Movies, House Numbers, and other Random Quick Takes



Does anyone know  the logic behind the numbering of houses in suburban neighborhoods? I’ve puzzled over this for years. I assume some numbers get skipped because in an urban setting, with no yards between, they would use every number, but the presence of a yard between makes a difference. And yet it doesn’t make any sense that along my street there are three houses in a row, with equal distance between them, numbered 3911, 4001 and 4003. Why did they skip 3913 through 3999?

One of those mysteries I would really like cleared up.

Enchanted (2007) Poster___2___

We brought Enchanted in on Netflix as a family movie last week. It’s so much fun to see Julianna finally, finally start making connections with girly movies. Enchanted was a universal hit. Nicholas came up to me the next day and said with a total little-boy lovesick sigh, “Mommy, I llllooooove Giselle.”


I had forgotten how stinking funny Enchanted is. I adore that scene in Central Park: “How Do You Know?” I love that Amy Adams and James Marsden sing, too. And Patrick Dempsey, for that matter. I wish movies gave actors more opportunities to sing. People have this idea these days that singing is an activity reserved to a very few people who are “good enough.” Until mass entertainment came along, everybody sang. It’s a rare person who truly can’t sing at all.


Memorial Day, horses 119 smallJulianna wrote a letter to Mary Poppins this week. i.e. to Julie Andrews, only I didn’t try to explain the difference. It said, “Dear Mary Poppins, I want to ride the pink carousel with you. My favorite song is Spoonful of Sugar. I hope you have a Jolly Holiday.”

Okay, I guided her through the first two sentences. But that last little pun? That was all Julianna. I asked her what else she wanted to write, and that’s what came out. Wow.


Nicholas is feeling pretty exhausted after three weeks of summer school. He and Alex had a typical 9-year-old-vs.-5-year-old argument about it.

Nicholas: “I loooooove school but I hate being there all day!”

Alex: “You can’t love school and hate being there at the same time!”

Nicholas: “I love school so much! But I hate being all day!”

“Alex: “You can’t love it and hate it!”

Me: “Alex! Stop being such a know-it-all! He’s saying he loves school but he’s tired because it’s so long!”

One more week, and summer break starts for real. I am both looking forward to it–field trip season!–and not.


I finally went to the neighborhood pool at 6 a.m. to lap swim today. I am not a big pool person because I think sunbathing is both unwise and uncomfortable, and I hate cold water. And I really hate sunscreen. But a pool before sunrise, after two weeks of hot weather–that is a pleasant form of exercise indeed.


Baseball is almost over. One more night, and we’re blessedly free. The boys have enjoyed it, but it’s been a brutal three months. I feel like we lost the entire spring for bike riding and playing outside and taking walks after dinner. More of those adjustments that come as the kids get older.

Have a great weekend!

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6 thoughts on “Movies, House Numbers, and other Random Quick Takes

  1. About those house numbers: it probably depends on the state but usually developers determine lot sizes in a new subdivision, also street names, and end up assigning street numbers based on directions from the city, regional planning, etc. A vacant lot causes a numbering disconnect because no one ever built on it as intended in the original plans for a subdivision.

    Hope that helps.

    • That makes sense, but there aren’t any vacant lots in our neighborhood. I just wish I knew why they’d skip thirty or forty house numbers between one house and the next…

      • That does seem odd, I was thinking they might have skipped 6 or 8 numbers. Perhaps there was some sort of error in the original plot plan. Hard to know.

  2. That is a weird numbering system, and one that I think all the US cities (except Provo and Salt Lake City) I lived in used. I liked the Hungarian system: one side odd, one side even, numbering starts closest to th 0 km stone at the Buda foot of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, regradless of where in the country you are.

  3. Sharon Twenter

    I’m thinking the change in streets as you go around the bend. I bet some of the houses have a different street name.

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