How To Be An Awesome Neighbor



Notes from pissed off neighbors run rampant on the internet. Why are these people so mad? Is it because they moved onto a street within a mile radius of the nearest college campus without considering the inevitability of 20 year olds puking in their front yard? Did they move themselves along with their three kids into an apartment complex known for being the new hotspot for postgrad yuppies that go on noisy 48-hour benders after hard workweeks? On the other side of the coin, did you move your freshly released from college self out to the suburbs to raise hell amongst playgrounds and homeowner’s associations? So I set out on the interwebs in search of neighbors that get it. These are the people you want as your Mr. Rogers, your Wilson that greets you with the “hidey-ho, Tim!” Plus, understanding neighbors are always easier on the arrest record, or in the least, add a little skip in your step.

Always make sure to check up on your neighbor’s well being:


Understand that everyone makes mistakes, and allow them the opportunity to remedy the situation:


Post signs for their safety:


Participate in extracurricular activities with them:


Let them know you don’t discriminate:


Let them play with your toys:


Constructive criticism goes a long way:


Give them a heads up about parties, along with a special token of your appreciation:


Make sure you set any misunderstandings straight:


Share your resources:


Help them get back on their feet:

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And always remember:


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After stretching college out for 9 years, McMagistrate is now an attorney in her late-ish 20's who earned her title by embracing the stigma that accompanies a healthy partying habit. She enjoys showing off her sub-par golf game and pretending her impressive law school loan doesn't exist. You can likely find her on her patio, live-tweeting her wine binges, and concerning her neighbors.

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