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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:16:12 PM
I generally like ours, but I wish we were more involved. We left for a week long vacation and didn't close our garage door. We live on a cul-se-sac and none of the neighbors apparently noticed.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:18:09 PM
Nothing! I suspect most of what our neighbours do would drive most Peas absolutely crazy, but I choose to enjoy their crazy antics rather than judge them.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:23:12 PM

Nothing! I suspect most of what our neighbours do would drive most Peas absolutely crazy, but I choose to enjoy their crazy antics rather than judge them.

Is it really a matter of being judgemental when your neighbor does something that directly impacts you though? I get what you're saying, but some of this stuff is kind of insane to have to put up with!


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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:23:37 PM
Nothing. We have great neighbors and chat with them, but they aren't friends. One side is retired and we watch each other houses while on vacation. The others are young, but not too social. English is their second language. But they never seem to mind when the soccer ball gets kicked over and we mutually paid to repair a fence. I think they are both keepers.
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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:25:42 PM

Is it really a matter of being judgemental when your neighbor does something that directly impacts you though? I get what you're saying, but some of this stuff is kind of insane to have to put up with!
Well, I was specifically talking about the stuff my neighbours do, which do not impact me in any way, but I do know the Peas would have a field day with.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:27:21 PM
There's only one I don't like. Moved in a year ago. I think he might be a pedophile. My intuition goes off major with him. He's a teacher so he's obviously been checked out so if he is he hasn't been caught yet. Five other families that we are social with also believe he is, one even believes his preference is for boys I hope I'm wrong. We are getting a fence installed on Friday. Decided to do that after he came out and sat on his front porch 5 minutes after I let my toddlers swim in their kiddie pool naked. he just sat and watched. (I ushered them back inside)


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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:29:28 PM
I am so thankful for my neighbors. When I got divorced I became the single lady on the block, so whenever things need to be done everyone chips in.

Just recently my neighbor to my right trimmed back all of the seriously overgrown plum trees that line my property, the neighbor across the street brought his chipper over to shred the limbs, and the neighbor kitty-cornered across the street hauled away all the stuff that was too big for the chipper.

I've seen my neighbor to the right fertilizing my front lawn when he does his lawn, spreading extra bark dust, etc. My neighbors on the left rebuilt a section of my back fence that fell over, and just charged me for the supplies.

I could not adore them more. I am not old, or feeble, they are just the world's best neighbors!

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:32:10 PM

Well, I was specifically talking about the stuff my neighbours do, which do not impact me in any way, but I do know the Peas would have a field day with.

They're sitting outside in their pajamas eating Uncrustables, surrounded by planters made from stolen shopping carts while dinner simmers away in a crockpot, I just know it!

Edited to add that this:

I am so thankful for my neighbors. When I got divorced I became the single lady on the block, so whenever things need to be done everyone chips in.

...makes me smile. I'm so glad your neighbors are there for you.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:32:41 PM
Lol, that's pretty close, Ingird!!

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:39:32 PM
We are so lucky that out worst neighbors moved, they had a mariachi band and would practice the same 3 songs over and over, their chihuahua was unleashed and pooped everywhere and one of then used to blast music in his car and leave the car running while he ran inside for stuff.
Now the most irritating is "9 cars" he literally has 9 cars that he parks all over our street, he is a mechanic so is always buying more cars to fix up. I almost forgot another neighbor thought he'd buy and fix up RVs to sell, luckily he stopped after 6 and sold all but one. Oh and our next door neighbor is a bit fruity, she constantly let's her garbage drift off her patio into our lawn, comes into our yard to rescue her unmentionables (ever heard of a clothes pin lady?) And her cat poops in our garden, and once she was banging on our door at 11pm because she saw our light on and wanted to tell us our sprinkler was getting the sidewalk wet, waking my baby, cuz you know that is something that can't wait till morning, or perhaps be subject of a passive aggressive note...

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:49:15 PM
We just moved so everyone seems OK.

