July 17, 2006

Being Neighborly


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It’s not a secret that I find some of my neighbors… well let’s just say they’re not my “cup of tea” for lack of a less prosaic term. People who turn the front of their house into a trailer park front porch are not the kind I’d want to give me tips on home maintenance. Those who have nothing better to do with their evenings then sit around and gossip about their fellow neighbors while seeing how much alcohol their bodies can handle are not the kind of people I want to associate with.


In fact, I’ve often wished that our community had a Home Owner’s Association (HOA) to deal with these people. Maybe it’s not as bad as a home with a beat up Chevy parked on the front lawn. One propped up on four cement blocks with grass and weeds climbing up the doors. Maybe I’m just jaded by all the good neighbors we have here in Arbor Creek, yet I wonder how much of those other kind are responsible for the slow sales of houses in our community.

Then I am reminded it could be worse.

This community could be home to the man from Oregon who last summer turned the front of his house into a dirt motorcross-racing track. I could be a neighbor of the person in Minnesota who filled his front yard with sculptures of metallic dinosaurs. On the other hand, maybe I could have ended up next to the Nebraska family who last year mowed the “F” word into their front lawn as an ode to their neighbors. Then there is the man in Florida who removed his lawn entirely and replaced it with the fake plastic kind.

I also am glad I didn’t end up sharing a community with the Florida man who kept 30 guns in his front yard along with dozens of used tires and car parts and an RV and trash bins filled to the brim with, what else, trash. In his case city worker finally had to get involved to haul it all away. In Michigan a family turned their front yard into a surreal bowling alley with 85 bowling balls, 30 bowling pins and for some reason two deer statues and to prove their love of nature a bird bath.

Of course, there is always the woman in Indiana who had a ten-foot stripper pole installed in her front yard where she would practice her exotic dancing. I don’t know how one would explain that to their family when they came for a holiday visit.

Therefore, for now I’ll put up with the weedy lawns, the illegal yard sales, the yard littered with chairs, the broke down awnings, the Christmas lights in July and all the other things that I never expected to see in a middle class Little Elm neighborhood. It could be worse, but it isn’t all that great as it is.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those were 4th of July lights (red/white/and blue) and were only up for a few days for the holiday. I know the comment was made because you didn't think of putting lights up first! (wink - smile)... see you for Halloween and christmas!

Sunday, July 23, 2006 9:46:00 AM  
Blogger Michael Lederman said...

Um no what I'm referring to is gen-u-wine Christmas lights and they are still on the house as I type.

And now that you mention it 4th of July Lights is a great idea and you're right I'm jealous I didn't think of it first :-)

Sunday, July 23, 2006 7:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did forget about the house with the xmas lights...I was so sure it was me since I am a light freak. See you around! ;-) Barb

Monday, August 07, 2006 9:45:00 AM  
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