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What Makes A "Good Neighbor"  
User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

I feel like I'm coughing up a lung here...worst possible time to come down with a bug... anyway:

As I'm getting ready to close on my first (town)home [Wednesday] and move in [shortly thereafter] I was wondering what the general consensus is about what makes for a "good neighbor"/what I can do to make nice with the neighbors

I don't want to be the "we eat dinner with our neighbor"-type but I also don't want to be the "yeah, that strange guy...we're really not suprised he turned into a serial killer"-type either... some kind of happy medium.

I've always kind of lived semi-secluded -- when I was living at home, my family got along really well with the neighbors to our right, but I can't tell you anything about the other folks around us (hell, I can't even tell you what the other folks around us looked like)...we never blew anything (big) up, never called the cops on anyone, just generally quiet. The same is largely true of the time I've spent appartment dwelling -- I don't really know anyone else in the building.

Lincoln

[Edited 2007-08-13 03:58:56]


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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1825 times:

State Farm?  Big grin





User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1817 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 1):
State Farm?

Ouch. I'm not sure which is worse... the joke or how long it took me to get it Big grin  thumbsup 



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User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Come to my house and watch my neighbors across the street for 5 days.

DO EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE.

That makes a good neighbor.



I'll rassle ya for a bowl of bacon!
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 2):
Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 1):
State Farm?

Ouch. I'm not sure which is worse... the joke or how long it took me to get it

 rotfl 


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7191 posts, RR: 86
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1805 times:
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Lived in my house for 15 months. The first week in, I had a hottie (swear) come to my door and ask to borrow (swear) eggs!

Is this a movie?

She made a cake!!!  yes 

Awesome neighbors.


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 5):
The first week in, I had a hottie (swear) come to my door and ask to borrow (swear) eggs!

I would not mind that. Hell, I might actually keep eggs on hand if I thought that there was the slightest possibility of that happening.

And how do you "borrow" an egg anyway? I certainly wouldn't want it to be returned when you were finished. Big grin



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User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 6):
And how do you "borrow" an egg anyway? I certainly wouldn't want it to be returned when you were finished.



Quoting FXramper (Reply 5):
I had a hottie... She made a cake!!!

I'd take that tradeoff Big grin



I'll rassle ya for a bowl of bacon!
User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1773 times:

Don't abuse the parking situation. By this I mean, make sure you (and your guests) never impede your neighbours' parking.

If you have a party, make sure it ends (or at least becomes quiet) at a reasonable time. Inviting your neighbours is always a nice gesture.

Don't leave crap around that makes your house and the neighbourhood look bad.

Respect your neighbours' property lines. Don't plant stuff on their side of the line, for example.

My next door neighbour (Elvis, for those of you who have heard me rant before) is currently having party, with cars parked haphazardly in the cul de sac. They've planted stuff in our beds, and I've found their garbage in my yard. Morons.



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User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1770 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter):
What Makes A "Good Neighbor"

Simple: A tall fence.

I'm seriously going to shoot my neighbors cat if it doesn't stop pooping in my back yard. Not having to mow over poop is one of the big reasons I don't have a pet.


User currently offlineTorquewrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter):
what makes for a "good neighbor

The Golden Rule comes to mind.......



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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3764 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

Quoting Torquewrench (Reply 10):
The Golden Rule comes to mind.......

"Don't eat yellow snow"?

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6686 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

Not doing this

http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/c...634194&siteid=50081-name_page.html

BAD boy Wham fan Brian Turner tortured neighbours by blasting out their hit Last Christmas all night.

For several hours he repeatedly played the festive favourite at full volume from 1am onwards one night in May.



wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3764 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

Quoting Oly720man (Reply 12):
For several hours he repeatedly played the festive favourite at full volume from 1am onwards one night in May.

This is actually news in the UK? The guy who lives in the dorm directly above me just got a new sub woofer. You do the math...

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Be social with your neighbors.

It can't hurt to get to know them, and it can come to your advantage especially during times of crisis.

We may be an exception, and a very lucky one at that, but we have taken advantage of the great people on our street. Of the 10 houses on our cul de sac, all of them are great folks, and we do a lot for each other.

Since we moved in in '99 we do a progressive dinner with 9 of the 10 folks here twice a year, and have gotten to know everyone pretty well.

During the blackout on the east coast (when was that? '04?) we all had a great grill party, and since I was the only one with a gas cook top, I had coffee for everyone in the mornings!

When my neighbor's husband was dieing I made sure that we took care of her yard for her, and as we have 95 year old in the house, when we are out of town I know she is being checked in on.

We always invite everyone to our Holiday Party, just as a courtesy, as the street will be full of cars, and they always have a great time.

Look, if your buying a house, your there for the long haul. Get to know your neighbors, it can't hurt!


User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1678 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 5):

Now, that's a good neighbour!

I want to live in your street.................



Essendon - Whatever it takes......
User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1635 times:

Thanks for the responses.

I got the keys for the place yesterday and actially while I was waiting for the relator to show up with the keys my nextdoor neighbor happened to pull in so I introduced myself and we chatted briefly... turns our he's also the president of the Home Owner's Association, seems like a nice guy.

Lincoln



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8661 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

Be nice. Always offer to loan food. If disasters come invite others over.

