I subscribe to my neighborhood's e-mail list serv. This is sometimes entertaining on many levels, but more often than not, it only leads to much forehead smacking and disaffected muttering. But since I've spent all week goofing off at home every evening instead of taking advantage of our stellar International Film Festival, I must present to you the first half of November's Southampton Neighborhood list serv topics.
How many trick-or-treaters did YOU get? Nottingham Ave was off the chain. Note: people routinely reserve their good candy for their immediate neighbors and friends and everyone else gets Smarties and soggy Necco wafers. City life can be so very cruel. When I was begging-age in rural Missouri, we had to drive a half hour to a subdivision to find people who gave out good candy. One very special house gave out cans of cold soda and full-sized candy bars. Fancy.
Stem Cell Research! With the impending mid-term elections, someone posted with a general (and honest) question about stem cell research and someone else replied to all that he/she should just vote no if he/she doesn't understand the issue. Dogpile! It was brilliant. Perhaps the first time I've watched an adult argument unfold on this listserv. It definitely beats the heck out of the ubiquitous noise ordinance arguments that make me want to smack people. [If you can't handle noise, DON'T LIVE IN THE CITY!!! Sorry.] Everyone was polite and respectful and minds were actually changed. I like to think the stem cell research amendment passed because of intelligent discussions like these.
Macklind Avenue Business Boosters Macklind is the new Euclid. Not really, but we're getting lots of new businesses lately. The previously reviewed Murdoch Perk is a raving success according to the listserv. There's tell of an upscale antique store to open at the end of the month in the old photography studio at Maclind and Nottingham, and Macklind Deli will be open by the end of the month, as well!Don't miss HomeEco's open house party this Friday, and the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the deli is holding a a preview of coming attractions.
St. Louis City Leash Laws: Last but certainly not least, the listserv was ABUZZ with people griping about the blatant disregard for city leash laws. Months ago, some lady's two purebred dogs were attacked by someone's dog that ran out the front door of his house. If you're inclined to let your dog off its lead, beware. The leash-law abiding dog owners of Southampton Neighborhood are armed to the teeth and really cheesed off. Mace, tasers, and brickbats abound. Makes a gal glad to own a cat who's afraid of the front door.