December 14th, 2009
The Crazy Neighbor: C’mon! You know you’ve got one. Don’t let that craziness go to waste.
Maybe they’ve got a broken down car in the front yard. Maybe they like to stand on their roof and water their lawn. Maybe they choose to yodel at 4 AM on a Tuesday. Whatever the case, they’re crazy neighbors. And we’ve all got them.
But so many of these priceless crazy neighbor moments have been lost somewhere in the ether. Smatterings of utter weirdness that defy explanation. All fleeting. Like attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. Or like tears in the rain. Until now.
Thankfully, Portland-based The Crazy Neighbor now helps document all that wackiness that happens right next door.
The site, maintained by Dawn Foster to celebrate her own crazy neighbor, offers a means of sharing the torturous existence of having someone not-so-right neighbors sharing their not-so-neighborly insanity with you.
This project was inspired by my own crazy neighbor. Interstingly enough as I am writing this post, I can hear my crazy neighbor very loudly quacking at his duck and clucking at his chickens (I’m inside with all of the doors and windows shut). He also yells “whooo!” quite often. Over the past couple of months, he has been seen: chasing his girlfriend around the yard trying to whack her with a fish, singing the Star Wars theme song and talking to his chickens while mowing the yard in the dark and in the rain, and fighting with his girlfriend and yelling … THAT IS NOT MY DILDO!
Even if you’ve never had a crazy neighbor, it’s well worth the time to wander through this site, dedicated to the meanderings of those who live around us.
At the very least, it’s sure to bring a chuckle. At most, complete empathy.
What’s that? You’ve got a bit of a nutso next door? Well, get to submitting, my friend.
To begin your journey into a neighborhood that’s nice to visit but not necessarily live—unless, of course, you want to be a frequent contributor—visit The Crazy Neighbor. Or follow @acrazyneighbor on Twitter to get a whole bunch of crazy neighbor goodness right in your tweet stream.
(Image courtesy richardmasoner. Used under Creative Commons.)