Weird Neighbor Challenge

United States
February 19, 2016 7:15am CST
We have had a few challenges posted recently including poems, flowers and dog photos, etc. I was sitting here earlier thinking about some of the weird neighbors we've had over the 15 years we've lived in the south and that gave me an idea for a Weird Neighbor Challenge. We've lived in 4 homes in Tennessee so lots of neighbors. Some were strange/weird while others were amusingly funny/weird. I do believe our very first neighbor takes the cake for Weird Neighbor. I'll call him Chuck, since that is his name but none of you know him so I see no problem using it. He had a 27 foot above-ground pool put in. The first winter he covered the pool and it rained a lot. We had the perfect view of his yard and his foolishness from our dining room - and he kept us entertained. He went out with a hose to siphon the water off the cover and he did it for hours. The idiot didn't realize that the cover he had was the mesh type. While he thought he was sucking water off the top he was actually sucking the pool dry. He dropped the water level two feet before he finally caught on. One more example - one day we were chatting with Chuck and i noticed he had a black eye. I asked him what happened. He said, "I had a vasectomy." Then there was a lull in the story so I said, "The doc missed I take it" He then went on to say that his wife went to the store and he was home alone. He was feeling a little out of it and went in the bathroom to get his meds. As he was standing at the sink he passed out and hit hit the counter-top on his way to the floor and that's how he got a black eye due to his vasectomy. I could go on but now I'm anxious to hear your Weir Neighbor Challenge. Photo: pixabay.com/en/street-neighborhood-neighbors-151961/
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@Raelove (17657)
• Saco, Maine
19 Feb 16
Years ago, I lived in a house across the street from a couple who had lots of oak trees on their front lawn. It was a huge lawn and each year, just as fall approached, they'd be out there with coffee cans picking up all the acorns that fell from the trees. Anyone who knows anything about oak trees knows that they don't release their acorns all at once, and just walking on them pushes them into the soil. So these people were out there every day after work for weeks with their coffee cans. I am assuming they never were able to get them all, because one day, the husband produced a brand-new push-type lawn sweeper. I guess it had never occurred to them to rake the acorns into piles and make the job a bit easier. From what I'm told, they still live in that same house to this day and are now elderly. I wonder who's doing the acorn duty now...
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• United States
19 Feb 16
Some people are slow learners....Did they save the acorns for a reason?
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@Raelove (17657)
• Saco, Maine
19 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill Nope. They just didn't want them on the lawn, as acorns sprout fast. That's fine if you have a small lawn. But this lawn was at least an acre if not more, so I doubt they managed to ever pick them all up, even with the sweeper. This couple was very meticulous about their property. A place for everything and everything in its place. And those acorns just didn't fit their "decor."
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• United States
19 Feb 16
@Raelove It would have been easier to have the trees removed LOL! Our last house we had 10 acres and we had way too many hickory trees - try getting ride of hickory nuts...lots of fun mowing them over.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
19 Feb 16
My neighbors 10 years ago that buried their pet gerbil. No, that part isn't weird. The weird part was when they moved and came over and borrowed a shovel to dig up the skeleton and take it with them. At least they didn't use a spoon...
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• United States
19 Feb 16
What!????!! - you're kidding...too much! All that for a gerbil? That's a good one.
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• United States
19 Feb 16
@JolietJake I believe you!
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@paigea (22609)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
@JolietJake that does sound weird. When we moved though we asked the new owners if they minded us leaving the pet cemetery. I guess we would have dug up the cats and dog if they had asked us to.
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@LadyDuck (182147)
• Switzerland
20 Feb 16
The neighbor who lives across the street from our house is a fanatic of orchids. He has a greenhouse where he grows several varieties of those flowers to bring to competitions. Every Saturday he put all the plants out in the garden and spray them, one by one, with water before putting them back in the greenhouse. I noticed that if it rains, he quickly move all the plants inside and continue to spray the plants inside the greenhouse. What is wrong with natural rain?
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• United States
20 Feb 16
Rain contains all kinds of 'bad' stuff - he is probably using purified water on those expensive flowers.
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@LadyDuck (182147)
• Switzerland
20 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill This is what I thought, but he collect the rain and then use the rain water to spray his orchids. He is a strange man, we all consider him a bit nut.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
@LadyDuck Maybe he purifies that rain water?
