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(My Fox Tampa Bay)   Oh, Florida. Where else could we report a story about a homeowners' association kicking a mermaid out of its pools, citing a "no-fin" policy?   (myfoxtampabay.com) divider line 45
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2013-07-15 11:28:50 PM
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2013-07-16 12:22:50 AM
fta "I'm a 48-year-old man and I get a big smile on my face seeing her swim," said bob Abruszzese, a neighbor.

So say we all, brother
 
2013-07-16 02:57:57 AM
She says despite the setback, she still plans to reach her ultimate goal of swimming underwater at the Florida Aquarium. Perhaps then, this mermaid will find the fairytale ending.

I think with the tail, you'll have better luck getting a job at Weeki Wachee Springs...
 
2013-07-16 04:34:23 AM
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2013-07-16 04:34:41 AM
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2013-07-16 04:35:06 AM
Was it the anal fin?
 
2013-07-16 04:37:32 AM
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"Christ, what a bunch of assholes"

"Yup"
 
2013-07-16 05:48:03 AM
She says despite the setback, she still plans to reach her ultimate goal of swimming underwater at the Florida Aquarium. Perhaps then, this mermaid will find the fairytale ending.

I'm more impressed by the fact that apparently in Florida swimming comes with a leveling system where you have to put on your wetsuit and scuba at a community pool before you're allowed to progress to asking for permission to swim other places.

I assume this is the case, because otherwise TFA ended on a complete non-sequitir that had fark all to do with anything whatsoever.

//If a public pool has rules, follow them or find somewhere else to swim.  It is not hard to find another bit of standing water in goddamned Florida, this isn't a crisis that necessitates a news item.
 
2013-07-16 05:51:09 AM
I don't get HOAs. The council out and said that no one has a problem with the behavior, but they are banning it anyway.

/I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that crazy biatch.
 
2013-07-16 05:56:17 AM

mike_d85: I don't get HOAs. The council out and said that no one has a problem with the behavior, but they are banning it anyway.

/I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that crazy biatch.


It's the bureaucratic mind. I'm absolutely confident that if it were studied, it would be considered a debilitating mental disorder.
 
2013-07-16 05:58:43 AM

Jim_Callahan: She says despite the setback, she still plans to reach her ultimate goal of swimming underwater at the Florida Aquarium. Perhaps then, this mermaid will find the fairytale ending.

I'm more impressed by the fact that apparently in Florida swimming comes with a leveling system where you have to put on your wetsuit and scuba at a community pool before you're allowed to progress to asking for permission to swim other places.

I assume this is the case, because otherwise TFA ended on a complete non-sequitir that had fark all to do with anything whatsoever.

//If a public pool has rules, follow them or find somewhere else to swim.  It is not hard to find another bit of standing water in goddamned Florida, this isn't a crisis that necessitates a news item.


She just wants to be where the PBR. . .
 
2013-07-16 06:00:31 AM
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2013-07-16 06:19:37 AM
This is why people hate bureaucracy. Those who enforce it lose perspective and rules meant to facilitate life instead bind and constrict it. Rules become the end instead of the means.

Consistency is one thing. Slavish adherence is another.

/end rant
 
2013-07-16 06:22:32 AM

Jim_Callahan: She says despite the setback, she still plans to reach her ultimate goal of swimming underwater at the Florida Aquarium. Perhaps then, this mermaid will find the fairytale ending.

I'm more impressed by the fact that apparently in Florida swimming comes with a leveling system where you have to put on your wetsuit and scuba at a community pool before you're allowed to progress to asking for permission to swim other places.

I assume this is the case, because otherwise TFA ended on a complete non-sequitir that had fark all to do with anything whatsoever.


The Florida Aquarium sometimes hosts shows by professional mermaids. The existence of this phrase, of course, entails that there are in fact women who are paid to pretend to be mermaids.

We could make fun of them, of course, but they're the ones getting paid to live a lifelong dream and we're the ones hoping our boss doesn't catch us commenting on a news aggregation site.
 
2013-07-16 06:25:39 AM
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2013-07-16 06:30:18 AM
You got fins to the left, fins to the right...
 
