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Love thy neighbor?

Life in the Fast Lane

My wife and I moved into the house we’re renting about 2 years ago. Everything seemed fine for the first few months. One day this old guy who lives down the road started yelling at us to “slow down.” The speed limit is posted as 5mph (on a hand written sign I might add.) We always crawl up to out house between 5-10 mph, which is slow enough. The way this guy acts you’de think we were flying into our driveway. One day my mother in law was visiting and this guy has the gall to flag her down and tell her she was going to fast. He is always- and I mean ALWAYS outside, walking around looking at the grass. It seems the grass is his purpose for living. Which brings me to the topic of our water bill. This guy waters the lawns NON-STOP around the loop that goes around our neighborhood, including his own lawn. The sprinklers are going day and night during the summer. This is a problem because our water bill is SHARED for everyone in the loop. So our water bills in the summer go from about $25 to $50-60 a MONTH because of this guy. All this fuels the fires and I just keep getting more resentful, I basically become a time-bomb because this guy is just going out of his way to provoke us. One morning I was on my way to work at 7:45. Not a soul in sight, as I’m creeping out of the driveway this guy comes literally running out of his front door and gives me the motion to “slow down.” That’s it- I am a very shy and quiet person. I go to great lengths to avoid conflict with people and this guy just keeps at it. I slam on my breaks and roll down my window. He looks like a deer in the headlights. I ask him: “did you just ask me to slow down?” He replies: “yes I did!” I scream at him: “I’m going 5 mph, SHUT THE F*** UP!” He’s like “just go” and I did. Fast forward alittle the guy keeps telling me and my wife to slow down. One day he’s out in his yard giving me the stink eye as I come home from work. I’m tired of feeling threatened in the place where I live so I walk down the road to talk to the guy. He freaks out , grabs a golf club and puts it my face. Completely ignoring my attempt to speak to him in a civil manner, this is the kind of behavior I would expect from a teenager- not a 60-70 year old man.    Well one of the reasons I went to talk to him that day was that he and the old man that live next to us (who are great buds of course,) decided to start playing this game of “what was my area to mow.” Previously I had just been mowing the entire area in front of my house. All of a sudden one day I see him mowing a line down our yard. “Okay..” I think to myself. I keep mowing as usual. A couple months go by and we get a letter from our landlord stating that we need to mow our ‘entire’ lawn or we’ll be fined $100. The old guy behind us decided to draw a imaginary line in his yard and that was suddenly my duty to mow. Would have been neighborly of him to let us know right? That would have defeated the whole purpose of their little game though. So I go to talk to the guy behind us about it. He acts all indignant and smugly states “that’s not mine to mow.” I could write another book about the grass drama but for the sake of brevity I’ll leave it at the basics. Needless to say this began our problems with the guy behind us. Now he makes a POINT of SLAMMING his doors whenever he comes or leaves. If he sees we are home he will literally just open and shut his door all day just to disturb us. He will get in his van and leave for an hour.. come back for 20 minutes.. leave again. This is a daily thing. He sporadically comes and goes on average about 3-5 times a day. If he hears us talking or quietly listening to music or our t.v. he will make a point to be extra noisy or pounds on his wall nearest our house. Needless to say we can’t even relax in our home anymore thanks to this guy. We are just stressed out and depressed about being stuck here. We are trying to save for a down-payment on a place of our own, but you know it’s tough these days for two people in there late twenties just to get by. The older generations are always generalizing about how the younger ones “don’t respect” them- but look at this ridiculous behavior! Not very mature or civil.

Sue Silly

I have been dealing with this guy for 4 yrs now. He is suing me and he has sued several other of his neighbors in the past. He always loses. He has also called every enforcement agency along with the town  to complain about me. the authorities always come out and never do anything because I haven’t done anything wrong. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks

You Do Do Something to Me

My parents and their 2 pups were visiting and the dogs must have pooped in the neighbors yard because this evening while taking out our garbage there were a bunch of dog turds on our driveway! They appeared to have been thrown, from somewhere. I take total responsibility for my parents dogs, but couldn’t they have just come and asked us to clean it up??? We also are new to the neighborhood, we just moved in a few weeks ago. What the heck??!!

Rural Sprawl

Me and my family have lived in our house for as long as I can remember on a quiet little dirt road. QUIET is not how I describe our road anymore! About two years ago a family of four moved in next door and have been absolutely … Well a rude neighbor!

I love animals but they went from two dogs to four. Must I add that they bark constantly; waking me and my family up early every morning with barks and whines and they do nothing to stop them! Sure nice to have that right next door, right? But wait there’s more! along with the barking dogs, fights, and disrespect we have had to put up with, they thing that we are the ones with the problem. We have talked to them numerous times and all they say in return is… I’m really offended by that. Really! Your offended?They have about 10 cars at their house at a time always going in and out playing music way to loud and don’t take care of their house! They have weeds growing out of their gutters and use their lawn as a parking lot for all of their cars, boats, water jets and more! I would say that if you were to ask what a rude neighbor is they would be the first thing you would see in the dictionary.

