My wife and two kids live in a quiet family oriented neighborhood in a San Jose suburb. We love where we live and in the process making our home truly ours we had been doing some remodeling and doing it mostly on our own. As some of you may have experienced with remodeling, things take a while and your house for the most part becomes a collection of construction materials, dump materials and your own personal items. We had a refuse trailer in the parking strip and some other assorted materials in the driveway that were construction related for a short while. Unbeknownst to us there was a grumpy neighbor that took offense to my wife and I remodeling our house and instead of simply talking to their neighbor, they decided to go ahead and turn us into the city for "Blight!" Yes I can understand that if our house had a car on blocks, six foot high weeds, boarded up windows or dead lawn we would qualify for blight. However we have a nicely manicured yard, well kept vehicles, a green lawn and kids that like to smile and wave at cars when they drive by. Mr/Ms Grumpy Pants complained to the city about the trailer, the materials in the driveway (you can still park a car there too BTW), two antique doors that we were finishing on our porch since the fumes would hurt the 1 and 3 year olds, kids toys and a couple of buckets along the side of the house that you can't even see from the street. We understand that nobody likes construction projects, but we are increasing the property value of the property around us by bettering our house, nevermind the fact that this person did not have the gumption to simply talk to us.
All this being said. The remodel project is basically done and everything is gone. I did get a $50 ticket on my trailer (thanks grumpy neighbor) and we decided that it is not illegal to be tacky so the first group of flamingos was purchased by us and placed in the front yard. Every day they created a new formation from circles and squares to personal notes like spelling "MOM" on mothers day. The surrounding neighbors have all embraced our cause and wanted in on the action, now our small flock has flown the coop and landed in some of the other yards to create new formations and let their creative juices flow. Quite a large group of people in the Facebook community eagerly await the daily picture of the flamingos and see their latest hijinx.
Home Depot sells large quantities of flamingos at a great price. My goal is to acquire 200 flamingos from HD and utilize them to make very large formations or simply flocking them in yards of participating homes. They will move around several times a week and you never know where or how they might appear. All the while hopefully getting the Grumpy Ones to realize that they are not fun and they need to loosen up!
Risks and challenges
The ONLY issue after funding would be getting the birds from HD. They are currently out of stock.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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