The following is a true story; only the names have been changed to protect the innocent… 20 minutes ago…The rustling of leaves in the overhead trees, birdsong, barking and a faint radio. The neighbor screams, a vicious “No!”, followed by two more, A “yeah!, more birdsong, then a lone crow. Another scream and…ahhhh… the air conditioner kicks in and drowns out my crazy neighbors…..
It’s just your typical Friday in my neighborhood.
I hear Florence and the Machine..It’s a surreal tune and I go to the front to investigate. My neighbor, The head of the clan of crazies is getting drunk on his front porch. His dusty black car sitting in the driveway, sans a driver, with the radio blasting. I don’t mind, I like the song.
He screams a “Yeah!” again and points across the street to a stop sign lying in the grass. apparently he has seen me and he wants me to know about it. He yells, I think, “Three Times!”, I half-smile and wave the peace sign at him and scoot on back to the studio.
I have many “interesting” and noisy neighbors. The three dogs, Fletcher, Jimmy and the new one,The Moaner. The cute little girl next door who plays the violin almost constantly, the same tune that sounds like the theme to “The Exorcist“. The Giggler on the other side and his friend, the doughfaced punk with the fluffy dog. They watch their dogs play and giggle until all hours of the night.
It is the night when it truly gets “interesting” around here. Many times the police are called on the neighbors with the ironic name, who report many “crimes”. Once the police showed up at our door looking for one of them who had been reported kidnapped, later he’s screaming as he’s been taken away by the bald cop.
The radio plays all night. It’s not so bad since again I like the drunken crazy guys taste in music. It drowns out the creepy flute music and reedy voiced woman who sometimes sings like her heart has been broken.
You can see why a visit from raccoons would be a welcome distraction. Did I mention? Those rascals showed up again last night and they made quite a racket. This morning I discovered a sunflower head missing, just a stem left. I think one of them took off with it. Who knows.? Just another day in the neighborhood.