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  • Writer's pictureAbigail Holcombe, Emmaly Crimmel, Sydney Vize, & Nathan Grimes

Exhausting Four Places

After Georges Perec's 'Exhausting a Place in Paris' (1975).

Three hours, four times, in four places.

Exhausting a Place, Abigail Holcombe

Today is March seventh, it is one-forty in the afternoon and I am sitting outside situated in a large rattan cushioned chair that I bought last summer at a thrift store (it is very comfortable). It has big curly wooden arms that curl and circle around in an ornate gesture. The sides of the chair have a chevron pattern that organizes and reinforce the rattan material. The coating on the wood is chipping off from being exposed to the weather - we had a cover but the dog ripped it up. The fragments of the cover still lay on the ground, cast to the right side of the yard.

A large crow flies overhead.

Other remnants of things broken or being repaired lay scattered about the yard:

- the metal fire pit that was miraculously crushed and bent by the dog

- remnants of old frisbees

- severed sticks

- a grill that's rusting

- another patio chair that has fallen victim to the dogs boredom

- a rake

- a plastic bucket from Ace Hardware

- wooden boards (awaiting new positions to repair holes in the fence)

- piles of leaves

- a severed limb from our tree that was brought down with the storm last Fall

There are moments that reveal, through remnants, who lived here before we did. (It’s a rental.) Long wooden planks are fastened horizontally, lining the bottom edges of the otherwise vertical wooden fence - my guess is for reinforcement. On the day we moved here our dog wouldn’t go to certain areas or patches of the backyard (although now she doesn’t do this). This leads me to imagine that those who lived here before had a dog. It’s funny the ways in which dogs leave traces for one another - like little messages - friendly or not so friendly. Anyway, remnants. There’s a nice little moment where a large brick, a slightly smaller stone and a small organically shaped slab of concrete rest against the bottom of the fence - leaned against the wood so as to cover a small hole in the fence - an attempt (I assume) to keep the dog in. We have done the same in our own ways. Two weeks ago I filled the Ace Hardware bucket with water and set it out in the snow in front of a rather large hole in the fence (caused by the fallen limb from our tree). It froze overnight and did the trick for a little while. Now it’s melted.

A dog barks in the distance.

Cars ‘whooshing’ by on the busy road just several houses down from us.

The wind comes in waves today, it’s blowing a little more now.

It is fairly sunny today too, no definitive clouds in the sky, just areas where the sky looks hazier.

A tall brick pillar attached to the school building can be seen just beyond our fence. Lots of trees surrounding as well - all bare.

The caw of a bird from one yard over.

The noise of the cars stop momentarily.

The wind stops.

It’s nice when things stop for a moment.

Now I can hear cars going by again.

An (motorcycle?) engine revving in the distance.

It is a good motorcycle day.

I hear the rustling of leaves and sounds made by our trash can just beyond the fence - Travis must be taking out the trash or recycling. But the garbage pick up isn’t until Tuesday morning.

I hear the fence gate creak open and the leaves rustling underneath as they get caught up in the swing of the gate, the sound of wheels turning. He must be going for a bike ride. Gate closes again.

The chair I am sitting in rests on top of a gridded pattern of cement square stones - three vertically in each column, seven columns, 21 squares total. Between the stones - wood chips, small twigs, bits of leaves and dog hair. We laid it all down last summer to keep the patio area from flooding when it rains. We moved in on a rainy day. Amongst the twigs and mulch various pieces of straw lie about. The surface of the yard is about ⅓ of the way covered in straw, this is to keep the mud at bay. There is a vertical stripe of ground (without grass or sod) that spans diagonally across the yard. Our neighbor told us there used to be a “sewer line” or “some sort of line or pipe” that ran through where our yard is now. Now when it rains it just becomes a mess, but the straw is helping.

The sun isn’t setting, but is no longer positioned as high in the sky, it’s mid afternoon.

A bird chirping from some way off.

A dog barking a long way off.

The wind picks up again, this time the branches on our tree rustle a little. The tree is positioned near the middle of the yard, its roots span nearly the whole yard.

