Roderick on the Line

Ep. 282: "The Grand Slam"


01:00:00   coming in and now it has been in fact it

01:00:04   wasn't yesterday it was the day before

01:00:05   it has been 48 hours with not a single

01:00:08   Grand Slam or sign of life nor has the

01:00:11   dog barked it is back to silence silence

01:00:17   silence emptiness complete lack of

01:00:20   emotion does this bring us up to date

01:00:22   now and now the the entire reason I

01:00:25   started to bring this up was right

01:00:27   before you called I was sitting in my

01:00:29   chair looking out the window at the gas

01:00:32   powered leaf blower guy walking around

01:00:35   the driveway of the house in question

01:00:37   mm-hmm blowing dirt and leaves around

01:00:41   which is all those things do just

01:00:44   blowing it around and I was like oh

01:00:47   Merlin's gonna call and then I've got

01:00:49   this leaf blower guy house on your mind

01:00:51   and then the phone rang leaf blower guy

01:00:55   miraculously stuck turned his motor off

01:00:58   almost simultaneously with you and I was

01:01:01   I started to tell this story in to prep

01:01:04   you for the fact that there might be

01:01:06   gasping gone into this expecting to tell

01:01:10   me about this whole story no I was just

01:01:12   like look you got to be you got to be

01:01:14   ready for this there's this things have

01:01:16   changed around here and there's gonna be

01:01:18   some machine noise in the background but

01:01:21   he's gone the Sun is out there's no

01:01:25   rooster even I don't know what it's like

01:01:29   either we're either

01:01:31   everything's gone quiet because the

01:01:34   because they're feeling some

01:01:35   electromagnetic pulse and Mount Rainier

01:01:37   is about to explode or I don't know what

01:01:41   happened they everybody got raptured see

01:01:47   you have an answer I don't know what's

01:01:50   on your 3x5 car it's a startup

01:01:55   [Laughter]

01:01:55   [Laughter]

00:00:01   [Music]

