Weird neighbors...

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
August 17, 2010 11:42am CST
Well, I've had a few neighbors that were annoying, mostly due to fighting. I had one who had his entire property overgrown with trees to save on air conditioning. I've had a few who were very into everybody else's business. But I never had one who was weird like this. In 1988, my parents moved from the San Fernando Valley to Westchester (near LA airport). And they had these neighbors who had their entire house wrapped in plastic. The wife was out every day cutting the grass with scissors. She watered the lawn by hand, and not with a hose, with a bowl or something. They always wore surgical masks and gloves. They never talked to anybody. I always wondered what their story was. Do I win the weirdest neighbor prize? Or can anybody top that?
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@jb78000 (15173)
17 Aug 10
you tie with mykl. strange in both case to get a pair of peculiar neighbours, one oddball you can understand. i suppose they pick the oddness up off each either and keep mutually reinforcing it until they are both very strange, in the same way. i think the bowl might have been to save water, don't get the germ phobia though.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
the weirdest was the plastic wrap around the house. It wasn't nice, neat plastic wrap, it was sagging, decaying and nasty looking.
@jb78000 (15173)
17 Aug 10
did you ever ask them?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
Nope, didn't ask, didn't talk to them at all... I think my dad went over to talk to them once, and they didn't answer the door.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
22 Aug 10
Not sure about neighbors, I keep to my self most of the time I am however (according to hubby) weird and he said neighbors think that way too I don't like living in a house with open curtains I don't mind opening windows or doors, but I don't like open curtains hubby said the neighbors think I'm serial killer or we are both killers ... and once our neighbor said he thought I 'disappeared' because I don't mingle I told him that I won't live my life (in my home) the way other people want me to if they think I am serial killer that is perfectly fine, at least this way my home is safe from burglars etc because they know I will find them Someone (I don't remember who)thinks I am some kind of mafia or something (at the time I was Catholic) well that's even better, I wouldn't have to deal with delays when I order anything for my home business indeed, there is bright side in everything...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Aug 10
Well people will think what they will think.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
18 Aug 10
Is that really true? That's really weird. I can see some neurosis there. What's in their minds? No one will ever know since they never talk to anyone. Let reality TV get to the core of this story by featuring the couple. I'd surely watch it.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Aug 10
Yes, it's very true. We really wondered what was up with them, but nobody actually ever went over and asked.
@greygoo (798)
• Philippines
17 Aug 10
oh. i think they should get the prize~ lolXD they were probably anti-dirt freaks... wrapping the house with plastic to keep the dust from sticking... wearing surgical masks and gloves...maybe for the same reason... cutting grass with scissors...o_O...and watering the lawn with a bowl...as cost-cutting measures... ugh, it's hard to explain why they do what they do. but i guess that's exactly why they should win the coveted weirdest neighbor prize;)
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
Fear of germs for sure, cost cutting maybe. I wonder what the inside of the house looked like.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
body parts hahahaha
@greygoo (798)
• Philippines
17 Aug 10
this is getting stinkier... yuck, i think i know someone who was supposedly scared of germs but keeps her trash piled up. good thing, i don't live there anymore. *relief* but that was really disgusting lotterylover.
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@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
18 Aug 10
I will send you the number of my psychiatrist. Please get some cloves on and give her the number, okay. That is so freaky. You win a packet of powdered water. TATA.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Aug 10
The house isn't there any more, so I have no idea where to send the number...
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
18 Aug 10
Life is so freaking unfair.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Aug 10
yes it is...
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Aug 10
sounds like you might very well win - tho if they were allergic - or had a child who was a bubble baby type, they might have an explanation...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
Maybe so, though I never saw a sign that there might be children.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Aug 10
well, you probably wouldn't see a bubble baby
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
True, though these folks looked old enough to have grown up children...
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• United States
17 Aug 10
Yup! You absolutely do get the prize. I can't imagine feeling very good about living that way. Surely everything was in perfect condition, but it doesn't sound the least bit comfortable.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
yeah, I really wonder what the inside of the house looked like...
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• United States
17 Aug 10
They probably have those clear plastic covers over everything, just to make sure anyone who comes in is totally uncomfortable, but things remain new-looking. Definitely not for me!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
I'm thinking nobody gets in....
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@luxlyangels (1286)
18 Aug 10
We had a serial killer as a neighbor once...thing is he was a nice and caring man bt wat he did at night was somthing else...We later found out he has been doing that for 16yrs and he moves a lot.Also in those places people just go missing after some time.Weird to greet that neighbor every morning rite?
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Aug 10
Now that has to be creepy knowing you had somebody like that living near you. And I bet he put on such a normal front that you all had no clue...
