Lest anyone reading this “Blog” think we’re some of those anti-development, artsy-fartsy wimps who are already pining for “The Way It Used to Be” in Durham, before the “Big Money” lamed the shit out of everything, we offer this little tidbit.
We’ve wondered for a few months now what the hell was going on between Fishmonger’s and Ogilvy Advertising (site of the charming red sign ragged on below), at a location known only as “111 North Duke.”
It was fixed up recently, given a very spiffy front and back entrance, complete with shrubbery, faux gated community fence and oversized stupid lantern thingies that are supposed to connote “class”:
Hmm, no signage at all except the address. And the only strange appendage to the building (other than that dude guarding the door who’s getting mighty suspicious) is a car ramp and garage door on the back.
Well, being part of the real estate artisan class, I set about accessing the ultra top secret databases that we realtors have access to and guess what? It’s home to a Glaxo VP’s collection of Porsches–and you can train your sales force there!
As Bob Ingram, the owner of the wondrous fleet, puts it, the collection “is about passion for life and true quality…I look at a porsche [sic] and take added pride that this is an investment that I believe in; Plus, I can ride, drive and touch it!”
Fuckin’ A, Bob. I’ve been sinking all my dividends into hog futures, and who the hell wants to touch those? The little tycoon in my pants salutes you, and gets just a little excited knowing that true quality is at last coming to the “New Durham.” But kids, watch those hipster belt buckles when you go inside—true quality paint jobs ain’t cheap.