00:00:06   oh hi John how's it going oh gosh oh

00:00:12   it's going well

00:00:14   although although got a little bit of a

00:00:17   situation here hmm

00:00:18   breaking news so you know over the last

00:00:23   year we saw first of all we saw Skeeter

00:00:26   died of cirrhosis of the liver and then

00:00:31   we lost Randy Randy man Randy is Randy

00:00:37   from across the street

00:00:39   really Randy who lives in his van down

00:00:41   by the river oh and then the house got

00:00:45   sold to the flippers mm-hmm and they

00:00:48   worked on it for a long time they spent

00:00:50   a lot of money on it it up check in with

00:00:53   you to make sure you were keeping an eye

00:00:54   on things

00:00:55   yep check checking in with me checking

00:00:57   in to spend a lot of money on it and

00:00:59   then for some reason couldn't quite they

00:01:03   expected to put it on the market and it

00:01:04   would just sell in an instant and I

00:01:05   think maybe part of it was that the

00:01:08   street appeal was somewhat the street

00:01:14   that I live on doesn't have a ton of

00:01:16   curb appeal okay

00:01:19   patrick living next to me works in the

00:01:22   underground sewer installation

00:01:26   department of a company that works with

00:01:29   the city he's got a he's got a working

00:01:31   man's truck out front and and he

00:01:34   sometimes I think his son-in-law wrecked

00:01:39   a car and so he brought it over to

00:01:42   Patrick's and he put it under a tarp

00:01:46   this is a neighborhood where people are

00:01:48   working they're doing stuff they're not

00:01:51   hiding anything under a bushel basket

00:01:52   nope I have a I have an RV it's actually

00:01:55   presently hidden under a bushel basket

00:01:57   but it's a huge basket the the guys that

00:02:02   live across the street

00:02:03   they have like a business on the side

00:02:05   where they're working on cars so

00:02:07   sometimes there are other people don't

00:02:08   like that now between 13 and 30 cars

00:02:10   over there okay

00:02:11   anyway they did a very nice job fixing

00:02:13   up this house and it didn't sell right

00:02:16   away but then it finally did sell and

00:02:20   flippers know well and I met the owners

00:02:23   on the day before Christmas Eve and they

00:02:32   were just a very delightful

00:02:35   african-american couple with two

00:02:37   children young children five and three

00:02:40   something like that

00:02:41   and most I mean was it Jamaica was that

00:02:43   her name Jamaica

00:02:45   then moved so this is a view for people

00:02:47   who have deep catalogue this is

00:02:48   jamaica's old house

00:02:49   this is jamaica's house and Jamaica

00:02:51   moved and I don't know where I haven't

00:02:52   heard from her since she the last time

00:02:55   Jamaican I talked she was asking me if I

00:02:58   would take Randy's van into my yard for

00:03:04   a couple of weeks while Randy got his

00:03:05   stuff figured out got the backdoor pilot

00:03:11   that's pretty bad yeah

00:03:13   did she decline I did yeah already got

00:03:18   this bushel basket over here I did well

00:03:20   I said I said and I we may have talked

00:03:24   about it at the time I said you cannot

00:03:28   we can't do this because this is not a

00:03:32   this is not an asset this van is not an

00:03:37   asset to you need to stop thinking about

00:03:43   it like it's his asset you know what I

00:03:45   mean like he's thinking for his door

00:03:47   monkey spa yeah and and of course the

00:03:52   man we're talking about is not named

00:03:53   Randy mm-hmm what is his name

00:03:58   Merlin I'm afraid that's okay I think

00:04:01   for purposes of this show will go with

00:04:02   Randy no but what what is his actual

00:04:05   name it's not Jesse Randy is the name of

00:04:10   the restaurant down at the bottom of the

00:04:11   hill Oh easy easy

00:04:14   I know this people yeah yeah it is not

00:04:19   Skeeter

00:04:19   it's not Skeeter it's not Skeeter it's

00:04:22   not

00:04:23   it's a name like this oh boy what is his

00:04:26   name I just bring that on me like that

00:04:27   I don't know well I'm just sitting here

00:04:29   thinking like it sounds like it should

00:04:31   be Randy but it's not Randy this is like

00:04:33   he'd be yelling it is at his youngest

00:04:36   Luke phone you know who it is

00:04:38   no I know they know yeah people are

00:04:41   screaming at us right now

00:04:42   it's not Randy it's um Jesse Pinkman is

00:04:48   the guy from Breaking Bad right right

00:04:51   it's not him

00:04:52   no it's it's gonna be one for the hall

00:04:56   of fame why did I say no idea it'll come

00:05:01   to us yes yes

00:05:05   anyway it's not an asset it's not an

00:05:08   asset this thing and he thinks it's like

00:05:10   a piece of material that he thinks this

00:05:13   is where his retirement is in this van

00:05:17   and it's garbage it's like it needs to

00:05:20   go to the crusher it's not restorable

00:05:22   and I'm somebody who has some experience

00:05:24   buying and trying to restore this thank

00:05:26   you I mean apart from forgetting his

00:05:29   name I think you're really missing the

00:05:30   elephant in the room which is that I've

00:05:33   given you advice before unsolicited

00:05:35   advice that whenever you're thinking

00:05:36   about a decision that involves a

00:05:38   relationship with another person it's

00:05:40   just what I ask do I want much more of

00:05:41   this relationship or much less of this

00:05:43   relationship right just abstract this

00:05:46   idea and in this instance the idea of

00:05:49   taking his asset unto your property is

00:05:53   gonna give you a lot more interaction

00:05:54   with the artist formerly known as Randy

00:05:56   I do not want that no I hear in his

00:05:59   calls no it's nothing there right oh

00:06:02   it's the fits I mean they're there it's

00:06:06   not salvageable like as a piece of metal

00:06:09   like there's nothing in it the it's rust

00:06:11   it's rusted it's completely rusted he

00:06:14   like it's like it's like full of rats

00:06:16   it's like not a it's it's not just that

00:06:19   it's not a nice truck it's like not like

00:06:22   you it's it's tetanus it's ten anyway so

00:06:26   this young couple buys the house we have

00:06:29   a we have an extremely pleasant exchange

00:06:31   on the street I'm like you guys are

00:06:33   moving in on Christmas Eve

00:06:36   and they kind of were like yeah like

00:06:39   that what we need with two kids that was

00:06:41   no big deal and I was like wow that

00:06:43   seems like a really big deal move into a

00:06:46   new house on Christmas heat but at the

00:06:47   same time how amazing you get to spend

00:06:49   your first you know like first Christmas

00:06:52   in the new house that's for adventure

00:06:54   this do yeah and I was like this is

00:06:56   gonna be fun we're gonna have a fun time

00:06:57   she said that she was a long time

00:06:59   satellite he was from Brooklyn and we

00:07:04   were gonna get along famously and the

00:07:07   thing is I was leaving for Christmas we

00:07:09   we spent Christmas up at a little house

00:07:11   in the snow and so I was like you know

00:07:14   well I'll get together welcome-wagon

00:07:17   when I get back and then in January I

00:07:22   traveled a lot February I traveled a lot

00:07:25   and I didn't see them right I didn't

00:07:27   bump into them on the street very often

00:07:28   every once in a while there would be the

00:07:30   car would pull up they drove like nice

00:07:33   cars nice SUV style new ones you know

00:07:37   like you know somebody drives up in a

00:07:39   SUV and it's like pearlescent Wow nice I

00:07:43   don't even know what brand it is they

00:07:44   all look the same

00:07:45   it's a little class version of having

00:07:46   fancy nails you know saying yeah yeah

00:07:49   it's like I'm not gonna be digging with

00:07:51   my hands anytime soon yeah this thing is

00:07:55   full-time four-wheel drive and I'll

00:07:56   never drive off of the road

00:07:59   but then after a while and then there

00:08:01   were there were a couple of Sundays

00:08:03   where like Sunday evening I would come

00:08:06   home and there would be cars parked all

00:08:08   on the street and in our neighborhood

00:08:11   there are no sidewalks it feels kind of

00:08:14   country out here and so the areas in

00:08:17   front of people's houses bye-bye

00:08:21   accepted convention in the neighborhood

00:08:23   those areas sort of belong to the house

00:08:26   if you're gonna park your car on the

00:08:29   street you're gonna park it in your area

00:08:33   and not bleed over into somebody else

00:08:36   right that's somebody else's shoulder

00:08:37   yeah and it's not like if there were

00:08:39   sidewalks right then you just park your

00:08:41   car on the sidewalk and you park your

00:08:43   car in a parking spot and they don't

00:08:45   belong to people but yeah you know like

