Saturday, March 17, 2012

Teach Your Children...Please!

We can't choose our relatives. Unfortunately, we can't choose our neighbors, either. If we could,  at least three apartments in my section would have new tenants.






I've written about my neighborhood here before. I love living here...for the most part. It's a great location. It's convenient. The newly-rehabbed apartments are wonderful. The guys in maintenance are good-natured about my false alarms...like the day I called to report an electrical problem (it turned out the bathroom lights were flickering because Collin hadn't tightened the bulbs when he changed them). Our property manager is high on my Best Landlords list. (I've also had some of the worst over the years--at the top of that list would be the self-proclaimed good Catholic who divorced his wife when she fell victim to Alzheimer's. He's a real prince...of darkness.)


I would have expected employees who live on the premises to get special treatment. Not at all, for which I'm grateful--since the one member of the team I don't get along with is the one who, unfortunately, practically lives next door (lucky me!). Almost as soon as I'd moved in, she stuck a note in my door, wanting me to stop feeding the birds and squirrels. Not going to happen without a letter from the office, and somehow I don't see that happening.


I'd been shopping for a low terra cotta dish to match the planter at the end of my walk, which would serve as a feeder (doves are ground dwellers, and most of my regular diners are doves). Unfortunately, I had to scrap that idea because the neighborhood kids and their soccer ball would probably trash it in no time. The island pictured below has flowers in it every spring and summer. I doubt they'll survive this year. I just saw one of the neighbors' kids run through it to get his soccer ball. For the same reason, I haven't bothered to clean my patio chairs. We won't be using them. Who wants to sit out on the patio with a soccer ball flying by (or landing in my lap), followed by a bunch of rude, screamng kids?





 
Last time I posted on the home front, I wrote about the problems with the children living here. Even months after this sign was posted in the courtyard, they continue to take over said courtyard every day with their soccer ball, kicking it into doors, windows, central air conditioning units. I've heard I'm not the only one complaining...but I'm likely the one yelling loudest. I work at home and the constant distraction is an unnecessary nuisance.



This is not exactly a new problem. A bus driver I know lived here before we did. When I told him we'd moved here, he told me he'd had a window broken by kids playing ball when he was here. It was promptly boarded up with a promise that it would be replaced "soon." After asking several times exactly when that would be, with no result, he told the woman who was at that time manager he would move if he didn't get a new window ASAP. She told him to go ahead and move. He did.


Somebody tell me--don't kids still come home from school loaded down with homework? If so, I don't know how these kids ever get theirs done. They're in the courtyard from early afternoon to--often--late at night. I have yet to see any parents with them. Unless the guy who came up the walk to my door Friday afternoon, stopped short and walked away when he saw me through the window is a daddy to one or more of them. I wonder what he was doing there? Looking for the ball that landed there again? Dropping off his trash (half of my neighbors not only can't read signs, they haven't figured out what dumpsters are for). Spoiling for a fight? I waited to see if he tried to open my door uninvited. That would have landed his sorry backside in jail.


Even the pillagers respected the posted rules.
But not the kids in my neighborhood.


Many apartment buildings/complexes don't allow children. I can certainly understand why. If we had to have kids living nearby, why couldn't they be brainy kids who spend their days on computers?


It would have been so nice....



28 comments:

  1. You already know where I stand on children. I'd be with the guy moving out.

    Those kids obviously don't have parents doing the job of making sure they're making better use of their time.

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    1. If I didn't like this place so much, I'd be going. But as we discussed the other day, good landlords are not always easy to find.

      I have considered a disturbing the peace complaint via our local police department.

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  2. I only like my two...the rest need to get the hell out of my yard!

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    1. I feel the same way--I love my son dearly. I just don't love everyone's children. Especially when they're a nuisance.

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  3. Maybe this is one reason that poor woman developed Alzheimer's--she wanted to forget about these troubling brats and hoped the prince of darkness would take them away!

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    1. Wrong landlord--it's been fifteen years since I got away from that nightmare. I could write a whole book just about him!

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  4. I'm pretty fortunate. Most of the neighborhood kids live farther up the street. I just have to deal with the sourpuss next door. OK, our dogs bark, but we're always out there with them to stop the noise right away. Still, he felt it necessary to spray the dog with the hose last week - with us sitting right there on the porch. I'm going to puke if I here him say "it's going in the report" one more time.

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  5. I wish our neighborhood had more dogs and fewer kids!

