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Talking Walls

Rows of townhouses set in neatly planned clumps so a nice little courtyard appeared behind each group.
We'd been luckier than most by having only one attached neighbor. That neighbor, a recently divorced mom of a young child. Her marriage had been a controlling one and she was enjoying her well deserved freedom.
While getting ready for bed one night I heard through …

I have been living with people known as neighbors for a very long time. i am form the countryside. it is a known fact that people who live in urban areas tend to think of folks from town outskirts as fools. they have told me numerous times that i was nothing and that i would amount to nothing in life. i can hear their cackles cutting through the quietness of …

I have been living with people known as neighbors for a very long time. i am form the countryside. it is a known fact that people who live in urban areas tend to think of folks from town outskirts as fools. they have told me numerous times that i was nothing and that i would amount to nothing in life. i can hear their cackles cutting through the quietness of …

Years ago, I lived in a beautiful duplex in Hollywood. My neighbors at the time were a regular seeming couple. At first. One afternoon, the man called me at work to tell me that there was something wrong with my dogs. I panicked and immediately asked if they were okay. He told me that they were, but the problem was that they were looking in his window.

In …
4am NYC, had flue - had to wake in 1 1/2 hours for work - asked neighbor to lower his full volume music; he said "No, than I would hear the street noise and I don't want that.".

Small blackboy beaten weekly by mom.
I prayed for answer, she moved.
I prayed for answer, she moved.

The guy next door cracks me up. He wears this bandana thing around his forehead like he’s trying to be Kung Fu. He is slowly but surely building his wife a deck on the east side of his home. I assume the bandana is for sweat and not for looks. His blondish, unkempt hair peers over the edges of his bandana. Sometimes I think he’s …
Their dog shits on our lawn.

Our next door neighbors are a 64 year old couple who have handicaps of convenience. (They fake it.) He was sweeping the street and when he bent over she gave him a swift kick in the rear. (Yes we have it on camera, because of her cameras we all have to have cameras to protect ourselves.) They don't pay for anything. They hire unlicensed contractors that cannot sue them or …

One day we had a very sweet dog come up to our house. This dog was beautiful, obviously well cared for, and child-friendly. We just knew she had to have a home, so we posted a thing on the neighborhood bulletin board. (Since we live in the country a little, there is one of those, apparently for the posting of cats, rabbits, and horses for sale, in …

WHY did I get that dog?

To help me…

First night in a new town in a new country with people speaking a very foreign language. I was so tired after the long trip, and hard work before coming and the packing and repacking and arranging the house efforts. The first night in a new place it is always difficult for me, because I should learn to hear and understand the sounds and the rhythm …

Boy, was he a prick. When I was on a swing in the backyard, he actually tried to cut it down. My father bellowed so loud my neighbor couldn't hear anything for an hour. One night around Halloween I took his garden hose and put it in the mail slot in his door and turned it on. He woke up to his living room floating into the kitchen. And when …

Choose Quality Over Quantity Any Day.

Leering Neighbor Leans Over Short Fence.

Leering Neighbor Leans Over Short Fence.

A beautiful, fall evening. After dark. Children are fast asleep. The hubby and I head to our bedroom for a pre-bedtime romp. The cool fall air coming in through the open windows sends chills across our undressed bodies. The 'activities' begin. Outside, we hear a man's voice. The neighbor is walking around in our backyard, talking on his cell phone. We ignore and press on. Suddenly, a neon green light …

My first apartment was in Cleveland. An iffy border area besides a nicer inner-ring suburb. At least I could walk to a park and stare out over Lake Erie.

In this building dwelt some strange characters. One rebelled at needing a key to get in. So he ripped the lock off the back door. When the landlord installed a new doorknob...he just ripped it out. Consequently a drunk off …
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Have a Next-Door Neighbor Story?

As part of our new webcomic, Next-Door Neighbor, we thought it appropriate to have a little contest. Tell us your best true next-door neighbor story, and the winning tale will be matched with an artist and transformed into a webcomic and included as the final installment of Next-Door Neighbor.

About Next-Door Neighbor


No matter how close or how far, we all live next to someone, and we all have a Next-Door Neighbor story. With that in mind, editor Dean Haspiel asked some of his favorite storytellers and cartoonists to create their favorite NDN stories so we could share them with you.

The Fine Print & Contest Rules

By submitting an entry, you are granting SMITH the right to reprint or republish that entry online or in print, as well as make any necessary edits. See SMITH's terms of service for complete details.

This contest ends September 1, 2008. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as awarded. Winners are decided at the discretion of SMITH judges and all decisions are final. SMITH reserves the right to change the contest rules. Enter as often as you want. SMITH reserves the right to reprint or republish all entries.

 
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