2013-07-16 06:32:55 AM
This happened in Florida? No f'in way
 
2013-07-16 06:44:57 AM

ajgeek: mike_d85: I don't get HOAs. The council out and said that no one has a problem with the behavior, but they are banning it anyway.

/I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that crazy biatch.

It's the bureaucratic mind. I'm absolutely confident that if it were studied, it would be considered a debilitating mental disorder.


You have a retired government bureaucrat, middle manager, military or police officer.
Going from being in a position of authority bossing people around (generally being an asshole and getting away with it) to being just some bitter old guy living in a subdivision.  An important part of how they perceive themselves is gone.

Getting on the HOA or Condo authority allows these old coots to continue to throw their weight around. So they spend their time dreaming up inane rules (eg what plants are allowed, whether or not you can hoist a flag, how long after Christmas your decorations can stay up, how high your grass can be and what kind of vehicle you can park in your driveway) and going around and enthusiastically enforcing them.

Once an asshole, always an asshole.
 
2013-07-16 06:58:01 AM
I don't think it's just Florida. I think it's anywhere you have an HOA.
 
2013-07-16 07:07:26 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: You have a retired government bureaucrat, middle manager, military or police officer.
Going from being in a position of authority bossing people around (generally being an asshole and getting away with it) to being just some bitter old guy living in a subdivision.  An important part of how they perceive themselves is gone.


TFA: "We love what's she trying to do, be kind to children and do something good for the community. We love her intentions -- it's simply that it violates rules," said board chair Terrie Morrison.

Based on the name I figured it was some menopausal biddie who caught her husband "admiring" the mermaid a little too closely.
 
2013-07-16 07:13:24 AM
FIns just ain't what they used to be
 
2013-07-16 07:17:39 AM
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2013-07-16 07:27:37 AM
Eh, you fin some you lose some.
 
2013-07-16 07:46:33 AM
Being a HOA president or supporter sets you up for justifiable homicide.

HOAs should be illegal.
 
2013-07-16 07:51:09 AM
".....We love her intentions -- it's simply that it violates rules," said board chair Terrie Morrison.

Yes, no current board can ever contemplate amending the rules. Those rules were written through divine intervention. They are forever cast in stone. They are sacrosanct and must remain inviolate in perpetuity.
 
2013-07-16 08:11:08 AM

Jim_Callahan: I'm more impressed by the fact that apparently in Florida swimming comes with a leveling system where you have to put on your wetsuit and scuba at a community pool before you're allowed to progress to asking for permission to swim other places.


This is actually true everywhere, as soon as you get into SCUBA.  First you get your basic certification, which often starts with "dives" in public pools.  That's enough to let you SCUBA in safe conditions, such as shallow reef dives or in aquariums.

After that, there are certifications covering every dive variant  imaginable, such as using NITROX tanks, cave diving, night diving, etc.  Each of those certs requires enough experience - as expressed in recorded dives - before you are allowed to take the course.   Probably the hardest thing to achieve is underwater welding.  That literally takes years of training.

It's a good system as it forces you to dive in controlled conditions and practice recovering from issues that might arise before attempting the same thing in the wild.  The certifications are recognized world wide, so you can get a certification, fly to the Mediterranean, show a local dive shop your certifications, and strap on some tanks.  No certification, no tanks, unless you pay for a dive master to hold your hand (literally).
 
2013-07-16 08:15:41 AM

capt.hollister: ".....We love her intentions -- it's simply that it violates rules," said board chair Terrie Morrison.

Yes, no current board can ever contemplate amending the rules. Those rules were written through divine intervention. They are forever cast in stone. They are sacrosanct and must remain inviolate in perpetuity.


Yup, but let one professional mermaid swim with her high end fins on, next thing you know you have several amateurs trying to do the same thing with homemade junk.  The problem isn't them swimming in the pool so much as it is them getting into and out of the pool with their legs bound.  Given that in the US the pool would likely be sued if someone injured themselves - waiver or no - and the policy makes sense.
 
2013-07-16 08:19:06 AM

mike_d85: I don't get HOAs. The council out and said that no one has a problem with the behavior, but they are banning it anyway.


