This is rather long, but I am so excited that I had to share...
We have finally taken possession of our new house, which is only about a mile and a half from where we live now. The sellers had an above ground pool in the back yard and we had asked them to remove it. We now have a 21 foot round hole in our back yard. So yesterday I was standing out there staring at the hole and trying to figure out how best to clean up the sand, gravel, etc. Our next door neighbor walks up to the fence to introduce himself. We get to chatting and he asks what happened to the pool. I told him that we didn't want it and I hadn't figured on having the hole to deal with. He says "I've got a bobcat in my shed. If you get some dirt delivered, I'll fill in the hole for you". Sweet! I ask why do you have a bobcat, are you in construction? He says no, it's just a toy to have fun with.
I go over to his shed and check out his bocat. Then on to his garage, which is fully loaded with tools of all kinds. I learn that he is the Operations Manager for Joe Rizza Ford. He started out as a mechanic and moved his way up. So now I have a Ford mechanic for a neighbor.
I tell him about the two Mustangs that will soon be in our garage. He asks about their engines. I say that I had hoped to beef up the one a little bit. He pulls away a tarp and uncovers a brand new 302 long block crate motor. He had bought it for a car and never used it. Right next to the motor is an engine hoist. I tell him that we will have to talk more about the motor, but I need to go and cut the grass. He asks if I want to use his riding mower. He wants to help me build a shed and a screened in porch and on and on it goes. It just keeps getting better.
Later in the day I had to run to the store. On the way back, I see one of the neighbors down the street parking a black 69 Charger RT at the curb with a for sale sign on it. I stop and get to chatting with him. He has 8 old Chargers He says that he is having some folks over later in the afternoon and that I should stop over for a beer. A few hours go by and I take a break from painting and head down to this guys house. It turns out that he is the President of the Chicago area Mopar club and he is hosting his annual "Moparty". There are over 100 people in his back yard for a catered meal and kegs of beer. There are also vintage Mopars lined up on both sides of his back yard. Way cool!
I have yet to meet the neighbor on the other side of our house, as he is in Florida inspecting / purchasing a vintage Jag for a friend. This neighbor has a nine car garage and builds race cars. Don't know what kind yet.
I don't know what the rest of the neighbors will surprise me with yet. All this on a small deadend street.
I think we are going to like it here... ::