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Month: November, 2011

My Neighbor, a Zebra

Living in a town named Thousand Oaks seems a little strange; even more if you consider that the town is located in the Rabbit Valley… but to have a zebra as a neighbor sounds like I live in a fairy tale…

About five weeks ago, when Doc and I were not living in our 1000 Querce mansion, we came to admire our property, its new hardwood flooring, and the view over the Rabbit Valley.

“Quick quick, come over” yells Doc from the corner room that–obviously–will become the office “I saw a zebra there, at that window”
“A zebra?” I reply running over with a puzzled face
“Yes yes yes, a zebra, right there in the house in front of our patio”

I run to the corner room and start staring at the window that Doc points to me, but I can see no zebra.
“I swear on whatever you want that there was a zebra showing from that window”

To be honest, looking around, I notice something that reminds a sort of a zebra: a black and white umbrella by the main entrance.

“Hmmm must be someone who is a Juve supporter” I burst with joy

[I need to clarify this point for my friends who are not Italian and don’t know about Juve and soccer. Juve or Juventus is the soccer football club of my hometown, Torino or Turin. The mascotte of Juve is a zebra, and the soccer players wear a black-and-white striped shirt during soccer matches. In my family, all members root for Juve, and so am I]

“Can you believe it!!! A Juve supporter HERE in 1000 Querce!!! Oh my… I am so happy… I can’t believe that I have FOUND A JUVE SUPPORTER right here in-the-middle-of-no-where… I mean, chances are like winning the lottery without the benefit of the $$$!!! Can you imagine if Juve ends up being the first in the A league at the end of the year! The neighbor and I are going to have a blast celebrating its victory!!! WOW… so nice!!!!”

Doc stares at me with a concerned look. I bet he is already thinking of what I can do if Juve wins the A league next Spring. He is not into soccer that much, only during the Soccer World Cup, basically once every four years.

We keep staring the window in silence. We’re focused on the appearance of the zebra that is already becoming a sort of Loch Ness monster in the Rabbit Valley. Then, when I was about to give up…

“Good grief!!! THAT was indeed a zebra” I say with a dose of surprise “I saw it… It looked like one of those rugs made with the skin of the animal, and clearly that was a zebra…”

So, from that day on, we became aware of living next to a zebra, and every morning when I am in the kitchen setting up breakfast, and I watch out of my window, my first greeting of the day is “Hi Zebra, how are you today?”

PS: This is the driving plate of a car I saw parked in Boston, MA,  in 2000


It Occurred 5 Years Ago…

No, non that, but this!!!

 Happy anniversary, Doc

A Morning War

On the first day Doc and I moved in the 1000 Querce mansion, we were engaged in an unfair battle: Doc and I against an army of thousand of soldiers.

As soon as I opened the door that divides the garage from the stairs, what do I see there on the edge of the white wall??? A black thread… They’re not spiders, not scorpios, but ants that are going up up up… I follow the black thread up to the stairs, in the living room, then kitchen, and finally in the trash bin where the thread disappears…

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I can see a glimpse of terror on Doc’s face. We haven’t even moved in that his property has been taken over not by a thief, burglar, or criminal, but by an invisible and micro-enemy, an enemy that is much harder to detect, locate, and eradicate. Not only that, but because of its size, it can easily hide and then come back when you don’t expect it and beat you with no warning.

I can’t waste time because I know Doc. While I take the broom, I hear ‘strange’ noises coming from the stairs… SPLAT-SPLAT-SPLAT… I run at saving as many ants as possible because I know Doc can become very aggressive when someone tries to claim ownership of his properties (particularly of pens that he adores and keeps in orderly manner on his desk… but this is another story that I am going to write about in the future…)

I pick up the lucky ants and throw them out near the hill behind the house. There are a lot of them, and they seem to multiply every second. Doc is thinking on how to get rid of them in a simple and fast way (for him, not them). After a couple of hours, the situation–thanks to my effort–seems to be under control.

Then, almost at the end of the day I hear a scream coming out of the powder bathroom (in CA, the half bathrooms are called powder bathroom. Go figure why…)
“Please please please, pick it up GENTLY and throw it outside… Please, tell me you did that, didn’t you?” I ask hopeless.
“Oh sure, not a problem. I tried to do that, but it said it’s a scuba diver and therefore decided to leave through the toilet…”

Doc’s satanic look doesn’t lie on the whereabouts of the poor thing…

NB: After several more attacks, I eventually decided to leave some traps before leaving for a one-week trip.
Upon returning, I found that one of the traps was full of dead ants floating in the misleading liquid.
“Doc, look at this” I tell him while showing the trap “It worked!”
“Ohhh good” replies Doc with a look of satisfaction “but wait a second before throwing it out… Leave it there and let it be an example for the ants that are still around the house”
At that moment, I thought that I very much like the idea that Doc loves and doesn’t hate me…

Let’s start

1000 Querce News is the title of my blog. It means Thousand Oaks, which is the name of the town I live in. 1000 Querce is a quiet and lovely town located in the Conejo Valley (Rabbit Valley) in SoCal. Not too much happens here considering that my husband and I have lived in Boston, MA, for 11 years and Philadelphia, PA, for 5 years. It’s a big change for us, but we’re committed to get the best out of this in-the-middle-of-nowhere experience

I share a house with my husband who is a wonderful man BUT he is obsessed by neatness, cleaness, and the security of the house. In this blog, I write about our life together in this quiet town of 1000 Querce.