Comments: Do you know your neighbors?

OHMY! No, I move too much to get to know my neighbors. If I did that it would just hurt when I moved on and had to leave them...

Only thing I've had happen is the cops show up because the old neighbors' dog barked so much, and Child Protective Services rang my bell one day to ask if I'd heard "anything" next door.
Can you define "anything"?


Oh, I've got a 20 year old, can't afford to replace it AC unit. I just know one day this summer I'm going to be screaming.... ;)

posted by pam on April 26, 2004 04:53 PM

My neighbors are both 87 years of age. She works in their garden every day. He cuts the grass, rakes the leaves, and hauls the trash.

Amazing Couple.

posted by Sam on April 26, 2004 05:07 PM

Well, the ATF guys were all over the neighbors a half mile down the road because one of the places down there was sellin' things like grenade launchers to whoever had enough cash, but the folks around me are pretty boring. I regret not gettin' a grenade launcher, though.

posted by SwampWoman on April 27, 2004 05:54 PM

April 27, 2004

I live in a "retirement community." Bought the house way before I was a legal 55. Yes, the houses, no matter the size, are 5' from the lot line, that’s 10' apart on the sides. Actually, I do know the names of my neighbors, and they have been known to call if they don't see me outside in awhile. Just checking to see if I'm feeling all right. If I needed any help, there's help available on all sides.

Do I need a security system? No. Besides the POA provided cruising security guard from dusk to dawn (always an off-duty policeman), we have an active Neighborhood Watch system. If a stranger showed up and started removing items from any house, 911 would be called immediately.

There's also something nice about waving hello to everyone walking or driving down the street while I'm sweating in my yard landscaping trying to keep even with the weeds. It's just a friendly neighborhood. If I wanted, I could have dozens of adopted parents! Yes, I'm still that much younger than the average retiree here is!

I don't feel cramped in space as far as being so close to the neighbors, they're all nice quiet neighbors. The only disturbances are occasional ambulances, as all of us get older.

No, we don't have block parties; there are plenty of volunteer-organized activities to get to know anyone with similar hobbies or interests, from golf, tennis, and card games to computers and quilting.

My community may sound "too close" to some, but there is a sense of security here, along with the friendliness.

posted by Miss Anna on April 28, 2004 01:06 AM

I do... unfortunately... and they drive me crazy with their parties from time to time. I tried to be nice to them... And then, when I once had a party, they called the police!!!

posted by Ambulance Nurse on July 7, 2005 12:35 PM
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