Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Redneck update

My friend Jay called again to give me a report on his New Years Eve celebration. He’s the one with the across-the-street neighbors who recently put a sign by their driveway that said, “Do Not Disturb. Will Shoot.” (If you missed that one, click HERE and then scroll down a bit to see it.)

The same neighbors who occasionally fire off something that sounds like a shotgun blast in the middle of the night.

I was ready for tales of a drunken party, gunshots, local police needing SWAT backup, and more.

Nope. Didn’t happen.

Jay and his family went out just before midnight to pop some small firecrackers and ended up meeting some of the crew from across the street. Turns out they were friendly and almost sober. At least they seemed reasonably coherent.

They (the “Do Not Disturb” folks) treated the neighborhood to a big display of fireworks. In Jay’s words, these weren’t bottle rockets. They were the big kind that went way up in the air and created huge crackling fireballs and sparkling showers. Apparently it was quite a show, and the neighbors enjoyed it.

No complaints, no guns, no police, and no alarming degree of rowdiness. Go figure.

Jay is still thinking about moving by sometime this summer. And no one has yet figured out what really goes on behind that high, thick hedge.

But for now, all is peaceful and serene. Stay tuned.


Viki said...

You can bet your bootie those people have a meth lab in their backyard.

Hale McKay said...

I miss those neighborhood fireworks shows - except for sparklers and snakes - fireworks are all but out-lawed here in Massachusetts.

kenju said...

Sounds like a Jekyll and Hyde situation! Come see my post about guns.

Candace said...

Glad that ended well! Up here in Dallas we were worried sick about some idiot starting a fire because everything's so dry. There weren't as many gunshots and firecrackers this year, thank goodness. Someone told me that before they moved to Texas they had never heard of firecrackers on NY's Eve, just 4th of July. Is this just a Texas thing, ya think?

Karyn Lyndon said...

There ARE occasions when explosives in the hands of maniacs can be fun...

Michelle said...

If you lived in Africa, a sign like that would be aimed solely at the would-be-intrepid-entrepeneurs who wanted to relieve you of some of your possessions without charging you a removal fee and not at one's neighbours. However, because you live in the Yoo Knighted States, I would get packing so fast and move to another suburb. I vote for Jay moving.