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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Aw gee!

    My in-laws once got in trouble because their screen door was the wrong color. (Beige instead of white or something ridiculous like that.)

    And their neighbor, AFTER he put in an in-ground swimming pool, was told that the deck was a foot too close to the road... and that he had to redo it. (Where were they while construction was happening? And it looked perfectly fine, if you just looked. Someone actually went over there covertly and measured it, apparently.)
    Oh wow, he had to redo the pool because of one foot?

    The lady, I know who she is, also complained (same letter) about UPS deliveries, the UPS shows up here once a week, at the most, besides it is not her business! Fortunately, the members of the board, also neighbors, couldn't stop laughing about the issues she brought up and the serious tone of the letter. My neighbors are overall very relaxed and we get along really well.

    Anyway, your situation takes the cake, though...!

    Mmmmm.....cake.
    Hardly, it's the same idea, at least to me. Someone can't say something to your face and pulls the anonymous card. It's easy to drop comments like the one JJJ received when you don't have to be accountable for them.


    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    That reminds me of a retirement place in Arizona that my uncle bought - one that limits the age to buy or live there. As you can imagine, that many old people with that much time on their hands tends to lead to a rather watchful society.

    The garage door thing was interesting because you aren't allowed to leave your garage door open. Yup, formal complaint after having it up 15 minutes during move in.

    I know that others also got dinged for not having enough trees, having the wrong kind of trees/shrubs, having too many trees, not having them in the right place, leaving their golf cart on their driveway (no cars used inside the "town").

    The strange thing is that no one cared about all the fruit (lemons and what not) that collected on the ground. Strangely selective - but then, maybe if that was watched for, all the old folk would of struggled to clean it up, so no one complained. But! If your grass was too long (as measured by a ruler...), well, then all hell will break loose!
    Yes, the lady in question is retired. She usually leaves her garage door open during the day, as do other people; her issue was really with the mess and not the open door. I would have no problem if she approached me directly, even if the issues did not concern her, seriously, what really annoyed me was the anonymous part.

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    Never heard of communities that make you live a certain way. I could not do that, unless they were paying me. I do enough of things I don't want for school, No way in hell I'm doing something I don't want for free. I mean if I got pay I would, which is why jobs pay, no one would put up with half the shit if they didn't get paid.

    I just don't understand the appeal of being like everyone else and having my house look exactly like my neighbors. I'm sure my neighbor is a great person but I don't want my house to look like his.


    BTW this is hypothetical as I live in student housing, and if I didn't I'd live in an apartment so my point is moot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    (Actually, what really confuses me are the people who go "I want this done" and find out it'll cost them $/month, and say "Why do I have to pay for it?". I'm trying to figure out a good witty come back that will just end the conversation... cause it always turn into the strangest conversation around "well, we all pay money to keep things going" "yah, but why I do have to pay" "Cause you asked for it and we voted for it" "yah, but I didn't think i'd have to pay for it." "The cost was part of the vote" "I shouldn't have to pay". [/rant])
    "You don't have to pay for it, we just need your visa details for the record".

    "No money, no honey"

    Or, simply, quote them double the price, at the first sign of protest, go ok, especially for you, I'll lower the rate. Then quote them the real price.

    Of course, these could get you kicked off the block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    I just don't understand the appeal of being like everyone else and having my house look exactly like my neighbors. I'm sure my neighbor is a great person but I don't want my house to look like his.
    I rather like planned and gated communities... but some take it way too far, for sure! In particular, I like that a certain level of maintenance and what not is socialised and paid as a group. Besides leveraging the group size, it also keeps the area around the home nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by aelan View Post
    "You don't have to pay for it, we just need your visa details for the record".

    "No money, no honey"

    Or, simply, quote them double the price, at the first sign of protest, go ok, especially for you, I'll lower the rate. Then quote them the real price.

    Of course, these could get you kicked off the block.
    Oh, I wish... this happens with strata (so pooled money). People still complain about anything they have to spend money on, forgetting that the fees we pay each month go into a giant pot to do things like... heat water. They don't feel they should have to pay for anything, or whatever they are paying is "enough".

    Which would be fine - no one wants to spend money. But asking for things like "more garbage pickup", "replace carpets", "paint walls", "clean windows" and all that costs money - money that we all have to spend. Somehow they don't make the connection that asking for stuff = spend money.

    And of course, the council is all volunteers, which get so much dirt thrown at them... somehow the leap is that they are "renting" with "council" as a management company.

    Course, I've heard and seen much worse... so this kind of stupidity just kind of makes me roll my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    I rather like planned and gated communities... but some take it way too far, for sure! In particular, I like that a certain level of maintenance and what not is socialised and paid as a group. Besides leveraging the group size, it also keeps the area around the home nice.
    I understand keeping the lawn nice and not having trash in the front yard, but I always thought that was just good manners. And I'd probably keep my house acceptable but I don't want to be told to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    I understand keeping the lawn nice and not having trash in the front yard, but I always thought that was just good manners. And I'd probably keep my house acceptable but I don't want to be told to.
    One of the advantages is that often all of the yard work is out-sourced for the whole community... (Which is a huge plus for me!) It depends on the community though... but I understand where you are coming from.

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    if other's would do my yard work I'm so in. I hate yard work. Now that I think about it I may have grew up in a some what planned community. The house I grew up in was in a historic society or part of a historical part of town (it was within the original city limits)and when ever you wanted to do something to the outside of the house it had to go through a commitee. But I guess it didn't start out being planned so I guess that may not count. It wasn't really exclusive as to who could move in or out just what you did to the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htb View Post
    I disagree. Broad personality categories, irrespective of MBTI, are inclined to certain uses of speech (in this case, text), as well as interaction styles. It's difficult to not notice these patterns.
    This is only hypothesis. My hypothesis is that ethnicity and other cultural factors play a much larger role in speech/text than type do. Either way it's all just a guess. You are still basically saying "I've looked at the way you type out text and have determined that I know you better than you know yourself."

    Biographical disclosure is contemplated as well. On that, your reservation over truthfulness is only partial. You suggest accepting a claim even if it may not be accurate. If a poster could very well be misrepresenting himself, why assume verity and encourage the wrong identification? Because to question -- to be vocally skeptical -- is "inconsiderate." Given that we are throwing around letters and numbers, and nothing more, that needs some explanation.
    To guess a person's type, unsolicited, from some posts on the internet is more than inconsiderate. It is blatantly ignorant. Specifically a person doesn't have to be directly lying, but could only be showing a narrow portion of their personality. This is pretty common on the internet even with people trying to be truthful. You only see a small portion of what a person is like online compared to what you would see in RL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    I understand keeping the lawn nice and not having trash in the front yard, but I always thought that was just good manners. And I'd probably keep my house acceptable but I don't want to be told to.
    I feel the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    I feel the same way.
    I'm not ignoring you, I just have no real response. Accept "me too." And we established that already.

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