I think my next-door neighbors have moved out. This is weird for a couple of reasons.
First, we would converse frequently when we saw each other outside – no, I couldn’t tell you any of their names, but we would talk, at least – so it seems like they might have told me. In fact, the last time I talked to the fellow, he said they were planning to move to San Francisco in the summer, which tells me they’ve got a few months left around here.
Second, the neighbors on the other side of me moved out a long time ago. Like maybe six months. Rumor has it (from the more-recently-departed neighbors) that while I was gone one weekend, they’d had some sort of too-raucous party and had been … asked to leave. The place has been empty since. (Frankly, it was kind of nice when they left, as the teenage son used to play some kind of music really loud in the afternoons. I could only hear the bass – more “feel” than “hear,” really – and it actually nauseated me. That got old pretty quick.)
So now I’m in this row of townhouse-type apartments with no one to either side. Please understand: I’m not complaining. The newly-gone folks had three very loud young children and a dog. I was glad we were on friendly terms, but I do not miss the yelling. It’s just… weird.
On top of all that, I’ve started hearing some sort of scrabbling, scratching sounds occasionally in the ceiling/floor between the upstairs and the downstairs, so now I’m thinking of mice, which makes me think of rats because everyone’s leaving and rats always abandon a sinking ship, which makes me think there might be a Kraken gonna swallow the whole place up and I don’t even really like pirates so I’m not sure what I’m going to do because it freaks the cats out, too, and what kind of rotten thing is it to be eaten by a Kraken and is there something I can do to fend it off and maybe should I be leaving, too, or maybe play some music to soothe the thing and what kind of music does a Kraken like, anyway?
I’m sure my current situation will have no affect on me nor cause me to go stark raving mad, so I guess things will be fine.