Posted by: thewoobdog | July 3, 2012

Who Does That?

The other day my sisters were up at our house and we had just pulled the corn off the grill and the veggies from the kitchen and put everything on the table except the meat that was getting ready to come off the grill. As TBear was getting ready to plate the meat, our neighbor walks up and starts chatting with him (this is our super-chatty neighbor who introduced himself to me the first time as “Toby your type-A neighbor” [name changed to preserve anonymity], and boy, is he).  My sisters and I were in the dining room watching the other food get cold and periodically yelling out, “Ok, everything’s on the table in here, ready for the meat!” to speed things along (trust me, this guy doesn’t grasp subtlety).  Eventually the neighbor walked back down to his house, TBear brought in the meat, and we salivated up, ready to eat… when we see the neighbor heading back up with a plate of uncooked hamburgers, which he proceeds to put on our grill… 

Who does that? I mean, really? (It’s amazing how often we ask ourselves this question relative to our neighbor…)

Edited to add: He’s a good guy, very helpful, very well meaning, but some of the social mores we kind of take for granted are completely absent from his worldview.  The good news is, he’s not afraid to laugh at himself and doesn’t take offense when we call him out on some of his eccentricities – plus, he provides endless amusement, if nothing else.



  1. I love this story so much.

    • Gotta love our neighbors… Seriously, ask Ariel or Erin about it sometime and watch the look on their faces – the wordless look that just screams “WHO DOES THAT?!”

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