Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 25

COURTESY LAZOOM

ASHEVILLE!

It's Weird, It's Beautiful, It's Home
Popular among locals as well as visitors LaZoom's big purple bus entertains passengers on comedy tours and haunted tours of Asheville.

OUR CONTRIBUTING EDITOR GREW UP
SHOPPING AT DEPARTMENT STORES AND
EATING AT THE WOOLWORTH'S LUNCH
COUNTER. MY MY, HOW (DELIGHTFULLY)
THINGS HAVE CHANGED.
by Marla Hardee Milling

A NUN PEDALING a lofty cherry red bicycle might
well be the quintessential symbol of the current vibe
in downtown Asheville, N.C. This carefree figure
known as Sister Bad Habit - in reality Jim Lauzon
- rides alongside the eccentric purple LaZoom tour
bus that Lauzon owns with his wife, Jen.
Sister Bad Habit elicits double takes, but that's
what Asheville is all about these days. You have to
look twice to discover the multi-faceted layers,
whether it's unpredictable humor on a LaZoom bus,
a granite gargoyle overhead, or a tiny mouse-sized
door on a Woodfin Street building. My daughter
spotted the first of such miniature portals last year.
Since then we've watched five more appear as the
building's owner installs these whimsical gateways
to an imagined world.
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