Milas Was Weird, I Guess: a Neighbor

Vickie Collins By Vickie Collins, 3rd Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Just the story of a weird neighbor I grew up close to.

He Made my mother angry

Someone wrote about her weird neighbors growing up, and it reminded me of perhaps the weirdest neighbor I have ever had. His first name was Milas, and he was about 50, I guess, when I was five and has been deceased a long long time. He struck me as being very old at the time, and often I thought he reminded me of Ma and Pa Kettle, a movie serials in the 50's and 60's about a hillbilly couple with a small husband and a large wife. Kind of described them in fact, if you have ever seen reruns of that show/movie (I think it was both)

When we first were looking at the place, the realtor told us that if Milas knew the property was up for sale, he would sneak and move the fence, just a few inches, in order to incorporate more land on his side. I don't know if that was true or not, but based on the other weird things he did, I wouldn't be surprised.

He once borrowed a hoe from my mother. Of course my father was upset and wanted the hoe back, but of course didn't do anything himself. That was my mother's job. Well, she put it off for a while, hoping that he would remember and bring it back, but no such luck. Finally after a few months, she reminded him, and asked for it back and he said "ok, but when you are though with it, bring it back to me". What????

Then there was the time that mom noticed what looked like mineral deposits on his property and suggested that it might be copper and, if so, worth some real money. He rejected that suggestion out of hand, because it might raise his taxes. Mom was astonished because he was likely to have much more than enough from the copper to pay the taxes. It wasn't like he was using the land for anything else anyway.

But I think the weirdest thing about Milas was his willingness and ability to look totally stupid about how to do something and make it an argument that you just couldn't win.

This was in the day when glue came in bottles with rubber tops. The top had a slit in it, and you pushed the whole bottle down on the paper, glue would come out and you could seal the envelope or glue whatever you needed to glue. Well, mom gave Milas the glue for something one day, and he couldn't figure it out. I tried to tell him to push the whole bottle down on the paper.

What followed was this convoluted argument about no button being on it, no lever etc. Nothing I said was to any avail.

Finally, my mother had had all she could take. He had totally gotten on her nerves and she turned to me and said: "if he is so stupid and childish as to argrue with you, a child, about this, YOU be the adult and just quite responding.

Milas may have gotten a bit upset, because he suddenly decided to go home. My mother and I both sighed a sigh of relief. It's hard being the adult in a conversation when you are only 7. LOL


A Childish Adult, An Adult Child, Debate, Neighbor, Peculiar, Weird

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I am a gay crossdresser who writes under my non-de-plume. I have a variety of interests, science fiction, religion, psychology. I recently moved from Nashville Tn to New Orleans.

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author avatar Carol Roach
4th Mar 2015 (#)

I had a friend like that, he would argue and argue and if you said the dictionary says this word means he would say I don't get a F about the dictionary he just had to be right

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author avatar Vickie Collins
4th Mar 2015 (#)

I have had people who would argue and argue, and some who would say that they would change positions just to keep the argurment going, but this guy was no clueless, apparently. Unless he was just putting me on and trying to get a rise out of me, as a child, but it didn't set well with my mother.

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