Just some quick thoughts before I head off to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to play with my friends at Camp Tockwogh for the weekend. Yesterday I took my camp friend, Bob, home from the hospital and saw the house he just bought for the first time. They were nice digs and I’m happy for Bob and Emily. The funny part of this little excursion to the western edges of the beltway was the scene in their neighbor’s front yard.

In ordinary circumstances, this would be a perfect set-up to make fun of my good-humored friend. But here’s what I’m going to say instead.

For any of you who have ever been mad or upset about your homeowner’s association board, the rules of the HOA, the citations they hand out, etc., I just want you to take a look at the picture below and think about it for just…one…minute.

When you’re done, think about how the valuation of your home would be affected if you had a lot of neighbors like this. Personally, I think it would be worth it to shave a bit off the home value just to be able to have something to laugh about all year round. Because yes folks, this display stays out all year long. Evidently the main character stays in the yard but the scene around him changes with the seasons.

So say hello to your neighbors once in awhile and thank them for being normal and helping to keep your house standing in good condition (or not depending on your personality).

Pig in the yard

Pig in the yard