Well, this has been an interesting experience for me. I have always tried to be polite and not get into any problems with any of my neighbors. Growing up, neighbors knew each other and were part of each other’s lives in many senses. Now days you are lucky if you know the names of the people you live around. I guess it is a matter of taking the initiative and making friends with people but who wants to after an experience like this.
My downstairs neighbor has issues with me. It started with my Divorce, she is an older lady I am guessing mid 70s and seems very old fashion. I became the gossip of my building after the divorce happened. It got so bad that everything that I did or did not do got back all the way to Chicago. I mostly laughed about it because most of it was misinformation, like the fact that I was now dating a 16 year old. It was quite amusing.
The lady really ignores me when I walk by her in the parking lot if we ever cross paths. She has never said a word before this Sunday when the incident happened.
I have some of my coolers out in the balcony. I forget about them because I am rarely at my place to enjoy any sun or nice weather so I have not used it very much. I noticed this Sunday that the tops had flown off and a couple of the were full of water. They were quite heavy full off water, so I moved them towards a corner and tipped the. Mind you I did not do it over the rail and some of the water went to the lower balcony where the lady lives. (I am not calling her lady because I don’t want to reveal her identity I really have no clue what her name is). So after dumping most of the water I hear screams from down stairs. Mind you her balcony is empty, no chairs no nothing… and she says that I need to stop right now and that I need to do that in my sink or my toilet. I said, it is just rainwater I am sorry… next thing I hear is that the administration is going to hear this.
I thought they were just empty threats until I received a very poorly constructed letter from my building administration. Stating that they understood that my actions were not malicious but that I needed to be mindful of other people… I should have just scanned the letter and showed everyone for a good laugh. I have not decided if I should write back. I would really like to construct a nice letter and have the administration send the lady bellow me a letter too. I feel somewhat upset by the fact that they sent me a letter. I mean they are taking her side as in I did a water attack on the poor lady while she was reading the morning news on her balcony…
I am sure the lady just needs attention and someone to talk to, she is way more interested in my life than I care for her to be. If only she knew that I would love to have been a good neighbor and gotten to know her, even invite her over for coffee or something. But I never got a chance; I am just the water pouring, cradle robber from upstairs.