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This is nothing but fodder for gossip -- but nonetheless it might be an interesting story to relate. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>The house behind me has been one long parade of excessive affluence. Swimming pools installed, two dirt four wheelers tearing about and making far too much noise for my liking, kids parties galore, huge jungle gym installed, big fancy cars with radar domes on their roofs, pool parties every other week, yard work done by outside contractor, and so on and so on. This has been going on for maybe the past 4 years or so.<p>Well about two weeks ago, a large number of large black cars drove up in a line and parked outside this house. Men in black suits (no kidding) leaped out and tore into the house and started coming out with furniture, computers, file cabinets and the like. Some neighbours insisted they were FBI/CIA/ATF/IRS fellas <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>I took little notice thinking it was just another example of excessive affluence. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Well the lights in this house have been off ever since, the grass is high enough to conceal a herd of Elephants and there are just too many wild rabbits darting from their yard into mine. The house and its surrounding are deftly quiet and its really eerie at night time.<p>It turns out the black cars were Govt. officials and the fella who live in this house with his family was an investor and the word is that he stole some $12M from his clients and he is now in jail. His family has found another place to live.<p>Just goes to show you - appearance can be very deceiving. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>OK so the irritant of this excessive affluence has gone away - but who now will buy this property and will it be a NICE family. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: When the lights go out for good in the house behind you - what next ? (barrysharp)

Hey I've got a suggestion!<br>Gather some of your neigbhours and if the property is accessible cut the grass. <br>This will help maintain property values.<br>Good luck.<br>Stev<br>1972 1800ES<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Wow.<p>I would assume that the property will be tied up until the legal procedures are finished. I think Stev has a good suggestion, though.<p>Similar thing happened with the guy that owned this house:<br><IMG SRC="http://cicentre.com/Graphics/spies/Gowadia_Home.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I believe it is vacant as well.<br>
 

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Re: When the lights go out for good in the house behind you - what next ? (barrysharp)

Barry, that is quite a wild story!! As I was reading your info I was thinking they govt officials and that there was stealing or laundering of such occuring at that house...<p>Well if its a nice house you might be able to get that house pennies on the dollar! I am sure it will go up for auction. Buy it! Im sure you have always wanted a pool to take care of! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: When the lights go out for good in the house behind you - what next ? (stev vanveit)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>stev vanveit</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey I've got a suggestion!<br>Gather some of your neigbhours and if the property is accessible cut the grass. <br>This will help maintain property values.<br>Good luck.<br>Stev<br>1972 1800ES<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>It's weird that you mentioned that as last evening a tractor lawn mover vehicle did pull onto the property and cut the grass. I watched with interest. About an hour later the property filled up with children of all ages and they played joyously for about two hours making a real din. I had not seen the kids around the neighbourhood so I'm assuming it was maybe a last fling for the ousted family.<p>About 10 years ago there was another house in our neighbourhood that suffered a similar fate. However, this was not as a result of wrong doing as best I can figure. It was that the family of 5 or 6 included a child that was mentally handicapped and it seemed that the expenses and time/effort involved in caring for this child drove them away one night. I suspect the expense of keeping the house simply was too much and the family simply disappeared overnight leaving the house vacant. Later the bank foreclosed on it and the house was sold by auction. I do believe it sold for some $300K lower than its real market value. When the new family moved in they had to perform an enormous amount of re-work. The floors were rotted, rats were about so I was told, the kitchen was a disaster, the house was really really dirty and overall the inside of the house was in a terrible state. You wouldn't know this simply by looking at the house from the outside. I suspect the mother having to look after 3 or 4 children with one needing far more care than the others simply overstretched her domestic challenges and the house simply went to the dogs. I also believe the father's profession was 'banking' and maybe he was a victim of the dot com bust.<p>It's really is sad to see these things happen about you and makes you reflect on yourself if ever you are hit with a similar situation. It must be hell for the rest of the family.
 

