Normally I have no real advance theme planning for NOTs. It’s something that I was thinking about earlier in the day, or some variation of “I am eating something neat” etc. Sometimes you may notice an unpopular opinions post or a whine with me, this is a variation of that.
Sunday nights is dinner night with my parents. Bless their dumb hearts, they’re white boomers who love Reagan and Trump. There’s just a bunch of shit I don’t talk about with them. Sometimes they still bring shit up and normally I’m good about not engaging, but once in a while I leave their house a stressed out angry mess.
Tonight (I’m writing this Sunday night to post as Monday’s NOT) I was a complete fucking wreck at their house, but for absolutely nothing to do with them. Rant ahead.
They live in a pretty standard early 1950s subdivision in a house my grandparents bought around 1950. Houses are typically 3 bed/1 or 2 bath, some are slab, some have basements. Nothing big, lots are pretty small but the houses are smaller so it fits. Behind their subdivision was a decent area of woods, and behind that is a big, Catholic cemetery. Because of those woods, there have always been deer and owls and hawks and coyotes and it’s just really nice to have that much green space. My dad has so many stories about running and playing in those woods as a kid.
Welp, the archdiocese sold that wooded land to a property developer. They were supposed to keep a 100 foot buffer of woods between their new development and my parents’ subdivision. Goddamned motherfuckers basically stripped out all the woods in 1 day this week. No 100 foot barrier. All that’s basically left is a section around a cell tower that they couldn’t buy. Driving over today when I saw what they did, I fucking just started crying in my car and it was a rough bit when I got to my parents’ house. I am still so angry and it’s been almost 6 hours. I’m getting upset just typing about it. Those woods were there when my grandparents moved it. I know it wasn’t old growth forest, but probably 75+ years old. For what? For fucking what?
The property developers are building 3 different styles of houses with fancy ones for like 600k, midgrade ones for 400k, and “affordable” ones starting at like 250k. I know many of you live in areas with high property costs, but for reference, nearby 3 bedroom houses sell for 190-230k. And these new 200 houses… will back up to a fucking cemetery and an industrial court. Oh, and there’s train tracks nearby so several times a day don’t forget about the train noises (which the woods help muffle the sound of…oh, wait, nevermind). No one in their right mind would spend that kind of money to move to Affton. It’s not a trendy suburb. The schools are okayish, but not great. There’s nothing really nice nearby to attract people. People who can afford those houses are gonna be like “huh, where do I want to raise my family? Hmmm, not here.” They fucking tore down perfectly lovely woods for nothing. Assholes.
Anyways, thanks for letting me rant. Feel free to chat about whatever has you annoyed lately in the comments.