August 04, 2009

National Night to Hide!

The first Tuesday in August..once again, Terry will be peering furtively behind his drapes wondering if he dares to go outside to water his gardens without his neighbors accosting him from the street-hurling accusations of his lack of inclusiveness and friendliness because he won't condescend to be poisoned with bad potato salad (something to share!) and sit on the toilet all night after agreeing to eat Beth's baked beans (something to pass!)!!!!

Yes, it's National Night Out, Night of Togetherness, Night of Neighborliness (titles may vary depending upon local lawsuits, bankruptcy and scandals).

My neighborhood has not had one of these for years. Why? It's ridiculous. We all know each other, some of us already hate each other (the thought of sitting down to break bread with my neighbors to the north when I'd rather break their necks is preposterous to me). Many of us have each other's phone numbers and already keep an eye out for each other.

Maybe it's a good idea. Why, then, do I feel like if people would just act like responsible adults and, at least, be civil and considerate of each other (DAILY) we would not need these civic calendered events?

Maybe these events are pseudo-Christian reminders for those who don't go to Church to make peace with our brothers? A fine example of government morality and mandated manners? Or, necessary reminders for me that I need to not contemplate kicking the backside of some of my neighbors and pray for them instead?


Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I actually call the police while the block parties are going on and ask them to break it up. I have my own version of "take back the night" going on here. I also stopped eating at the pot lucks after I found out most people do not wear gloves or hair nets during food prep... yes - I have called the inspector about it.

August 04, 2009 11:52 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ter: I knew you would be down with it! :-)

Actually, I question the wisdom of eating any foods presented by people whose yard looks like Sleeping Beauty's castle grounds. If the outside looks like that? Oh, mercy..

August 04, 2009 12:02 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

I think a referee is called for here.

Never having seen one of these events on any block where I have lived (of course maybe they don't invite me and hold them indoors), I haven't undergone the danger of consuming questionable comestibles. [That is a Monty Python word, I believe].

There are questionable enough items in my icebox and larder. I did have to toss a can of tomato sauce once when it began to bulge. I read somewhere that that is THE indicator of something or other.

A quick glance just told me that there is some salt and sugar up there that might be celebrating their silver anniversary as neighbors.

But I only used the salt for curing nasal obstructions with my neti pot. I'm not sure why I have the sugar.

August 04, 2009 12:20 PM  
Blogger ArchAngel's Advocate said...

Sounds like a great reason to lease a Hum-Vee for the night...

August 04, 2009 12:35 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: With commentary like you just provided, I wonder if your neighbors aren't having it inside and NOT inviting you! LJ!

AA: Yes, a nice big gas guzzling vehicle! Heh.

August 04, 2009 1:19 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Hmm. I'm going out - to a meeting to plan for the fall 40 Days for Life campaign here in Rochester NY. Does that count? I'll be saying hi to people, and saying a few prayers with them.

August 04, 2009 4:49 PM  
Blogger Angela M. said...

I have a computer again! Email me so I can put you back into my address book!

August 04, 2009 9:37 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Oh! Angela - I'm so glad you are back - I will email you - i'm on my new computer too. Cathy is insane - oops - you didn't know that did you.

August 04, 2009 9:50 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Lee: Solid plan.

Angel Baby: Email on its way! Yes, I am insane. Ter should know, he's in the cell next to me!

August 05, 2009 7:28 AM  
Blogger Adoro said...


Cathy ~ Yeah, saw those more when I lived in an apartment building. It was far more festive, though, when the tar truck sprang a propane leak and I got home from FF training to a toothless volunteer firefighter telling me not to go inside and not to start my car again because of the propane leak. Which was on the OTHER side of the building and the wind was blowing the other way.

So I went to the local FD pickup driven by one of our instructors and we chatted while our neighbors chatted and pointed and took back the afternoon from the roofers who needed to replace the truck.

In fact, I took the moment to tell my dear instructor that, in fact, the tar truck was far more dangerous at night at rest because the tar fumes were completely infusing our apartments on the west side where that truck parked at night. And the fumes were making us all sick.

I noticed that the truck was parked far elsewhere after that conversation. ;-)

Take back the air! Never mind the night, just let me breathe!


RAY ~ The word is "botulism", good thing you didn't eat it or donate it to Second Harvest. ;-)

August 05, 2009 1:56 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adoro: What a moving story! Excuse me while I wipe the tears from my eyes! LOL! Kidding. But, I think you and Ray are SAB (seperated at birth)! LOL! /me runs

August 05, 2009 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

Events like the one you are discussing, I would have to agree are futile. They just seemed like forced gatherings when certain people already don't get along like you stated. Good post thanks!

God Bless,


August 05, 2009 2:31 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

Most of the neighbors that participate in our block party have already hosted in past years. We go to these things so that the the parents get to know us just well enough to let our kids play with theirs. Think it's really down to me to host this year. Oh well, there's always next year to get together.

August 05, 2009 4:29 PM  
Anonymous L. said... neighbors are all already bff's, so what's another night out?

August 05, 2009 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so glad that other people detest these parties as much as I. I just don't go--and if the neighbors don't like me--oh, well. And no amount of "needing to be social" is worth a night of sitting on the "throne."

August 06, 2009 11:48 AM  

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