First, another note on "Defiance" and catching up
They were supposed to publish the "Defiance" preview yesterday, but didn't get to it until today. So here's my preview, along with the first four minutes of next Monday's episode! Also, I'm going to be catching up on comments a bit here and there until the weekend, and especially the end of the month, when I'll be able to catch up on everything. I'll get to commenters on my own articles first, then work my way to everyone else. I really appreciate all the comments and awards and such! I'll be putting up the awards and nominating others soon too! Thanks!
Now, for those ugly utilities
I grew up part of my life on a farm, and one thing I took for granted was the natural beauty of everything. We didn't have any utilities. We had a well and a generator, and built our own water system. We could make our self-made utilities look as nice as we wanted them to look. Even now, living on 3/4 of an acre, there is a nice amount of nature outside my door. Except when I look up at the side of my house and see all the gross looking wires and boxes.
I know some people get to have underground electrical wires, but I get to have these disgusting wires hanging right over the middle of my yard. After some high winds (which we have all the time around here), those wires are now three feet closer to the ground. I can actually reach up and touch them now!
And then there are all the ugly telephone poles. The only thing good about them is the cute little woodpeckers that like to peck at the sides of them. One of the woodpeckers is Woody. He's got the red topknot and everything. Once in a while, a ginormous crow will sit right on top of one of them and give it a few good pecks as well. I hope they peck it right to the ground. Well, not really. They do serve a purpose other than being ugly.
Then there is the ugly Verizon FIOS box, sitting prominently right on the side of my house. Why do they give you such a big, ugly, off-white box? They give you awesome cable and Internet service, so why can't their box look awesome too? For the prices you pay, that box should be fully customizable.
This ugly box isn't even hidden on the back of the house. It's right on the side of the house, where we have our lovely patio set up with nice outdoor furniture. It's right outside the back door. And it's so big!
The water meter isn't the worst thing in the world, except that it must remain accessible, and is an ugly piece of concrete in the middle of my otherwise unbroken natural landscape. You'd think by now they could come up with a better way to do all this metering in an easier, less ugly way. At the very least, they could make these meters and such look cool. They don't have to be gorgeous or anything.
It would also be nice if the buildings where you pay your utility bills, and that provide the utilities, were not so ugly either. I don't think I've ever seen a nice utility building. Why can't they at least come up with a pleasant building that blends into the area, instead of a monstrosity of an eyesore?