The wind feels colder now.

The wind stops, and back again.

I have a small clementine orange sitting in front of me on another piece of patio furniture. I wonder if eating it will change my read on the tree or the wind. I check the time - still about two more hours. I sigh, staring off into space. My eyes glaze over for a moment. I realize I don’t listen to birds or cars very often. Another dog barks.

Time seems to slow when I notice it, and race on when I’m not looking it in the face. And when I look for more of it, it always seems to slip past me. When I want it to speed up it seems to slow and drone on.

The dog barks again. Now it’s gotten the attention of another dog. They’re saying something, but I don’t know what. The caw of a bird in the yard over. I see the silhouette of a biker pass by on the other side of the fence. I know it isn’t Travis - he’s much shorter and besides, he set off in the other direction.

“this way mom”, a small (I assume because the voice has that ‘small’ sound) child calls, riding along on a bike silhouetted against our wooden fence. More talking but I can’t make out any words. A car horn sounds.

A leash is tied around our tree like a belt, it rests against the ground.

The sound of some rock music.

The sound of a car door slamming shut.

More indistinct conversation from far off.

Another car door shuts.

Two beeps (to lock it I presume).

The napkin under my clementine orange blows in the wind.

I feel my attention fading.

I reposition myself in the chair (just my legs).

A bird sings a few yards over.

The shadows are getting longer now.

An inventory of objects within my view:

- A woven door mat

- A plastic box - slightly chewed up

- A plastic pot with a dead plant inside

- A bottle of “Roundup”

- A green and orange plastic bottle, I can’t make out the label

- A metal shovel with a wooden handle

- A square stone (different from the matching ones in the grid pattern that make up the patio area)

- Tangles of cords

- A pile of sticks - the shovel is amongst the pile of sticks making it hard to distinguish the two from one another

- I count eighteen large sticks but then give up, there are lots of smaller sticks and twigs making up the pile as well. I don’t dare try to count them all from this distance

- A hose

- A bag of dirt (can’t make out the label) in a green and yellow bag with a picture of unnaturally fluorescent green grass

I notice as I inventory these things I’m not able to continue to note the various bird calls and dog barkings going on, but they are still happening.

- A plastic piece that's supposed to be at the base of the gutter is detached and resting on the ground which is connected to a makeshift plastic piece tied to the end of the gutter (another attempt/remnant). And no, our property management company will not be receiving a five-star rating

- More sticks

- The Ace Hardware bucket, made out of white plastic with red lettering for the large print “ACE” and the rest of the words are in small black print. The bucket rests against the fallen tree limb, in front of the hole in the fence it was attempting to block.

- One frisbee remnant

- And another (I promise we walk the dog a lot)

- A rake on top of a pile of leaves

- Three tall wooden planks rest against the side of the fence to my right

I reposition myself again in the chair.

- The broken fire pit

- The rusty grill - black with a kettle-like red top

- Two tennis balls

- The remnants of the used-to-be-functional chair cover

- The patio chair (the one I am not sitting in). Its corners have evidence of chewing.

The (backfire?) of a car or a motorcycle. It speeds off with a loud acceleration.

- The patio stone squares

- The large rattan chair that I am sitting in

- A square foot rest/small table that matches the other patio chair I am not sitting in

On the foot rest/small table:

- One small clementine orange

- One glass of water with a lemon wedge floating inside

- (both are sitting on top of a napkin, waiting to be used

- An orange pencil

- A highlighter

- A blue pen

- A grey pencil

- A printed copy of the pdf with the description for this assignment, resting under my phone which is keeping the time

Now I add ten pieces of ripped up orange peel to the foot rest, I divide the orange into ten sections, eating two at a time until I get to ten. My fingers are now orange and have that weird white residue that always appears after peeling an orange - what is that stuff? I use the napkin.

The napkin has ornate detailing on it, along with what I think are supposed to be grapes and a vine with leaves attached - oh it's supposed to be a grape vine I guess. They’re kind of granny napkins, they were cheap.

