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They've been building on this monstrous house for over a year... it's over 11K sq ft... and from what the neighbors tell me, an older couple will be living there... no children... so what does one do with 11K sq ft of house?

The pool house is bigger than my cottage fer godssake! The construction sounds have been annoying... especially when they were cutting the tile for the huge pool that's directly behind the house... and now, finally, it appears they might be finishing up... there's only the sounds of the big earth moving machines and dump trucks (replacing what they scraped away to build the house in the first place) getting the back yard area ready for landscaping...

I've got the creek and a goodly number of trees and forest growth between me and them... but I'm really looking forward to the ceasing of continuous noise!

Date: 2007-10-12 10:02 pm (UTC)
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I was raised in Oxnard, CA and I watched it go from strawberry fields to track housing called Strawberry Fields. During my short career as a realtor I came across house after house where no more than 3 people were living in them that were bigger than my 4 unit apartment building. It apparently has nothing to do with need and to my eye seems like nothing more than a socially acceptable big di*k contest. I love architecture and I've always been fascinated by how people nest but the McMansions, while fun to walk through, are not something I would want to live in. Too much like an institution and not enough like a home.

I'm finally making some progress on a story that I've been kicking around for years that touches on the trend for Garage Mahals and Starter Castles ::mumbles:: although it's more about the 3 guys who build them. Anyroad ...

I can't state it strongly enough: I prefer your cottage so much more.

Date: 2007-10-12 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank you... I love my little cottage too and am thankful every day!...

Being down here in WalMartLand is interesting... not so different I suppose than parts of California (or anywhere else) and rampant suburbanization (wow, that's a word) and it's true here too... whose dick is biggest... from the houses to the vehicles... and by those measurements, I'm just common trash... yay me!!

Oh and I'm very interested in your building story... tell me more!! Is it OC or fandom based? ...garage mahal... hee!

Date: 2007-10-12 10:45 pm (UTC)
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...whose dick is biggest... from the houses to the vehicles...

That reminds me of the recent Hummer2 commercial aimed at women. Get your girl on. Yeah, a hundred and fifteen pound woman really does need an Army vehicle to to go to the mall with any kind of pride. Please ... give me my wee Beetle back. Please!

The story's completely OC. I want to explore the friendship between a gay man and his straight best friend where neither one of them is pining for the other. They really are friends but friends can come with just as many issues as any other kind of relationship. It's also about accepting love and how difficult that can be when it comes from an unlikely source which is the third guy. I'm not sure at all that I can pull it off. It's a huge challenge for me since I've only ever written slash based on someone else's characters. I thought it would be incredibly liberating but I keep flinching. I made the most progress in a long time the other night when I made a timeline of events from start to finish. I kind of just stared at it for a while because, damn, there's the story. Now all I have to do is write it. Uh-huh... ::shuffles off mumbling::

Date: 2007-10-12 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Those Hummers and H2's? There are absolutely *herds* of them back here... and those huge SUVs with their aggressive names...
except for Bludgeonators... which I expect to be on the market any day now ;)

Your OC story?... I can totally see the challenge... establishing characters is completely daunting... but I have TOTAL faith in your ability... you've got an incredible way with words and observations and I'll be looking forward to the day you share your story!

and ::mumbling:: is good... if it leads to writing :)

Date: 2007-10-13 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
M was somewhere in the middle of Nowhere Ohio last week from leaving West Virginia. He said he was a HUGE car "mall" in the middle of nowhere WV and the sales lot was full of Hummers, then in OH, he was astounded to find what he describes as a "massive Lamborghini dealership surrounded by nothing." It's got to be the underground employment factor, because I lived in KY long enough to know you're can put gas in those things making $9 an hour in a factory.

Date: 2007-10-13 01:37 am (UTC)
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Wow... there aren't any Lamborghini dealerships around here... that I know of anyway... I do believe that there are Lamborghini *owners* around here though what with the money WallyWorld's brought in...

The trickle down isn't much... after all, Arkansas is a "right to work" state which means it's a "worker can be screwed" state... no unions, no rights, no recourse. California might be *too* legislated but I prefer it to the alternative.

And yes, I miss California... even though I love my little cottage in the woods. :)

Date: 2007-10-13 02:09 am (UTC)
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I feel more kindly toward CA in hindsight than how I felt about it when I was there. At the time, I couldn't believe anywhere could be so obsessed with itself, fixated on affluence or out of touch with the rest of the country. Then again, I was working in Sillyclone Valley. It's a weird place. People can become wealthy fast, and it seems to really mess with their heads. They forget it can all disappear just as fast. Still, the weather was good, the access to fresh food and diverse experiences unparalleled, and you can't beat it for public transportation or access to just about any service you need/want.

Then I left, and from what I saw it became apparent that it wasn't just CA that was self-absorbed, it had spread everywhere. Oy. KY was an "experience". I just hope it's an experience someone else wants to have so they will buy our house!


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