Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 177: Living Next to the Frat Boys

Our current next-door neighbors in the 3-bedroom unit on the end of our row are somewhat younger than all of the other Saratoga Townhomes residents, and at the beginning of their tenure, we had to speak with them several times about noise level (band practice in the garage, late parties, friends or guests chatting in the driveway right outside our window, etc.) and smoking.  Because of these situations, we started to refer to them as the "frat boys."

Over the past year or so, their household has calmed down quite a bit, and we haven't needed to address any unpleasant issues for quite a long time.

Last week, however, I was heading to the gym in the morning and was quite annoyed to discover that some friend of theirs had "decorated" their garage and front door with plastic wrap.  I wouldn't have been too bothered if the wrap was only on their property, but unfortunately, the wrap was also coiled around the crepe myrtle tree in our common planter and then strung across the common concrete entryway to the down spout on their unit.  Grrr.

I removed the wrap that was blocking my path and that was choking the tree and left the rest for the boys to clean up.  By the time I got home from my swim, there was no trace of evidence left.

I'm just hoping this isn't a harbinger of more pranks and antics to come!


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