18 Aug 10
exactly that was y i didnt believe it at first until he was the arrest was made and the officer was saying his rights to him,it was scary...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Aug 10
brrr gives me the creeps...
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
17 Aug 10
Although we have some weird neighbors, yours wins! Wow! The neighbor to the south of us is going slowly senile. She accuses the neighbors on both side of her of trespassing and steeling from her. She called the cops on her neighbor on the other side of her of steeling her dirt! She had a tree taken out to make room for the fence leaving a huge mound of dirt. It rains and the dirt washes into their yard. She lowered the grade on our side and didn't put in a retaining wall. Our water is draining onto her property, creating unsafe ice patches on her front lawn and sidewalk. For this she yelled at my children. The neighbor to the north gets boozed up and calls the cops when we trim our bushes near the property line saying we are "destroying her property". My mom had a guy move in next door and lived their for a couple of years. He ran a "house of ill repute" "Ladies of the evening". Cops were called there all the time.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
stealing her dirt I could understand if it were expensive soil that she had paid for for her garden or something. My mother-in-law actually has a neighbor we believe is stealing her water. We think when her pipes were put into the yard, that the neighbor tapped into them. She didn't turn it on this year on that end of the yard, and his duck pond is suspiciously dry. She never said anything to him though.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
17 Aug 10
I'm talking about spring melt. This would be a good time for mom-in-law to check the water usage for the last year or two.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
spring melt is sort of a foreign concept here, though my mother-in-law does gets some snow in the winter....
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
20 Aug 10
I would have to say you win the weirdest neighbor prize, on the plastic wrap house alone. I have seen a house before that was completely surrounded by trees. I always wondered what would happen if a tornado would hit that area. At the same time, I have been surprised one hasn't. I think every neighborhood has to have one person that has to be in everyone's business. I think there is a rule about that sort of thing. A house that is wrapped in plastic. I wish you had pictures of that one. Maybe they couldn't afford a lawn mower, so the wife had to cut the grass with scissors. Just a thought. I don't own a weed eater, mainly because I have broken 2 already. I do my edging with scissors, a trick I learned when I lived on base housing. Will be getting one though. Hum, watering the lawn with a bowl of water. That would take forever and be a pain in the butt. I keep a container to collect the water that drips out from the ac, then I put it into a bucket. I then use a watering can to water my plants. With the price of water going up, I can't afford to water my lawn all the time. So, I don't water it all the time, nor will I use the water I collected. With them wearing gloves and masks all the time, they didn't have to worry about talking to anyone, because no one probably wanted to talk to them either, lol.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Aug 10
I wonder if my dad has a photo of it somewhere. I can't get a photo now, not only because I don't live in the area any more, but because the house is gone. Burned down, I think....
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
22 Aug 10
If your dad has one, that would be cool to see.
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• United States
18 Aug 10
We have a few annoying neighbors one who is still insisting that my female cat got her other neighbors cat pregnant! Yeah you read that right plus our girl is fixed. They are weird though too with their lawn/ Everyday using stuff to keep it perfect, even spraying it with some kind of aerosol can of god only knows what but she get's on her hands and knees and crawls around the yard with this can. Your old neighbors sound as if they have severe OCD a=and possibly Skitsofrantic disorders. We lived next to a gay couple who the one was OCD and he always wore those yellow gloves to do dishes with and a face mask. They where open about it though and where very quite so I never thought it too weird I guess. Though the apartment wasn't covered in plastic wrap!?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Aug 10
Oh well didn't you know that one in 10 female cats who have been spayed can turn into male cats when the moon is full?
• United States
19 Aug 10
Does that coincide with the witching hour?...lol
@much2say (40946)
• United States
17 Aug 10
Ok, you definitely win the weirdest neighbor prize! I'm assuming there were no kids living at that house? Unless they were in the closet wrapped in plastic or something - ha ha. Hmmm - can't top your neighbors. At our other apartment when my daughter was a baby, we'd go on a nightly walk after dinner. Every night, there was this scary wispy Asian woman in the next building who would stand near the street and just STARE at one spot in the sky for like 15 minutes. No fail, she was out there same place, same time, staring at the same direction every night. She never said hello or anything . . . she was a ghostly figure and just freaked us out. I'd rather have weird neighbors . . . I've had more of the annoying kind!!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
I never saw any children. I think they were old enough for their children to be grown up anywa. Maybe your neighbor was waiting for her spaceship to come and take her home?
@much2say (40946)
• United States
17 Aug 10
Ha ha!! I wonder if she ever made it home - ha ha!
