The HOA folks weren't willing to wait for their money until the Board meets
again in January :( Heck, they complained about having to wait until this
week so I could get the money together. I didn't have much choice. I went
to the clubhouse today and handed those greedy SOB's a check for my
"membership". I had to jump through hoops to come up with the money and I'm
still ticked off about it. The Membership Director didn't look a day over
25. She apologized all over the place, saying if it had been her decision
she wouldn't have pursued the matter. But her orders came from higher up.
It was nice of her to say, anyway.
The only benefit (and I use that word lightly) I'll get out of this
membership is being able to have lunch or dinner at the club. It doesn't
sound like much of a benefit to me, but hey, since I've pre-paid to eat
there (use it or lose it) I guess I'll have to. I spoke to my neighbor
(owned by Schwartzie & Fedders) and she said the food is "iffy"; sometimes
good, sometimes awful. (I remember my father used to complain about having
to eat there. They change chefs about as often as you and I change our
underwear. LOL No consistency whatsover. They do have a couple of bars,
The rest of the membership fee doesn't cover anything that would remotely
benefit me. This "social membership" includes 12 tee times, use of the
pool, tennis courts, croquet courts (who the heck plays croquet?!) and the
fitness center. Okay. I don't play golf, swim or play tennis. Croquet is
just laughable since I haven't played it since I was about eight years old.
And I won't be using the fitness center, either. My idea of fun isn't
riding a stationary bicycle (I have a real one) or using gym equipment. So
they're getting my money and I'm getting nothing. But they didn't leave me
In a fit of pique I'd claimed here I'd put my house on the market, grossly
undervalued, and move on. Obviously that's not an option. I'd still be
responsible for the property taxes, homeowners insurance, SC Wind/Hail
coverage and a flood insurance rider. The house could sit empty for years
and paying all of that when I didn't even live in it would cost me more than
joining their stupid club. Score: HOA 1, Jill 0.