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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

The sun is shining. The birds are singing. The roses are blooming. The leaves on the trees are dancing in the gentle breeze. The squirrels are chattering. The freight train - here it comes! The traffic noise up on the Pike is temporarily drowned out by the godawful deafening racket of that freight train. The house gently sways and the pictures are askew once again. (*sigh* A woman's work is never done!) Away it goes lumbering on up the track. Sweet silence - er - well, pretty close to silence anyway. Ahhhhhhhhhh...AAAARRGGHHH! For Godsakes it's an air raid siren. It's up on top of that pharmacy 1/10th of a mile up the Pike. What the devil? Not to worry, just calm down. It's loud - yes it is! It has to be loud so that the volunteer firemen know there's a fire and rush to the firehouse with their little blue lights flashing on the top of their cars. We know they have pagers now and there is no reason to blare those air raid sirens but they do it anyway. Sometimes those sirens will blast for 2 minutes straight before they get to the firehouse and turn them off. (real nice in the middle of the night, btw..) 'Eddy Machete' (we call him) is waving. He trimmed his lawn once with a machete. Nice guy - I mean really a nice guy. He would give you the shirt off of his back. Just don't mess with him - or anyone he likes. He likes me, thank goodness, and I genuinely like him too. Good neighbor leftist is wanting to hash over this Israel thing. Just don't go there. I'm behind Israel and I'm too on edge to have a nice debate about it. Jake and Petey are at it again - you can never let those two dogs out at the same time. They don't like each other. Period. There's a nasty little terrier across the street who makes it his business to tell everyone what to do. The girls and I call him 'Mussolini'. I never did like a terrier. Nasty, yappy, jumpy little dogs and they'll attack your ankles. There are 2 sets of twins on the block. One set are awesome, the other set are nasty. Stay away from those nasty twins, girls! The nasty twins will play in the middle of the street and not move if a car comes. They'll stand there with an attitude. I've taken to beeping the horn, putting on the gas and screaming that I'll run 'em over if they don't move their asses. They move for me. They aint in Southwest Philly anymore. We don't play that 'attitude in the middle of the street' thing here. People are moving out. The house values are up and people are taking advantage of it. The school district sucks. It was a great block for the little ones for many years. I always told Troll, 'It's not a good neighborhood for teenagers'. We're stuck for a couple of years. We'll make the best of it and there are many good neighbors left. A couple of new neighbors that moved in are very nice, too. People take care of their houses and yards. We'll keep the girls busy as we always have - involved in many activities away from the block. It's always nice to hang on the block, though, let the kids play while the parents chat. The neighborhood probably has a couple of good years left in it.


Blogger "Alice" said...

Thought I'd drip in and say hello. And yes, that's drip, as in dripping wet sitting up in our study, looking at other blogs in 90 something heat with God knows what the humidity is today. However, come winter when (and if) the rainy grey ucky weather comes, I'll wish for this drip, drip, drip from the heat instead of the rain.

Anyways, how ya doin' Monica? A couple of more weeks will find me blogging again (after my youngest leaves and I have absolutely nuthin to do with myself).

26 July, 2006 11:35  
Blogger Rastaman said...

Where is Mr. Rogers? You didn't say a word about Mr. Rogers.

26 July, 2006 15:59  
Blogger The Sparky said...

We don't know what we have until it's gone Monica, cherish it while you can! Many of us don't want the new changes to out neighbour-hoods. But our worsening environments will be better for some who come from even worst neighbours-hoods. We often forget that!

26 July, 2006 17:07  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Enjoyable story!! The nice thing about homeschooling is you aren't dependant on the neighborhood kids for your kids' friends.

26 July, 2006 23:56  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Alicenot - good to hear from you again and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Sorry it's so nasty hot there - hope that you can find a swimming hole to help you through those hot and humid days. We're hanging in there. I can't believe how fast this summer is going. The little ones DO keep you busy, don't they? How is her swimming going - is she still a little fish? Enjoy every moment of the rest of your visit together!

Mr. Rogers would probably be horrified at my neighborhood Rasta. I don't think he would like it here at all!

Sparky you make an interesting point. You are right that many families have moved in here from some terrible neighborhoods and I can only think that they want something better for their kids. It's a shame that some of them bring the problems of the old neighborhood with them. I guess they don't know anything else.

Amen to that, LMC! There are a lot of nice neighborhood kids of the same ages of the girls and for that we feel blessed. (most of the time...) However the girls really are involved in so many more activities than the publics. I think some of the parents believe that's all you have to do to help the kids be well-rounded - just send them off to school every day and that's it.

27 July, 2006 00:08  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Our town is slowly dying. There aren't enough "good" jobs to hold our young people here. Therefore, we're becoming a senior citizen community. :(
Most of our friends(and Z's) have left town looking for greener pastures.

27 July, 2006 18:01  
Blogger MonicaR said...

That has happened to many towns in PA as well, tshsmom. Some of them are coming back as 'bedroom communities' to the larger metropolitan areas. I lived in a little town called Phoenixville for a few years - - it was out past Valley Forge and I commuted into Philly everyday. Beautiful out there but the town really had gone downhill. It is now enjoying a comeback and is quite a hot locale for housing for the people wanting to commute.

27 July, 2006 20:45  
Blogger Gayle said...

You covered a lot in that little story: Urban decay, noise polution, irritating liberals, yappy dogs and bratty kids, and your stance regarding Israel - which is my stance too, of course.
Oh, and Machete Eddy, we musn't forget him! lol!

Sorry about your neighborhood, Monica. That's a real bummer. Makes me very glad I live in the country!

28 July, 2006 08:48  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Oh Gayle - we would L*O*V*E to live in the country.

28 July, 2006 23:21  
Blogger Rastaman said...

Well, I'll tell you what. I have a 5 acre place in So. Washington with a little creek, shared well, surrounded on 3 sides by woods and has a acre or two of uncleared woods at the back, a large barn, big chicken coop, and a big woodshed. The house is about 1300 sq. ft., 3 bd, 2 ba. 1986 Manf. home in good shape.
It's all very private and you can rent it for $600 a month. email me at westerner at islamanazi.com

I know, never happen. Just pointing out that these deals are out there if you really want to find one.

29 July, 2006 15:24  
Blogger Mike's America said...

It hit a solid 100 degrees F. here on Saturday. But I'll be bragging about the 70 degree days in January when you are skating on the sidewalk.

So enjoy your summer!

31 July, 2006 00:47  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Rasta - holy moly. That's a damn good deal. I wouldn't want to live in Washington State though. (Are there any good jobs close by?)

Mike - I love my winters. I get upset when Philly doesn't get a lot of snow. Last year sucked for a winter. We are dying of the heat here in PA too. I think it hit 100 today and projected to be 103 tomorrow. That doesn't take into account the humidity which stands at about 93%. It is NASTY here!!!

02 August, 2006 00:41  

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