Streetcars

June 21, 2006

I simultaneously think building streetcars is a terrific and awful idea. Modern streetcars (i.e. Portland) are cost-efficient, and attractive to riders. Heritage streetcars, on the other hand, seem to be needless kitsch. That being said, the main problem with Heritage Streetcars is their limited scope. Downtown loops are fine and dandy for tourists, but useless for residents who need a way to get downtown.

The Little Rock Trolley shows the mixed blessings of streetcars. My friends and I visited the Paris of Arkansas on our road trip last year, and took a ride on the Gomaco replica trolley. It was a fun 7 minutes. Then we got off and had pizza (all of us actually really liked the town, even though it was barren on a sunday). Apparently, the streetcar is spurring some development.

Here is a condo being built.

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But something tells me the President Clinton library is the real spur for development in Little Rock, and that the trolley will be beneficial in ferrying Clinton fans around town.

Now, if Little Rock built trolleys all over the place, leading people downtown, that could actually do something.  

Signs The End is Nigh

June 21, 2006

1) People being led to my site by google searches are actually finding what they're looking for. While I seem to be getting an overwhelming number of hits for Brandy Taylor's wikipedia page (which I can only assume does not exist because she's trying to keep her "amateur" status and does not want to be classified as a "professional", even though we all know that's what she is), most of the searches that lead people here are now about things I've covered on the site. Fans of the internets know that successful google searches are a rarity. I'm very thankful for doing my part.

2) Sitcom writing is surprisingly difficult. Neither Alec nor I can come up with a mundane 20th century threat that could be over solved by being exploded. Please help. Also, it is quite clear that no one not named Josh Joseph will ever want to see our show. I do hope there are at least 5 million Josh Josephs out there.

3) French people have a funny understanding of english. From my teacher, who is a professional translator of French INTO English: le plus=the most; le moins=the less. Also, he could not understand why none of us knew the word "Abbey" before I was able to explain that it was a Britishism. At which point he gleamed with the reassurance of being superior in English to all Americans.

4) Southwest Airlines is going to test assigned seating. They're also considering starting international flights. This is great news. I can't wait for the day when the meal on a transcontinental flight is two twix bars (4 for me–none for you). Btw, never take an American carrier international. Always stick to the Europeans, and petition your congressman for loosening of international carrier regulations.

5) Vineland is almost understandable. Has Eitan gone crazy? Part of the fun of reading Pynchon is having no clue what is going on. 60 pages into Vineland and I'm still not lost. What's happened! Thank god for the ridiculous analepsis, or I'd have no clue what I was reading.

6) Electricity and hot water have been restored to the bathroom of my apartment. So long cold showers-some of us have entered the 20th century.