An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 22, 2007

Meeting the ‘Neighbors’

Filed under: Stuff — olbroad @ 11:46

This morning, a young lady came over to help dig a hole for our new mailbox.  I was told by the Post Master that we didn’t have mail service out here because the previous owners had a box in town.  That turned out to be bogus info.  However, we do now have a new one and I informed the folks across the way they were more than welcome to use the old one.

While we were down there at the end of the drive, an older gentleman, who was working in his field, informed us it wasn’t necessary to put in a new one.  And proceeded to talk for a good 30 minutes about….well, I have no idea what he was talking about.  I tuned him out after 15.  Then a woman and her granddaughter came walking by and started talking.  It took me 20 minutes of trying to convince I had things I had to do before I could get away.  This was AFTER the previous 20 minutes of “chatting”.  I honestly believe that woman could talk the ear off a billy goat!  And she was originally from Wisconsin.  I didn’t think people from up there could talk that much!  Evidently, living in Tennessee for quite a while will do that to ya.  🙂  And some folks think I talk a lot?  She has me beat, big time.  They were both nice folks, but ya know, I kind of rather not have the woman trying to invite herself up to the house to ‘visit’.

When the young lady was finished putting up the mailbox, she came back up to the house to let me know.  I gave her some money, which she promptly refused.  I INSISTED!  I won.  🙂  Isn’t it interesting how some folks just enjoy helping out others?

Gotta love country living.  🙂



  1. I’ve only managed to get 3 or 4 people in my life to understand that the help I gave WAS NOT because I was looking for $$. It was because someone needed help.

    Comment by Billiam — March 22, 2007 @ 4:27

  2. I knew she was sincere about not wanting any money. But I just couldn’t let it go. 🙂 I mean, after all, she saved me from having to dig a hole with a spoon, which is all I have right now. Not to mention having to deal with the serious talker after I escaped….she deserved the payment for THAT, if for nothing else. LOL

    Comment by olbroad — March 22, 2007 @ 4:48

  3. Sometimes doing things for others isn’t about money…it’s about feeling good about one’s self….I’ve tried to beat that into my kid (not literally 🙂 ) for so many years now.

    It’s like the paper route I had growing up….I didn’t HAVE to walk the paper up to the door and put it inside the door, or put it inside plastic bags during inclement weather….those little things are what people notice about you. And when they compliment you when you come collecting, it softens the blow….I always felt guilty about taking their money even tho they OWED me the money for the paper 🙂

    Comment by Pete Fanning — March 22, 2007 @ 6:23

  4. Sorry I tuned you out after the 5th sentance 😉

    Comment by David — March 22, 2007 @ 8:35

  5. Hey…there’s a thought! Next time I run into that woman, I’ll motion that my hearing aid battery died. heh heh heh Shame shame….bad ol’ broad! 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — March 22, 2007 @ 9:02

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