Monday, March 16, 2009

Blog: People Lived

Originally Posted July 5, 2008 on MySpace

~ Last night was the downtown Muncie fireworks show. I had a friend who was going to meet me there, so I decided to wait for her call at my favorite downtown watering hole. It was merely an excuse to go there --as if I needed one. I live right on the edge of the festivities' center. My bar is on the opposite edge. To walk there I pass a park, cross the river, and traverse the high school grounds. Bam! I'm there and If anything a little farther from the fireworks than where I started. I take this trip often, but today I saw something new.

~ Every front porch and side yard was occupied. I've lived in my home for 5 years. Most of these houses I've never seen a soul around. Yesterday they were a buzz of commotion. The porch swings were swinging. Bottles clanged as adults chatted. Kids shouted as they played in driveways. I saw a cornhole tournament. I smelled countless cookouts. Even the vacant lots had occupants. Clearly these people lived and worked here, but where did they come from? Better yet, where have they hid themselves until now?

~ Television. I'm sure they're watching TV or something similar. I'm sure they hold up in their hovels shunning the sun and its shine. I'm sure they're missing out on all this fun all the rest of the year. I'm not one to point fingers. I was heading to my home away from home, leaving the safety of one cave for that of another. For crying out loud, I'm blogging at this very moment. It's just kind of horrifying how unusual it felt to see my neighbors.

PS: The bar is actually a couple blocks from the School and it's really a pub. The kids could eat there if they wanted to.

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