Monday, June 7, 2010

In The Beginning...

My apologies for my absence last Monday Funday, but it was a holiday. And, damn it! I took the day off :) So, I'm back, and with another installment of the Adventures of the Neighbor Man.

Once upon a time, in a land far, far, far away from reality...okay, wait. That's not right. It wasn't once upon a time, but 'long ago' but the reality part is pretty spot on. ;)

So, anyway...where was I? Oh yes.

There lived a family of four. Now, this family of four was very comfortable in their staid, everyday lives. Nothing exciting ever happened. No hijinx ensued. No shenanigans were afoot. They were just a normal, run of the mill family.

This family bought a parcel of land in which they were going to build the home of their dreams. 25 acres to be exact. It would be great. Out in the middle of nowhere on a road with no heavy traffic, and no neighbors sitting right on top of them. Pure joy surrounded them at the prospect of having such a home.

They had just finished dinner one night when there came a knock on their door. Standing on the doorstep was an odd little man with smirk on his face. In the years to come, this family would come to recognize this smirk for what it was: the beginning of a new adventure with the Neighbor Man.

He came inside and introduced himself, telling the family that he had just bought the property next door to where the family would be building. In addition to that, he declared that he would also be renting the house next door to where the family was currently dwelling. To try them out as neighbors before they actually were neighbors, he said.

To which the parents replied, "Well, what happens if we don't meet your standards as neighbors?"

The Neighbor Man had no answer.

At this point, any sane group of people might have wondered if this man was a serial killer stalking that particular family. Not so with these trusting people. Fortunately for them, this man did not turn out to be a serial killer (...dognapper maybe, but no serial killer).

After a short discussion between the parents and the Neighbor Man, they all decided to hop in their respective cars and go up to the properties...to discuss their future as possible neighbors.

Neighbor Man got into his sporty little truck parked right behind the family's big red truck. The dad, without consulting his mirrors (or maybe he did but couldn't see the Neighbor Man's little toy truck behind him), threw the vehicle in reverse.

CRUNCH!!!!

Yes, there was a minor collision. Yes, this was the first meet with this fellow. Yes, this was the beginning of a very beautiful friendship between the family and the Neighbor Man. (If you don't believe me, just read any of the other Monday Funday posts!)

Life Lesson Learned: Some people are gluttons for punishment. Really that is the only thing I can think of as to why the Neighbor Man continued to hang around with us after that!