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Ian House
post Apr 10 2007, 01:04 AM
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I can't think of anything that offends my aesthetic sensibilities more than PLASTIC... Is this it? Are we forever sentenced to live with this stuff until the end of time? Will we EVER return to an age of high refinement and elegance? Just because something can be manufactured by using plastics, must it be? It just never stops. To me, when it comes to manufacturing, using plastic is like "phoning it in" - it's cheap, easy and disposable. It's function without form. (OK, plastic plumbing pipes make sense to me ... but that's it!)

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I'm writing about this because I've just returned home from a trip to the market. Along my route, there is a vacant lot where they have been constructing a new church. Today, laying on the ground awaiting to be lifted into place, I saw a prefabricated PLASTIC steeple (fully formed with glorious -ahem- modern architectural detailing) It's a cheap joke -but- Is nothing sacred? It has as much appeal as a Burger King sign -actually, LESS! ... I can't wait to see how beautiful the stained-plastic windows will be.

I recently purchased a new home (which I highly doubt will survive a 19th Century brownstone in Manhattan) ... and I was depressed to learn that the highest grade bathtub offered by the contractor was made out of plastic. So much for the porcelain bubble baths of my lost youth.

True, plastic was invented in 1862 and enjoyed a steady period of experimentation and development throughout the 20th Century (remember Bakelite?) but we are currently reaping the FULL rewards of this chemical miracle child here in the 21st Century. And, it seems, it will only get "better" in the years to come :-( Soon, we will be driving the stuff, wearing the stuff, reading the stuff ... and maybe even eating the stuff as well ...?

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Flapper Girl
post Apr 10 2007, 10:12 PM
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Oh, for the days when cars came with shiny, chrome bumpers and withstood the test of time. Those painted plastic jobs are an abomination. You pay big bucks for a new car and within a short time what do you have? Scratches, scratches, scratches and you don’t even know how they got there. Must have brushed up against something somewhere along the way. Real crap!

As for other things, they have already started putting plastic in pet foods. Are we next? Melamine anyone?

