Friday, February 5, 2010

Thank you for my drunk neighbor....

Let me tell you how my Friday night went last week. And let me link it up to one of my favorite girl MiMi's Friday feature of things that make you go "bleep" !

So my kids are asleep, my husband's at work, and it's pretty near right smack in the middle of the night. I hear a loud thump from the outside. Being alone nights has bothered me over the years, and I've had to learn to ignore most every little bump and thump I hear in the neighborhood, in order to hold onto my sanity. I was conscious of the noise, but quickly filed it away under "some idiot went too fast through the stop sign and bottomed out in the dip." Happens a lot.

By this time I have ditched the clothes (clothes are so annoying!) and am in my favorite purple fluffy robe. I decide to snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie. Fools Rush In - it's a gem! ANYWAY...a few minutes into my show I get a call from Hubby. Here's how it went:

Hubby: Hey, just got a call from Mike (we'll introduce him later on in the story).

Me: Oh, did he call because I texted him? (turns out one of Cowgirl's friend's mothers used to date Mike and I texted him cuz I thought it was funny).

Hubby: Nope...wait, why did you text him?

Brief explanation of the girlfriend/mother coincidence.

Hubby: Someone just hit our trailer and took off. Mike called the cops, they'll probably be wanting to talk to you...you should get your clothes back on.

Cuss Words! I'm gonna have to interrupt my movie, get my clothes on, and try to make my living room look half-way presentable, in the 3 or 4 minutes it will take for the police to arrive.

Mike is our across the street neighbor. He is a 33 year old bachelor that is part party boy, with a family man hidden inside who was never really taught any responsibility, but has grown remarkably over the years since we've moved into this neighborhood. He's a good guy, but without necessarily the highest moral standards when it comes to women and booze, ya know? But I've loved having him across the street, partying and all. You see, I know when he's out in his front yard in the summer, smokin' and drinkin' with his buddies all night, no one's gonna mess with my house, while I'm home alone with the kids. And although he doesn't practice our faith (YET!), he is very respectful of the things that might offend us. He tries hard to use clean language around us, and even took down the girlie posters in his garage that were in plain sight to my kids since he has his garage open roughly 98% of the time between March and September. We just love Mike.

Our neighborhood is located directly across a 6 lane highway from a huge shopping/ restaurant/movie theatre complex. The county decided that the skywalk that crosses the highway should have an opening into our neighborhood so that kids walking to school could cut through our neighborhood to get to the elementary school instead of using the sidewalk that's next to the busier road. This has been a nightmare for us. We have a pretty good neighborhood community. But there is an element of people that cut through our neighborhood from the shopping plaza that have no respect whatsoever. And these kids/young adults think it's hilarious to throw garbage into our yards, kick off our sprinkler heads, pull the tops off our flowers...you get the idea. Another common occurence is people stealing shopping carts from the stores, then ditching them in people's yards. This was the root of Friday's events.

According to the "eye witness" (Mike) there were some kids in a car driving through the neighborhood, hanging out the window and dragging a shopping cart alongside their car. Apparently they thought it would be awesome to speed past our house and ram the cart into our brand new cargo trailer (seriously less than 2 months old). The speed caused the cart to totally smash the driver side fender into the wheel. Then they sped off.

Lucky for me I have a neighbor that was up drinkin with his buddy, who saw out the window and came roaring out of his house and chased them down! Mike's a "tough guy" like that. He got in their face, and took their license plate info, and called the cops.

I got to spend the wee hours of the morning talking to the police and freezing my butt off outside while they took all our insurance info. It was 3 a.m. by the time we turned in for the night. But at least I got to be entertained by Mike, who was bragging about how he was about to pound the guys and had to be talked down by his buddy. He informed me of how lucky I am to have a neighbor who stays up drinking, and then he proceeded to ask the officer if he had a breathalizer in his car, because he wanted to try it out and see how drunk he was! That Mike is a character...

I guess I'm thankful for my drunk neighbor!

25 comments:

Melissa said...

LOL! I like the way you told this story, and also the way you found the blessing in a not-so-great situation.

Rachelle said...

Holy Cow! At least Mike caught the kids. He sounds like quite the character! Hope everything works out okay.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Mike sounds like a character! :) I think he is a softie, especially since he took down the girlie posters. I laughed out loud at the part where he wanted to try the breathalizer!!

