Sunday, March 27, 2005

It's a fricking residential street!

Not to overload you all with too much Misanthrope-style ranting, but my neighbor must be stopped.

It's Sunday afternoon on my nice, pleasant, residential street in my nice, quiet, residential neighborhood. Except for my neighbor across the street who, every Sunday without fail, washes his motorcycles, dirtbikes, and trucks in his driveway. With a power washer that you can hear across the entire valley. Oh wait -- now he's revving the engines again, in preparation for a re-washing. Here he is, as glimpsed from my front door (with face conveniently shielded to protect our anonymity):

He is an unsympathetic, thoughtless moron with more attention paid to his recreational vee-hicles than his wife and kids (I've seen him shoo his son away from his dirtbikes), and does he not have any place better to do this? Like the place where he rides them? Or at the car wash?!?

Sunday afternoon is nap-time for my three kids, and they need it -- especially today, when Eldest Daughter is sick, Middle Daughter is cranky because she is probably about to be sick, and Baby Daughter is a baby, for crying out loud (which is what she has been doing).

Someone help me out here -- what do I do? I've approached him about it before, trying to be nice, but it has had no effect. Any suggestions?


Pirate said...

I'm afraid there's not a lot you can do. Noise by-laws are few and far between and with this guy you probably don't even need more enmity than likely already exists. In our last place we had neighbors from hell: two German Shepherds who would run the fence with ours, "bear-bangers" that doubled as fireworks given any old occasion. Him and I HATED each other and it was clear to both of us. We finally moved ... What's that quote about good and bad neighbors? You have my sympathy, misanthrope.

The Misanthrope said...

I might have to hand the Misanthrope title over to you. How long does the washing last? Do you think he would steam clean my car engine? You can always hope he has a spill on this bike and can't ride for a few weeks. Motorheads for neighbors are the worst, and next are inconsiderate animal lovers, followed by loud music playing people.

Jack Steiner said...

You could send him used diapers and nasty notes. Not likely to endear you to him, but eminently satisfying.

Sorry that I don't have any more practical suggestions.

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