April 16, 2010

On a warm Friday night like this when there’s not a breath of wind in the air it never ceases to amaze me how one can be surrounded by houses on every side and not hear a thing. Oh, occasionally you’ll hear a murmur of conversation accompanied by laughter and a splash of water from next door (our new neighbors are using their pool forthe first time this year), or, in the distance, the soft sounds of a game being played on the baseball fields down the road apiece, but that’s it.

And it’s not as if we live in one of those subdivisions where everyone has left their homes abandoned, either – all the houses around us are occupied. You wantto say that it must be the magic of those 6- and 8-foot cement walls we all have around us, but that’s not true: it wouldn’t be any effort to lob one of the lemons from our side yard trees underhanded and have them land in any one of four swimming pools around us. I guess our neighbors are just not outdoor people.

Not that I’m complaining, mind you – we cherish the quiet and don’t take it for granted for a minute: just one street down the neighbors are continually complaining about the noise from two houses where the renters blast music at all hours of the night. The HOA is in the middle of evicting them, but the process has become hell for everyone involved.

So I’ll just sit back with my glass of Pinot Grigio, bathed in the soft, happy pineapple lights of the patio, and think how lucky we are to just have this quiet night to decompress from a long, crazy week.

Here’s a perfect video to match the mellow nature of this night. My favorite surf song of all time, performed by my favorite surf band of all time.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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