Six months after the first Hate Fence went up, this monstrosity happened to my backyard courtesy of the Hate Fence neighbors to our east.
The Hate Fence people put half a Hate Fence along our shared split rail fence. They didn’t say a word before they did it. When the fence construction people left it looking like this, I assumed they were just done for the day and would be back the next day to finish it off.
Nope. This is a forever situation (as far as I know). It has been at least a year and half since that half a Hate Fence went up and gave us this complete eyesore. The privacy fence might look ok from their yard, but in ours it looks ridiculous. If the fence stretched across our entire backyard, fine, the double fence might make sense, but it looks completely ridiculous half done! We can’t remove our split rail fence because of where the Hate Fence ends before the post and there is enough space between the Hate Fence and our split rail that the dogs could probably slip through.
If the ugliness of just split rail on white wasn’t enough, grass and weeds grow between our two fences. It’s impossible to mow or weedwack there unless we were to take off our wire, which is a complicated process we rather not do EVERY time we mow. Or ever, really. I mean, who does that? When the grass gets really long, my husband goes out there to hand weed it.
From what we can figure, this addition to the Hate Fence was to further block out the Pool House neighbors to our north. You could still see the Pool House people’s front yard from the Hate Fence people’s patio. The boys often play catch in the front yard and kids are always coming in and out of the pool gate, also visible from the patio. How dare these children play where the Hate Fence people can see them! How dare there be noise outside! Now they don’t have to look at that perfectly nice family of four.
As my Pool House neighbors say, the Hate Fence people only HALF hate us since they only blocked out half our yard. How did we get so “lucky”?
Shortly after this god-awful yard-changing landscaping went up and completely disrupted the way my backyard looks, I asked the Hate Fence people if they were finished with the fence for good or if they were fencing it little by little. We hardly ever talk to these people. Despite our attempts to be friendly, they almost always ignore us and everyone else in the neighborhood, for that matter. The wife, who is a South Korean immigrant just like my husband’s parents, told me that the fence was finished for good, but her English is not the best. I’m not entirely sure that she understood the question.
So here we stand. Half hated for all of time with an ugly ugly fence. Last year every time I was outside all I could do was glare at it. It was the only thing I could see when we were outside. I’d stop playing with the kids just to glare at it. This year, I’ve grown used to it and can ignore it, but I still constantly hope we are making enough noise and have enough Little Tikes crap that they will finish their fence. We acquired our Little Tikes village to entertain the kids, but every time we get something big and plastic a little part of me hopes it is the final straw and their hate will grow enough to block us out 100%.
Besides, a finished Hate Fence isn’t a Hate Fence at all. If you hate all your neighbors equally enough to put a Hate Fence around your entire yard, it becomes a privacy fence. In fact, THIS would be a privacy fence if they weren’t just blocking out one neighbor. But they are. Or they were.
The bizarre tale of hate continues tomorrow.