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Meet Alexa

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Michelle Johnson

She is quiet in nature, but highly attuned to your every needs, wants and desires. She is a good listener and responds well to commands. She is obedient, but her answers are usually spot on. She may seem ordinary from the outside, like just another speaker or stereo system, but she is so much more. Her name is Alexa, the …

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In need of a better home

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Michelle Johnson

Whoever is the interior designer for college dorms must have a hefty psychiatrist bill. It is truly ironic that every dorm in the US is a suicide prevention box, equipped with a window that allows for a 3 inch opening and chairs designed to “prevent” hangings by being difficult to knock over, yet they decided against creating a space that is …

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Food Exit 110A

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Michelle Johnson

Driving North on the 5 from Los Angeles, the rest stops off the freeway appeared like clock-work; every 20 to 30 minutes you spotted a giant blue sign advertising an assortment of fast food and gas stations. These strange hubs exist directly next to the freeway offramp, usually consisting of 3 or 4 streets that were completely surrounded by nothing but …

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The West Coasts

In A Sense of Place, 1. The Experience of Place by Michelle Johnson

It was my cheat day; my day for sleeping in until 12pm, hours after breakfast had been served. My day for indulging in an extra long shower and a little more time spent in front of the mirror. It was my day to (finally) get wifi, which I have to reluctantly contact my nervously awaiting parents and answer friends inquiring …