“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

My attempts to control Feral Neighbors
Monday, August 24, 2009

Yep, this is the new fence I was writing about. Put it up last week to help control the feral children and feral adults that have moved into my neighborhood and decided that my back yard is THEIR PLAYGROUND. The chunk that goes over the seawall is called a water wing. It's there, of course, because unless you have this people simply walk around the fence, onto the seawall, and into your yard. You won't believe this, but it took only two days before someone tried to bend and break it off.
Here's what's happening in my neighborhood and other neighborhoods in this part of Florida. Old people, the original inhabitants of these neighborhoods, are starting to die off, and their descendants don't want to sell the houses yet because the prices are so bad, so they're renting them out. Four of the houses on my block now have renters. Renters, I'm discovering, have a different way of life than my own. They feel it is perfectly okay to come into your yard and pick fruit off your trees without asking. Oh ... and NOTE TO ONE OF THEM: Hey, buddy, we do NOT smoke, shirtless, on our front porches in this part of town.
I'll tell you, people. I'm thinking a gated community is looking pretty good these days ... you know, one of those places with controlled access and fat retired guys who are hired to be guards and drive around in glorified golf carts.


Anonymous Drew said...

Rather than resort to a snooty gated community, why not move to a more rural area -- maybe even and island -- where people have plenty of space and don't feel the need to trespass on yours? PINE ISLAND! There's a nice house for sale a few lots away from me.

August 24, 2009 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your comments sound elitist but they are very true.neighborhoods change when renters move in.

August 25, 2009 at 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true, Anon. Even the picture on the front of his blog website has an air of snobbery about it. Arms crossed, banana, feather duster and wooden spoon in the tool belt, sort of leering down at the rest of us.

August 25, 2009 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Okay, now wait a minute, guys!! That's supposed to be my scary everyday Joe Redneck look!

August 25, 2009 at 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what has happened to America. Gated communities, people living in isolation, no cares about our society. Sad.

October 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM  

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