October 20, 2005 - Ed's Daily Column
This column is about columns. They are the things that hold up the roof. There are plenty of columns on the Acropolis in Greece. The Parthenon’s columns are of the Doric style, with fluted sides, a smooth rounded top, and no separate base. The Temple of Athena Nike has Ionic columns, with scroll-shaped ornaments at the top and a rounded base.
As we have discussed in a previous Edhat, the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company (ARCO) decorated their corporate offices in Los Angeles with Art-Deco pieces now on display in front of the Health Center at UCSB. Now no one should confuse ARCO with the Acropolis, but the side of the ARCO AM/PM
Mini-Mart on the corner of Mission and State has columns as well. We think they are Doric.
Some big differences between our ARCO and the Acropolis are that the columns here are uglier, newer, and far less of a tourist draw. The fact that the columns are across the street from the former headquarters of the Flying A Studios still doesn’t make it any more of a tourist destination than the drinking fountain at Skofield Park or the Bridge over Nothing at Harding School.
Now why would Ed take a picture of the columns on the side of the AM/PM as a Wednesday Where Is It?
Those columns certainly have more significance as an outdoor urinal than anything else. Well, the reason Ed took the picture was because those columns are some of those little things that we miss as we are checking out the price of gas, pondering whether or not our car could squeeze past the car in front of us to make a right turn, or counting the number of people talking on their cell phones while driving.
The columns are so out of place that you would think we would take notice. But alas, in yesterday’s contest there were only a handful of people in the know. Other columns in town for which subscribers mistook the ones at ARCO were the columns at the train station (actually they are square and brown), the Christian Science Church on Santa Barbara Street,
and the old UCSB campus on the Riviera.
The most common guess in yesterday’s contest was that the WWII picture was taken at the cemetery, which by the way is spelled without any a’s.
New entries into the Edhat WWII Hall of Winners are DC, Lostgirla, ULV Pride, Savvy, Cloud9. and Talliesue. Each guessed the correction location. The Edhat dog was called in to break the tie. Six distinctly identifiable tennis balls were flung into the air like confetti. The dog quickly pounced on ball number five, choosing Cloud9 as the winner of an Edhat t-shirt. Cloud9 must be on it, or should we say Ionic.
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