So along with many of you out there, we have a problem with our neighbors on the one side of us. You would think they were some white trashers with punk kids or something of the sort, but in fact they are two old ladies that do nothing but sit in their living room and stare out their front window to see what is going on in their hood. I took some pictures of their antics and need to fill you in on a little history.
When Mia and I first moved in here a little over 4 years ago, they were the sweetest old ladies. A little obsessed with their lawn care, but still sweet. They even brought in my trash can on the day after pick up. Which at first I thought I had some hot neighbor who may have been interested in me, but the next week I caught them out the window at 7:30 in the morning and saw that it was one of the old ladies. I was a little heart broken, and felt a little weird thinking to myself, "shouldn't I be bringing their can in?"
So we'll fast forward a few years and bring you up to our falling out...
Oliver was a baby in an infant seat, I think Bruce was working for the flower shop at the time, and I went grocery shopping. I get back with Oliver and the car full of grocery bags, and there are strange men in my yard and driveway. There was a tree service truck in front of the ladies house and there was a huge trash can in the way to where I couldn't even pull into the driveway all the way. The man with a rake was just staring at me while I was just staring at him waiting for him to get the clue to move the can. As I go to get out of the car to move it my self filled with disgust, I look to my left and Ruth (the bossy one that mows her lawn a lot) is staring out her bedroom window at me. She waves...
So I tell the man I need to pull in and he's like "oh o.k.". DUH...Oliver was sleeping so I proceeded to carry in groceries, and about on my 2nd trip out I noticed these people were in my yard in the back and that my clothesline had been cut. So I go back to talk to these people and here they are cutting down a perfectly good tree in the neighbors yard and dragging EVERYTHING through my yard and driveway. There were little sticks all over the driveway and my yard, I guess that's what the trash can was for. It's nice that they were using it. After talking to the "man" in charge, turns out they couldn't get the big stuff under the clothesline and down my driveway so they cut it. THEY CUT IT!!!
So to make a really long story, not so long, we ended up calling the owner of the company and telling them they better get out here and clean up their mess, and that no one had permission to be in our yard let alone start destroying stuff...We tried getting money for damages (we felt very violated) =) out of them but all we got was a new clothesline and the sticks picked up.
Well after they were here, they went next door. At this point, we were irritated at the neighbors for not asking us if it was o.k., but whatever, we would have gotten over it. We don't know exactly what the tree people said to them, but the next trash day, there our can sat, lonely on the curb.
That next summer when we were having a campfire in the back yard, ones that we have had for years every summer, the police were called. You are allowed, you just have to have a bag of marshmallows, or hot dogs near by. I wonder who called the police though?? Hmmmm...
Then just this past winter they started leaving a light on in the backyard and in 10 degree temperatures Ruths bedroom window would be open at night. So here is my theory to that..You know those miracle ear things that you can wear like a blue tooth? Well I think she has one and listens to me and Bruce when we are out on the back porch smoking. Because even in the dead of winter she would have that damn window open, and not just cracked, I mean open, open.
Here is Exhibit A:
This wasn't a warm day, the temp was probably in the 30's....Hmmm
Here is another example of how "sweet" they are now. We had neighbors moving in across the street from them. They had started one week then came back the next to finish. This was on the second day, and I guess they were sick of the traffic in front of their house. The new ones had a bunch of people helping them, so there were cars in their driveway, in front of the old ladies' house, and in front of my house. Whatever, no big deal right? I was trying to catch my own glimpse of the new people too, but didn't care if they were parked in front of my house. Well all of a sudden I see Ruth pull her stupid little Jap car out of her garage and park it in front of her house!!! Can you believe that?? When the people came back they were like, "wtf? and looking around".
Here is Exhibit B and C:
So basically all this does is make me want and wish to be out in the country even more than I already do...I'll update soon on other types of investigating work I may have to do, I'm sure it won't take them long to do something stupid and irritating...