Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Spiral Legislature

When I first moved to Florida I took a tour of the University of Central Florida (UCF). The tour guide took us through a number of buildings explaining how many of them were designed by the same architect who designed Walt Disney World. I happened to be working on the chapter for the Legislature that week and when we entered the Student Union, I thought the round building would make a great template for the legislature in the book. Before we walked very far, we came upon a gigantic mosaic of the UCF logo in the center of the floor. One of the guests almost walked over the logo, when the tour guide rushed over and stopped the girl, explaining, that no one ever walked over the logo, only around it. If you’ve read the this chapter (Up the Spiral Legislature), you’ll recognize that Masai the Ostrich, who is the tour guide, was inspired by this event.

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