By Joy Hitzeman
This has been an unprecedented time in America and throughout the world with Covid 19.
Our interactions with fellow human beings have been greatly limited due to the fear of becoming very ill, or even worse, dying. These limitations have led to people feeling isolated and depressed.
A couple of months ago, I decided to take action and get our neighbors together once a week for Happy Hour on our little court of eight homes in Park Pacifica. I got everyone’s cell phone number and sent out a group text informing everyone to meet on a certain day (usually Wednesdays) at 4:30 p.m. and to bring their own chair and favorite drink whether it is beer, wine or water.
Ron Chow is our resident photographer who does a great job of making us look good. We essentially close off the court and social distance at least 6 feet apart.
We sit, talk and discuss what is going on in our lives. It seems that a lot of us are doing outdoor projects like exterior painting, new fences, landscaping, etc. so we discuss contractors and our plans. Usually all eight homes are represented – or 100 percent participation – which is fantastic. Everyone seems to have a good time because our Happy Hour usually turns into two hours.
The benefits: we know our neighbors much better and have become closer. Sometimes we share driveways and even garbage cans.
Rose Berg said, “Even though we have to stay 6 feet apart from each other, we have gotten closer to each other than before all this craziness happened.”
Colleen Crespo commented, “This is the best street I’ve ever lived on in my whole life!” And, Leslie Morales chimed in, “We are a family.”
To highlight how close we all are in this court, when Angela and Wally Cuneen decided to sell their home earlier this year and move to Reno to be with their daughters, they asked their neighbors if any of their children might want to buy their home. And, that is exactly what happened. Their home was never opened to the public but sold privately to Matt and Eriko Morales. Matt grew up across the court where his parents live and now his two young boys can easily go over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house any time they want to. So, it is like family here.
Most of the eight homeowners on Banff Way have lived here a long time – a total of 229 years! That is an average of over 28 years per resident. The first to move here were Denny and Rita Fahey back in 1968. They paid a whopping $32,000 for their home. I recently paid more for my new car.
So if you want to turn a negative situation – which we are now in – to something positive, reach out to your neighbors and schedule a “Happy Hour”.
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