I'm struggling with my neighbors.
Before we moved to this valley I was excited to meet new people, make new friends, and study the city folks. Alas, the people here are less than friendly. Aside from the first week of church where no one would move over for the new family standing awkwardly in the back (aka us), I've found almost all of the people I've encountered living in my complex to be, well, rude. After living here for a few days, we were approached by the lawn guy and asked to not walk on our grass for three weeks as the sod is new and still taking root. Since that day, we have noticed streams of people marching though our little plot of earth, taking their garbage to the dumpster (which is in front of our house, not behind). People walk by so often, Paul and I have started seeing people who aren't even there. One evening two women stood outside our back window and carried on a full conversation. How rude! You would never see this in a traditional backyard! They call that trespassing. It's illegal. I suppose because I don't have a fence my lawn is game for the convenience of my neighbors' garbage runs. Good to know.
Paul has given me permission to place some diplomatically-worded notes on windshields if this persists. I've already conjured some ideas that convey several different approaches.
To the driver of this vehicle: Please refrain from parking in spots assigned to specific tenants. Thank you.
To the driver of this vehicle: Next time you visit, kindly direct your vehicle to visitor parking. Thank you.Mean approach:
To the driver of this vehicle: Park here again and I'll call the cops!
To the driver of this vehicle: I hate you! Park here again and DIE!!Passive agressive approach:
To the driver of this vehicle: Thank you so much for assisting me in my goal of daily exercise by allowing me to carry my screaming toddler, my newborn in a car seat, diaper bag, purse, and a weeks worth of groceries exactly one invigorating block as you are in my assigned parking spot just steps away from my front door. My biceps and quads thank you.Sassy approach:
To the driver of this vehicle: Since it is apparent by the sign in front of your car that you have moved into my home, I'll like to extend a hand of welcome. Also, I'd like to confirm that your rent will be $400 a month (utilities included). If you'd like to decrease this amount you may share a room with one of my children and assist them in their nighttime wakings. This will reduce your rent to $200 a month. Another way to reduce your rent would be to STOP PARKING IN MY FREAKING PARKING SPOT!!! Let me know which option appeals to you most and I'll try to be as accommodating as possible. Thank you!Hopefully things get better soon.