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We love our neighbourhood. They joke about us never having to worry about sobriety checkpoints because "there's too much money and many votes on the island". Makes life nice and easy. We're all rich. We're all white. Well, there are some Indians and Asians, but aside from their loud children they're usually nice people. I wish they'd keep their children quiet though.
We love it that every 10 days I have a Mexican who cleans my curbs. There's another Mexican who mows my yard. I think they're Mexican.
We love it that every Halloween the neighbours come visit. Our diverse and open minded neighbourhood is just a few blocks from one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Memphis, so we love it when They come for "Trick or Treating". We put up signs saying "Trick or Treat 5-7:30 ONLY". Just to help control things, obviously. No one needs to be up too late on a school night!
We love it when the neighbours come to Trick or Treat. They're all black so it's just funny when we make jokes about reflective jackets, or 'at least you see their teeth when you hit them'. We laugh. We're very accomodating. Very egalitarian.
We love it that by 9pm there are a half dozen police cars patrolling our neighbourhood. We woudln't want any children getting lost on the way home.
We love that. It's such a nice, safe, Middle Class Neighbourhood.
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Sometimes you leave me speechless, my friend!
Is this going into press in the next version of Stuff White People Like?
Those nice safe middle class neighborhoods creep me the hell out. Good post!
I have friends whose neighborhood has evolved into one like that (for the first ten years they were there it was quite different). They hate it and are trying like hell to get out.
@Nikkilina: In a good way I hope :)
@GR: I hope not!
@Dr.GF: I hate suburbia. NIMBY curtain twitching assholes
@Becca: My landlord is a friend who had to move back to NYC when he got liver cancer. We've got the house on the market for him, but it's not moving. Lots of houses in my neighbourhood are for sale. If I was to up sticks and move on him he'd have to foreclose and I don't want to screw him over. So, right now I'm stuck.
There's a racist neighborhood? In Memphis?? You don't say...
LMFAO. Well, not the neighbourhood per se, just the people in it :p
Always good Tiddles!
Sounds like lovely people, as long as you're white (or asian with quiet kids).
There's a black man across the road actually. BUt his house is three stories so he's probably cool. GOod paycheck, y'know?