Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Be careful what you wish for
I don't know if I ever mentioned our neighbors from H E double toothpicks. In case I haven't, let me give you a little background on them.
We moved into our house about 4 years ago. The first people we met were our next door neighbors (we only have one as we live on the corner). They were a couple who were about our age so I was a little excited. But after talking to them for a little while all they did was bad mouth everyone else who lived in the neighborhood. So we were a little leery of them right off the bat.
Then about a week later Brandon had his car parked out on the street. Now you can't park directly in front of our house as there is a fire hydrant. So to park in front of our house you have to park between the neighbors house & ours. Well his car leaked oil on the street. So they complained about
The neighbors put a nasty note on his windshield that he needs to park elsewhere as his car leaks oil & they had to clean it up. He was parked on the public street. Still in front of our property!!!
Next they complained about
Our sailboat. It is parked in our extended driveway on it's trailer. There are rose bushes that hide it from the neighbors. But they still complained. They didn't like that we park our boat on our driveway, on our own property.
Next they complained about our playing
outside whenever we had a pool party. Now we weren't having pool parties everyday or even every weekend. Only for Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day. About 3-5 times a year. And it was always during the day. And we didn't have the music very loud.
The neighbor would always be
peeking over the fence to see what we were doing & to tell us of something he didn't like. Mike told him numerous times to not peek over our fence. But did he stop. NO!!!
These neighbors seemed to think we lived in a homeowners association. But we don't. We were not breaking any laws or rules. They were just being annoying neighbors.
The straw that broke the camel's back came at Christmas time a few years back. Mike & I were outside hanging up
and listening to
when the neighbor came over & asked us to turn down the Christmas music. Christmas music! And it wasn't the Christmas song by the Chipmunks. Or any other annoying Christmas music. It was you basic everyday Christmas music. We didn't even have the music up very loud. Well Mike & the neighbor got into a verbal aurgument & the neighbor threatened to call the police on us. The neighbor was yelling all sorts of obscenities, left & went inside his house.
About 15 minutes later this showed up
I couldn't believe that the neighbor had called the police on us for playing Christmas music outside during the day. But he did. The police couldn't believe he was called out for that reason either. All he did was tell us to turn the music down or off. Mike then told the police to tell the neighbor to stop looking over our fence. That the next time he did, he was going to call the police on a peeping tom. So the police man told the neighbor he wasn't to look over our fence anymore.
Well this happened about 2 years ago. Since then, we haven't heard a peep out of our neighbors. They never complained about anything, never looked over the fence again, nothing. It was sort of nice.
Well move forward to the present day. Last week Mike saw this next door
A moving truck, at the neighbors house, right next door. Could it be? Could the neighbors actually be moving? Had our prayers finally been answered? They never had a "for sale" sign up. Dare we get our hopes up? Why yes!!!! The neighbors did move.
That is when we did this
The happy dance.
Then day before yesterday, we saw this
Another moving truck pulls up to the neighbors. It seems the new neighbors were moving in. Mike met the guy who bought the house. But he bought it for his kids & grand kids to live in. Mike said he was a really nice guy. But he didn't meet the kids who were actually moving in.
Well yesterday, I started smelling this
and hearing this
It didn't sound like this type of dog
But more like this type
Don't they know
No smoking allowed. Oh yeah, we don't live in a homeowners association. So I guess I can't really complain. But I hate cigarette smoke. I'm just hoping that they were smoking outside because they are moving in. I hope that they don't always smoke outside.
I guess I better reserve judgement until I actually meet the new neighbors and see what they are all about. But do you think that our old neighbors purposely sold their house to smokers with a big barking dog just to get one last dig in at us? I thought so.
So I guess the moral to this little story is: Be careful what you wish or pray for. You may just get your wish or prayer answered. And the answer may not be one you really like.
Do you have any neighbors you don't like? Give me all the juicy details.