I’m Just Havin’ a Time

It’s true that when I moved into this downtown house over a year ago, I had no idea I was moving into one of the sketchiest neighbourhoods in town. The two days we viewed the house, all we saw were gorgeous fireplaces and old-fashioned ceilings.

The evening we moved in, we pulled up at the house in our U-Haul and our neighbour immediately poked his head out from the upstairs window. He was blaring Britney Spears on a radio.

“HAI. I hope you don’t mind loud music. Do you need a hand?”

“Guard the U-Haul,” I whispered to Renee.

We’ve had some interesting encounters around here. One afternoon, a drunk man wandered into our house. We witnessed a police chase through our backyard. Somebody pooped on our front stoop.

I’ve never been more content to live in one place for so long.

Despite the shortcomings, this is a tight-knit little community seemingly oblivious to the surrounding city. The lady who runs the convenience store around the corner refers to me and Renee as “her little redheads.” I look forward to seeing her every week, sitting behind the counter in a hockey jersey with a cat on her lap.

People are friendly, much friendlier than when I lived near the university. Besides the whole poop incident, I mean. Nobody gets their tires slashed or household robbed.

It’s funny, because we poke fun at our neighbours a lot. They exude the crude Newfoundland stereotypes of being gambling, raucous, baloney-eatin’ folks. They’re the most interesting people I’ve ever met.

No idea what I’m talking about? Check out Donnie Dumphy’s videos, he’s a local legend. He’s mimicked every Newfie characteristic possible, and he does it perfectly.

While I suppose it’s insulting to some, most of us laugh about it. It’s the Newfie way.

  • http://www.travelyourself.ca Cailin

    I’m just “Havin’ a time, havin’ a time, havin’ a time!” I was hoping that that would have been what my true experience of Newfoundland would be! Sadly no. But aside from the poop on the stoop when I was there, indeed a lovely little spot! :)

  • Susan

    I never realized it was Livingstone Road he was popping wheelies on. LOL! Now I love it even more.

  • http://www.solofemaletraveler.com Sabina

    I believe you when you say you live in a sketchy neighborhood. But your house looks soooo gorgeous, it’s hard to believe it’s in a rough area. It’s a great feeling to love where you live.

  • http://www.TheConstantComplainer.com The Constant Complainer

    I thought that video was hilarious. I almost spit out my drink when I saw the kid carrying the beer out of the store.

  • maggie

    haha, good stuff ;)
    Definitely a sketchy neighbourhood at times – I knew that before I moved here. Girls at work who don’t live here told me I shouldn’t ;P But the girls who do live ’round here told me it’s only sketchy if you don’t live here ;)
    Pretty sketch activity happening just over my fence when I was out with Ollie the other day, but they didn’t seem to care that I was standing right there so I just carried on with what I was doing ;D

  • http://www.everywhereist.com Everywhereist

    Ah, I remember when we lived in an apartment that had a little alcove need the back stairwell. There was always poop there.

    Unwelcome droppings aside, I am glad you like your neighborhood. It’s amazing how just a few crazy folks can make you feel at home. Of course, my family IS crazy, so that might be part of the blame.

  • http://www.travel-writers-exchange.com Trisha

    That video is a total hoot! I can’t believe I haven’t seen it on MTV or VH1 before…

    It’s SO nice to like where you live, and to feel like you’re part of a community – enjoy every moment!

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    Hey, the convenience store comes pretty close! lol.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    I KNOW! I can almost see my house from there!

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    I KNOW! That’s why we were so stunned when we moved in. But we’ve never felt unsafe or out of place here anyway, so it doesn’t even matter. I’ve stayed here alone tons of times.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    Pshhh, if everyone just minds their own business, there’s never any problems. ;)

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    I’m glad we’ve had similar stoop poop experiences, it makes me feel less alone in the world.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    Hehehe, I’m so glad you enjoyed! Wasn’t sure if everyone would get the humour.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    Oh dude, at that convenience store I mentioned, I once saw a kid buy lotto tickets. It didn’t even strike me as absolutely absurd until Renee pointed it out later.