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    So this is really off topic...I'm pretty sure that most neighborhoods have nosy people that feel the need to know everything that is going on and I certainly have one in my neighborhood. Last week a home in my neighborhood was broken into. The people who own the home were on vacation, but somehow the local cops found out the home was broken into. A cop shows up to investigate, and my nosy neighbor can't stand the fact that a cop is in a neighbor's driveway and he doesn't know what is going on. So, the nosy neighbor has to go across the street and ask the cop what is going on. Unfortunately, the cop spill lots of information to the nosy neighbor.

    This wasn't a random burglary. The burglary was perpetrated by the owner's daughter's boyfriend who is a convicted felon. According to the cop, he is a known drug user and has a prior conviction for burglary. The daughter knows her parents are on vacation and she told her dirtbag boyfriend where her father kept his guns hidden so he broke in the house and stole the guns. The cop tells the nosy neighbor they know what kind of truck the dirtbag owns and he would like to know if it was seen in the neighborhood during the time they think the burglary occurred. The nosy neighbor volunteers that I have some security cameras on the outside of my house and proceeds to tell the cop my phone number.

    So I'm at work every day before 6:00 AM which means I go to bed early during the work week. Prior to 9:00 PM last Monday night when all of this went down with the nosy neighbor and the cop and after he put me in the mix, the nosy neighbor and the cop came to my door. They didn't ring the door bell and none of my four dogs heard anything as we were all in bed. I would assume that if I heard them at my door, both the cop and my nosy neighbor would have wanted to come in right then and there and review the footage from my cameras. The ringer was off on my cell phone so when the cop called me, I didn't hear the call. However, at 9:01, I get a text from my nosy neighbor which says the following:

    "The Sherrif's Department wants to talk to you about a break in down the road." So now I'm pissed that because my neighbor is nosy, I'm now involved in the burglary investigation. I call the cops and the cop that wants to talk to me is out on an accident run and they tell me he will call me soon. Now I have to stay awake waiting for the cop to call me. At 10:30 PM the cop calls me and tells me he would like to view the footage from my security cameras the following day. After we get home from work, the cop shows up and spends 2 hours at my house reviewing footage and downloading 2 hours worth of video. I told the cop that since they can't keep this guy in jail and he is a druggie and likes to break into people's houses and steal guns, I really don't want my name involved in their investigation because if this guy finds out I had anything to do with him being incarcerated again I don't want him paying me a visit. And besides that, my cameras go from color in the daylight to black and white at night time. You can barely make out vehicles as they drive up and down the road at night. You can tell a truck from a car and a small car from a big car, but you damn sure can't see who is driving or the license plate. My video footage would be circumstantial evidence at best and probably wouldn't be admissible in court which increases my anger towards my nosy neighbor for getting me involved and wasting my time because he just can't mind his own fu****g business. And besides that, the cop told me that they swabbed the house for DNA and they have the suspect's DNA on record because he is a convicted felon. As far as I'm concerned, this is all a big waste of my time thanks to my nosy neighbor and this is really more of a family problem and not my problem to be involved with.

    So not only is Mr. Nosy my neighbor, he also works where I work. The next day after the cop came to visit me to review the footage, the nosy neighbor showed up in my office like I knew he would because of course he is dying to know what the cop saw on my camera. First thing out of his mouth was, "I saw the cops in your driveway yesterday." To which I replied, "Of course you did." And of course I refused to tell him anything because I wanted it to eat his nosy ass up. I also told him I never want to receive a text from a neighbor telling me I need to call the cops because they were nosy and chose to get me involved in some police investigation.

    And I don't have much faith that my involvement won't become public knowledge. I was called to jury duty in my town some years ago and it was a drug case. After all of the members of the jury were selected, it was time to break for lunch. When I came back from lunch, I was informed by the rest of the jury members that they had elected me foreman while I was gone. The drug dealer ends up being convicted and I had to stand up in court and read the jury verdict. The local newspaper proceeds to publish my name in the paper as the jury foreman which really made me happy because the guy that was convicted was a bad dude.
    Last edited by mep; 07-10-2016, 09:32 PM.
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  • #2
    good grief, your little corner of the world resembles Mayberry. imagine when its a real news story the local papers must have a field day. that said we have two nosy neighbors across the street and catty corner to us. She must stare out her living room window ALL DAY LONG trying to spot trouble (they're retired). if the lift gate on our SUV is open for more than 10 mins and she doesn't see us we get a phone call, likewise if she spots ANYONE that looks sketchy within 50 ft of our property we get a call. she does come in handy tho when we're on vacay.
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    • #3
      The only neighbour i have is nosey when I was having some carpentry done she came right in the house uninvited to see what was going on. Now my only neighbour is a racoon and does not have a cell phone as far as I know so no calls to the police.

      You need to upgrade your cameras Meb give the neighbour a direct feed solve all the crime in Mayberry . I live in Canada I have to watch a movie to see crime. You get live in the rest of the world.

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      • #4
        Nosy neighbors make good neighborhood watch participants. That's the plus side.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by rockitman View Post
          Nosy neighbors make good neighborhood watch participants. That's the plus side.
          So here's the deal: I only bought the cameras because I live on a corner lot and some assholes got their jollies from riding their dirt bikes, ATVs, and cars across my lawn. My nosy neighbor who owns dirt bikes and ATVs never had any idea who was tearing up my lawn. As soon as I told him I bought cameras to catch them, it has never happened again. I'm sure it's a coincidence though.

