go crazy on a night like tonight
Butch ... seems that there is a recurring theme about questioning/rationalizing where you live, like you have to justify it to yourself for some reason. Maybe I missed you talking about it at some point, but is this derived from constantly moving while you were young in that it is tough for you to feel settled?
--Beau Thu Sep 1 07:45:21 2005
*maybe* there's something to that...but honestly, it's almost the opposite, but for the same reasons; I'm afraid of being "too settled" someplace when I know I haven't tried out the warmer lighter places yet. It's almost tough for me to accept staying somewhere just because the people you love are around.
--Kirk Thu Sep 1 08:58:17 2005

If you need my permisission as a loved one to move - you have my blessings. Just remember to relocate someplace interesting with good restaurants, theaters, museums and other trappings that afford a rich cultural life for those so inclined. And don't forget to have an extra bedroom.

--yelas Thu Sep 1 13:18:57 2005
Google Calculator doesn't convert tatami mats to square feet.

The entire city of Venice is kept elevated above the canals by millions of petrified logs. But I don't think Venice has ever been a hurricane risk.
--Nick B Thu Sep 1 14:49:05 2005
Thanks...and you and 'ELM are big reasons to stay here, but not the only ones.

Though some of the other ones are having annoying tendencies to move to San Diego, various parts of Florida, and even Atlanta. Grrr.

For all the moving around I did when I was younger, my new school was a kind of anchor, a sort of enforced social network that I don't have now. So that makes the decision more difficult as well.
--Kirk Thu Sep 1 16:17:46 2005
New Orleans is 180 square miles. Let's say we wanted to raise the whole thing 25 feet. That's 125,452,800,000 cubic feet, or about 450 cubic feet for each person in the US. That's about the size of the trailer part of an 18 wheeler.

That's alot of bigass holes.
--Eric Thu Sep 1 17:14:59 2005
Nope, Venice is not a Hurricane risk, nor are the Netherlands, which have fancy-pants hydraulic levees, whatever those are, to keep the North Sea out. Of course, half their country is at risk (and in the 50's they lost 2000 people to flooding), making it the whole country's problem, whereas in our case, it's one city in one of 50 states.

Also, to what degree are tatami mats standardized in area?
--LAN3 Thu Sep 1 20:46:50 2005
So many topics on today's comments. RE: getting used to living in darkness, I just converted to night shift and while I get to work at 7, still daylight here in L.A., I get home right before the sun comes up. You think driving home is hard, try sleeping with the sun shining! When my dad was in Japan, years ago, he said apartment rentals list how many tatami mats fit on the floor instead of listing square footage. Everyone in Japan knows the size because tatami mats are the standard flooring in traditional Japanese house. I don't remember the exact size, but an average size room is 3-4 mats.
--ErinMaru Thu Sep 1 21:29:05 2005
you've put in words exactly why i can't stand the darkness of winter. driving to work in the darkness and the driving home just a few hours later in the darkness leaves the impression that daylight never occurred. disconcerting to say the least.
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