Know Your Neighbor

Yesterday evening my wife and I went to see the new elementary school built right opposite our home. There were a few other families from the neighborhood. People started talking and this is a list of things I found out about a few different neighbors:

  • The old man who lives three houses from ours, works part time at a local hardware store. You can rent him for 20 dollars an hour as a handy man. He is very thorough and professional. He gossips a lot and knows everything about everyone in our neighborhood. His wife is not all that friendly, though.
  • The person who lives in the first house on our street never maintained his lawn until now. The house which is right behind his house is on sale now. So, those guys are now paying for this guy’s lawn maintenance as well and they even have new mulch in his front yard.
  • The white guy who lives five house from ours has married a Fiji Indian. They party way too much. They have loud Indian music all the time. Their trash bin overflows every week. Also, they don’t stay in this home all seven days of the week. Thus, you see their garbage can on the road for at least five days in a week. They are supposed to keep the bin out only on the day of the garbage pick-up. Hmmmm, maybe everyone should complain.
  • The old man from the first bullet above cannot tolerate any nonsense. People who live right behind his home partied too much. They were quite loud a few times. He went and shouted at them and now they are no longer party animals.
  • My immediate neighbor to the left does not make a lot of money. If both of them don’t work even for a week, it’s hard for them to do the mortgage payments. The husband drives an hour and a half to reach his office. They have two children. the son is apparently very moody and the daughter is very cranky. The lady of the house talks way more than required.
  • Cops have stopped by several times to check on our neighbors. Maybe they don’t get along all that well?
  • The new family which moved into our street last month has a kid who will start high school this year.
  • The lady who stays two houses from ours, is absolutely unfriendly. She doesn’t talk with anyone, not even with her own kids, really!!!
  • Our next street has two houses on sale and both have the lawns completely dried up. That’s because the banks own those houses now and utility bills are not paid, and thus the city has stopped water services to those houses. And, that means our street is very beautiful and perhaps the best in the neighborhood. With such colorful people, why not?

My wife and I sighed and went back to our backyard to stare at the sky to see how many meteors we can spot. I forgot all about the gossip, until now.

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17 Comments on “Know Your Neighbor”

  1. Aram Says:

    Amazing how much a burkha-clad man can
    manage to gather so much stuff about his neighbors.

  2. some body Says:

    d.s.:

    you are reminding me of my gre anal days. to complete the analogy, at the end of the post, you need to add – “my neighbours are a, b, c, d, e, f, g, and h. figure out – in one minute, no more – which is which!”

    aram:

    it is because of the burkha, otherwise they would know it is a guy, and clam up! πŸ˜‰

    – s.b.

  3. Aram Says:

    @some body
    s.b.:
    point well taken.

    what is this “anal days?”

  4. some body Says:

    aram:

    i knew i should’ve used the full form! back in the days of yore, the gre had three sections – verbal, quantitative and analytical (this is what i meant when i said ‘gre anal’). now i believe, the format is different – how different i have no clue.

    now if you don’t know what the gre is, i can’t help you ;-).

    – s.b.

  5. neela Says:

    nere avaru nimage hore aagade iddare saaku…alva.
    Colourful neighbourhood! (pun intended) πŸ˜‰

  6. Srik Says:

    AtaLa, sutaLa, pAtALa, taLAtaLa…. wherever you go, same state of affairs prevails. No escape!!


  7. I thought you live in bay area. The above sounds like you live in a place called vaTaara πŸ™‚ I couldn’t read the full post since I got confused reading various guys around there first. Gr8 you remember some information related to each!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. rads Says:

    hehe, I think the old man rocks! πŸ™‚

  9. praneshachar Says:

    great compilation hats off to your memory of so many talks
    know the neighbour
    neela avru helida hage nere hore agde idre saku


  10. @ Aram:
    Well, the burkha is transparent πŸ™‚

    @ SB:
    Ahhh, I loved the analytical stuff. I pretty much got 800/800 all the time, except when it really mattered πŸ˜‰

    @ Neela:
    adu sari. Adre yAko kelavru nidhAnavAgi hore agta idAre ansatte.

    @ Srik:
    Totally…..

    @ Veena:
    I do live in a vaThAra, just more cosmopoliton.

    @ Rads:
    Oh you bet he rocks. i am just a lil scared of him.

    @ Praneshachar:
    Thank you. hAge sumne time pass majakke ivella πŸ™‚

  11. neelanjana Says:

    Did you at least catch some Persieds later? At least that would be some consolation ..

    -neelanjana


  12. @ Neelanjana:
    Yep, I spotted 18 and my wife saw 17. It was really fun, and quite romantic πŸ˜‰

  13. Vittal Says:

    Check this out – the couple lived in the house next to mine were dopeheads – notorious for their daily fights, screaming and yelling!! I’m so glad that they sold the house to a very decent couple.

  14. bachodi Says:

    Ooops .. I dont know my neighbors.. at all. My area people dont know that I exist. 😦

  15. Vijay Says:

    Man.. sounds like the neighborhood from “Desperate Housewives”… each house has a “character”…

  16. neel3 Says:

    nere avaru nidhaanavaagi h…o..r…..e aagodu sahaja.
    i just follow my hub’s dictum..keep your neighbours at ‘smile and slip away ‘distance.
    it has worked–so far (23 years! )


  17. @ Vittal:
    Very close to home (no pun intended!)

    @ Bachodi:
    Mr. India, huh?

    @ Vijay:
    LOL…what does that make me? Mike, the plumber? πŸ˜‰

    @ Neel3:
    I have heard similar things. But, I am not sure if I want to follow it.


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