00:08:47   the gravel in front of my house is

00:08:50   an extension of my yard that's how we

00:08:52   all art everywhere the neighbor that's

00:08:54   right over here that's next to me on the

00:08:56   other side they will drink they'll bring

00:08:58   the front bumper of their car right up

00:09:00   to the fence line but they would never

00:09:03   go two inches with their bumper over

00:09:05   that fence line ain't it's not yeah I

00:09:07   know anyway I would come home on Sunday

00:09:09   and there would be a bunch of cars like

00:09:10   parked on my side of the street in front

00:09:12   of my house where I park mm-hmm and so

00:09:15   there was no place for me to park I was

00:09:17   like whoa but I talked to my mom about

00:09:19   it I was like what do I do in this

00:09:21   situation she said these are public

00:09:23   roads if you go over and ask them not to

00:09:26   park in front of your house you are a

00:09:28   very bad person debating that really I

00:09:31   was like all right all right I said but

00:09:33   what about social convention and she was

00:09:34   like these are the public roads you do

00:09:37   not mess with the public roads I know

00:09:39   better than to disagree with your mom

00:09:40   but uh let's say sure about her police

00:09:42   work there I think this is a culture

00:09:44   this is you know we're living in a

00:09:45   society that's what I thought too but

00:09:47   you know as you say you don't you don't

00:09:50   you know you go against mom and then

00:09:53   you'll live to regret it

00:09:54   anyway I didn't say anything couple of

00:09:56   Sundays went by I was like whatever no

00:09:58   problem it's a temporary thing but it

00:10:00   did make me feel like oh they're Church

00:10:03   people they're having events on Sunday

00:10:06   evening after Journal I see where

00:10:10   they're inviting people over and so it's

00:10:12   gonna be it's gonna be even harder to

00:10:15   kind of go into this situation and be

00:10:17   like hi I know that you're having like a

00:10:20   church event but don't park in front of

00:10:22   my house mm-hmm

00:10:23   couldn't do it you know it's just like

00:10:25   this is just we're just we're learning

00:10:27   about each other but then it got real

00:10:30   quiet over there and I and by the time

00:10:33   the end of February rolled around it had

00:10:36   become curious I've never seen or heard

00:10:39   the kids well it's just been clear now

00:10:42   no more pearlescent SUV coming to going

00:10:44   well they have a garage with the door

00:10:47   that opens and closes and I could always

00:10:50   tell when Jamaica was here and randy

00:10:55   paul paulie i can always tell when they

00:10:58   were there because the garage was full

00:11:00   of garbage so they couldn't park inside

00:11:02   so the car was easy

00:11:03   there or not but now they could be

00:11:06   parking inside they could it's a two-car

00:11:08   garage they could it be all inside but

00:11:11   you know I'm out at all hours I come and

00:11:13   go I never saw them come and go so I was

00:11:16   like it's interesting that they're very

00:11:18   quiet and I don't mind a quiet neighbor

00:11:20   mm-hmm better than karaoke and I'm

00:11:22   saying yeah but but you know the house

00:11:27   is very neatly kept it was it was put

00:11:30   into neat neat zone in order to sell and

00:11:34   it still looks like it's a house for

00:11:35   sale you know the yard is very kept it's

00:11:38   very neat well about two three weeks ago

00:11:47   all of a sudden cars were coming and

00:11:50   going from the house and it was a

00:11:53   situation where I just generally rough

00:11:55   you just be clear so you have or have

00:11:57   not seen kids playing in the yard or

00:11:59   being kids

00:12:00   none have not heard of finger you know I

00:12:03   fit in my house I listen to what's going

00:12:05   on on the street if I was a sibling and

00:12:07   lived in a big free-standing

00:12:08   single-family house I'd be out playing

00:12:10   you'd be out playing he'd be hitting

00:12:12   stuff with a stick even though it's the

00:12:14   winter but if you come in the car and

00:12:18   you get out on the way between the car

00:12:20   and the house as you know from having a

00:12:22   kid even that closing that that 20 yards

00:12:27   from the under under under 10 yeah there

00:12:30   won't silence any bikes you don't see

00:12:32   any big wheels frisbees skateboards

00:12:36   scooters not only do I not but I have

00:12:38   never heard someone go mom that's not a

00:12:41   single time okay this is you got me I'm

00:12:43   hooked so I'm like what's going on over

00:12:46   there now I'm peeking through the blinds

00:12:49   every once a while but I'm but it's the

00:12:50   it's like opposite day I'm peeking

00:12:52   through the blinds at nothing nothing's

00:12:55   happening but then I'm sitting in the

00:12:58   I'm sitting in the living room and I

00:13:00   start hearing the tell-tale signs of

00:13:03   people coming and going which are you

00:13:06   here some you know faint music playing

00:13:09   as a car drives up the sits there with

00:13:12   the motor running for a minute

00:13:13   turns off and then a door slams as

00:13:16   somebody gets out of the

00:13:17   and that's not you know that's not

00:13:19   unusual like I say that the people next

00:13:21   door to them they have between 13 and 30

00:13:23   cars so he's here door slamming sure but

00:13:27   but I started to hear these events where

00:13:30   car would pull up and I would hear this

00:13:34   slam slam slam slam slam slam slam slam

00:13:41   slam slam that's that sounds like a mob

00:13:45   that sounds like the Mafia to me yes

00:13:48   just unsound and I heard nine door slams

00:13:52   I would assume that's a bunch of guys

00:13:53   getting out of mob cars and and that's

00:13:56   what it that's what I felt - and so I

00:13:59   did what what you do when you are

00:14:01   somebody like me who takes an interest

00:14:03   in other people sure I would get up and

00:14:06   I would go look out and say who's your

00:14:08   social creature that's right and what

00:14:11   was happening was there were three cars

00:14:13   that were arriving all at the same time

00:14:14   and there were between nine and thirteen

00:14:24   white kids in their early 20s who all

00:14:29   were pretty clean-cut

00:14:33   you know like fresh-faced hmm and they

00:14:37   we're all getting at they were arriving

00:14:39   at the same time all getting out of the

00:14:40   car at the same time obviously from the

00:14:43   obviously from the multiple slams the

00:14:48   grand slam as I like to call it yeah and

00:14:51   then they were going in through the gate

00:14:53   not in through the front door but in

00:14:55   through the gate into the backyard okay

00:14:57   okay I think it's a sports team or

00:15:00   missionaries well so I immediately think

00:15:03   missionaries okay because what are you

00:15:05   so you got a young african-american

00:15:06   family that has already established that

00:15:08   sometimes they have Sunday evening

00:15:10   events and then you have a bunch of

00:15:13   teenage fresh fresh-faced college-age

00:15:19   people who are coming and going as a

00:15:21   group I'm thinking this guy is a pastor

00:15:25   he's got a youth group of some kind

00:15:27   there

00:15:28   learning the trade they're here for like

00:15:31   youth these are like the leaders the

00:15:34   elders of their youth groups or whatever

00:15:36   they're getting some extra like Deacons

00:15:39   in training yeah oh I should mention at

00:15:43   some point on the fence facing the front

00:15:48   next to the garage appeared a sign that

00:15:53   was the kind of sign that you would get

00:15:54   at Target that said like this is Janet's

00:15:57   room keep out that's made to look like a

00:16:01   street sign right that they could say

00:16:04   keep calm and carry on or it could say

00:16:06   like Volkswagen bug parking I'm looking

00:16:09   for world's greatest people right for

00:16:11   world's greatest people but it is shaped

00:16:13   like us like a city sign looks like one

00:16:16   and it said what does it say it's not

00:16:21   visitor parking only it's something like

00:16:24   parking for guests only it's it's uh

00:16:28   it's worded strangely what it's like the

00:16:31   kind of wording it doesn't like a city

00:16:33   sign would say you know visitor parking

00:16:37   only something simple but this is like

00:16:38   parking for guests only it's like

00:16:41   something you would find in the front of

00:16:42   the Royal Hawaiian hotel this is

00:16:44   tickling my zoning phone and it felt a

00:16:48   little bit like oh this is the this is

00:16:51   the first expression of the family's

00:16:54   like personality that they've put in the

00:16:58   house they didn't put a little statue of

00:17:00   or then put two two white lions on

00:17:03   either side of the driveway like you see

