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  1. Because I live in a subdivision named Tarpon WOODS, and because everyone living here seems to be intent on cutting down those same WOODS, I interpreted this quite personally . . . because it’s raining, Horace doesn’t have to do the work of chopping down the tree, and the tree – for a while – isn’t chopped down. Win-Win.

  2. Andréa: You are lucky there are any woods at all, because every subdivision is named after all the things that used to be there but they got rid of to build the subdivision.

    Deer Creek Meadows: the deer are gone, the creek was diverted, and the meadows are now the parking lot.

  3. I grew up in a small Minnesota town named Lake Park, which contained neither a lake nor a park.

  4. I plan to ask the HOA to change the signed from ‘Tarpon Woods’ to ‘Tarpon PRAIRIE’. You see, our county (or the state; I’m not sure) USED to have a law that you needed county arborist approval to cut down ANY tree, AND IT HAD TO BE REPLACED. We had a dying oak and needed a permit. Soon after, this law was rescinded (by developers’ payments, no doubt), and the lumberjacks heretofore hidden within the residents came to the fore,

  5. It’s not that he “doesn’t have to do the work of chopping”, but that he managed to avoid getting rained on.
    He “took advantage of” the tree

  6. The score of 1-1 shows that it is a win-win – Horace doesn’t get rained on and the tree gets to live. Leaving the axe in the rain shows that Horace isn’t planning on cutting down the tree later.

  7. At the beginning of this scenario, wouldn’t the score be 1 – 0 in Horace’s favour? He’s got the axe, the mobility and the drive to chop down the tree. What’s stopping him and what can the tree do about it? He’s one up, surely.

  8. My childhood home was a development called “Apple Creek”. No creek, and apple trees don’t even grow in Florida without lots of intervention. Certainly we had none.

    Before that we lived in the town of Miramar, Florida. “Miramar” is Spanish for “sea view”. Guess which town does not actually border the ocean? And no, fellow nitpickers, you can’t see the ocean even from the tallest buildings. (South Florida has no hills, let alone mountains.)

  9. I’m all for discouraging zero-sum thinking, encouraging people to see how most things are win-win, but surely a tie score is not actually a win-win, sports competitions being designed to be zero-sum, there can only be one champion. The only case I see for a tie score being win-win was as in the last series of Ted Lasso (of course it would be Ted Lasso making zero-sum sports be win-win), where his team had enough points so they only needed a draw, not a win, to advance. …Although I’m not sure what happened to the other team in this instance. Maybe it wasn’t win-win. Maybe it was only win despite a draw…

  10. It’s a win-win for both. Horace doesn’t get wet and the tree continues to live. The alternative is that one of two or both loses (Horace get wet / the tree dies).

  11. I agree with Brian R and Bill: if he had chopped the tree down, then he would be sitting in the rain at the end. As larK implied, this is not a zero-sum situation: perhaps nobody has “won”, but I think they‘ve both “scored”.

  12. Well, there is a development near me that kind of has something partially correct in the name. It’s called “Brick Manor Estates”. It’s a typical cul-de-sac with about 9 houses. The houses are about 2,500 square feet each. I don’t think that qualifies as a “manor”. Each is on probably the smallest lot allowed by zoning. So much for “estate”. But one of the houses has brick veneer on part of the front. So it’s not entirely brick-less.

  13. Growing up the development we lived in was named after golf course related things. One entered on Park Ave – parallel to Park was Fairway Road and Turf Rd. Then went onto Golf Drive. We lived on Links Drive (well technically Links Drive East – there was a West and a South – no North. and all of Links Dive formed a circle). Next street over was Bunker Drive which was a circle within our circle – short connecting street to same was Trap Road, dead end where we stood waiting for the school bus – Club Ct. There was a Divot Rd which also was short and connected to Bunker. (Divot and Trap were VERY SHORT – just connectors between us and Bunker – nothing on them.

    We did not displace a golf course as far as I know. Behind the houses across the street from ours there was river, creek,(whatever) and beyond that was a golf course. We would find golf balls around the property. We were luckier than the houses which backed onto the golf course – they ended up broken windows and such from the stray golf balls.

    The first cross streets coming in were Jordan and NIles – they predated the subdivision.

    Parents bought the house in 1959 (custom built from model selected) and my sister handled the sale of the house in 2019 when mom had to relocate to assisted living – 60 years of stuff to deal with.

  14. One of the saddest examples in the Greater Boston area is what used to be Whalom Park. This was an amusement park in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, built in 1893. The carousel was added in 1914, so you can understand that many generations of kids rode on that carousel. The park closed down in 2000 and remained locked behind the chain-link fence until 2006 when the whole thing was demolished and turned into a 240-unit condominium complex.

    The street that runs through the complex is Carousel Lane.

  15. My paternal grandmother lived in a NYC owned apartment building which had adjusted rent based on income (and may be a co-op, I am not sure) The group of building is named Luna Park and is located in Brooklyn in the Coney Island section. To me as a child Luna Park was just the name of the building group.

    It was sometime later before I heard that there used to be a major amusement park in Coney Island named (I am sure at lest some of you know of it and are ahead of me) – Luna Park. Yes, the buildings were where the amusement park used to be.

    And I thought the most interesting part of it was that the Bonomo Turkish Taffy had their factor diagonally across the street from her building.

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