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  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya mod
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    Honestly, if I were looking to buy a house, I could care less what political signs may or may not be in the yard.  I've lived on my block for 10 years and I don't have any clue how my neighbors vote.  What I do know and care about is that they are kind people who stop to say hello if you're walking your dogs at the same time.  After Hurricane Ike hit, neighbors were loaning their generators and help clear debris.  As long as they are friendly, keep the property value good, and relatively quiet, I don't care which candidate they support.

    Also, I personally think it's hard (if not impossible) to find a presidential candidate with whom you agree on 100% of the issues and their statements.  It's a bold statement to think that just because your neighbor has a Trump sign means that they are racist.  
    QFT. No political party has a monopoly on decent human beings. In addition, as they say, "Left wing, right wing... same bird." 
    UO: While this is true, I'm going to be honest and say I'd pause if I was looking at a house and the neighbor had a Trump sign in the front yard. It may not be a dealbreaker, but it could be what tipped my hand the opposite direction. If you have a Trump sign in your yard, I'm assuming it's because "he tells it like it is," and usually that's a euphemism for racist. When we met with our seller to negotiate something outside of the home sale, he told us "we didn't have to worry about black neighbors." Yep, same guy with the Obama toilet paper. Thankfully, it was his house we bought and he wasn't the neighbor. Our friends said we should have invited my tattooed, black/white brother to the closing:).
    Well, look at it this way. Everybody knows, in their state most likely or at least their general area, what the political leanings are all over. It's voting data. I know the county where my hometown is is predominantly Republican. I know the city I live in is predominately Democrat. I also know all the diversity statistics of both areas thanks to census data. Just because someone isn't putting a Trump sign in their front yard doesn't mean they're automatically Democrat. So why would you really look twice at a sign when considering whether or not to buy a property?  Even if it makes you think, "Hm, this neighbor might be racist," you could look up the overall stats and demographics for the area and see if you'll be happy fitting in. Living next to a racist (if proven, don't assume) would just mean I wouldn't invite him or her over for backyard BBQs. And, I live in a building with 150 units and talk to only one neighbor. I have no idea who the fuck anyone else is or what their political leanings and personal opinions about others are. 
    And, finally, I would just like to say that I am SO fucking tired of people assuming that someone with politically conservative leanings is automatically a racist, a homophobe, whatever. Guess what, I don't vote Democrat. Guess what, I'm not racist or a homophobe. I vote in favor of fiscally conservative policies. So don't judge Mr or Ms Trump supporter over there. (And no, I don't like Trump, for the record.) 

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    SO. MUCH. THIS.

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  • kimmiinthemittenkimmiinthemitten Detroit, MI member
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    Honestly, if I were looking to buy a house, I could care less what political signs may or may not be in the yard.  I've lived on my block for 10 years and I don't have any clue how my neighbors vote.  What I do know and care about is that they are kind people who stop to say hello if you're walking your dogs at the same time.  After Hurricane Ike hit, neighbors were loaning their generators and help clear debris.  As long as they are friendly, keep the property value good, and relatively quiet, I don't care which candidate they support.

    Also, I personally think it's hard (if not impossible) to find a presidential candidate with whom you agree on 100% of the issues and their statements.  It's a bold statement to think that just because your neighbor has a Trump sign means that they are racist.  
    QFT. No political party has a monopoly on decent human beings. In addition, as they say, "Left wing, right wing... same bird." 
    UO: While this is true, I'm going to be honest and say I'd pause if I was looking at a house and the neighbor had a Trump sign in the front yard. It may not be a dealbreaker, but it could be what tipped my hand the opposite direction. If you have a Trump sign in your yard, I'm assuming it's because "he tells it like it is," and usually that's a euphemism for racist. When we met with our seller to negotiate something outside of the home sale, he told us "we didn't have to worry about black neighbors." Yep, same guy with the Obama toilet paper. Thankfully, it was his house we bought and he wasn't the neighbor. Our friends said we should have invited my tattooed, black/white brother to the closing:).
    Well, look at it this way. Everybody knows, in their state most likely or at least their general area, what the political leanings are all over. It's voting data. I know the county where my hometown is is predominantly Republican. I know the city I live in is predominately Democrat. I also know all the diversity statistics of both areas thanks to census data. Just because someone isn't putting a Trump sign in their front yard doesn't mean they're automatically Democrat. So why would you really look twice at a sign when considering whether or not to buy a property?  Even if it makes you think, "Hm, this neighbor might be racist," you could look up the overall stats and demographics for the area and see if you'll be happy fitting in. Living next to a racist (if proven, don't assume) would just mean I wouldn't invite him or her over for backyard BBQs. And, I live in a building with 150 units and talk to only one neighbor. I have no idea who the fuck anyone else is or what their political leanings and personal opinions about others are. 
    And, finally, I would just like to say that I am SO fucking tired of people assuming that someone with politically conservative leanings is automatically a racist, a homophobe, whatever. Guess what, I don't vote Democrat. Guess what, I'm not racist or a homophobe. I vote in favor of fiscally conservative policies. So don't judge Mr or Ms Trump supporter over there. (And no, I don't like Trump, for the record.) 

