lb_lee: M.D. making a shocked, confused face (serious thought)
[personal profile] lb_lee
So, while researching our childhood neighborhood, we ran across an archive of the old neighborhood newsletter, going back to 2010.

Most of it is basically what we remember--babysitting, Lawn of the Month, classifieds, neighborhood events, water rationing and fire safety... and then there's some weird stuff.  Mostly of the "Suburban Gothic" variety, but some honestly just strange.  Skimming a year and a half of this newsletter for photos, I learned...
  • There are adults in our neighborhood who would chase teenagers in their car for knocking over trash cans.  And have a car chase with the kids until the cops came.  And then be called a superhero.
  • Somebody killed a deer with a crossbow.  And just... left the deer to run and die. (The newsletter reminded everyone that the neighborhood was not a hunting zone and to be nice to the animals.)
  • The turtles in the pond get blamed for everything.  Everything.
  • Somebody got murdered and their body got dumped in the park, but don't worry guys, he wasn't one of the neighbors!  The neighborhood remains safe!  It's all good! (The turtles were not responsible.)
  • People have very, VERY passionate feelings about who exactly is allowed to use the pool and basketball court. (The pool is now open to folks only with a keycard, which is just the strangest thing ever to me.  I mean, I understand that this is a thing that happens, but really, were there truly that many people sneaking into the pool for nefarious purposes?)
  • Texas is apparently God's country.
  • People really want those turtles GONE.  Nobody knows where they came from.  Nobody knows why their population skyrocketed so.  But nobody wants the turtles.  The turtles have taken over.  They're not even snappers or anything, just your usual red-ears, so I'm not sure what people's beef is with them.
I am left with the assurance that the Homeowners Association is just as strange a beast as I suspected.

Date: 2017-09-06 06:54 pm (UTC)
flowergarden: flowers (Default)
From: [personal profile] flowergarden


Turtles are some of my favorite animals, haha. I'd be excited to live near a pond taken over by turtles.

Date: 2017-09-06 08:31 pm (UTC)
cidney: Woman's face applying makeup. Photograph. (Default)
From: [personal profile] cidney
Some things never change. :p I assume the passionate feels over the pool and basketball is because it feels more exclusive if there's unnecessary security.

Date: 2017-09-06 11:53 pm (UTC)
procedimus_una: Mel (mel icon)
From: [personal profile] procedimus_una
What is it with people and pool elitism? Our current management is like that; we, as tenants in our building, cannot even bring friends from outside of the building into the swimming pool! One of the land lords personally came and kicked them out when we brought them. Which means we essentially have to swim alone. It's bizarre.

Also, I am all for turtle anarchy.

Date: 2017-09-07 11:57 pm (UTC)
thishouse: (aj)
From: [personal profile] thishouse
turtles are a pretty big problem in texas, actually.

people will buy wild-caught baby red-ear sliders and sell them on the side of the road for very cheap prices because it's common and a relatively easy way to earn money. i'm sure it happens elsewhere, but in texas it's fairly common. it's also illegal to sell red-ear sliders that are less than 4" long unless you're selling them for educational purposes, but most people sell very small babies with shells less than 2" because they're very cute.

turtles are extremely difficult pets to care for and in particular red-ears just don't do well in artificial environments, even the most well kept ones with enough space (10 gallons per inch of shell), light, and water conditions. a lot of people don't expect a pet they bought for $5 on the side of the road to live 30 years and grow to be the size of a dinner plate.

turtles are also very often abused and neglected and as pets are frequently tossed into the wild as if they'll do just fine.

it's possible (and somewhat likely) that someone who was selling these turtles was forced to shut down because they were selling turtles illegally or else just had too many excess turtles, so they just dumped them in your neighborhood lake. red-eared sliders breed very easily, too, resulting in probably a pretty seriously overpopulated lake.

i'm certain there isn't any reason for your neighborhood to complain about their existence in the lake. :P red-eared sliders eat aquatic plant life more than terrestrial grass (although it's possible that they did out of necessity given an overpopulated lake), but they certainly weren't worthy such derailment in a neighborhood newsletter.

anyway, turtles are good and your neighborhood sounds like it had a ton of other issues (deer hunting with a crossbow for... no reason? unnecessary hoarding of facilities? or, uh, DEAD BODIES!??!?).

must have been interesting i'm sure.

(sorry for the turtle rant)

- aj

Date: 2017-09-08 06:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
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