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Various Authors 4:09 p.m., May 27
I got home yesterday and turned on the TV. Inside Edition had a story about a 6-year-old girl they said was going to be evicted.
Well, with a tease like that, I certainly couldn’t change the channel during a commercial.
I immediately thought of the skit Will Ferrell did with his child who was 2-years-old. It was on his Be Funny or Die website, and it had the child trying to collect rent from Will, who pleads and begs, only to have the toddler curse back at him about how he’s always late with the rent.
This girl in Florida, is in the custody of her grandparents. Her mom was in and out of jail, with drug problems. The grandparents live in an old folks home (Jerry Seinfeld once did a routine where he said “Do police come to old peoples homes and make them relocate to Florida? Get in the golf cart, gramps!”)
The problem is it’s a 55-plus community, and the rules state that no one under 18 can live there longer then 60 days. Which to me, seems like a weird rule. Does that mean an old person could let a bunch of 21-year-olds live there, to party and make noise?
For a few years I played basketball with a guy that had a condo in an old folks home around El Cajon. I never knew how they were able to pull that off.
People shouldn’t be so upset with the home owners association on this one. If they start making exceptions, before you know it, it’s no longer an old folks home.
The grandparents were all set to sell their place, and the housing market crashed and made that tough. They’ve even slashed the price significantly, but aren’t getting any takers.
It seems to me, they could bend the rules a bit on this one. And instead of giving this family a 60 day notice or whatever it was, just tell them the child isn’t allowed to play outside.
The video they showed, she was riding her bike and running around the front lawn. First off…do you want a child riding a bike where a bunch of old people drive? That’s a disaster waiting to happen. And playing in the yard, could have the child making noise. Maybe the old folks want some peace and quiet, away from kids, in their golden years.
And besides, these grandparents can take her to a park that isn’t in an old folks community. She can play with kids her age and have a blast.
That would be a win-win.