Another thing, just because I'm writing a story, does NOT mean I'm going to have it published anytime soon, and it doesn't mean I want people to read it at this stage. I have not completed the first draft, much less edited in any form or fashion, so why the hell would I let people read the unpolished project. There are precious few people I would even semi-trust to read it to help with the editing process, (five people actually, who are the most trusted people in my life). I'm not going to let Joe Smoe read my unfinished product. You can read it if and when it is on a bookshelf. Getting crabby with me in the middle of Panera because I told you "No, you can't read my book because I don't know you. You can read it when it is published." is not endearing yourself to me. And who asks that to a random stranger? Seriously! You see the NaNo sticker on my laptop and strike up a conversation about how you did NaNo a few years ago but never finished then ask if you can read my story? You have lost your mind, lady.
Last Rant: HOA
Can some one, please, explain the need for an HOA? I hate ours. I rent a townhouse, but our HOA is causing all sorts of problems. They are a group of bitter old women who want to have a neighbor hood full of small dogs, no children, and quiet. Not gonna happen. They like to have secret meetings, which is illegal, to vote on policies, which is illegal, that increase our fees without any notice, which is illegal, providing no transparency with the budget, which is illegal, and provide no minutes from previous meetings, which is illegal. They tell the children in our neighborhood that they can't ride their bikes on the street, which is not a through street. Then they tell the children they are not allowed to ride their bikes on the sidewalk. Also, sidewalk chalk is not allowed, as is any yelling or screaming of any sort. The children are not allowed to play on the open grassy areas in the back or allowed to climb the trees. I don't exactly know what they want the children to do other than stay in the house all the time. Thankfully, a few of the younger neighbors decided to read the bylaws and they discovered that they are allowed to hold a vote to (a) vote people out of positions and (b) vote new people in. What a coup that was! The younger neighbor has a two year old and was one of the ones that received a warning about the sidewalk chalk. Seriously? Children and sidewalk chalk go hand in hand. I decided to protest that myself and drew all sorts of things on my steps and path leading up to my door. Anyhow, the younger neighbor came up to me, told me what he was planning to do and gave me a petition to sign. I read his MO. It was basic really. They wanted full transparency of the budget, which the HOA is supposed to provide anyhow. They wanted minutes from the previous meetings for the past two years, which is something the HOA is supposed provide at any moment. They also wanted to make the neighborhood a bit more kid friendly. We have several children in our area ranging from toddler to teenager. The younger neighbor thought it would be a good idea to look into making the grassy area in the back a play area with a playground and possibly some place to ride bikes. That solves many of the issues. It gives them a safe place to play. It gets them out of the street. Just basic thing that the stupid HOA has refused to provide. Why are the fee increasing? When the fees increase, my rent increases. It affects me. I think it is great that we have a landscaping service that takes care of everything, albeit at 8am, but still, I don't have rake leaved or mow the small patch of grass I have in front of my townhouse. The old ladies did not like this, of course, so they went from house to house trying to gather support. Not gonna work very well since most of the people have children.
Oh, and to the old biddy that complains against my lab. My lab is nice and loves people, especially children. She is well behaved and well taken care of. She will sit on command, stay, and lay on her side so the kids can pet her. She likes to play ball with the younger children. You have a nasty ankle biter who hates people and have tried to bite me and other people in the neighborhood several times. You have to warn people to stay back from your dog or they will get bitten. I have to warn people that they will get a face full of kisses. You honestly think that you non-socialized terror of a dog is better than mine? Bitch please.