Our wish is your command

Fortunately, no one around here has asked me to do anything like this:

I did paint the mailbox post to the approved neighborhood color. It has been the wrong color for at least the four years we have lived here. I got a note from the HOA last spring and ignored it. My neighbor said he had some paint left over if I wanted it. So making things right cost me about 15 minutes of my time and the water to wash out the brush. I am now right with the the autocrats.

Of course, they’ll now be looking around for something else to complain about. This is their singular goal in life: to push around the people they just barely consider neighbors.


  1. fillyjonk »

    25 October 2017 · 6:12 pm

    Upcoming discussion topic in Envt’l Policy and Law: “Just how far should HOAs be allowed to go?”

    They can’t discriminate on the basis of race (or other categories) but the petty tyrants can sure make people’s lives a misery in other ways. (I am SO grateful my neighborhood did not get made an “historic district” after all)

  2. McGehee »

    25 October 2017 · 9:10 pm

    “Just how far should HOAs be allowed to go?”

    I nominate “blazes” as the sole permissible destination.

  3. Max Blancke »

    26 October 2017 · 9:27 pm

    My experience is that people are often drawn to such positions for all the wrong reasons. Usually it is a desire to exercise authoritarian tendencies to make up for their personal failings.
    Such behavior is a real contrast to people who have actual leadership skills and experience.

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