What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?


In the week it took for our cable guy to come out and install services in our new home, my husband and I came up with Neighbor-vision. Being TV junkies, either watching the good ol' boob tube or having it on as background noise, we were restless not having our TV fix. On our first night, we watched through the curtains as blue and red lights flashed the presence of Anadarko Police at our neighbors house across the street. We would soon learn that it was an all too common occurance for them.
The folks that lived there had a teenage daughter, but it seems like every teen in the area stayed there on a regular basis, making noise all hours of the night. If it wasn't them, it was their parents or parents friends getting drunk and fighting. We would listen for the noise and wait to see if it would draw the police yet again. Sometimes we would invent stories about what they were in trouble for this time. It was almost as good as TV, sometimes better.
One night we watched the mom's boyfriend get the stuffing knocked out of him by her husband. It made quite a scene as he was on his knees drunkenly yelling at the bystanders "Somebody needs to help me!" No one came to his rescue, as it was apparent to everyone watching that he really didn't need help, he was just too drunk to defend himself from being pushed around. It wasn't him that was really hurt; just his so-called pride.
And so it went, even after we got our cable. It was just much more fun to watch the cops roll up and handle things. We even had our fair share of chances to call them ourselves. One day we saw a moving truck pull into their drive, not really a moving truck so much as one of their buddies who owns a truck. We commented to another neighbor that we were sad to see the entertainment leave. He told us not to worry, that everyone who ever rented that house came from the same family and we would still get to enjoy their mess. It turns our their cousins moved in the next day and all was back to what we called normal.

6.5 years of Neighbor-vision until we moved. I kinda miss it.


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