This is an old post I found in my drafts folder that never got posted, but I guess there’s no time like the present:
Side Neighbors have declared war on nature. It started innocuously enough, with some house renovations and a new, huge front porch. No big deal, other than having to ask them NOT to build their roof supports directly on top of our dividing wall. They host a lot of big friends and family gatherings and I can certainly see the need, but little did I know that was just the beginning. Everybody that’s had to mow a lawn jokes about it, but they’ve actually gone and paved their front yard. Not the entire yard but easily 85% of it, and the remaining chunk looks like it’s being prepped for concrete shoes sometime soon. This is no small task because their front yard is the size of our entire lot. Right now, though, they’ve moved on to cutting down the tree that, in the summer, filled out nicely and also blocked the view between our yards. Hopefully they’re not going to save up the wood for the next in their series of open bonfires.
While I’m rambling about my house, I finally figured out that I live across the street from the LA County Sheriff Department’s Scientific Services Bureau. I think it’s administration instead of forensics, but it’s still kind of cool. I wonder if they have refrigerators full of severed fingertips and the like.