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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Meet Your Neighbors: Why Does Reston Hate America?

It's somewhat shocking that a community that had its roots in the free-thinking 1960s would attract people who would dare protest the 5th birthday of our Glorious Reworking of the Middle East by standing in front of such glorious beacons of democracy as the Pizzeria Unos and the (appropriately named?) Banana Republic.

The irony? While the protesters were carrying around signs saying "it's all about the oil," their lovely stucco-and-cardboard residences sit on land developed by an evil oil company, whose name -- and here comes the double irony! -- refers to the sandy region we've worked so hard to liberate and/or bomb, all because -- and here comes the triple, hat-trick irony! -- oil was so darned cheap back then that said evil oil conglomerate chose to invest in real estate to make more money! Oil cheap and real estate hot? Talk about a crazy, upside down world!

Anyway, if these folks truly had the courage of their convictions, they'd move to a community that wasn't created from whole cloth by a TexxonHalliburton conglomerate, like... say, Ashburn. Which, come to think of it, actually looks like a development created by an oil company. Go figure.

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