Monday, July 30, 2012
Wisconsin 101: Property rights and wrongs
If I had a gun, I would shoot
1. The crows that started to caw at the crack of dawn this morning. Crowed and crowed and crowed.
2. The people in the cottage next to ours who were not content to play and make noise on their own beach but had to come over to our beach and let their little kid jump off our dock. Or the dock belonging to the people who own the cottage. People. Lakefront might be public property (I think all waterfront property should be public - why should someone besides the public own the beach?), but docks are not. Is it convention in other places that it's OK to hang out on someone else's private property? Why didn't they just climb the stairs and come hang out in the sunroom?
Bad enough that they were violating what I thought were pretty clear social norms, but then they were noisy to boot. This is our big vacation. This is our splurge. Usually, we go on free or almost free vacations - our trips to Europe have all been on FF miles and hotel points. We eat whether we're at home or on vacation.
But we saved to take this trip - a week away from cellphones and internet. (You can see how well that "away from internet" part is working - SH spent six hours at the library our first day here because he had to get online to work.) We wanted this cottage on the water for its peace and quiet.
We did not come here to listen to a little kid shrieking all afternoon. Honestly, doesn't that kid take a nap?
I know I am being cranky, but I want to hear the sound of the waves, not the sound of someone else's child.
No. We did not say anything to them, even on Day 2 of shrieking. What do you say to someone without sounding completely petty? Plus, if someone doesn't already know not to play on another person's dock, is saying anything going to change the situation?