Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

What's Wrong with This Picture?

We went out to the office this morning to install a new desktop computer. Afterwards, Darling Spouse suggested we check out the new outlet mall that opened a few miles up the road several months ago. The buzz was that it was a very elegant, upscale collection of high end stores, but with bargains to be had only for the well-informed. That is, if you didn't already know what particular brands cost, you wouldn't recognize full price when you saw it; as we did several times. But we also found some legitimate bargains, so it was a very worthwhile trip.

The place was indeed gorgeous. Clean; elegant; sophisticated. Really nice...

Except for this view on the way back out to the parking lot:

'Nuff said.

10 Comments:

At Sat Feb 09, 07:21:00 PM, Blogger Meg said...

Totally trying not to be a creepy lurker here, but I saw the photo and had to leave a comment. I know just where you're talking about and I couldn't agree more about the crumminess about that particular landmark. I live south of there but pass it on the way to my cousin's house and ... ugh, just ugh.

 
At Sat Feb 09, 09:22:00 PM, Blogger Joe said...

So weird how different people are... That looks just beautiful to me.

 
At Sun Feb 10, 12:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you're seeing is clean steam. It's not the stuff that comes out of a coal power plant or an industrial smokestack. It's not contributing to global warming. If we could solve the nuclear waste disposal issue, I would like to see more of what's in the background of this picture.

 
At Sun Feb 10, 06:05:00 AM, Blogger Evil Lunch Lady said...

Three Mile Island??

If not I see that kind of picture traveling thru Harrisburg, PA.

It gives me the creeps......clean steam or not.

 
At Sun Feb 10, 09:39:00 AM, Blogger CrankyProf said...

You can see that particular bloom of steam from MYU house, and I'm a fair piece away. I pass close by it on the way to Cranky Dad's, and our vet is right under the place.

I'm with Joe and Anon, though -- it's a clean energy, and if it would help us get off the oil tit...

 
At Mon Feb 11, 07:02:00 PM, Blogger Petri said...

Gah, it annoys me to no end when people confuse pollution from stacks with Cooling Tower steam. Granted we have some serious smoke stack pollution issues but you will never see that pollution because the EPA has opacity limitations. If you ever see actual smoke, contact the local EPA, it's a violation. Whenever people want to show pollution though, including on the 60 Minutes Global Warming special, and An Inconvenient Truth, they always show Cooling Towers and steam.

I'll agree though, Cooling Towers aren't the most aesthetically pleasing, but they are amazing feats of engineering.

 
At Mon Feb 11, 09:39:00 PM, Anonymous hashmd said...

Hey, Dino.

I live within 10 miles of Three Mile Island's twin sister here in Northern California.

It has been shut down since I started practice 20 years ago but people still have to work there because the nuclear process still goes on for a long time even though it no longer generates the heat to make electricity. I also think they can't get rid of the waste materials and they are stored on site waiting for a solution.

 
At Tue Feb 12, 08:18:00 PM, Blogger Detail Muse said...

Weird! -- the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets mall near Michigan City, Indiana also has views of nuclear cooling towers. (Apologies for the teeny pic.)

 
At Wed Feb 13, 10:12:00 PM, Anonymous Kensington MD said...

LAD to what anonymous said: "What you're seeing is clean steam. It's not the stuff that comes out of a coal power plant or an industrial smokestack. It's not contributing to global warming. If we could solve the nuclear waste disposal issue, I would like to see more of what's in the background of this picture."

 
At Fri Jul 25, 07:32:00 PM, Blogger Jules said...

Three Mile Island? Limerick?

 

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