Saturday, July 25, 2009

Closed Captioning for the Curious

Wouldn't it be nice if people would post a sign informing passersby what they are doing in their front yards? Back yards, inside houses, I don't care- I don't see any activity so no problem, you can keep that private. But in a small town, where Main Street is just that, the main drag, I want to know what they are doing when I keep driving by!

One house to the south of us had been vacant for some time, and we kept an eye on it's separate garage/barn as we drove by, to see if leaning was going to develop into collapsing. It was sold a couple of weeks ago, and the hayfield lawn was mowed. Then, the barn was burned down(on purpose) and cleaned up. Yesterday, we saw forms in place, but couldn't figure out what for, and we looked going and coming home again. There are two large openings in front, which could be garage doors, or windows, as in a split level. Since the walls appear to be going up 3 or 4 feet, we are unsure if it is a garage or barn replacement, or are they building a new house, and will tear down the little old one when they move in? I told J that a sign should be out front, like when a bank is built, so everyone knows what's coming.

Then, today THREE separate, interesting but ambiguous activities were spotted. All within a one mile span, no less. First, a young man was setting up a video camera on a tripod outside a front door where nothing was going on. There were several vehicles in the drive, with, I assume, their drivers watching and waiting for the action to begin. 45 minutes later, home from grocery shopping, still people out front, and what looks like a telescope on the tripod. Hmm. Something celestial going on tonight that we don't know about? Later still, while going to the transfer station, we see the young man is now standing in the back of a pickup with a microphone on a boom(that's the pole thingy, right?) Still no apparent reason for recording.

Second item: Older man in a gray coverall standing in a hole which presumably he has dug. It is grave shaped and sized, although only knee deep. Nice sharp corners too. On the way back, he was out of the hole, gazing down into it. Deep enough, was it sir?

And thirdly, a window has been removed from the end of a house, and the framing is gone down to the sill. J got a glimpse inside and said it looked like their kitchen had older metal cabinets like ours did when we moved in. Interesting. I can't remember if there was one or two windows there, but the opening is big enough now for french doors, although there would be quite a drop once you stepped out. Perhaps they are planning a small deck too? Or maybe they had a leaky window and had to remove rotten wood and will just replace it with a picture window now. Are they redoing the entire kitchen?

We don't know any of these people so will not be able to relieve our curiosity except by keeping up the peeping as we drive by. Maybe when we start our workshop later this year, we should post a sign.

YES, WE ARE BUILDING A WORKSHOP.

NOPE, NOT A GARAGE ALTHOUGH YOU'RE RIGHT
WE DON'T HAVE ONE AND WE SHOULD.

YEP, WE ARE DOING IT OURSELVES, SO IT
WILL TAKE AWHILE BEFORE YOU SEE IT
COMPLETED.

WELL, WE ARE THINKING OF WHITEWASHING IT,
SO IT WILL LOOK LIKE OUR CURRENT SHED AND
CHICKEN COOP.

IF YOU SEE LEGS STICKING OUT FROM UNDER
SOME WOOD, PLEASE CALL 911.

1 comment:

mrsb said...

Oh, people should absolutely post those types of signs!