    I wish I could make this huge and red and spinning.


    SO. MUCH. THIS.

    I live in a very Republican city, it's my choice.  I knew where I was moving when I bought the house.  I don't assume my city is racist or that Republicans in general are racist.  

    However, if you support a Presidential candidate who makes racist comments or refuses to speak against racist comments at his own rallies,  you're a racist and I'd rather not live next to you.  We also passed on a house that had a neighbor with a Confederate Flag.  If someone passed a house in my neighborhood because they think I'm a socialist for liking Bernie it wouldn't bother me.
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  • MairePoppyMairePoppy Connecticut mod
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    I think blow up Christmas decorations are far more of an eyesore. 
    So, I have these two families that live in my neighborhood. One family decorates their home in perfectly lined up white lights, white 'candles' in the center of each window, a natural balsam wreath with a huge red bow on the front door and a white star of Bethlehem hanging from a tree in the front yard. I enjoy looking at their home, especially after it snows. It's lovely. They are annoyed with their next door neighbors who bought a shit ton of multi colored chaser lights, enough to outline their small house and the surrounding bushes and they have an interesting collection of inflatables. These people love secular and religious Christmas decor, equally. There are elves, candy canes, a creche scene, Santa, Rudolf, who know what will appear this year. Their house makes me smile. If neighbor 1 doesn't like neighbor 2's decor, they should just not look at it. 

                       
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  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya mod
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    @Mairepoppy your post reminded me of this house -



    This obnoxious ass house is like three minutes from my FIL's house. People sit outside it and tune into the radio station and watch the lights. Like, dozens and dozens of cars are outside this house daily. A lot of people (myself included) think it's tacky as hell, but more people love it. Just because it's not my style, doesn't make it wrong.

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  • @Mairepoppy your post reminded me of this house -



    This obnoxious ass house is like three minutes from my FIL's house. People sit outside it and tune into the radio station and watch the lights. Like, dozens and dozens of cars are outside this house daily. A lot of people (myself included) think it's tacky as hell, but more people love it. Just because it's not my style, doesn't make it wrong.

    When I saw the still of that house when it was just the blue lights, I was like, oh, that's pretty.  Then watched the first bit of the video.  If I watched more I might get a migraine.  

    I'd be pissed at this house if I was the neighbors, mainly because of the traffic it brings.  
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  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya mod
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    @Mairepoppy your post reminded me of this house -



    This obnoxious ass house is like three minutes from my FIL's house. People sit outside it and tune into the radio station and watch the lights. Like, dozens and dozens of cars are outside this house daily. A lot of people (myself included) think it's tacky as hell, but more people love it. Just because it's not my style, doesn't make it wrong.

    When I saw the still of that house when it was just the blue lights, I was like, oh, that's pretty.  Then watched the first bit of the video.  If I watched more I might get a migraine.  

    I'd be pissed at this house if I was the neighbors, mainly because of the traffic it brings.  

    Right?! It's on a very dark, windy, wooded country road too. I think they finally made a little parking lot thing but it's definitely annoying.


    I can't imagine wanting people to park in front of your house and just look at it. I'd feel so weird making dinner or watching TV or shaving my legs in there. Even if no one can see me, it would weird me out just knowing there were 40 people outside my house looking at it.

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  • I also wonder who the hell has the free time to put together something like that.  I want to put some simple white lights on my house this year (have them left over from the wedding), and I'm not sure I'll even have the time to do that.
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  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    I also wonder who the hell has the free time to put together something like that.  I want to put some simple white lights on my house this year (have them left over from the wedding), and I'm not sure I'll even have the time to do that.
    I just want to know what their electric bill.

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  • labrolabro Hotlanta member
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    Confession - I love it when my neighbors go all out for the holidays. Even if it's the ridiculous inflatable stuff. I just don't get tired of looking at it. And I wouldn't mind the traffic so much. Maybe it's because I'm one of the offenders who purposefully goes out driving around to see all those houses with all the lights. Our family tradition is to go on Christmas Eve.



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  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    labro said:
    Confession - I love it when my neighbors go all out for the holidays. Even if it's the ridiculous inflatable stuff. I just don't get tired of looking at it. And I wouldn't mind the traffic so much. Maybe it's because I'm one of the offenders who purposefully goes out driving around to see all those houses with all the lights. Our family tradition is to go on Christmas Eve.
    I love doing this!  Especially to the really fancy neighborhoods where the homeowners hire companies to decorate their houses for them.

