My neighbor, Mr. Train Horns, and another are feuding over his blowing of the train horns. It began two years ago when Mrs. Peace and Quiet called the police because of the horn noise. Last year, it escalated to the point where Mr. Train Horns would blow horns and listen to his scanner for the police call, and he would even yell toward Mrs. Peace and Quiet that he already knew that she was filing complaints about him.
Things are heating up. Mrs. P&Q has a political sign for a council person in her yard. So, Mr. TH got signs from the opponent (he has never voted, and is giddy that a candidate pays attention to him). Last week, Mr. TH moved a sign from his yard into a third yard which is across the street from Mrs. P&Q. He put it there to make Mrs. P&Q angry. I informed him that it is probably less than legal to move around signs like that, for that kind of reason, and he got a little worried.
Mrs. P&Q walked over today (she doesn't visit any neighbors) to tell me that Mr. TH yelled at her 82 year old mother about parking her car, "You parked illegally. I should call the police." This, of course, upset the old woman. Now Mrs. P&Q is complaining that Mr. TH left gas cans out in the sun and they could explode. So, things are getting petty. She then said that she hasn't been taking her meds and who knows what she might do if she gets mad enough. So, things might go to another level.
Mr. TH has even enlisted my sons in this feud, in a passive way, by hanging a rope from a mounted bell in his yard. The rope is long enough for my sons to ring, in the hope that the ringing will annoy Mrs. P&Q. And, it's hard to resist, judging from other kids who cut through the yard and ring the bell. I have issued many reminders to my sons not to ring the bell, and even told Mr. TH that I don't appreciate his using my family to fight his imagined battles.
For the most part, Mr. TH is a big coward, and a visit from MR. P&Q would be enough to end the feud. The sad part is that Mr. TH and Mr. P&Q are both interested in cars, and probably would get along fine. Mr. P&Q would probably be interested in the horns. I can't spend time outside, in my yard, without being subject to this nonsense. Mr. TH isn't a bad neighbor. (Bad neighbors kill your pets and park junked cars on the property line. I know first hand.) He can be a jerk, and is pretty irresponsible for a 40 year old, but he keeps the place nice, and isn't even home most of the time.
Although I don't intend to spend my summer mediating this problem, I'm a little put out that I am involved just because I try to treat everyone decently and by being friendly to people.