Friday, March 6, 2009
I swear, the news in Georgia, in spite of all the murders and home invasions, is always entertaining. Usually everything hilarious takes place at a Waffle House, which I'll list for you some other day. Today I cracked up at this AJC article, about the Snellville City Councilman who was asked to clean up his yard after the Mayor ratted on him. Part of the junk was an old toilet. Rather than get rid of it, because, "it was in good shape," Councilman Jenkins turned it into a planter. My favorite quote of the AJC article:
I’m waiting for some warm weather to get it blooming,” he said. “It’s my contribution to folk art, not to mention I do love to see things grow.”
As someone who has a degree in landscape architecture and who collects folk art, I take offense. As someone who thinks the ultimate answer to "you might be a redneck if..." is "...you have a toilet in your front yard," I have to say this rules. I'm sure there is some sort of lemons and lemonade analogy in this pissing contest between the Councilman and the Mayor somewhere, but I'm not quite up to saying it properly. Also, technically, Jenkins could spin this as a "green design," as he is reusing the porcelin pot rather than landfilling it. I'm sure the birds are thankful that he did not think to make it a birdbath...
On a personal note, I applied for a job in Gwinnett County as a code enforcer/landscape architect about five years ago. THANK THE LORD I did not get it! If a City Councilman has an junker car and a toilet in the front yard, I can only imagine what the rest of the yards look like.
photo by Shane Blatt for the AJC