The above title is a nice little quote from my friend Laura, while discussing the plagues of bad urban planning. You see, we were chilling in the Springfield library after a full twenty-four hours of roaming town and falling dead on our feet in her dorm (which looks slightly more like an apartment than a dorm room), and I ended up getting my hands on a lovely little home decor book. Laura is an architecture major and was instantly interested in not only the chic decor that kept coming up but also by the sections on utilising a small space.
“See,” she said, “If everyone lived in houses this small and right on top of each other, we wouldn’t have to worry about driving all around town and getting fat because of it.”
“Agreed,” I said, “It’s why I want a big city. I can walk anywhere or take public transportation because everything is compressed together. It’s why I also hate suburbs.”
“Suburbs are the worst idea ever. You see, architects have control of everything. We’re in charge of urban planning.”
I scoffed a little, “Well, you guys didn’t do much back in the fifties and sixties when suburbs became the big new thing. But we just had so much land in the US that we could afford to spread out. And now look where it has gotten us.”
“We wouldn’t have this problem if we were tiny like in Europe… Damn the Louisiana Purchase!” Rebecca and I laughed at Laura. “It’s true! If we hadn’t bought all of that land, then we’d be able to live in cities still!” The three of us laughed, still flipping through pages of apartments. But, you know, she was right. Urban planning needs to be done to enable Americans to walk and move around rather than drive ten miles to the store each day. That’s inefficient and spells out obesity in a heartbeat. We need less land. Damn the Louisiana Purchase.
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This weekend, Rebecca, Noah, and I went to Springfield, Missouri to visit our friends Laura and Kevin. We ended up spending the weekend walking around town and going to interesting places. In fact, I can now scratch many things onto my “Things I Have Done” list, even though I’m sure that list doesn’t exist anywhere but in my mind.
Some of the things that I can add include:
- Having fondue for the first time.
- Going to a gay bar. (Interesting to say the least.)
- Watching a drag show. (Ditto.)
- Being hit on by some guy driving around in circles around the Springfield square, obviously drunk.
- Walked on live train tracks with friends.
- Didn’t wear a coat outside for the first time this year.
- Buying a shirt that was too expensive and that I didn’t even like because of some kind of weird mind-pressure. (Trust that I have learned my lesson and will not be buying any type of clothing or accessories until summer break starts. Oh how difficult this will be.)
- Watched ‘New Moon’. (Please, stay clear of this.)
- Rewatched ‘Spice World’. (Okay, I have done this one before, but it’s so epic that it must be mentioned again.)
All in all, great weekend. And, while we chilled in the library for two hours, I was able to thumb through three decorating books and get inspiration for my room next year with Katie (not to mention that Laura’s room is adorable, so I took some inspiration from that). It will be interesting to see how my dorm will look next year. There are so many ideas running rabid in my head that I can’t shuffle through them fast enough. The ideas that I do have solidified include that I’m bringing up less clothing and junk next year, bringing a trunk that will double as a coffee table and seating, buying more bookends, making a basket out of wood and fabric, making about six or seven new paintings over this summer (and one over spring break, hopefully!), and creating a wall hanging out of German postcards to decorate the under side of my bed. So, basically, watch out for Missi’s kick ass creative projects, yo.
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My spring break is in about four days, and I can’t explain to you how excited I am. During break, I plan on hitting up Main Street a few times to both chill and start searching for a summer job. That way, I can hopefully work somewhere that I will enjoy–Main Street is honestly my favourite place in the world. I also plan on painting, seeing that new Alice in Wonderland film with my friends, and getting caught up with my psych reading (nine chapters of reading between two classes? Yeah! Bring it on!).
And, hopefully, I’ll be seeing you. : )