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Old 07-24-2020, 08:19 AM   #371 (permalink)
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I enjoyed that. Have you ever been to Brazil?

My image of Brazil seems like the last place on earth that would elect Bolsonaro.
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Old 07-24-2020, 02:14 PM   #372 (permalink)
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Yes, the skateboarding gives us a chance to see those buildings from a bunch of different perspectives - sometimes up in real close detail, which is unusual.

No, never been to Brazil, OH, and I don't know anything about its politics. I've read a couple of tales about surviving the Amazon basin, but that's about all.
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Old 07-24-2020, 03:31 PM   #373 (permalink)
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Where are you from originally?
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Old 07-25-2020, 07:06 AM   #374 (permalink)
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I'm from London, OH. I grew up in a borough in the south west of the city, in streets like these:

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London is built on clay, and with clay (bricks). You have to travel about 25 miles out of the city if you want to see an outcrop of rock or a farm animal, but the city has some nice parks, and of course a river:-


This photo is taken at about mid-tide: the river will rise about 5 feet and cover the concrete ramp. Alternatively, it might drop 5 feet and expose a band of mud and gravel three or four times wider than in the pic. As the mud gets sloppier, walking to the water's edge at low-tide is a struggle between curiosity and mild disgust.
And notice the airplane? The flight path to Heathrow Airport follows the river for safety reasons, though no pilot has ever made an emergency landing in the Thames afaik. If you stand on a London bridge, there's always a plane in the sky: as one disappears to the west, the next one rolls in from the east. (Pre-covid data )
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And how about you, OH? I get the impression that if you're not actually from Florida, you at least live in the south east. Am I right?
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I grew up in Atlanta - officially within the city limits but in a very white and financially privileged suburb. It looked like this

I was fortunate to go to probably the best public high school in the city and it wasn’t all white as people might expect. It was right on the nose 49% black due to busing. The law allowed for non-whites to make up to 49% of the school and no more. The black students were picked through academic achievement so the black kids earned their way there but I was there by default by districting. White or black, graduating seniors went on to college at over 99% and drop outs were unheard of. I took advantage of that and went to a good college out west. Back then working your way through college was a real thing and I hated my parents more than working so that’s what I did. I stayed out of the south for a good two decades then I made the worst decision of my life and moved to Florida.

How did you end up in Mexico and do you figure on staying there?
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That's interesting, OH . Thanks for sharing some background info.I'm sure I've seen that house a million times in the movies, most recently in Stranger Things, with a newspaper boy cycling past in the morning. Strange to think of you in that innocent setting, if I may say so.
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Three big pics, because, unlike many modern buildings, each elevation is interesting:

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At first I reacted with the horror of an outraged purist, but now the original shock is over, I rather like it.
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Palace of the Parliament of Romania

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Blood and coffins are heavy I guess.
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That's a beautiful photo of an extraordinary building OH.

In fact, MicShazam and me talked about it some time ago. Surely, before you posted, you read the previous 376 posts in this thread ?

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The population of Romania is round the 20 million mark, not much more than some of the world's bigger cities. But if you're running the kind of repressive regime that Ceaușescu was operating, you need a pretty big office to operate from. Here's the totally OTT Government Palace in Bucharest:-

(i) unimpressive rear entrance showing the scale of the building: (check out the size of the cars):



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^Damn, that's overkill. Half of those rooms are probably just filled with pool tables and/or spiderwebs.
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^ HaHa! Apparently it has 1,100 rooms, so they could probably squeeze in a pool table somewhere. Other surprising stats:-

* After the Pentagon, it's the biggest admin building in the world.
* It has eight levels underground, incl nuclear bomb shelters, which makes it the heaviest building in the world.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_the_Parliament)
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Damn, that's overkill. Half of those rooms are probably just filled with pool tables and/or spiderwebs.
I don’t have my source at the ready but I remember reading or hearing the stat that it’s 70% empty and I know that’s sometimes cited against Romania’s abandonment of communism. And in Ceausescu’s defense it was completed years after his assassination execution murder. I know that most people will think it’s ridiculous to believe it would double as a homeless shelter under Ceausescu’s form of communism but he’s a very enigmatic historic figure.

“ We will resort to Capitalism when pigs fly. Don't be quick to applaud... modern genetics have made considerable progress” -Nicolae Ceausescu

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