Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Things I've Seen Around the Neighborhood Recently

  • More skateboarding.
  • Owls flying overhead in the evening.
  • People living/squatting in houses with gutted walls and tarped roofs.
  • New trash heaps in front of previously neglected houses—the familiar post-diluvian detritus: old albums, report cards, letters, dolls, clothes, furniture.
  • An under-the-radar open-air auto repair "shop" run out of a FEMA trailer on the otherwise empty block two streets over.
  • A lady in an outfit that struck me as a tad saucy for Sunday morning (matching turquoise halter top and bubble skirt, four-inch heels) crossing herself as she passed in front of a church on the way to the corner store.
  • The Hondurans around the corner playing soccer in the adjacent empty lot.
  • The filming of a scene from the newest Tommy Lee Jones movie in the flooded-out church down the block.
  • Neighbors gardening. (I like to think we started a trend.)


  1. Owls? Cool. I'll have to keep an eye out.

  2. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I like the comment about the lady crossing herself as she passes the church. The religion business gets into ones being.

  3. John Bell Hood is a distant relation of mine.