Life’s Rich Pageant


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.

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2 Responses to Life’s Rich Pageant

  1. Mark Jordan says:

    Well, his site is only 175 acres. Of COURSE putting 5 homes on 175 acres would ruin the environment! The nerve!

  2. Kevin says:

    Those Malibu folks don’t like Irish immigrants. There is a big Anti-Irish sentiment up in those hills. Sinead was forced to move out years ago…….

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