My next door neighbor of 21 years told me last night that his house is in foreclosure. The sheriff will be coming the last week of June and that's that he said. He didn't get into any details, but I know that work has been tough for him to find the last four years(he's a painter). I had no idea that he was going to lose his house though.
John has been a very good neighbor. I wouldn't call him a best friend, but we've helped each other out over the years and in all that time I don't think we've ever had an argument. It has been a good mix of respecting each other's privacy, tolerating a few harmless quirks, and still getting a neighborly assist once in a while. I hate to see that end, especially this way.
I had just popped my head over the fence to compliment him on the wonderful smell coming from his grill and then I had to run to the airport to pick someone up, so our conversation was short. I'm going to try to catch up with him again over the weekend though, because I'm a little worried about a couple things that I saw in that quick chat.
One, he's totally at peace with it. Two, he said he has no idea where he is going or what he is going to do after they lock the place up on him. I know he has family in town here, but he was totally non-committal when I brought them up. He didn't give me any overt sign that he's going to do something to himself, but it seems to me that not having a plan to deal with an upcoming serious event like this and still being totally at peace with it is not a good sign.
Or am I wrong about that? Maybe he was so calm because he had just smoked a jay. He's been known to do that. I don't know. I guess I'll see what he says this weekend.