When I was a young lad of 5 my favorite show to watch was Sesame Street. That may of been the product of only having 3 TV stations. Lets see Sesame Street, news or news. Hmmm I pick Sesame Street. What I remember most was the guy name Bob who would come on sing the song "Who are the people in your neighborhood". As I recall the people who should be in my neighborhood or the ones I should see each day were a policeman,a fireman, a milk delivery man, a postman and a bus driver.
How does those expectations stack up with my neighborhood today.
Policeman: I do get to see a policeman every day if you count public safety for the University across the street, but they not at all as friendly as I think they are supposed to be. And they don't walk they drive around in cars. Maybe like the muppets they don't have legs?
Fireman: Don't see one everyday and when I do see one, he is with a group of other firemen and they are in a hurry. They don't wave at me but they do wave at the woman wearing the short skirt walking along the sidewalk.
Milk delivery man: Never see him anymore. RIP
Postman: We do have one that comes 6 days a week, although I hardly ever see him. When I do see him he doesn't understand my greeting because he can not speak English.
Bus driver: I see buses almost every day, but the drivers do not wave to me like I think they are supposed to. Instead they are pushing me out of my lane so they turn left from the right hand lane.
Here are some characters that the song missed which I also (almost) see everyday in my neighborhood.
Unaware Student: I see everyday walking to class, crossing the street in front of cars and walking behind the Sysco food truck trying to back into the loading dock. All the while trying to explain to friend on cell phone how their life is so hard and complicated.
Take your recycling out of your trash can man: I see him almost every day wheeling his cart around looking for trash cans to visit and remove their recycling. When he thinks no is watching he takes the last sip out of the vodka bottle that was just thrown away. And then he proceeds to sort his treasure by size, color and material type. Then moves on the next trash can.
Can't find parking person: I see this person everyday. They never smile, usually ignore me since their eyes are clued to the side of the road. If they do communicate with me it is a hand gesture meaning "if you are leaving hurry your ass along so I can park because I am late".
Who are the people in your neighborhood? The ones that you see each day.
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