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after my recent drive north this weekend, i have decided that although they are lovely and i have no quarrel with them... all these hills really get in the way of the view.
Posted on Monday, July 10, 2006 at 07:17AM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments18 Comments

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Can't see the forest for all the trees, eh?
Jul 11, 2006 at 06:41AM | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
please tell me you are kidding. You like flat more than hills?
Jul 11, 2006 at 07:20AM | Unregistered Commenterpaul
in many respects... yes.
Jul 11, 2006 at 08:13AM | Registered Commentermdog
Where's the challenge of crossing flat ground? Unless bordem can be considered a challenge, hills are where it's at.
Jul 11, 2006 at 08:53AM | Unregistered Commenterjared
Mdog, I went to school for four years in a place that had no hills. It was depressing. You perplex me.

Jared: of course, crossing even hilly terrain in a car can't really be called a "challenge". And I think conquering boredom can definitely be considered a challenge.
Jul 11, 2006 at 09:11AM | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
all i said was that the hills get in the way of the view. when is the last time you were able to see the entire sunset -- every wisp of cloud, each ray of light, the vast array of glorious color -- all the way down to the very horizon line? it is an amazing, calming process that takes you in as part of itself; it gives the feeling of all the busyness falling away and slowing down [even if you are driving at 60mph].

dotted with farmhouses and tree groves, the wide open land and sky stretch on for miles and miles. the very sight brings life and freedom to my cluttered soul.
Jul 11, 2006 at 10:24AM | Registered Commentermdog
new banner: "perplexing jennifers everywhere."
Jul 11, 2006 at 10:37AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
Consider me officially unperplexed. That was a very persuasive argument for wide open places, mdog. I admit, Indiana did have some spectacular sunsets. It was Indiana at all the other times of day that was my problem.

I think I get a similar feeling when I reach the top of a hill and can see the land spread out far around me, hills and valleys and the hidden possibility of a river winding away through the trees. I wonder if my feelings for certain landscapes have as much to do with my life in that landscape as it does with the aesthetics of the terrain.
Jul 11, 2006 at 12:44PM | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
northern ohio is cold with lots of wind. flat is highly overrated. :O)
Jul 11, 2006 at 01:36PM | Unregistered Commenterpaul
"flat is highly overrated."

surely you have to be kidding me. flat gets no respect at all, except from the rural kids. i'm just trying to throw out a different perspective.
Jul 11, 2006 at 02:04PM | Registered Commentermdog
flat= fabulous view. I love when I drive and my windshield is filled with endless blue sky.

flat= no uncontrolled sliding backwards down hills when icy.
Jul 11, 2006 at 06:19PM | Unregistered Commenterkt
exaaaaaaactly. thank you, fellow rural girl.
Jul 11, 2006 at 11:05PM | Registered Commentermdog
I generally consider the hills to BE the view.
Jul 12, 2006 at 12:19AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel mcH
Who would have thought this would be such a heated topic? lol
Jul 12, 2006 at 08:20AM | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
mcH - so what you're saying is, you didn't enjoy my irony...
Jul 12, 2006 at 08:22AM | Registered Commentermdog
I just felt that someone needed to come out and say it.
Jul 12, 2006 at 12:19PM | Unregistered Commenterrachel mcH
I was JUST noticing the amazing and perfect flatness of my new city while driving to the grocery store yesterday. You can see for miles and it's much easier to drive stick.

How are things in the Buckeye state?
Jul 12, 2006 at 12:29PM | Unregistered CommenterTB
mcH - very pragmatic.

tb - you had time to go to the grocery store? i thought you were incessantly balling up blue painter's tape. buckeye state things are good. and it sounds like the sunshine state is suiting you pretty well.
Jul 12, 2006 at 03:12PM | Registered Commentermdog

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