The HOA

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“Eleven X” is a pseudonym for a subdivision in Polk County, Florida USA

 

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The flag has been on display since 2003. A mirror is mounted on the ceiling of the master bedroom.

 

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The Eleven X subdivision sign sits on the property. A fallow orange grove abuts the lot.

 

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The home is colorfully lit throughout December. All-weather loudspeakers blare Jingle Bells and Sleigh Ride from dusk ’til 10 p.m.

 

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A homeowner dialed 911. “There’s a suspicious man outside taking pictures.” Two squad cars arrived.  … The deputies waved. “Hello Mr. Z,” Deputy Dow called out. “It’s a fine night for taking pictures—no law against that.” Z nodded, “Be safe guys. Oh, would you mind pulling up beside each other? That’ll make an interesting picture.”

 

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The patriarch is taciturn. The matriarch not so. The brown brick home is dark night and day.

 

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Empty: It’s a house, not a home.

 

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Among the first residents to move into the development, they have yet to attend a single HOA meeting.

 

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The two rocks prevent cars from careening into the Z’s yard.

 

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A young married couple lives here—both CPAs. They installed an outdoor video surveillance system. They are quiet.

 

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A simple spinster’s home … her neighbor Mr. B, hectors her about crab grass encroaching upon his lawn.

 

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Sunday routine: Busy Mr. B first retrieves the local Sunday paper. Then he tidies up his yard.

 

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Just one road in the subdivision, Mr. F habitually tailgated neighbors. Cancer killed him. His widow has a penchant for symmetry.

 

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Pleasant empty nesters live here. A chunk of the trunk of their palm tree fell out.

 

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A single working mom raised her two sons here. Now grown up, they both work for NASA.

 

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Ruddy nosed, foul tempered, and prone to kicking his dogs, Mr. Q is demented. His wife, a nurse, practices patience.

 

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Tinkerbell sometimes swoops down and sprinkles fairy dust on the lawn. She believes it will help the parents and their teenage children grow up and drive more responsibly.

 

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The Eleven X subdivision begins and ends here.

 

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Mr. Z takes in the sign and lets out a sigh. They’ve finished their stroll; it’s time to head back home.

One Response to “The HOA”

  1. Adrian Malloch

    Wonderful photographs of a neighbourhood and truly great captions Bob. A bit of multi-photo jiggery pokery with the empty nesters photo, methinks. Are you familiar with Gerd Ludwig’s Sleeping Cars series? A similar vibe. Your Horizons series also captivated me but in a different way. They reminded me of the feeling I had with Sugimoto’s sea horizon photographs but the colour palette of yours does something else entirely. Anyway, I really enjoyed your photography and hope that I can ‘pull finger’ and do some more self-commissioned projects that approach the quality of your work.

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