Glad you are safe. :)

Sheila said...

LOL! Omgoodness! This story is HILARIOUS!!! I guess SOME people CAN be thankful for drunk neighbors! :) LOL!

Symply Me said...

Does he sing too? If so...he's the total package! Too funny! Good job finding the silver lining.

April said...

My brother in law stays up late drinking most weekends and all their neighbors know it (half the time half the street is with him). We were there Sat night and actually went to bed around 10pm. At 2am he had 4 phone calls from other neighbors asking if he saw anything. Apparently some teens were tearing up the street (including my brother in laws fence) and the neighbors were upset when they found out we all went to bed early and didn't see a thing. I thought it was funny. Not the damage but that they just expected him to see it all unfold.

Myya said...

That is so funny! Boys will be boys huh! I have a neighbor that is always up in our business too... like asking what I am doing or where I am going every single time I load up my kiddos in the car. Annoying yes, but nice too. My hubby works nights often & I love knowing that he is over there wondering what is going on at my house. He is married with kids so not the creeping wondering type. Oh yeah by the way... LOVE the "clothes are so annoying" comment... hilarious!

Myya said...

That is so funny! Boys will be boys huh! I have a neighbor that is always up in our business too... like asking what I am doing or where I am going every single time I load up my kiddos in the car. Annoying yes, but nice too. My hubby works nights often & I love knowing that he is over there wondering what is going on at my house. He is married with kids so not the creeping wondering type. Oh yeah by the way... LOVE the "clothes are so annoying" comment... hilarious!

MiMi said...

First: Fools Rush In is a HILARIOUS movie. I love it! I saw it in the theater 2 times. :)
Second: JACKWAD MALL RATS.
Third: Mike is my hero.

Emmy said...

Well at least he is a nice drunk neighbor :)

That sucks, glad he was there to witness it.

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

That is awesome! Way to go Mike.

Michelle said...

It is always good to have a guy like that on your side! I am sorry that happened but at least someone saw it and got the info!

jenjen said...

That is a great story! I like Mike already!!!

Sorry to hear about your trailer though, I hope they catch those kids...

XOOX
Jen

Shawn said...

I'm glad you have such a wonderful drunk friend! We should all have "Mikes".

Paula said...

I'm really start to like this Mike fellow! I'm sorry about your cargo trailer. That stinks!

FrouFrouBritches said...

I'll trade my up all night playing basketball 10 feet from my boys bedroom window for your drunk neighbor Mike ANYTIME!!!!! Mike sounds like a hoot!

Great story and I LOVE Fools Rush In. I watch it everytime it's on TV!

Sorry about your trailer!

Sare said...

1- i love fools rush in!!!!
b- wtheck!!! I can't believe how irrational and irritating and just stupid kids can be!!
3- SO grateful for your drunken neighbor!! the guy sounds like a total stud!

Cassie said...

I am glad the cops took him seriously despite the fact that he was drinking and obviously close enough to drunk to ask about a breathalizer! Also, I love Fools Rush In and would have been seriously upset to have it interrupted.

Grammy Kim said...

Well, everyone has said it all, but that is a great story, but sorry that your trailer got damaged and your relaxing evening got ruined! It's good to have "good" neighbors around. Our house is SO creaky that sometimes I swear someone's in the house with me....scarey. haha

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

This post was priceless. I read it to my husband it was so good and he laughed for five minutes...not at the trailer damage...but at Mike. I guess everyone needs a Mike in their lives sometimes. Sorry to hear about the trailer...but have you ever thought of stand up comedy for a living. You are a natural.

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

Thanks for the laugh, Mike sounds like a hoot! Sorry your trailer needs some love now.

Joy For Your Journey said...

Wow. My life is so boring in comparison. Except for the dead body they found down the street from us, we don't get any excitement. Good for your neighbor though. How great he was looking out for you.

heidi said...

LOL well, THAT was certainly entertaining! I'm thankful for your drunk neighbor, too!

Helene said...

This is definitely one of those situations where you'll thrilled to be living across the street from the hard-core party animal!! I can't believe those boys did that!

I wish we had a Mike living near us...our neighborhood is dull!

Sorry about your trailer...that's such a bummer!!

Thanks for adding my button!!!!

kado! said...

Fools Rush In is a Favorite movie of mine and my husbands too! ;)