Monday, August 29, 2011

We All Have One....

How many of you are familiar with the '60s TV series Bewitched? Those of you who have seen it undoubtedly remember Samantha and Darrin's habitually nosy neighbor, Gladys Kravitz, who spent more time at their windows than she did in her own home. That must have been a relief to her laid-back husband, Abner. Mrs. Kravitz's snooping always led to her seeing things no one else saw--or believed.


We all have one, at one time or another in our lives: the neighbor who's always sticking her (or his) nose where it doesn't belong. They're the ones who ask inappropriate questions. You might even catch them looking in your mailbox. They'll grill workmen on your property. They'll accept a delivery for you if you're out, then question you about it when you pick it up. They're the ones who can tell you how many people have visited you in any given day or week, what kind of vehicle they were driving, and how long they stayed. The CIA is missing a great opportunity if they don't recruit these people!

I've had several. When I was a kid, our next-door neighbor seemed to spend all of her time watching our house. Whenever anyone came to visit, she'd interrogate Mom about it. She knew better than to ask Dad.


My former sister dated the son of another neighbor. Dad used to say his family knew more about us than we knew--until Jackie dumped Leroy and he set our house on fire. He went to prison and I got to be the nosy neighbor, intercepting his letters to her and rerouting them to the parole board.

The current nosy neighbor is an employee of our apartment complex. She allegedly works in maintenance, though I've never seen her doing anything but walking her dogs and sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. And when she gossips, she doesn't bother to get her facts straight. I stopped speaking to her when she made a completely inappropriate comment to me one day. 



I'm reluctant to call for any repairs when I'm going to be out. Though she doesn't actually do any kind of repair work, I'm sure she wouldn't pass up an opportunity to snoop around while we're out and she can tag along with the guys who do the real work. Do I sound like I don't trust her? I don't!


For the first six months we lived here, I thought she was a man. Really! She looks like a man, sounds like a man. Then one day, I saw her crossing the courtyard wearing a dress. Okay, that means he/she is a woman. Or a cross-dresser.

Come on...tell me your nosy neighbor stories!





15 comments:

  1. Most of my current neighbors are nosey, but in a good way. We stay out of eachother's business, but talk if we see anything strange going, have news, etc.

    A bad neighbor can really destroy an otherwise great place to live.

    EJ

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  2. I ALWAYS have weirdo neighbors on Army posts...drunks, cheaters, swingers...there is no shortage of drama!!! Our new neighborhood is wonderful. Everyone is actually normal, except for one across the street. She's at least a descent and nice woman, but she is sooooo nosy. She'll knock on my door and try and talk forever in the doorway even if there's a blizzard outside and I'm in my pj's! Recently she saw me struggling w/boxes I was taking to the post office. She of course came running over to help and she kept trying to get me to take her to the post office with me!

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  3. Growing up we had a fat lady across the street who would call the police every time our ball landed on her lawn. We would see her nose sticking through the curtains and always worry where our ball would end up. Needless to say when we saw the cop car we would be running for home.

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  4. I don't really have any nosy neighbors.

    Hey, wait ... does that mean ... I'M the nosy neighbor????

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  5. We once had a nosy neighbour but he died a few months after we moved into the house. Hubby and I have actually been pretty lucky in the "nosy" neighbour department...we end up with the loudmouths and the ones that like to party all night long. I think I'd almost rather have the nosy neighbour instead of the noisy neighbour...

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  6. My dad is the nosy neighbour. When he was a kid, he was seemingly obsessed with making sure people's doors on the street were properly closed. He graduated from that to going over to whichever neighbour had work going on to watch and give advice, wanted or not...

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  7. I had a neighbor who wanted to see what my whole house looked like since she'd been no farther than my living room. One day she pushed past me and looked into every single room. I have a friend who cannot resist looking in closets and bathroom cupboards. But let us not forget our internet 'neighbors' who think they spy on us secretly.

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  8. I should mention, my FIL/MIL combo are the nosy neighbours...and they also have a nosy neighbour...my FIL gives out the unwanted advice. He always starts out the conversation with, "Can I make a suggestion?" I hate it when those words come out of his mouth...

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  9. That's OK, Beth. We're the noisy neighbor. We've gotten numerous complaints from our neighbor about Colt's barking. The guy even complains about Colt when he's barking inside our house. Yes, Colt's got a loud bark, but jeesh, there's a yard between our houses.

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  10. I had a nosy neighbor. He used to call the cops on a daily basis to complain about what we were burning in the fireplace or whatever else. Fortunately, the cops ignored him. Then I told him I was thinking of turning to cannibalism to invoke new Sith powers. He left me alone after that.

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  11. Mike, has no one ever called the cops on YOU????

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  12. I have a nosy neighbor! They yell at anyone doing work on our house. The deck builders were not allowed to step in their yard when walking to our back yard. The lawn people are not allowed to get anywhere near their side of the yard when weed-eating our lawn. Also, when we had a guy come over to paint the outside of our house, the lady called him over and trash talked us to him. Little did she know that he's a good friend of the family.

    Stupid neighbors! :D

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  13. The woman living next door used to question me about things that were none of her business. I would tell her nothing. This didn't stop her from gossiping. She simply made things up.

    One time another neighbor asked if we were all OK after a prowler was caught by police dogs in our yard!

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  14. I live in a new development with people who all keep to themselves, but I grew up in a small town where every resident knew every other resident and their busienss - they were all nosy neighbours!

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  15. When I'm home alone I don't bother closing the bathroom door. While I was in the bathroom, sitting on the toilet, a woman I barely know, knocked on the door once, came in and started walking around the house yelling, "Yoohoo!" Luckily, I got out of the bathroom just in time.

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