Bark It UP

Who needs an alarm clock? Our neighbors have at least three dogs, a chihuahua, rotteweiler, and in December got the cutest little pit bull! And how did they acclimate it to the outdoors? They let that pup freeze outside every night. And the poor thing would yap and yap. Every 20-45 minutes, day or night, they would come out and yell at it to be quiet, maybe gently tapping on it, not actually hurting it (yes, I could see this, as I actually cared about what was going on and looked). They may have kept it in at night for sleeping. Yes, back in December we actually got sleep! (forget it now, summertime!) Anyway, Animal control said this was normal in getting a dog used to the outdoors…Now, that cute pit bull sits on the other side of our fence, barking 30-60 minutes at a time, basically underneath our bedroom window. When I finally go out there to see what’s the matter, it starts looking at me and, as if finally the annoyance dared show its face, it barks much more ferociously–at me! Did you think this was the end, no no no. The morning time is not the only witching hour: try to sleep at night! Try to go outside and sweep or just enjoy the balcony during the day! Try to get the newspaper since you’re already awake (thanks, pup)! Try to have a conversation or watch TV indoors, even with the windows and all the doors closed. You will hear gool ol’ Alarm Clock, barking away, because you are an annoyance to its living. Forget who has rights! But if you walk by their house on the street, stay a good 20 feet away from their gate, the rottweiler will let you know you look tasty, and will try to jump and is gradually breaking down the wooden fence, and will eventually eat you. The neighbors never take these poor dogs on walks, no wonder the dogs are neurotic! And the neighbors, do they care? No, not a word. Time for a talk to the landlord. Or maybe the police.

 

Boris Knott replies – Tough problem-but a common one unfortunately.  Any suggestions from our readers?

Mowjo Flowin

received an anonymous letter in our mailbox the other day stating that we needed to mow our lawn and clean our flower beds. The author said they work hard to keep their lawn nice and don’t like that others don’t. We cut our lawn a week ago but because of the rain it grew. I find it rude that they could not come talk to us instead of sticking a letter in the mail.

It is not easy to know what goes on in the lives of others and what they are dealing with. In the past 1 1/2 years, my father died, family checking account got hacked, family members were hurt and issues at school concerning my child.

I find it sad how we barely know our neighbors, but we are quick to judge.

Barely Civil

Last Fall, my husband and I were walking our leashed dog on a public path when a neighbor’s two dogs (no collars) charged at us, growling and with teeth bared, from out of their unfenced yard. (Neighbors have had similar problems with these dogs before and after.) A young girl (daughter) had been playing with the dogs in the yard and we asked her several times to get control of the dogs, but she just laughed. . Now, several months later, the mother & father of the girl are walking by our house & trying to pick fights with us. I should ask them if they are still in junior high school, because this is the kind of behavior I would expect from children, not a middle-aged couple.

Not Fair but Fowl

We have one rental in our subdivision. He takes on animals and can’t care for them. Now he has chickens. The yard is a mess!! Household trash, satellite dish, broken ac unit clutter up the back steps. He has trash all over the yard and just leaves stuff. Siding is coming off the side of the trailer and you can see the insulation and wiring. Half the siding on one end is gone and the roof rafters are hanging from rot.

Stewart Dent

I currently live in some new, very nice condo/apartments. The majority of the tenants work at a local military base however there are other tenants that attend the local university.

These students think they own the place with range rovers, Cadillacs, other expensive cars and trucks.

they constantly make loud noises t night with car engines, drive through the parking lot at very high rates of speed, they throw their trash in the parking lot and wait for maintenance to pick it up. They have been fined several times.

Not to mention several of them rotate apts throughout the day and take up all the parking spaces.

Woolly Bully

First let me say that I have rented and owned houses before. Everything used to be normal. So I got a job and moved to this city, bought a house. I’m a single woman homeowner. Behind my back yard is a golf course – nice. I take my small dogs out in the back a few times a day for a few minutes. After about two years I began to notice the couple next door seem to come and go a lot while I’m out. Soon my little foofoo dogs are running over to the fence every time and they bark. I started taking notes because I couldn’t believe people would intentionally provoke like this. It kept getting worse, they would wait until I got out to the middle of the yard and just as I would pick up poop, they would make noise, slam a door, always do something. I would go get my dogs and take them inside. It kept worsening where either the husband or wife or both would run out to shake a mat, or turn on a yard tool, like the (new) leaf blower or (new) pressure washer. Once the wife had the leaf blower on the dogs, then right in my face. It kept getting more and more unbelievable. They conditioned my dogs! This guy started revving his truck, “fixing” and revving boat motors, suddenly had every kind of power tool running. This is a guy who’s daughter had to cut the grass. Now? Three long hours. Then one day I look over and this creep is in the window with a camera! From then on he kept taking pictures of me, until one day I had a friend over and he saw this guy run out with the camera. Now he is more subtle but still making the dogs run over and getting really creepy. He’s on the one harassment per day plan which is much better than before. And there’s more.

So the neighbor across the street, has a family, and a nicely kept home, and is home a lot. It seems he’s jumping on the bully bandwagon now. If I’m outside, he comes out of his house and does some yard work, could be 7 am or 10 pm. He is synchronizing my every coming and going, by driving in or out, moving his Jeep, standing on the sidewalk as I back out. He’ll go under the telephone pole and just stand still. He brights his headlights on me when I’m outside! He goes for the startle response. I think his wife must be at work a lot.

Meanwhile, my now separated female neighbor on the other side of me has jumped in for some amusement. She starts slamming those car doors so hard the house shakes, and it shocks the ears. She is also synchronizing with me. If I go into the back – large yard by the way – she opens the window and runs the microwave beeps, blender, mixer, or just hits a mug with a spoon a few times. This is so strange. If I walk out she walks out. When my trash goes out she takes her trash out exactly the same time. If she thinks I’m looking she’ll bend over to “pick a weed”. Lately she has a bare light bulb lamp that is suddenly turned on when I’m coming up my stairs. For some strange reason she does this silhouette thing in the window that faces my side window. Enough to give you the creeps. It goes on and on. At least she talks to me, but comes out with some odd comments. Mind games I guess…Seriously – how does this happen?