Confession of a Neighborhood Watch President

Confession: I am the Neighborhood Watch President. (That's not the confession part...I'm getting there). Because of this, I am held to a exceedingly high standard. I am well-regarded. My neighbors trust me. They even let me represent our little street when speaking to city officials. It's a BIG DEAL. I am trusted to keep “an eye on things” since a lot of people on our street work, and I am at home all day. I don't mind...in fact, I take my role very seriously.

Confession: (This is it. If you are still with me, hooray for you and me!) I stole some chairs from another neighbor the other day.

Well, TECHNICALLY it wasn't stealing. The chairs were sitting near...very near, almost touching...his trash can and a dead plant that was there on the side of the road. I am certain they were intended to go out with the trash....
I knocked on his door. He did not answer. He is also our A/C man, so I have his work phone number saved on my phone. But I did not call him. No sense in bothering him about such a silly little thing. I KNOW he intended for them to be sent to the awful little landfill where they will take 1000 years to disintegrate because they are plastic resin, and if DIAPERS take a long time, just IMAGINE 9 Adirondack chairs. Yes, my friend, I said NINE.

The other thing I must confess is that I embarrassed Emily. You know, she is my driver (dang wonky hippocampus), and I made her pull over and wait while I looked at them and knocked on the door and looked out for neighbors who may be filming me. SHE should have been the look-out, but she was laying down in the front seat and therefore did not have a good angle.

As soon as I decided I was going to be bold and rescue-the-chairs-from-the-landfill, it started raining. I knew the chairs would not all fit in the van. I was forced to call my husband and tell him about my rescue mission, and ask him to bring the truck so we could load them up. I encouraged him to hurry due to my high profile in the neighborhood.

Well, I was afraid to get back in the van because, folks, NINE chairs on the side of the road is the sort of thing that is going to attract THOSE PEOPLE who take things from the side of the road and make beautiful, new looking things out of them. With Anne Sloan paint, usually. So, I stood out in the rain beside the chairs. At one point, one of Emily's friends stopped to see if we were okay. Emily looked at her like “you know my Mama's got a wonky hippocampus, right?” but she just told her we were fine, that Michael was on his way.

When Michael drove up, he realized we were at Mr. A/C's man's house. He said, “Good grief, Vicky, could you maybe recycle something that maybe the previous owner won't SEE this summer?”, and started loading them up. He said, “Do you want this dead plant, too?”, all snarky and such. “No” said I. “Plants disintegrate in landfills”. (I probably should have took the plastic pot it was in to fully cover my tracks about the landfill rouse, but I didn't think about it in time.

So, without further adieu, I present some of my new chairs:

Before



After:




These are, obviously, just 4 of the nine. One was a cream color, and it went on my back porch. Three were green, and two of those went on my front porch. Another was broken. It went on the street.

And I thought this one was just a sad little chair, headed to the landfill...(I can't save them all...you know that story about the starfish? Well, Google it. I have rambled enough...)


But, it was saved by a man in a little white Toyota truck with a Mississippi license plate number...He looked to be about 60 years old...5"9 or so...blue work shirt and blue jeans...

What, you think I was not looking out of my window when he stopped to get it?? I am the Neighborhood Watch President. It's what I do.

~love and joy, y'all!
Vicky

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20 comments:

  1. Very funny! It's great to see some plastic not ending up in the landfill.

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    1. I thought so, too! And they just needed a little bath!

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  2. Good rescue. I agree with Tori, it would be a shame to see them go into the landfill. Thanks for linking up!

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  3. So funny! I'm so happy you saved them from the landfill! I can just picture the whole scene! And I'm laughing my head off!

    Holly

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    1. Thank you, Holey! I am so glad I make you chuckle this morning!

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  4. Hey, thanks for stopping over at The Winthrop Chronicles. I would love for you to share some of your projects at my link party. You have a great blog!
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/03/share-it-link-party-3.html

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    1. I am writing up one for next ...we redecorated my daughter's room over Spring Break! I will be sure to share it! Thanks for the invite!

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  5. Congratulation, you made off like a bandit!

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    1. Well, not a bandit, really, seeing as they were not STOLEN. I think activist would better describe my role! (WINK!)

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  6. Well, I'm not sure how I wandered over here, but I'm so glad I did! I'm thoroughly enjoying reading about your exploits. Thanks for brightening my day! I'm a new follower via email! :)

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  7. Thank you, Sheila! So glad my crazy life can encourage others!!

    ~joy!
    Vicky

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  8. I love it...great story! "One man's trash is another man's treasure! They look great! Thanks for stopping by my blog & I am now following yours!
    Sally
    loveofhomes.blogspot.com

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  9. Vicky,
    I am still giggling... you slay me... so so funny and inspiring as well... and your hubbys remarks made me laugh out loud.. and I mean loud.. sounds like something my husband would say while he would be hiding in the floor of the front seat with your driver friend... HAHAHA.. I love the rehab and recycle... Now wear your reduce, reuse, recycle self well!!! ( giggling.... ) I just adore you!

    Carri
    simplydonewright.blogspot.com

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    1. Carri~ My "driver friend" is my 16 year old daughter!!!! THAT is why she was laying in the seat!!! She loves me, we are like best friends, but I embarrassed her about those chairs! However, I am sure she and her friends will enjoy sitting in them this summer!

      You are so sweet to say such kind things! I promise I am going to go over your blog with a fine tooth comb this weekend! Can't wait to read it all!

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  10. OMG!!How funny the " Vicky the rescuer" of many things, I can only imagine other things you have saved from the monster landfill,and your daughter, I can relate, mine would have done the same, lol. I am stopping by from Oh! My Heartsie and Feed Me Friday for a visit, Hope you can do the same, although I dont have these funny stories to share, I will enjoy yours.
    Oh! My Heartsie
    Tweeting your blog post! @myllls
    Have a great weekend, Karren

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    1. Oh, you sweet thing! Now, my teenage daughter is going to remind me how to go to my twitter and see what amazing theng you have done for me!! Whoot Whoot! No, Tweet, Tweet!

      your bird of a feather,
      Vicky

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  11. OH MY GOSH!!! This was so stinkin' funny! You had me giggling through this entire thing. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog, via the Super Stalker Sunday hop....I think???? You are absolutely lovely and your blog is DARLING! I'm your newest follower. I can't wait to read more! Come say hi to a Utah mama, when you get a chance. http://callmemamaleisha.blogspot.com

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  12. There was no choice, you HAD to rescue those chairs. Just found your blog from Twigg Studios. I will be back to read again.

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  13. They look great! Yeah for you and the environment. Love that Emily was lying down in the car. Very funny :-) Thanks for linking up with Twinkle in the Eye today. Cheers Bree

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