Now that you are somewhat up to speed on my propensity to have crappy neighbors, let me tell you about my present neighborhood.
It started DAY ONE. While we were moving in we had a visit from what is our current BAD neighbor.
Again, you may or may not remember that I talked about the moving company out of Texas. They were the ones that insisted that all of our belongings would fit onto a 48 foot trailer. EVEN THOUGH I told them we would need a 53 foot truck. After 19 prior moves, wouldn't I know this. Why they don't listen, is any one's guess. After packing and unpacking the 48 foot truck, the mover man called in a smaller second truck to help. Upon arrival here this is what the big truck would have looked like.
|This is exactly like the truck that brought us to Kansas, although|
I was not in the mood for taking pictures as we moved in, so this generic photo
is so you can visualize the story that I am telling.
THEN...it happened. The guy next door came a-callin'. He didn't want our cars parked in front of his house. YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING??? Where would you like me to put the cars? (I had a thought where I wanted to put them) I was dumbfounded so I didn't argue the point. I moved both cars over to the next block until the moving van pulled out and I could get into the garage.
That is not the last of the problems we have had with neighbor guy. In fact, there is always something up his butt. (see..there I am being unfriendly again)
One of the more current problems is this. Neighbor guy had a small patch of dead grass in his yard. This little patch of deadness was about 1 foot by 1 foot. According to him, some fertilizer was spilled onto his lawn when our yard service was fertilizing our yard. While I am relatively sure it is a patch of Brown Patch fungus, neighbor guy wants our yard service to come, dig up the spot and put down a piece of sod.
As it happened, I didn't have to call my yard service about it because they had already heard from neighbor guy. Lawn service guy came to our door and said they were sure it was not a fertilizer burn but they would be glad to fix the little area to save further problems for us. He went on to say, he hadn't heard that many swear words within one sentence EVER. What made this even more SPECIAL is this guy's lawn is crap. He never fertilized or anything else, so why he cared if he had one bad spot in a whole yard of weedy, barely any real turf, kind of a yard, is beyond me.
It seems that the neighborhood, I live in seems to be rampant with bad neighbors. A couple of years ago the house that is about 4 or 5 houses from us had the distinction of having some of the worst neighbors in the neighborhood burn their house down. Yeah, its hard to top that one as far as being a really crappy neighbor.
I take comfort in knowing that everyone has had a bad neighbor at some point and it's not just me.
In fact, just lately there have been several articles concerning BAD neighbors.
Here is a bad neighbor story that went viral a couple of years ago. Just in case you missed it...
In Riverton, Utah there has been an ongoing fight between neighbors concerning a new home being built by Darrin Wood. Wood started building his home in 2005 on a small lot on a hill. Because the lot required some excavation the neighbors were concerned that this would cause problems with their homes foundations and therefore asked Wood to have some soil testing done. Wood maintained that those tests had been done by the previous owner of the lot but the city sided with Stan Torgerson, the neighbor.
After spending $3000 for the test and being delayed for four months, Wood proceeded with the building of his new house.
The next confrontation came when a month and a half into construction Torgerson and yet another family, the Eastons, complained to the city that the new house was obstructing their view of the mountains. Wood complained that the city of Riverton had already approved the plans and while technically it was about a foot above code, he believed that after final excavation that it would be within the requirements.
Woods next step was to install some creative roof vents that he is calling an artistic cactus. His neighbors believe it to be a hand giving them the finger.
According to Snopes the Torgersons and Eastons have apologized for being difficult and Woods removed the cactus/finger.
When I was doing the research about bad neighbors, I ran across a web site where people write in about their own bad neighbors and seek answers on how to get revenge. You can go to this web site and read some of the suggested "get even" ideas. These suggestions all came from one very creative guy who seemingly has a lot of ideas about dealing (or being) a bad neighbor.
The Good for the day..After neighbor guy had the little patch put in by the lawn service it looked so nice he hired them to take care of the rest of his lawn. Now his yard is looking pretty good. That certainly was a happy ending for an otherwise annoying story.
The Weird for the day...Odd coincidence...I was working on this post last Thursday when my Internet went down. HMMMM...what is that about you say? I have AT&T Uverse so when my Internet failed so did my phones, and my television reception. I called ATT and get the quick response (sarcasm) that they would be out Saturday. Saturday comes and the ATT guy tells me that the neighbors dog has chewed thought the fiber-optic cable, so he installed new cable and we are back on. Well...guess what? Within about 3 hours, that damn dog came out and chewed through the new cable. I called ATT back and they tell me that they don't have anyone available until Monday (today). I have had my computer up for about 10 minutes. If you don't hear from me again, just assume the dog had lunch on my cable.
Here's to you my neighbor!!!!