neighborhood children had helped manicure the grass, pick weeds out of the flower bed and raked leaves in the fall. So maybe a couple of kids from another neighborhood came into the yard and took a couple pears off the pear tree. Well, this pissed off the old man. As a result the old man put up a fence with a gate and a list of rules next to the gate. These rules banned those kids who brought too many friends to the yard. These rules demanded that kids in his yard not associate with too many kids from other neighborhoods. These rules would not allow the children to continue to play the way they had played for so many years with his beautiful wife.
You know what happens to bitter cynical old men like these? They end up divorced living by themselves with an overgrown lawn and a weed infested flower bed filled with dead roses. The only visitors these bitter cynical old men get are mailmen delivering bills and bad news.
LI has progressed over the years from a social/semi-professional network to a database and finally it is starting to become “yard with an overgrown lawn and with weeds throughout the garden”. The worst part, as Maren alluded to, is that the “El Kid” that did so much to develop this yard now has to jump the fence.
I’m lucky I am the administrator of a LI group with only 750 members so only a few of my friends have been banned, un-like “El Kid”, who had his entire trainload of friend kicked out.
Now some lyrics laid down by a few Canadians back in 1971:
And the sign says "Long-haired freaky people need not apply"
So I put my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said you look like a fine outstanding young man, I think you'll do
So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that, huh, me working for you"
Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs
Fuckin' up the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign
And the sign says "Anybody caught trespassing will be shot on sight"
So I jumped the fence and I yelled at the house
Hey! What gives you the right!
To put up a fence and keep me out, or to keep Mother Nature in
If God was here, he'd tell it to your face, man, you're some kind of sinner
Oh, say now mister, can't you read
You got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat
You can't watch, no you can't eat, you ain't supposed to be here
And the sign says "You got to have a membership card to get inside" - uh!
And the sign says "Everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray"
But then they passed around a plate at the end of it all
And I didn't have a penny to pay
So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own fuckin' sign
I said, "Thank you Lord for thinking 'bout me, I'm alive and doing fine", oh
Thank you Five Man * Electrical * Band!
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