A crow caws, I can see it from where I’m sitting.

A dog starts barking again.

A car starts up and I hear the engine rev.

The crow leaves its branch and flies from the neighbors backyard and towards the school, over the school and now out of sight.

I missed the sound of the car driving off I guess.

Our dog is let out into the backyard, she looks at me. Another dog barks in the distance, she looks towards the fence in the direction of the barking. I watch her ears perk up. I become more aware of how much more observant she is than me in this situation. The rustling of leaves beyond the fence. She barks. Another crow flies closer to our tree, she noticed it before I did. Indistinct chatter in the distance. She’s investigating, she stands taller when she does that. The crow flies even nearer. Her head moves with it as it flies and perches itself on a branch of another tree that reaches over our fence. It caws. She sits down, fixated on it. More indistinct chatter in the distance. This time she hears the chatter and starts barking. She keeps barking. She is brought back inside.

I hear sounds in our neighbors yard just beyond the fence, he appears to be doing some kind of yard work, judging by the sounds. The dog jumps up on the window from inside, she wants to see what’s going on. I hear a siren in the distance. More indistinct chatter coming from a different direction than the last chattering sounds. Another and louder siren. It gets closer, it's coming down the busy street near our house. It starts to it’s out of ear shot.

Sounds of our gate opening and then closing, leaves rustling, wheels turning. Travis is back from his bike ride.

The shadows crawl longer, stretching further across the page as I’m writing. The sun is lower than the last time I noted its position. I check the time impatiently. Another car door shutting. Another engine starting up. More caws. More distant dog barking. The sound of the cars driving by on the busy street droning on in a distant “whooshing”. The dog is let out again.

She walks behind my chair, laps up some rain water from a bowl I hadn’t noticed was sitting on the ground behind me. Another car door slams. I watch her sniff around and approach a pile of sticks then walk away from it. She squats and pees. She walks towards me. The wind picks up. She lifts her nose to catch the wind as it rolls through the backyard, she always does that. She finally chooses a stick and runs in a few circles with it. She stops, she loses interest in the stick. She returns to sniffing the ground. The caw of a crow again. She pants as she walks around the yard. She returns to a hold she’s been digging, she sticks her whole head down into the hole, she looks remarkably like a cartoon for this moment. Then begins digging. She stops. She walks to the Ace Hardware bucket full of used-to-be-ice water. She laps up a small amount. She crosses the yard to a pile of leaves to sniff, then to another and another. She sniffs, seeming to look for something. She finds what she was looking for and squats. When she’s done she canters off to find the next thing to do. She returns to the hole and digs some more. She stops. She walks around the tree and sits. I see her breath catch the wind, it must be getting colder. The sun is lower now. The shadows are longer. I check my phone for the time. The dog circles back and around me, laps up some more water from the bowl again. More nose raising and sniffing as the wind blows.

I hear the car in our driveway start up and the gravel crunch underneath the heavy tires. She runs to the back gate. The car drives away. She walks back to the tree. Indistinct voices in the distance (tools clanking?). She runs to the fence and barks. I pick up a remnant of a frisbee and throw it, she chases it and picks it up and then sits down with it to chew on. She loses interest quickly. Back to the hole she’s been working on.

The sun is lower and further below the haze, it's shining more brightly in my direction now. I’m squinting. It seems to be getting slowly darker. I see the dog return to the Ace Hardware bucket for a few more laps of water. She walks across the yard, picks up a stick and then lays down, holding the stick between her two front paws and begins chewing. She loses interest after a few chews. The caw of a crow. She walks to the back gate then back towards me. She stops and scratches. Sounds of children playing off in the distance. The dog is let inside.

Birds chirping (BC) and crows cawing (CC).





The sound of little feet rustling in some leaves, maybe a squirrel?

The scream of a child playing, it sounded like a playful scream.







BC and CC simultaneously for a few seconds.

I hear a parent’s voice in the distance “come here!” and an indistinct response from a higher pitched smaller voice. More playing and yelling sounds.



Kids screaming again.