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
17 Aug 10
A Sickle - A sickle is a hand-held agricultural tool with a curved blade typically used for harvesting grain crop or cutting grass or hay.
Oh my..Well, we were probably the ones thought of as the weird neighbors..We didn't have a lawn mower a lot of the time growing up and my step-dad made us use a sickle to cut the grass down. and once as punishment my step-dad made my brother use scissors..
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
When I was growing up, we were the weird ones too. My mom had our house painted this gawdawful shade of what she called pink (it was more like salmon), and my parents did not take care of the yard at all...
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
18 Aug 10
My brother in law has a house that looks pink with hunter green shutters. But he swears it isn't pink..even though it appears so..But we have a few house around here that one is bright yellow with purple shutters one is pink with yellow shutters and one is purple with grayish shutters..a mint green with pink shutters, and a baby blue one with white shutters.
@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
17 Aug 10
hands down, you're the winner... and i thought my neighbors were weird, this dude used ask me everyday if they could have a guava fruit and he always complained about the fruit being this bitter. why would he come back everyday just to complain? and he was eating the... what's opposite for ripe? unripe? well you get the idea.. but still, them neighbors of yours are the winner. maybe they're just neat freaks and try as much as possible to save water. :)
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
That is weird, come by every day and then complain about it.
@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
17 Aug 10
that's the main reason why the tree mysteriously got chopped. tsk... no more weird neighbor's friendly visits.
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• United States
17 Aug 10
Dawn- Wow. It sounds like the last may have had some issues such as OCD or such. I can't say I have had anything that weird, but I've had some weird ones in the past. At our last place we had a neighbor who would have these late night slam events. Our living rooms were the walls connected and we'd hear him yelling and slamming things around and against our wall. One night he slammed so hard that our items on the wall came flying off. I heard a woman moaning, so I called the police who later stated they searched his entire apartment to find nothing! I am still suspect because we saw him move out, and he had a blonde girl throwing bags over the balcony. I had a neighbor, a very long time ago, who used to like to let herself in my home. It annoyed me to no end! My guess is it was cultural, but I finally had enough and told her to stay out of my home. Namaste-Anora
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
The two apartments I lived in, and my first house, there were some pretty loud, obnoxious fights. I remember one where the girlfriend was throwing the guy's things down the stairs. In our first house, you could pretty much expect something every Saturday night around midnight.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
PS somebody letting themselves into my house, unless I had given them a key, permission and/or they had a darn good reason to be there would annoy the dickens out of me!
@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
17 Aug 10
I... uh... Wow, you sure do win the first prize on this one. I think I saw that kind of family in a cartoon or something but I guess fiction is not far from reality sometimes. I have a neighbour that when gets in a fight with her husband, screams like a banshee (literally). I once thought he was putting a knife in her, but that's just my wild imagination. Other than that, normal people. Who knows, maybe I am the weird neighbour...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
Maybe you are. do your scissors need sharpening?
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@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
17 Aug 10
Always. My knife too, they are tastier when sharpened.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
24 Aug 10
Yes, you win the most weirdest neighbor in the entire world! They must have been highly immuned for them to be able to wear surgical masks.. I have never seen something like this before. Really weird!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Aug 10
Hooray, I win! lol
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
23 Aug 10
Nope, you win. I wondering why though. Do you have the answers?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Aug 10
Nope, I sure don't!
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@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
22 Aug 10
Hi Dawnald!. I don't really have a weird neighbor because we tend can not live alone because there is a certain occasion we need their help. We are not to individual, the side effect is a gossip because every one want to know others business. The most unpleasant is a few snob neighbor and controller person. So I can say I never see any one who wrap their house with plastic . Whats wrong with over grown a three isn't it good for environment?.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Aug 10
The guy with all the trees also had a lot of wood on his land and it was overgrown and probably a fire hazard, but the neighbors didn't like it mainly because it looked messy.
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@minx267 (14645)
• Hartford, Connecticut
19 Aug 10
Yep, you win! I think they would be listed as 1) either incredibly cheap and didn't want to invest in a lawn mower or hose. or 2) Obsessive Compulsive.. No I live with one of the latter and she will spend hours bagging up garbage. or cutting the rasberry vines down "WITH SCISSORS" into 6 inch lengths so they will fit in the lawn and leaf bags - Yes she has done this And then she brags to everyone how she spent weeks cleaning up the back yard! UM, I wouldn't be proud that it took you WEEKS to do what any normal person could do in a few hours time! I think I win for weirdest roommate though.. I have more stories... but I'll save them for another time- I don't want to overwhelm. :-)
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Aug 10
Will await weird roommate discussion. :D