Runs With Needles: Non knitting musings

Runs With Needles

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Non knitting musings

What on earth has happened to common sense and personal responsibility?

I was winding yarn tonight and watching the local news. One of the 'top' stories was homeowners complaining about the noise coming from Fort Carson .

I can sum up my opinion of this with two simple facts:
  • Fort Carson (then called Camp Carson) has been there since World War II.
  • The homes have been there less than 10 years.

Why on earth do people buy a home near an army base and then complain about the noise? Likewise, why do people buy homes near the Air Force Academy or the airport and complain about low flying planes?

Unfortunately, I'm not kidding. The local news regularly reports such stories.

Such idiocy is not limited to city dwellers. I live in the rural area of the county. New homeowners here receive a "Code of the West". Among the nuggets of wisdom:

  • It is important for you to know that life in the country is different from life in the city.

  • Emergency response times (sheriff, fire suppression, medical care, etc.) cannot be guaranteed. Under some extreme conditions, you may find that emergency response is extremely slow and expensive.

  • Unpaved roads generate dust.

  • Farmers often work around the clock, especially during planting and harvest time. Dairy operators sometimes milk without stopping and hay is often swathed or baled at night. It is possible that adjoining agriculture uses can disturb your peace and quiet.

  • Farmers occasionally burn their ditches to keep them clean of debris, weeds and other obstructions. This burning creates smoke that you may find objectionable.

  • Animals can be dangerous. Bulls, stallions, rams, boars, etc. can attack human beings.

Aren't these items common sense? If someone can't figure these things out for themselves they have no business living in the country. Hell, they belong in an assisted living environment.

We were talking about this lack of common sense at the KWA meeting this morning. I shared a story about an email that was posted to one of the many Yahoo Groups I read. One person gave everyone a heads up about the clearance sale this weekend at Joann. A woman replied back to this email and requested the link to Joann's website.

Excuse me?

She couldn't Google Joann? Hell, she couldn't type "www.joann.com" into her browser?

I've discovered that this type of request is very common on Yahoo's knitting groups. Why? Are people this stupid? Are they just lazy? I don't understand it.

Besides yarn winding, my other project tonight has been fixing a leaky pipe under my kitchen sink. Shockingly, I learned how to do this by Googling how to fix leaky pipes under kitchen sink.

What a concept! :)

5 comment(s):

oh yeah for fixing the pipe!
I understand what you mean with the people moving where they shouldn't. I know people who moved to a heavily treed area with strong pine pollen allergy.... and I don't mind them phantoms flying over my property at all, think its kinda cool!
But I do mind being woken up by traffic on Shoup at 5:30 in the morning, this has become a major through way and it stinks. I am so out of here LOL, which may take a while, but working on it.

By Blogger Maus, at July 31, 2005 7:22 AM  

I know what you mean about people on email lists asking the dumbest questions sometimes. I tend to want to refer them to this site

By Blogger Kirsti, at July 31, 2005 12:31 PM  

You hit it on the head about lack of personal responsibility... it is getting to be widespread in our culture, but more obvious when people complain in rural places... moved there because they thought they wanted to be in the country then try to change everything. You are pretty resourceful fixing your own pipes and might find you want to move further into the country :) Love the yarn stash..have fun with it.

By Blogger Birdsong, at July 31, 2005 11:14 PM  

Yea, in my neck of the woods, it's the Boulder Park Neighborhood Association, AKA We Who Hate Memorial Hospital Even Though We Bought A House Right By It. These folks do nothing but bitch every time the best hospital in town does anything to bring them even better care. I have one word for them. MOVE.

By Blogger Anti Kathy, at August 01, 2005 8:56 AM  

Kids, Felicia Booth's parent's bought a house in 1975 with Ft Carson in the backyard. We also have a train track in the backyard as well.

One thing I have noticed over the years. I don't pay attention to the noise from Ft Carson, the trains, the speaker from the lumberyard close by us (that's only during the day, during the summer we hear that noise) or planes crashing in Widefield park.

Why complain? There is this thing called-- CHECK OUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THERE.

Nuff said. I don't want to use my four-letter words.

(Uhh, there is one good thing with living so close to Ft Carson/Cheyenne Mt. In the event of a nuclear surprise (read: attack) we'll be dead in 10 minutes. No annoying hair loss, fighting others for food, etc.)

By Blogger Felicia, at August 05, 2005 11:33 PM  

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