Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bright mountain...

...and shaded valley

The social terrain of my rooftop has interesting seasonal variations. During the warm months it's mostly hipster kids and music conversations. During the cool season its blue-collar gentlemen in their 60s and professionals in their 30s - 50s. Topics range from Korea in the 1950s; life as a sailor on Mediterranean during the 60s and 70s; to the geometry of cities and the commonalities of art and commerce.

The winter months on the roof remind of old-style barber shops: An almost exclusively male domain of banter or idea-focused discussions.

One of the aspects that I love about living here is the sociability. The sense of shared meeting spaces, of which the rooftop is one of many. My neighborhood is like something out of small town pre-automobile America. Of course there is a down side to that too. You get to hear your neighbors, and once in a while you have to listen to them have it out in the street.

Still, I'll take audio intrusions in exchange for the living, breathing sense of community.

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