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Re: When the lights go out for good in the house behind you - what next ? (barrysharp)

When I was a kid in NJ, we lived in a semi-rural area, in a fairly modest subdivision. But there were a lot of pretty large horse-country properties nearby. If you cut through this nearby woods, you came upon a large estate, surrounded by a stone wall. We found out (not sure how, but it was common knolwedge, even amongst us 8-10 year-olds) that the estate was owned by the head of one of the big organized-crime families in NY/NJ. (This part is true, and not just kids' rumor - confirmed by talking about it later with my parents.) So although it was a very peaceful setting, us kids were convinced that if we ever climbed over that stone wall, we were likely to be shot on sight! (Not that Mafia dons are prone to shooting kids who climb over walls....)
 

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Re: When the lights go out for good in the house behind you - what next ? (barrysharp)

"<I>Behind every great fortune is a great crime</I>" -- Balzak
 

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Re: When the lights go out for good in the house behind you - what next ? (petew)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>petew</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">"<I>Behind every great fortune is a great crime</I>" -- Balzak</TD></TR></TABLE><p>How true can this statement be... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Yannis
 

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Re: When the lights go out for good in the house behind you - what next ? (petew)

Hmmmm - would you say that of Bill Gates ? He's certainly making up for it if so -- that is, with his philanthropy these days.
 

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Yup.<p>Prolly feels guilty because of the crappy quality of some of his products............. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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LOL - no matter he's doing a good job with his wealth IMO.... and I'm an Apple supporter. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Barry,<p>So the kids are back!<p>Kids today are on computer's all the time and getting them to play outside - well that's good.<p>"Blacks" story, kinda reminds me of the movie "Sand Lot" where baseballs would disappear for ever - but, Mafia is scarry.<p>In my neck of the woods it quite customary for a couple of the neighbours to go over too welcome them into the neighbourhood. This way you get a feel for what's going down. "Desperate Housewives" comes to mind now.<p>Barry you just might have the makings of a novel. Seems your ability is only as good as how far you can imagine. Sounds exciting.<p>Oprah should be calling you soon.<br>
 

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This discussion has made me think of the new movie "Lakeview Terrace" where a couple get intimidated/terrorized by their new neighbor, who turns out to be a cop, so there's nowhere for them to go. (Bad neighbor/cop played by Samuel L. Jackson.)<p>I haven't seen the movie, but it sounds like everyone's nightmare of a "neighbor from hell", that nothing can be done about. I don't like the fact that it makes the bad guy a police officer, but that was one way to create the feeling of helplessness that is crucial to the story-line.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>stev vanveit</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Barry,<p>So the kids are back!<p>Kids today are on computer's all the time and getting them to play outside - well that's good.<p>...snip...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Hmmmm - I would agree in large part about the "playing outside" comment you made. However, it does come with some perils. These recent neighbourhood kids played with bows and arrows at times and it was not unusual for me to find the arrows concealed at shallow angles in my well mowed lawn at the back of my house. I have two fox terriers who roam this area and my wife would be most unhappy to find one or both speared with an arrow - or worst still one of my in-laws killed by an errant arrow. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emlove.gif" BORDER="0"> I now have quite a collection of arrows in my garage. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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"When the lights go out for good in the house behind you - what next ?"<p>Move to Houston.<p>George Dill<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GrecianVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>How true can this statement be... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Yannis</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Having the mindset to believe so, you certainly are not one who will ever amass a "great fortune."<p>The envy within others who believe that we can only rise to such a level by means of illegal activity does nothing but fuel our drive for greater wealth. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Barry<p>Seems you have a few options:<p>Approach the owner with a few arrows in hand and you'll be surprised how friendly they are. He/she are probably really nice people as they have a fantastic neighbour "YOU".<p>Next option is talk to the kids themselves. Concluding that it's better to keep this between us - this way they will not get into trouble with Mon and Dad. You'll have befriended them and they'll think your a COOL dude.... not like other typical parents.<p>And last but not least call the cops as arrows are considered weapons in today's society. The police will not reveal the source of the complaint as arrows can land anywhere within 100's of feet in all directions. Then on the otherhand it could be obvious on whom has complained AND now you've got a bunch of kids that are really looking forward to Halloween. Trick or treat.<p>So have you given any thought to a short story here?<br>
 
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