As most of you know, I tend to be a bit on the liberal side of the political line. I got shoved there by the right wing crazies out there. But some of my notions tend to go down the other side of the fence. For instance…
We are doing a bunch of remodeling to our single family home. No big deal, right? Absolutely, as long as we get all the right signatures from folks who can really tell us whether what we are doing is okay. Big Brother, alive and well.
First, there is our homeowner’s association. We got them to sign off on our new landscaping, but now that we have finished it, a few of them aren’t so sure about our “no sod” look. We like it: no more “mow & blow” expenses (you know what I’m talking about), and our water usage is going way down because our yard only has drought resistant plants. No, it doesn’t look like desert terrain. But it does look strikingly different from the rest of the neighborhood, yet it is tasteful and attractive. In drought ridden California, you would think everyone would jump on board. Then we had to get their approval to put solar panels on our roof. The laws in California basically say they can’t stop us, but one board member tried to throw enough stones in our path so that we might just go away. He was worried that the glare off the panels might blind someone on the street and cause an accident. In spite of assurances that the panels have an anti-glare coating, and the physics of light waves simply didn’t support that problem. They finally signed off, but the hoops were silly to say the least.
Then there are the building codes and the permits that have to be obtained from the city. Like anything they say is going to prevent us from hiring and implementing crappy work from a bad contractor. Okay, so maybe they will keep us from doing anything that infringes on our neighbors. But even that is a tad overboard. They are telling us how far from our property line we can build – even when we have NO neighbors in back of us. It’s a wide open greenbelt. Why should they care???
So as we continue to pursue putting money into our ailing economy, we will keep up the good fight to get those who need to bless us to wave their hands over us in affirmation. Where is a priest when you need one?