Neighbors Without Boundaries

April 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Way back when I installed a driveway camera, the intent was to keep a watchful eye on the front of the house.  Never once did it occur to me that it’d reveal all sorts of crazy things that happen at the house when we’re not home or otherwise not paying attention.

Since its installation, its captured all sorts of entertaining images.  Its captured plenty of video of spiders in progress of building their webs.  Its captured an assortment of wildlife crossing through the yard such as deer, turkey and even a coyote once.  Its even captured a photo of squirrel nuts.

Entertainment aside, it’s also very informative about the activities and habits of other people that come to visit, so to speak.

I’ve seen the meter reader walk down the driveway and the appropriate postal carriers deliver their packages.  I’ve seen someone visiting the neighbor park their car directly in front of my home and walk next door (not across the street) to visit.  (I’m not sure why they didn’t park in front of that neighbor’s lawn or even in their driveway, but it makes me wonder…)  I’ve seen a neighborhood kid sit on the curb in front of my house for an extended period of time and talk on the phone.

I’ve seen “that guy” that tosses his advertisement in your driveway enclosed in a Ziploc bag with a few rocks.  I’ve seen more than enough door-to-door salesmen, Boy/Girl Scouts and people waking the baby up to talk to me about Jesus. 🙂  But it’s not any of those people this blog is about, it’s those that (I believe) lack a sensible awareness of property boundaries.

It’s the neighbor that walks clear across our yard (as in, close enough to look in the windows) because they’re too busy to walk one more door down the street to meet up with the street that’s behind our property.  It’s the sales person that walks door-to-door in the most direct path and can’t be troubled with returning to the street (or even close to it) to walk to the next house.  AND it’s this person:

driveway_dog_walkerPresented as-is, this picture doesn’t necessarily reveal the problem I have with this particular person, so let me explain what you don’t know and what the video capture reveals.

This individual enters the viewing area of the camera directly to the right of the screen and continues their path across the driveway to the left of the screen when they exit the frame.  While trying not to sound like the “get off my lawn” neighbor, the problem I have with this individual is two-fold:

  1. I don’t know who this person is.  I don’t recognize the dog nor the person walking it.  And as a dog owner that frequently walks their dog, we’ve been introduced to just about every other dog owner in this neighborhood that lives nearby or frequents this corner of the neighborhood.  If I knew this person, then it wouldn’t necessarily be a problem and there isn’t any point in ranting about it.  But…
  2. They are at least 25′ into my yard, which is nearly halfway down my driveway.  They are practically walking clean across the middle of my yard — so we’re not talking about someone walking down the street that lets their dog take a sniff-n-piss 6′ into my lawn.  As they exit the view of the camera to the left, I’m left wondering if they walked straight across the planter surrounding the tree in our front lawn, of if they bothered to walk around it?  Never mind the obvious question I’m pondering: WHO DOES THIS?

Now I’m not firing off a nasty-gram to the neighborhood mailing list, calling the police or otherwise intent on confronting this person (unless this becomes a frequent occurrence) — but I am wondering what happened to good old fashioned property boundaries?  I own hardly a third of an acre of Cherokee County and I couldn’t care less about someone walking their dog in my yard, but when you’re that far away from the street… what the heck??

Am I just weird about this whole thing or would you agree that it’s just a bit… rude to behave this way?

Aaron Melton


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