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Sunday, November 8, 2009


Here in China, most of the construction seems to be reinforced concrete and brick.

Coming from L.A., I'm a little sensitive about this.

Most of our houses are wood framed, with either drywall (in the less expensive homes) or lath-and-plaster (much more expensive).

The reason can be expressed in one word: earthquakes.

See, when the Big One comes, a wood-framed house stands a better chance of making it, because it can flex and bend. Masonry tends to remain stiff--and fall. My dad's school was one of the many brick buildings that went down in the Long Beach Quake of 1933; the California Legislature then passed the Field Act to ensure safer schools, and higher safety regulations were enforced overall.

End of history lesson.

Can you find the nugget of happiness in there?

Buildings that bend are more likely to withstand the stress of earthquakes.

And people that bend are more likely to withstand the stresses of life.

So learn to bend without breaking.

You'll be happier.

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