The Neighbor Who Bleeds Houndstooth – Day 96

Day 96
Listening to: Take the Long Way Home
Thought for the day: Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit. ~Bear Bryant

I have a neighbor who bleeds houndstooth. His disease is so bad that he displays a neon-lit red A in his home’s front window on game day to ward off any of you fans inflicted with orange blood (or purple and gold as is the case in my neighborhood). The thought of his neon-lit college football shrine makes me think of the infamous leg lamp in the Christmas Story. The inaugural lighting before the first game of the season probably goes something like this: the snap of a few sparks, a quick whiff of ozone, and the Alabama A blazed forth in unparalleled glory.

Neon-lit A aside, this particular neighbor has been heading up an effort to encourage people in our neighborhood to turn their front porch lights on at night. The National Crime Prevention Councils says studies prove neighborhood lighting can cut crime rates up to 20%. So, I’ve been leaving my light on at night.

When I walked out into the early morning darkness to walk Pearl this morning (today’s photo), I was bombed by a bazillion gnats. Did you know a herd of gnats is called a “ghost?” A ghost of gnats? That just doesn’t sound right. Also, swarming gnats are usually mating gnats, so basically I interrupted a ghost of gnat boom chicka wow wow this morning. Sigh.

I am extremely grateful for my neighbor’s efforts………….. wait, wait, WAIT…….. I think one of the gnats in this picture is flying an Alabama flag!!!!! I might have to turn my lights off now (joking).

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