America is a country of boxes, squares, rectangles and grids. Construction workers eat from lunch boxes. Housewives place perishables in iceboxes. Al Gore wanted to place the Social Security Trust Fund in a lock box. Workmen put their wrenches and screwdrivers in toolboxes. When we move to a new locale, we pack stuff in moving boxes. Our sportscasters telecast ball games from a VIP box. Many of us sped hours a day watching sitcoms on the idiot box.
Squares are also ubiquitous in the United States. On weekends, we can view televised boxing matches taking place in a roped-off square. Millions of Americans work inside square cubicles, which are located in larger square buildings. Our neighborhoods are built in square blocks. When we travel in urban areas, we measure distance in blocks. We might dash off to the corner grocery “just down the block.” Or we may go to the gym located “six blocks from our house.” Continue Reading »