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Old 06-15-2007, 06:05 PM   #571
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:39 AM   #574
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:04 PM   #575
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nice escalator picture auntie, thank you for taking it, and for bringing it here. nicholson baker wrote a book i like a lot (even though it took me about two years to read it and it's only 130 pages long) called the mezzanine in which he describes, in unbelievably precise and minute detail, his stream of thought during a single lunchtime escalator journey. here's the opening paragraph:

at almost one o'clock i entered the lobby of the building where i worked and turned toward the escalators, carrying a black penguin paperback and a small white CVS bag, its receipt stapled over the top. the escalators rose toward the mezzanine, where my office was. they were the free-standing kind: a pair of integral signs swooping upward between the two floors they served without struts or piers to bear any intermediate weight. on sunny days like this one, a temporary, steeper escalator of daylight, formed by intersections of the lobby's towering volumes of marble and glass, met the real escalators just above their middle point, spreading into a needly area of shine where it fell against their brushed-steel side-panels, and adding long glossy highlights to each of the black rubber handrails which wavered slightly as the handrails slid on their tracks, like the radians of black luster that ride the undulating outer edge of an LP record.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:13 PM   #577
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^ considering the time it took me to read that excerpt, two years sounds like an exploit to me !

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Old 07-09-2007, 12:16 PM   #578
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dear mister z:

thank you for your book recommendation. as you may have already noticed, i processed the everloving heck out of my escalator photo. the lighting was poor and i was hurrying to a train. still, i think escalators lend themselves well to a soft, dreamy quality because the slow gliding ascent/descent is almost dreamlike itself.

thank you for your consideration, i would like to learn more about your organization. please forward any and all recruitment pamphlets and written materials that you may have on-hand.

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^I am going to be laughing about that for weeks.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:48 PM   #580
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:49 AM   #581
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dear mister z:

thank you for your book recommendation. as you may have already noticed, i processed the everloving heck out of my escalator photo. the lighting was poor and i was hurrying to a train. still, i think escalators lend themselves well to a soft, dreamy quality because the slow gliding ascent/descent is almost dreamlike itself.

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D.C.? They have some of of the most awesome escalator rides!!! The descent at Dupont Circle is a real white knuckle one.
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:36 AM   #582
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yes, it was DC. but my exposure to escalators was limited to l'enfant plaza, foggybottom and federal triangle. no harrowing rides on any of the three, unfortunately.
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:45 AM   #584
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