"Cheri" <gserviceatinreachdotcom> wrote in message
Most of my neighbors are ancient. I hardly ever see them. I talk to all of
them, but I really need to be sure I have 9 hours set aside, so there's time
to listen to a narration of 398 pictures of the grandchildren, and stories
about who used to live here, and "Oh..THAT one! She's a mean woman!" Best
line of all, from the old Italian lady behind my house: "I don't really want
to move, but there's a black family moving in that house across the street.
I got no problem with them, I just don't want to live around them". :-)
LOL, I had an old woman who recently died at 89 living next to me for
many years. She was the worst gossip, and her conversations focused on
her many health problems (fascinating to those that are telling them I
guess) She was very nice though, kept a real eye on the neighborhood at
all times, and I miss her. Anyway, the people that bought the house
don't speak English well enough to tell stories, so at least no more
gossip and health tales. :-)
AC came by a few months ago. I spoke with him. And, he concluded that
the neighbor was the unreasonable one.
I didn't even get a bark letter. Like I said, these guys do it all day
long every day. They learn to sniff out the legitimacy of a complaint.
Sounds about like my former neighbor. So what if they woke me up EVERY
They in no way made me feel safe. They just made me wake up MAD every
morning, until my health suffered badly. Lack of sleep is not healthy.
Trying to relax in my yard with constant dog barking - no chance.
Your neighbors have no reason to be pleased.
IME some neighbors are one way; some are the other, and some are kinda
Now I have no problems between me and *any* of my neighbors. I do have an
immediate neighbor who are pretty sloppy with their dogs, motorized things of
all sorts (quads, etc.), and general clutter. But we've been able to work out
things because I'm willing to overlook certain things (choosing my battles) and
we're both willing to help each other out and hear each other out. The neighbor
I *used to* have on the other side - - well, their kids were golden, their dog
was golden (even though it was black), and to them every conversation was about
showing the World that Nobody's Gonna Push them around. They moved away :)
I think that the first tack to take is to talk to neighbors and work things out.
But it can be apparent pretty quick which ones aren't amenable to any of that,
and they have to be dealt with via laws and ordinances. Beleive me, there's no
magic wand of niceness that will turn that sort into a different sort. So they
only have themselves to blame if the knock on the door is from the town or
animal control officer rather than a friendly but concerned neighbor.
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