Careful. We don't want to learn from this.*

Monday, September 11, 2006

"The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
Florence Nightingale

Our street is not very long. Yet, despite this fact, I would estimate that there are around 100 men, women, and children that live on it. The entire other side of the street consists of townhouses, filled mainly by low-income families. (Although you would never know it by the row of brand-new half-tons that sit along the curb. Oh, and the Harley. But that's beside the point.)

Now, considering that the two main employers in this town are the pulp mill and the regionl health centre, it's safe to say that there are a few people who live on our street that work shift-work. They probably hoard whatever sleep they can get.

Also, there are many families with young children on our street. So, even for those who do not work shift-work, I imagine that the pre-dawn hours, while the sun is still down and the children still in bed, are usually devoted to the land of Nod. (Especially if, like me, they were up until 1:30 a.m. preparing lesson plans for the week, etc.)

Despite all this, at the rosy hour of 5:30 a.m., a full hour before sunrise, some inconsiderate jerk started honking their horn repeatedly to gain the attention of whomever they were giving a ride to. We're not talking once, or even twice. This went on. And on.

Jason is far too nice sometimes. He said that he "seriously thought about going out and giving them a piece of his mind" after he got up to find out what was going on. Apparently, it was still too early and fuzzy to actually voice the thoughts that went through his head, and mine:

"What, have you never heard of a doorbell?!"

*Quote from Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson

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  1. I totally hear you on this one. So crazy and annoying!!!

    We have a neighbor that does this. Not on a rainy day or a wintry day or anything, but everytime. So rude. Grr.

  2. Oh, sweet Anne. How wonderful that I still have readers, even though I have been largely absentee from the blogosphere for nearly 2 weeks now. Hopefully life will be a little less crazy soon, and I can do some leisurely catching up with everyone.

    I hope all is well with you. And perhaps you should give your neighbour a piece of your mind!

  3. The doofus! I just don't get it. Were you able to get a few more winks?

  4. I think that it is annoying and disturbing no matter what time of day it is. Our next door neighbor's girlfriend does that at all hours. When it is early or late (which ever you prefer) I wake my hubby up and make him go tell her to knock it off. Our neighbor then comes over to apoligize to me when it is a decent hour.

  5. Colleen - Yes, thankfully. The boys let me sleep a few more hours.

    Sarah - Grr! is right. Some people just don't think at all. Either that, or they are totally selfish and just don't care!


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