Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Important Update on CVE in Gastonia, NC from Alex and Lauren

Doc here with an important article from Alex (from Alex and Lauren fame) about what is currently going on at CVE in Gastonia, NC.  What Alex has to say is important, and it may mirror what is going on in different parts of the country as we speak.  As much as we like to have fun here at The Journal, please keep in mind that "this thing of our's" is an endangered species in many (if not most) parts of the USA and Canada.  The story Alex weaves for us is a cautionary tale.  Alex, you have the floor:

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Hello Good Doctor,

Yes, indeed, we are still alive and kicking. A bit overworked lately which, sadly, has cut into play time and has left even less opportunity to write about the times we do get out for a bit. Enough whining.

Things have been interesting at CVE lately, but for all the wrong reasons. I have written a bit about it on our site (http://1playfulcouple.com/), including my take on the whole thing. There are a couple of things that have put CVE on the radar of public observation.

First, a couple was asked to leave the place one night in December. You know a couple has to be way out of line before management is going to ask them to leave. Couples bring in the masses, after all. This particular couple had already had a run in or two with the management, which is very relaxed, and that particular night they (apparently) made some bad decisions. Things turned ugly pretty quickly so they were told not to return. He took his case to the internet, posting all kinds of innuendo, accusation, rumor and scandal about the place, threatening to have every cop and city official running through the place in no time. You know the internet. One rant starts an avalanche. For the past 6 months he, or those in his corner, continue to post some pretty wild accusations and "facts". There have been numerous reports of raids and arrests. One of them supposedly happened while Lauren and I were there. The end result is that many people, particularly couples, have read all this nonsense and are afraid to return.

I chatted with the owner of the place the other day. Other than being frustrated with a guy who has access to the web, he is not particularly concerned. City officials have inspected his place, law enforcement is aware of the business ( he has been in the Adult Entertainment business in Gastonia for years) and there does not seem to be any sort of pressure from the city to do anything.

The other issue stems from another adult bookstore in town that has been forced to close due to a zoning ordinance, which stated that an adult business could not operate within so many feet of a residence, a church, etc. When the ordinance was put into effect in 1994, businesses had eight years to comply. The owner of the business challenged the ordinance. After 16 years, he has lost the final battle and has to close his place at the end of this month. He is not going quietly. He posted a rant on his store's website saying that if he has to go, his competition should have to leave, too. Although they are in compliance with the zoning rules, he claims that they violate a "one use" ordinance, which states that only one kind of adult business can operate under one roof. His complaint found its way to the local paper.

As I said, I chatted with the owner and the zoning people were out not long ago to look at CVE. Apparently they come through from time to time. They seem to have no issue with how the business is set up.

This is a long, dry tome with no exposed tits or throbbing hardons, I realize. But for "One of America's most trusted authorities on the current state of adult theaters", I thought you might want the details. More than that, I think these things should remind us that our "playgrounds" are often at risk these days. Adult theaters are few and far between. Only a fraction of those that are open are "couple-friendly" and many of those face pressure from politicians, preachers and the recession. Let's remember to support them. Learn the names of your city, county and state officials who have made a target of adult establishments and vote accordingly at the next election. (If you don't know their names, ask your local adult business owner. He/She will be happy to tell you!) Participate in city and county government meetings when these issues come up for public debate. And, by all means, support your local business financially.

OK, Doc. Enough of that. I promise to write something a bit more salacious next time. If you deem this worthy of your readership, so be it. If not, I feel better just getting it off my chest! I suppose a few minutes with the Doctor is supposed to have that effect, right?

Alex
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Doc here again... Excellent advice from someone who is an expert in "this thing of our's".  My advice is to re-read it again later, as it's outstanding food for thought.

Also make sure you check out Alex and Lauren's site at http://1playfulcouple.com/