April 13, 2011

My 'hood

Every day after work when I head South to come back to my lovely little humble abode I drive by this mobile home park called "The Neighborhood." And every day it makes me giggle. Not to be confused with a laugh. It seriously makes me giggle. Like a little school girl.

I'm not sure why I think this is so funny. Maybe it's because the font is all scrolly and victorian and pretty. Almost like they're trying to really class up the place. And, in case you were wondering I have absolutely nothing against mobile homes. There's practically one on overy corner around here along with banks and Subways. Plus, I used to live in one up until the day I signed the papers on my spectacular house. Can you tell how much I love my house yet?

Anyway, it's just crazy funny that this dinky little run-down mobile home park would call itself "The Neighborhood" and use such feminine font on their sign.

So...I've decided my 'hood needs a name, but then I decided I don't really care if my neighbors have a cool name with ridiculous font on the sign I just care that my little corner of the world has a cool name with ridiculous font on the sign, and I have already come up with my name.

Are you ready?

The Grotto

Yep. I don't even know what a grotto is. I just like the word. I like the way it sounds and the way it's spelled and I think it would look fabulous in ridiculously scrolly and feminine font on the sign I plan on placing at the entrance to my driveway. Don't think I won't do it...

Excuse me while I go google Grotto. I simply can't use it if it means something like eater of lettuce.

Ok, I'm back.

According to Wikipedia (and we all know how much I believe in anything that rhymes with Encyclopedia...) a grotto is:  any type of natural or artificial cave that is associated with modern, historic or prehistoric use by humans. When it is not an artificial garden feature, a grotto is often a small cave near water and often flooded or liable to flood at high tide.

Hmmm, I will not let this deter me from calling my 'hood The Grotto! I have a storm cellar which totally counts as a cave (and if this drought would ever end I would know if it floods) and I have a water hose which shooots out...well, water. Cave. Water. What else do I need? Oh, and my house was built in the 70s so that totally makes it prehistoric right? No? Well, whatever, it's older than me and in my personal, professional opinion that counts. I'm considering this a done deal.

I'm off to make a sign. See ya next time at... The Grotto!


  1. Oh amanda! Have you never heard of the Grotto at the Playboy Mansion?! Even after watching The Girls Next Door?!?!? ha ha ha ha

  2. Oh! Maybe that's why I like it so much! Haha