Yesterday in the afternoon our buzzer rang. There was a man, his wife, and their 2 kids.
He said hello in spanish and a few other things then said something I did not get.
"No Entiendo" I answered. In broken english he said there was to be a street party for the neighborhood so everyone could meet and socialize. They collected $5 bucks for food etc.. and said follow the music around 8 pm.
Well it was a blast. Of course being Americans we were early 8 really meant 8:30 (we left the house at 7 and strolled the streets for the first time looking at the whole area). They had 3 different live music acts (while we were there), tons of food, and of course plenty of drink. I was amazed at the whole thing. Whenever someone came they went through the whole crowd saying hello. Throughout the night people brought food and beverages to you as you sat and enjoyed the music.
There was a string of "elderly" women in front of us and they are by no means out of action. Dancing, shots of rum, a few guest appearances at the mic to sing, some dancing, they enjoyed the party. As a matter of fact we left before they did
(at 12:45 am). The music and belly laughs lasted well into the wee hours.
We really had fun. This is really a great street with alot of warm and nice people.
Wish we had the camera. No place have we lived before, where just for the purpose of getting together to meet, was there a party (among neighbors). Yea the odd holiday where every ones separate parties merged but this was just a spur of the moment, meet your neighbors.
We also found out that many in the "hood" have spent some time in the U.S. and speak a little english. Newark, Dallas, New York.
Well get out there and meet your neighbors, take a nap if you want to see the end of the party though.
Until next time.....................J&D