My immediate neighbor has special motion detector wildlife cameras in the yard to take pictures of the deer. My girls & I are plotting some kind of funny deer costumes to go out in in front of his cameras. He seems like he'll think it's funny.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:56:51 PM
They park their 15 other cars in the street and block access to our mailbox. This is only a problem if they are still there when the mailman comes by. Our mailman is a butthole and skips our box if he can't pull up next to it.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 6:23:07 PM
Neighbor across the road at a diagonal: Doesn't seem to have transportation and someone comes by every day at 12:00 on the dot and lays on their car horn until he comes out. Which can be awhile.

Neighbors across the street: just creepy. He sits out in his front yard and just stares at us. We all became convinced there for awhile that he was growing pot in his backyard. He has this weird habit of getting into his truck, leaving, and going around the block, then returning to his driveway. Like, every day, several times a day. Once dh followed him to see what the heck it was about b/c we thought he might be making drug runs. He had gone to the convenience store around the corner and was sitting waiting for someone. Sooo creepy.

Neighbors diagonal in the other direction: a grandmother who lets a stream of (relatives? friends?) people move in and out of her house. They have throw-downs in the front yard from time to time (the WOMEN) which can be interesting. And their dog poops in our front yard.

Neighbors next door: another feral cat story. The cats breed under their house and are flea infested and nasty. We try to catch the kittens when they get under our fence before our two husky dogs kill them, but it happens every once in awhile anyway (don't flame here, these are VERY gentle dogs except in the case of these *%^# kittens, and they never bark as in previous poster's experience ).

And down the street, there was a guy who I ALWAYS had this vibe about, like I wouldn't let my girls ride their bikes down that way when they were younger.

Things just aren't the same as when I was a kid. My mom knew all the neighbors, traded garden vegetables and canned goods with them, and I rode my bike all over the neighborhood. At suppertime, all us neighborhood kids had to do was be in earshot when our moms began calling us in to eat. If one neighbor was planting a garden, chances are another neighbor or couple would help out. I remember our next door neighbor building a garage, and others helping. My Dad and my friend down the street's Mom carpooled us to school each day, he taking the mornings and she taking the afternoons. I wish it could have been that way for my kids.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:37:42 PM
"They park their 15 other cars in the street and block access to our mailbox. This is only a problem if they are still there when the mailman comes by. Our mailman is a butthole and skips our box if he can't pull up next to it."

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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:57:41 PM
Would breathing be enough of an explanation?

The husband of Medusa next door flashed me while I was on my balcony, thinks have gone down ever since.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:02:37 PM
The guy across the street has a sycamore tree. That is the LAST tree to drop leaves in the fall. I usually have my yard totally cleaned up for fall by the time they drop. Do you think when they are down he will rake them up? HECK NO. He waits until they blow in everyone else's yard. Last year I would blow them back across the street to his yard with the leaf blower. The guy next to him put up a snow fence one the lot line down to the road pavement to keep them out of his yard.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:02:46 PM
All of our neighbors now are great. On one side they smoke close to our windows and throw trash onto their deck but they are nice and it doesn't bother us that much. We have a pact to consent to whatever modifications we might request.

The bad neighbors moved in the spring. The husband filed an HOA complaint against us for planting a garden. (75 per cent of the homes in our neighborhood now have gardens.) He had to go to the doctor because his blood pressure got too high because he was so upset about it. He blamed us for that too. He was only in his mid-30's so this wasn't a crotchety old man. Our garden is not visible unless you are standing next to it because it sits at a break in the middle of a 150 yard hill in our backyard. His complaint was that he liked looking at the grass on our hill and was concerned the tomato plants would block his view of the grass and also that gardens attract raccoons.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:09:17 PM
We live in a nice, quiet neighborhood, fortunately. But my neighbors two doors down removed their fence and a large amount of dirt to prepare for a new fence and retaining wall between them and their neighbors on the other side. The remains of the old fence and the huge mound of dirt have been sitting in the street in front of their house for nearly two months now, and no other work has been done on the new fence or wall. I heard they are having problems with their contractor, and I have seen the city ordinance guy there, but the mountain of dirt still remains. When it has rained, it's been a river of mud running down the street, and is such an eyesore.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:34:20 PM
They fill their garages with piles of crap and leave no room for parking their cars inside, thus causing them to take up all the street parking. We don't have driveways, so it's either the garage or the street. Inconvenient when friends come to visit and can't find parking. Why are people such hoarders?

