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Old 02-25-2011, 05:50 AM   #41
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We're friendly with the neighbors, have been out to lunch a few times with some, and one insists on taking me and DW out to lunch when I use the snow thrower to clear his driveway. With even a heavy snow it takes all of about 15 minutes and I spend that much time getting dressed to go out and firing the thing up so it isn't much effort.

In the summer we'll walk around and chat a bit with the others but that's about it.

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Old 02-25-2011, 07:12 AM   #42
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Yes, I know two of my neighbors - on another thread I depicted the snow shoveling drama of the newer neighbor - oh, and the other neighbor just doesn't shovel - hidey-holes in his house until it's all cleared.....the neighbors before were awesome - we had summer 'picnics' outside and then he'd bring out the schnapps - yowza - first time I did that, realized not good the next day.

The neighbors on the other side are an interesting source of amusement for my other neighbors - he lives there (they have a big house and two barns). I see him constantly doing work in the yard, chopping wood, taking down fruit from the trees, etc. His 'wife' works in the next town over and lives there during the week, only returning on the weekends. Apparently he is quite 'rigid' and has made comments about the sidewalk and other things (fences) etc, that have caused confusion, resentment and amusement for the neighbors - remember this is all in German, so I don't quite catch the drift all the time.

When I lived in CA, I did know my immediate next door neighbors and felt bad as when I was in Germany the first time, I rented out my house - apparently the property manager I hired wasn't picking very good people - both neighbors told me they were ecstatic with joy when they heard I was returning - then proceeded to tell me about the ruffians that came by and the police, etc. I was mortified and asked whey they hadn't emailed me - they told me they were on the verge when they heard I was returning.

We didn't really socialize so much, but we waved to each other and helped out when we could - being 'neighborly.'

When I was a kid, we did have a neighbor that Mom and Dad hung out with - he was a nice guy - his wife was weird - Dad told me about some of the crazy stuff that happened in that neighborhood later - wife swapping, etc. Wow. I was oblivious - usually am :-) Ignorance can be bliss sometimes.

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Old 02-25-2011, 07:21 AM   #43
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Our neighborhood is remote. There is little commercial development around, and the closest town is about 15 min. away. The subdivision was built around a golf course and club house. Hard times forced a close of the club house, and the course is being maintained by members of the community. This has brought us together. Most Friday evenings there is a 'Wind Down' at someone's home. Therefore we know about 50% of the people that live in the community. Of those we play cards once a week with 30 or so and know them even better. It is really like living is a real small town. Just about everyone know something about everyone. I know last names of everyone on our block and first names of most.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:45 AM   #44
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Two of my neighbors are my tenants. Both families are long-term renters and we do cook outs or birthday parties together occasionally. The only other neighbor I have are a couple that have lived next door (we live in rural area so not close enough to see each other's house) for the 20 years I've lived on my property. We would call each other anytime day or night - and have done so in the past - in case of need. I feel fortunate to have good neighbors, however few.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:28 AM   #45
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Yes - our neighbors are awesome! No one across the street, so just the "side" & "behind" neighbors. Next door is a 9/11 widow who is the mother of the lady who lived there two owners ago (we call her Mom!) Mom & I have shared many glasses of wine and lots of laughs. Her DD & SIL moved down the street. On the other side a family of 5 - they are awesome parents - we heckle the kids (3-12) and socialize on their deck during warm weather. He is one of two contractors we have for neighbors, and we are farming out our projects between them. New (and nice) couple with a dog moved in behind us. Between those two is a family with a teen son or two still living at home (4 boys total - DBF has watched them grow up) and they have a (suprise) 3 yr old daughter. Drinks on their deck too! Our neighbors are priceless! I grew up on a few hundred acres in the "sticks", and LOVE having neighbors you can just run across the driveway or lawn to hang out with!
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:49 PM   #46
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:01 PM   #47
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My landlord owns the other part of the Duplex that we rent, so I know my immediate neighbor, but not anybody else on our street.

I wish I lived with a bunch of my friends as neighbors. With any luck we will manage to arrange that someday.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:08 PM   #48
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Lived here more than 30 years. Married when moved in. Blue-collar neighborhood being infiltrated by college students.
Neighbor across street is about a year younger & works in a factory. I pay him to to yardwork & house maintenance; I pay his daughter (~35) to do housework.
We gather each other's mail when on vacation.
Folks next door (duplex): talk occasionally.
I have very little in common with any of them.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:15 PM   #49
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Some of ours just got foreclosed on. Unfortunately, they also own (for now) the adjacent vacant lot which adjoins my property, and some of them are using it as a Hooverville sort of quasi-permanent housing complete with broken down van for sleeping, some old beat up benches to hang around on, and a generator to keep the TV going (so we hear the humming of a generator frequently when we go outside). And they have people coming and going frequently to hang out and drink beer all day and evening. They also "borrowed" the trash can of the house that was foreclosed on and started filling it with junk despite not paying for the utilities.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:45 PM   #50
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Except for the new people who just moved in three doors down, I know everyone who lives in the 16 houses on my street. It is a very friendly and close knit place. We shovel each other out when it snows, pick up the mail and mind the cats during vacations, lend each other tools, go in halfsies on CSA shares and other such things. A number of us belong to the same church and we often get together socially as well. In fact, a majority of the neighborhood women are having their annual pajama party tomorrow evening to watch the Oscars together.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:43 PM   #51
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At our country house, not only do we know everyone -- we have ALWAYS known everyone. Or rather, as a lady at the golf club told the pro when we joined, "I have known 'him' (meaning yours truly) since he was a teen-age boy. His wife, however, I have known since the day she was born." This is as good as it gets in my opinion.

In the city we occupy one of about 150 apartments in our building. We know our next-door neighbors on both sides (a cute young couple from the Midwest and a law student from Paris), and we know all the building staff. We don't know others in the building well; many we would not recognize. This is OK with us, especially as we have friends who live just a couple blocks away.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:16 PM   #52
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Currently living in base housing. It truly is a different world. There are probably more kids here than adults. People do seem much more friendly here but you have to keep in mind that everyone has a built-in connection because they work for Uncle Sam, and are mostly in their late 20's to early 40's. Only when it is raining do I not see someone walking around, doing something outside in the neighborhood.

When we lived in a big suburban house, my experience was exactly like the OP and opposite where I live today, in that we never saw the neighbors. They drove home, opened the garage, and then the garage closed. Unless they were out walking a dog, we never saw them.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:08 PM   #53
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeNFO View Post
Currently living in base housing. It truly is a different world. There are probably more kids here than adults. People do seem much more friendly here but you have to keep in mind that everyone has a built-in connection because they work for Uncle Sam, and are mostly in their late 20's to early 40's. Only when it is raining do I not see someone walking around, doing something outside in the neighborhood.
The other thing is that on post or base, parents feel safe to have their kids out, while in the city and in many suburbs, they would usually not.


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