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Potluck March 18, 2008

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

Saturday night Paul and Lynda had their third annual neighborhood potluck. They try to keep this gathering as local as possible. Almost everyone walks to the party. Almost every attendee lives on Route 153 or within a stone’s throw.

We’d been there a couple of hours when our houseguests—Tim’s sister and her beau—arrived for the weekend at our place next door. Tim brought them over. They got a pretty good feel for the ’hood.

The Beau, a city boy, was impressed by everyone and fascinated by our little hamlet. “What do people do here?” he asked. “Seems like a lot of artists.”

And there are, surprisingly, a lot of artists, although most of them have to do something else for cash.

His question did get me to thinking about what occupied the people in my neighborhood. At the party, you could find a couple of jacks-of-all-trades who work for themselves. A couple of lawyers. A sculptor/stay-at-home dad. A tai-chi instructor/sometimes bartender. An elementary schoolteacher. A landscaper/ceramicist who wishes she could just focus on her tiles (which are beautiful). A speech-language pathologist. A guy who works with troubled kids within the school system. An art director for one mail-order catalog company, a buyer for another. A full-time artist. An antiques dealer. Some retirees. A stonemason. An editor. A soon-to-be medical transcriptionist. A baker/food pantry organizer. A guy who works in some aspect of food service. A couple just ending their many years of running a summer horse camp. Parents everywhere, a dozen children running underfoot. Some potential homeschoolers.

I don’t know for sure what everyone does. But I do know that I work in a neighborhood of hardworking people. Some very impressive hardworking people. Some very impressive, hardworking, good-hearted people who bring some mighty yummy dishes to potlucks.


1. Deloney - March 18, 2008

I’ve always liked the sound of your hideaway.

2. She She - March 18, 2008

Sounds like a cool ‘hood to be a part of.

Such an American question: What do you DO?

3. indigobunting - March 18, 2008

D: You might like it here.

She: It is a rather American question, and yet one I can’t help eventually getting around to, despite my awareness of that and making efforts to avoid it. I don’t think Americans are completely alone in that, though. There are a couple of other overworked cultures out there…

4. Bridgett - March 18, 2008

My neighborhood is far more workaday kind of place. One shop owner, two crafty artsy sound effects folks (married to each other). Me… And everyone else has a job torn out of the pages of the Coloring Book of Professions.

Yours sounds rather potluck in several ways.

5. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - March 18, 2008

I think it’s so cool that I actually recognize a few of your neighbors from their descriptions. Someday I hope to be another of your neighbors…

6. Cedar Waxwing - March 18, 2008

Lucky you to have such an interesting bunch of neighbors. Most folks here either works for the government (one way or the other) or is a lawyer.

7. indigobunting - March 19, 2008

Sewa: When you’re my neighbor, I’ll blog about you relentlessly.

8. damyantig - April 3, 2008

Wow, I enjoyed this post. So foreign for me, so American, and somehow lovable. I loved the sense of community that came through:)

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