Monday, 13 October 2014

By on October 13th, 2014 in Barbara, personal

09:21 – The first thing many first-time visitors to downtown Winston-Salem notice is usually the old RJ Reynolds Building, which most of them probably assume is a small copy of the Empire State Building. In fact, the converse is true. The Empire State Building is a large copy of the RJ Reynolds Building, which was just added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The confusion is understandable, because the two buildings look identical except for size. In fact, many Winston-Salem residents call our building the Empire State Building. I wonder how many New Yorkers call their building the RJ Reynolds Building.

Barbara is due back late afternoon today. I still have lots of clean-up to do, so I’d better get started.

13:23 – Late afternoon indeed. Barbara called a little while ago from Statesville, about 30 miles down the road, to say they had just finished lunch and were on their way home. Colin and I are frantically cleaning and decluttering. I just finished cleaning the toilets, and Colin is in the hall bathroom licking the floor because I didn’t have time to mop it.

7 Comments and discussion on "Monday, 13 October 2014"

  1. jim` says:


  2. MrAtoz says:


    Two posts didn’t.


  3. bgrigg says:

    In fact, it was the same architecture firm of Shreve & Lamb that designed both buildings, and it was the RJ Reynolds building that earned them the contract.

  4. medium wave says:

    Just when you think you’ve seen everything: Reparations, baby! And if you think “reparations” refers to slavery, think again.

  5. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    All available evidence is to the contrary. Women, after all, control most of the wealth in this country.

  6. SteveF says:

    Just look at most TV*: Men are fools, lack self-control, are controlled by base desires, are criminals. Women are intelligent and mostly emotionally balanced, easily manage a career while being excellent wives and mothers, and are the only reason that civilization exists. TV producers wouldn’t have such an extreme slant if it didn’t pay, which means the advertisers are paying for it, which means the advertisers think they’re getting their money’s worth. Occam’s Razor suggests that in the US women control most of the discretionary spending.

    * Someone else will have to confirm that this is current. I haven’t watched TV in ages. However, what I hear is that the prejudice has gotten more pronounced, if anything.

    Further evidence: In any shopping mall, measure out how much floor space is given over to female-specific stores versus male-specific stores.

    By and large, I’ll trust empirical evidence, from companies which need to stay in business, over pronouncements of “an ongoing trend continuing centuries of discrimination”, from professors and activists who have built a career on fomenting unrest.

  7. Miles_Teg says:

    Lucky Kim’s birdie didn’t suffer the fate of this Californian parrot…

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