Known Johnson

November 9, 2007


Filed under: General — Tom @ 1:05 pm

Right now, a painter and his crew (of one) are busy pressure washing our house. The air in the house is filled with sounds of high speed water and the clanking of a rake against the foundation, pulling away the gravel from around our house. Sometime tomorrow he’ll be back to paint this bright, clean house, and our long ordeal will be over. Okay, fine, our days long ordeal will be over.

I don’t know who this “Posterity” character is, but I managed to grab a picture of our house a mere 10 minutes before the guys got to work:

Click for embiggerment

And there it is in all its glory, surrounded by, as I mentioned previously, tons of gravel that goes by the poetic name of, I believe, “madison gold,” which is a deeply exaggerative term for “dirt-colored rock.”

As you can see (if you bothered to embigger it,) the paint is in just atrocious condition. Shouldn’t we be so ashamed of living in such a run-down shack? Well, tomorrow, we will have no more need of shame, for we will have a shiny garage door!



  1. man, i think there are some folks at your homeowner’s association with way too much time on their hands.

    Comment by Mark Saleski — November 9, 2007 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  2. If you saw it from one foot away, you’d understand their concerns, Mark.

    I guess I can look at the bright side of things – at least I’m not painting it myself.

    Comment by Tom — November 9, 2007 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  3. I’m sorry, but the rock lawn is ugly. I mean, I live in the south, and our yard grows at an alarmingly fast rate 10 months out of the year, but oh my goodness, that is so ugly it’s so much better to just cut your grass. Is this an all-over Arizona thing? Or is this part of your HOA, too?

    Comment by bekah — November 10, 2007 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

  4. It’s part of our HOA, but it’s kind of a southwest thing in general. We can have a small part be grass, like 25%, I think it was, but it’s so small that it would be pointless because upkeep would be more than it’s worth. We don’t, however, have a choice on color – every yard in our neighborhood has exactly the same color gravel. And, yes, it’s ugly. I really miss the variety I saw between houses when I was a kid. At least if it was ugly you knew it was because of the people who lived there, not because of a committee.

    Comment by Tom — November 10, 2007 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  5. I just wanted to comment that desert landscaping is popular in the southwest because of water concerns. We don’t get a lot of rain and are in perpetual drought, so we don’t want to waste the little water we do have on big grass lawns. It’s called xeriscaping. So even though I don’t like the HOA, and really hate how they’ve mandated we have to all have the same color of gravel, the rationale behind why they want us to have gravel is perfectly sensible.

    Comment by Alissa — November 12, 2007 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

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