          The same nosy neighbor wanted to borrow my $9K Kubota lawn tractor so he could bush hog the woods so he could ride his dirt bike on the trails. My Kubota has AWD and his zero turn mower gets stuck. I told him to pound sand.
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          • #6
            My parents bought a farm out in Western NJ back in 1957 to escape NYC politics. Guess what? It was on their doorstep in small town USA. And anti-semitism and other things like they had never encountered before.
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            • Bill Hart
              Bill Hart commented
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              Fair point- it is all trade-offs. I'm more and more inclined to go off the grid, but that's a mixed bag for some of the reasons you mentioned. It is tough to find the perfect place. Believe me, we are pretty flexible- and I'd be willing to live abroad for a while, but there are so many variables- my wife needs more of a social network than me- I'm pretty good w/ holing up. Texas is still our aim- Austin in particular, though I'm more inclined than ever to buy something out in the country- and call it something funny- just buy the old town hall, and follow one guiding principle- the golden rule.

            • Rob
              Rob commented
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              not that long ago most so. California suburbs were quite parochial the majority being lily-white mid westerners. my folks are both immigrants from the old country, their accents gave them away immediately which didn't fit in with the local color. we would've hardly had friends if not for our Jewish neighbors who we got along famously with. its so much different now, our community resembles the united nations and English is not the primary language in probably 30% of the households.

          • #7
            Seems like "nosy neighbor" means well overall, but then I don't have to work with the guy. What kind of search warrant did the police show you before you opted to give them your home video data?
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            • #8
              Originally posted by Goheelz View Post
              Seems like "nosy neighbor" means well overall, but then I don't have to work with the guy. What kind of search warrant did the police show you before you opted to give them your home video data?
              There was no search warrant. I complied with a request. And yeah, the nosy neighbor is an all around hoot.
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              • #9
                Well at least you have a neighbor that cares nosy or not. Some places your neighbor could careless if your house is burning down or your house is broken into while your away. Just be glad you have a neighbor. One day it could be your house and this same nosy neighbor prevents a break in,
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                • #10
                  Originally posted by cpp View Post
                  Well at least you have a neighbor that cares nosy or not. Some places your neighbor could careless if your house is burning down or your house is broken into while your away. Just be glad you have a neighbor. One day it could be your house and this same nosy neighbor prevents a break in,
                  He hasn't prevented anything and it's not that he "cares," he's just nosy. Does Facebook stalking show people you "care?"
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                  • cpp
                    cpp commented
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                    Well he hasn't prevented anything as of yet, but you never know. Not sure about the Facebook thing, what you have a stalker on Facebook LOL.

                • #11
                  And you work with this guy?
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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
                    And you work with this guy?
                    In the same building. He is not in my Branch.
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                    • #13
                      Bill-Austin has some cool aspects, but they put the weird in weird. Kind of reminds me of Venice Beach and the cast of characters you see there. And of course you see bumper stickers and T-Shirts everywhere that say "Keep Austin Weird" because people take being weird very seriously in Austin.
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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by mep View Post
                        Bill-Austin has some cool aspects, but they put the weird in weird. Kind of reminds me of Venice Beach and the cast of characters you see there. And of course you see bumper stickers and T-Shirts everywhere that say "Keep Austin Weird" because people take being weird very seriously in Austin.
                        Yeah, the problem is the Californization of Austin. Real estate is also way overpriced in town right now. I'm serious about starting a town- out in Hill Country, there are all these spots- you could buy the Town Hall (w/ Jail) for very little. My wife is still ambivalent about the idea- she doesn't mind ranch type duties, but wants the ability to plug in to town when she needs to, and she also rows (you, know, that sculling type rowing, which is big in Austin). Austin almost isn't weird enough for me- lot's of ink and piercings, crazy clothing outfits and "art" cars- cobbled together from old car parts, like rat bikes, along with those oddball bicycles with the giant front wheel circa the 19th Century. But, a lot of that is fashionista hipsterism, and isn't hardcore weird. I think the real hardcore hippies and bohemian types-- mostly artists or professional jack of all trades types are getting old and are being pushed out due to gentrification.

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                        • Rust
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                          I always liked the Glenrose area, not that far from Dallas/FW. Not even suburban or close to it, nice and quite, nearby Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant so powering your system shouldn't be an issue and a it has a really excellent hole in the wall barbeque joint (at least the last time I was there. Just get a pickup truck to blend in and put a rifle rack in the rear window.

                        • Bill Hart
                          Bill Hart commented
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                          Rust- Albert (Porter) is in the Dallas area, and i'm long overdue for a visit, I'm not sure where he is exactly. I love the look of the older pick up trucks circa the '50s and early '60s, but as a car guy, I'm not sure I could stand driving a truck. Liz wouldn't mind, though, and she's the one in charge of armaments. I admire women who can kick ass.

                      • #15
                        I have lived in small towns and mostly big cities. Personally I like the anonymity of the city. I have lived with anti semitism in small towns. Never has happened in a city situation. In today's world do you really want to know your neighbor?
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                        • Bill Hart
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                          It's really a trade-off. I'm burned out on the big city life, even though we live outside of NY at this point. I've experienced some anti-Semitism wherever I've been, but I think it's hard to judge based on a few. Same thing with the South. Love NOLA, but the weather is brutal, and I'm just not sure how safe it is- one of my dear friends is a native, I doubt he'd live anywhere else. (Not that summer in Texas is much better, but we'd probably travel in the summer- so much of this country I want to explore-particularly the west0.

                        • 1morerecord2clean
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                          Bill,

                          Moab, Canyondlands,and Monument Valley I highly recommend. I've cycled Moab twice. They are in a direct line drive. You can start in the Grand Canyon and go north or start in Moab and go south. You can do the whole thing in a week or if you are planning to backpack take as long as you like. Slightly off season is best.
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