What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?


Obsessive as she is, she does not want anyone to look at her while she is in her yard or on the back porch. She has tarps draped above the fences that surround her yard so that no one can see in the yard. She has the "somebody's watching me" syndrome. She speaks to me occasionally, but sometimes she runs in her house without looking my way at all, but she know's I'm there. She works the plants and grass areas of the park across the street from our houses and also she has a neighborhood garden up the street on the street corner. She called me the other day and asked if I would paint the bench that is in the garden. Of course I said no. I hear her occasionally screaming at her live in boyfriend, who looks like he lives in the backwoods of Arkansas. They have lived next to me for a number of years. Sometimes they are friendly and sometimes they never speak at all.


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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.

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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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