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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:38:13 PM
After having a NDN that was quiet and pretty much kept to themselves but would help you in a heartbeat if you needed it, they had to sell their house to Gladys Kravitz. My neighbor is one of the nosiest people in the universe. Plus she is constantly telling everyone what to do. (For instance, she told the boy across the street that he couldn't play his music while he was washing his car. And she told another neighbor that he couldn't park his car in the street. Both are legal to do in our neighborhood). My DH is counting the days down when we move to our retirement home in a few years.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:41:32 PM
My neighbors have 3 yappy dogs that chase people and never wear leashes. They aren't walked either. They just randomly go around crapping where they please. The other neighbors are like a bad episode of Love and Hip Hop without the bling but with more ebonics and cussing.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:52:21 PM
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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:14:36 PM
We only have neighbors on one side, and they never take care of their trees which are planted right on the fence line. They are messy and we usually have to cut them back

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:21:58 PM

Nothing. Recently DH was in the front yard cutting dead limbs off of a tree in our yard. He fell and broke his hip. Our neighbors were out front, witnessed the fall and alerted us.



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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:25:23 PM
Our back neighbors dogs are out all the time and bark all the time. On the weekends they are gone all night sometimes and leave the dogs out. We can't even enjoy out backyard. Now that this neighbor married his new bride his dogs are a bit more quiet but his wife has taken over with her potty mouth. She swears like a sailor and the whole neighborhood can hear her. She just nags and yells all.the.time. And they are newlyweds!

Out front, 2 doors down we have a family where the dad buys all kinds of stuff. He's finally cleaned up the yard a bit but his garage is packed full of stuff. He used to have a garage sale every weekend. My neighbor right next to him complained to him about that and he stopped so he only has a couple a year now.

I have another neighbor who is a mechanic on old cars. He has a few in his garage. So there are many days he just revs the engines for hours. Nice guy tho so we put up with it.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:27:48 PM
Nothing. I hit the neighborhood lottery jackpot.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:35:44 PM
We have really good neighbors. Thankfully!

The neighbor to the right of us mows his yard and blows grass clippings all over the sidewalk and street. Everybody else in the neighborhood blows theirs off when they finish mowing but not this guy. He drives DH absolutely berserk. I don't really get why it bothers DH so bad but I try to be sympathetic to his ranting and raving.

I am on a mission to get the lady down the street to smile. Or wave. Or do anything other than scowl when I drive past her multiple times a day. I make an extra effort to smile and wave every.single.time. I pass her. It really tears me up that I get no response from her.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:45:50 PM
My neighbors are all great. It helps that I can't see them from my house.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:47:28 PM
There are a lot of kids in my neighborhood. None of them pay attention to cars, and it's so frustrating to back out of our driveway with kids running behind our car or taking their sweet time crossing the street behind us.

Last night, all the kids were out while their parents hung out in their garages. The kids were playing in the street, running out from behind cars and riding bikes in the street. None of the parents were paying any attention.

We drove past our house to get our mail at the neighborhood mail boxes, and on our way back to rut driveway, a little child on a tiny bike with training wheels rode out from behind a car, right in front of us, it scared us to death, and dh blew the horn. None of the parents moved, but we got a lot of dirty looks.

The kids do this all the time, and I'm afraid someone is going to get run over. They also ride their bikes and abandon them wherever they get bored. In our driveway, on the sidewalks, in the street. Somebody is going to get hurt.

Our community has a lot of families of Indian descent. Many of the wives don't speak a lot of English, so it's hard to talk to them about our concerns. Other than the safety issue, we love our neighbors. They're kind and conscientious about how loud their children are in their townhouse since we share a wall. I never hear them.

