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To follow-up once more on our tree situation, things have ended up dragging out a little after it turned out we needed a permit to remove the mulberry tree that is destroying my neighbor's fence. The good news is that the ensuing delay allowed us to consult an arborist about the maple tree that has the ominous looking damage to its bark. While he agreed the tree may have suffered a lightning strike, he told us it is not in any real danger of falling at this point, and we do not have to consider taking it down. This is a huge relief on a number of levels, as the tree keeps our house cool, creates privacy in our backyard, and seems to be home to several bird families. The bad news is, I ran into my neighbor yesterday, and apologized of how long this has taken to resolve, and had to deal with his fairly irrational response, as no matter how I tried to reassure him that the delay was due to being caught in the village bureaucracy, his responses all took the tone of how good a neighbor he has always tried to be (which is certainly true), so he doesn't understand why we were so callously disregarding the plight of his damaged wall and fence. You ever have one of those conversations where you think the other person isn't hearing a word you say? This is how I felt. Hopefully this will all blow over when the tree is finally removed, but in the meantime I feel like I've been on a vacation to CrazyWorld.

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13. Oozy and the Tower of WULU Sep 25, 2010, 16:07 Ant
 
The game gave me flashbacks to original/classic Alien Syndrome and Alien Crush with their graphics and audio.  
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 25, 2010, 12:12 DG
 
If he's had a moan to someone who has agreed with him, well people are prone to take that like some concrete confirmation even though they know the other person at best only has the same limited info that they do.

Once people think their views have been verified they'll pretty much disregard all information that runs contrary to it, and anything that can possibly be twisted into supporting their idea will be so twisted. If someone is challenging their position then the effect is even stronger, to the point that people feel justified in making shit up because they're so convinced they're in the right even once they've admitted to themselves they don't have any facts to back up their argument at all.

IIRC it's fairly basic psychology though dunno what it's called to google an article. What was I saying about being sure of things even after realising you don't have facts? Connected to confirmation bias and rationalisation though.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 22:42 xXBatmanXx
 
Some people's lives are so self important, that common sense and rational thought elude them. It appears your neighbor had one of those moments.....or he was having "one of those days".

I have one of the worst neighbors in the world.....
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 16:52 Hoop
 
Blue Wrote
You ever have one of those conversations where you think the other person isn't hearing a word you say?

Why yes the last time that happened to me was with my ex-neighbor who gave me those conversations all the time, nice guy though.
But get this he was originally from New York!
Ha Ha Chet.
He still rings me up years after he moved away & you just know after all the niceties he will give me the "have'n trouble with my computa deal."
 
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9. Re: Tree Sep 24, 2010, 15:51 Ashley
 
I thought about your tree problem last week when that storm blew through. I figured that you might be on the northern end of it. The NJ tornado was only a few miles from me.
I'm happy to hear that you dodged that bullet. It might be why your neighbor's concern has been amplified.

 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 14:39 Bucky
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 24, 2010, 14:25:
Green Party Senate candidate fatally struck by SUV while biking.

Now, while I feel sorry for the girl and her friends and family, you do have to smile at the irony involved here. And what was I just saying the other day about when your number is up it's up no matter what you do. Stories like this almost make me believe in a god, or at least the fates - and that those sumbitches have a wicked sense of humour. Green Party candidate killed by a gas guzzling Escalade while biking? Come on!

I do a fair amount of cycling, heck, I just came back from a nice 50 mile afternoon trip. While I feel sorry for her, riding an hour before sunrise, on a bloody 4-lane divided highway, is practically suicidal. I avoid cramped 2-lane highways and wouldn't dream of going near a 4 lane highway in daylight, let alone in the dark.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 14:25 Cutter
 
Green Party Senate candidate fatally struck by SUV while biking.

Now, while I feel sorry for the girl and her friends and family, you do have to smile at the irony involved here. And what was I just saying the other day about when your number is up it's up no matter what you do. Stories like this almost make me believe in a god, or at least the fates - and that those sumbitches have a wicked sense of humour. Green Party candidate killed by a gas guzzling Escalade while biking? Come on!
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 12:04 AnarKane
 
I had a similar problem with my neighbor for almost 2 years. Everything I did wasn't good enough for him. Then I bought my uncle's Mossberg 14-gauge shotgun, and made sure he saw me cleaning it the next time he came over to complain. Haven't heard a peep since, this was almost 4 years ago.

Not saying you should do the same, Blue, just throwing my two cents about odd neighbors.
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 11:16 Verno
 
Yeah for sure. My buddy is a fireman, he's been doing it for nearly ten years now and some of the stories he's told me shake my faith in humanity. He said that about one out of every four places he visits would best be described as unlivable conditions, total shitholes with insects, dishes and filth everywhere. I don't even know how people can live like that.  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 10:59 InBlack
 
You call that odd. I would call that insane. I work with people/customers/clients every day. Its amazing how many of them are downright fucking insane. Any person who works with a lot of different strange people will tell you the same thing. Ask any policeman, medic, fireman, clerk etc. etc.

People are strange.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 10:58 Kxmode
 
Irate neighbors can be fun; at times. Like my neighbors who apparently thinks it's cool to neglect their dog. He whimpers all night long until he falls asleep around 2 in the morning. Half of me feels really bad for him. The other half wishes he would be silent so that I can get some sleep, since I have to be up at 5:30 in the morning. Who would to that to their dog? Poor fellow.  
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 10:43 Verno
 
I had a similar neighbor a few years ago who was never satisfied with the height of everyone elses lawn and was convinced it was dragging down property values in the area. If it was pouring rain outside this guy would be totally unsympathetic and want your lawn cut on the same day every week until November rolled around. I don't like to be unpleasant with people but no matter how I tried to deal with this guy it was like it went in one ear and out the other. He finally shows up at our place on a Saturday morning with a ruler(not even joking) and threatens to call the Sheriff. I finally had enough and told him to go ahead then closed the door.

For the record I mow my lawn once a week on Sundays and never miss a week unless its due to weather. My lawn is absolutely normal in every way and I discovered later that summer he was doing this to the neighbor on his other side as well. Some people are just fucking odd.
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2010, 10:42 nin
 

Ouch. Sorry to hear, Blue.
 
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