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Meet the Neighbors: Part II

12/06/2012

Our dining room has catsup red walls, windows without curtains and a plain-jane, white maple table with two lonely spindle back chairs. When Jen’s colleague Naomi visited, I mentioned the need for a buffet… just to fill the space up. Naomi said she would give us her buffet. It was something she bought many years ago and used store her stereo and record albums. Now it was upstairs in a little used room, she said.

“I need to clear some stuff out,” she said.

Jen and I drove over and picked up the buffet the next weekend.

It was great. Box shaped. Dark brown wood. Two middle drawers and two side doors. Solid straight legs. It looked like my Aunt Leona’s buffet in her little bungalow on Palace Avenue in St. Paul. Except it didn’t have fine bone china on display.

Nate and I wrestled down the steps and loaded it in the back of my truck. Jen and I drove it home and we parked just outside the front door.

As we stood at the tailgate and planned our next move with the big, boxy buffet, we heard someone yell.

It was a neighbor, one house down.

“Need any help?”

Sure.

The neighbor dropped his rake and trotted to the back of the truck. He was a big guy. Messy, curly hair. A ball cap. In his 50’s.

“That thing looks heavy,” he said.

“Good thing we don’t have far to go,” I said.

We pulled it out of the truck, carried it up the five front steps and hauled it into the house.

A couple of turns later and we had it in the dining room.

“Thanks,” I said. “My name is Mark.”

“I’m Dan,” said the neighbor. “It’s good to meet you.”

I told Dan we just moved in a month or so ago.

Dan said he was a Maine native but didn’t grow up in Bangor.

“I’ve only been here about 10 years now,” he said. “It’s a good neighborhood.”

Thanks for our help Dan. We’ll see you around.

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