Everybody needs good neighbors – A follow up

Posted by Blokeman on September 18, 2008 under General Bloke Stuff | Be the First to Comment

The one or 2 regular loyal readers of this blog will remember my post a few weeks ago, about the classy neighbors I am surrounded with. The relationship has not been perfect but there is a great deal of blissful ignorance of each other going on and that has made the living arrangement workable, but uncomfortable.

Over the past month we have been overly cautious about the noise the dogs make, even though it is next to nothing, other neighbors in the block have gotten onside and well everyone thinks the bloke is taking the piss.

We have now become the flavour of the month with the little old lady across the street, but I have these nightmare visions that it is going to become like that movie “duplex” where crazy old lady keeps taking me away from my work to do little chores to the point I go insane and have to sell up……but it isn’t that bad yet, just had to change a light bulb and agreed to let her park in one of my Garages over Christmas….so far!

However the best neighborhood news of late is that, on my way from the shops this morning, I noticed a brand new “For Sale” sign out the front of the blokes house next door, looks like the owner is selling up from underneath them and the renters are going to have to go!

2 down, barking dog house to go!

Everybody needs good neighbors

Posted by Blokeman on August 27, 2008 under General Bloke Stuff | Read the First Comment

…..So why the fuck do I get stuck living next door to so many Dickheads?

It seems that no matter where I move or wherever I am I tend to cop the brunt of having crap neighbors. Not all of them are the nightmare kind that you see on so may Current Affairs programs but there is definitely a wealth of cocks that plant themselves close to me. With the latest spate of bad neighbor experiences I have had over the past few weeks it has started me thinking about what I have endured in the past, and then hold a candle to myself to see how I rate on the bad neighbor scale.

None of them really massively compare to some incidences I have had here in the past 2 weeks, it seems like the saying “Queensland, it is truly Gods country, why he filled it with so many dickheads is beyond me though” rings pretty true.

A few Fridays past, we were having a BBQ to celebrate the birthday of a friend, all was well and it was only about 9 at night when some of the front of the house having a smoke, when I heard some arguing and yelling from girls. I went out to investigate, and saw 2 guys and some other girls in the street hurling abuse at the girls on our front landing.

I asked what was happening when the guys in the street started hurling abuse at me and trying to ‘pretend’ to jump the fence to start a fight with me. I told them where to go, ushered the girls inside and left it at that. Later it all sparked up again, and there was one bloke in particular who thought he was a tough nut. Telling us he was on parole and just out of prison, as if that was meant to scare or impress us.

He had a go at one of the guys in our group and asked where he was from, my mate told him he was from Gosford, so the “tough-guy” says “I’m from Gosford too, Gosford Jail”.
To which my mate says, “ah there isn’t a jail in Gosford mate, there is a boys home, but that’s it”. The little fella didn’t like it but had been shot down, since well my mate is actually from Gosford and knows this!

Eventually we told them to piss off and it was over.

Once it was over I found the whole thing started because whilst we were out the back, they were at the fence and jumping the fence banging on the doors demanding to be let in to our “party” and then abusing the girls when they told them to go back to their own party (across the road) and so on….sheesh.

Since we have moved in the cops were at the house every month not the most pleasant people but they moved out last week.

And then we have nominee number 2 for dickhead neighbor of the year.

Whilst we were getting in the car to go out on Saturday morning he approached us having a go at us because our dog barks constantly and that if we are always out then we will have to do something about it. This perplexed me for 2 reasons

1 – I work from home and am here all day every day Monday to Friday apart from maybe 10 minutes out for lunch once a week or when I go to the shops after work.

2 – Our dogs are not barkers, they only bark when say all the dogs, including old mates next door, started barking our howling, they rarely if ever bark on their own.

So I asked him, “when are they barking?”

To which he said “All the time!”

Naturally i said “Even during the week?”.
He replied. “Yes all the time”.

So I casually mentioned “Mate, sorry but that can’t be my dogs, I work from home all day every day from around 8 -6. See that office there, that is where I am and they never bark, so I think you may be mistaken”.

Obviously he had been caught out here, because he kept telling us we are never home, and that threw him off. The dog he is complaining about is in fact the neighbor behind us and this guy spun too much bullshit and got caught out.
He got quite abusive at this stage, so i mentioned that his dog actually wines and barks most of the day because they are not home during the week and it is tied to the clothes line, so much so that before he came over I was actually considering going over there and asking if he wanted to put it in our yard with our dogs during the days so it doesn’t cry and doesn’t get bored or lonely. That kind of shut him up.

I wouldn’t have minded him mentioning it if he wasn’t such an ass about it. It is difficult for me to put into words how he approached us, of all the ways to approach someone to request or discuss something this was not the right one, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he was weilding a machette!

The Irony that capped it off was that whilst he was sitting on his Verandah just 1 day later one of our other neighbors from the other side (And who’s house is closer) whilst I pulled up because our puppy had gotten out of the yard, and right in front of the guy she told me how much she loves our dogs and how they never ever ever bark or make a noise! Ahhh you should have seen his face!