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Re: Neighbors

Postby wildrose » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:47 am

panamint_patty: I think your friend is a pretty shrewd observer of human nature. I'd add one thing though. There are plenty of smart and considerate people in small towns, but they tend to not be terribly socially assertive and so the assholes tend to really stick out in small towns. It's an unfortunate reality, but it seems to go with the territory.
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Re: Neighbors

Postby twister » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:24 am

panamint_patty and wildrose: I tend to agree with your assessment and I'll share a neighbor rating system that my uncle came up with. He said that the really intelligent people park their cars in their garage. People of average intelligence park their cars in their driveway. Not so smart people park their cars in their yard (front, side, or back) and the really stupid people park their cars on the street. Obviously any system like this isn't going to be completely accurate, but when you think about it, where you park your car does say a lot about your level of intelligence.
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Re: Neighbors

Postby camel » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:14 am

Another way to classify neighbors is by the pets they own. Cat people are often thought to be different than dog people. And then there are people who own both dogs and cats and other people who own neither. IMHO what really matters is how neighbors take care of their pets. Negligent pet owners allow poop to accumulate until it stinks up the neighborhood or they allow their dogs to bark or their cats to breed and have kittens repeatedly. Responsible owners allow none of that to happen.
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Re: Neighbors

Postby shadylady » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:29 am

Whether they're your neighbors or people you work with or go to church with there are two types of people: generally responsible and generally irresponsible. Irresponsible neighbors allow their kids or pets to disturb the neighborhood, while responsible people keep their yards tidy and are friendly, but not nosey. MYOB is a good policy, but it's important to keep in touch with your neighbors and to develop strong channels of communication so that any problems that may develop can be worked through with minimal friction.
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Re: Neighbors

Postby ergot » Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:24 am

shadylady: I care less about responsibility and more about consideration. There are considerate and inconsiderate neighbors and you might say that responsibility and consideration go hand in hand, but they're not exactly the same thing. On the other hand, being irresponsible often winds up turning into unintended inconsideration for a number of reasons. So, one way or the other all of us prefer good neighbors to bad ones!
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