The other morning, Best Friend told me that when he went out to the mailbox, he was greeted by a stranger in sandals, socks, shorts, and a wide opened bath robe.
It was an odd vision, I’m sure. Yet, I’m not surprised since the guy who we nicknamed “Cousin Eddie” was in the driveway of our next-door neighbor who has the oddest people living with him – like Turban and Lady Godiva. We think they rent rooms from him – The Wild One – and at first, we thought Cousin Eddie was a new renter. But after a week, we didn’t notice him around, so he might have been a visitor.
The Wild One, our neighbor who owns the house, is a snowbird. That is, he spends time here from October to April, then trucks his way back to the backwoods of northern Wisconsin from May to September. He totes his Harley between homes in his pickup truck, and every day we hear him start up the hog and zoom off, only to return late in the day. And if he’s home, it’s pretty much guaranteed that we’ll hear him using his jig saw, grinding rust off of his patio table for hours, or running some sort of electrical tool. Inside his house, he has several mounted animal heads, such as deer and bear, and a pool table in his living room.
Turban is one of his renters who enjoys sitting in the driveway and talking on the phone. She used to wear a turban, and though she doesn’t anymore, our nickname for her stuck.
Lady Godiva was the other renter who was waiting for her house to be built. I’m not sure why we called her Lady Godiva, but I’m sure there was a good reason.
All I can say is that when The Wild One returns to Wisconsin, the neighborhood will be much quieter, and hopefully, no men standing in the driveway with an opened bathrobe.
Lady Susan Marie Molloy
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