The whooshing sound of a car driving fast down our street.

I realize I missed all the car sounds while I was watching the dog.

The sound of a new bird call.


Dog barks in the distance.

Indistinct low voice in the distance.

Dog barks from the opposite direction of the voice.


More car whooshing.

A big wave of wind. My napkin nearly gets caught up in it.

I check the time.

Longer shadows, the sun is even brighter and warmer now, shining in my face through the tree limbs. The shadows of the gridded woven patio furniture across other surfaces is nice. I’ve been really into gridded patterns lately. This particular gridded shadow is currently cast over the mangled chair cover. This makes the fragments more bearable.

The sound of dog paws hitting the window, she wants to come out again.

Something about grids and fragments. Fragments composing a grid. These lists - an assemblage of fragments, but positioned in a way don’t make up a larger whole. The thing about lists is they don’t form grids, they only form lines. Lines that never intersect.

The wind picks up again, it feels much colder now. I realise this whole time I left out the strung lights that are attached to the…

I hear a cell phone tone ring that takes me momentarily back to a very specific time and place in my life. The ringing stops.

...the two poles on either side of the patio area, making a large “L” shape to encapsulate the patio. I now notice one of the bulbs has been chewed on (they’re plastic).

If I turn my head slightly to the left I can shield my face from the setting sun, letting the shadow of one of the tree limbs fall across my face. Another wave of wind. I hear the crunching of gravel under heavy tires, I hear the car door opens and closes in the driveway.


Rustling from inside the house.


Distant dog bark.

Cars whooshing by.




Simultaneous bird songs.

The sun continues to set, it’s now low enough that I have to hold up my left hand to shield my eyes from the sun. The sun has moved but the grid patterned shadow has not.

I check the time.


I hear “leave it Rey” from inside the house.

More car whooshing.

I slump back in the chair thinking about fragments.

The sun is now glistening and sparkling off of one of the fragmented pieces of chewed up frisbee. A big wave of wind, the napkin and sheet of paper are almost caught up in it.






BC and CC at once

The dog is let back out.


Cars whooshing.

The dog circles around me, she lifts her nose to a small wave of wind. She looks out at the backyard towards the school and sits down. With each little noise her head turns and her ears twitch in different directions.



A new bird chirping, the dog notices it and I see her head follow the sound. I watch her hair blow in the wind.

A really noisy car rumbles down the busy street.

A train horn sounds in the distance.

The twitching of the dog's nose in the setting sun as the wind picks up.

The wind is still cold.

Another noisy car, it sounds like a truck. Only trucks make noise like that, right?

Other cars whooshing by.

The sound of what I would guess is a trailer attached to a car.

The dog sniffs around at the chair cover fragments. I cannot see the grid patterned shadow.

I check the time. The dog returns to her hole and starts digging again.

A large crow flies overhead.


Distant dog barks.

The dog tries to pick up an awkwardly large stick but then decides to lay down with it to make it easier for chewing.

CC from various directions simultaneously.

Another crow flies overhead.

I check my phone for the time.

Dog barks, car whooshes.

A car pulls up to the school on the opposite side of our fence, I watch it’s silhouette move sluggishly.

Sounds of car doors opening and closing. The sound of the car horn signalling that it is now locked.

Distant dog barking.

A motorcycle or loud excelerator on a car in the distance.


Leaves rustling.

CC overhead

A car drives down our street with loud rap music playing .

I can see the grid pattern again on the chair cover fragments. The dog walks between the back of the gridded chair and the chair cover and her fur becomes gridded just for a moment.


It’s cold now, but the wind seems to have died down.


Another loud car goes by.

Cars whooshing.


The dog sits and lifts her nose to the wind.

Obnoxious recurring honking happens four times.

Vibrations of a loud car goes by.

Vibration music over audible music = cool guy driving car.

The dog lays down on the straw.

The straw looks golden now in the setting sun.

It is now four-forty in the afternoon.


