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    Tuesday, April 27, 2010
    The Aesthetics Fairy

    Los Angeles has a problem called "teardown chic." Basically it involves the destruction of perfectly nice homes which were probably built 50 to 70 years ago, measuring under two thousand square feet on relatively small lots. People buy these homes, tear them down and build huge, garish two- or three-story replacements that cover the entire lot like frosting spread to the edge of a cake. These structures are usually some sort of indeterminate pastel color and have overwrought iron fencing with gilt details. They are hideous.

    Yesterday as V. and I went on our 1.2 mile fitness march around the neighborhood after work we saw several of these ghastly structures. I began to fantasize about a being called the Aesthetics Fairy, who would punish homeowners guilty of erecting these crimes against good taste. Might he or she look like... Simon Cowell?

    Right, that's it. You have been voted out of this neighborhood.

    Or perhaps Nurse Ratched? (A terrifying thought.)

    There are rules here, Mr. Homeowner. If the rules are not obeyed you will be punished.

    And of course there's the obvious, Jorgen von Strangle.

    Dis hideous structure must go! Hasta la vista, baby!

    Were it up to me, I'd sentence them to two weeks in a mud hut with no indoor plumbing followed by six months in a condo with noisy neighbors overhead. It's nice to fantasize about, anyway.

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    I like to blame those McMansions on certain ethnic groups who seem to really dislike yards/lawns. So they pave over them, or just build the house out to the !@#$ curb...don't forget the stone lions-! :P

    By Blogger Pisser, at May 4, 2010 at 3:22 PM  

    Hey Dr Alice....love this post. (I came to you via Kitchen Hand and have popped in a couple of times without commenting)....now having read a few of your blogs I think we both have an appreciation of the finer things in life...and the same dry sense of humour. Go Gal!!

    By Blogger White Dove, at May 6, 2010 at 5:40 AM  

    Aha, glad you enjoyed it! This was one of my more spur of the moment posts.

    By Blogger Dr. Alice, at May 16, 2010 at 5:39 PM  

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