Saturday, December 27, 2008

Awkward

We have some neighbors who we don't see that often. They seem nice enough. They both put off kind of a retro vibe--she's got some big blonde hair, and he's got some rocking 70's style sideburns. Their house is a homey riot of paneling and shag carpeting, and on the rare occasions we've been inside they've always offered fondue and Harvey's Bristol Cream.

I had just gotten done cutting up all the cardboard boxes and I was taking them out to the recycling bin when I heard my neighbor calling out to me. He said he and the missus were pretty excited about one of their Christmas presents and wanted to know if we'd join them for some drinks later that afternoon. I said ok.

My bride and I strolled over around 3. We knocked on the back door and we heard a cheery "come on in, we're in the front room" from inside.

Once we made it into the front room we discovered that the present they were excited about was their new Polaroid Land Camera. We were greeted by the sight of the mister in his shorty velour bathrobe, Tiparillo dangling from his lips, clicking away with the Polaroid while the missus modeled for him.


That was awkward.

25 comments:

Megan said...

What? What??

Erik Donald France said...

Flash fiction, yes? Well, flashing, anyway ;->

Real 70s slice of life a la Swingtown . . .

Distributorcap said...

awkward - that happens every day to me!



LOL

Bacon Lady said...

Wow! Was there a bowl by the door to drop your keys into as well?

Freida of the Bees said...

Is this what happens when you northeners get snowed in?

Dale said...

I was going to say I hate it when that happens but who am I kidding? I love it. I love more the term 'homey riot'.

bubbles said...

The holidays make for so many of those awkward moments, huh?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Can I have their address?

Doc said...

After that did they break out the Champale and casually let the robe fall open?

Don't worry, I'm sure they will invite you back for New Years Eve so you can see their ball drop.

Doc

Cormac Brown said...

Uh...yeah...

SkylersDad said...

I'll bet they purchased that really nice TV at the same place they got the Polaroid, eh?

FranIAm said...

Hey maybe it is just me, but I have read this post 3 times now.

What exactly was the awkward part?

(*snort*)

kirby said...

I thought all amateur porn stars had gone digital by now?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Nothing like a good old-schooley neighbourhood swinger to liven up those over the fence chats.

lauralu said...

You think that's fun. Come to our NYE party. Bring you in laws. 3/5 Voodoo Cadillac and some guests are going to play a little bit. Food, Drinks and close to home. What more could you ask for?

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

To say this is creepy is to insult the fine civilian stature of creeps.

I know I'm kind of late to the party here - please tell me you're kidding.

Please.

Danny Tagalog said...

Haha!!!!

Now, I can see the awkwardness now. Not sure how much of a wind-up this is, but it's great, whatever!!!

dguzman said...

oh dear.

Randal Graves said...

HA!

justacoolcat said...

Hmm, I notice the floors and trees are different. ;-)

Gifted Typist said...

I'm, I'm, uh, speechless, Bubs

Suze said...

I'm sorry. My damn parents - can't leave them alone for a minute.

Spartacus said...

Hah! So this is where the notion of TMI was invented... my oh my....

Tanya Espanya said...

Ohmygod, am weak!

DCup said...

Dang! Why did MathMan and I move out of Chicagoland? It looks way more interesting than the middle of nowhere.