Agreed, the stricter covenant would not have fixed it, but I do get the point of having covenants. Actually, my husband and I were talking the other day about how we would tend to be more lazy with yardwork and upkeep on the house if we didn't have some fear of the HOA! So, it works good for our personality types. Keeps us motivated.
Some other neighborhoods look so horrible, that it must be depressing for people to come home to that everyday. I'm grateful that we have a bright, clean, sun-shiny subdivision. If it starts to go downhill, that would be bad for me mentally.
My husband works for Choicepoint during the day, and Starbucks at night. He makes independent feature horror movies in his (ha ha) spare time. Sometimes if I stand real still, I get to see a glimpse of him.