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Judith Berman
05 February 2010 @ 07:28 am
For the moment the world's highest building (880 meters); recently renamed the Burj al-Khalifa, no explanation given, but Khalifa coincidentally happens to be the name of the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi, which emirate recently bailed out defaulting Dubai to the tune of $10bn.

We call it the Dark Tower, but it reflects the rising sun, for which sight, as for the sunset, we have an excellent view from our balcony windows. What in Seattle they euphemistically call a "territorial view": parking lots, rooftops, lots of sky, actually, the distant skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road, and even on a very clear day, a distant smudge of sea. If you turned kind of sidewise you could see the New Year's Eve fireworks at the Burj Al-Arab, world's most expensive hotel down, on the waterfront.

Seven Days recently published a poem from a 9-year old which read, in part,

Higher than the mall,
All around is small.

Which kind of sums it up.