The worst thing in my neighborhood is a white family that believes they're better than our Indian neighbors. Their two daughter boss all the other kids around and are bullies. Dh and I keep an eye out because we're across the street from the grassy common area where all the kids play soccer. The family lives down the street and is out of earshot and can't see what's happening. It makes me sick that people teach their kids to act like this,

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:53:25 PM
My husband and I split at the beginning of the year, and I purchased a downtown condo in March. It is my first time living in close quarters since I used to rent in my early twenties. I can honestly say that my neighbors are kind and considerate....and quiet!

My little tiny pet peave is that we have a limited number of recycling bins. With a professionally printed sign that reminds people to break down their boxes prior to putting them in the bins. Unfortunately, a lot of them don't, which makes it a pain for the rest of us. By mid-week it can be a challenge to find a bin that isn't full of bulky boxes.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 10:23:32 PM
Right now....a lot! Someone in our area is stealing gas from cars. It has to be someone on foot, because they aren't fully draining the tanks, just taking 5 gallons at a time. You don't hear any cars driving up to the houses. You can tell they are doing it because they are idiots who can't remember which side of the gas door to pry open and have scrapped the cars and bent the doors.

The other neighbors at the top of the street have 5-9 cars parked all up the road (they must be running some business out of their house because the cars change). It wouldn't be so bad, but they keep parking on both sides of the street, making it a narrow road, and they park right on the corner which makes it hard to see cars or kids. They also let their little kids run out from in between the cars. They sit in their front yard ALL day and stare you down when you drive by (the dad and at least 2 adult males are ALWAYS out no matter what time of day). They are renting the house and there was a for rent sign in the yard for a few days....I got excited. But then the sign came down and they are still there.

My neighbor across the street lets her yappy little muts poop on my side yard. I have no animals and don't like little dogs, so it annoys me I have to clean up their mess. It's about the be flung into her yard.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 10:31:02 PM
The twins that run wild. Walk on cars, ring door bells, graffiti fences. The non caring parent that says boys will be boys.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 12:07:16 AM
Our neighbors on the left are a delight.

Our neighbors on the right have been fine until this summer. He and his fiancee got a puppy in the spring and they are ruining her. I fully expect that they will get rid of her soon, citing her "untrainability" or other such BS.

She's an adorable little yellow lab mix, sweet and submissive, but high-energy which is normal for a lab. From conversations DH has had with the homeowner and his fiancee, they are frustrated with the puppy because she is rambunctious (duh, she's 6 months old) and gets into things inside, so they've taken to chaining her up during the day when they are at work and she barks incessantly. They do not give her any exercise or socialization. Frustrating.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 12:43:22 AM
Incessant barking dogs and 3am outdoor beer pong parties.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 5:47:30 AM
Our across the street neighbors and guests always park in front of our driveway...someday they will live to regret it, lol. Dh drives a big truck and some day he'll misjudge the distance to their cars i'm sure, lol.

It's seriously annoying though... We have acre lots, they have an end so beyond their driveway there is nothing (house next to ours driveway doesn't start for awhile so PLENTY of space.) If they pulled up and parked before their driveway there would be no issue. They pull beyond the driveway so they can park in front of the house for whatever reason (same walking distance from either side, no path across the lawn either way.)

It's bizarre to me that they'd choose to park across from the end of someone's driveway rather than out of the way. My guests always tend to park before my driveway which is out of everyone's way.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 6:24:59 AM
Our neighbors are Mennonite farmers who are up with the sun working hard from sunup to sundown.

Frankly, they make me look bad.

I'm like "oh I vacuumed the pool."

Meanwhile the neighbor's 8 year old already sowed 2 acres ...

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January 2003
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Posted: 8/1/2013 7:09:08 AM
Overall, great neighbours and great neighbourhood. However, what irritates me the most is excessive loudness:

1) I should not be able to hear you and your family all hollering at each other inside your house when I am sitting on my porch. For God's sake, go actually find that family member and have a conversation with them, don't just yell through the house at them.

2) I'm friendly when I'm outside and will call out a "hello" loud enough to be heard, in a normal tone. That's great with the neighbours who do that as well. Yelling hello at me so everyone on the block can hear, then expecting me to carry on a conversation like that just isn't going to happen.

