Thursday, June 29, 2006

No Place To Go

A couple of weeks ago three cub bears found themselves here in Cobb County. That is three different occasions, not the all at once. And in nearby DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties, bears coming into shopping center parking lots and subdivisions generally interrupted things, and one bear was even shot at with a gun, and they thought it was dead, but they could not find a bullet scar and it was fine and he was taken to the mountains and let loose with the others.

Why so many bears are entering civilized areas? Because their wilderness haven is being constantly reduced because of us… demanding bigger and better subdivisions and shopping centers – but as soon as the shopping centers begin to look a little old and worn we humans want to drop that one and go to the newest modern ones, leaving the old looking like a ghost town or a low rent area.

We have rooted the bears and squirrels out of their forests and woodsy areas where they seem more visible plentiful and we saw poor us, those damn squirrels are eating the sunflower seed we left for the birds – by the way, why are there more birds around now? Duh!

Wait! There is more.

One block from us on what should be named the same street, but they named it something else to keep their distance from us trash are $700,000 new homes. That is on the western side of us. And yesterday lawyers did what they legally were obligated to do and send letters out to the people in the neighborhood saying they will be holding a public hearing of the pros and cons and the county commissioner’s hearing room on building a new expensive subdivision 2 blocks east of us.

We will be surrounded!

What will be terrible that all the yuppies in this area will resent having to drive down the thoroughfare that goes through this neighborhood and see all these eyesore houses. They have to see terrible things like houses with opened double carport, room additions because families outgrew their accommodations, screened in porches, decks that stick out like sore thumbs… those poor yuppies, having to drive through that every day.

So, we wouldn’t want those money spending darlings have to face eye sores daily would we? So, I am quiet sure, at this moment, as I type this, is rubbing his hands together, figuring a good sales pitch for the commissioners to bulldoze these houses away and replace them with expensive houses that would naturally bring in more property tax. Heh heh, that shouldn’t be hard to sell…. Heh heh.

It has been done several times in Cobb County already. So, it is just a matter of time I’m afraid.

Then we will be just like the bears, misplaced, with no place to go.



Blogger Suzanne said...

That sounds just like the area in which I grew up. Every time I go home (and Sunday is my next trip), I get very depressed because so many smaller "starter homes that were affordable to jewish white trash families like mine are being torn down and replaced with McMansions that use up every square inch of the lot and cast horrid shadows over their neighbors. No more working class families for that area - its only the rich and the richer from now on. I really worry what is going to happen 5, 10, 15 years from now, when there is absolutely no where for normal people to live and when the yuppies, who live on credit, find that the market crashed. This country is in for some very ugly times.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

My point is that this was a very insightful post that you did, and I like how you said we (normal people) are with the bears.

9:46 AM  
Blogger ET said...

I think they think it is win-win situation, they can bulldoze our houses away and replace them more valuable homes, thus more taxes, then those bulldozed can just move to a neat little cluster home or something not as expensive and start over in new surroundings.
Our house is now paid for - we would have to go in debt again, and start making payments again - this is with me retired and Anna just two years from it.
Oh me.

12:00 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

In a day or two, I will be posting about some of the homes in my area. It isn't the same thing as yours, but similar.

12:46 PM  
Blogger ET said...

Will be on the watch.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post, reminds me of Gracie's concerns.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Phone Boy said...

In a somewhat related event, the same day you posted this, there was a family of raccoons wondering on Solvay’s property in Marietta. Animal control picked up the whole family. I asked the man what happens to them, and he said they test them for rabies, and if clean, they will be dropped in the woods around Lake Allatoona.

It sounds like God delivered an answer to my prayer, but sent it to the wrong Hunter household and sent it to you instead.

11:09 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Adam Hunter!
Where I have heard that name?
That's my boy!!

7:32 PM  

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