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  6. Luckily for me, Jamie isn't one of those kids that would disturb the peace. However, there are the kids next door to us that I won't let her play with...we haven't even met them....and I don't want to either.

    It's shameful that the kids of today are like this...but, then again, the apples don't fall far from the tree, I'll bet.

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  7. I suspect Mommy and Daddy came across the border in the truck of a car, which would make abiding by the laws a little difficult! And before anyone tells me I sound like a bigot, I'm not. I know some wonderful Mexican families. They just don't live in my neighborhood.

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    1. Typo! That was supposed to read "trunk," not "truck!"

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  8. Well, we've got Satan's children one door down from us. One afternoon, I watched the little monkeys climb the stop and sign to shake it with thier bodies to the ground.

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    1. So you have Satan's kids, huh? I'll put these demon spawn up against yours anytime!

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  9. Oh, that would drive me crazy! We have a neighbour who lets his dog out to bark endlessly for HOURS at a time. So annoying.

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    1. A previous neighbor played loud music all day and all night. Another neighbor had a dog who hated it as much as we humans did. The poor thing howled in misery. Finally, the police were called.

      A friend from church is a retired police officer. He told me in this instance, I would have to be able to prove the kids were doing this--so I started photographing and videorecording them.

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  10. There seems to be a big lack of respect and manners among today's kids in general for which I blame the parents!

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    1. That's true.

      These kids have hit my front door twice in the past hour. The first time, I went out and yelled at them. The second time, well, the ball is still outside my door. None of them will come and get it.

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  11. Kids don't bother me, as much. However, I do think it could be more peaceful to write if they weren't breaking windows with soccer balls, etc. That part about children playing, UNsupervised, is what I hate. Children, there, from what I remember, hadn't been properly supervised, nor, raised cus they kept playing near where that sign had been placed, and kept kicking the soccer balls around. That complex should hacve a children's play area, and be set up to where if kids don't play around or near a kids' play area, the parents will be warned, then fined, and then, if that rule still isn't followed, evicted, because of the property damage ensued by the kids who play, unsurpvised, kicking the soccer balls and other balls around and too close to a lot of the neighbors' doors and windows. But, the complex doesn't have that, from what I remember. :( Wish it did.

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  12. As a rule, I'm not fond of neighbors or kids. These neighbor kids (and their parents) have ignored rules and manners, displaying a complete disregard for others. Next time the ball is left out- chuck it in the dumpster.

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  13. When I was a kid, I had some cousins who were a bunch of really tough boys. If my dad had problems with neighborhood kids, obviously he couldn't lay a hand on them, so he'd just invite my cousins for a visit and have them beat up the problem kids.

    Anybody got any mean boys I can borrow?

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  14. I can relate to this very well, but replace the word "children" with the word "adult". Where I live, I actually like the kids. It's the drunks playing music at 3 a.m. that bother me :|

    Lots of stress, lol...

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  15. Kids don't bother me, as much. However, I do think it could be more peaceful to write if they weren't breaking windows with soccer balls, etc. That part about children playing, UNsupervised, is what I hate. Children, there, from what I remember, hadn't been properly supervised, nor, raised cus they kept playing near where that sign had been placed, and kept kicking the soccer balls around. That complex should hacve a children's play area, and be set up to where if kids don't play around or near a kids' play area, the parents will be warned, then fined, and then, if that rule still isn't followed, evicted, because of the property damage ensued by the kids who play, unsurpvised, kicking the soccer balls and other balls around and too close to a lot of the neighbors' doors and windows. But, the complex doesn't have that, from what I remember. :( Wish it did.

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    1. April, they've gone from bad to worse since you were here. Not only do their parents not supervise them, tonight Daddy came out and joined them. Now they think they can do whatever they want.

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    2. No, they don't have a playground...and they don't have enough free space to include one.

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  16. Terrible situation, Norma. Sounds like the kids have no parental supervision. Also sounds like there's no discipline at home.

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    1. There isn't--not when their father joins in! While I can appreciate leasing office procedure, sending a letter with some people just doesn't work. If they know nothing will be done, they will ignore any and all letters. My parents owned rental properties for years. Their tenants knew if Dad said he would kick them out, he would--and did, many times.

      These tenants have very clearly violated the terms of our leases and should be made to move out.

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  17. Interesting...I found a website that posts tenant reviews of apartment complexes, and the complaints for mine are almost always the same: problem neighbors.

    I posted a review myself....

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