Non knitting musingsWhat 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.
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! :)