00:17:04   in my neighborhood a lot they didn't put

00:17:06   a Buddha next to the front door they

00:17:08   didn't put a like a little wind chime

00:17:10   they put this like parking for guests

00:17:13   only sign on the fence and and it's

00:17:16   charming but but now I'm starting now so

00:17:20   they are thinking about parking well

00:17:22   yeah oh and that's the other thing I was

00:17:24   like oh okay well I mean interesting

00:17:25   interesting oh you're knocking we're not

00:17:28   gonna put fourteen Lexuses in there

00:17:29   fourteen Lex I that's high anyway so so

00:17:33   I was here in the Grand Slam a lot Grand

00:17:38   Slam in the morning Grand Slam at noon

00:17:40   Grand Slam in the other one occasion

00:17:42   Grand Slam at night from this one's

00:17:44   coming in like white people coming in

00:17:45   coming and going okay

00:17:47   Grand Slam at 11:30 at night 11:30 at

00:17:50   night such that every time I heard a

00:17:53   Grand Slam which again is organized is

00:17:58   something very organized happening

00:18:00   coming and going so and every time I

00:18:02   would look out it's not let's just be

00:18:04   clear here just cuz my mind I have no

00:18:06   idea what this is going if it was a

00:18:07   social occasion where you're gonna have

00:18:09   some potato salad people would become in

00:18:10   a different time some people would be

00:18:12   late their kids would be screaming this

00:18:13   is a heterogeneous group of people

00:18:15   arriving all at the same time and

00:18:17   immediately doing a Grand Slam and then

00:18:19   heading back through the gate heading

00:18:21   back through the gate not going in

00:18:23   through the front door okay so I do a

00:18:28   little bit I went over and I looked at

00:18:37   the cars one of the cars so there's a

00:18:41   like 2010 okay 2010 4runner okay all

00:18:51   right got it with Montana plate Montana

00:18:54   you say and one sticker which is of a

00:19:02   blue whale with no other writing on it

00:19:07   is it the company they make sportswear

00:19:09   nope it's just a blue whale talking with

00:19:12   the blue was a whale my daughter likes

00:19:14   their sportswear

00:19:15   no this is a different this is like the

00:19:17   type of blue whale that you would get at

00:19:19   an aquarium it's not adorable no it's

00:19:21   not cute it is a this is a very similar

00:19:24   to dwell okay but it doesn't say like

00:19:28   Rhode Island aquarium okay there's

00:19:30   nothing just a blue whale okay and

00:19:33   Montana plates no other no that's Big

00:19:37   Sky Country that's Big Sky Country

00:19:39   oh no and one other things there is a

00:19:42   little sticker on the bottom corner of

00:19:45   the window that I later decipher as a

00:19:48   parking sticker for a Boise State

00:19:52   College in

00:19:54   in Boise Idaho yeah Montana Montana

00:19:58   Idaho 4runner

00:20:00   guess parking only the second car is

00:20:05   what I would guesstimate to be like a

00:20:08   2009 Infiniti with Washington plates and

00:20:14   no other sign no stickers no other sign

00:20:18   of life like if you look in the windows

00:20:20   it's just like grandma's car nothing no

00:20:22   one PR sticker no NPR the parking pass

00:20:25   no sticker that says like Christian

00:20:28   Leadership Conference no sticker that

00:20:30   says you know coexist no like no fish no

00:20:36   Darwin fish no fish eating a fish

00:20:38   nothing and then the third car which

00:20:42   always parks in the this parking for

00:20:46   guests only spot because the other two

00:20:49   cars park on the street they just park

00:20:51   on the park what I would consider

00:20:53   correctly like on the dirt in front of

00:20:56   that house okay but the one that always

00:20:58   parks in the slot is a brand new car

00:21:04   with temporary license plates okay

00:21:07   temporary Washington plates that have

00:21:10   expired

00:21:11   what so temporary the leader yeah I know

00:21:16   but but the plates are ten days got a

00:21:18   nice new car they recently either

00:21:20   recently moved the area recently bought

00:21:22   a car in the area they have not gotten

00:21:25   their permanent plates right but they

00:21:28   have let it lapse and they park in the

00:21:30   place of honor yep

00:21:32   so now I am now I'm prepared to the next

00:21:38   time I see the kids I'm gonna say like

00:21:40   hey hi I'm your neighbor what's up what

00:21:46   you guys did you know what you no no but

00:21:50   I am never in the in the week that I'm

00:21:55   trying to put myself into like this

00:21:59   situation I'm never able to get the get

00:22:03   to them between hearing the grand slam

00:22:06   and them all disappearing behind the

00:22:08   game

00:22:08   very efficient I just point of

00:22:09   information so just took just to cross a

00:22:12   tee here if I'm understand this

00:22:14   correctly Grand Slam Grand Slam Grand

00:22:17   Slam over a period of days but still no

00:22:19   sign of the african-american family at

00:22:21   all okay this okay yep okay kids never

00:22:26   hear a kid no kids oh okay okay we're

00:22:30   here a darn thing these these these

00:22:33   presumptive missionaries whoever this is

00:22:35   they seem to be kind of running the

00:22:36   place

00:22:37   well except they never go in the front

00:22:38   don't they don't go in the front door

00:22:39   and when you look at the house at night

00:22:43   none of the lights are on oh this is

00:22:46   such a good mystery John you're so good

00:22:48   at this

00:22:48   I remember when it was being fixed up by

00:22:52   the flippers by fuller dan and I do

00:22:54   remember his name was Dan I toured the

00:22:58   house many times and what he did was he

00:23:00   turned the downstairs which had been a

00:23:02   kind of slap a - mother-in-law

00:23:05   he turned the downstairs into a proper

00:23:08   you could even call it a three-bedroom

00:23:11   apartment although the zoning would not

00:23:13   allow you to describe it as that but it

00:23:15   definitely there were but if you wanted

00:23:17   to have a relative come and live with

00:23:19   you they could be there very comfortably

00:23:20   very comfortably there there was a nice

00:23:22   nice big living room he put a full bath

00:23:27   down there there there was a nice

00:23:31   staircase up to the main house and it

00:23:34   had three I mean one room that qualified

00:23:37   as a large legal bedroom and then an

00:23:40   office and then a bedroom that was you

00:23:43   know like you could have three people

00:23:45   living down there for sure means of

00:23:50   egress entrance it doesn't have its own

00:23:52   entrance okay okay

00:23:56   dan was thinking ahead he was he was and

00:24:00   and there were a couple of people that

00:24:01   came to look at the house during the

00:24:03   period when it was for sale that were

00:24:06   like yeah we're thing about having my

00:24:07   mother live in the basement and I'm like

00:24:09   that's a great idea it's a great house

00:24:10   you should buy it the the the young

00:24:18   family that did buy it did not show any

00:24:20   signs of having a mother

00:24:22   in law plan but they were like you know

00:24:25   they were affluent young family with two

00:24:27   kids I assumed that they would fill up

00:24:29   that house with with toys and excitement

00:24:31   ask a question yeah go ahead

00:24:33   I might have missed this how did you

00:24:39   establish that the initial

00:24:41   african-american family were the owners

00:24:43   of the house in the long first

00:24:47   conversation so you did you did talk

00:24:49   about this and they were they were the

00:24:52   people who bought the house in your

00:24:53   estimation yeah well they drove they

00:24:55   drove up I was standing out I think I

00:24:57   was even packing my car to go to the

00:24:59   mountains and those I'm sorry Christmas

00:25:02   yes yes yes and they drive up and I'm

00:25:04   like hello I march over hello and

00:25:06   they're like hello okay and I said are

00:25:08   you the new owners and they're like we

00:25:11   are we just closed and I'm like it's

00:25:13   okay yes I'm sorry you didn't establish

00:25:16   this so but at that point you've

00:25:18   imprinted on this idea that this is the

00:25:20   nuclear family that's gonna live in

00:25:22   flippered Ann's old house that's right

00:25:23   and they are gonna be they're gonna have

00:25:26   kids that come over and play with my

00:25:27   daughter pushing a hoop around with a

00:25:29   stick lemonade stand and they are part

00:25:31   of the kind of gentrification that I've

00:25:34   been waiting for in the neighborhood

00:25:36   which is that because this neighborhood

00:25:39   is the most diverse ZIP code in America

00:25:42   we we here in this neighborhood want to

00:25:46   keep that true we do not want to see

00:25:48   what's happened in the rest of Seattle

00:25:50   happen here which is that there is

