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I think one more thing that bothers me about the Not in our backyard anti-tower people is that every neighborhood and every street in this suburbia has ugly telecom towers. They are 20 feet high and carry over half a dozen lines (and growing) along all our streets in annoying rows. Again, if you can live with telephone poles lining your street and crisscrossing wires everywhere, what really is the problem with a transmission tower? At least that broadcasts wireless.

I think it was Bill Bryson who wrote about how hideous it is to clutter our streets with these (in comparison to Europe) and since then, I can't help agreeing.

Of course, this argument might start an anti-pole movement in the neighborhood, so perhaps best not to mention it.

More anon...
cristovau: (Default)
I think one more thing that bothers me about the Not in our backyard anti-tower people is that every neighborhood and every street in this suburbia has ugly telecom towers. They are 20 feet high and carry over half a dozen lines (and growing) along all our streets in annoying rows. Again, if you can live with telephone poles lining your street and crisscrossing wires everywhere, what really is the problem with a transmission tower? At least that broadcasts wireless.

I think it was Bill Bryson who wrote about how hideous it is to clutter our streets with these (in comparison to Europe) and since then, I can't help agreeing.

Of course, this argument might start an anti-pole movement in the neighborhood, so perhaps best not to mention it.

More anon...
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So, this brings up one of my many anecdotes. While I was living abroad in the Czech Republic, I went out to have lunch and as is the custom, decided to order a beer. I glanced at the beer sizes and noticed they came in Musky .5L, Zensky .3L, and Detsky .1L. Thinking nothing of the category, I ordered a Musky and then looked again, and laughed - The sizes were men's, women's and kids'.

This sort of thing had become standard while I was living there. For the average Czech, beer is like air, and more common than water.

While I do acknowledge that alcoholism is a problem there, the general attitude towards alcohol seems a bit healthier. Really, the illegality of alcohol does not impede binge drinking or experimentation. I think the drinking age should be lower and alcohol should be demystified.

I always offer my kids beer when we have dinner and my wife asks me if I would let them have one if they wanted. My answer is, "One? Sure. A six pack and we have a problem, but one is a reasonable thing to request."
cristovau: (Default)
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So, this brings up one of my many anecdotes. While I was living abroad in the Czech Republic, I went out to have lunch and as is the custom, decided to order a beer. I glanced at the beer sizes and noticed they came in Musky .5L, Zensky .3L, and Detsky .1L. Thinking nothing of the category, I ordered a Musky and then looked again, and laughed - The sizes were men's, women's and kids'.

This sort of thing had become standard while I was living there. For the average Czech, beer is like air, and more common than water.

While I do acknowledge that alcoholism is a problem there, the general attitude towards alcohol seems a bit healthier. Really, the illegality of alcohol does not impede binge drinking or experimentation. I think the drinking age should be lower and alcohol should be demystified.

I always offer my kids beer when we have dinner and my wife asks me if I would let them have one if they wanted. My answer is, "One? Sure. A six pack and we have a problem, but one is a reasonable thing to request."

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