News and Comment

JANUARY 2013

Items we've picked up along the way that pertain to or may be helpful and/or interesting to those in
the business of design and construction. We hope you find these items to be interesting and informative.

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  1. Over our last thirty six years of practicing architecture in Charlotte, we have seen this city change. Its become much more cosmopolitan and the population of those from other lands has increased immensely. Just for fun, we went back and reviewed our list of clients over the years and came up with this "United Nations" list of nationalities represented among our clientele. We found that we've served clients from...
    Canada       China       Colombia       Cuba       France       Germany       Ghana       Greece      
    India       Mexico       Peru       Poland       South Korea       Spain       Taiwan       USSR      

    (Flags courtesy of ITA's (Flags of All Countries used with permission.)

  2. Question: If eighty percent of our planet is covered with water, why do we call it "earth"?

  3. Just in case you weren't feeling old enough today, consider this. Those young'uns who are just starting college this fall were born in 1991 and ...
    * they're too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
    * their lifetime has always included AIDS.
    * they think Gene Autry, Flash Gordon and Seabiscuit were members of a rock group.
    * the CD was introduced two years before they were born.
    * there has always been cable TV.
    * Jay Leno (until recently) has always been on the Tonight Show.
    * popcorn has always (and only) been microwaved.
    * they don't know who Mork was or where he came from.
    * they don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
    * they have never heard, "Where's the beef?" or "I'd walk a mile for a Camel" or "de plane, de plane".
    Feel better now?

  4. It's the size of two football fields. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine—the immense cathedral in upper Manhattan—has been dubbed "St. John the Unfinished" because after 113 years, it's still being built. Construction began in 1892, and continuing changes in architectural design and programming, two World Wars, and lack of funds have conspired to impede its progress. Can you imagine an architect in 2013 getting away with that kind of service?

  5. And while we're on the subject of feeling old, consider this. With thanks to our friend Felix Smith who sent us this update, it was just over one hundred years ago that. ...
       * Fuel for the new 1909 Ford Model R (shown on the right) was sold in drug stores and the maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph..
       * Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub and only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
       * There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads and the tallest structure in the world was the Eiffle Tower!
       * The average wage was 22 cents per hour and the average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
       * A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year and a dentist $2,500 per year.
       * More than 95 percent of all births took place at home and ninety percent of all doctors had no college education.
       * Sugar cost four cents a pound, eggs were fourteen cents a dozen and coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
       * Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering their country, for any reason.
       * The average life expectancy was 47 years and the five leading causes of death were (1) pneumonia and influenza,(2) tuberculosis, (3) diarrhea, (4) heart disease and (5)       stroke.
       * The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30 and the American flag had 45 stars.
       * Twenty percent of adults could not read or write and only six percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
    And best of all, ninety-five percent of all the taxes we have now did not even exist in 1913.
    Try to imagine what it will be like in another 100 years. It staggers the mind!!!

  6. According to The Wall Street Journal, "If you're taking a daily aspirin for your heart, you may want to consider." It's not necessarily considered to be best for you just to take aspirin as a preventive to the possibility of heart related problems. The article goes on to say the residual effects of aspirin acting as a blood thinner can lead to depletion of the stomache's protective lining and can also lead to a danger of gastrointestinal bleeding and possibly bleeding in the brain. Better check with your doctor if you've been taking a pill a day.

  7. Just to keep you sharp, here's some famous movie quotes. Who said, in what movie and, if you're really good, what year? ...
        1. "I'll be back!
        2. "They call me Mr. Tibbs!"
        3. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
        4. "After all, tomorrow is another day!"
        5. "Houston, we have a problem."
    Answers are on page 5.

  8. See you next time!

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