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Sunday, October 11, 2015

SQUARED UP

SWMBO hates what I call "Beverly Hills" yard care.

She thinks shrubbery should grow in a natural state, with only occasional trimming of the wild or outlying branch.

She hates this:


Like many plantings around our library and city hall, these have been trimmed into these square shapes.

I must agree with her: they don't look natural.

But still, they're kind of neat.

I call them Beverly Hills yard work because of a walk I took in that tony area of Greater Los Angeles once many years ago.

I was in town for a convention but decided one day to take a walk around in the residential enclave to see what was there.

(At the time I had lived all of my life in the Dakotas and this Beverly Hills was pretty strange in appearance to me.)

I was walking along, checking out the big mansions but also marveling at the lawns and the shrubbery, all of which looked to me like they had been manicured with a nail clippers.

Imagine the surprise of this naive North Dakota boy when a police car pulled up beside me and an officer asked me just what I thought I was doing.

We had a conversation, I think he looked at my driver's license, saw that I was from Dakota and politely informed me that this was an exclusive conclave and people got nervous about some stranger walking around looking at the big houses.

Even though I was dressed in a suit and tie.

But I guess my attire and manner pegged me as . . . . . a square.

Some times it's good to be a square.

5 comments:

L Lewis said...

That is hilarious! Good post!

Stephen Hayes said...

So the cops were profiling "squares?"

Should Fish More said...

Ah yes, those were the days when police had carte blanche to do just that.

Tom Cochrun said...

Good to be a square you say, unless you are a shrub.

Sharon Anck said...

What an adventure that was. I have a memory of driving around a Beverly Hills neighborhood. Well, actually my dad was driving but, we were doing the same thing, admiring the houses and those manicured lawns. I guess we were lucky, we didn't get stopped by police that time.