Our Association has strange rules also, some of which are not taken seriously (like no grilling on the driveway). Of course keeping your lawn respectable is one of them, but who wouldn't want to. I actually enjoy lawnwork (mowing, trimming, edging, cleaning up landscaping, etc). I look forward to it. Other messed up rules: No outbuildings (sheds, etc), no privacy fences, house must have wood trim, machine-gun nests must be hidden from view (j/k). There are many more which I can't recall but they are sometimes funny.