Typically, a visit to local writer Huw Richardson’s blog Raphael.Doxos.com reveals musings on a decidedly mystical and spiritual theme. (Except perhaps, for the occasional foray into cooking.) Richardson is typically a broad-minded thinker on such topics, and seems willing to accept wisdom from any number of faiths, no matter where they originate. Except, perhaps, from Florida.
No, Richardson hasn’t drawn a line in the sand against Scientology (not that we’re aware of at least). A post on his blog earlier today reveals that, when it comes to the flood of newly arrived transplants to the area, he may be growing tired of turning the other cheek.
“I’ve decided I need a new t-shirt,” writes Richardson. “And maybe buttons and bumper stickers and even coffee mugs.” Below is a parody of the popular “AVL” window decals, altered to resemble a “No Smoking” sign, and ringed with the words “Go Back To Florida.” And even that vitriolic statement isn’t enough for the normally forgiving blogger. “Maybe I should add something about “Damn Yankees”… or “Take yer !@#@$ ‘Development’, ‘Driving’ and ‘Service Industry’ with you.”
What does this speak to about our local character when even Raphael.Doxos.com turns bitter on the changes in the area? Can’t we all just get along?
We have some clever readers, and we’d welcome some solid ideas on how to keep Asheville’s culture both locally oriented and newcomer-friendly. Post your thoughts in the comments field below. We’re looking for serious insight here, so anti-newcomer posts (there are many such threads already on our site) will not be approved. Think solution, not complaint!