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Feb 16
honestly I dont think I can top those, but, once our neighbors boyfriend was over and somehow, and I still dont know how, he had a rooster with him...which got loose in our backyard, so I came home to him in a bathrobe, support socks and flippy house slippers (and he looked like colonel sanders, of KFC), chasing the rooster around in the slowest benny hill style chase ever. back and forth. the rooster walking just a tiny bit faster.
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• United States
21 Feb 16
LOL, the support socks would have done it for me LOL!
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill it was absolutely hilarious. I should have offered to help, but 1. I was laughing to hard, and 2. the dogs were all plastered to the back door barking. Had I opened that door, then they would have joined the chase, and that would have been bad!
• United States
21 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt To bad no one video taped it LOL!
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
19 Feb 16
I have probably never had any truly weird neighbours, but my neighbours could probably write a decent discussion for this challenge by writing about me.
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• United States
19 Feb 16
I heard that - they sent me a pm and told me not to tell you!
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
19 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill I doubt that because they would happily tell me so their selves.
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• United States
19 Feb 16
@Asylum Oh, I'll have to come up with something else...
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@sueznewz2 (10161)
• Alicante, Spain
19 Feb 16
I enjoyed your story and some of the other commentors too... but can not take part as we have had noisy neighbours, quiet neighbours and recluse neighbours we never saw... but no weird ones ....
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• United States
19 Feb 16
I would consider a recluse weird.
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@sueznewz2 (10161)
• Alicante, Spain
19 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill yes .... or a blessing...
@Shellyann36 (11269)
• United States
21 Feb 16
Our weirdest neighbors was when I was in my very early 20's. My landlords son lived right next door to the place we rented. I caught him one night out in the woods coming toward the bedroom window. I had stepped out on the back porch and caught him redhanded. I looked for a new place ASAP and complained to the landlord.
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• United States
21 Feb 16
Was he peeping at you? That would give me the creeps.
@LeaPea2417 (22392)
• Toccoa, Georgia
19 Feb 16
Ha ha ha, Chuck does sound like a weird neighbor. Many years ago we had a neighbor named Frank. He was a nice man but he had some peculiar ways about him. I remember one time in particular. He had one of those riding lawn mowers and his house and ours was at the end of the cul de sac. It had rained a lot and mud had washed down the road. Then it had dried out and one day he rode his lawn mower around and around in circles and blew around all that dried dirt in the circle. It was a haze he created. I didn't know what to think at the time. I thought he was nuts, but after thinking about it, it may of been his odd way of thinking he was cleaning the road. It was odd.
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• United States
19 Feb 16
Frank sounds strange for sure. Chuck didn't mow or get on the tractor once he taught his oldest girl to do it. He turned over the pool maintenance to his wife - he did nothing.
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@paigea (22609)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
I was mowing between our house and the house next door when toys and other stuff started flying out the window. I yelled, "Hey!" Two little girls appeared at the window and I asked what they were doing. "Cleaning our room." was the reply. This was the only amusing one that came to mind. Most of mine are horrible neighbour stories.
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• United States
19 Feb 16
That was a cute story - I have only weird/strange stories.
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@JudyEv (136799)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Feb 16
Chuck sounds like he was put next door simply to entertain you.
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• United States
19 Feb 16
Yes he ways and in the two years we lived there I have dozens of weird stores about him.
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@paigea (22609)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
My husband has trimmed certain trees in our bush so he has a clear line of sight of people driving in and out of the neighbour's driveway. Maybe he is the weird neighbour.
• United States
19 Feb 16
LOL, it sounds like it - or he is just very nosey.
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@paigea (22609)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill well we really can't see the neighbour\s yard or house just who goes in or out and just if we are outside since we don't have a window on that side of the house. So he is just a bit nosey.
• United States
19 Feb 16
@paigea My parents lived in a city and they watched their neighbors all the time. Nothing got by them.
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@marlina (79642)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
Weir Neighbor Challenge: can't participate in this challenge as I can't recall having any weird neighbors.
• United States
19 Feb 16
You are lucky!
@paigea (22609)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
@marlina wow that is amazing. I have had nothing but weird neighbours it seems.
• United States
19 Feb 16
@paigea Us too.
@amadeo (75678)
• United States
19 Feb 16
I can really say that we do not have this kind of problem.We are country folks.
• United States
19 Feb 16
We live in the country - in the boonies and there are lots of weird neighbors!
@UncleJoe (11233)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
21 Feb 16
I don't have any weird neighbors but they all claim to have ONE. They won't tell me who he is.