She Who Must Be Obeyed was dismayed to see that a verdant, hilly corner near us had been razed and flattened in the name of progress.
Admittedly, it was amazing that this corner had been untouched for so long, a huge undeveloped parcel of land at the intersection of two major thoroughfares. The sole occupant was a diminutive farm stand, a purveyor of assorted seasonal vegetables and fruits who would put out eye-popping displays of Hallowe’en and Christmas kitsch when the appropriate time rolled around.
Anybody who saw it knew that the land was being underutilized. It was only a matter of time before a price was negotiated and dollars changed hands. And then, of course, came the bulldozers.
I am by no means a Tree-Hugger, but even I was discomfited by the new appearance of the Corner Lot. Perhaps it’s the result of having spent almost two weeks in a relatively green, undespoiled corner of the world, but when I see the red clay desert that now occupies the place where tall pines stood only weeks ago, I shed a silent tear. Somehow, the thought that there will be a Trader Joe’s there does not console me.
Well, maybe it consoleth me a little. Trader Joe’s...the place that everyone’s talking about? Great variety and low prices?
Aww, fuck the trees. Bring on the Hot Asphalt!