Since my last post I've realized human nature sure is a strange character.
If you present the facts to a person; explain them slowly, patiently and clearly; and then repeat yourself a dozen times it's no guarantee the other party will comprehend one word. Not one. No wonder there are sheeple in the world.
We've spent hours installing the fencing along our south property line. We've talked to all but three property owners in this little plat. We've pointed out the trash piles as we haul other people's junk off our land. We've provided everyone with pictures of the blight and "stored stuff," copies of our survey, our deed and the local blight ordinance. And yet, we're asked, "Why are you putting up a fence?"
BECAUSE WE WANT OUR LAND RESPECTED, DUMB ASS!
And still our actions are interpreted as being unfriendly, unneighborly, stuck up, insensitive and just plain stupid. Amazing; simply amazing.
Kind of reminds me of all those phone calls and emails to Congress when the TARP and the health care abomination were being "debated." No matter how many times or ways they were told, the message fell on deaf ears.
So this morning, bright and early, as most people were still in bed, I took the rake and walked along the south line. Within three hours I had piled a row of Red Pine needles and brush beyond the first two rows of trees - well away from the fence. It's unsightly and a fire hazard and I was determined to clean it up. Later today I'll load it all into our truck bed, dump it in a pit on our land and wait for winter when it will be burnt.
As I was walking home along the road a neighbor drove up in his truck and stopped. "You know, that area looks so much nicer when it's raked."
Amazing words considering they came from the mouth of pontoon boat man. Wonders never cease.