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12 May 2006 @ 02:39 pm
Why I like Orlando better than DC  
This is the view of the city from my (temporary) office window:

Visibility for 10 miles. And it's almost all trees.
cianconnell: cianconnell on May 12th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
Um...okay, but no alligators will eat your pets in DC.

And I kind of LIKE the whole...no building is taller than the Washington Monument. It gives it a small town feel...and I always feel smothered in *big* cities.

Good thing I'm living in Vail Valley, right?

:- )

I thought taht as a native Chevy Chaser--I'd never want to live there as an adult...too small of a town...and yet? I have really, really liked the improvements they've made to Bethesda...and think I could be hella comfortable there.

Plus BCC is ranked in the top-20 of public high schools.
High-velocity pie of death: evil geniusnixieq on May 12th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
Um...okay, but no alligators will eat your pets in DC.

no, but coyotes might. >;)

Plus BCC is ranked in the top-20 of public high schools.

my alma mater! it was indeed a very good school, although i've heard recently that the whole weapons-in-school thing has spread to even there since i graduated. i think the first time they caught some kid with a gun in his backpack was a year or two after i left. >:(
cianconnell: cianconnell on May 12th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
Or you know...Chandra Levy's killer.

Heh. Or...not heh. :- (

BCC woulda been my alma mater, but I went to NCS. *sighs* I'd have rather gone to BCC. Believe you me!

I did take a Chem and a typing course at BCC over a couple of summers, my parents were always looking into summer school for me...for some reason.

I lived on Woodbine...b/n Connecticut and Wisconsin.

The gun thing frightens...but I think that one of the first gun episodes...in the whole...epidemic...happened at Wilson, if I'm not mistaken.

*she says, from not terribly far from Columbine*
High-velocity pie of death: me & brazilnixieq on May 12th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
heh, i knew several brothers who lived over on woodbine. the kromers? philip, mark, and... uh... i think there was another brother, but i'm not sure all of a sudden. for some reason i'm remembering that there were 3. phil drove a big brown volvo, vanity plates "BHEMOTH" or something like. hee. and now i'm remembering the many times he tried the classic HS trick of seeing just how many people he could cram into that car...

as for the gun/Wilson thing, might be. i don't remember at this point.

the thing i really liked about BCC is that there were a lot of international students. one of my best friends was from iran.
Elletheletterelle on May 12th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
I'll give you the alligators, but they're only in canals and lakes. We're not on either.

And I'm only on the 9th floor. :)

I'm not a big-city girl either, which is why I'm glad to be out of DC. Orlando is a mini-city. I thought I wanted to move away from here forever when I was a teen. Now, though, I want to stay. :)
cianconnell: cianconnell on May 12th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
See, I totally think of Orlando as a bigger city than DC. And I've been to Orlando plenty.

Funny that. How living some place, being ridiculously familiar with it...knowing that you can go anywhere (in a *city*) and be guaranteed to run into 83 people you know...can make you think of it as a small town.

I live in a place with a population of 6000 people, and I'm so much more anonymous than I am in Ch Ch (population 30,000). Heh.

I guess that won't last forever, though.
John: Let's Go Nats!flirtaciousj on May 12th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
It's not that I don't love Orlando - I was there last weekend, at WDW! But in defense of my home city I will mention that I've had offices with the "10 mile, mostly trees" views in this area, too. And here in DC you can also have some pretty spiffy views of various and sundry sights that are internationally familiar and renowned. I'm just sayin' :D
High-velocity pie of death: sanibel public beach at sunsetnixieq on May 12th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
ahh... i can smell the humidity. >:) (no, seriously, i can FEEL the air there, but in a good way. it's like the first few minutes out of the airport when i fly down there.)
Elletheletterelle on May 12th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
So true. It's like a soft blanket wrapping around you. I feel safe inside it. :)

(actually, today's humidity is only 29%, hence the 10-mile visibility.)
Jer: Happy Dogs (from silverweaver)lugonn on May 12th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
10 miles in clear weather is actually pretty crappy visibility. Is that really the limit of your visibility, or are you basing that estimate on the no-longer-accurate National Weather Service report on visibility?

I spent years at the US EPA working on research studies of air quality issues and how they relate to visibility. You came *this* close to my unloading a bunch of information all over you. I'll go away now.

BTW - nice view.
cianconnell: cianconnell on May 12th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
From the Vail Valley, Co? I can tell you that 10 miles...ain't nothing!
Jer: Stud - Reichen (from Elrond50)lugonn on May 12th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Visibility in clear air is about 90 miles. Average visibility in the Western U.S. is about 70 miles (in large part because so many areas are undeveloped). In cities and back east it is lower, of course, due to particulates in the air.

I imagine in Vail Valley you get pretty close to 90 miles when the clouds aren't in the way.
Elletheletterelle on May 12th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
:P I saw snow in your pictures! Snow in May!

Also I don't like mountains. I always feel like I'm going to fall off them. Give me flat, flat land. :)
cianconnell: cianconnell on May 12th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Hee! Snow! In May! Gotta love it!

Or I do...coming from NEBF GA, where it was just about getting unbearable.

But, seriously, it's only in the mountain passes and you only have to encounter it if you want/have to go to Denver or shop the outlets in Silverthorne or whatever.

The weather here in the valley is in the 70s. Just. Gorgeous.

And...valley...so no feeling like you're gonna fall off. Though I do hear you...when you talk about the mountains. And running.

Oy! Altitude!

*waves at lugonn*

I hope you don't mind if I friend you...I certainly do run into you enough...
Elletheletterelle on May 12th, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
That's based on what the weather report said. I take no responsibility. :) Don't unload on me. I'm too zorked to take it. Also I'm feeling more and more upset about the NSA spying on me. A lot.
Jerlugonn on May 12th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Ah. A few years back the NWS stopped taking readings for visibility beyond 10 miles. So a report of 10 miles means 10 or more miles. This is sad because it means that this record of the increasing levels of particulate pollution that impair visibility will be lost.
If one were cynical, one would think that this change was made so that it was easier to mask the increasing levels of pollution. This is especially significant because certain provisions of the Clean Air Act relating to visibility in Class I areas has caused several corporate interests big money. This change made them safer.
eaceac on May 12th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
Though this city girl would take DC every time, I'm perfectly content to see the virtues of Orlando through your eyes. :)