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Monday, March 24, 2008

Things I don't Get : Stars on Houses

What?

Are you a stop on the underground railroad?







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44 comments:

Emily said...

Why do I love you, Carina? Because you aren't afraid to offend the entire population of Utah, Mesa AZ and rural Pennsylvania in one swoop.

I don't like the stars, either. (So I'm not offended.)

ClistyB said...

Alas the truth has been spoken!
To me it screams, "Hi, I shop at Tai Pan and won't buy anything for full price...ever."
Some of the finest decorators in my Relief Society have fallen victim to this OLD trend.

TOWR said...

Agreed.

Azúcar said...

I'm neutral on whether or not I like them, I just don't get them.

kristenlibrarian said...

Oh Brother! I can't stop laughing. Never were there truer words spoken!

Word Verification: imgoad.
hahaha! that makesa me laugh.

kiki said...

YES!

I don't get all that country kitsch that's sitting around that star. Give me a star any day of the week!

Rynell said...

I've been confused by this too.

It has been explained to me that this is an Amish Friendship Star (or something). To which I've wanted to ask, "Oh, are you Amish?"

Another country kitch-ish trend a la Tai Pan Trading Co.

i i eee said...

LOL!

I've never been able to understand the Tai Pan Trading Co. altogether. I've gone into that store once, and was baffled by what all the hullabaloo could possibly be about.

I suppose a star shape might be better than like a square? Circle? A rectangle would be HAWT!

La Yen said...

I like the big stars on the inside of my house--not on the outside, because we live in Mexico and the only acceptable deco for the outside is some sort of cherub or kissing cherub or cherub watering plants or wagon wheel/cherub combo.

But I recently realized that the only acceptable decor for a higher-ranking officer's home is army/americana. So I am compromising with the stars.

And, never having been to the TPTC, I don't understand what is so bad about not paying retail for crap for your house? Can anyone enlighten?

c jane said...

You've also just offended Idaho. Pretty much the whole state.

Emily said...

Y'all don't even know stars on houses 'til you've been to Dallas. "Lone" star, my foot!
Many, many stars!

raegan said...

blue and gold stars mean a family member is at war or died in service. dunno what the red one is supposed to mean. maybe serving in the russian military? Is Utah the new "red" state? ha haa

Azúcar said...

raegan, the blue and gold stars make sense, those are a holdover from WWII. What do you think the rustic bronze or rusted stars represent? A war protest? Enlighten me.

Justine said...

Arrogant retired Army generals.

kiki said...

Emily, I was actually going to say earlier that maybe the people with stars on their houses are just letting everyone know they are from Texas...like the Canadian flag on the backpacks of each of those proud folk.

pflower10 said...

This made me laugh OUT LOUD!

Maybe it's a throw back to the starred belly sneeches.

fijiangirl said...

In TX they have stars like that on their freeways and everywhere else you could think of. Maybe this person is from TX and it runs in their blood?

more caffeine, please said...

Perhaps the vinyl letters on their inside walls will explain.

Or the sticker on the back of their 'burb' with stick figures of all their family members and pets. And stars.

April said...

Well, if they *were* a stop on the Underground Railroad, they sure aren't now thanks to your outing!

*Homer Simpson-style whisper* Way to go, Zuc!

Julie said...

I had never seen so many stars EVERYWHERE until I visited my brother in Dallas last year.

Once you figure out the stars on houses, can you explain the stick figure family stickers to me? Those seem creepy to me.

TOWR said...

more caffeine, I can't even express how stupid I think the vinyl lettering is. My best friend's in-laws have "All because two people fell in love" above a massive grouping of family pictures. One day we'll be watching home improvement shows and shaking our heads at that lettering the way we shake our heads at wall paper and wood paneling now.

As for the stick figures on the backs of cars, I can't think of a more blatant invitation for child molesters. "We have three daughters and a son for your perverted enjoyment. And we don't even have a dog to bark and alert us!" You're just asking for trouble...

liz said...

lol
i totally feel your pain sister. amen.

Reb said...

We're not allowed to tell why we have them...

Julie said...

Are those stickers a means of promoting competition among Utah Mormon families? "Look. See. I have 12 kids AND a dog AND a cat. Beat that." That's what it feels like to me. (And I have nothing against large families--I just hate those stupid stickers.)

Azúcar said...

reb- you better spill your secret, I knew it was some sort of hush-hush network. Maybe you can divulge it in person? I'm calling you today.

Cari said...

Just a thought...MAYBE some people just like stars. I have one hanging over my piano (it was given to me by my sister for Christmas) and I really like it. Maybe it's an "old trend" but I like it. Isn't that what's supposed to be in our homes--things WE like?

Azúcar said...

What's IN your house? Sure, that figures. I just think it's interesting that people are putting them on the outside of the house. It's like it's a code that the rest of us aren't in on yet.

Anonymous said...

My friend built a modern house and it was so refreshing to go inside and see something different very plain- no tai pan trinkets around. I came home and looked around and wanted to throw away everything- including my star!

cafe rio whore said...

i was told i needed all these things to acheive exaltation.

Azúcar said...

They were probably right. We all know where I’m going.

Reb said...

All I will say is this: if someone moves in next door to you and they have a butterfly, a star, and a clay sun displayed on the front of their house, be afraid. Be very afraid.

A Texan said...

I * Texas!!

And what is wrong with wallpaper??

Azúcar said...

Wallpaper has been out for so long that it's coming back in! So rest assured, those of you who stuck to your pasted paper guns, wallpaper is back.

Emmie said...

Maybe stars are the new wreaths? I remember my friend getting 10 giant wreaths as wedding gifts when she got married in 1994 (when wreaths were all the rage). I wonder if people are gifting giant stars now.

Suki Lucier said...

I kindof like the stars, but I think that's because of where I live. In DC, most of the houses are row houses and some (particularly the end units) have stars to prevent sagging (http://rowhousecreative.blogspot.com/2007/10/old-architectural-stars.html). Plus, some places were stops on the underground railroad, so I give them a pass:) Is it any better if our star is unfinished iron which has completely rusted and taken on a cool patina?:)

sue-donym said...

I'm pretty sure it has to do with polygamy.

Azúcar said...

Suki, see, now THAT is a legitimate use for a star on a house. I love an actual architectural use for a star.

Isabel said...

Dude...doesn't every house in Utah have one of these? (Well, except for my Mom's house.)

b. said...

These comments are cracking me up!

Amelia said...

HAHAHa. My husband and I have had this conversation multiple times! I live in Ohio...he was like "Hey whats up with the stars?"
I said "They're the star of Texas"
he said "Why?" To that I had no answer.
Since then it has perplexed me....why the star? WHY???

Likely said...

Maryland my friends, they are everywhere. All different colors. My mom asked when visiting a couple years ago - what do they mean? Do different colors mean different things? I actually think the trend may have started out here in PA/MD - maybe the amish really do have something to do with it. I'm going to Lancaster on tuesday, I'll ask my amish homeboys. And I'll ask them about cupcake liners for you cjane :)

I'm sure you will all get the electric candles in the windows next.

And the vinyl lettering - I know a family who went so nuts over it that they have "don't forget to flush" stickered onto their toilet.

seriously now.

Gritty Pretty said...

my neighbor has TWO stars on her front door. it reminds me of the sneeches with stars on their bellies.

Melody said...

I'm late to the party-and in full agreement with all the things you don't get. I don't get them either. . . and I am blissfully happy about it.

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