From Pine View Farm

Age Discrimination 6

Can anyone tell me what is the point of these “Over 55” communities that seem to be springing up?

I sure wouldn’t want to live in a place where all my neighbors were geezers like me. This street was built in 1954 and 1955. We have residents ranging from (almost) newlyweds to some of the original purchasers (and there’s no better security than nosy retired persons who are at home all day, but that’s another story).

I get no end of enjoyment watching my neighbors’ little girls (all the little kids on the street are girls–must be something in the water) play.

The one was out trying to fly a kite this afternoon. Of course, there’s no wind, so, when she ran out of running room, the kite came right back down–and there are so many trees that, if there had been a wind, it would have turned into a Charley Brown kite, but that’s not the issue.

And, ya know what? if she falls down and breaks her crown, no one’s going to come running to me to fix it.

What could be better than that: all the enjoyment, none of the responsibility?

So why do people want to wall themselves off in “Over 55” communities. Beats the hell out of me.



  1. Opie

    April 15, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I’m on the same page as you, but I do have an idea that it’s not the pretty little 5 year old girl in an Easter bonnet that these people are trying to get away from. I suspect it’s more like the 17 year old kid squealing his tires, or even the 23 year old (legally adult) bank tellers across the street having loud, drunken rowdy parties into the wee hours. That’s probably what they’re trying to get away from.

  2. Second Son

    April 15, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I’m moving in next door, Opie. Just for you.

  3. Karen

    April 16, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Our neighborhood was built in & around ’65. Next door to us lives an original purchaser, & there are a few others. We also have families with kids to keep the place lively. Then we have Bob across the street. He plays the part of the neighborhood grouch. (Does it well, too.) So it’s mixed, not just older. I don’t think I would like the segregation, myself.

  4. Frank

    April 16, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Watch out, Opie.  Second Son did get done for having one of them parties.  He knows what of he speaks.

  5. Linda

    April 17, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    This is one of the friendliest neighborhoods I’ve ever lived in, 
    except for the person that called the police on our barking dogs
    my fault, I was up wandering at 2:00 in the morning, and not paying attention.
    I even taught the next door neighbors 4 year old how to tell my dog to shut up when he barks

  6. chris the plumber

    April 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Opie is a geezer, I call him that all the time.