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Rebelling against order

There are times when I see a neat room and am really disturbed by it.

One of my cats just walked by the cat carrier; the cats occasionally hang out in there. She poked her head in, then walked by. I had the impression that it was too boring for her, too regular. Neat apartments feel kind of boring for me too; not that I just want any kind of mess, but flat floors seem wrong. The cat carrier would look better partway up a small mountain of things, as a small cave in a hill. Maybe I could arrange that; put it on top of one of the storage things I have with me, and surround it on both sides by boxes of games and books, and it might have some more organicity.

I like the idea of sleeping in tents, inside or outside an apartment. I feel that we live too-ordered lives; that we've lost a feel for the potential of our dwellings. Their construction is lousy. I want hills and steps and some bend in the terrain. I want to take that further with how I decorate it, and to sometimes sleep in the closet or under the bed (and sometimes I do). Maybe I'm rebelling against internalised notions of adulthood; instead of simply being knowledgable and organised enough to take everything life throws at us, and having judgement to really understand the good, adulthood has come to feel like a stifling conformity. There is so much more potential in an unfinished room than a furnished one.

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have you seen this?
I disagree with that guy because 1) I dislike unnecessarily longer walks and blind corners (way easier to get mugged or hit by a car) and 2) you'd have to be building your city from scratch to implement it. I happen to think that Toronto has a great system that more or less solves the problem as he puts it. There are major two-way streets with names everyone knows arranged in a regular grid with approximately 1/2 mile spacing, but within those grid cells, most of the streets are one-way, dead ends, weirdly hooked or loopy, or otherwise tricky to navigate. There are some places where they just put a row of planters across the street to block through car traffic. The upshot is that cars stay on the main grid, where they belong, until they are really close to where they're going and slow down to navigate more precisely. Pedestrians and bikers get only light car traffic, but with better visibility; houses feel semi-secluded while still being quite close to main roads. The dead ends tend to be at parks, which are easily crossed on foot or by bike. The only way it would be more navigable would be if the grid streets were numbered/lettered, but then they'd lose the charm of "Bloor," "Yonge," "Dundas," "Spadina," "Bathurst," "Dufferin," etc.