We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dispute between neighbors - this is a true story. A city councilman in Utah, Mark Easton, had a beautiful view of the east mountains, until a new neighbor purchased the lot below his house and built a new home. The new home was 18 inches higher than the ordinances would allow, so Mark Easton,mad about his lost view, went to the city to make sure they enforced the lower roof line ordinance. The new neighbor had to drop the roof line, at great expense. Recently, Mark Easton called the city, and informed them that his new neighbor had installed some vents on the side of his home. Mark didn't like the look of these vents and asked the city to investigate. When they went to Mark's home to see the vent view, this is what they found...
Editor: I think that's on the harsh side. I prefer this topiary effort to convey a gentle neighborly message:
I’m seriously considering having the mobile dog grooming lady we use for our own dogs have a go at him. Grooming lady usually puts a pink or blue bow on the finished pet as a final touch. Since the hillbillies have told me “You might as well keep him he stinks so dang much anyways” I don’t it’ll be a problem.
Forgot to put the work "think" in there, dagnammit.
heh--notice that the guy with the view problem has a fence--he could paint something on the reverse side of the fence that would probably result in practical negotiations.
the old duffer with the srubbery moon facing him also has fertile ground--call an evil landscaper.
So its the jerk that can't read the zoning laws that takes offense.
That's always the way. We had one here who decided he could stretch the envelope and build closer to the side yard limit by creating an overhang. he was deeply offended when he was forced to remove the violation as well.
That one did not go well. He too got all huffy and righteous. Eventually someone just burned his house down.