FTA:  Community Development District.  A CDD is not an HOA, afaik.

Don't be fooled by subby's irrational hatred of the noble, misunderstood creature that is the elusive North American HOA  :)
 
2013-07-16 08:21:30 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Once an asshole, always an asshole.


You can't spell "asshole" without HOA.
 
2013-07-16 08:27:28 AM
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2013-07-16 08:31:51 AM

SomeAmerican: Given that in the US the pool would likely be sued if someone injured themselves - waiver or no - and the policy makes sense.


I've never been to a pool that banned fins, including monofins.  and I've been to many pools.
 
2013-07-16 08:40:27 AM
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And the knife didn't even go 'gigazing!'
 
2013-07-16 08:49:53 AM

SomeAmerican: capt.hollister: ".....We love her intentions -- it's simply that it violates rules," said board chair Terrie Morrison.

Yes, no current board can ever contemplate amending the rules. Those rules were written through divine intervention. They are forever cast in stone. They are sacrosanct and must remain inviolate in perpetuity.

Yup, but let one professional mermaid swim with her high end fins on, next thing you know you have several amateurs trying to do the same thing with homemade junk.  The problem isn't them swimming in the pool so much as it is them getting into and out of the pool with their legs bound.  Given that in the US the pool would likely be sued if someone injured themselves - waiver or no - and the policy makes sense.


Plus, if you let in the high-end mermaids, you can't refuse the low-rent ones...the bottom feeders, with their patchy scales, always looking to steal the pool furniture to feed their herring habit...
 
2013-07-16 08:51:35 AM
I live in an HOA community, and have no problems with it.  It's a nice, clean, safe neighborhood.

In many areas, you have two choices anymore:  HOA or ghetto, and i'm not interested in being neighbors with crack dealers.
 
2013-07-16 08:57:21 AM
Isn't the lead of sharknado named Fin?
 
2013-07-16 09:08:59 AM
Are these still accepted at the pool?

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/my lawn...
//yadda yadda
 
2013-07-16 09:09:25 AM
The redneck tow truck driver letting loose a yeehaw at :35 was a nice touch.
 
2013-07-16 09:13:41 AM

brimed03: This is why people hate bureaucracy. Those who enforce it lose perspective and rules meant to facilitate life instead bind and constrict it. Rules become the end instead of the means.

Consistency is one thing. Slavish adherence is another.

/end rant


You see slavish adherence to the rules I see risk avoidance and liability reduction. Sure it seems like they are being a kill joy, but when you consider swimming pools kill more children then guns every year, you begin to see the reason for all these rules. Besides no fins is no fins, if she wants to be a farking mermaid then she should go build her own dam pool.
 
2013-07-16 09:22:46 AM
If no Fins...can we have Fionnas?
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/She fills me with naughty thoughts.
 
2013-07-16 09:34:55 AM
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You better not try to kick this Fin out of my pool.
 
2013-07-16 10:49:55 AM
...citing a "no-fin" policy...

TOO SOON

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2013-07-16 11:53:58 AM
She should just kick back and have a beer. It's not the end of the world. . .
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2013-07-16 01:35:39 PM

Tad_Waxpole: I live in an HOA community, and have no problems with it.  It's a nice, clean, safe neighborhood.

In many areas, you have two choices anymore:  HOA or ghetto, and i'm not interested in being neighbors with crack dealers.


Not American, so genuinely interested- Are things like how you care for your property not addressed by municipal governments via bylaw?  It sounds like that's not the case there, but rather sorted out on a neighbourhood by neighbourhood basis where there are HOAs.  Maybe I'm missing something.
 
2013-07-16 03:29:12 PM

HighOnCraic: She should just kick back and have a beer. It's not the end of the world. . .
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cloves... in beer
(shakes head)

More pictures of Miss Finland!
 
2013-07-16 07:48:34 PM
...feels at home wearing her custom made silicon mermaid suit.

I can see the HOA's point, it's bound to crack and break into a lot of razor sharp pieces. My question is, why would she want a mermaid suite that is completely rigid and must have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to manufacture and machine. I admit it would have fantastic coloring and iridescence. I guess that picture can't really capture it's full glory.
 
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