I grew up in the country where neighbours are few and far between. Now that I live in the big city (suburbs), I’m learning that there’s something to having people closeby. They’re good for more than just a cup of sugar, which is helpful because I rarely (never) bake and the chances of me needing a cup of sugar are pretty slim. However, there’s a much larger chance I’ll need advice from someone familiar with the neighborhood (gossip) or who knows more about cars than I do.
What your neighbours can do for you
1. Protection from thieves/intruders
Gladys Kravitz is way handier than people gave her credit for. If you don’t know who Gladyz Kravitz is, she’s from Betwitched…and we’re no longer friends.
2. Protection from (potential) murderers
3. They can keep you from blowing up your car and/or face
I’ve learned to appreciate the inquisitive neighbour who, after seeing me attempt to change a taillight, asks if I know what I’m doing. I did not…
4. Part-time dog friends
This is especially nice when your apartment does not allow pets.
5. Free entertainment
i.e. street peewee hockey, pool parties, etc.
Just when you think it’s going to be another ordinary evening, you come home to find three cops parked on your street, in front of the house next door.
Before you can wish you can hear Twist and Shout blasting from your stereo, there it is, coming from the obnoxiously loud party next door.
8. Free swimming
Now, I haven’t actually figured out how to swing this one, but I’m working on it. Suggestions welcome.
I suppose this also means that you should be willing, if able, to do the following for your neighbours as well… Also, this list is not all inclusive. If you have experienced other benefits from your neigbours, please, do share!