What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

The crazy little Asian woman next door

Here in Queens, 15 story co-ops aren't unusual. But sometimes, their occupants are. My wife and I lived on the fourth floor with a terrace facing the street. It was a nice quiet little one bedroom that was sun drenched most of the day. This was our first apartment together and every experience was new. New at keeping house, new at being responsible for every bill in the mailbox, and new at having strangers living on every side, up and down, left and right.
One of these neighbors scared the hell out of us one day. What a silent little Asian woman we always thought, and we'll never forget what she did.

We were sitting around the apartment one afternoon; I think it was a Saturday. I reading the paper, and Diana in the bedroom listening to the radio- folding clothes or something. There was a rapid knock at the door; a sharp little knock that told me that the person on the other side needed attention immediately. I got up and opened the door. Standing there with a bottle of wine in hand was the little Asian woman from next door. She said she got locked out of her studio directly adjacent to out apartment, and was wondering if we may help her in.

By now Diana was standing in the dining room smiling at our neighbor that never said a word to us till then. I was about to slip my shoes on to go assist when she handed the wine bottle to my wife and walked briskly across our apartment and out onto the terrace. As we looked on, and before we could utter a word, this silent little woman leapt up with both feet at once onto the railing of our terrace - four floors up- and swung herself over the street below to her terrace next door! Just as she did this I turned to Diana and said , "What the fuck was that?" She looked at me, then at the label on the wine bottle and said, "Not too bad."


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