Emmaly Crimmel

It’s sunny I can see 2:45

Speed and elevation are not equal

It could be fall or spring in the way the sun is red and blue




No parking on Saturday

Streets are just wide enough to consider a U-turn, thinking


The trees look like the ground. It makes the air like soup.

Things that are big masks: 1) cars 2) buildings you have 2 keys

to get into

More people walk in one direction compared to the other


Red, blue, gray, black doesn't count

Warm paper is doing it right

Comfort is about one thing

Chunky red bike

No more tree

A sign I can’t read but I know that building has good soup

Wheels that are foot sized

My feet size on the windowsill

Gloves too, maybe they have touched vegetables

Waiting for a call, no, taking a picture

PINK wasn’t a color for sometime but it will be soon again

Something pointed out not seen by her friends

Red fire hydrant

+person is bigger

+light pole is bigger

+tree is bigger

+car with green aura is bigger

+imaginary flashlight is smaller

Does it not matter that he is going?

In circles?

Hoods and green grass are juicy- that's the world I want to stay


Squirrels maybe fuzzy pears

Sunny licence plate

Hood is sunny like a music note

Truck wants to be fire truck

3 white cars

1 parked white car

2 white cars

1 white parked car

1 white dome like a sourdough loaf

Layers of fences I cannot count

The bushes look cold because they are moving

1 circle




Ponytail leggings

2 half circles

Truck bed is full

Standing while driving

Black mustang parks too close, typical

Ladders, but no one is carrying them

Pull up at the same time, same distance

No purple


Upside Down

Plant I want to brush against my face

Diamond with a little tail

I know there is a graveyard

Dinosaur bones

Must be a wedding dress

Ponytail leggings

Fines and houses

Big backpack biking

Sharp teeth


Bunny ear plastic bag

Cups are there then gone

Silver car gives me the future

White truck is always there, I can’t see it

Green cone stands alone, sharp tooth

Lighthouse car

Yellow Lips

Trees moving with cars

Fell from the sky vs. Falling from the sky

STOP faces one way

Ponytail leggings

Outdoor vacuum


Always in need of quarters

Falling from the sky

Big lazy cat sun sleeping on cars

Stairs to nowhere up

White car looks me in the eye

Phone and car are the same thing


Exhausting a Place, Sydney Vize

Starting at 10:50 am on a Saturday

It’s warm in the sun & cold in the shade

Sun is fully out & shadows from the trees are very stark

I’m on my porch in the shade, cold

A neighbor across the street is on her porch in the sun

A younger (?) squirrel with red stripe on its side is upside down on a branch close to my porch chewing on the wood

Woman in a long purple coat & purple hat walks west on other side of the street

Two people with small black and white beagle walk west on my side of the street

Beagle looks fairly old

Car sound from down the street

Next door neighbor yells bye to her kids & leaves in white car, pulls into other house’s driveway to turn around

Her kids stay in the yard & watch her leave

Cardinal sounds but can’t see them

Next door neighbor on other side comes out onto her porch, shakes out blanket, goes back inside

Can faintly hear 11:00 am on the campus bell tower

Wind chime sound from next door

Breeze is moving some dead leaves & small branches, not strong enough to move the big ones

Angle change to try & see birds (didn’t work)

Blue Subaru passes going west

Across the street neighbor on porch in sun is reading & tapping her foot

Small birds near top of the big tree right across the street

Can’t remember the last time I saw my directly across the street neighbors in white house, maybe they left town?

My porch needs to be mopped

Cardinal moves to tree by my porch

Neighbor on porch goes inside & comes right back out

Maroon car that looks old passes going east

Leaves still moving but can’t feel breeze

Cardinal sounds

Sounds from neighbor’s heating (?) system

Dog howls down the street

Louder caw-ing birds across the street

Pine tree next to my house is moving but not making sound

Something is dripping/falling from tree near my porch (or from birds)

