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(KHOU Houston)   Family feels their HOA is trying to crucify them for hanging a cross on the front of their home. Overzealous HOA, religion, clueless homeowners and annoyed neighbors -- it's the perfect Fark story   (khou.com) divider line 85
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2013-10-26 02:52:45 AM
FTFA: "We liked the fact that it's made out of wood," Talasek said. "It would complement the wood and the fact that it would fit perfectly."

Would it?
 
2013-10-26 09:21:34 AM
This image pretty much sums up the whole story.

www.easybakegunclub.com
 
2013-10-26 09:22:42 AM
Should have added Texas to the list subby.
 
2013-10-26 09:23:48 AM
They knew what they were getting into.
 
2013-10-26 09:25:59 AM
HOA's are a farking joke.
 
2013-10-26 09:26:35 AM
Damn liberal Texas.
 
2013-10-26 09:26:54 AM
Jeez, you'd think it looked like this:

preservationinpink.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-26 09:27:07 AM

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: "We liked the fact that it's made out of wood," Talasek said. "It would complement the wood and the fact that it would fit perfectly."

Would it?


How much wood would a wood cross cross if a wood cross would cross wood?
 
2013-10-26 09:28:34 AM
Bryce Dehn and his fiancé Jeanette Talasek

Am I to understand they are living together in sin? If that's the case, they shouldn't be trying to attract God's attention by putting up crosses and such. They should be laying low, hoping Jesus' posse is to busy rounding up all the queers in Houston to notice.
 
2013-10-26 09:30:00 AM
This is another fine example of why I live where there is no HOA.
 farking condo commandoes
 
2013-10-26 09:30:44 AM
No, this is NOT the perfect Fark story, because it didn't say anything about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin' drunk.  Or whether to tip your moyel.
 
2013-10-26 09:32:27 AM
I read it as "hanging ON a cross". That might raise a bit of a stink.
 
Rat
2013-10-26 09:32:29 AM
i235.photobucket.com

© being Texas and all
 
2013-10-26 09:34:00 AM
On one hand they knew that they had a HOA when they bought the place so they were dumb on that part. On the other fark HOA's.

My parents decided against a house in Seaside FL in the late 70's/early 80's when my father realized the extent of the HOA's rules and reach. He knew that his personality (hearty individualism) would make living there a nightmare.
 
2013-10-26 09:34:52 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: "We liked the fact that it's made out of wood," Talasek said. "It would complement the wood and the fact that it would fit perfectly."

Would it?

How much wood would a wood cross cross if a wood cross would cross wood?


b.vimeocdn.com

If I would? Could you?
 
2013-10-26 09:35:42 AM

Do_wacka_Do: HOA's are a farking joke.


HOAs wrote the Texas Property Code?   because that seems to be the problem, according to the story.

I'm actually kinda surprised Texas law has ANY such provision...anyone want to look it up?  I've got to drive the wife downtown, she needs to be there in 26 minutes.

/really
//her appointment is at 10
 
2013-10-26 09:37:38 AM
it's sposed ta be a BURNING cross! Cain't nobody git nothin' right?Dam hippies.
 
2013-10-26 09:37:46 AM
They still have their mandatory inflatable Tom Landry head up, right?
 
2013-10-26 09:38:39 AM
Funny, you never hear about this kind of shiat with Buddhists.
 
2013-10-26 09:39:05 AM
I like how they claim they aren't religious but still mounted it because it looks pretty.  Yeah I'm buying that.
 
2013-10-26 09:39:46 AM

Whodat: On one hand they knew that they had a HOA when they bought the place so they were dumb on that part. On the other fark HOA's.


That's pretty much it. This isn't anything except a young couple whining. Never buy where there's an HOA with silly rules.
 
2013-10-26 09:40:05 AM
I just moved to a older housing development. There was originally to have been a HOA, but officers were never elected or fees collected. I'm thinking of going all Nazi and shiat, organizing and trying to get really ridiculous rules pushed through. Just for shiats and giggles.
 
2013-10-26 09:40:14 AM

edmo: Jeez, you'd think it looked like this:


That reminds me of driving through South Carolina. Three enormous crosses, adult bookstore billboard, fireworks sign. Rinse and repeat.
 
2013-10-26 09:40:21 AM
Damn, I don't know which side to take on this issue.  On the one hand, I hate religion, on the other hand, I really farking hate HOAs.    I guess I will decide to see the cross as a free speech issue, and go hate the HOA, which is probably ran by a bunch of old church ladies who ride around on golf carts looking for things to soil their adult diapers over. Yeah, fark the HOA, free speech all the way.
 
