Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment! This week, I chose the following prompt: A memorable neighbor.

Interesting timing ... because the one neighbor I truly liked in my current neighborhood, and coincidentally he was my next door neighbor, passed away recently. His name was Mike, and he was in his early 60's. He had retired from some sort of government work about 3 years ago, and was basically living his dream ... being an usher for the Phillies.

The man loved baseball, and more than that, he loved his Phillies. Being an usher afforded him the opportunity to watch all of the home Phillies games in person. Sure, there were some games where he had to deal with unruly fans (usually, when the Mets were in town). And yeah, those double headers and rain delay games were killers. But man, did he love his baseball.

We would talk almost daily during the season about the Phillies ... what they needed to do, the bone-headed calls by the manager, and why Jimmy seemed to swing at every pitch. I'll miss those talks this year.

I'll also miss having a good neighbor who was always willing to help me with projects I undertook with the house. The man probably could've been a very successful "handy-man," because he knew a little bit about everything. Obviously, I'll miss that about him.

Most of all, I'll miss seeing him. He was a great man.


Steph said...

Sounds like a great guy! From my experience, good neighbors are hard to come by.

Red Velvet Confections said...

You were so fortunate to have had such a good neighbor.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are so lucky to have had a neighbour like that. Visiting from Mama Kat's