Sunday, January 31, 2010
Wisconsin 101: Pesky neighbors
The problem with Wisconsin is that you have to fight with your neighbors to shovel your own sidewalk. Our neighbor Ann gets up at 6 a.m. to shovel before she goes to work. She shovels our sidewalk as well. Fine. That's nice of her. I take her food when I make a big batch of something. It evens out. I hope.
So SH comes home at 2 a.m. from singing and a beer or two and thinks that he'll shovel our sidewalk and hey, he'll do Ann's sidewalk so she won't have to do it. But no. She hears him shoveling and gets out of bed because she doesn't want to be out that late by herself but as long as someone else is out there, why not?
And then SH complains that someone keeps shoveling out our fire hydrant. It's not really ours - it belongs to the entire street. It is a community obligation. Darn retirees. Nothing better to do than to make sure that if a house catches fire, the fire department will be able to get to the hydrant.