1. Most neighborhoods have at least one place that’s (according to lore) haunted. What the haunted place in your neighborhood (or in the neighborhood where you grew up), and what’s the story?
– There was a place near my brother’s apartment that was supposed to be haunted. I didn’t know much about that one. Once my imagination formed in my little head and I began to like ghost stories, I thought that our own house was haunted. My dad once confessed that he thought we weren’t alone in the house. My imagination was always messing with my head in that house. As I gained a taste for scary movies, I would be the only one awake in the old house. I’d hear the house settling (at least I think those were the noises I’d hear), and I’d get so frightened that I’d be afraid to go up the stairs after watching a scary movie (“The Omen” for example….shiver).
2. Most neighborhoods have at least one place where some kid (according to legend) did something daring, dangerous, and most likely stupid. What’s the place in your neighborhood (or in the neighborhood where you grew up), and what’s the story?
– That was usually in the park in back of us. I do remember a kid messing around and falling off of the slide, breaking his collar bone. Soon after that, they put down rubber matting. I had also heard of a couple getting frisky in the sandbox. Sounds uncomfortable.
3. Most neighborhoods have some lame building (like a bank or a gas station) where there used to be something much, much cooler. What’s the place in your neighborhood (or in the neighborhood where you grew up), and what’s the story?
– Hmm….I can’t think of a place. I’m just glad that they didn’t tear down my grade school like I had heard they would do. They are changing things around at work, but I’m not sure if that’ll be cool or annoying. Stay tuned!
4. In most neighborhoods of our youths, there are a few places that almost always cause us to say, “That’s the place where I _________.” What’s one such place in the neighborhood where you grew up, and what’s the story?
– There was a hill in back of a school a few streets down where we used to go sled riding. That was THE PLACE for our family, it was perfect. I remember my brother taking me and the dog, and he made up a superhero story making our dog, Precious, the faithful sidekick. I also remember that path down the hill as a shortcut home.
5. Where in the neighborhood where you grew up would you most likely run into someone today who knew you when you were a kid?
– I think it would be the grocery store on Bunts Avenue. It happened frequently when my family first moved to another town while I was in college. If we went to that place while visiting the town, we’d inevitably wind up bumping into old neighbors.