00:25:52   displacement we want instead for the

00:25:55   standard of living to rise while Maine

00:25:58   whilst maintaining a diverse community

00:26:00   so they were like decidedly a

00:26:03   middle-class family that was going to

00:26:05   like increase the tax base so the

00:26:08   schools are better you know while at the

00:26:10   same time like not changing the fact

00:26:13   that I'm the only white person in my

00:26:14   neighborhood right they need you they

00:26:17   need me I'm the anchor baby in the

00:26:24   neighborhood anyway so I keep putting

00:26:26   myself in situations where I'm trying to

00:26:29   anticipate

00:26:31   when this Grand Slam of of white

00:26:34   Millennials is going to show up and move

00:26:37   as a group really fast through what is

00:26:40   just one fence gate like I don't know

00:26:42   how they do it frankly and there was one

00:26:45   time when I was driving up as they

00:26:47   arrived and I was like here's my chance

00:26:49   and I put the car in park I opened the

00:26:52   door and they they were moving so fast

00:26:56   and I got out and kind of was like uh

00:26:58   and they they reflexively like looked

00:27:02   down and away from me in a way

00:27:05   suggesting that they were young people

00:27:08   who did not ever want to look at an

00:27:10   adult or beat yes not engaged with the

00:27:13   olds not engaged nobody was like hi or

00:27:15   anything they were just like get us out

00:27:17   of here okay so there's a third wrinkle

00:27:20   Oh God which is that the Mexican family

00:27:26   that lives on the corner that has

00:27:27   between 13 and 30 cars for the last

00:27:30   several years has had a rooster now they

00:27:34   have chickens and the chickens are

00:27:36   running around the neighborhood and

00:27:37   everybody thinks that's charming but

00:27:38   they had a rooster which is technically

00:27:40   against Seattle City regulations

00:27:43   interesting you're not supposed to have

00:27:45   a rooster because roosters are a pain in

00:27:47   the ass season ye yeah right even out in

00:27:50   the fucking farms roosters are a pain in

00:27:51   the ass but in a city what does it

00:27:53   rooster do Hawaii if they warned me

00:27:55   about the roosters there they got there

00:27:58   on their own timetable and this rooster

00:28:04   is a fucking dumbass like they all are

00:28:05   and it's a very very very first inkling

00:28:09   of light he's and he does it all morning

00:28:15   and then all day he's just fucking

00:28:16   cockadoodle doodling all the time talk

00:28:19   of the walk and somebody said to me like

00:28:21   well you know with in Mexican culture a

00:28:23   rooster is a very important character he

00:28:26   plays a B plays a role within like

00:28:29   culturally within the whole sort of

00:28:32   pantheon like a rooster as a he's a guy

00:28:35   right just explaining it's a rooster guy

00:28:37   mm-hmm and I'm like all right okay keep

00:28:40   keep a rooster around like you know like

00:28:42   like I guess I guess the

00:28:45   neighborhood jaundice I'm gonna claim

00:28:48   the Ravens and the raccoons huh

00:28:51   you've got your rooster visit earlier

00:28:53   yeah that's right and somebody's gonna

00:28:55   want the possum it's not me somebody

00:28:57   somebody wants something no thought

00:28:58   can't have that we all get the rats the

00:29:00   cancer around for us all but the Ravens

00:29:02   the Ravens ER and I have an

00:29:04   understanding so I was fine with the

00:29:07   rooster I mean I wasn't like thrilled

00:29:09   about it but I'm not somebody that's

00:29:10   gonna pick up the phone and be like the

00:29:12   motorcycle he's coming again what's the

00:29:14   matter sico you used to it that's right

00:29:15   there's a rooster and he wakes me up in

00:29:17   the morning and whatever okay so yeah

00:29:19   rooster but but they also at some point

00:29:23   along the way I cannot remember exactly

00:29:28   when bought a dog which they keep pinned

00:29:32   in a pen at the far end of their

00:29:36   property which is pretty far from the

00:29:40   house but very close to the house that

00:29:46   I'm describing Oh flip the flipper dance

00:29:49   all place good and close to this newly

00:29:52   refurbished home

00:29:53   yeah the pen oh that's a nuisance John

00:29:56   right on the other side of the fence I

00:29:59   didn't sign this and if you took a tape

00:30:02   measure the pen of the dog is actually

00:30:04   probably closer to my bedroom window

00:30:06   than it is to any window of the house to

00:30:11   which the dog belongs now the dog I've

00:30:17   been conscious of the dog for a long

00:30:19   time because the dog every once while

00:30:20   goes row row row

00:30:24   sounds like a dog and I'm lay all right

00:30:29   okay I smelled something on the wind

00:30:32   there's another dog somewhere in this

00:30:34   neighborhood that everyone swallows and

00:30:38   then this dog goes okay that happens a

00:30:47   few times a day and I go that's just how

00:30:51   it is it's just like then the resource

00:30:53   and there used to be a dog down the road

00:30:56   that was just all day long

00:30:58   no see now that's that's and I remember

00:31:02   my place when there used to be the dog

00:31:04   upstairs oh that dog remembered remember

00:31:06   Linus that Linus would attack you with

00:31:08   my sweet a sweet little dog but they

00:31:10   keep him in a kennel literally right

00:31:13   over my head where I worked all day and

00:31:15   he would do this in terms of eight feet

00:31:29   from my ear was a dog all day and

00:31:31   that'll make a person a little bit crazy

00:31:33   after a while and they were gone during

00:31:34   the day oh gosh yeah that's why - have

00:31:36   sweet little - that's why he was in his

00:31:37   little in his little kennel is low

00:31:40   bastard here you go sweetie here's some

00:31:47   cookie dough with some Martha some like

00:31:49   a diet dies a pram in it or whatever

00:31:51   like I would resort to screaming three

00:31:54   times a day well so okay got a lot of

00:32:00   pieces on the board here yeah

00:32:02   this dog this rooster this situation

00:32:04   over here never was a problem for me the

00:32:06   the family that lives there is an

00:32:08   extended family by which I means there's

00:32:10   a family with the automobiles yeah but

00:32:12   in the 13 and 30 cars there are also

00:32:14   between 3 and 5 families living in the

00:32:18   house it's a big house

00:32:21   and there are a lot of daughters there

00:32:23   are by my estimation at least one

00:32:28   quinceanera a year for the last eight

00:32:31   years okay bueno

00:32:32   so I don't know how I don't know how you

00:32:34   do that I don't know how you keep the

00:32:36   quinceanera factory spinning like that

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00:35:11   this I mean like like the like when I go

00:35:13   in next door and people are like oh

00:35:14   there's people coming ask you on my

00:35:15   packages part of that is there's just

00:35:17   not much activity there's not much come

00:35:18   and go there's not much like I think I

00:35:20   think people are a little bit more

00:35:21   respectful of a neighborhood where

00:35:23   there's stuff going on it's a

00:35:24   neighborhood stuff is happening it's a

00:35:26   nice place to live except fetid misters

00:35:27   in the morning the girls are always

00:35:29   going to school in a big gaggle and in

00:35:31   the end then they come home in the

00:35:33   afternoon and there are moms around and

00:35:35   that's nice cars coming and going and

00:35:36   they and everybody and it you know what

00:35:38   it is it's a situation where everybody

00:35:39   tips their hat over there if you walk by

00:35:42   if you drive by I love that John get a

00:35:44   little hat tip and you give a little hat

00:35:45   tip give a little get a little give a

00:35:47   little get a little so it just feels

00:35:49   like exactly the right kind of like

00:35:51   issue cover this on your the program a

00:35:52   lot of people don't know how to do how

00:35:53   delicate anymore I know right it's a

00:35:56   thing that's a thing that you could find

00:35:58   out by listening to Omnibus with Ken

00:36:00   Jennings regularly-scheduled predicted

00:36:05   to get anyway so the grand slams what

00:36:09   I'm realizing is that the Grand Slam

00:36:11   comes in goes through the back gate goes

00:36:13   around the back into the back door but

00:36:15   then I think is sitting around on the

00:36:19   back porch of the house in a way that I

00:36:22   cannot see but that the Pend dog right

00:36:26   on the other side of the fence is very

00:36:28   aware of Oh interesting

00:36:30   so starting that becomes like a little

00:36:33   mirror that lets you look around the

00:36:35   corner yes and the way he mirrors it is

00:36:39   [Music]

00:36:44   okay from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. p.m. 10:00

