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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

On the YouTubes: Camps, Clusters, and Color Swatches (We Watch the Reston Association Videos So You Don't Have To)


Much like an experimental film from the late 1960s, this month's edition of Reston Today opens abruptly on a discordant note, with a boisterous group of children of the corn RA campers shouting and waving at the camera before we segue away to Andy Sigle, who is far away from the camps (and presumably out of earshot). And we're off on yet another monthly video tour of what's doin' in our favorite earth-toned planned community!

First, we bid adieu to former RA CEO Milton Matthews, who departed at the end of last month and was credited for his "quiet but effective leadership." No word yet on the RA annexing his home in Maryland to get around the residency requirement that prompted him to move on in the first place, but maybe they're still drawing up the plans.

Next, we learn about all of Reston's "clusters," each of which have "specific design standards." We confess that we momentarily got excited when we saw this (comparative) rainbow of colors as a thick binder of regulations for one cluster was opened in some pretty sweet B-roll footage:

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But before we could run to Home Depot to pick up a few cans of that lovely purple on the bottom of the page, we realized those were just the key to the binder's color-coded dividers. Here's the actual approved palette:

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Oh, well. That beige with a soup├žon of mustard yellow looks pretty good too. We guess.

There was more stuff about the RA camps, which are admittedly awesome, but frankly we had a bit of tinnitus from the opening sequence so we couldn't really fathom what was being said. So we come to the end of another 5 minutes and 23 seconds of our summer (and by extension, our lives) that could have been spent at the beach. Happy summer!

8 comments:

  1. Rose By Any Other NameJune 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I used to live in a Reston cluster where lots of homes were painted that weird beige spicy-mustard yellow color that is not found in nature. Even worse is the pale pea-green color on other homes that look like leftovers from "The Exorcist". Yuck!

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  2. I don't want to live in a world where purple houses are considered OK!

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    1. If loving this is wrong, I don't want it to be right! http://media.otakuzone.com/store/user/82185/T1322889703434c5bd87b5b52d413700df1cf539f1a52.jpg

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  3. I was visiting a friend who had moved out of Reston. She expressed great relief to be out from under Reston's restrictive covenants. Then, without even taking a breath she began to bitch about her next-door neighbor's above-ground pool.

    Sigh!

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    1. Rose By Any Other NameJuly 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Pool envy. She better stay on good terms with that neighbor in case she needs to get wet on a really hot summer day! I had an in-ground pool once upon a time ( not here) and I still miss it.

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  4. That's great, Aimee. I wouldn't want to live in your neighborhood either.

    Pink stucco houses are cool, and far more stylish than the Horse Whip Tan that RA seems to love.

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    1. I'm with you! Painted Ladies of San Francisco or Cape May make my heart sing!

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    2. "Little pink houses for you and me."
      I actually grew up in a little pink house on a hill with a white picket fence, a vegetable garden, and a tire swing on the tree in the back yard. All things I cannot have here in Reston. I look forward to leaving one day soon.

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