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Neighbors Driving Me Crazy

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Last Edited: September 22, 2007, 2:05 pm

I've mentioned this before, but I want to ask a question plain & simple. 

    If boys are kicking a soccer ball around in the street, can it possibly damage an automobile?  I mean, will a hard kick into a windshield or tail light possible cause a crack or break?

This isn't anything new. For the 10th time I told my neighbor next door that I (a) like being friendly and (b) she knows how patient I've been and that I'm very nice to all her children.  But today I'm very stressed, since yesterday they were kicking the ball around and it got very close to my car.  Once it bounced on it, but I don't see any damage, except for the sand & road dirt.  If I'm present, they'll say "sorry" but when it finally cracks something like my window or my rear lights, sorry won't be enough.  My other neighbors sometimes chase them away or yell at them, so they always end up playing in front of my car, since one kid lives next door and the other lives directly across the street.  They both have big backyards, but apparently they enjoy playing on the pavement.  Even when they're not playing in the street, they use the paved walk between our 2 houses and often hit my window, my porch screen, and a few times, it's landed on the roof! One screen is now very loose and another is torn, although I can't prove they're responsible.  I'll be inside reading and all of a sudden I jump when the ball crashes into the side of the house.  One time I ran outside and saw it rolling off my roof and caught it before it bounced on the hood of my car.  The 11 year old sister, who is a very sweet girl, apologized.  I had a chat with her, but her parents either don't understand what I'm saying or don't take me seriously. 

Tell me the truth.  Am I overreacting?  I think it's good for children to play and these are basically good kids who do well in school and just need an outlet for all that energy.  I just don't understand why, with 3 big yards, they have to play where they can hit my property. 

Okay - so I started out saying "plain & simple" but brevity is not my strength.  Yes Nod

Entry #81

Comments

1.
Elizabeth03Comment by Elizabeth03 - September 22, 2007, 2:28 pm
I live in condominiums unfortunately and children in my neighborhood ride bicycles through the parking lot and I think they are going to hit the car. Or they ride their bicycles down the hill in front of the condos and on the sidewalk in front of my house. Some of the kids are so bad they have tried to hit my cats with their bikes. I get after them right away.

I want to move away from where I live very much. My nerves are very bad from the people that live there.
So hopefully things will get better in the future where I can move!
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - September 22, 2007, 2:48 pm
there are some colored kids who stay next door in my apartment.my children see them with their loose baggy jeans with their butt crack showing,they blare the boombox real loud,they scream and cuss and act like gang members not to mention one is running in and out of the apartment getting packages for strangers all day long which i think is drugs.these would be nice apartments if they weren't here.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 22, 2007, 2:59 pm
Hi, Elizabeth. I understand exactly what you mean! Do your cats stay outside? I can never quiet understand why people like to hurt animals. This is actually a very nice neighborhood, mostly residential, where people walk their dogs and chat, but I live in a small section of duplexes that is owned by an investor who doesn't care as long as he gets the rent. I've had a lot worse neighbors, since at east they are quiet most of the time. I keep telling myself that I'm better off than living next door to drug dealers or couples who fight all the time. (been there) I'm just concerned about the expense should a headlight or tail light get hit. I know once I paid around $300 just for a part. My back window is kind with the radio intenna built in and I think that might be $1,000. I'd have to ask the Toyota dealer, but I shouldn't have to worry about this sort of stuff. I might have solved this because I just spoke to the mother and beckoned with my phone "Policia" and she said something to them and they immediately went to the other boys backyard. I hate to threaten anyone, since I doubt if I'd ever go that far, but I was trying to communicate the best I knew how.

Thans for posting. I hope you find a more peaceful place to live.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 22, 2007, 3:07 pm
Mike, I just saw your comment. Guess I was busy typing. I only mentioned the "policia" word to explain the conversation, but I suppose it could be construed as prejudice. I don't think the fact that they are Mexican has much to do with this problem. I know you probably don't mean it, but when you write something like "colored kids" it sounds bigoted & racist. Gangs of White kids wearing baggy pants or blasting music are just as bad.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - September 22, 2007, 4:08 pm
"Colored" Lottomike?

