The Explosion and Other Things I Found Out at the Neighborhood Meeting

Our subdivision started having neighborhood meetings last year. It was actually the hubby who got the ball rolling because he started walking once he retired, and he asked people about the neighborhood association that was listed on our deed but from whom we never heard. Turns out nobody really heard from them since, like, 1975. A lot of people thought it would be a good idea, though. Hence the meetings.

We had our second one on Saturday. This is what I found out.

1. We had always known that our house burnt two owners ago. It was then purchased by a contractor, but we didn’t know how much of it had been rebuilt. One of our neighbors told us that the house burned because the guy who owned it did auto body work in the garage. One Saturday, they said, the smell of lacquer hung in the air. The owner of “our” house and his wife left for the weekend.

That night, the people we were talking to said their dog woke them up. When they couldn’t get her to quiet down, they looked out the window and what was to be our house was on fire. These people knew that the owners were away, and they decided to pull their boat away from the garage. By the time they got here, from two houses away, the garage door had blown out and across the street and the roof had lifted off the house and was offset. That’s more excitement than I would want in my evening!

Anyway…the house was gutted. It used to have a gable roof, but it doesn’t any more, and the neighbors said the interior floor plan was much different. My curiosity is satisfied.

2. There were neighborhood invasions in our neighborhood over the winter, and a local teacher was instrumental in catching the kids involved. He, however, was threatened with both a gun and a knife as his wife watched from two doors down. He went after the kids. I personally would prefer that, if the hubby were going to be a hero, that he do so by calling 911 from OUR HOUSE!!

Seriously, though, our house in Ohio was broken into while we were there, and it never felt as safe. I feel for the people in our neighborhood whose houses were broken into.

3. This is a good place for a subdivision because it used to be a gravel pit, which leads to good drainage, something that is particularly important in clay.

I won’t remember the names of all the people I met, but now that I have seen them, I can be more aware if something is out of place.  We are actually going to have a neighborhood directory.  I’m all in favor of knowing my neighbors, and the meeting, in a place where people have automatic garage door openers and air conditioners and hence are never outside, is a good place to start.

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1 Response to “The Explosion and Other Things I Found Out at the Neighborhood Meeting”


  1. 1 writeathome May 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    That’s good that your getting to know your neighbors better. That’s something I could stand to work on a little more out here. I remember as a kid that on the street where my dad lived(my parents were divorced)they had a block party once a year. Both ends of the street would be blocked off, there would be tables loaded with food in the middle of the street, and sometimes there would be square dancing.

    It’s so easy for people to isolate themselves these days, but it really is a good idea to get to know our neighbors.


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