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Re: Sometimes It's Hopeless
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2018, 03:22:18 PM »
Settling your neighborhood disputes by yourself has been made illegal most everwhere in the world...this is why they created money and attorneys....

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Re: Sometimes It's Hopeless
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2018, 03:52:36 PM »
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I have good neighbors. Nice people.
Both of the preceding adjectives appear debatable considering your description of their actions, which would appear to indicate at best utter thoughtlessness, and at worst complete disregard of and disrespect for your interests which are well-known to them.I once thought a great deal more of my neighbors until events very similar to those you describe occurred; one rediscovers rather quickly in such a situation how self-interest almost completely rules the lives of most, and how markedly little authentic respect or true caring is shown for anyone other than those providing a paycheck or tender companionship.<p class="citation">QuoteThis light stuff is starting to kill my interest in the hobby. Don't know how you folk who have it far worse than I do keep up the faith.[/quote]Living here in the obscenely over-illuminated armpit of the nation (New Jersey) is unpleasant on so very many levels. Light pollution and trespass, which are effectively inescapable unless one travels literally hundres of miles away, are but single hobs on a very malignant gear; besides my beliefs and convictions being completely at odds with those of the majority of the populace, this is a hellishly expensive place to live. Only the knowledge that  impending retirement will result in a rapid change of address has gotten me through the last decade. While I certainly don't look forward to moving from where I've spent most of my life, the alternative is to continue living in what has effectively become a sewer - physically, mentally and spiritually. Depending upon how much astronomy means to you, perhaps it's time you considered a similar "exit strategy".

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Re: Sometimes It's Hopeless
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2018, 08:21:57 PM »
I have other and varied interests I can direct my energies toward. This hobby I may very well put down toward the bottom of my list of priorities. I can see video as a partial answer. More gear and wires are the kickers.Bottom line is that effort/reward equation is skewing more negative with time.A more balanced approach may be called for but this would require a change in my behavior regarding hobbies. I'm "all-in" and have a difficult time spreading my energies around. Perhaps I lack the capacity but I already have a huge head!

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Re: Sometimes It's Hopeless
« Reply #33 on: February 03, 2018, 10:35:41 AM »
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<p class="citation">QuoteThis light stuff is starting to kill my interest in the hobby. Don't know how you folk who have it far worse than I do keep up the faith.

Living here in the obscenely over-illuminated armpit of the nation (New Jersey) is unpleasant on so very many levels. Light pollution and trespass, which are effectively inescapable unless one travels literally hundres of miles away, ..... [/quote]

There are areas where it is ‘hopeless’. Many years ago, in my late 20’s, struggling with the LP and population density of NJ, I made a critical decision. I decided that living there was not for me, and that I was willing to accept the lower projected lifetime income that would result from a move to rural NY. Some 30 years later the income part has come true, but I’ve also been much happier living where the sky is much darker, there is abundant wildlife, and the population density is much lower than in NJ.

Now I face the possibility of gas frack’ing changing all of that. Luckily I also rent a “camp” in the central Adirondacks, were there is no gas shale, and where a typical SQM reading is 21.65. I may well move there full time.

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Re: Sometimes It's Hopeless
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2018, 12:54:47 AM »
Many of the communities in and around San Antonio have the same attitude. Businesses do work arounds of city ordinances. Car lots are spreading into previously dark areas. Fracking has ruined many previously dark sky sites south of the city. There are fewer and fewer dark areas for viewing.

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Re: Sometimes It's Hopeless
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2018, 03:16:26 AM »
Talk to your friends who do not work for your company. Ask them to complain about the safety and security problems associated with blinding lights. Maybe someone will file a lawsuit claiming light trespass.Companies, cities, and counties need to hear about the issue again and again from different sources before the message sticks.Gale

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Re: Sometimes It's Hopeless
« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2018, 06:36:27 AM »
I'll keep my nose out of that!They get plenty of complaints...noise, dust, traffic etc. typical of a (re)growing business in a small town. That's part of the reason for buying 5 homes and removing them...they also removed a source of complaints! No dummies there!