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- Ian House   I've Got Those Plastic Blues   Apr 10 2007, 01:04 AM
- - Gart   Ian, Rant or not, you always have something inter...   Apr 10 2007, 03:04 AM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(Gart @ Apr 9 2007, 09:04 PM) Wasn...   Apr 10 2007, 03:17 AM
- - victrolajazz   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 9 2007, 07:04 PM) S...   Apr 10 2007, 04:01 AM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(victrolajazz @ Apr 9 2007, 10:01 PM...   Apr 10 2007, 04:12 AM
|- - victrolajazz   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 9 2007, 10:12 PM) A...   Apr 10 2007, 04:20 AM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(victrolajazz @ Apr 9 2007, 10:20 PM...   Apr 10 2007, 04:34 AM
|- - victrolajazz   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 9 2007, 10:34 PM) T...   Apr 10 2007, 04:40 AM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(victrolajazz @ Apr 9 2007, 10:40 PM...   Apr 10 2007, 04:58 AM
|- - Flapper Girl   Wow! Does it get any better than this? Tha...   Apr 10 2007, 02:25 PM
|- - victrolajazz   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 9 2007, 11:58 PM) E...   Apr 10 2007, 03:43 PM
- - Ian House   Well, we'll know the answer in: 66 days, 13 h...   Apr 10 2007, 04:56 AM
|- - laughland   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 9 2007, 11:56 PM) W...   Apr 10 2007, 05:37 PM
- - Flapper Girl   Oh, for the days when cars came with shiny, chrome...   Apr 10 2007, 10:12 PM
- - Roseman   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 9 2007, 07:04 PM) I...   Apr 11 2007, 02:35 AM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(Roseman @ Apr 10 2007, 08:35 PM) On...   Apr 11 2007, 03:14 AM
- - dismuke   I used to feel the same way Ian does about plastic...   Apr 11 2007, 07:19 AM
|- - Victor C. Brunswick   QUOTE(dismuke @ Apr 11 2007, 02:19 AM) On...   Apr 12 2007, 08:11 AM
- - Andy Senior   My black PLASTIC 1927 Parker Duofold Jr. fountain ...   Apr 12 2007, 12:16 AM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(Andy Senior @ Apr 11 2007, 06:16 PM...   Apr 12 2007, 03:37 AM
|- - victrolajazz   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 11 2007, 10:37 PM) ...   Apr 12 2007, 03:50 PM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(victrolajazz @ Apr 12 2007, 09:50 A...   Apr 12 2007, 05:01 PM
- - Andy Senior   Ian, The same exact thing happened to our compute...   Apr 12 2007, 04:43 AM
- - Ian House   Oh Andy, I'm SO sorry to hear that you were a...   Apr 12 2007, 05:10 AM
- - Andy Senior   QUOTEI bought them before the fad to repurpose the...   Apr 12 2007, 07:26 AM
- - Flapper Girl   When New Hampshire’s grand Old Man of the Mountain...   Apr 12 2007, 02:10 PM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(Flapper Girl @ Apr 12 2007, 08:10 A...   Apr 12 2007, 04:44 PM
- - Victor C. Brunswick   A while back I was at either a Target store or Kma...   Apr 12 2007, 06:46 PM
|- - victrolajazz   QUOTE(Victor C. Brunswick @ Apr 12 2007, 01...   Apr 12 2007, 07:38 PM
- - Flapper Girl   I have several pieces of Depression glass, as well...   Apr 12 2007, 08:15 PM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(Flapper Girl @ Apr 12 2007, 02:15 P...   Apr 12 2007, 08:35 PM
- - Ian House   Contemporary Glass: .   Apr 12 2007, 08:47 PM
- - Roseman   O.K. Gang, This plastic thread needs a little att...   Apr 12 2007, 09:29 PM
- - Ian House   Plastic Lumber? I suppose that's no longer con...   Apr 12 2007, 09:40 PM
- - Flapper Girl   Now, let me see..... What did folks use before pla...   Apr 13 2007, 12:21 AM
|- - Roseman   QUOTE(Flapper Girl @ Apr 12 2007, 06:21 P...   Apr 13 2007, 01:34 AM
|- - dismuke   QUOTE(Roseman @ Apr 12 2007, 08:34 PM) Wo...   Apr 13 2007, 09:01 AM
|- - Roseman   QUOTE(laughland @ Apr 12 2007, 10:04 PM) ...   Apr 13 2007, 10:30 AM
|- - matto   QUOTE(dismuke @ Apr 13 2007, 04:01 AM) On...   Apr 14 2007, 03:37 PM
- - Ian House   Don, Thanks for sharing those childhood memories....   Apr 13 2007, 01:47 AM
|- - Roseman   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 12 2007, 07:47 PM) ...   Apr 13 2007, 02:22 AM
|- - Roseman   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 12 2007, 07:47 PM) ...   Apr 13 2007, 03:09 AM
- - Ian House   How wonderful to have such a vivid memory of that ...   Apr 13 2007, 03:04 AM
|- - laughland   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 12 2007, 10:04 PM) ...   Apr 13 2007, 04:04 AM
- - Flapper Girl   The porcelain chamberpots were usually decorated w...   Apr 13 2007, 03:01 PM
- - Ian House   Hi Matt, Your post is wonderfully redolent of ced...   Apr 14 2007, 04:10 PM
|- - matto   QUOTE(Ian House @ Apr 14 2007, 11:10 AM) ...   Apr 14 2007, 04:15 PM
- - Victor C. Brunswick   What I find to be a real eyesore out here are thes...   Apr 14 2007, 06:47 PM
|- - Ian House   QUOTE(Victor C. Brunswick @ Apr 14 2007, 12...   Apr 14 2007, 08:11 PM
|- - victrolajazz   QUOTE(Victor C. Brunswick @ Apr 14 2007, 01...   Apr 14 2007, 08:51 PM
|- - dismuke   QUOTE(Victor C. Brunswick @ Apr 14 2007, 01...   Apr 15 2007, 06:24 PM
- - Roseman   Not having a specific forum to put this post into,...   Apr 16 2007, 03:43 AM
|- - dismuke   QUOTE(Roseman @ Apr 15 2007, 10:43 PM) He...   Apr 17 2007, 01:43 AM
- - Roseman   Here's one we missed discussing when this thre...   Jul 10 2007, 12:37 AM


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