2013-10-26 09:40:58 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: They still have their mandatory inflatable Tom Landry head up, right?


lol
 
2013-10-26 09:41:10 AM

Joe Stapler: No, this is NOT the perfect Fark story, because it didn't say anything about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin' drunk.  Or whether to tip your moyel.


i842.photobucket.com
Approves.
 
2013-10-26 09:41:53 AM

Joe Stapler: No, this is NOT the perfect Fark story, because it didn't say anything about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin' drunk.  Or whether to tip your moyel.


Or being fat.  I heart Texas.
 
2013-10-26 09:43:56 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: They still have their mandatory inflatable Tom Landry head up, right?


Classic!

/native Texan
 
2013-10-26 09:45:54 AM
Now, if only this story also involved Sarah Palin and tipping...
 
2013-10-26 09:46:42 AM

Joe Stapler: No, this is NOT the perfect Fark story, because it didn't say anything about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin' drunk.  Or whether to tip your moyel.


You forgot "rain."
 
2013-10-26 09:47:40 AM
If it was some huge neon cross that blinded the neighborhood at night, I'd see the issue. In this case, I'm siding with the couple.

/Not a fan of religion but, come on. . . .
 
2013-10-26 09:50:25 AM

Some Coke Drinking Guy: Damn, I don't know which side to take on this issue.  On the one hand, I hate religion, on the other hand, I really farking hate HOAs.    I guess I will decide to see the cross as a free speech issue, and go hate the HOA, which is probably ran by a bunch of old church ladies who ride around on golf carts looking for things to soil their adult diapers over. Yeah, fark the HOA, free speech all the way.


I don't get the HOA hate. Sure they can run amok, but they prevent stupid people doing stupid shiat and blighting your neighborhood. Like the morans in TFA
 
2013-10-26 09:53:27 AM
Can't the HOA just burn it?
 
2013-10-26 09:59:03 AM

cygnusx13: Some Coke Drinking Guy: Damn, I don't know which side to take on this issue.  On the one hand, I hate religion, on the other hand, I really farking hate HOAs.    I guess I will decide to see the cross as a free speech issue, and go hate the HOA, which is probably ran by a bunch of old church ladies who ride around on golf carts looking for things to soil their adult diapers over. Yeah, fark the HOA, free speech all the way.

I don't get the HOA hate. Sure they can run amok, but they prevent stupid people doing stupid shiat and blighting your neighborhood. Like the morans in TFA


So putting up one small cross on your own house, makes you a moran?
 
2013-10-26 10:00:18 AM

cygnusx13: Some Coke Drinking Guy: Damn, I don't know which side to take on this issue.  On the one hand, I hate religion, on the other hand, I really farking hate HOAs.    I guess I will decide to see the cross as a free speech issue, and go hate the HOA, which is probably ran by a bunch of old church ladies who ride around on golf carts looking for things to soil their adult diapers over. Yeah, fark the HOA, free speech all the way.

I don't get the HOA hate. Sure they can run amok, but they prevent stupid people doing stupid shiat and blighting your neighborhood. Like the morans in TFA


Generally people don't like being told what to do especially when it comes to property they paid for
 
2013-10-26 10:06:23 AM
Was it burning?
 
2013-10-26 10:06:37 AM
I'm attempting to dredge up some sympathy for either party.

Nope, can't do it.

I was told there was a HOA when I bought my house. Never got any meeting notices, never received any request for dues, never been questioned about anything I've done to the house.

The neighbors just use the City Code enforcement to get even with each other. The great code war of 2006 generated numerous casualties and a lot of animosity.
 
2013-10-26 10:12:14 AM

symptomoftheuniverse: I just moved to a older housing development. There was originally to have been a HOA, but officers were never elected or fees collected. I'm thinking of going all Nazi and shiat, organizing and trying to get really ridiculous rules pushed through. Just for shiats and giggles.


My neighborhood is just like that; it's supposed to have an HOA, but it fell apart long before we bought. Now, AFAIK, it would take 100% of all residents voting to reinstate it. Good luck getting my vote.
 
2013-10-26 10:27:04 AM
With regards to your home's exterior appearance, HOAs are intended to ensure all of the homes in the area adhere to a standard.  The exact nature of that standard is determined by the tastes of the people making the initial rules, then the people tasked to enforce the rules and, to a lesser extent, the will of the majority of homeowners.

Changing HOA rules can be complicated and difficult.  This adds an element of stability to an otherwise arbitrary set of constraints.

