I'm not kidding. Click here if you want to read the story and watch the 2 minute piece.
I have to say that I'm still dumbstruck by this one. First of all, by my standards her lawn looks fabulous - seriously, she'd have any house on my block beat hands down. Secondly... we're in the middle of an extreme friggin' drought for gawd's sake! Seriously, here's the latest US drought map... I've outlined Colorado in purple for any non-US readers (or those of you who are just really bad at geography.)
Yup... that's us, the one that looks like it's bleeding because there's so much red. So... yanno... thousands of acres and hundreds of houses have burned to the ground, and crops are failing, and ranchers are selling off their herds because there's no grass for them to eat, and what are the good citizens of the Green Valley Ranch suburb of Denver doing? Levying fines on their neighbors because their lawns aren't green enough!
I'm not really sure where to begin with this one... I mean seriously?
I'm not sure if folks outside of the US have experienced the joy of the homeowner's association - or "neighborhood nazification" as I like to call it. But basically many "nice" neighborhoods require home owners to sign a covenant that legally binds them to maintain their property to the "standards" set by these neighborhood groups... So basically, it's free reign for the neighborhood power-tripping dick-wads to come together and impose all sorts of ridiculous regulations upon their neighbors.
HOA's are famous for banning things like clothes lines & vegetable gardens, or even levying fines on people who happen to leave their garage doors open too long or (heaven forbid) paint their house an un-approved shade of beige.
The justification is always "property values." And I suppose nothing boosts property values like wasting tons of water to make plants that were never intended to live in this climate look lush and beautiful. Because I know when I'm looking for a neighborhood, what really draws me in, is an environment that just screams "hey- this is where all the self-righteous entitled dicks live!"
OK. I'm done ranting now. But I've gotta say, the view from the cheap seats has never looked nicer! It doesn't fill me with a whole lot of hope for the future of this country though.