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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect



Here’s Ramone, my new neighbor. I snuck this picture of him when we were at the house for the inspection. I quickly lifted my camera to my hip, took aim and shot. I think it’s a pretty dadgum good photo, if I must say so myself.

Remember I told you he’s as big as my thigh? See that fence post he’s leaning on? Clay and I have no trouble peering over that with our entire heads. He’s a tiny guy with a lot of gumption. I wonder what he’ll be calling us? The huge white folk next door? That tall couple? The gall darn neigbors?
In the course of our seven minute conversation this is what I learned about Rrrrramone; he and his wife have raised 11 children. One is a drunken admiral, one is a chef, one is a lawyer and I don’t know what the other eight do, but I’ll probably find out. He’s hard of hearing, has a heart problem, bad knees, aches and pains in his joints, diabetes and in general doesn’t think he’ll be around much longer. Hes’ 87 years old. When we asked if we could buy one of his cows (meaning we wanted to buy it to take to the butcher), he said, “Well, where do ya think you’re gonna pasture it?”
I can see him rolling his eyes and sighing deeply at us already. He has no idea what’s in store for his remaining days with us as his neighbors. I just hope we don’t drive him to an even earlier grave.
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