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Wandering the neighbourhood

Having time to walk the boys to school has been really interesting these past couple of months. I've seen a lot of the neighbourhood in its 'getting ready for the day' mood, the coffee shop starting to fill up, the pharmacy rolling up its security door, the takeaways shops uncharacteristically dark and shadowy. We've been watching a house up Broadway fall apart, week by week over the last year or so it has become more and more neglected, and a few weeks ago the fence fell down... but today someone is building a new fence. Turns out the house is owned by a dairy owner in Miramar who just can't be bothered cleaning the place up and renting it out. A house further up has been totally refurbished. There have been plasterers and painters spilling out onto the footpath each day. Turns out to be a friend of my neighbours, who wanted to get the '70s look out of her house. I can get all the local gossip LOL. We've been reading the graffiti in the tunnel too. I recognise a few names from my last job ;)

I saw a car today that advertised Dog Behaviour Management. Its number plate is K9CALM!!! And I saw a van advertising computer assistance, called Geeks on Wheels *g*

As we headed out to school this morning, passing the home of one of the families from school I saw their front door wide open. That seemed odd. I know Liz goes to work, she's a single mum these days. I stayed over at school to help my friend who is the parish secretary fix up a word document, then I had a coffee with our parish priest. We talked a lot about family dynamics and writing. So an hour later, on the way home, I noticed Liz's front door was still wide open. I went home and tried to phone but her number wasn't the one in the book, so I called school. The school secretary phoned my friend at work, and sure enough, her children were supposed to have closed the door! So I wandered back to their house to shut the door. Two steps into the living room and I could have scored a whole stereo system! Nice place. Tidy. I liked their home *g*

And walking home I thought of a whole new dimension for Nick to add to his character... so whee! I'm off again.

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greenpizzazz6
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
Sounds like an interesting walk.

I'm amazed that no one walked into your friend's house! It makes you think the world might be a little safer!
natesmountain
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
-I'm amazed that no one walked into your friend's house! It makes you think the world might be a little safer!
Yeah, my friend is pretty amazed, and relieved tonight - she phoned when she got home from work! It's pretty safe here though, I usually have all the doors and windows open on a fine day when I'm at home. And some of my friends still don't lock their doors when they go out. But we've been burgled a couple of times so we lock up!

And it's always interesting to be out walking. If there is nothing new to see, it's at least good plotting time for my story. I almost always come up with new ideas as I walk back from the school to home.
vivh
Apr. 4th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
I'm really slack about security at home, I try to be good, but I just don't think it matters that much. It wouldn't really worry me if I came home and found something had gone or even if I found a stranger here... petty theft was a regular occurrence in Vanuatu, we'd get up in the morning to find our bread or milk or soft drinks had all disappeared overnight! Once or twice money disappeared from right next to where we were sleeping... I also came face to face with a man holding a knife in my hallway!!

I am really good about security everywhere else though, I always check windows are locked, lights switched off etc at the church and church hall! and I always remember to set the alarm... Talk about double standards - I guess I worry more about other people's stuff than my own!!
natesmountain
Apr. 4th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
Wow, Vanuatu sounds like a leveller.

And I guess it's good that you will take care with things like the church - people can trust you. I love locking up the church at night *g*

I have to admit, after we were burgled the first time, I lost interest in my possessions. The next time (which was my third time) I didn't even care much. Except I had one beloved set of pillowcases that you couldn't buy alone and they had to take one of those... Argh!

The only thing I safeguard now is my laptop. That IS very precious to me!
vivh
Apr. 4th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
I would be inconvenienced if I lost my laptop, but there's almost nothing on here that isn't backed up somewhere else, it would just take time to put it all on to a new machine...

There are things I would miss, things that hold memories, like gifts and postcards and photographs...but in the end they are only things and I would still have the memories... I think I would find things being damaged and destroyed much harder to cope with than them just being taken away...
natesmountain
Apr. 4th, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
Back up. I need to learn a lot more about how you do that.

- I think I would find things being damaged and destroyed much harder to cope with than them just being taken away...
Yeah, I'd hate to have the house trashed. One set of burglars almost ruined our beautiful kauri sideboard because we always had the doors locked (to keep the baby out!). After that we just left the key on top all the time so any new burglars could get in whenever they wanted, and now we don't have to lock it *g*
vpikyle
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
Sounds like you're in your element. I loved everything about this post.
natesmountain
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
Aw, hey there, my little peach blossom! Thanks!

I have to admit, with the idea of publishing, school holidays coming up, jobs in the pipeline, winter approaching, I really have to be sure to enjoy life, huh. I just have to!

I want to hear about you!
eliper
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful day. Not working full-time at the school from hell has been good for you.

And major congrats on the publishing process!! Sorry I haven't commented sooner - things here have been very busy, so not much time for LJ the past week.
natesmountain
Apr. 4th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
-Not working full-time at the school from hell has been good for you.
I'll say. A friend who left the school from hell nearly a year ago called in the other day to see me, and took some stuff I had down to the school for me (including my key LOL!) and she phoned later to say that the place was awful and leaving was the best thing I ever did.

-And major congrats on the publishing process!! Sorry I haven't commented sooner - things here have been very busy, so not much time for LJ the past week.
Ooh, thank you. And yeah, I missed you being around, hope things are okay with you and that it's a good kind of busy (well, if it's work, we know how that can be!).
And our Nick was so kind *g* - that helped heaps when I was in a state of complete nervous panic the night before because he gave me good advice - things I hadn't thought to ask about! and hey, that's all thanks to you and your link way back, so you and Sunny Garden had a hand in helping me, too *g*!
moth2fic
Apr. 5th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
Colin is fixing some cladding to our front wall. On Tuesday night he left his key in the front door... He did put the chain on once he was indoors, but still!
An icon for your updated Zone alarm to cope with!
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