As you may recall, back in March I wrote about the incident when I met our new neighbors and how totally cool I was that day. So cool in fact, that they rush straight in their garage everyday, avoiding eye contact at all costs.
Well, we have a new set of neighbors right next door to them. They seem pretty nice. I noticed they work weird hours like 11PM to 4AM or don't go to work for a few days. They have had their carpets cleaned 2 times in about 4 weeks, have no pets and I have never seen them carry in grocery bags. You may be thinking, Sandi, what are you a stalker? Nope, just observant and sometimes I really wish I was a private detective and could spy on people all day, but that is a story for another time.
Anyway, last night they headed out to check the mail together and I thought , perfect, I will go meet them. I rarely see them together, much less in daylight.
I walk up and say, "Hi there. I'm Sandi. I live right there."
They say, "We know. I'm Tina. . . I'm Hugo."
Me: "Wow - Hugo. Awesome name. I totally like it."
Hugo: "Glad to hear that."
Me: "Is that how you really say it in your native language?"
(I am now trying to act nonchalant after I asked this totally inappropriate question.)
Hugo: "Well, actually it is Jugo (sounds like yougo with a little throat action going on). No one here calls me that."
Me: "Oh cool. I will then." *I proceed to say his name a few times the spanish way.*
At this point, Todd who was with me mumbles something and heads back inside. Probably due to extreme embarrassment.
Me: " We have 4 kids."
Tina: "I know. We have heard them."
Me:"Oh, uhh, sorry. They really like playing outside."
I then proceed to tell Hugo about all the hispanic families and 1 columbian family that live on our street and how much I love mexican food and how Todd grew up in El Paso and thinks he's hispanic. I then point out Bella my 1 year old and say she looks hispanic.
(Seriously people. WHAT is the matter with me? I usually have great people skills. Where is all this strangeness coming from? )
Hugo tells me I sure do know what is going on around here. Not sure if it is a compliment.
I tell them bye and I hope to seem them again sometime. Hugo laughs and says, "You are one funny Chica."
I guess I wasn't too offensive after all.