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Since: Feb 09

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#41 Jan 4, 2013
That being the neighbors yard, not your own.
Kuuipo

Monterey, CA

#42 Jan 4, 2013
PEllen wrote:
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If my primary asset is a $350,000 house I am not keen on gnome trolls, fallen tree trunks and Christmas lights in April on teh block.
I don't have a HOA but our village has soem ordinances which would address the Christmas lights and tree trunks, maybe more.
That being said, the neighbors on my block like each other and have BBQ's and block parties, occasional holiday open houses and peopel all come. Even teh woman next door who is into inflatable lighted figures on the front lawn. She, too, will pass.
My primary asset is a #350,000 home and I could care less what's on my neighbors' lawns.

Since: Jan 10

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#43 Jan 4, 2013
I do feel for the homeowners who live next to the messy yard houses. I had a coworker who had a junk neighbor on either side. cars up on blocks in the yard, an entire engine block in the middle of the yard, old machinery, etc. That was here in the twin city suburbs. City wouldn't do a thing. Couldn't do a thing.

Since: Dec 09

Smalltown, Colorado

#44 Jan 4, 2013
squishymama wrote:
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Having money does not equal having good taste.
There's a house on the next block over from us that must collect every discarded toy, sign, lawn chairs, and even manniquin parts that they come across and display it in their front yard. They have a tree full of naked, missing limbed barbies and manniquin legs, with hose and shoes, sticking out of the bushes.
I laugh at it every time we pass it, but I'm sure the neighbors hate it. Can't really see it bringing property values down, tho. All that sh!t can be thrown away in a matter of minutes. Now, Mr. T cutting down all the trees on his property is a different thing.
The manniquin people are neighbors of LW1. She probably turned their dinner invitation down, too.
Anonymous

Plant City, FL

#46 Jan 5, 2013
1: I'm on a townhome with an HOA and I don't mind it, as it keeps out the riff-raff, but when I buy a HOME home on land away from people (my paradise), I will do as I darn well please in it.
I'm not sure why the Christmas lights are a problem though---people go nuts on those and it's such a temporary thing.
The fountain and bridge sound nice and expensive and time-consuming in their effort to spruce up the yard after neighborhood nosy rosy talked to them.

2: Normal but possibly odd. If there is no man in the house, mom could be using daughter as a surrogate. It's fine until she wants to spread her wings, and mom has infantiled her. I see it all the time, unfortunately.
Or when she hits middle school, lol! I had my youngest niece this week and she's too cool to say "I love you" now. Ha.

3: Grandparents can help if parents aren't. Takes a village, right? And I agree it's child neglect.

Since: Mar 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#47 Jan 5, 2013
cheluzal wrote:
1: I'm on a townhome with an HOA and I don't mind it, as it keeps out the riff-raff, but when I buy a HOME home on land away from people (my paradise), I will do as I darn well please in it.
I'm not sure why the Christmas lights are a problem though---people go nuts on those and it's such a temporary thing.
The fountain and bridge sound nice and expensive and time-consuming in their effort to spruce up the yard after neighborhood nosy rosy talked to them.
2: Normal but possibly odd. If there is no man in the house, mom could be using daughter as a surrogate. It's fine until she wants to spread her wings, and mom has infantiled her. I see it all the time, unfortunately.
Or when she hits middle school, lol! I had my youngest niece this week and she's too cool to say "I love you" now. Ha.
The 2nd letter was missing almost a whole paragraph (I wondered where Lamy got the "letdown" idea from!) Here it is from the WaPo:

"My daughterís husband seems fine with it. My granddaughter has friends and is very close to other grandparents. She has some after-school activities, but mommy is her whole world. Tell me if Iím wrong, but it seems as if my daughter is putting herself in a position for a huge letdown in a year or two.-- Puzzled Granny"

So, the girl has a dad (who is fine with it!), other friends, and other grandparents. Let it go, Granny! Nunya.

As for LW1 -- your neighbors sound like fun, and YOU sound like an insufferable snob. Come and live next to me -- with my collection of 6-foot inflatable snow globes! Charlie Brown & Snoopy with the little tree for Christmas, a big ghost with flying bats for Halloween, and one for the Steelers -- which I'll have to put away now :-( I don't have one for Easter yet (giant egg? bunny popping up?) but it's on the list for future acquisition!

No gnomes, but my oldest daughter has some in her yard. Also life size cut-out cows along the fence with a sign that says "Welcome to Our Funny Farm!"

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