If you want to live somewhere where the homes around you will conform to a strict set of standards then an HOA might be for you, but you are a fool if you don't STUDY the rules of a particular HOA before buying a home within it.  Just because there are standards doesn't mean they will match YOUR standards.  A major source of strife in these stories is the ignorance of the homeowner responsible for the 'offense'.

If you don't live in an HOA and your neighbor does something perfectly legal that you don't like, your only recourse to do anything about it is to confront the neighbor (preferably nicely - "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. ").  If you do live in an HOA and your neighbor does something that you don't like you can complain to the HOA.  Now it's the HOA's task to either tell you there's nothing they can do about it (frustrating you) or administrate at your neighbor.  The anonymity associated with 'turning in' your neighbor is (rightly) interpreted as cowardice.  Another major source of strife in these stories is that the first indication that anything is wrong with something a homeowner has done (or not done) is an official letter threatening punitive action.

HOAs attract a certain type of person.  If you are this type of person then you might be quite happy there.  If you are not this type of person you might be happier somewhere else.  Unfortunately a strong sense of entitlement fits equally with "everyone should live the way I think they should" and "how dare someone else tell me how I should live".

/Has some second-hand experience with HOAs
//Is wary of any arrangement where jerks are able to volunteer their way into positions of power
 
2013-10-26 10:32:15 AM
If you buy in a condo or HOA controlled home you are agreeing to allow others to control the exterior appearance of your home in exchange for the assurance that certain standards will be maintained. If you want full control over your home and don't care what the neighbours do with theirs then don't buy in an HOA development.
 
2013-10-26 10:34:09 AM

Whodat: On one hand they knew that they had a HOA when they bought the place so they were dumb on that part. On the other fark HOA's.

My parents decided against a house in Seaside FL in the late 70's/early 80's when my father realized the extent of the HOA's rules and reach. He knew that his personality (hearty individualism) would make living there a nightmare.


www.junkyards.com
Pictured:  Hearty individualism
 
2013-10-26 10:38:09 AM

Prey4reign: Joe Stapler: No, this is NOT the perfect Fark story, because it didn't say anything about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin' drunk.  Or whether to tip your moyel.

Or being fat.  I heart Texas.




To be the perfect Fark story they would had to have been shot by Zimmerman. Who happened to be eating a bowl of chilli with beans
 
2013-10-26 10:43:47 AM

markfara: If it was some huge neon cross that blinded the neighborhood at night, I'd see the issue. In this case, I'm siding with the couple.


it is of a size that appears harmless
 
2013-10-26 10:46:43 AM
Remove the cross and put up the Muslim crescent...then when the HOA complains, call them racists who are attacking your religion.  Then promise them a fatwa on their organization followed by a jihad if they don't shut up.  That'll fix them!
 
2013-10-26 10:58:54 AM
Let's see ... christians ignoring the rules and whining when they get called on it. Sounds about right.
 
2013-10-26 10:59:07 AM
Could understand it, if it looked like this

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2013-10-26 11:01:34 AM

cig-mkr: Could understand it, if it looked like this

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Life is a mystery
Everyone must stand alone
 
2013-10-26 11:03:22 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Prey4reign: Joe Stapler: No, this is NOT the perfect Fark story, because it didn't say anything about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin' drunk.  Or whether to tip your moyel.

Or being fat.  I heart Texas.

To be the perfect Fark story they would had to have been shot by Zimmerman. Who happened to be eating a bowl of chilli with beans


...while delivering a Chicago-style deep dish pizza on a bicycle that had been purchased at Walmart by an agnostic Norwegian girl with fake boobs.
 
2013-10-26 11:05:48 AM

markfara: If it was some huge neon cross that blinded the neighborhood at night, I'd see the issue. In this case, I'm siding with the couple.

/Not a fan of religion but, come on. . . .


This.

I scoff at most religions but too many people go overboard in their hatred of them.

A cross that fits on a shutter shouldn't bother anybody any more than a (insert favorite team) mailbox or wind sock.
 
2013-10-26 11:08:49 AM

Joe Stapler: Mid_mo_mad_man: Prey4reign: Joe Stapler: No, this is NOT the perfect Fark story, because it didn't say anything about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin' drunk.  Or whether to tip your moyel.

Or being fat.  I heart Texas.

To be the perfect Fark story they would had to have been shot by Zimmerman. Who happened to be eating a bowl of chilli with beans

...while delivering a Chicago-style deep dish pizza on a bicycle that had been purchased at Walmart by an agnostic Norwegian girl with fake boobs.




Who enjoys catsup on her hotdogs. Which she eats while watching The Walking Dead. Later she's going to have her son circumcised.
 
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