Keller @ Large: Don’t Mess With The Big Blue Bug – CBS Boston / WBZ

Posted: June 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm

June 7, 2017 8:42 AM By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) Theres a special place down below waiting for vandals, especially the punks who thought it was a good idea to deface a beloved New England landmark over the weekend.

If youve ever driven through Providence on I-95, you have surely admired the 58-foot blue termite overlooking the highway from the roof of a local extermination company. The replica has a nickname Nibbles Woodaway, get it? and has never been vandalized over its four-decades keeping an eye on the traffic.

The Big Blue Bug, Nibbles Woodaway. (WBZ-TV)

For those lucky enough to live in Providence, one of my favorite cities, Nibbles has long been a sign of home, a uniquely Rhode Island icon in his own way. If you have to ask why, you dont know Rhode Island, and it would take more space than I have here to explain it to you.

But sometime over the weekend, someone decided to smear their graffiti all over Nibbles. There has been a huge outcry, and based on what I know about Providencians, these clowns better hope the cops catch them first.

Surely they didnt understand that there are some things you just dont vandalize: iconic commercial landmarks like Nibbles, or the wall at Fenway Park; has anyone ever tried to tag the Green Monster?sacred sites, like churches, cemeteries, or memorial statuesall public and private property.

I guess that covers everything, doesnt it?

And I know youre wondering Jon, where will these poor, misunderstood little darlings go to express themselves artistically?

Im sure there are plenty of places where their talents would be welcome New York City maybe?

But my fatherly advice is, stay away from Nibbles the giant termite.

For this kind of thing, Providence is a two-strikes-and-youre-out kind of town.

Follow Jon on Twitter E-Mail Jon Keller Jon Keller is WBZ-TV News' Political Analyst, and his "Keller At Large" reports on a wide range of topics are regularly featured during WBZ-TV News at 6PM and 11PM. Keller also broadcasts morning dri...

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