I was reading a new posting in my apartment elevator this morning on my way to work. The postings are usually littered with bad grammar and spelling so I usually ignore them but this morning I caught a line that read, "Glass is the future."
I was confused since glass has been used since the 4th century but, remembering Hawaii schools suck, I started the post at the beginning.
In a nutshell the resident manager is asking owners to vote "yes" on a proposition to install glass enclosures on the lanais (patio). A paragraph in the notice mentioned being able to put things on the lanai like exercise bikes, toys, tv's and such. Again I was confused because the current rules state that nothing except "approved" lanai furniture shall be put on the lanais. This rule is in effect because having other things on your lanai would make it look ugly. Again, I was confused because even with a GLASS enclosure people can still see into the lanai.
Against better judgement, I talked to the resident manager on my way out who was casually talking to the security guard about the inconsistency with house rules.
The manager explained to me that because the lanai is encased in glass that it becomes an extension of your living space and therefore is not subject to the rules of patio restrictions. I reminded him that current rules prohibit extra things on the lanai because of the eyesore issue.
"Yes, but people will tint their glass enclosures or use curtains", he said.
I retorted, "But if the enclosure is glass it will still be an eyesore because you can see through the glass to the items placed on the lanai. Why not let people put things on their lanais right now?"
"Well, because people will tint or put curtains up".
"I won't. Will I get hit for having things on my lanai?"
"Well, people will put up curtains or..."
I left in mid sentence because this idiot could not grasp the idiocy of the house rules I was trying to make fun of.