Really quiet for a few minutes

Neighbor across street makes a phone call from porch

Two strollers have been left on next door neighbor’s porch, 1 double 1 single

Silver Honda drives very slowly west, driver looks at me twice

Forgot about my coffee now it’s super cold

Blue minivan (next door neighbor’s) drives past going west & parks

Kids yelling from inside van

Grey car going west very fast passes

Neighbors (+kids) go inside

Wind chimes

Someone in their backyard a street over grabs something & goes back inside

What looks like a hand/arm pops out of a top floor window in a house across the street, too fast to be sure what I saw

Dogs barking & kids yelling from the direction of the park down the street

Small squirrel crosses the street in the tree branches

Larger squirrel on front steps of brown shingle house across & down the street

Shouting sounds from park

Helicopter sounds nearby

Wind chimes

Man with red shoes & black hat walks east with young kid (3?) with red hat, crosses street

Man in grey with two large dogs on retractable leashes walks west on my side of the street. Leashes make a crackle sound when they overextend

Dogs bark loudly when they’re out of sight

Next door neighbor goes inside from driveway

Man in white hat walks small but wide golden dog, think it’s a cavalier king charles spaniel. It looks older

Young woman with very long hair walks quickly west on other side of the street

Porch neighbor sighs really loudly. Still on phone?

Helicopter sounds

Porch neighbor goes inside

Shouting sounds from the park

Porch neighbor comes back out, man on bike rides up to her porch & goes in the house. Leaves bike leaned up against steps

Squirrel hangs upside down to get to bird feeder on pole next door (next to wind chimes), unsuccessful

Neon green hose bunched up next to white & blue house across street

Sound of glass door opening, closing

Sounds of kids hitting something with sticks? Can’t see them

It’s plastic swords, kids with shields and swords clang them around, 1 gets hit & other kid apologizes lots of times. They stop playing + walk east. Parents with stroller follow behind

Couple both in blue coats walk east on my side of street

Family with sword kids still moving slowly going east

Fed Ex van (small) stops square in the middle of the street & opens door but doesn’t get out right away. Gets out & gets back in, did they drop off a package? They drive away fast

Bike guy across the street moves bike off steps, then bikes away going west

Two honks from down the street – car alarm shut off quickly?

Sound of next door neighbor dropping keys in driveway

Person sits in window behind porch neighbor, looks like they’re sitting together

Dog howls down the street

Wind chimes

Next door neighbors to the right tell their teenage daughter something in the driveway

Bug gets close to me

Man with grey hat and long beard runs east on my side of the street

Two women in blue coats walk east in the street with a very young puppy. Puppy has trouble getting up on curb, oh god

Bright yellow car moves fast down the street and parks

Can hear music being played, maybe from a couple houses down. Can’t hear what it is at all, only that there are vocals

Orange & white cat walks through driveway of brown shingled house & goes into plants in their garden

Can hear metal moving + maybe hammering (?)

Next door neighbors are sanding something – I can’t see them but I think it’s part of a thing their daughter has been building to go in the back of her Subaru

Brick house across the street – young son (3?) opens glass front door a little bit & then closes it again

More sanding (actually, is it sawing?)

Kid from across the street opens door again, comes out onto steps holding it open, then goes back in

Bell tower chimes for noon

Kid opens door again & his dad comes too this time. They stand on steps for a moment & go back in

Some kind of wreath is on their door – easter? It looks blue, can’t make any of the shapes out

Leaf falls and makes a shadow on brick house

Neighbors bring a big white bag onto their porch and leave it there

Can hear music again & really can’t tell from where

Porch neighbor in sun takes off her coat. Thinking vindictively about all the times I can use my porch when it’s raining & they have to run inside

Guy in black coat walks small black dog up to the door of a house across & down the street

Two people walking 1 dog each walk east on my side of the street. Both dogs are big & have very shiny fur

No one is parked in any of the street parking spots in my eyeline

Big black cat walks in driveway in the sun, pauses at side door of brown shingled house & keeps going

Silver car backs out of the long driveway the cat just walked down. Pauses halfway down, guy gets out & leaves car door open. Goes into house, car is still running. He comes back with an envelope, grabs newspaper & gets back in car. I feel like he had a different car not long ago – maybe he left it with its door open and someone took it

Someone with a big blue coat, blue hat, and blue shoes walks west on my side of the street

Neighbor on my right comes out on porch with yellow blanket & reads on porch swing

Breeze is cold

Coffee is freezing but still drinking it

Very intermittent hammering sounds from 1 street over

Leaves crunching to my left – squirrel?

