In the cul-de-sac
I sit alone and wonder
Where did I go wrong?
– Fortyteen Candles
know what you mean
Thanks for understanding.
I’m sure this is totally the wrong thing to say but your recent piece about the cul-de-sac made me love my neighborhood that much more! “Yay, your misfortune made me realize how lucky I am!” No, really. It makes such a difference to feel like the people around you are your tribe. Some whippersnapper little hipsters bought the house next door to me and their barking dogs piss me off all day. But then I read that and thought, meh, they’re okay. 😉
Glad to help! My words are to inspire and encourage. Take from them what you will:)
I used to live in a cul-de-sac. What struck me was the ‘fakeness’ of the environment we were living in, and ultimately we moved back to the ‘wild’ places in the south. From the perspective of efficiency though, the cul-de-sac design is used a lot in permaculture, see ‘keyhole’ design for gardens http://garden.menoyot.com/?p=83 and we had abundant walkways and paths (usually leading to a place where you can part with your money). All the energy flowed in and out during usual business hours. I though I was quite radical with a mosaic house number. I guess thats the danger of subdivisions, they are designed purely for profit, not for the soul, and thats where dissatisfaction lurks. I thoroughly encourage “living” real local. Maybe your community could celebrate the abundance and focus on the positives. Or move. LIke me we did. Good luck 🙂
A mosaic house number? Good heavens, the neighbors must have been talking about the “free thinkers” that live there! LOL…I think moving is in the plans. Until then, it’s endless inspiration. Glad you are finally living back in the “wild.”
I LOVE your haiku. I wish I could write poetry.
As for cul de sac living…..it could be worse. I once lived in an 11 unit condo. One poor old lady got the business at our association meeting for raising plastic chickens. That did it for me. We put our condo on the market the following day.
LOL…I tell you I’ve found my muse. I’m not really a poetry person, but Haikus seem to write themselves. I can’t believe they gave that old lady the business about some plastic chickens! I gotta get outta here. Muse be damned!
I really enjoy your blog! I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award! If you decide to accept, pls visit http://tinylessonsblog.com/2012/08/24/omg-three-awards-thank-you/
Best regards, Tiny
How sweet, Tiny! You are too kind. I’m glad you enjoy my blog. I did recently recieve the “One Lovely Blog” Award so I don’t think I can accept it again. But I truly appreciate your nomination:)
The picture is small.
My aging eyes can’t read it.
Click to enlarge? Rats.
Sorry. Perhaps it was small to emphasize that it is just blah, blah, blah. Next time I put a pic up I’ll make it easier to see. FYI: It was just bland info about lots, driveways, sidewalk…yawn. The real excitement is the haiku. LOL!
That’s why I responded in kind.
I enjoyed your haiku as well!
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