less money?

May 11, 2007 9:17 AM  
Blogger It's All Good Now said...

Mookie, I don't know about you but personally, I'd rather feel like an idiot for carrying a fake bag than for something I said or did. (DISCLAIMER: I own an authentic Louis Vuitton bag, and the only fake thing about me are some of my teeth.)

May 11, 2007 9:26 AM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

I am very analytical and think a lot but gosh david I never thought of this one, I don't even think it would bother me too funny.

May 11, 2007 10:45 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Ok...wer're getting way off topic here..

Let me clarify from where I'm coming from...

Just as there's something called structural integrity..without which a building might collapse..so too theres something called aesthetic integrity.
Take an apple for instance..its beautiful..its form = its function..its just about perfect and we can relate to that beauty.
Take a racing car or an airplane..look at how the function fits the form like a glove on a hand..if it wouldnt look like that..then it wouldnt fly.
Suppose you saw an airplane in the shape of a box.
No matter how beautifully painted it might be would be painfully difficult to look at.

Now..a house..no matter what material..can be beautiful in itself ...if it has aesthetic integrity. A vinyl houseis a vinyl dwelling place..is a vinyl dwelling place..is..is..its function..
A house that presents itself as a brick house..yet is not..is the opposite..and in my opinion repulsive.

May 11, 2007 11:53 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

IAGN...
ok..well constraints..or restraints..or whatever..good to see u back

sarah...
good term..
manfactured lifestlyes..I like that

shpitzle...
Thanks

sarah y...
exactly..
Are u referring to the fleur de lis?

I have a post about shuls coming up too...


m00kie...
If someone wears those..because she wants people to believe its the real thing..then idiotic is nice..
If they just think it looks nice..then nothing what the heck?..(not going into any legal angles)

swfm...
lol...well...i gues i think more
:-P

May 11, 2007 11:59 AM  
Blogger Sarah Yarok said...

Re: shuls - true story
A friend of ours runs a school & was renovating a building. The architect showed him plans & something about the front bothered him. There was an arched front doorway with a matching arched window on each side. Three, get it? When he asked the architect what it meant, the architect said, oh, in school we were taught that a religious building should have a theme of three. The owner said, n-n-no, not for our religion. Change the plans!

Unfortunately, some people obviously didn't have this sensitivity, not only the three but the general design, because some places I pass look awfully similar to other places that are not of the same faith.

May 11, 2007 12:35 PM  
Blogger The said...

david - a plane in a box shape doesn't exactly have structural integrity (though it may have asthetic). try flying a box against the wind...

all i'm saying is - what's the problem with putting a brick front? who cares? so they like brick but can't afford it - can't you let them have their half a house? why does it bother you?

May 11, 2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

sarah y...
Theres a yiddish expression..
"vie azoi es kristeltz zich..yiddelt es"
Basically..what it means is..we emulate the environment around us. Sefardic jews have more islamic looking styles in architecture..for instance.
In Europe this was especially true..when oftentimes the architects that designed the towns church would design the shul..
I've seen the Fleur De Lis used in shul design.. That was specifically designed as a symbol for the trinity..!

the...
Thats exactly my point. The reason why it'll initiate a bothersome knee jerk reaction is because..we sense that it cant fly..and as such..its function is rediculously far from its form..

I'm not saying theres a problem with it..I'm just describing my reaction to them...

May 11, 2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

I like the way you (as usual) drew the line from the physical to the ideological.

BTW, you think the bricks in brooklyn go all around?! HAH. Doing the facade in brick is the latest thing to sweep the city. You just don't see the siding so clearly because they're all crammed so close together you can barely see the sides and back. But trust me, most are not brick.

May 11, 2007 2:01 PM  
Blogger yelbaum said...

I'll second the brick facade in Brooklyn, the only thing funnier (actually really sad) are the ones the put up the new brink front put have peeling wood siding or stucco on the rest of the house. Some also only do the 1st floor and leave the 2nd floor looking totally out of place.

May 11, 2007 2:11 PM  
Blogger chana said...

mmmmm :)
i like this post

totally share the sentiment
it always bothered me

the houses...
and the lifestyles & values they represent

May 12, 2007 10:21 PM  
Blogger chav said...

Ugh, Dave!!! I am soooo with you. I loathe that lifestyle. I am a big believer in the little things - I buy all my kids' clothes in gap outlet or target. I will never own a bugaboo, even though my parents offered to get me one with my last baby. I cannot take the waste of time and money required to even put those brick facades up! whatever!

May 13, 2007 9:52 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Bas_melech....
Thanks..

are u serious? I've never seen that in Brklyn..ugh..I used to like that about Brooklyn..no matter what the state of the person..usually..there was less hiding going on..what u saw was what u got..

yelbaum...
I hear u...some people just have no sense of asthetic..

Chana...
I thought u would
:-)

Chav..
Yess..another likeminded Lakewooder..
(whats a bugaboo?)

May 13, 2007 10:16 PM  
Blogger chav said...

Bugaboo? Me?? Ohhh... ahem... (sweating... loosening collar..) Uh, n-nothing. I never said Bugaboo! (shrilly, false laugh) Wh-what's a Bugaboo, anyway?

bugaboo dot com to see

(sighing, resigned) Okay, FINE... i'll tell you. it's a status symbol, manifesting itself in a stupid stroller. (GASP) Oh, no! I DO know!!! Woe is me!!! (reaches for Belgian chocolate ice cream from Circa...)

May 13, 2007 10:27 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Chav..
lol..ur too funny..

Next time I'm in Circa..I'll look out for the bugaboos while chasing my kids up and down the stairs..

May 13, 2007 11:07 PM  
Blogger Chaya said...

Actually, I thought that people WERE made that way...false fronts...
Only very rarely do you meet someone who's flesh and skin...REAL...all the way around.

May 14, 2007 11:11 AM  
Blogger 20 Years of My Life said...

Drown in shallowness. Oh Yes you can!!!

May 14, 2007 3:03 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Chaya...
No one is made that way...unfortunately people tend to undergo re-modeling many times during their lifetime..

20 years...
thanks for stopping by..
Unfortuantely..the shallower..the more prone to drowning..

May 14, 2007 4:27 PM  

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