00:36:52   p.m. to 2 a.m. no that's no good

00:36:54   and so you if you ask todd todd todd

00:36:59   sleep bro he would tell you he did not

00:37:00   want that

00:37:01   no no he's mad I'm mad and the thing is

00:37:04   for a few days I don't make the

00:37:08   connection I'm like what the fuck is

00:37:10   going on around here like all of a

00:37:12   sudden this dogs that I has been there

00:37:16   for maybe between 1 and 11 years I don't

00:37:20   know but now I'm conscious of this dog

00:37:22   barking all night this isn't how things

00:37:24   go around here

00:37:25   and there's the fucking kids across the

00:37:27   street and where's the family that I

00:37:29   thought I was gonna be friends with and

00:37:30   what the hell is going on around here

00:37:32   and I and I actually got

00:37:37   this is what it call this one is locked

00:37:39   room mysteries what's a call trapped

00:37:40   room Baumbach box it's an Asian American

00:37:46   finger trap finger trap how did you even

00:37:48   get in this situation you wake up one

00:37:50   day all this others fucking roosters and

00:37:51   kids in Harrison barking dogs yeah and

00:37:54   some kind of a cult is a cult I thought

00:37:56   we were I thought it was stability we

00:37:58   were getting when when Jamaica and hand

00:38:01   and with a little Randy no little Randy

00:38:05   went away oh my god I'm spent

00:38:21   Oh Larry and he's such a garyun so not a

00:38:27   Randy I don't know just know Gary's and

00:38:29   Randy's are very related they're usually

00:38:31   assistant managers at restaurants they

00:38:33   are it's true and the thing is that

00:38:35   Randy is the is the stereotype name that

00:38:38   we give to Gary's yeah manager a stepdad

00:38:42   that's really okay this is how long so

00:38:47   the your initial first contact was

00:38:50   around in the Christmas holiday period

00:38:51   you know where are we up to at this

00:38:53   point in the story so so then January it

00:38:56   just seemed like oh they're real quiet

00:38:58   stipulated January and February you're

00:39:00   on the road a lot

00:39:01   I'm touring alone gathering as much

00:39:03   string you know as many things together

00:39:05   and what and it made it plausible that

00:39:08   like oh I don't see these two because

00:39:10   I'm gone they're on a regular schedule

00:39:12   and it's winter three reasons why you

00:39:15   might not see people on Sundays every

00:39:18   once while I come home and there's this

00:39:19   traffic jam but I'm also gone along to a

00:39:22   lot of the Sundays so those traffic jams

00:39:25   could be happening every Sunday and I'm

00:39:27   just not there okay or it could be rarer

00:39:31   than that but I if you don't notice you

00:39:34   don't notice the things you don't see

00:39:35   and you don't notice the things you

00:39:37   don't notice right this is what it's

00:39:39   like a cognitive bias but but King Midas

00:39:41   in Reverse you're once you start

00:39:43   noticing you know what you start really

00:39:45   noticing but if you're not noticing you

00:39:46   can't notice because you don't notice

00:39:48   but then once you notice

00:39:49   you're starting to put the string

00:39:50   together is what I'm saying all I'm

00:39:52   noticing up until about the end of

00:39:55   February is I still haven't gotten to

00:39:58   know my new neighbors but I'm sure when

00:40:00   the Sun comes out yeah they're in the

00:40:03   yard and I'm in the yard we're gonna get

00:40:05   a house in a neighborhood you're buying

00:40:07   a family house for a family in a

00:40:09   neighborhood I'm not seeing everybody

00:40:11   but most Americans in that situation you

00:40:14   want to at least like wave to your

00:40:15   neighbors that's pretty normal like hey

00:40:17   you know everything's good hi

00:40:18   like that's just such a normal thing for

00:40:19   somebody new in the neighborhood I think

00:40:21   well and the thing is I'm not seeing

00:40:23   them even to wave at them it's not like

00:40:25   they're being unfriendly right I'm just

00:40:26   not even seen okay and I understand you

00:40:29   know I'm missing a tooth right now sure

00:40:31   how's your hair looks pretty good I was

00:40:35   looking at your Instagram that's a

00:40:36   little bit too short I mean it just

00:40:38   seems like if you did have the option of

00:40:41   driving up to your house pushing a

00:40:43   button the garage door goes up you go in

00:40:45   and the garage door goes closed if I'm

00:40:47   standing there you know with like a

00:40:49   pitchfork in one hand and like a

00:40:51   Romanian flag in the other understand

00:40:57   why you would go straight in okay that's

00:40:58   what that's not happening now it's only

00:41:02   in the it's only in March now that that

00:41:08   all of this starts to happen all at once

00:41:10   the kids the door the grand slam the dog

00:41:14   the and and that's all causing me to

00:41:16   realize wait I have not seen my

00:41:18   neighbors in a long time yeah and it got

00:41:23   so bad that I got up got dressed and

00:41:26   went out and down the block prepared to

00:41:32   ring the doorbell at the Mexicans house

00:41:35   to say what's going on let's talk about

00:41:40   this dog we've been friends for a long

00:41:41   time in certainly Dean I mean they're

00:41:43   right there they got the dog that got

00:41:44   the cards to get the kids in years

00:41:45   they must be seeing stuff well let's see

00:41:48   in the backyard too right except that

00:41:49   their dog and their dogs all the way

00:41:52   down by flipper dams and the house is

00:41:56   further away from them than it is for me

00:41:59   okay like there are the lots are big

00:42:01   here and there between

00:42:03   their house and and this and the house

00:42:06   in question there are between 13 and 30

00:42:09   cars like that's the area that they do

00:42:11   all the mechanical work that's where

00:42:13   they have the quinceaƱeras that's where

00:42:14   they have a basketball hoop like it's a

00:42:16   big area okay

00:42:17   so you could be living in that in their

00:42:19   house and the dog just sounds like a dog

00:42:22   in the distance and the kids just sound

00:42:24   like it like kids in the dissing you

00:42:26   can't see in the flipper dance yard

00:42:27   can't see it okay but so I go down there

00:42:32   and and because there's a lot of

00:42:34   activity at that house there's a guy

00:42:36   standing out in the yard look at Sierra

00:42:39   SH at 11:30 at night just he's just in

00:42:42   between he's coming and going okay and I

00:42:44   think I'm dropping off cars picking up

00:42:46   cars there's stuff happening well there

00:42:48   are a few families living there so

00:42:50   there's a lot there's a lot to me Oh

00:42:52   mm-hmm

00:42:53   oh and I should say that in that that in

00:42:56   the in the different layers of languages

00:43:00   that are happening in my neighborhood

00:43:02   and particularly there at that house

00:43:04   English is down somewhere it's not in

00:43:08   first place okay it's like it's down in

00:43:11   the it's between 2nd and 5th place of

00:43:14   languages that are being regularly

00:43:15   spoken so I go over and say hey and he's

00:43:20   like hey what's up and I said let's talk

00:43:23   about this dog and he says what's going

00:43:26   on what oh no he said what did he do and

00:43:31   we're both standing there and the dog is

00:43:33   going okay and the dog is doing this and

00:43:50   I point over at the dog behind the fence

00:43:52   and he looks over and looks at me and

00:43:54   I'm like and it's doing this all night

00:43:57   sparking now like this all the time I

00:43:59   don't know what happened I don't know

