Monday, May 18, 2009
My Jamaican Neighbors Have a Goat
I have some neighbors here in beautiful Southwest Palm Bay that are Jamaicans. Oliver and Rose. They have a couple of Goats in their backyard. plus a couple of human kids. It doesn't really bother me because the goats are a lot quieter then the Red Necks pit bulls down the street. I guess they get milk from these goats then eventually eat em up and get a new one. Every so often he has one hanging from a tree in the backyard and he is cutting away.
We are not zoned agriculture or anything its just a regular old shitty Palm Bay neighborhood with Caribbean immigrants that keep a couple of goats and some chickens.
It has gotten to the point that it really isn't that unusual for residents to have livestock or chickens running around their back yards. After all this is Palm Bay and I don't live in Bay Side. With today's economy it makes damn good sense.
It freaks my kids out when they slaughter these animals and then stop by with a plate of curried goat meat. Trying to be a good neighbor I have to accept but it is a little creepy. Hey thanks for the bowl of goat was this the guy I saw you chasing down the street last week ? Is this the one that got loose? Ya Mon that be him that is why he is in the bowl brother. Have some peas and rice Mon. All I could do in return was run an extension cord over there after the last hurricane.
With the up coming Caribbean Festival on the way I wonder which one is going to get it next?
I guess goats are a big part of Jamaicans lives and it really isn't that unusual for families to have goats. They get milk and meat and their backyard is mowed for free. Why I bet there may be one or two over there in Madalyn Landings Apartments.