The Tie That Binds - 08/27/14

    Every summer for the last several years, we've exchanged fruits & veggies with our neighbors to the left of us.  Nator and Sona retired here from Azerbeijan.  Nator used to run a huge peach orchard there.  Now, he has 3-4 peach trees planted in his yard here. 

  We don't speak any Azerbaijani and they don't speak a whole lot of English, but we communicate just fine through the language of produce.  A few weeks ago, we came home to find this huge bag of peaches on our front porch.  They're the sweetest, freshest peaches you'd ever want to eat, grown by an expert of course.  We take them our cucumbers, tomatoes and anything else we have success growing. 

   Our verbal conversations are hilarious.  We focus right on each other's faces as if grasping at straws to catch every 5th word.  There's a lot of non-verbal communication that takes place too--- hand waving, pointing, sign language... you get the picture.   Somehow, we always seem to understand each other though.  If we don't, we just both give up and with a big smile, give each other a hug. 

   We don't always know what they're trying to say and they don't know our words either, but we both know one thing.  Fresh food and a friendly smile is a universal language always worth sharing.  I love what they bring to the table both literally and figuratively--- a different perspective, a different life experience, a different culture, even a different language ---- in suburbia where life is too often lived in a bubble. 

   Hope you can encourage your kids to embrace and share with those different from yourself.  Our differences are what makes the world go 'round.  

 

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DRUNKEN BANK ROBBER

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- If you're planning to knock over a bank, it's probably best not to knock down a few first. That's what a man in Tallahassee has found out the hard way. Authorities say an intoxicated Stanley Geddie walked into the Capital City Bank and demanded $100,000 from a manager -- claiming he had a handgun and plastic explosives. When police arrived, they found the man "very intoxicated and spaced out" in the manager's office. They also found a cab driver who said he brought Geddie to the bank -- and complained he got stiffed on his $25.50 fare. At least the would-be robber decided not to drive to the bank heist. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Geddie is charged with robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer. He's also being held on two probation violations.

BASEBALL GIVEAWAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Spring training -- a time for baseball teams and their fans to be optimistic. But the Houston Astros are balking over a planned promotion by one of its minor league affiliates. The Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League feel so confident the 'Stros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotional giveaway this summer. But once the big league club heard about the pitch, they asked the Triple-A team to bench it. Grizzlies officials say they don't want any issues with its parent club.

POLICE HORSE ON THE LAM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- You've heard about the occasional rogue police officer. But a rogue police horse? A spokesman for the Cleveland police department says a horse with the department's mounted unit was tied up at a cemetery -- but got loose and started roaming the downtown area. Police finally caught up with Jack and got him back where he belonged. Police say there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Officers say Jack stayed on the street during his escape -- but didn't stop at red lights.

GOATS CAPTURED

SEATTLE (AP) -- You've probably heard the phrase: "getting someone's goat." In this case, police in Seattle got someone's goat -- times 10. A herd of 10 goats got free from a yard in the Beacon Hill neighborhood -- and began chasing a group of children. That led police on a chase of their own -- after the creatures. The police website says officers were able to wrangle the goats into a pen. Animal control officers were called to reach the goats' owner.

 
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