3) Kids will be kids but the excessive screaming and yelling annoys me. I mean the high pitched screaching for no real reason. If everyone on the block can hear your kids, why can't you hear them and correct them?

4) We have two neighbours who carry on work conversations in their car with the conversation blasting through the speakers on bluetooth. They sit in their car with it running for sometimes up to 45 minutes while they finish their conversation because "they don't want to disturb their family" with it. WTH? Not only do they disturb everyone within earshot but confidentiality???? I have heard some interesting conversations that I am sure their company would not be happy about.

5) Opening the door and hollering for the kids or pets, wherever they are in the neighbourhood. Hoy.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 7:10:05 AM
We live in a little town that allows a lot of shenanigans to go on...if your family has been here for generations. If not, you are a newcomer and barely tolerated.

My lot takes up half a block and goes from street to street. The neighbors that border the back part of our lot breed Rottweilers. They also have a fairly new chihuahua. They are the loudest dogs on the planet and the neighbor lady curses them at the top of her lungs starting early in the morning to late at night. Often, if they're in the house and she's gone, you can hear all the dogs howling in the basement.

But when we had our dog, she continuously moaned about how he upset her dogs. Hello? What? If those dogs are outside, we can't even walk in the privacy fenced backyard without them going apeshit, so stop complaining to the town hall that our dog was a nuisance for peeing in his own backyard without so much as a woof. (Yet, the town would send us warning letters) We had to say goodbye to Jack last fall after his illness became too much for him to handle and oddly 2 letters showed up this year with the same complaints.

And a town council member lives on our block as well. He circles our block and the nearest other blocks on his vespa looking for code violations. He was upset when we bought this house because he said the owner promised she would sell it to him. It had been on the market for over a year with several price reductions so why didn't he make an offer during that years? Not my fault he was waiting for rock bottom.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:02:38 AM
My one neighbor is a barber who cuts hair out of his home. He's nice enough, but his clients are always parking really awfully right in front of my house. Like taking up two car spaces so my SO has to park around the block. That and they always leave trash on my yard. My other neighbor is Indian and always talks to my Male SO instead of me, like asking him q's about the house and so on. It's just funny because ~I~ own the house and am the handy one. whatever.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:22:33 AM
Nothing....I'm happy to say my neighbors are all delightful.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:38:00 AM
Barking dogs are the worst. Especially when we're in the backyard with a barking dog next door. Luckily there aren't very many pet dogs here in India.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:02:26 AM

I think he might be a pedophile. My intuition goes off major with him. He's a teacher so he's obviously been checked out so if he is he hasn't been caught yet.

Actually, I briefly volunteered at a company that handled background checks, and discovered how they can slip through the background check. According to the laws, the company that runs the background check can only run it for the state in which they are licensed. The hiring company is responsible for requesting the checks in each of the states that the employee resided, and if the employee doesn't disclose a location, the hiring company won't know. They were telling me that when they get the information run, many times they will see information that is pertinent, but they can't report it to the employer because it is a violation of the laws, or outside their licensing area. They said many times they have had to send a "clean" background check back on someone although the information they obtained wasn't clean, but was from another state.

So basically, trust your gut on this. Just because he was hired as a teacher (and I'm sure they ran a check on him) doesn't mean that he is clean. If you have serious vibes, heed them.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:33:01 AM
The neighbor kids like to set up lemonade stands in front of my house. They are obnoxious. There is nothing cute about it and I dread seeing them when I come home from work. I'm bombarded by ten kids to buy something I know darn well wasn't made very well as I try to enter my house. They like to use their hands after playing in the dirt and such to stir the lemonade and set up whatever treat that comes along with it. I do give a quarter to be nice but they refer to me as a meanie.

I've asked the group of parents why this stand is in front of my house and got deer in the headlight as a response. If they aren't selling lemonade they are playing in my yard. There is nothing appealing about my yard so I don't quite understand it.

