Here are ten observations from the last six weeks in my Italian neighborhood in the form of “Do you know?”
Do you know when the locals paint street lines? Right when the morning commute starts. Nothing beats navigating a school bus through 1/3 of a two way road.
Do you know when to sweep (by vehicle) the street? Of course this is a rhetorical question, but on the one day of the year this does occur, I suggest the morning commute during street line painting.
Do you know the best way to sweep by hand? Ignore the trash and focus only on the dirt near the storm drains. Talk about a way to save time.
Do you know the best time to throw a birthday party? Ideally 9pm on a Sunday night. Make sure to bring as many people as possible. Crank the music, the bass especially, until well past midnight. Come on now birthday’s only happen once a year right?
Do you know that 60 degrees is still winter weather? Don’t put those gloves, scarf, or hat away quite yet. Not until we hit 63 degrees at least. Floridians can relate..
Do you know the best way to prune trees is to cut the tree completely down to the trunk? It will grow back eventually. As for the trimmings, just leave them on the street. It might take three weeks, a month, maybe more, but they’ll disappear eventually, or you’ll pretend they were always there.
Do you know that it’s okay to park on the sidewalk? That is for the exception of the one day in early September when the police were out ticketing those same cars.
Do you know that the blinker is not taught at the local driving school? Even headlight use is only suggested for extreme weather, but not in sea fog with 25 feet visibility.
Do you know that only McDonalds can get a community to rally together? Or in the very least it can get a shopping plaza to open.
Do you know that some of the kindest, hard working, and most pleasant people I've encountered are my local coworkers that deal with these same shenanigans daily and just go with the flow? Yes, I'm trying to learn that lesson.