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

A Good Neighbour:-
Has a smile,Is willing to help out,can be trusted,does not intrude beyond a point.
I have both Good ones & not so good ones  Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2038 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

A good neighbor won't:

- Grow pot
- Own a meth lab
- Sell pot or conduct other illegitimate business
- Steal from you
- Turn his house into a crack shack
- Host late, loud, and smelly parties
- Own dangerous pets
- Let his lawn grow to unimaginable heights
- Leave shit everywhere on his or your property
- Let his kids screw around on your property
- Have a criminal record a mile long
- Beat his wife, kids, dogs, etc.
- Park on your property or block your driveway
- Bitch about everything you do
- Let his friends, or other people, mess with/steal your shit



No matter how random things may appear, there's always a plan.
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

Preferably a good neighbor is:

A. Shall not be:
- Ameircan (Unless its a Yank who is open minded that not everyone gives a rats ass about Baseball)
- Police Officer or a person who works for and has the arresting powers of any federal, state or local authority.
- A Fan of American Football and Baseball who thinks I like it too.
- A person of the Mormon/Jehovas Witness religion who tries to convert me.
- A person that resided in the southern Polish lands that hates the Capital.
- A proud citizen of the state of Wisconsin.

B. Enjoys good beer and hard liquor and can come over and grill and tell festive stories.

C. Does not park in front of my house/apt unless he has a gathering and has no space.

D. Will not let their pet wander into my property....although I dont mind when a cat hunts in the dark.

E. Will not mow part of my god damn lawn if there is no fence in front yard.

F. Shall not, and I repeat shall not call the police on...let me stress that again shall not call the Police for any stupid reason Americans like to call the police for.

G. Shall love my Dog and not feed him chocolates through the fence. Although gratuities in the form of sausage are welcome.

H. Shall not bitch if I decide to shoot hoops at 10:05pm once in a while. Or if I accidentally start shooting penalties between our houses.

I. Must not cut the lawn before 9-10am. Especially on the weekday (One of my neighbors likes to do this on Sunday)

J. Shall not send their daughter/son to my door and expect me to buy cookies, books, candies etc. because I am the neighbor.

K. Shall watch the exterior of my dwelling when Im on vacation to see if everything is right.

L. Shall not cook/burn/boil etc. curry anywhere on their/his property unless its not-detectable by smell. I cannot if someone paid me live by Indian people that would do this. If they dont, then nothing to worry.

M. Shall not drive a car that is riced.

N. Shall not listen to country music to an extent where its audible on my premises.

O. Plus if the neighbor brings a pack of Carlsberg and wants to devise a plan on how to piss off a commonly hated neighbor. I dont care who my neighbor is even 1 more house down unless that neighbor shares common interests listed below.

P. Will let me test drive their new autos and vice-versa, unless those autos come from the land of Anime. That is of no interest to me.

Q. Shall not ask to use my lawn mower, snowblower, trimmer, leafblower etc. unless under direct supervision. (exception to Polish neighbors who can do this with no supervision by giving collateral)

R. Shall invite me for paid pay per view events such as special soccer league matches.

S. Will not let their dog bark outside for a prolonged period of time.

T. Will not surveillence my premises without direct permission.

U. Shall like the following activities or any combination thereof:
-Football (Soccer)
-Alcoholic refreshments that are imported.
-Flying
-Sharing stories of idiocy about idiotic police departments of suburban America.

V. Shall warn me when the cops are on the local street corner watching for such speculative infractions like speeding and rolling stops before I drive off.

W. Preferably does not have a spouse that yells all the time as it pisses me off.

X. Will tell me when there is a 2 for 1 driveway repavement special from our Catholic Blood Brothers of the Hispanic form.

Y. Does not drive any of the aformentioned cars:
-Honda Civic
-Any model of Kia.
-Hyundai Accent/Pony
-Any model of idiot SUV such as a RAV4, CRV, Aztek, Santa Fe etc. Shameful that I would have such a stupid neighbor.

Z. Shall not OWN or OPERATE any cellular device that runs on the NEXTEL network.

The Golden Rule:

- Shall never ever ever ever ever and let me repeat that again EVER invite me to stupid gatherings where the majority of topics include Coors Light, Miller Lite, Eggnog, Dave Matthews Band, Caroling, Easter Egg Bunny hunting, or any gathering that shall have >50% concentration of Americans. I dont care to go to these stupid "holiday" parties that die out at 10pm and lack hard liquor, dance music or European food. If it is a traditional occasion I expect no sweet potato pie, american breads, alcohols, honey cured hams and anything else that is disgusting beyond measure and farthest away from what I like to be present.

[Edited 2007-08-17 10:08:08]

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

One of our neighbors flew helicopters and wanted to be able to build a heliport on his property-in fact he did that once or twice until it was pointed out to him that the airpark didn't (at that time) have the necessary permits from the county or the state aeronautics division. That and it made the FedEx captain that lived next door VERY unhappy. Simply put-he and his wife decided that they didn't want to create a fuss over something as minor as helicopters so they kept their Bell at a nearby public airport until they sold it. Ironically, just after they sold their house the airpark did establish an official heliport for communal use.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 21):
Ironically, just after they sold their house the airpark did establish an official heliport for communal use.

Let me guess the Fedex captain purchased a chopper too  Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8661 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 21):
Ironically, just after they sold their house the airpark did establish an official heliport for communal use.

Well, maybe this guy wasn't liked by the neighbors.

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
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