This is the road after the last snow.
My next door neighbor on the right (his house is above across the ravine) is an elder guy who can fix almost anything. He is pretty much the go-to guy for that stuff in his church that needs fixing. He and his wife are very religious in that they attend evangelical conferences at least once a a year and sometimes more in Florida. He votes conservative and thinks climate warming is an unproven theory, and therefore, blows his yard every other day so that it remains neat as a pin. He has two daughters and a son, none who live in this state. Two of his children have divorced. The son has a family in the Philippines although he is not married to the mother. The son, a commercial pilot, also has an estranged ex-wife and son in South America that he was finally able to see at age 6 for the first time in as many years. The divorced daughter is raising two girls on her own. The other daughter has married for the first time at age 40 and has recently given birth to her first child which means they take more trips down to Florida to see the new little one. They have a comfortable retirement as you can see from above.
My neighbor who lives on the left across the other ravine (their winter home in the photo above sadly empty this month) has lots more money. I have written about them before. They
have had an expensive motor boat which they recently sold since they do not use it enough. They also have a fancy sailboat that cost somewhere in the six figures and they take it out a few times a year. They have a large huge home and even have an elevator in their house! She started a church under one of those rather liberal religious sects in this community. She and her husband vote liberal. They now spend most of the winter months at their condominium in a snazzy area of Florida. This is a second marriage for him and a first for her, so she holds Christmas holidays for his son's family before they head south. His son is some genius engineer inventing materials for space.
All of these neighbors are really nice and kind and we help collect mail on travel and exchange tomato plants or baked food. We go out to dinner with the liberal neighbors several times a year. Both neighbors are very different from us. We are comfortable middle class bureaucrats with no religious affiliation or interest in such and do not have the money that they have. We do have grandchildren or step grand-children in common. We share gardening with the neighbors on the right and food-eating with the neighbors on the left. We all live in harmony and we support each other after hurricanes with removing trees and storing food in freezers if electricity is on or in the case of my neighbor on the right assist after recuperating from triple-by pass. We are all college educated.
I think about my neighbors when the craziness of the social news trolls starts getting to me. We do have more in common that not and I keep hoping that we will see some middle ground on much of this soon. I also realize that this is a rose-colored demographic and not how most of the U.S. lives.