I’ve got one for the folks who will gather this morning at 43rd Street West and Manatee Avenue to protest, among other things, banks giving us the business.
Tell me if it sounds familiar.
The house next door to ours was foreclosed on several weeks ago and the people who occupied it had to go.
Which left the grass untended.
So it grew and grew.
I’ll be darned if I’m going to cut it, I told myself.
Helping out a neighbor is one thing.
Helping out a bank that’s an absentee owner?
Besides, keeping our own lawn maintained is enough of a job by itself for me.
Can’t have the neighbors thinking I’m a slacker.
That goes double for my wife.
Let the bank hire somebody to cut their property’s grass.
Well, arriving home after work one evening I saw another neighbor, a new family, cutting and edging the portion of the vacant house’s front lawn opposite his house on the other side of the street.
What gives, I asked.
He said he’d gotten tired of looking at it.
I hear you, I told him.
Then he said something I hadn’t thought about.
He didn’t want to advertise that the house was unoccupied to any ne’er-do-wells, thus giving them an inviting target.
The house is east of ours and sits on the first corner people see when they enter the subdivision.
I changed my mind.
Subsequently, the last three Saturdays yours truly has cut our lawn and the bordering portion of the adjacent house’s lawn, too.
Even edged the sidewalk and curb.
It never looked better, if I may say so.
Anyway, I bet there are a lot of folks around our community who have resorted to doing the same thing -- taking care of the upkeep on foreclosed homes in their neighborhood because if they didn’t, who else was going to do it?
Now this doesn’t stack up among some of the more heavyweight issues folks at Occupy Bradenton will be protesting this morning:
n Corporate greed.
n No jobs.
n The economy.
But it is one tangible way us ordinary folks have been taken advantage of by the banks.
So like the protest placards say:
“MAKE BANKS PAY!”
Matter of fact, I’ve told Sherri I’m going to send a bill to that bank one of these days.
It’d never get paid, of course.
I’d just love to see the look on the bank officers’ faces.
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