I would never of thought that I’d end up living in suburbia.
I’d say I’m more of a city chick– or maybe an old neighborhood near the city chick– or even a historical preservation district in a suburb of a city chick. But not a suburban babe [as my cousin calls me].
Yet, I’m here and I like it. Chalk one up to my ability to adapt. And chalk another one up to my ability to be amused by what goes on around here.
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November is when we have our annual Mom Trails HOA meeting. It’s not mandatory that everyone go to the meeting, and we don’t go. It is mandatory that everyone vote via a paper ballot that is sent to us in the snail mail. You check your choices for the board members; say “yes” or ”no” regarding neighborhood issues; and can add some comments, if you are so inclined. Then you send the ballot back to the HOA.
Pretty standard stuff.
Choosing board members is easy. Very few people want to be on the board, so those who do want to do it seem to be sincere. We’ve been happy with just about everything that the board has done since we moved here. Consequently, we rarely have had any comments to add to the comment section of the ballot.
Things are good, as far as we can tell.
The voting gets more interesting on the “yes” or “no” questions. This is where I get to see what my neighbors are worrying about this year. And, for once, I think that these people are really asking us to decide on something of value to the whole community– rather than the more personal, backstabbing issues that sometimes show up on the ballot.
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So, what are we voting on here in Mom Trails this year? Glad you asked. We are deciding two things.
√ First, we are deciding whether it is appropriate to hang large, non-US flags on our property; and where said flags of all sorts, if allowed, will be hung.
Personally, I don’t care what flag you hang in front of your house. What I care about is how you hang it. That is, don’t hang your large flag from the back of your mailbox post with the flag pointing back toward the house. It is, in my understanding, an insult to whatever the flag is representing; and, as I am driving down the street, it hides from my view whoever might be standing on the other side it.
√ And second, we are deciding if we will upgrade our standard, township-issue, green background/white lettering street signs to something more stylish. Something that will coordinate with our black, historically accurate, reproduction gaslight-style street lights.
Now this is an issue that makes sense to me. Our boring green street signs are difficult to see because they fade into the lawns that surround them. Plus they’re ho-hum. Our street lights, on the other hand, look great and are distinct; you notice them. So, it seems to me that by changing the street signs to coordinate with the street lights we will be able to see our street signs [finally] and add some style [aka resale value] to our subdivision.
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The actual meeting isn’t until later in the month– and because no one on the board seems to know anything about updating our official Mom Trails website– I won’t know what has happened for a while after that. One day, sometime in early December, we’ll receive a snail mail letter telling us the news.
And then, we will think no more about the HOA for another year.