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  • arrippaarrippa Sam Adams Craft Commonwealth member
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    labro said:
    Confession - I love it when my neighbors go all out for the holidays. Even if it's the ridiculous inflatable stuff. I just don't get tired of looking at it. And I wouldn't mind the traffic so much. Maybe it's because I'm one of the offenders who purposefully goes out driving around to see all those houses with all the lights. Our family tradition is to go on Christmas Eve.
    We drive around a few days before Christmas to look at the lights. It's one of my favorite family traditons
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  • holyguacamole79holyguacamole79 a taco truck in Houston member
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    There's a subdivision near us that goes ALL OUT every year on Christmas lights.  (clicky)  Each block has a theme ... 12 Days of Christmas, Disney, Twas the night before Christmas, etc.  It's been a tradition as long as I can remember.  When we were kids, our neighbors would do a hay ride through the subdivision to see the lights.  It was incredible, but I'm glad I don't live therer because it generates so much traffic.  

    My parents live in a small town outside of Austin.  Every year they have an incredible lights display at the park on the lake.  It's so beautiful! 


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  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    There is a street in Baltimore that goes all out every year for Christmas.  It is a tradition and a tourist attraction.  I believe that if you wish to purchase a home on that street that you must agree to being a part of the Christmas display.

    ETA:  See picture below.  This new formatting is irritating me.  Every time I try to add a picture it posts my comment without it.



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    This is totally way off topic, but talking about Christmas lights just brought me back to a memory with my dad (as some of you know, he passed away when I was 18).  My mom was away for work for her first time ever, and my brother was running around in our church parking lot and fell and hit his head.  He ended up having to stay a few days in the hospital because of a bad concussion.  I was probably 5 or 6 at the time and pretty freaked out, so when we left the hospital, my dad took me around to look at the lights and we made up a little song "one, two, I see some".  

    I had forgotten about that <3 
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  • MairePoppyMairePoppy Connecticut mod
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    @Mairepoppy your post reminded me of this house -



    This obnoxious ass house is like three minutes from my FIL's house. People sit outside it and tune into the radio station and watch the lights. Like, dozens and dozens of cars are outside this house daily. A lot of people (myself included) think it's tacky as hell, but more people love it. Just because it's not my style, doesn't make it wrong.

    Oh no, the house that I'm talking about isn't that cohesive. I'll try to get a pic when the two houses put out their finery.

    There is another house in my town that has a display timed to a radio station, like the one in your pic. I have to confess to being one of the assholes who parked across the street to watch the lights blink and I didn't even have a little kid for an excuse :) I love looking at Christmas decorations, without actually doing the work of putting them up/taking them down. So sue me. 


                       
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  • MairePoppyMairePoppy Connecticut mod
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    This is totally way off topic, but talking about Christmas lights just brought me back to a memory with my dad (as some of you know, he passed away when I was 18).  My mom was away for work for her first time ever, and my brother was running around in our church parking lot and fell and hit his head.  He ended up having to stay a few days in the hospital because of a bad concussion.  I was probably 5 or 6 at the time and pretty freaked out, so when we left the hospital, my dad took me around to look at the lights and we made up a little song "one, two, I see some".  

    I had forgotten about that <3 
    I think that's why I love any kind of Christmas decorations. I grew up in a New England city with a large downtown area. My dad would drive us down Main Street to look at all the amazing store windows - Filene's always had the best animated displays. Too bad, none of the stores decorate like that anymore.
                       
  • lightningsnowlightningsnow New Hampshire member
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    Seeing that video it nearly reminded me of a house not too far from the house BF grew up in and where his mom still lives. They have all these amazing lights and decorations. I had a picture of it on one of my old cell phones. Hopefully this year we can swing by there to see it.

    On the topic of inflatables, BF works at a wholesale club around here. They were selling a giant inflatable dragon for Halloween and he wanted to buy it so badly. I thought it was awesome but I had to remind him that we live in a townhouse with no yard of our own so we can't put it out while we live here.
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    Yes!!!!!!!! I love 34th Street! I usually don't like crowds of people, but I love, love, love visiting Hampden around Christmas!!!
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  • levioosalevioosa Southern California member
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    There's a group of streets near me that goes all out for Christmas.  The neighbors are actually required to put up lights.  It's so big that there are policemen monitoring traffic and the streets are blocked off so you can walk through it.  So for three weeks every year, from like 5-10 pm these streets are blocked off (unless you live in one of the houses). It's not just like two streets, either.  It's a whole mini community.  Last year I overheard one of the neighbors mentioning that their electrical bill the year prior was $1700.  No thanks.  


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  • WinstonsGirlWinstonsGirl The Cold North member
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    Edmonton has a neighbourhood like that too, called Candy Cane Lane.  Apparently, you're expected to participate, though there are a few houses who don't.  You can drive it or walk it, and they do a huge drive for the food bank too.  We go on occasion when we're in town, usually when MIL/FIL were visiting for Christmas 

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