Throwback Thursday: Crazy neighbors

I live smack dab in the middle of one of the most conservative, i.e. right-wing, counties in Texas, which means it is one of the most conservative counties in the country. It's very frustrating in so many ways, but most of the time, things rub along pretty amicably. 

And then something happens that makes one question just what kind of neighbors one has. Such an event occurred almost five years ago, at the end of 2011.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Crazy neighbors

A few miles from where I live, a house burned last week. It was what the local newspaper called "a historic homestead" that had been in the family of the man who owned it since 1927.

The house burned to the ground even though the fire department was on the scene. The firemen were unable to get near the house because it contained an estimated 100,000 rounds of ammunition! As the fire spread, the ammunition started exploding and popping in all directions, making it dangerous for the firefighters to approach and so all they could do was stand and watch it burn.

According to the newspaper, not only did the house contain all that ammunition, it also had 30 to 40 family guns inside! Thirty to forty "family" guns? Were these people planning on starting their own army?

The craziest thing about this story is that, in the gun-worshiping culture that is Texas, this is not even considered an aberration worthy of note. The headline in the paper said "Fire destroys historic family home" and you had to read the whole story to find out about the guns and ammunition. This is what passes for normal where I live.

Just makes me wonder what some of my other neighbors might be hiding behind those walls.


  1. What can I say? My son and his family live in a Houston neighborhood where they can barely relate to their neighbors. Then again, such people are our fellow citizens. Probably they think we are weird.

    1. Yes, of course, my neighbors think I'm weird. And they are right! But that's okay. We coexist peacefully enough.

      Most - well, all really - of the counties around Houston are quite conservative, but Montgomery really is the MOST conservative.

  2. "family guns"...Unbelievable!


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