00:44:00   what changed but this is like this has

00:44:03   got to stop

00:44:03   so I can't just do this all the time and

00:44:07   he kind of is concerned and nods and he

00:44:11   says well I'll talk to the guy that owns

00:44:15   the dog

00:44:16   hmm I'm like okay right that makes sense

00:44:21   there are a lot of people living in this

00:44:22   house yeah lot going on and he this

00:44:26   person that I'm talking to is not

00:44:27   prepared to take responsibility for the

00:44:31   dog and there is a there's an

00:44:32   understanding clearly within the house

00:44:34   that there are different things are

00:44:36   owned by different people it's not like

00:44:38   we all are just all in co-ownership of

00:44:43   this dog or of of that Volkswagen GTI or

00:44:49   you know or whatever of this spit that's

00:44:53   like the the the plastic four-foot-tall

00:45:00   illuminated Christmas ornament of Jesus

00:45:04   that is up all year okay so all season

00:45:08   Jesus all season Jesus and it's not

00:45:10   clear it's not clear to me anymore who

00:45:13   in the house owns it I used to think it

00:45:15   was communally owned but now I

00:45:16   understand Oh all these things are owned

00:45:18   by individuals intent and so he said I'm

00:45:21   gonna talk to the guy that I wanted and

00:45:22   I'm gonna tell him that you mentioned it

00:45:26   I'm like thank you

00:45:29   that's all I that's all I can ask for

00:45:31   and I went home and and listened for the

00:45:34   rest of the night to the dog continue to

00:45:36   signal into the night sky that he heard

00:45:40   something or had a thought and I and

00:45:44   it's frustrating when you go talk to

00:45:46   somebody and then the problem doesn't go

00:45:48   away immediately yeah I mean this is

00:45:51   already you've got a couple different

00:45:52   layers here faith faith like I talked to

00:45:56   him he's gonna they're gonna have a

00:45:58   family meeting tomorrow it's gonna be

00:46:00   they're gonna work it out so then there

00:46:06   came a climactic moment oh boy which was

00:46:12   Graham's grand slam okay grand slam

00:46:16   three three guitars and it's a bit and

00:46:18   it's a big grand slam this is like the

00:46:19   1213 person grand slam it's not the nine

00:46:22   person grand slam it's the big one

00:46:24   and I see them they all go through the

00:46:26   fence before I can like get my shoes on

00:46:29   and get outside and then they and this

00:46:32   is like in the afternoon and then I see

00:46:35   them through the fence sitting together

00:46:39   like some of them sitting up on rock

00:46:41   walls some of them sitting you know

00:46:43   they're sitting in a semi-circle having

00:46:45   a meeting it's not like a culty thing

00:46:47   they're having like a meeting and I'm

00:46:50   like this is a situation

00:46:58   or like go through the gate and say hey

00:47:00   since we're all here mm-hmm and I'm like

00:47:06   I'm reluctant I'm reluctant do you have

00:47:10   a deep confidence that you have some

00:47:12   kind of a reason for piercing there

00:47:15   perimeter with a question did you know

00:47:17   what you're gonna ask me do you have

00:47:18   like a you have like a dog collar in

00:47:19   your hand going can you help me find my

00:47:20   dog no here and that's exactly that's

00:47:23   exactly what I should have done right

00:47:26   like say hey my fan belt broke can you

00:47:30   help but so here are the different

00:47:33   factors in place right yeah I do not

00:47:36   know like in my neighborhood there is

00:47:39   always a racial component to every

00:47:42   exchange because everyone is a different

00:47:44   ethnicity yeah so anytime one person

00:47:47   from one house goes over to the other to

00:47:50   another house there's not just sometimes

00:47:52   a language problem like the the

00:47:54   neighbors over here where the guy parks

00:47:56   just up to the fence line and not over

00:47:58   they speak English as a second language

00:48:00   their primary language is Vietnamese and

00:48:03   so all of our exchanges although very

00:48:05   friendly are like always somewhat kind

00:48:10   of like hi um you guys have been cutting

00:48:14   my bamboo for some reason I'm not sure

00:48:16   why if it's if it's cultural I'm curious

00:48:20   about it did you think it was just like

00:48:23   there for you to make fences out of or

00:48:26   art is it making you mad is my bamboo

00:48:30   making you mad if so the conversations

00:48:32   are very difficult super super difficult

00:48:34   we have a neighbor that I thought we

00:48:37   were on good terms on who

00:48:38   slams a door in such a way that the

00:48:40   entire house shakes and I went outside

00:48:42   to say you know hey neighbor of many

00:48:46   many years did you know something you

00:48:48   slammed that door

00:48:48   our entire house shakes and everyone

00:48:51   says so and he got real mad which made

00:48:54   me think all the more that he's doing it

00:48:55   on purpose that's just me that's just me

00:48:58   and like all like I'm like a white tech

00:48:59   bro it's like there's not

00:49:01   intersectionality that's the wrong word

00:49:03   but like there's all these layers and

00:49:04   layers of like how we communicate with

00:49:06   other people let alone language and

00:49:08   culture man whoo

00:49:09   that's gonna be a bad about I don't know

00:49:12   why it was it felt kind of

00:49:13   passive-aggressive well just took it off

00:49:15   my trash and I was like yeah no I know I

00:49:16   mean we all take out our trash once a

00:49:18   week it's just that you just slam that

00:49:20   door five times and it Massey literally

00:49:22   I don't mean figuratively I mean it

00:49:24   literally made our house shake like do

00:49:25   you need to slam it that hard every time

00:49:27   cuz that seems a little like aggressive

00:49:29   and he was he was playing it off legit

00:49:31   so I think he's miffed at us about

00:49:33   something out know what so now I know

00:49:35   the thing to think about you know saying

00:49:36   this is the layers it's this layers and

00:49:39   I don't so there are a lot there are a

00:49:41   few layers here like this is a house

00:49:44   this is a house owned by an an affluent

00:49:47   african-american family that now has

00:49:49   suddenly has like Hercule Poirot has

00:49:52   just walked into the train compartment

00:49:53   is now ready to bring the entire mystery

00:49:55   together yeah but there are a dozen

00:49:57   white Millennials coming and going okay

00:50:00   so if it's Christian I feel like on the

00:50:05   one hand they're probably going to be

00:50:08   inclined to answer politely but on the

00:50:10   other hand that is a cultural there's a

00:50:14   cultural separation between me and they

00:50:18   where I'm not sure exactly what I'm

00:50:24   asking like just you know I'm just on

00:50:26   this no on this index card I've written

00:50:29   three words that is my guess at what it

00:50:32   is and I'm gonna set it aside okay but I

00:50:34   have a guess okay go ahead and also I

00:50:39   have at that point there at this point

00:50:41   made the connection oh the dog is

00:50:44   barking at the kids the dogs been there

00:50:47   for years the dog never had a problem

00:50:49   never had a kid to Warka no the dog just

00:50:52   barked every once in a while some

00:50:53   sketchy person walked by the dog and

00:50:57   Gary I don't remember the dog barking at

00:51:01   Gary being a problem maybe the dog gave

00:51:03   Gary like hi bark or a bye bark but he

00:51:06   didn't sit and just constantly bark it

00:51:08   Gary and when Gary was outside talking

00:51:11   on the phone at 2:00 a.m.

