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Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by ExplorerXlt99, December 15, 2004.

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      ExplorerXlt99 New Member

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      You joined this forum October 2003 and decide to show us this trash as your first post?
       
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      I'm sorry but I don't find that website funny at all... May God help the person who finds humor in belittling the way others live
       
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      well said
       
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      On a side note, in a diff color I think this thing could be pretty SWEET [​IMG] I'd cruise it in mabey midnight black
       
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      That's just wrong on too many levels. :thumbdwn:
       
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      Subtexts

      I used to do similar things -- make fun of trashy people, at least in conversations -- until I realized it was my fear talking. I was afraid I might someday find myself living like that. Probably owing to my family's history of being just one cut above trash, by most measures.

      Notice how the Klan consists of -- and always recruits from -- low-class whites? They're looking for people who have something to fear: "I may be trash, but at least I'm not black/Hispanic/Asian!" That's the subtext behind all the "white pride" talk.

      Funny thing was, most everyone I knew seemed to know about subtexts. And by continuing to talk trash about trashy people, I only showed my fear to my friends.

      It's unbecoming. So I quit doing it.

      Old habits die hard, and at times I still lapse into putting others down as a way of putting myself up. I've just learned to recognize it, catch it early, and ask God's forgiveness.

      It works. ;)
       
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      TSTONE Giddy up! Elite Explorer

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      Good comment.
       
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      Flounder Owns 10,000 Marbles Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      Of course, this isn't a blanket statement but I'd sure like to see a web site that was of the nature "Clean up your s**t." Use photos on the internet to get folks to clean up their messes, especially when they're neighborhood eyesores.

      Irregardless of monetary stature, one should have a pride in whatever they have and take care of it. It's when a lack of concern, be it the nicest house or something more modest, is shown that it is a shame.

      It's almost amazing to see the pride that our grandparents and greatgrandparents took in their houses, many of which would be looked at like those on that web site. However, they appreciated what they had. The sense of appreciation is lost among many American homeowner.

      Disclaimer: As before, this is not a blanket statment... I realize some cannot clean for physical, mental, or other reasons. (This ought to save me from some cannon fodder... ;) )
       
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      AdamCKach, that's already out there in low-tech form under the name "homeowners' association." Essentially, it's neighbors keeping an eye on each other.

      Their reason for existing is, one trashy/strange-looking house can diminish the value of all the houses around it. It's not fair to allow one homeowner to, essentially, steal money from his neighbors just to indulge his own laziness/selfishness (or "self-expression," to use the halo word).

      So when some clown paints his house bright blue just because he wants to, or lets his lawn grow tall and weedy, etc., he hears from the association. Their power varies by local law, but in the end they can actually bring legal action and force change or eviction. Rare, but true.

      There's actually a dated but funny (and not so mean) web site dedicated to an annoying neighbor, showing good examples of the kind of stuff a strong homeowners' association wouldn't put up with.
       
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      Indeed, it is, but the Homeowner Assoc. has its own stigma... I believe there has been a handful of posts here discussing the positives and negatives of these organizations. You get a clean and decent neighborhood, but at the expense of personal freedom (e.g. where you can and cannot park cars, what can be in your driveway, your mailbox style, etc.).

      I suppose I am holding out for a time when personal responsibility would dictate that each keep his area clean or at least presentable. However, it appears personal responsibility is in the past and only the past.
       
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      Oh, yeah, an HA can fall under the control of busybodies and drive normal people crazy with nitpicking. That's an unfortunate consequence of putting power in people's hands.

      As for the past, I hope you'll take heart in the knowledge that irresponsibility has plagued mankind throughout history, not just the here-and-now. Just think of Rome, as one example. The greatest quasi-democracy of its time, it fell to the hordes because its people just got too lazy to defend what they had, and what was right. Irresponsibility seems to come in waves like that.
       
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      Remind me again why i don't live in Texas......

      Then again I could find any of that in almost any american city.......
       

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