The Diary of a Nobody – April 2, 2018

Meet Sparrow, an average man passing an average life…

Monday April 2
More neighborhood news!!!…New neighbors are moving in across the street!!!

I’m not sure how long they’d been at it, but when I woke up at 3:30pm there they were, youngish couple with a couple of rugrats…Why they didn’t back the U-Haul into their new driveway is a mystery that may never be explained, but they also have their pickup to unload, too…I didn’t want to bother them by going over and asking…I probably should…I mean, this is a small town and you’re expected to do things like that…Heck, there was probably a time when neighbors could have been counted on to bring some food over, too, and maybe even a six-pack or something, but then they’d want to talk and who the hell wants to talk to me???

The Wife and I both suspect the lot next door to The Shire has been sold, too…It’s pretty big, it’s where GG’s coffee shop used to be and the building was abandoned long before we moved here and the only activity we see there is when somebody comes by to cut the grass/weeds every few weeks during summer…There is also an equally-abandoned home on the site, which is pretty close to our fence.

Anyway, there has been activity here, too…Earlier this week there was a long, red trailer on site but that’s gone today, replaced by a long motorhome and a trailer that has contractor’s name and phone number on the side…The company that owns the convenience store in town owns the property and I don’t think it’s been sold, tho I don’t know for sure and don’t care enough to look it up…Either way, no one appears to be in any great rush to do anything, because we haven’t actually seen anyone do anything.

They’re been a lot of computer problems at Hotel B, where I’m the night auditor Sun/Mon/Tue nights…For a few weeks, the main one had the quaint habit of shutting down at random, blue screen of death and everything…Sometimes it would work again, sometimes it wouldn’t…Well, they replaced it but the scanner still doesn’t allow us to scan multiple documents which is a pain in the ass because I have a couple of dozen to scan and email out to assorted people…Kathy, the nice young girl who is the new assistant manager, swore this would be taken care of forthwith, but she was unable to provide a specific…When she told me this I sighed and put my hands on my hips, feigning exasperation, which was pretty funny and made she smile…Not laugh, or even chuckle, but I’ll take the smile.

The trash is already out…They don’t pick it up till Tuesday, however, I like to get it out when I get home Monday morning.

Sparrow Sleep Log: 8:30am to 3:30pm...I thought I’d get a little more in, frankly…I didn’t have the retailer tonight so there was no alarm clock, but we’ll take seven solid hours….I’ve been logging this on my desk calendar…The weeks start on Sunday, of course, so Saturday night I’ll have some figures for the week.

The Diary of a Nobody is a novel. All elements are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Anything else is a coincidence.

It was inspired by the 19th-century British novel of the same name.

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