Boxes at the World Series
Bruce Campbell, Bar Counsel
Allen, the late and nonpareil sportscaster (and a lawyer, by the
way) always described being in the best possible position in life
as “sitting in the catbird seat.” The phrase apparently
refers to the fact that catbirds choose the highest branch in the
highest tree on which to perch. Well, that is just where the CBA’s
offices are as the Columbus City Center completes its journey from
chichi palace of avarice to humongous rubble heap, and the view
is smashing – literally.
The annihilators started on the south end
of the block and are progressing inexorably, like gargantuan emerald
ash bores, northward. Constrained by the need to save the parking
lot below and surrounding buildings like ours, the Loewendick warriors
cannot just implode the thing but must pick it apart a piece at
a time. The operation resembles King Kong playing Pick-Up-Sticks
with the Hulk. Burly people driving Brobdingnagian machines bop,
crane, claw, shove, blowtorch and otherwise rent things asunder.
These folks cannot possibly have any unrelieved frustration after
a shift of pulverizing stuff.
The whole process is astoundingly dainty and
orderly. Like things are stacked together in tidy piles for carting
away. The munchings of one day and night (much apparently is done
by the light of the moon) are neatened the next. Several workers
constantly train fire hoses on the detritus to keep clouds of crud
from driving up the smog factor. On the roof, a platoon of workers
chip away the protective covering and then, inexplicably, sweep
up the exposed underlayment as if preparing for a formal VIP reception
to be held there before the crunchers take it all away.
My colleague, Alysha Clous has the southwest
corner office here and, thus, is at the epicenter of wrecker watching.
The Ethics Department is considering renting her space to corporate
fat cats if we can get a liquor license. Alex, in his northwest
corner office, will just have to wait awhile until things progress
toward his end.
If you are at the CBA for CLE or a committee
meeting, there is a commanding view of all this from our training
room – not that I am suggesting that what is going on in the
room is not engaging enough.
you know a curious child or are one, forget the Zoo, COSI, or a
trip to Disney World. This show is free and way more exciting.