I’m sure I’ll catch crap for this blog post but oh well. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t want to hear my opinion at least every once a while, right? RIGHT?! And I’m just in the kind of mood to share my oh so awesome opinion tonight. Or something like that.
On my message board (and it isn’t exclusive just to it), I often run across posts of something close to this:
“I live on post and I cannot stand my neighbor. First, she lets her grass grow to 3/4 of an inch high (I measured it!) when the housing guidelines clearly state that it is only suppose to be 1/2″ high. And on top of that, today I saw a cat looking out of her window. I happen to know for a fact that she did not declare to housing that she has pets so I’m seriously considering calling the housing office on her or maybe even the MPs. The woman just drives me crazy! The other day, somebody came by to visit her and she was parked partially in front of my driveway. I mean how rude! So I called the MPs even though I didn’t have to go anywhere. I mean what if my house caught on fire and the firemen couldn’t get to my door because she’s so rude! AUGHHH! Do you think I’m overreacting?”
Okay, so maybe I exaggerated a little. But, you know you are all sitting there thinkingI know someone who is just like that!
To answer the question do I think she is overreacting? Yes, I do.
To answer the question do I think she needs to find a hobby and get a life? Yes, I do.
Perhaps this happens in neighborhoods all across America and we’re just not as privy to it because they don’t exactly have message boards out there for stay at home banker wives (or do they?). Maybe it just seems more prevalent because it is somewhat of a unique living situation when you have a lot of military families living on post together in the same neighborhoods.
Regardless, it’s incredibly stupid.
First, some standards still apply. The first of which is when you have a problem with your neighbor, you talk to your neighbor. Unless it is a potentially dangerous situation, you don’t call the police (MPs) or their mortgage company (housing office). You deal with it face-to-face in an adult manner. *gasp*
Second, quit looking for reasons to turn in your neighbors. What goes around comes around. Do you really want someone measuring your grass or watching the clock waiting for the second quiet hours roll around so they can turn you in for your loud music?
Didn’t think so.
Let’s show some common courtesy and realize we are being petty in focusing on issues like this. And if you happen to be the victim of this oh so fun neighbor, pray they PCS soon. Or shower them with kindness until they would feel too guilty to possibly nitpick apart the housing rule book for living on post.
Have a great night everyone! 😉 Glad I got that off my chest! *whew*