"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Difference a Year Makes

Exactly a year ago I was elected to the State Legislature. that's not the subject of this blog, except to say that even now, after a year in office and one session of our biennium behind me, I can't quite believe it's true!

November 7, 2006, unlike today, was grey and blustery. As I raced to the Lodge from one polling place to feed the dogs their dinner before heading to another polling place, I photographed wild turkeys on the march, and, very near our Lodge, the horses in this hilltop pasture.

The man who owned the horses divided his portion of the pasture into two house lots, which he then sold off to developers.

Now, that beautiful green meadow where the horses used to graze and the bobolinks bobbed looks like this:

It breaks my heart. Every time I go somewhere, I pass this hideous mess. Which could've been avoided.

Unfortunately, due to a grievous mistake on the part of the Planning Board, certain development restrictions they imposed on the lots didn't make it into the meeting minutes. Meaning the developers can do whatever they damn please on both building sites. (The other hasn't yet sold.) However, if the excessively steep driveway causes run-off that damages the town road (which it no doubt will) the developers or homeowners will be held responsible for mitigation.

I wish I could say the effects of my refrigerator-door-opening-accident are no longer apparent. At times my right wrist (and the attached fingers) are twinge-y and ache-y. But I can comb my hair and brush my teeth and play the mandolin and drive and wave at friends and tickle my dogs behind their ears and type like a demon. So I'm not worried.

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