Two rants here. Number one, WTF is wrong with people? I parked my car in town on Saturday night and came back to it on Sunday morning to find a big dent and a foot mark in the driver's door. Someone has just come along and given it a big kick. Who would do something like that?
Number two/three. Have just moved house and got a visit from the guy who developed the properties to say that we can't park in front of our garage as it spoils people's view. I really can't see how looking at the white front of a garage door is any worse than looking at a red MX-5, but I've no doubt one of the neighbours complained as they seem to be the "ooh, he's not obeying the rules despite how ridiculous the rules are" sort of people.
Apparently the one allotted space and the garage were part of the house sale, but he kept hold of the gravelled area in front of the garages and between all the houses, so we are parking on his land. The garage is full of stuff and apart from that, it's not really practical to have my girlfriend opening the squeaky garage door at six every morning. I'm tempted to use the garage, but keep the door open just to annoy everyone. As it is, I'm probably just going to have to fight for space in the village square round the corner despite having space outside my house. I don't really want to have my car out of sight either after what happened on Saturday.
I then thought I ought to check with the letting agents to warn them I'm going to put a Sky dish up, only to be told that the property is leasehold and there's a clause saying that you can't have a sky dish. Apart from the fact that the digital dishes aren't the eyesores the analogue ones were, I'd say it was a fairly basic requirement to want Sky. I mean WTF? How precious are these people? Can't anyone accept that being part of a community means that there will be a certain amount of colour and dare I say it, noise? They seem to have some sort of sterile vision of a village close.
If I'd known all this before we'd moved, I'd have given it some serious thought. Having now gone through all the pain of moving though, I really don't think I can go through it all again, but I want to be happy where I live.