Every now and again I come across an article in the newspaper about a real life circumstance that just tickles me beyond that which art or The Onion can do. This morning I read such an article in the News and Observer titled “Panel leery of The Edge’s housing plan.”
Okay . . . stop right there. . . “The Edge’s housing plan?” Let’s deconstruct that. The Edge is the nom de guitar plume of the U2 guitarist Dave Evans, and the housing plan is his intention to build 5 high-end homes on a hill in Malibu. These 4 words don’t belong together: The – Edge’s – housing – plan.
But this is just the beginning. Here is the first sentence from the article:
“The Edge’s dream . . . [I can’t even type it. His dream? Really?!? He of many Grammy’s, many, many millions, many records, many concerts, and little hair. I’ll try again.]
“The Edge’s dream of building a secluded compound of homes on a ridge high above Malibu has been dealt a serious blow by state regulators who accuse the U2 guitarist of scheming to get around environmental rules by concealing who owns the property.”
Yes, Yes. I can see how concealing who owns the property can be damaging to the environment. Wait. No I can’t.
But there’s more.
“Environmental groups and residents of the canyons and hillsides below have lined up against the project, saying it’s out of harmony for a member of a band that has advocated for humanitarian and green causes and even tried to offset the carbon footprint of its tours.”
Out of harmony? Yes, I see. Had The Edge been an otherwise money-grubbing Earth destroyer this development (all 5 homes of it) might have been in harmony, and therefore allowable.
There is so much going on here that it boggles the mind. I would link to the article but the N&O has substantially changed it for its online edition, taking away so much of the fun. Here is the source article from the LA Times.