Okay, so yes, I live in Arkansas... I should have expected this kind of thing, but I didn't think I lived in "THAT" redneck of an area, lol.
Background: I just moved to this area last September. We're RIGHT outside Little Rock city limits (like 1/2 mile from the sign) in a pretty well developed little neighborhood. The homes are on 1/4 to 8 acre parcels, most on the smaller of that end. We're on 1.2 acres with houses all around us, and two neighbors on each side on 3-4 acre parcels. We have two horses in a small front pasture (about 0.75 acre) and our neighbors to the west also have two horses, in a larger 2-2.5 acre pasture. Our neighbors all seemed nice, no cars on blocks or dixie flags waving
. All of the homes are well kept up, no blaring "skinnard" on the weekends, so we thought we were "safe"...
So, we heard that our neighbors with the horses (and 6,000 sqft house
) put on a big fireworks display every year. Cool! We drugged up the horses starting around 4pm, with another shot of Ace at 8pm, when the fireworks started going. They were okay, just wobbly trotting around when a big one went off. No panicking though, they'd even graze when it was only a roman candle going up.
Then, two other neighbors start firing it up. Shortly after, someone set up in the church (yes CHURCH) parking lot across the street with a BULLHORN and proceded to have a "fireworks war" with our neighbor. Out came the big guns... They started letting off BIG professional grade fireworks starting around 9:30, mixed in with other "normal" fireworks mixed in.
At about 10pm, the other folks quit, but the two drunken redneck groups continued (the ones in the church lot and our neighbors). Now my neighbor's guests are yelling back at the guy with the bull horn. Even the "ladies" are chiming in. Some guys yelled something about someone's vagina at one point, about 4 times in a row... Yeah, Bush Light is a flowin' now!
At midnight, we consider calling the sherrif. But, it's quite likely that one or more of the drunken revelers is from the sherrif's department, so we scrap that idea. FINALLY, at around 1am, they quit. Thunder and lightening are not far off and rain moves in around 2 am. THANK GOD! Of course, then I was up for another hour or two worrying about this BAD storm.
My poor horses had a nervous breakdown at some point. They won't even go under the shelter (I put hay in there) because it's on the side of the pasture nearest the fireworks display. This morning they look very worn out and my mare is limping slightly (our pasture is really rocky). My neighbors horses look even worse; many of the fireworks went right over their pasture...
My husband is off today to go buy a new 12 guage and plenty of shells. He's thinking of doing some target practice tonight at around midnight, lol. Either that or we're going to sit in front of thier house with our 3/4 ton Diesel and rev it for about 20 minutes at 1 am
I swear, if the housing market didn't suck so bad right now, I'd have this place up for sale on Monday. If things pick back up in the Spring, I may reconsider and try to find something else before next July. I will NOT put up with this again... It's just PATHETIC.