The Running Realtor: Are you a good neighbor?

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Are you a good neighbor?

While reading the newspaper this morning I noticed the Guilford Noise Ordinance passed.  Seems like a silly law that says commercial and residential property owners cannot exceed noise levels beyond their property lines.

The fact is we all need to step back and think about common courtesy. I contemplate this subject every year around this time.  The weather is nice and annoying neighbors constantly interrupt my peaceful existence.

The guy next to me is a lawn maintenance nut with more equipment than brains.  He pulls out his big commercial mower and stands on the back riding around his yard for hours a few times a week.  He is also the type that likes to multi-task. He'll bring out his leaf blower on wheels and leave that running while he rakes or cuts or whatever he does. Guess his definition of a real man is someone that can make noise with machines.

Down the street we have the fireworks nut, every year from mid-June thru July he'll be lighting off his explosives.  What a thrill I wonder.... standing in your driveway in the middle of the afternoon... bang... bang... bang...  Grow Up...  To top it off our dog is afraid of explosives so it paces around the house whimpering.

At the moment we don't have any underage bikers but that is another common occurrence in my area.  A kid on a dirt bike riding up and down the street for hours with the ear piercing whine of a two-cycle engine.

While I'm on a roll I might as well mention the pets.  Woof..Woof...Yip..Yap.. No one wants to hear a whining animal all day long.  Shut it up or shoot it... either way works for me!


Comment balloon 15 commentsNo Longer Active • June 19 2007 04:00PM


WOW! You are on a roll! Your neighbor sounds like a real man with all those tools! LOL! :)
Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 13 years ago

gosh Dan your on a roll - did someone forget to feed you today? : )


Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) about 13 years ago
Must be the old Tee'd Off Tuesday thing... Get's me all fired up in the morning...
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 13 years ago

Dan why don't you tells what you real think..............LOL

Sandra I think Dan is in need of a drink. But I do have to admit if that guy was my neighbor I would find a way to break that lawn mower :) 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 13 years ago
Shut up or shoot it? Oh my - do you need some vitamin B?  I hear it makes people happy - but really there is nothing worse than all the noise you mention and people wonder why I love where I live the biggest noise maker is my own lab when something makes a noise he has to compete
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 13 years ago

George... Guess I should stop holding back.... I'll look for a Tee'd Off subject for next Tuesday...

Thesa... Shut Up or Shoot It... Not literally but I like to use emotionally wrenching statements to drive home my point.  Constant consistent barking is unacceptable.   BTW - What makes you think I'm not happy?   :-)   ( always smiling )

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 13 years ago
Just make sure your sneakers don't squeak while your running down the street!
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) about 13 years ago

Danny... I'm getting to the age that popping and cracking joints are more noticeable...

Thesa... Another thought that just dawned on me...  Shoot it to me seems like more of a figure of speech since guns are not widely owned around here whereas your neck of the wild west has people that hunt and shoot more often... I'll have to think on a larger scale when writing....

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 13 years ago
Dan, you had me until you talked about the dogs!!  Tsk, tsk.  My Sammy turns 11 years old on Friday.  He stays inside most of the time, but when he's in the yard he goes to town barking!  Thankfully every single family around us also has dogs, and they don't mind.  Bark, Sammy, bark!!
Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) about 13 years ago

Sarah... We have a dog also,  Golden Retriever... Big and Mellow just like me...  I didn't even kick her off the couch... 

Must be my bubbly attitude,  Think I'm getting soft in my old age?    :-)

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 13 years ago
Dan--I too have and older dog that doesn't bark much anymore but the neighbors have one that likes to bark all day and night...Yes I said night! I could call on them as there are rules but we just shut the windows. Common courtesy would be wonderful!
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 13 years ago
Hey Dan...I hear ya. Wondering why everyone on your blog log is backed in blue but me. That' s kinda weird, huh?
Posted by Kelli Fronabarger, Realtor - Bend Oregon (Bend River Realty Inc.) about 13 years ago

Teri... I agree.. I don't call on them either but "Do unto Others" would be nice...

Kelli... Guess you are just special.... But... Looks blue to me...

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 13 years ago
I read in todays paper that couple in Long Island have received a court summons where they face fines and possible jail terms because a neighbor complained their children were to loud when playing outside! Can you believe that!
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) about 13 years ago
Danny.. gotta control all those critters... LOL...  The whole country seems out of control....
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 13 years ago

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