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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    Good thing you skipped Boston, then:



    Boston City Hall. Brutalist architecture has its place. IMHO Boston is not one of those places...
    I have seen uglier things. Brutalist style is just old enough to be retro cool now. And funny you should mention this because I had a conversation while in the Boston area with a fellow lily person about Brutalist aesthetics. We were talking about the CY Stephens complex at Iowa State, which you know. That whole giant cement complex which I hated back in the day is now sort of interesting to me.

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    When we were in Boston they were doing a reenactment of Paul revere. The food was delicious too. As far as leaving the dogs I am 65 and who knows how much time I have left to travel so that’s how I look at it.

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    I had to Google Brutalist. It seems the best of it is interesting (like the City Hall building), and the worst of it (like a dormitory on the campus of my alma mater) best resembles a parking garage.Ondine.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    I had to Google Brutalist. It seems the best of it is interesting (like the City Hall building), and the worst of it (like a dormitory on the campus of my alma mater) best resembles a parking garage.
    I’ll tell you who does Brutalist best, or worst, depending on what we mean by those words: the brutal regime of the communists.

    Their architectural footprints in Bucharesti are horrific. Those giant cement towers!

    Bucharest is fairly blah to visit (with the exception of the Village Museum, an open air collection of peasant homes all authentic and trucked in from all over the region) and the communists who destroyed a perfectly fine European city are to blame for that. The world largest government building is in Bucharest, again a communist tribute to themselves.

    I’m currently interested in Brutalist pottery and I scan Etsy and eBay for it.

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    Today it is cooler in St. Louis than in the White Mountains of NH. I think I will text my friend with that news! Haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Today it is cooler in St. Louis than in the White Mountains of NH. I think I will text my friend with that news! Haha.
    Yesterday I had a connection through Newark on my way home from Los Angeles, and I threw in a quick trip to see the NJ kids/grandkids. Sitting on the plane before taking off to Burlington we were all cooking--sweat pouring out--the pilot apologized but said there wasn't much they could do. When I visited the family, the grandkids had a slip-and-slide and it was all I could do to resist running and jumping with them, in my business attire.

    Up here we don't have AC and I'm fine. The ceiling fans and the lake provide a nice breeze on top of the 10 degrees difference we typically see between NJ and VT. It's so nice up here, and I'm so happy to be away from the heat island effect of the NY/NJ Metro area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Today it is cooler in St. Louis than in the White Mountains of NH. I think I will text my friend with that news! Haha.
    We're expecting a brief respite from our 90 plus degree temps tomorrow with a forecast high of 75*.
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    It's been a cool to middling summer here so far. Today, it's supposed to get to 84 degrees. It rarely gets above 90. I don't have AC; I didn't even use a fan last year. Projected climate change maps make it look like this is one of the better locations to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    It's been a cool to middling summer here so far. Today, it's supposed to get to 84 degrees. It rarely gets above 90. I don't have AC; I didn't even use a fan last year. Projected climate change maps make it look like this is one of the better locations to be.
    Jane, it looks like you and I are both well-positioned for climate change: This article says that if you want to avoid climate change, Burlington VT is #1 and Seattle, WA is #2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Jane, it looks like you and I are both well-positioned for climate change: This article says that if you want to avoid climate change, Burlington VT is #1 and Seattle, WA is #2.
    With the added bonus that they are both picturesque progressive bastions. We chose well.

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