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Tuzilla  (Level: 146.4 - Posts: 3843)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 4:37 PM


I live on the compass south boundary of a metropolitan area. I had to venture out to a particular store which is located on the compass north boundary of the same. Ergo, there is no really good route. So I picked one of the shortest choices, traversing the city, and set out.

Anyway, shortly after I turning onto to main road to the shopping center I encountered a ROAD CLOSED -- Follow the Detour sign. &*$%!! (did I spell that correctly?) The road surface was completely gone and about 14 acres of land around it was under attack by cranes, earth movers and bulldozers. As I ventured onto the detour, I noticed a sign explaining this assault on our good Earth.

Call me easily touched off if you may, but when I saw what they we planning to do, I was incensed. Now if they were doing all of this to put up a shiny, new strip mall, or a gated community so our local elite can sip the martinis with the assurance of peace from the outside world, or even someplace people are dying to go to like a cemetery, I could understand. However, it was nothing so valuable or logical.

They were clearing the land to, get this, build a soccer complex. I mean really. If people want to kick a ball around, go to the park or join a game of kickball at the local primary school. They should just leave this land along, and let the farmer keep growing livestock feed.

Well, I managed to negotiate the detour and get to the store. I took a different route how. But I still think a soccer complex takes a lot of balls.

Wed, 3rd Oct '07 4:42 PM

That makes me nauseas.

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 4:59 PM

Do you live in Michigan?

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2765)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 5:26 PM

As someone intimately involved in land preservation and planning, I can tell you that is not the most horrible possible scenario, as opposed to, say, a mall or some commercial things with impervious surfaces.

New recreational fields and facilities are built to be environmentally friendly in terms of water drainage and runoff, and most employ bio-friendly chemicals. In my town, the fields they replaced, which didn't have those environmental protections, were let to go back to semi-wild, and the whole this was a plus-plus.

So, when people see rec fields or golf courses being built, keep in mind that there are worse options for properties.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 6:01 PM

What?? No baseball fields???

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 6:04 PM

I was actually thinking of cutting down all of my corn to build a baseball field. I heard a voice in a dream that told me to do it. I talked to Scott about it, and he gave me an "uh-huh" while watching TV. So I went outside, ready to dig in when I realized, "Hey, I don't have any corn fields." I do have horse pasture but wasn't sure if I really wanted them pooping on the infield, so I just went back inside.

It was a good dream though.

Rachelgreene  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 3)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 10:19 PM

FIRST of all.... Eesusbejesus ..... KUDOS on your response! Personally, though, I'm a bit disappointed that Shoeless Joe won't be there to shag some balls, but at least Doc will get to wink at the pitcher, right? Good luck with that corn field!

And, B ..... to the author of this thread - WHAT THE HECK are you trying to say????? I mean, I get the fact that you're attempting to use big words to impress us, but then you go and ruin it with misspellings and bad grammar. What's a person to think ?? There I was, all impressed with your command of obscure verbiage - only to be let down by lazy grammar and punctuation. Tsk.... tsk. It's almost like learning there really was no "OZ" - all over again. >

Let the wall down and be a friend, huh? "Normal" is relative, ya know?

Keep trying, pallie - you'll get it eventually. I believe in you !!!

Best wishes!!!

- RG

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.4 - Posts: 295)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 10:24 PM

Is a soccer complex Freudian?

Kaufman  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 3943)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 10:41 PM

Sometimes a corner kick is only a corner kick.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 3rd Oct '07 11:31 PM

Would you have felt better Steve, if they
were building a FOOTBALL complex????

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 4th Oct '07 12:01 AM

Build it and they will come

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Thu, 4th Oct '07 1:40 AM

Build a Bar there, and I am OK

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.4 - Posts: 3843)
Thu, 4th Oct '07 10:20 AM

That depends on yer definition of "football". That word is getting kicked around too much.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.3 - Posts: 2775)
Thu, 4th Oct '07 12:29 PM

No, Mindmonkey, soccer's just complex!

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.4 - Posts: 295)
Thu, 4th Oct '07 2:07 PM

Gimme baseball!

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Thu, 4th Oct '07 4:08 PM

ehhh...forget it, it drives me batty

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