Do you ever wish you could choose your neighbors?
I mean, other than moving. Let's not get crazy.
Are you in a tightly stacked neighborhood where you can almost reach out your window and scratch your neighbor's wall? Are in an apartment where you share your neighbor's wall? Or are you out on sprawling land with lots of space?
I ask this as a blog post for Red Room, where the blog topic this week is about "neighbors". And while I was originally going to talk about an experience I had years ago in an apartment with a neighbor that kept calling the cops on me at 2am every morning for mythical loud music that didn't exist...*deep breath*... I decided not to go there. This post could get very long if I did. LOL!
Instead, I was thinking about my different kinds of neighborhoods. At home I live in a standard suburban type older neighborhood, where driveways are out front so you see your neighbors all the time. I've lived where there are back alleyways, which makes the yards look nicer with no cars, but I had no clue who my neighbors were.
I have way too much information on my neighbors now. LOL! It is a people watching place. All types of personalities, all types of voice octaves....and I know this from hearing things not meant to be heard. Lots of kids, which is cool. Interesting to see what used to be young kids, like my daughter, semi adults now and the new wave of children running the block. There used to be a Mrs. Kravitz-type down the street, who knew me and every other person that ever grew up in that block (I live now across the street from the house I grew up in. After state-hopping for 15 yrs. Who knew?) and could tell you everything you did as a kid and everything everyone was doing now. She has since passed, and her son has filled her sweet-but-very-nosy shoes.
At work, I have office neighbors with a variety of personalities and issues and extravert/intravert tendencies. You can stand back and watch the kitchen in the morning and see who the aggressors are for that coffee and who stands back and waits. Who leaves the dredges and who steps up and makes the next pot. Who talks privately on their phones and who advertises their business for the whole floor.
Online, I have neighbors too. Or I feel like I do. All the blogs I follow and who follow me...we're all neighbors, dropping in on each other to see what's going on, giving support when needed, getting a laugh when needed. I feel these are the best neighbors of all.
Maybe because I choose them! LOL. That could be why!