May 9, 2022: The Pop In

We've never really had kids the same age around us in the neighborhood, but some twins the same age as Pete moved in one house over recently. This has led to the new phenomenon of the doorbell ringing at any moment and suddenly having company. Not a huge fan.

34 thoughts on “May 9, 2022: The Pop In”

  1. I hope they don't turn out to be a weird family. Half the people that have moved in on this street with kids around the same age as our have turned out to be incredibly toxic. Fortunately two have since moved out, but buying a house next to a barn is looking better and better each year.

  2. We have a bunch of kids around the same age as ours in the neighborhood. Because of the pandemic, they have to play outdoors, so that works out quite nicely.

  3. Heh, this is something I had to get used to a couple years ago. One of our neighbors' sons - who is the same age as Neitzsche (who turns 8 today!) - has some definite spectrum issues, so boundaries aren't really a thing. If we get the doorbell ringing, we're lucky. But I'm happy to trade those issues for a good family next door with some kids the same age as ours. Now if only they'd keep their cats indoors (and the neighbors on the other side would stop feeding the feral cats in town...).

    1. The people who live next door to us have Twins that are about four years younger than Miss SBG. The girl would come over every day and ask to play with our daughter. The girl was like 5 and our daughter was nine and didn't want to play with a 5 year old who was extremely bossy. The boy would come over and if I was watching TV he would demand that I change the channel.

      We now know that they are both autistic and I feel bad about being irritated now.

      1. I'm very glad about how open our neighbors have been with us regarding all of this. It just makes it so much easier to laugh things off than to be irritated. Not that I always succeed in that...

      1. Can verify.
        One year after transplanting 25 hostas into the yard, I got the opportunity to transplant 25 hostas into a fenced in portion of the yard. I hate deer.

  4. I'm not sure how we would have survived the pandemic without the neighbor families. We've basically had a rotating Friday pizza dinner in various yards for two years, and the kids just go fun one yard to another to keep themselves entertained.

    1. I'll echo that. We did a lot of outdoor movies and hangs with our neighbors next door to us on either side. We were close to them before, but grew even closer. And it helped that we all had similar outlooks on the pandemic, given that our larger community was not so much on the same page.

  5. Have we talked about this Kentucky Derby? This is on the very short list of most stunning individual (one person, plus the horse) athletic achievements I have ever seen.

    The horse wasn't even in the race until the day before. Churchill Downs sold t-shirts with the names of all of the horses, he's not listed because he only got in the field because of a late scratch.

    He went off at slightly more than 81-1 at the track, but some casinos in LV had him as high as 300-1. To imagine that a horse like that could win, it's just a crazy pipe dream. But to see how he did it... unfathomable.

    When I think of improbable wins in major sporting events, I think of the following:

    1. Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson to win the undisputed heavyweight title. So shocking it's still hard to believe. Tyson trying, unsuccessfully, to get his mouthpiece back in his mouth is etched in my brain. It's not just that Buster Douglas was a complete unknown, it's also that Mike Tyson had made a habit of completely destroying every other world class fighter without seeming to break a sweat. I truly thought he'd never be beaten. And then this nobody beat him to a bloody pulp.
    2. John Daly coming out of nowhere to win the PGA Championship. This m effing club pro won a major. (He also won the British Open, which was also pretty unlikely, given all that happened in the years preceding.) Lotsa demons in that dude, but for one weekend, he was the king of the world.
    3. Boris Becker winning Wimbledon as an unseeded 16 year old. This is stunning, but he was 20th in the world at the time. It's not like he was a complete unknown, but still shocking.

    This horserace is right there with all of them and maybe surpasses all of them. I cannot believe it. I've watched it about 50 times. Rich Strike!

    1. the Red Sea parting and Rich Strike hitting the nitro button is just wow

      heck, the track announcer didnt even know what was going on until he passed the field

    2. Reminiscent of Willie Shoemaker and Ferdinand in 1986. Watch as the leaders hit the turn at the 3/4 mile mark, they come out of nowhere way on the outside (pink and blue silks), totally blocked until they make their move to the rail and hit the afterburners.

    3. I agree with all that. It was a perfect storm in that the pace was so blistering fast the first half that by the stretch, most of the horses had fallen back and spaced themselves, giving Lucky Strike that wide open inside rail (after head had weaved between two horses to get there).

      1. Couldn't get them swapped in time (think it has to be 24 hours before first pitch). Thus, I'm stuck with them. Who wants two free tickets to the game tomorrow? I'll forward them to the first person to claim them.

  6. Hilariously, the "new friend next door" scenario just popped up in our neighborhood and our boys met up in our backyard this evening for the first time. I'm assuming pop ins can't be far off.

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