posted on Dec, 16 2011 @ 01:21 PM
I suffered from noisy neighbours for years when I lived in the city and they made my life a living hell.
I always said that I don't care what my neighbours do so long as they are quiet about it and don't disturb me.
That said, my last neighbour in the city was a non-convicted dealer. I have a friend's word that the neighbour buried a gun in the communal gardens.
One night a gunman knocked his door and held him and his girlfriend hostage for hours.
We heard a commotion coming from their apartment as the gunman ransacked the place and just thought it was his girlfriend kicking off as usual - only
this time not being quite so noisy about it
Eventually the gunman left, to chase the guy he was originally looking for who had just turned up. Our neighbour called the police and it was
listening to them discussing things that helped us to piece together what had happened.
My reaction to all this was a bit of a surprise to me. I'm often quite laid back about things but somewhere inside I felt very uneasy and couldn't
recover from it. This event hastened my decision to leave town, which I did at the earliest opportunity.
It's easy to say what you would or wouldn't do in a particular set of circumstances, but some things resonate too deeply to be ignored.
Violence comes in many forms and there are some levels of violence that wouldn't worry me too much - I'd smack someone if they provoked me enough.
Some violent people are only violent towards others of their own ilk and wouldn't hit anyone else.
My neighbour of choice would be someone quiet who doesn't attract trouble to the doorstep. If they can manage that I don't think I'd lose too much
sleep about what they did away from the area. **
**I'm not saying that I condone criminal or violent behaviour - just looking at the question from the point of view as to whether or not I'd want
someone as a neighbour.
edit on 16-12-2011 by berenike because: trying to squirm off the hook