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Man paints house green. Neighbors complain. So he paints the shudders pink and fills his lawn with pink flamingos.

21 Responses to “Neighborly”

  1. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    You know what Florida property values need to make them plunge even further down? Right, more dickheads.

    Can’t the Neighborhood Association get an injunction forcing him to move back to the trailer park?

  2. JKB Says:

    How do you “pants” a house? Green or otherwise?

    I can see the neighbors point. Who wants to drive by and see all his junk hanging out the basement? Perhaps his “shudders” are colored pink from blushing?

    But pink flamingos filling the lawn, now that’s kinky.

  3. Robb Allen Says:

    Ummm.. Shootin’ Buddy, it’s his house. If his neighbors want to bitch, they should complain to the person who guaranteed them that their property values would never decrease.

    That’s the drawback from moving into a crowded subdivision – you’re at the mercy of your neighbors being the kind of people others would want to move in next to.

    He said people who opposed his idea are considering founding a homeowners’ association. The neighborhood Kuo lives in is one of the few neighborhoods in Ponte Vedra that does not have one.

    And if I were Mr Flamingo Yard, I’d simply decline the invitation to join the association. You can’t force a contract onto someone against their will. I don’t see how that could stand up in court if they tried.

    Tacky? Well, that’s an opinion. There are houses in my neighborhood who’s paint reminds me of baby shit, but it’s their property and I have no right to demand of them that they color it to my sensibilities.

  4. The Packetman Says:

    Robb Allen +1

    The only criteria that I insisted on while house shopping was that I had to be able to take a shit on my own front lawn.

    Now that’s property rights!

  5. comatus Says:

    Aren’t “pink shudders” a symtom of “dipsomania”?
    Sounds kind of pornographic to me.

  6. oldsmobile98 Says:

    I can’t support the pink, but…

    Good for Mr. Kuo. +1 for property rights.

  7. Nylarthotep Says:

    I take it that the town doesn’t have any ordinances around the color of the houses. Living in New England you see those ordinances quite a lot when they are put in for “preservation of historical relevance.” Sometimes I can agree with them, but it generally doesn’t stop most people from being dickheads.

    When I was in college the town of Durham NH wouldn’t let an owner of three old apartment buildings tear them down and rebuild a new complex with more housing and parking. The owner was told it was because his buildings were historically significant. He hired a building historian from Portsmouth to find three of the ugliest historically correct colors for the buildings and painted them those colors. The town politicos screamed and tried to sue him. They lost. Nothing like seeing that puke green apartment building as I was driving into school.

  8. Paul Says:

    It is a free country. If he likes it, that is his right.

    It frost’s my cookies every time a new ordinance gets passed in my community…at some point the desire to stay with my wife could be trumped by the idoicy of city council.

    But we still live in moderately free land. let’s keep it that way.

  9. alan Says:

    I would much rather live next to that house than live where neighborhood busybodies can tell me what color my house can be.

  10. Miguel Says:

    “She can’t tell me how to paint my house,” he said.”

    And that is all she wrote. I live an association and even though it is one of the most easygoing I have seen, it is still a pain in the ass.

  11. Sebastian Says:

    That kicks ass. Especially if that was his response to his nosey neighbors trying to form a homeowners association. How does that work anyway? I can’t imagine they can force you to join.

  12. jp Says:

    Sure is an ugly house, but – no one has any right to tell the home owner what color it can be.

  13. SayUncle Says:

    How does that work anyway? I can’t imagine they can force you to join.

    Varies. For example, my contract for my house between me and the builder stipulated that, as part of it, I would join the homeowner’s association if one was started and that the neighborhood was authorized to start one. No one has yet, though. Maybe I should before some busybodies try?

  14. Matt Groom Says:

    The moral of the story is “Don’t bitch at your obnoxious, color-blind neighbor about how you hate his new paint job”. I’m that guy who waits for weeks and weeks to mow his lawn, but if you bitch at me, I’ll wait months.

  15. Jake Says:

    For example, my contract for my house between me and the builder stipulated that, as part of it, I would join the homeowner’s association if one was started and that the neighborhood was authorized to start one.

    That’s still not forcing you, though. You didn’t have to agree to the contract. It probably would have been a dealbreaker for the builder, but you didn’t have to agree to it.

    Lack of a HOA was one of my “no compromise” requirements when I was house-shopping. Yeah, my neighbor might paint his house flourescent pink with blue trim and shutters (yes, I’ve actually seen that combination), but he can’t tell me I can’t put a flagpole up, either.

  16. azreel Says:

    Lack of a HOA was one of my “no compromise” requirements when I was house-shopping. Yeah, my neighbor might paint his house flourescent pink with blue trim and shutters (yes, I’ve actually seen that combination), but he can’t tell me I can’t put a flagpole up, either.

    This. I live in a “colorful” neighborhood – it’s not as pretty as some HOA subs, but every house is different and a reflection in some way of the owner. I kinda like it. Pink shutters and all.

  17. Huck Says:

    Cheers for property rights and individualism!

  18. aczarnowski Says:

    Actually, I kinda like it. At least the color tones sync and he picked a compliment. That green with day-glow yellow, now that would be hard to look at. 😉

  19. straightarrow Says:

    1. I like it, but my wife won’t let me dress myself when we go out, so my opinion may be valid only for me.

    2. Fuck the neighbors.

    3. When I bought my home, there were a ton of deal breakers for me. No HOA, ever. No, local or state ordinances or permit processes for whatever I wanted to do with it, and no close neighbors.

    Took five goddamned years, but I found it. Happy as a clam in warm sand.

  20. TheOtherLarry Says:

    I thought the plastic pink flamingos on the front lawn was required by law for all Florida homeowners.

  21. 8notch Says:

    I forget who said it, but a quote goes something along the lines of:
    Whomever thinks that a decrease in size of government correlates to a decrease in intrusions by government has never come into contact with a homeowners association.