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Rob Walker, in the 1/2/05 issue of the New York Times Magazine, writes about Britain's "chavs" and their characteristic wearing of Burberry plaid. He sums up this and similar American trends as "show[ing] how fluid brand meaning has become . . . and how it's ultimately consumers who decide what that meaning it." This helps clarify my understanding of faux diamonds, expensive polo shirts, and pink on teen boys, and Timberland-type boots with tops that fold down in Burberry type plaid on teen girls in the east end of the county. The kids mean something different by it than what I expect, than what used to be the meaning of that thing.
Capital City weather: 30s with a lovely, wet, southern snow. Walking home from the art museum in it was a treat.