Read the full story from Neil here: http://nbeener.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-destruction-of-medically-disabled.html
Looks like Neil got himself a big does of that Fort Collins community. I can feel Neil’s pain but what needs to be addressed here is all of Neil’s mistakes and his denial of reality.
I’m not doing this to insult or make fun of Neil. I’m doing it so that others may learn from his mistakes. It also would have been helpful if Neil had consulted an asshole early in the game.
1. You built your house in an area that has no space between the houses and surrounded by people you don’t know. Even worse it has a Homeowner’s Association.
I know that yards are a thing of the past. The push is to shove as many houses as close together as possible. More houses in a given space are more houses that can be built and sold. As towns progress to becoming cities more and more is shoved into smaller spaces.
While the houses were very close together, my wife and I picked this neighborhood because of the clear sense of community and friendly people who lived there.
You had no way of knowing the people around were friendly. This was you projecting what you wanted to see upon the world. They do, as you discovered, have a clear sense of community. The same dog-centric statist cult community which permeates Fort Collins and excludes you.
I sent the HOA’s Vice President a note, explaining the magnitude of the barking problem, the impact it was having on me, and the neighborly way in which I had asked the neighbors for help in resolving the issue.
The HOA Vice President wrote back, saying that the HOA wasn’t going to take any steps to resolve the issue, “since there are so many folks with dogs,” and “they all know that our own dogs are prone to bark at times, and do not wish to be hypocrites.”
The existence of the Homeowner’s Association only makes the cult more difficult to dissolve. What would ever lead you to think anyone in the HOA would care about your concerns when pitted against the interest of the established and bonded group. It’s Us verses Them and you are the Them.
The HOA Vice President then responded with a shocking list of reasons why he didn’t like me, personally, and explaining how close his friendship was with the dog-owning neighbors. It was just a scathing and vicious personal attack.
How did you not see that coming?
2. You attempted to negotiate with stupid people. Who own dogs.
Dog owners in Fort Collins are one of the most selfish and entitled groups of people, when taken as a whole, that I’ve ever encountered. They are only trumped by veterinarian students at CSU. Most of whom are dog owners as well.
I love when the tell me “My dog doesn’t need to be on a leash. My dog is different.”
Most urban dog owners are mentally broken. They can’t relate to other humans and have no social skills. Thus they get dogs so they will have friends.
This time, though, the neighbors’ response wasn’t particularly cordial. They said that “other dogs bark, too,” despite the fact that no other dogs were barking mere feet from my bedroom, waking me up, or preventing me from sleeping in any room of my house.
“Other dogs bark, too.” There’s a good defence. Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer should have simply argued “Your Honour, my client should not go to prison. Other men fuck 10 year old boys in the shower too.”
Do not attempt to negotiate with stupid people. Or evil people. Or evil stupid people. Yes I realize this means you can’t negotiate with 99% of the population. Deal with it.
3. You went to the State for help.
The government of Fort Collins does not exist to serve you. You exist to serve them. Pay your taxes. Obey. Consume. Shut the fuck up.
I reached out to Animal Control, citing the pre-sunrise barking, the near-midnight barking, and the hours-on-end, day-after-day barking. On several occasions, I held the phone in the air, allowing Animal Control to listen to as much of the non-stop barking as they wanted.
Despite having a conversation with the dog-owners, Animal Control would go no further. They claimed to require statements from complainants at two separate addresses. As I later found out, this wasn’t actually Animal Control’s policy.
A government employee lied to you? Colour me shocked.
I asked the Fort Collins Police Department to intervene.
But you soon discovered how to get the police to pay you a visit didn’t you?