September 18, 2006
Here is a question that comes up rather frequently: "How are your neighbors dealing with everything?"
Let me tell you, they have been great (so far!). And guess what? I don't think any of them even knows about the blog, so this is not written to sweeten them up. Seriously, every day there are trucks of some sort at our house—coming, going, and parking. We are talking about a city neighborhood where parking is at a premium. The neighbors couldn't be nicer—they are welcoming, warm, funny and genuinely NICE.
The kids are a scream…they just happen to be throwing a football when the cameras are around. The teenage girls parade by all spiffed up and adorable. In fact, Guiseppe (you can call me "Joe") had to ride his bicycle six times the other day as David, the director, and Deborah, the producer, integrated him into a scene.
The guys lean against the trucks, hang out and swap stories about home repair—but mostly about boats and the water (seems to be a common thread). Dottie and Lucy have brought over fried dough, tomatoes, etc. Luann and Tommy even offered the usage of their pool to the guys on the extremely hot days. (Now that's a visual: Kevin or Roger in a speedo!) Jack, next door, has been very obliging, allowing scaffolding, etc to be very near his property line.
No one is ever "in your face." They have put up with a lot—portable toilets on our lawn (long gone), Dumpsters curbside, and cherry-pickers randomly in and out and up and down. Believe me, the workers clean up after themselves at the end of the day—"Done and Dusted!"
We had hoped to have an open house for all of the neighbors, but our insurance and legal stuff consider it a "live" job site and prohibit a general viewing while it is under construction. But many of them have actually seen the site and are awe-struck by the transformation taking place. A big thank you to all of them.
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