Once Upon a Time: When We Were Colored
by Clifton E. Taulbert

Not a recommended reading for you Lottomike. It's for colored folks or the ones who used to be colored.
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LANTERNComment by LANTERN - September 22, 2007, 4:23 pm
CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO
Glenn Miller

Pardon me, boy
Is that the Chattanooga choo choo?
Track twenty-nine
Boy, you can gimme a shine
I can afford
To board a Chattanooga choo choo
I've got my fare
And just a trifle to spare

You leave the Pennsylvania Station 'bout a quarter to four
Read a magazine and then you're in Baltimore
Dinner in the diner
Nothing could be finer
Than to have your ham an' eggs in Carolina
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - September 22, 2007, 4:59 pm
your right there are bad people of every color.i meant black.
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Litebets27Comment by Litebets27 - September 22, 2007, 5:19 pm
Fortunately, I live in a neighborhood that is mixed with Blacks, Whites, Asian Indians and Koreans. It's a mostly middleclass neighborhood and several of the houses on my street have basketball hoops at the end of their driveways. When the kids are out playing basketball we have had incidents where basketballs have hit cars and prized plants that have gotten some heated exchanges between adults and children. There are playing flields and organized sports in the area so most of the sports that the children play are away from their homes. We do have a problem with skateboarders from time to time, and I'm afraid that one of them may get hit by a car. Most of the kids are polite, but at times you will find one or two that are "hard heads". And mind you, they are not always Black. I've had to call the police on one kid who decided that he needed to block my driveway to play basketball and visit my nextdoor neighbors' children. And he wasn't Black.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 22, 2007, 5:22 pm
I really just wanted opinions about the hardness of a soccer ball in motion, but I always enjoy a good discussion about issues. I admit I'm one to ramble on a bit.

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Litebets27Comment by Litebets27 - September 22, 2007, 5:33 pm
Sorry justxploring, I was going to answer your question but the previous answer got my attention.
Yes, a soccer ball, if kicked hard enough can put a nice sized dent in your car. As for the windshied, I don't know. I've had cracked windshieds from propelled stones.
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time*treatComment by time*treat - September 22, 2007, 6:17 pm
what Litebets27 said... both about the soccer ball, and the neighborhood. :-)
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four4meComment by four4me - September 22, 2007, 6:24 pm
In Maryland it's against the law to play ball on the city's streets. The only recourse we have is to dial 311. While a soccer ball might not break a window it can leave a dent if kicked hard enough it can also scratch the paint. Here in MD they play all kinds of ball and i have chased called the police and spoke with parents to no avail. I have all sorts of damage form them playing ball.

See when you call the police or run them off then your property becomes a target. It's sort of a no win situation. And the worst part is most of the parents could care less.
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time*treatComment by time*treat - September 22, 2007, 7:17 pm
Some years back, we had people cutting through our yard and walking close to the house, as they went from our street to the one behind us. I didn't say a word. I put up a couple of motion lights and suddenly everyone was willing to walk the extra 10 ft away from my property line.

A low cost security camera (with the time-lapse software), mounted on your house & pointed towards your car will suddenly have the parents finding the kids a new "field of dreams", or at least you will have proof of whose "little Timmy" did the deed, when it's time to take Mommy to small-claims.
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delores247Comment by delores247 - September 23, 2007, 4:38 pm
Hi Nancy and everyone,i just like to say i am so sorry for your problems,I stay in a gated community with Retired folks,college students,disabled and families with children,All races of people stay here,The rules here are strick and enforced if the family donot comply,you will not find the children playing around the property,There are soccer fields and basketball goals in the Community park,we have a 1 strike policy here,if for some reason a person or family fails to comply with the rules,they are give 30 days to vacate and feel free to move in another area,,I love it here ,The people the children are very nice,People have to work together to make things a success,Goodluck all and have a great Week,,,,,,Delores247
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - September 23, 2007, 11:21 pm
If boys are kicking a soccer ball around in the street, can it possibly damage an automobile? I mean, will a hard kick into a windshield or tail light possible cause a crack or break?

Yep. sure can. Can hit the side mirror on the door and break that too.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 24, 2007, 2:36 am
Thanks, Jap69. That's what I thought. I swear they bent my new wheel cover.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - October 4, 2007, 7:00 pm
They moved on Oct 1. I hope whoever replaces them are nice people and don't have teenagers. LOL

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