Wednesday, August 30, 2006

there is no grass on the other side

thirteen regional differences (week #9)
the first couple of visits i made out to nevada, i just didn't like it. everything looks different from home. i couldn't find the places i wanted to go. if it wasn't a casino, it all just blended in together. everything, houses, office buildings, strip malls, highway medians, i mean everything, is tan or light brown or sand or beige or khaki or another name for the same basic color as those other ones. everything in kentucky is colorful. everything is lush and green. there are trees everywhere and many of them bloom in the spring with white, pink, red, and lavender flowers. i think i didn't like NV at first simply because visually, it was just so stunningly different. its since really grown on me. i feel more comfortable there every trip but it will never be home in my heart.

1-2 casinos are different sorts of places in NV and those near KY but many in both incorporate water elements. i heard somewhere that some cultures think water elements like little ponds and waterfalls are lucky as well as comforting.

3-4 grocery stores are actually almost the same, on the inside. i was so surprised to walk into alberton's and discover that is was a krogers. a rose with any other name...

5-6 i'd made several trips to NV before i even spotted a church, they just look very different

7-8 houses are different. in NV, they are way more expensive, there are fewer two stories (donno why), they have different landscaping (because of watering restrictions), they tend to have less slope on roofs (which i can only guess is because they get less snow), they use a lot more tile and stucco, nothing is brick, and many more have more pools in the back.

9-10 trees are different, but i already talked about that in the introduction.

11-12 landscape. at first the mountains in NV really weirded me out. i just felt like they were so close and so big and that they were just going to fall and crush me at any moment. but now i rather like strong, so mysterious. they seem to look different every day from every angle. horsefarms, on the other hand, all look the same, every one of them every day. there can be something very comforting about things staying the same.

13 me. well, i am not a different person when i'm travelling but wherever i am, the other place is lacking in me's.


  • At 6:48 AM , Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

    I love this. Great idea for a list!

    Happy TT!

  • At 6:58 AM , Blogger Tink said...

    That's a great comparison. I love the trees on both sides.
    My TT is about online books/cd/dvd stores.

  • At 7:15 AM , Blogger Cheeky said...

    Love the pics that go along with your thirteen. Great job!

    I played too!

  • At 9:53 AM , Blogger Wicked Witch said...

    I like it there. Little toasty but cool.

  • At 2:47 PM , Anonymous Jenny Ryan said...

    I like photoblogs-thanks for the pics.

  • At 9:31 PM , Anonymous MOM said...

    I love you. You were the sweetest baby and have only continued to get sweeter,

  • At 10:38 AM , Blogger Kimba said...

    What a great list! Love the photos!
    stop by!

  • At 4:57 PM , Blogger DK said...

    Love the list and the pics pointing out the blaring differences! This is TT Week 2 for me. Have a great holiday weekend! DK

  • At 12:25 PM , Blogger Jersey Girl said...

    Love the regional comparison! CLever...albertsons is "acme" here in my area.


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