Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Who Are the People in Your [Blogging] Neighborhood?

Blogroll Me!

My children used to watch Sesame Street when they were younger. I used to watch The Muppets when I was younger. I think both these shows -- the early versions and the current versions -- are and were brilliant television...for both children and their parents.

There were characters to fall in love with and to root for, there were numbers and letters to learn and there were tests to decide "which of these things is not like the other." All in all, fine writing and fine teaching.

One of the songs from that show kept playing over and over in my head today for some reason, and once a tune pops in, it's tough to shake it. So I've decided to use it with some modification.

So let's see... Who are the people in my [blogging] neighborhood?

Well, there's a mom who always cruises by, and a woman who likes to hang out at the candy store and indulge her sweet tooth. There's a woman who likes to hang her shmattas out on the clothesline, and she lives beside a guy in a shack -- let's call him Jack. There's a guy who generally wastes his time, always thinking that what he's doing might be a little important. We have a guy who wants to be on the radio and do sports announcing and he's always looking for air time. There's a guy who continually whispers, and another guy who likes to share his secrets. We have a guy who continually is a model citizen...month after month. A woman who's still living here, five years later. And a guy who's trying to move on. We have someone who writes great poetry and whose name rhymes with Wendy. We have a simple Jew and another one who keeps asking if we already ate. Interesting...that connection. And like that mom who always cruises by, we have another person who just often passes through en route to this great coffeehouse and then on to another interesting hangout or two.

Life is good here in this neighborhood. One of the men likes to point out new music all the time and help people with their designs. A woman likes to hang out with a sweet young thing and show off her antics. We have our balabusta types who continually have to look after their unruly children.

We have those who like to share their world with others, whether by writing or by public display. And those who like to like to play name games and create titles for themselves.

Sometimes the neighborhood offers entertainment: comedy-type lectures or even murder-mystery evenings. And yeah, all the neighborhood kids want to be heard from time to time. And some of the grown-ups are tripping over themselves, too, in order to be heard, while others feel they are being neglected.

Truthfully, I don't know everyone equally well yet. There are always people moving out, while others are moving in. But generally I try to maintain and extend my hospitality and friendliness to all those currently found in this neighborhood.

But at the back of the mind, I often have that niggling thought: Good [blog] fences make good neighbors.


Stacey said...

Great post! I found some blogs I never knew about before.

-The Shmata Lady

cruisin-mom said...

this mom is cruisin by to say...jeez you are clever! And, might I add, that Mr. Rogers was my favorite because he liked me just the way I am. (of course I actually grew up on Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Greenjeans, Bozo the Clown, and Chuckles...Howdy Doody was just a tad before me)

treppenwitz said...

Wow, this was quite the post! It sounds like you travel in very nice circles. I'll have to look up some of your 'neighbors'. :-)

Neil said...

Are you saying you don't want us all to move to Toronto?

Rebecca said...

That's a really cute post!
ps- I also just wrote about sesame street...

Genendy said...

Very clever post. Thanks for the mention :)

wanderer said...

Fun post! You must have had a blast putting it together. We don't feel neglected anymore!

David_on_the_Lake said...

What a beautiful's an honor to be mentioned...

This comment was brought to you by the Letter D and L and the number 3


Jack's Shack said...

I got mugged by one of your neighbors. She wore a shmata and yelled a lot.

PsychoToddler said...

Too bad you missed Fudge's radio show last night. She did a special on Sesame Street. I requested Captain Vegetable.

torontopearl said...

Shmatta lady, quit harassing Jack.

Jack, quit harassing the shmatta lady.

David, D, L and 3 were meant for next week's show. They go back into Oscar's garbage can/storage till then.

PT, sorry I missed Fudge's show. Did she talk about Snufulupagus, (Snuffy), my latter-day fave character on the show?

Wanderer, yes, more than fun to put together, but hard work, too!

CM, glad to see you're still cruising by.

Neil, you don't have to move here, but you can start with a visit!

Trep, some of my neighbors happen to be your neighbors, too.

Rebecca & Genendy, thanks for the compliments.

Mia said...

Great post and seems like we live in a wonderful neighbourhood - thanks for letting me live in it :) I adore your creativity when it comes to posts, so many things on your mind that you write about... really really interesting!

Rafi G said...

What's the real estate like in this neighborhood? I'd like to move in

torontopearl said...

Thank you, Mia. Yes, it is a nice neighborhood, although some people have to work on their landscaping just a bit more.

Rafi, welcome. Right now, there are a few rentals available; I'll let you know when there's a permanent place available.

Just Passing Through said...

I've been rusty lately so I wasn't sure if I'd make the cut. Glad to be listed!