After hearing about the fence that went up around Thirsty Beaver this week - and seeing yesterday's report from WSOC - I couldn't help but think about columnist Charles Easley's latest piece. In it, he imagines what it would look like, as a resident of east Charlotte, to be observed by a group of tourists.
Let's apply a similar scenario to the current situation in Plaza Midwood.
Scene: A hot, sunny day in Charlotte. The TV crew of the latest endangered animals show on National Geographic is on location on Central Avenue.
Steve Irwin-ish animal lover TV host: "As we stand here in the historic, yet eclectic, neighborhood of Plaza Midwood, we cautiously peer through this chain-linked fence to gaze upon the beauty of the endangered Thirsty Beaver. Often hunted for its cunning ability to somehow find itself posted up on valuable land, small, locally owned businesses like this Thirsty Beaver often fall victim to vicious poachers.
Camera pans out to reveal the Thirsty Beaver in all its orange-y glory. The painting on the side of the building, the renowned happy-go-lucky beaver, smiles back at the audience. Camera focuses back on TV host's face.
TV host: The main predator of this species? Vicious landowners and/or businessmen trying to take over the world in the name of "progress."
OK, maybe that was a little corny.
Fans of the bar on Facebook have offered better attempts at humor in response to the fence:
So, who's going to be at the Beaver this weekend?