Sunny porch neighbor grabs her coat & goes inside

Fancy black car goes east very quickly

A different silver car pulls into the black cat’s driveway

Some kind of creature is digging around in my gutters to my left above my head

Two squirrels are upside down on the branch closest to my porch

Weed whacker (?) sounds from down the street

Cardinal couple flies into tree by porch

Animal in the gutter is very loud

Someone coughing down the street

Someone brings a big yellow bag (pet food?) into side door of brown shingle house

Next door neighbor on swing gets up and goes back inside

2 squirrels are still there

Woman in very large brimmed black hat walks west on my side of the street

There’s a big plastic grey box on the front porch of the white house across the street by their front door (for deliveries?) I really don’t think I’ve seen them in weeks or months

They have a small wreath by their door too, but it looks brown & “non-seasonal”

Woman in white hat pushes orange double stroller west. Holding hands & walking with young kid (2?) at same time

Gutter animal has moved to front of house

(must be squirrel?)

Neighbor’s white Honda pulls up & parks in street

Silver Jetta passes by fast going east

Neighbor has trouble getting her kid to come out of car, kid starts crying

They go inside – kid is in ballet outfit

Can hear sirens from east – sounds like fire trucks

Really bright cardinal being loud

Sirens come closer then fade

Clanging in the gutter

Dog barking in a backyard

Fancy silver car goes fast east

Next door neighbors start their Subaru & take a while to back out of drive

Man with package and black glasses walks east

Neighbors finally pull out & head east

Sirens still going

Yellow blanket was left on neighbor’s porch swing

Bell tower sounds, but not the full hour chime

45 minute chime (12:45?)

Woman with big scarf & backpack walks east in the street

Sirens are still going? Or are they a new set?

Vacuum sounds from down the street

One curtain in an upper window in brown house across the street is caught on something

Footsteps in gravel to my right – in my driveway or my neighbors’

Woman in blue coat walks quickly east

It’s very quiet for a while, just vacuum sound

Blue Subaru goes east

Weird sound I can’t place right away – trunk opening & squeaking?

Neighbor calls to their dog

White car goes fast to the east

Neighbors discuss switching locations of chair & plant (on porch?), tone a little strained

Neighbors walk their dog west on my side of the street

Woman with very long red hair walks west on other side of street

Woman with mask on jogs east on other side of street

Dead leaves making scraping sounds against the curb

Sirens to west

Wind chimes

A different person is sitting & reading on the sunny porch

Someone who is not my neighbor (babysitter?) exits neighbor’s house & walks east

Sirens are still going

Other than one small low cloud I see right now I don’t think I’ve seen any clouds today

Woman in navy coat walks small shiny black dog east

Door clanging from inside my house

Hear a conversation from down the block

Two middle school-aged kids in purple coats walk east on my side of the street & chat

Squirrel hopping on path in front yard of disappeared neighbors’ white house across the street

Haven’t heard gutter squirrel in a while

Woman in mask walks a very muscular and kind of scary grey & white dog east on my side of the street

New sunny porch neighbor goes inside

Guy on bike is back & rides down driveway behind brick house with porch

Next door neighbor’s kid (Bad Son, ~4) comes out on porch briefly & goes back in, comes back out & runs down driveway

(we call him Bad Son because we always see him beating up his siblings & yelling at his parents but he’s being chill right now)

Something is crunching in leaves below my porch in front yard – squirrel?

Other kids join Bad Son in the driveway from their house

Something scrapes on pavement down the street

Car alarm goes off somewhere – pretty faint & turned off before long

Very quiet for a few minutes

Someone bikes south on Orchard

Still very quiet, just hear kids chatting/playing in backyard next door

Bright blue truck with some weird stuff in the bed drives east