My neighbors love to leave their bikes and toys outside. Doesn't look trashy but it does annoy me when other kids from the area decide to come over and play with the items when the owners aren't home. When they are bored they leave them strewn around the area, most of the time they end up in my yard. I'm tired of picking up Go-gurt wrappers, cups, napkins, etc in my yard. If they aren't selling or playing in my yard they toss their garbage there.

It does irritate me when my neighbor places their garbage in front of my house. They don't tie it properly and by morning there is a huge mess thanks to the critters and birds. They see it and don't bother to pick it up. They do comment that dh is obssesed with our lawn. It's not BH&G material but it looks nice and he takes pride in it. So I guess we're annoying that way.



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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:39:01 AM
All I can say is trees make TERRIFIC neighbors!!! I really only have one annying neighbor who always bitchs about how people compliment my yard all the time- and we donlt 'do' anything to it (we all have about 5 acres, and my house is 380 feet off the road- so a BIG front yard!) but nobody says anything about his. The things is, he spends over $300 treating his yard, and waters in ALL SUMMER LONG, but nobody can see it b/c he has scrub trees growing ALL OVER the front of his yard. I finally suggested that if he cut those trees down people would be able to see his yard, and appreciate all the work hes done It worked- he was out 2 days latter hacking down the uggly scrubs. Next on my agenda is the but-ugly tarp he has over a pile of wood taller than his house that has "Jesus" spray painted on it. It took everybody in the area calling about his tarp that said "USA stop killing babys"... spelled B-A-B-Y-S

the only other thing taht really p***es me off is that you can legally feed dear in Michigan- when 5 of my neighbors do. It wasn;t so bad when it was only 1, but now the deer cross from accross teh street THOUGH my yard, to my neighbors to BEHIND my house, and the past year DESTROYED my cedar trees- they're 20 feet tall and now are eaten all the way up about 6' I planted 40 lilac bushes to cover the damage and keep them away from teh cedars this year; hopefully this fall I'll find some more for the front part of our yard.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:37:30 AM
Our neighbor built a metal barn with only 2 wall, the other 2 sides are open so the sound from the cows and donkeys amplifies straight into my house.
They also have a wood burning furnace in their house but have not once cleaned the chimney so every time the boiler fires my house smells like creosote. They've also set their chimney on fire because of it but still do nothing about it.
They also decided to cut down a 1/2 dead maple tree down out of their front yard, granted it needed to come down. But not at 6am on a Sunday. DH was pea livid and went out there and yelled at them.
Of course now I have a maple that needs to come down but because it sits on the road I need a tree service to do it. I am going to leave specific instruction that it be cut down during the day, during the week.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 3:32:58 PM
The one across the street tells all her guests to park in front of my house.
They are not allowed to park in front of hers.
She also leaves notes on anyone's car that is parked even near her house telling them to move

She left a note on DDs car when she was 17 and said if she was visiting us to park in front of our home.

* I wanted to paint the curb in front if her house red with washable paint just to annoy her. I didn't but wish I did

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Posted: 8/1/2013 3:38:38 PM
I can't really think of anything. I am pretty easy going and laid back though.

I'm also generally unobservant, and tend to walk around living inside my head, so I don't really notice what other people do, or don't do. And I suppose I have really great neighbours since nothing has been bad enough to catch my attention.

I am pretty tolerant though and expect a certain amount of give and take when choosing to live closely among others. If I was picky, I'd probably go live out in the country where neighbours are not so much of an issue.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 3:41:17 PM
Our neighbors on one side are actually our best friends but on the other side is a rental, lets see last renter broke into our house and stole over $6,500 worth of stuff from us and is in prison now and the new renter has traffic in and out, cops there all the time, plays his music LOUD, fights with his wife outside all hours of the night....


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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:42:14 PM
BRF thread

Maybe she suffers from BRF? Those of us who have this, aren't really that unfriendly.

Quoted from Kerri W:
I am on a mission to get the lady down the street to smile. Or wave. Or do anything other than scowl when I drive past her multiple times a day. I make an extra effort to smile and wave every.single.time. I pass her. It really tears me up that I get no response from her.
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