Saturday, May 12, 2018

Crazy as Sh!t-house Rats

One of my friends has a new neighbor who is as crazy as a shit-house rat.

From my working life I estimate that one person in twenty is not only crazy but they are highly dysfunctional in their interpersonal relationships.  Please remember that this population already had the felons removed so the general population has an even higher percentage of problem people.

If you figure there is an average of 1.6 adults per household (2010 Census data) than you will typically have 13 adult neighbors if you live in the city.  It is a worse than a flip-of-the-coin that you have a "bad" neighbor.  There is one chance in four that you have a primary neighbor who is crazy.

By crazy I don't mean like your life-of-the-party uncle or your former dorm mate who is an entertaining ding-dong.  I am talking about people who are energized by screwing with other people's lives.

Examples of "bad"?
  • Sues you for $15,000 to pay for the privacy fence you 'forced them' to put up.
  • Calls 9-1-1 every time you have a campfire or somebody lights a cigar in your back yard.
  • Calls Child Protective Services every time you let your kid out to play; "I heard the screams and was sure they were being abused."
  • Sets up targets with your house in the background.."Heh, heh, heh...just yard ornaments, dontchya know."
  • Calls the Narc squad after you plant parsley.
  • Sues you when your dog bites their dog while it is on your property.
I have been lucky so far and I thank God.  But in all things statistical, it is simply a matter of time before I get a "bad neighbor."

Having fewer neighbors is one of the attractions of living "in the country".  Property in the country is often a strip of road frontage with agricultural behind it.  The farmer stops paying road tax which is based on frontage and the home-owners get a manageable chunk of property.  Many times there are not neighbors on the other side of the road. 

So rather than 13 adult neighbors you have 3.2 adult neighbors to contend with.


  1. I have crazy neighbors on all sides. I live in a conservative county and city, but it is changing it seems. I am surrounded on all sides by LIBERALS! They left Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, and Dearborn for the safety and better schools in this community. Then promptly placed Hillary Clinton signs on their lawns.
    Liberals are crazy people too. They vote to destroy where they live, then move because its destroyed, and then go to work to destroy the next place they live.
    It is the pure definition of insanity.

  2. Yep, being in the country helps! :-)


Readers who are willing to comment make this a better blog. Civil dialog is a valuable thing.