Friday, March 16, 2007

2801 Christine NE

Feeling a bit nostalgic here.....have been since last night.

As I was getting my nails did, Ethan's next client came in, Roberta, she also ways my former neighbor.

Roberta and her sister Cathy live 2 houses from my childhood home at 2801 Christine NE. Roberta informed me that my house was for sale and was vacant.

Like a tidal wave, a FLOOD of emotions came to mind. Its funny, my parents moved out of that house in 1997 and yet, when I dream of my parents house, its always this one. Not their new one. And although their current home is lovely and warm, it doesn't hold the memories that 2801 Christine NE does.

2801 Christine NE is the place that....

I lived at when I went to 1 Grade School, 1 Middle School, and 1 High School....same thing for Billy.

that my cousins Kenny, Kevin, Keith & Aunt Jean lived with us for about 6 months. We held whiffle ball games every day in the street.

I had childhood friends like Kenny, Steve, Kelly, Frank, Karen, Kristina and Jimmy John. Shame on me for not being in touch with these people, perhaps I will make an effort to get into contact with them. Sadly, Kenny and Frank passed away, both 7 years ago.

my brother nearly lost a finger in a slammed garage the same time my Dad was on top of the roof, he was there in 2.2 seconds and the ladder was on the other side of the house. My Mom is convinced he jumped off.

its also the place where my Mom cut her finger while making corn on the cob (why she needed a knife, I have no idea). My parents were having a last minute party with their friends and she was intoxicated while shucking corn with a large sharp butcher blade.

the house where only a few (and I mean a few) pets resided. The first of 2 was a dog named Pepper, not sure what happened to him or her. 2nd was a Chow named Butkus, perhaps the stupidest dog in all America. He was good with kids but when the front door opened, he was out like a shot! Billy and I gave our Mother a hard time for getting rid of Butkus, but deep down, we were relieved when we didn't have to hear her complain about having to pick up the shit. Because as you know, dogs shit. And we certainly were not going to pick it up. I read somewhere that if you became a porn star, your name would come from your first pet and the name of your street.
Pepper Christine. Oh yeah, that sounds sexy!

This house also had the cleanest carpet. Why do you ask? Oh, let me tell you.....BECAUSE I HAD TO VACUUM IT EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!!! We had this red carpet in the TV room (that's what we called it, because it held the tv) and it would show every crumb, if you farted in that room, it showed. I HATED THAT CARPET!

Anyway, I could go on and on but I am sure you are probably getting bored with the memories....If not, let me know and I will call you in the middle of the night and tell you more.

After I finished getting my nails did, I passed by hoping that it wasn't sold. I had already put a call into Michael so he can show it to me. I have always wanted to go back and see the new people have done with it. The outside has changed, someone put up a ranch style fence on it, and it looks ridiculous. They have changed the windows and the big, ass, ugly tree that was half burned is now gone. As I approached the house, I was sad to see that it had been sold. I wouldn't be able to go in.

I parked in front for a few minutes.

Thought of the special times.

Then went home to my own house, and vacuumed my carpet.

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