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We lived in an active-adult 55 and older community for 3+ years before escaping.

It really was alluring. A new development. Nice, new home, three pools, two golf courses, lots of activities, lots of security in gated community. But what didn't show at first (you don't get the book of rules until you've signed on):

--Gestapo rules--example: keep garage door closed even when mowing lawn (see 4-inch ringed binder of rules)

--SS neighbors who walked around looking for minor infractions to report (see above). . . unless it involved grandchildren (We got a visit from security because a neighbor walking by on the sidewalk reported our dog barked--from inside our house in the middle of the afternoon in the summer. With the windows closed and the air conditioning on.)

--Young children driving golf carts on sidewalks and tearing through yards, staying for weeks at a time even though guests weren't supposed to stay for more than 10 days. Three pools with children supposedly allowed in only one. Rules totally ignored for them.

--Incredibly cliquish --Mean Old Girls (and Old Boys) on steroids. We weren't terribly social, so didn't care all that much, but the weird rules and the noise, particularly in the summer to the point we couldn't enjoy our screened porch, contributed to our decision to get the hell out of Dodge.

Could go on, but those are the highlights.

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