What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Bottles in the bushes

There are vodka bottles hidden under the bushes. Under ALL of the bushes. There's a gallon jug of vodka under every single shrub on the property.

I figure, it's deer-deterrent. I mean, when I caught him pissing on the fence, he said it was deer-deterrent. And when there was a strange smell coming from the back lot, it was deer-deterrent. And when there were suddenly little bits of tinfoil on sticks for as far as the eye could see, it was deer deterrent.

I went around back; I really wanted to know how this one worked.

"Hey, John! How's the vodka bottles gonna scare off the deer? Some sort of reflection thing, or are they going to leap onto the bottles, break their little hoofs and decide to go munch someone else's leaves?"


"the vodka bottles. How do they work?"

"Oh. That's not for the deer. That's for me. It's Earthquake Emergency preparedness week. Gotta have your earthquake kits together".


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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.

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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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