00:51:12   Gary was the problem not the dog like

00:51:17   he's the one I was going out to yell at

00:51:19   right Gary goddamn a gel-like so I so I

00:51:24   don't feel 100% secure in walking across

00:51:31   the street and ringing the doorbell and

00:51:33   demanding answers particularly not after

00:51:36   my mom told me that I have no right to

00:51:37   yell at them about their parking that's

00:51:39   gonna be on your mind now so I'm like

00:51:41   what are my rights here

00:51:43   like this is a mini problem yeah you can

00:51:45   do what you want in your own house it's

00:51:47   not like it's not like I can go over and

00:51:49   say can you 11 people who are all

00:51:51   showing up at the same time not all

00:51:53   close your car doors at the same time

00:51:54   like it's just the nature of 13 people

00:51:56   arriving at once they are gonna get a

00:51:58   grand slam and they they're millenniums

00:52:02   they're not conscious of the dog right

00:52:04   they don't even hear the dogs because

00:52:06   this dog is just to them it's just the

00:52:09   dogs always barking when they're out

00:52:10   there so they just think that's what it

00:52:11   is

00:52:11   I was on a hiking trail the other day

00:52:14   with my daughter and we were going down

00:52:16   and some people were coming up and it

00:52:18   was a wide trail it was a like a jeep

00:52:20   trail and there were five kids coming up

00:52:24   and they were walking five abreast and

00:52:28   they're millenniums and so we're walking

00:52:31   down and my daughter turns to me when

00:52:34   they're about a hundred feet away and

00:52:36   this is the type of little person she is

00:52:38   she says with some anxiousness daddy how

00:52:42   are we going to get by isn't that

00:52:47   Shannon need to find the trail now and I

00:52:49   was like wow what an interesting little

00:52:51   thing for you to be thinking about

00:52:52   already and I said well sweetie and I

00:52:55   said it I wasn't whispering I said it in

00:52:58   a in a loud conversational voice I said

00:53:02   well as we get closer to that

00:53:03   I have to assume that they're going to

00:53:06   give way for other people using the

00:53:10   trail and they're going to move and as

00:53:13   I'm saying this we're getting closer and

00:53:14   closer to them they're going to move to

00:53:16   let us walk by because we're just two

00:53:19   people just walking down the trail and

00:53:21   they're coming up and they're gonna and

00:53:23   as I'm saying this they come right up on

00:53:26   us five abreast and it's like two guys

00:53:30   in three women and the two people that

00:53:32   are like in the area of the trail where

00:53:35   lucidi where you'd be allowing other

00:53:38   people to go are both women and they

00:53:41   just walk straight up on us and then at

00:53:44   the very last second kind of like become

00:53:49   aware of the existence of other people

00:53:52   and like sort of like shrug their

00:53:55   shoulders over to the side as though

00:53:57   we're passing in a very confined and

00:53:59   narrow spaces and like one of them

00:54:01   actually brushes past me and and and you

00:54:05   know and my kid has kind of gone over

00:54:06   into the into the grass on this you know

00:54:09   like and there's a ditch there's a clear

00:54:11   ditch so she's scared of the ditch or

00:54:13   whatever and I'm just like wow I don't I

00:54:15   don't know what to I don't know how to

00:54:18   do like I don't even know that feels

00:54:22   like something though it's something

00:54:23   it's a it's a cultural it's a

00:54:25   generational difference it never ever

00:54:27   ever ever ever would have happened

00:54:28   before like that when you're taking a

00:54:32   hike you say hi to people and you like

00:54:33   it's it's like you're saying like we

00:54:35   said we take hikes we say hi like that's

00:54:38   the thing you do you say good morning in

00:54:39   the culture of hiking that you shared

00:54:43   the trail that you say hello when you're

00:54:45   when you pass that you ignore but it's

00:54:47   just in the culture you don't go for a

00:54:49   hike unless you know these things you

00:54:52   don't just go sell fire fast I mean like

00:54:54   you know help a brother out

00:54:55   know we're walking up the trail I guess

00:54:57   we own the world it's just like crazy so

00:54:59   so but they're over there they're not

00:55:02   conscious of them themselves being the

00:55:04   the source of the dog barking right I

00:55:06   when I was when I was that age I

00:55:08   wouldn't have either I don't think

00:55:09   that's necessarily like that's just

00:55:12   their they're not aware that they're

00:55:13   doing that I took me four days to figure

00:55:16   it out myself

00:55:17   but I don't feel secure I definitely

00:55:20   felt secure going over to the people I

00:55:21   know and saying the dog like what's up

00:55:24   but like to go over ringing the doorbell

00:55:27   and say who are you and why are you in

00:55:29   my neighborhood all of a sudden and what

00:55:32   precisely the fuck is going on here yeah

00:55:34   and is this a Jesus thing because that's

00:55:36   fine but I want to know and so I'm right

00:55:41   at the point where it's like okay this

00:55:44   is like this is not like we can't live

00:55:47   like this mm-hmm

00:55:48   the dog all night kids coming and going

00:55:50   but Kim my curiosity's going crazy

00:55:52   what's the story here did you guys kill

00:55:55   the family that was living there like I

00:55:57   need some answers did you make us house

00:56:00   is cursed well don't say that it looks

00:56:03   great Oh oh god the other thing and the

00:56:07   whole reason that I brought this up is

00:56:08   that the family that owns the house now

00:56:12   Jamaica's house flipper dip it in hires

00:56:16   land scrapers to come once a week with

00:56:21   gas-powered leaf blower oh come on you

00:56:25   walk around man just blowing leaves and

00:56:30   dirt how's the dog respond to that so

00:56:34   confusing caused a lot of tumult in this

00:56:38   neighborhood yeah confusingly the dog

00:56:40   doesn't care about the leaf blower the

00:56:42   doctor stuff whatever but but leaf

00:56:44   blowers just in principle drive me crazy

00:56:46   did you ever read there was an article

00:56:48   in the Atlantic that's like 1010

00:56:50   millenniums on a trail it's so it's so

00:56:52   it's so aggressive there was an article

00:56:55   in I think Atlantic about some rich

00:57:01   neighborhood in Santa Barbara or

00:57:03   something some valley that's like a like

00:57:06   like a beautiful liberal oasis valley

00:57:11   where everybody has a beautiful home and

00:57:13   it's and the trees rustle in the wind

00:57:15   and it's always 75 degrees and it's the

00:57:18   perfect incubator of like middle-aged

00:57:23   liberal culture because because there

00:57:25   are no problems it seems like that's all

00:57:28   that you need is the ball though all the

00:57:29   rest of the world

00:57:30   to do is just be like them F affluence

00:57:33   and passive-aggressive but what happened

00:57:37   was at some point a rich white person

00:57:40   who lived in the neighborhood broke the

00:57:43   social convention and hired landscapers

00:57:45   that used gas-powered leaf blowers and

00:57:47   it became a huge issue within the

00:57:50   community because then there were some

00:57:51   people who decided that because the

00:57:54   civil rights movement was already tied

00:57:57   up with a bow that now they had a new

00:57:58   cause which was to fight their neighbor

00:58:00   who had a gas-powered leaf blower and so

00:58:03   then they were hanging up posters and

00:58:05   saying like BAM this gas-powered leaf

00:58:07   blower and then the other guy who was a

00:58:10   liberal but maybe like one degree more

00:58:12   libertarian was like you can't tell me

00:58:14   what to do and then then somebody

00:58:17   acknowledged that all the people that

00:58:18   were doing the work in the neighborhood

00:58:20   were all Hispanic and so classic race

00:58:23   issue because you're asking them to do

00:58:26   this work with a broom

00:58:27   what's on your mind as you're going into

00:58:29   this situation well I mean every article

00:58:32   like that I've read in my entire life is

00:58:35   always on my mind in every situation sir

00:58:37   like it's part of being as woke as I am

00:58:40   II don't walk down the street without

00:58:41   being conscious of everything always

00:58:43   results all tempest and teapots they're

00:58:45   all in there somewhere

00:58:46   but in this situation like I feel like

00:58:48   dealing with white 22 year olds with

00:58:51   that have a blue whale sticker on the

00:58:52   back of their of their their Toyota

00:58:56   Xterra or whatever I feel like this is a

00:59:00   group of people I can address you know

00:59:02   in a shared language except for the

00:59:05   Millennium Generation X cultural Gulf

00:59:09   the the language barrier there sometimes

00:59:12   is even greater than them a dog with the

00:59:16   consider man yeah oh my god so tonight a

00:59:21   little bit of a fit of pique here you're

00:59:23   frustrated at this point I don't know

00:59:24   what I don't know which way to go

00:59:25   okay then yesterday mmm I hear a grand

00:59:31   slam in the morning

00:59:33   here we go off they go they have not

00:59:37   returned houses

00:59:41   empty okay of whites of anybody's I see

00:59:47   no I see no sign of life there is that a

00:59:49   longer than usual amount of time between

00:59:50   Grand Slams

00:59:51   from the first Grand Slam there was a

00:59:55   Grand Slam four times a day through the

00:59:57   entire Grand Slam period they were never