Sorry for the minimalist posting last week, but between the house construction and the new puppy tearing my house and my cat apart, I was in serious need of a Calgon Moment to take me away.
Anyway, concerning the construction…..
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am in the process of having an in-ground pool put in my backyard. Now, for anyone out there who’s gone through this already, you KNOW how stressful it can be. Between dealing with the contractors, the builders, the town board, and a million other piss-ant groups who need a check from me before they’ll do their job, I’m ready to pull your hair out.
But that’s not why I’m posting today…. THAT was just me venting a bit.
No, my rage today has to deal with nosy fucking neighbors and how people need to mind their own damn business.
I’ll back up a bit….
I was in my backyard yesterday, cleaning up a bit, when who pops his head over his side of the fence but my neighbor.
Now, I don’t have a real issue with my neighbor. I mean, I’m not too happy with the fact that every 6 months or so he seems to think it’s JUST DANDY to have a Sunday night outdoor party until Midnight, because I guess people in HIS world don’t work on Monday….
But, he’s friendly enough. Our kids go to school together, and he generally minds his own business. That’s about all I really ask from people who live next to me. But, if I’ve said 200 words to him in my lifetime, I’d be surprised.
My new friend pops his head over the fence, and the following conversation takes place:
Neighbor: Hey, you’re getting a new pool?
Neighbor: How much did it cost you?
Did he REALLY just ask me that? I was SURE I had misheard him.
Stud: Excuse me?
Neighbor: How much did it cost? I bet at least $40,000!
At this point I went from friendly to pissed-off pretty much instantly. So, I quickly decided that I really didn’t need this nosy prick as a friend after all, and decided to act like a pompous ass just to irk him.
Stud: Yeah, I guess. A lot more than that once I put in my solar heating and landscaping! I really haven’t been paying too much attention to the cost……
Neighbor: So, you got a home equity loan?
The fucking BALLS on this guy!
Neighbor: Oh, you worked out a payment plan with the pool company?
Stud: Nope. I paid cash. I don’t like to have bills over my head.
And when I said it, I said it really obnoxiously, like how much money this was costing was the most insignificant thing in the world. Really. If someone spoke to ME with that kind of attitude, I’d probably punch the pompous ass in the nuts.
Neighbor: Really? Wow.
Stud: Yup. Great talking with you!
And with that, I walked back into my house with a happy-go-lucky, carefree spring in my step.
I can’t wait till he gets a new car so I can waltz over there and ask to see his checkbook to make sure he can afford it.