Six years ago, I moved into a house on a barrier island off Long Island in New York. It's called Long Beach and you have access to it via a bridge.

Now, my house is situated in an area called The Canals of Lido, which contains eight streets separated by four canals. The water all pours into Reynolds Channel. I am only a few minutes walk from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean so I'm squished between water. Yes, it's a very nice place to live; however, I have begun to wonder whether the founding fathers got in cahoots with the tradespeople on prevailing service rates. I even questioned the former president of the City Council, Joel Crystal (Billy's brother) about this but he just smiled.

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