What's a good golf analogy for the decision by Northwestern Mutual Life, aka the "Quiet Company," to defer its Board of Zoning Appeals hearing involving whether it has the right to transform Reston National Golf Course into bollardy midrise goodness? Much as the doleful eyes of a plucky young caddy might inspire a jaded, fading, and quite possibly intoxicated golf pro to do his best one last time by hitting a birdie, or whatever it's called, maybe some actuarial boffin, presumably wearing one of those visors you see in the movies as he's cranking one of those old-timey counting machines, was clicking around the YouTubes during the 15-minute lunch break he was given by
Ebenezer his direct supervisor and came across this heartwarming video produced by some kids who live around the golf course:
And maybe, just maybe, said actuarial's heart grew THREE SIZES THAT DAY.
Or maybe the Quiet Company just wanted more time to prepare their case, now that all the opponents of redevelopment have gotten lawyered up real good. Or maybe they think that people will forget about this and get back to their non-golf-course-redevelopment-focused lives and stop having rallies where hundreds of people show up. But the Rescue Reston folks told our BFFs at Patch that that's not going to happen:
"We will not be moved," said Rescue Reston executive director John Pinkman. "We live here, we are not going anywhere. If anything, this delay helps us get better organized and communicate our message to others who have are just becoming aware of this crisis. Not understanding that, is a major miscalculation and an underestimation of our resolve; as was the tactic of trying to slide this redevelopment through quietly."Now, we're just filthy "web loggers," not media strategists, but we have two words of advice for Rescue Reston's video team for their next masterwork ahead of the rescheduled January hearing with the BZA: puppy videos. That is all.