Our neighbor deserves his own post. I will call him Super Neighbor. He lives with his family downstairs, and they are just finishing up their posting.
On our first full day here, JR and I wanted to take a walk around, and decided to try setting the security alarm. Instead of setting it, we set it off. We were a bit panicked, and in less than a minute, here is Super Neighbor at our door, adorable baby in his arms (that we undoubtedly woke up), big smile on his face, offering to come inside and take a look at the alarm. We kept apologizing for bothering him, he kept saying it was no problem, he was happy to help. When the local guard force showed up moments later to investigate, he was there to help explain to them that it was a mistake.
That was our initial introduction to Super Neighbor. It would have be nice if we could have made a better impression, but he didn’t seem to mind at all.
I think I mentioned that our social sponsor had already set up internet in our apartment. But that first Monday when JR went to work, I woke up to no internet. It just wasn’t working, and I had no clue how to fix it. I didn’t want to bug JR when he had more important things to do, but I definitely wondered how I was going to spend the entire day by myself without the internet or my TV shows! Less than an hour after I realized this, the apartment phone rang. I hesitated, because I had no idea who might be calling aside from JR. Of course, it was Super Neighbor.
SN: “Hey, do you guys have wi-fi up there?”
Me: “We have internet, not wi-fi, but it’s down right now.”
SN: “I know it takes a while to get set up. I wanted to call and give you my wi-fi password so you would have internet right away.”
I mean, who does that? I was totally surprised by not only his willingness to share that, but I didn’t even ask – he was just thinking we might need it, so he called and volunteered it.
But Super Neighbor’s greatest gift to us was yet to come. JR and I are big fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones. Since leaving the States, we’ve missed two episodes. We figured this was part of the deal with moving overseas, we may not get to see our shows right when we want to see them. But then Sunday night happened. It was apparently a huge episode on the show, and there were spoilers EVERYWHERE. It wasn’t just Facebook, they were on People, US Weekly, all of my websites. I was worried that the ending would be ruined for me, and I was desperate to see it.
I started Googling ways to watch GOT online. We were more than willing to pay to download the episodes, but that wasn’t an option. I read that GOT was one of the most illegally downloaded shows ever. So you’d think I’d be able to find a way to download it illegally then, right? (Not that I would have…) But I couldn’t even find that online! And I consider myself capable of finding just about anything online. I was extremely frustrated.
JR’s brother tried to help by setting up HBO GO service. Everything was working on his end, but something blocked us from seeing it. I made a sad Facebook post about how we were out of luck.
But I was wrong! Super Neighbor saw my post, got in contact with JR, and let us know that he had the episodes we needed saved on a flash drive and we could come get them right away. I feel like we owe him at least a case of beer, but the only beer readily available here is Peja, and well, let’s just say that’d be like giving someone Busch beer as a gift. (No offense, Drew.)
Sadly, Super Neighbor is packing out this week, on to the next posting with his family. We will miss him! I think the best thing we can do is pay it forward. When new people move into our building, especially anyone who is new to this lifestyle, I’ll try to think of things that we can to help them as they are settling in. I’m going to be a broken record about this, but it’s amazing to have a great group of people welcoming us into this new world.