Nope, this isn't another post about Ferguson, though there is a touch of the St. Louis neighborhood economic boundaries to it.
Years ago, and jobs ago, my boss was complaining about her "dump" of a house. I mentioned that not only did I live one street from her, my house was the same model as hers. Same bricks, same floor plan, and I thought "our" house was quite nice. She apologized a few hours later. A few months later she moved to an outrageously huge house in a fancy subdivision a mile away.
How fancy? The first Christmas she was dismayed that she had to buy all new Christmas lights when she found her new country club subdivision only allowed white Christmas decorations. (For the uniformity, not because they had a problem with Christmas lights of color.)
How is that news? Her new subdivision is the one in this article.
1, Yes, I live a mile from a country club, but there was no country club when I built my house. The rich folks followed ME.
2, Half a million in my area is a lot to play for a house, especially in Weldon Spring, known radioactive dump site. Gary's biology class went to Weldon Spring to search out mutated frogs.
3. Friend #3 had a brown recluse infestation after she moved from her condo (three miles from me) into a "better" condo in a fancier part of town. Coincidence? Or God's bitey judgment?
4. You can only die from a brown recluse spider bite if you die from the infection you get after the toxins eat a hole in your leg.
5. No one on the internet seems to know if brown recluse spiders ever vacation to the smaller subdivisions in the area. I doubt they will, especially since a) they are clearly brought on by hubris and b) I think in St. Louis even the spiders are afraid of venturing from their fancy neighborhoods into ones with a lower economic status.
6. Gary got lost once on a walk in that country club subdivision, but came home unscathed by radioactive brown recluse spider bites.
7. After we heard about the spiders we would have gone for a walk and gawk, but there's a guard shack we'd have to get past.
8. I don't think this news story have been picked up by The Guardian or Facebook without the worlds "bleeding out of the walls."