A creepy place
by Sam Loomis, Thu Mar 31, 2005 at 03:28:38 PM EST
I also know from Bush II's visit here that The Villages are a Republican Stronghold, which makes sense given that the area central/north of Tampa is pretty hardcore wingut-land. I don't think they allow progressives to live there. Driving through there the other day, I got the creepiest feeling all over. It's the strange creepiness of conformity. Conformity in building style, landscaping, traffic flow, political ideology. I know that the main developers of The Villages were interviewed last year and they talked about how they envisioned it as a retirement community, and as a republican fortress.
I was only in the perimeter of The Villages for about fifteen minutes, and I think I wasn't spotted because I was able to slip out of there without anyone staring at me too much or offering me a yellow ribbon to place on my car, just like all the other cars. I'm not sure why I felt so creeped out. Maybe it was my perception of it being unfirendly to my kind. I dunno. Have you ever driven through a town and felt that if you chanced to stop for a cup of coffee, you just might find yourself sitting next to Rod Serling or something like that?
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